SpartanNash takes the spotlight

SpartanNash executives and those from some of the company’s most valuable
manufacturers came together to honor the company as Grocery Headquarters’ 2014 Independent Retailer of the Year.

At the Independent Retailer of the Year award dinner in SpartanNash’s hometown of Grand Rapids, Mich., SpartanNash was praised by the industry for its strategic and successful growth. Seth Mendelson, Grocery Headquarters’ editorial director, said the company was selected not only for what Spartan Stores and Nash Finch Co. have accomplished in their respective distribution and retail markets up until now, but also for what they are on target to accomplish as one company: SpartanNash.

Completed in November 2013, the merger between the two powerhouses is predicted to change the grocery landscape as it is known in the Midwest; and with two positive track records that include more than 200 years of combined experience, the industry predicts it to be nothing short of success.

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SpartanNash executives accept the award for Grocery Headquarters’ 2014 Independent Retailer of the Year; (l-r) Dave Staples, executive vice president and CFO, and Dennis Eidson, president and CEO

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Kraft Foods' customer category managers (l-r): Ana Gilliland, Bob Pawlickli and Lori Vesely

Retailer of the Year Dinner 2014

Advantage Sales and Marketing for The J.M. Smucker Co.: Scott Appleyard, sales team leader (left); Eric Carpenter, sales team leader

Retailer of the Year Dinner 2014

From left to right: John Kendrick, customer business leader, Kraft Foods; Terry Valerio, director of sales and marketing, Advantage Sales and Marketing; Robert Crane, director of sales, central, The J.M. Smucker Co.; Den- nis Eidson, president and CEO of SpartanNash; Ted Adornato, executive vice president, retail operations, SpartanNash; Dave Staples, executive vice president and CFO for SpartanNash; Chris Kelly, regional sales director, central region, The Kellogg Co.; Alex DeYonker, chief legal officer, SpartanNash

Retailer of the Year Dinner 2014

From left to right: Kathy Mahoney, executive general counsel and secretary, SpartanNash; Marina Chassapis, independent strategist for SpartanNash; Tom Combs, key account executive, The Kellogg Co.; Scott Hynes, key account executive, The Kellogg Co.; Roy Bunch, manager team sales, The Kellogg Co.

Retailer of the Year Dinner 2014

From left to right: Roy Bunch, manager team sale's, The Kellogg Co., and Randy Hammett,

Retailer of the Year Dinner 2014

From left to right: Kim Reed, senior vice president, The Kellogg Co.; Dennis Eidson, president and CEO; and Dave Jones, vice president of industry initiatives, The Kellogg Co.

Retailer of the Year Dinner 2014

From left to right: Meredith Gremel, director of corporate affairs, SpartanNash; Mike Brooks, director of customer development, Northeast, E.&J. Gallo Winery; Mark Barry, director of customer development, Northeast, E.&J. Gallo Winery

Retailer of the Year Dinner 2014

From left to right: Phil Shankman, owner and president, Shankman and Associ- ates; Don Kade, business unit manager for Michigan, Shankman and Associates; Mike Novak, vice president, sales planning and support, The Jel Sert Co.; Tim Johnson, division sales manager, The Jel Sert Co.

Retailer of the Year Dinner 2014

Seth Mendelson (right), editorial director, Grocery Headquarters, congratulates SpartanNash executives Dave Staples, executive vice president and CFO, and Dennis Eidson, president and CEO

Retailer of the Year Dinner 2014

The team from Kraft Foods and Randy Hammett, associate publisher, Grocery Headquarters.

Retailer of the Year Dinner 2014

The team from The J.M. Smucker Co. and Advantage Sales and Marketing.

Retailer of the Year Dinner 2014

The diners celebrated with William Hill Estate wines from E.&Y. Gallo Winery.

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