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The Food Marketing Institute (FMI) announced yesterday the 10 finalists in its annual Store Manager Awards contest. Four of them - one from each category - will earn grand prize honors, which will be awarded at the annual FMI Show in Chicago next month.

The finalists are:

• Category A (1 – 49 Stores): Larry Hack, Martin’s Super Markets #16 in Granger, Indiana; Jeffery Iwamuro, Potash Markets on Clark Street in Chicago, Illinois; David Tutorow, Martin’s Super Markets # 17in Elkhart, Indiana.

• Category B (50 – 199 Stores): Kate Allred, Lowes Foods #161 in Clemmons, North Carolina; Chris Turner, Brookshire Grocery Company in Ruston, Louisiana; John Wild, Family Fresh Market - SpartanNash in River Falls, Wisconsin.

• Category C (Over 200 Stores): Randy Kruse, Ames No. 2 Hy-Vee, Inc. in Ames Iowa; Dough Malenoski, King Soopers, a division of The Kroger Co. in Littleton Colorado; Ray Waldrop, BI-LO in Rock Hill, South Carolina.

• Category D (International retailers – companies operating outside North America): George Katsifolis, Alfa Beta Kalamata 3, a company of Delhaize Group in Kalamata, Greece.

All the finalists are getting free trips to the FMI s Show. The winners will earn a $1,000 prize, plus a crustal trophy.
KC's View:
This might be a good time to mention that I'm thinking of maybe hosting a little wine tasting at FMI next month … and so if you plan to be in Chicago from June 10-12, let me know via email. I'll get back to you with details.