The Brentwood, Mo.-based Produce for Better Health Foundation has announced its 2017 honorees for Fruits & Veggies — More Matters Retail Role Models, Champions and 2017 Supermarket Dietitians of the Year.

In order to be role models or champions, retailers must show support for the Fruits & Veggies — More Matters program through community outreach and meeting criteria to boost brand exposure, according to a news release.

“The 2017 Retail Role Models and Champions continue to be strong advocates of the Fruits & Veggies — More Matters brand and national health campaign, as well as the mission of PBH to inspire and activate consumers to eat more fruit and vegetables including fresh, frozen, dried, canned and 100% juice,” Wendy Reinhardt Kapsak, president and CEO of PBH, said in the release. 

“I’m excited by these retailers’ efforts to increase fruit and vegetable education, awareness and consumption which strengthens our collective work toward a healthier America.”

Retail role models:

  • K-VA-T Food Stores
  • The Kroger Co.
  • Meijer Inc.
  • Niemann Foods/County Market
  • Redner’s Markets Inc.
  • Robins Air Force Base
  • Roundy’s Supermarkets Inc.
  • Skogen’s Festival Foods
  • SpartanNash
  • Weis Markets Inc.

Retail champions:

  • Hy-Vee Inc.
  • Schnuck Markets Inc.
  • United Supermarkets
  • Wakefern Food Corp.

The dietitian of the year award recognizes supermarket registered dietitians or health and wellness staff for supporting Fruits & Veggies — More Matters and with the goal of increasing sales and consumption of produce, according to the release.

Supermarket Dietitians of the Year:

  • Johna Mailolli, Shoprite of Tallman/Inserra Supermarkets
  • Ashley Martinez, The Kroger Co.
  • Hillary Pride, Hannaford Supermarkets

The retailers and dietitians will be recognized during an April 6 award luncheon in Scottsdale, Ariz., at PBH’s annual conference, according to the release.

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