NEWARK, DEL. and WASHINGTON, D.C. — The International Fresh Produce Association recognized 15 produce managers in its 2023 Retail Produce Managers Award Program. The award criteria involved commitment to fresh produce, innovative merchandising, community service and customer satisfaction.

“The produce industry’s front line – produce managers – make a difference every day for their companies and their communities. I’m thrilled to name 15 produce managers who stand out from the crowd,” said Joe Watson, IFPA vice president of retail, foodservice and wholesale membership. “IFPA is committed to advancing member prosperity and a healthier world. Awards that recognize the best of the best not only reward stellar performers, they also inspire others to up their game. We are especially thankful to the award sponsor, Dole, which is equally committed to recognizing excellence.”

The following winners were nominated by their peers and have been awarded a trip to Anaheim, Calif. to attend the IFPA’s Global Produce & Floral Show October 19-21. There will be a special dinner honoring them at the show.

  • Patrick O'Brien of Albertsons Companies, Denver, Colorado
  • Brandon Hash of Brookshire Grocery Co., Willow Park, Texas
  • Laura J. Marquand of Haggen Northwest Fresh, Ferndale, Washington
  • Jenn Lane of Harris Teeter, Cornelius, North Carolina
  • Greg Kimmel of Hy-Vee, Inc., Davenport, Iowa
  • Skylar Leonard of K-VA-T Food Stores, Inc./dba Food City, Piney Flats, Tennessee
  • Darron Hyatt of Lowes Foods, Southern Pines, North Carolina
  • Timothy F. Baker of Orcas Island Market, Eastsound, Washington
  • Gary Lasalle of Price Chopper/Market 32 Supermarket, New Hartford, New York
  • Olin Williams of Corner Market, Hattiesburg, Mississippi
  • Josh Alsberg of Rubinette Produce Market, Portland, Oregon
  • Mark Bentley of Southeastern Grocers, St. Johns, Florida
  • Mitch Harris of Strack & Van Til, Valparaiso, Indiana
  • Breanna Norris of The GIANT Company, Doylestown, Pennsylvania
  • Christopher DeMarie of Tops Markets, Dunkirk, New York