ST. PAUL, MN — On July 24-26, SuperValu transformed the RiverCentre, here, into what Jeff Swanson, the company’s vice president of communications, described as “the largest supermarket you’ve ever seen.” The SuperValu 2018 National Expo covered 133,000 square feet of exhibit space with more than 600 vendors and drew more than 6,000 attendees. New this year was an entire hall dedicated specifically to ethnic, natural, organic and specialty products presented by SuperValu’s Market Centre. The fifth annual National Expo featured a full schedule of events focused on education, inspiration and innovation to help retailers gain business insights, drive sales and better serve its customers.
Joe Urlick, Debby Schultz-Ademino and Diana Bartizal of Acosta Sales & Marketing.
John Janker, Roy Murdock and Steve Kuboyama of Charlie’s Produce in Seattle.
Jason Covington of Sullivan’s Markets with Jay Dyer of Chelan Fresh, and Jason Caruso and Steve Coleman of SuperValu.
Pat Jaeger of Dole Foods is flanked by Stephanie Getz and Mark Kreiner of Dole Mushrooms.
Al Ignsky of SuperValu and Mark Leone of Giorgio Fresh.
Erin Caird of Por La Mar Nursery, Diane Yoshida of Global Star Design and Heather Schulenberg of Westland Floral.
Jed Hunter of Grower Network at Ken Corbett Farms.
Andy Figart of Hess Bros. Fruit Co.
Lynn Ruffell and Tyler Tucker of Honeybear Marketing.
William Wessels, Mike Kemp, Brenna George, Katie Newcomb, Frank Pichler and Kelby Werner of Market Fresh Produce.
Julie Billy and Corey Christe of Organic Girl.
Jim Bloomquist, Ralph Schwartz and Ty Westbrook of Potandon Produce.
Lora and Denver Schutz of Gerawan Farming.
Mike Erickson of SuperValu is flanked by Ben Schmidt and Mark Trapp of Robinson Fresh.
Stephanie Walton and Rob Davis of Shoreline Fruit.
Todd Hansen of Sky Valley Foods.
Megan Campos and Piotr Gasienica of Suja Organics.
Ira Bernhard and Dio Castillo of Sun City Produce.
Howard Nager of Sun Pacific Marketing.
Micah Shea and Chris Dreier of Taylor Farms.
Ryan Gafner of The Fresh Connection.
Michelle Varness of Waymouth Farms.
Bruce Pack of Vallarta Supermarkets and Ron Roberts of Wonderful Sales.