MINNEAPOLIS — “Destination Savings” was the vacation theme during the SpartanNash Spring Trade Show Feb. 20-21 at the Minneapolis Convention Center. Teams from the produce, grocery, bakery/deli and meat departments were challenged to choose a country and decorate displays to that theme. Around 750 vendors exhibited their products in 250 booths on the show floor, featuring recreated landmarks from France, Italy, Great Britain and Mexico. Retail store customers discussed business with vendors, discovered creative merchandising ideas and learned about new trends in the food industry.
Mark Gagnun and Greg Samels of Del Monte Foods Inc.
Amie Bouley of Advantage Fresh and GT’s Living Foods in Beverly Hills, CA.
Justin Bedwell of Bari Produce in Madera, CA.
Rafferty Fynn of Belle Harvest in Belding, MI.
Keith Edner of Chandler Topic Co. in Maple Grove, MN.
Jim Busche of Chelan Fresh in Chelan, WA.
Chris Lambert of Dole Fresh Vegetables Inc. in Thousand Oaks, CA.
Edward Johnson of Earthbound Farm in San Juan Bautista, CA.
Mark Filauri and Jenna Duffy of Grimmway Farms in Bakersfield, CA.
Dave Eisner and Bryan Grimm of Melissa’s/World Variety Produce in Los Angeles.
Santiago Pena of Mission Produce in Oxnard, CA.
Stephanie Bench of Potandon Produce in Idaho Falls, ID.
Melvin McNeely of Produce Exchange in Livermore, CA.
Peter Anderson of Seald Sweet International in Swedesboro, NJ.
The SpartanNash Midwest regional produce team stand with one of their suppliers in front of their Mexican-themed wall of produce display at the SpartanNash Spring Trade Show in Minneapolis. Brent Higgins, Jeff Kaeter, Tim Geske, Rick Goff, Ryan Easter of Sage Fruit, Franz Keuser, Shawn Albert, Joe Roden, Ryan Baxter and Jerry Kaufman.
Kevin Bosley of Taylor Farms in Salinas, CA, and Tom Slavin of Mueller Yurgae Associates Impact Sales in Minnetonka, MN.
Aron Gularte of Visalia Produce in Kingsburg, CA, and Shane Nathe of SpartanNash in St. Cloud, MN.
Pam Mueller of Waymouth Farms in New Hope, MN.
Ryan Fohrman, Caitlin Grindberg and Jason Horvath of Wonderful Sales in Los Angeles.