MIAMI — Two grocery retail veterans were honored for their industry service at the Food Marketing Institute’s annual Midwinter Executive Conference.
Randy Edeker, chairman of the board, CEO and president of Hy-Vee Inc., won the Sidney R. Rabb Award for Statesmanship and Tom Heinen, co-president of Heinen’s Grocery Stores, won the Robert B. Wegman Award for Entrepreneurial Excellence.
Edeker, president of Hy-Vee since 2009, joined the company 38 years ago. He is known for innovative investments including foodservice operations and a commitment to sustainable initiatives.
Heinen pioneered his family’s company’s instore program in 1978. It later evolved in a broader service deli program in all Heinen’s stores. Heinen was also among the first grocers to leverage customer and business data in innovative ways.