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Mango Mania display contest sets records

The results are in for the National Mango Board’s seventh annual Mango Mania Display Contest. The contest reported an 83 percent increase of mango volume amongst participating stores, compared to the same week the prior year.

Stores were encouraged to use NMB’s point-of-sale materials that showcased selection, cutting, and nutrition messages to educate shoppers; as well as use their own creativity and props into the catchy displays.

“One hundred eighty-one entries were judged based on creativity of the display, visual appeal, and effectiveness in educating customers about mangos — an increase in entries of 101 percent over 2016. The response and enthusiasm we received this year for the display contest was remarkable,” said Valda Coryat, director of marketing at the NMB. “This year, the contest broke records on participation and an overall increase in the quality of entries — the competition gets tough each year. This sends us a clear message, retailers are excited to promote mangos, and this contest is a great way to boost mango sales and increase mango movement.”

The top winners in each category include:

One to six registers

1st Place: $1,000 prize: Eddie Palacio and Marlene Melendez, Elrod’s Cost Plus, Ft. Worth, TX

2nd Place: $800 prize: Juan Delgado and Romero Gonzalez, Elrod’s Cost Plus, Dallas, TX

3rd Place: $600 prize: Sergio Fernandez, Elrod’s Cost Plus, Dallas, TX

4th Place: $400 prize: Nathen Conat, Bayview Thriftway, Olympia, WA

Honorable Mentions, $200 prize each

Elizabeth Magana and Ana Fernandez, Elrod’s Cost Plus, Arlington, TX

John Gernenz, Harps, Searcy, AR

Irene Sheffield, JustSave Foods, Ramseur, NC

Tim Baker, Lowes Foods, Hickory, NC

Tracie Newberry, Piggly Wiggly, Pinetops, NC

David Gwaltney, United Supermarkets, Clyde, TX

Chris Gonzales, United Supermarkets, Post, TX

Katie Bastian, Weis Markets, State College, PA

Seven or more registers

1st Place: $1,000 prize: Garrett Fowden, Payson Market, Payson, UT

2nd Place: $800 prize: Favio Martinez, Foodland Markets, Forest Hill, TX

3rd Place: $600 prize: Maria Chavez, Foodland Markets, Fort Worth, TX

4th Place: $400 prize: Israel Huerta and Emmanuel Lopez, Elrod’s Cost Plus, Dallas, TX

Honorable Mentions, $200 prize each

Anthony Estrada, Ball’s Sunfresh Market, Kansas City, KS

Russell Varga, Chuck’s Produce, Vancouver, OR,

Dean Goncalves, PriceRite, Cranston, RI

Vincent Venditti, PriceRite, Johnston, MA

Linda Dumais, PriceRite, Chicopee, MA

John Clancy, Rouses Supermarkets, Ponchatoula, LA

Jessica Granier, Rouses Supermarkets, Thibodaux, LA

Trig’s, Minocqua, WI