MINNEAPOLIS -- Under a festive Wild West theme, SpartanNash’s annual fresh and general food distribution west expo gathered at the Minneapolis Convention Center Feb. 13-14.
“We service 350 stores out of our three west regions -- St. Cloud, Fargo and Omaha -- and we bring them all in for this show,” Tim Eberle, senior director of produce/floral merchandising at SpartanNash, told The Produce News. “We have 40 produce vendors here representing from A to Z in the produce department; we have all commodities covered. We’re trying to get people excited about different merchandising concepts and give them a view of how they can show things a little differently to generate some sales.”
Dan Hasson of Little Potato Co., Dena Telschow of Advantage Fresh, Pat McErlean of Del Monte and Tom Williams of Advantage Fresh.
T. J. Andrews of Bari Produce.
Angie Sommers of Belle Harvest.
Cheryl Gass and Bill Riddering of Chandler Topic with Jim Drew of SpartanNash in Minneapolis.
Paul Platteborze of Tadych’s Econofoods in Marquette, MI, Jim Weber of Tadych’s Econofoods in Iron Mountain, MI, Tim Geske of SpartanNash in St. Cloud, MN, and Jim Busche of Chelan Fresh.
Peter Ourada of C.H. Robinson.
Wes Sterenberg of Creative Merchandising Systems and Jeff Kaeter of SpartanNash in St. Cloud, MN.
Brad Jarvi and Travis Jarvi of Crown Poly.
Mark Gagnon and Greg Samels of Del Monte Fresh.
Tim Waters and Chris Lambert of Dole.
Ryan Gafner and Mike Hughes of The Fresh Connection.
Jenna Duffy of Grimmway Farms/Cal O.
Amie Bouley of GT’s Living Foods.
Lynn Ruffell of Honeybear Marketing and Kristi Harris of Honeybear Brands.
Tom Slavin of Impact Group.
Dave Eisner and Chris Hawn of Melissa’s World Variety.
Joseph Henry of Ocean Mist Farms.
Andrew Schallenhammer of Oppy/The Oppenheimer Group, Steve Cox and Candy Cox of Gary’s Superfoods in North Platte, NE, and Jonathan Gutierrez of Oppy/The Oppenheimer Group.
Ty Westbrook of Potandon Produce.
Ryan Easter of Sage Fruit Co.
Marcy Odden and Jim Laskowski of Schraad & Associates.
Tony Pellegrino and Rob Anderholt of Seald Sweet/Greenyard.
Jeff Mele, Mark Grijalva and Pat Steider of Mountain View Fruit Sales.
Melvin McNeely of the Produce Exchange.
Jim Helseth and Jeff Helseth of Twist-Ease.
Anthony Casciaro and Aron Gularte of Visalia Produce, and Jeff Umbenhower of Caito Foods LLC.
Erin Eglinton of Wholesale Produce.
Jason Horvath and Ryan Fohrman of Wonderful Sales.