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Recognizing successful practices and accomplishments in the human resources and training and development fields of the food retail industry, the Food Marketing Institute (FMI) recently named Big Y Foods, Springfield, MA the winner of the first-ever Awards of Excellence competition. FMI also announced plans for an expanded program in 2003.

“There are hundreds of HR and training and development success stories throughout our industry, with many companies deserving recognition,” said Michael Sansolo, FMI senior vice president. “FMI is pleased to recognize Big Y with the inaugural Training Excellence Award to spotlight excellence in this profession and recognize outstanding achievement.”

Big Y was awarded the Training Excellence Award for creating and implementing a program that blends e-learning and hands-on training. The placement of learning centers in every store and the implementation of a Learning Management System (LMS) created flexible training options to suit the training needs of individual employees. Judges felt that the company’s forward-looking approach was something that could be shared industry-wide.

For more information, go to www.fmi.org.
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