ALABAMA GROCERS ASSOCIATION GIVES ANNUAL YEAR AWARDS AND HOSTS LEGISLATIVE SPEAKERS AT FOOD INDUSTRY FINEST LUNCHEON
BIRMINGHAM, AL— The Alabama Grocers Association held their annual Food Industry Finest Luncheon on Wednesday, October 23 honoring their Industry Award winners.
Speakers included Lieutenant Governor Will Ainsworth
and Dr. Bruce Bright, On Target Leading.
The food retail industry in Alabama provides over 70,000 jobs with over $2.2 billion in annual wages paid. Grocers pay over $1.2 billion in state taxes and have a total economic impact on the state’s economy of over $12 billion.
More than 150 people attended the event at The Club to discuss the work of the Alabama Grocers Association in 2019 and those in the food, beverage and grocery profession here in Alabama.
YEAR AWARD WINNERS
“Each of these fine individuals exemplify leadership and excellence Alabama’s grocery industry. They are committed to growing and improving the grocery industry in Alabama,” said Ellie Taylor, President Alabama Grocers Association. “We are thankful for the opportunity to honor them and their commitment today.”
The Retailer of the Year Award was presented to Andy Virciglio of Piggly Wiggly Supermarkets Birmingham.
“It has been an honor for our family business to be a part of this community for three generations,” said Andy Virciglio, Piggly Wiggly Supermarkets. “Our employees are focused on providing outstanding service to our customers every day.”
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The Wholesaler of the Year Award was given to Ken Miller of Associated Grocers of the South.
“Our team is strong, and we have worked hard to grow our business and be competitive,” said Ken Miller, Associated Grocers of the South. “This award is a reflection of our goal to provide our members with the lowest cost of goods that enables them to increase both their sales and profits.”
The Vendor of the Year award recipient was Paul Burnett, Byars | Wright.
“We believe in supporting the needs of Alabama Grocers, they are the foundation of our communities,” said Paul Burnett, Byars | Wright. “Our team considers it an honor to support and work along side these dedicated businesses.”
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In addition, Greg Ferrara, President, National Grocers Association presented the prestigious Spirit of America Award to David Mitchell, Mitchell Grocery Corporation for his active and effective participation in government affairs and as a strong and effective advocate for the independent food distribution industry in Alabama and across the Nation.
To view all the photos from this event, visit the AGA’s Facebook Page.
The Alabama Grocers Education Foundation held its Annual Fall Golf Outing on Thursday, October 24, 2019 at Inverness Country Club in Birmingham, Alabama. This tournament raised funds for the Alabama Grocers Education Foundation, to provide scholarships to employees and children of employees of Alabama Grocers Association companies. To date AGEF has awarded over 1.2 million dollars because of the tremendous support of our members at golf tournaments such as this one.
The winners of the golf tournament were as follows: First Place Team: Darrin Waugh, Brendan Keller, Jason Tate & Michael Bishop of Federated Insurance.
Second Place Team: Drew Smith of Main Street Family Care; Webb Chastain of Merrill Lynch; Zach Chambliss of Decided Excellence Catholic Media and Jeff Goodgame of LAH Real Estate.
Third Place Team: Mike Cheshier and Lee Cox of UNFI; and Ron McClellan and David Wright of Discount Foods.
Closest to the Pin: Chuck Potter of Red Diamond
Longest Drive: Scott O’Brien of Piggly Wiggly Alabama Distributing Company .
The Alabama Grocers Education Foundation Golf Outings would not be as successful without the many companies that sponsored this event and contributed their goods. The Presenting Sponsor for this event was UNFI. Additional sponsors of the AGEF 2019 Fall Tournament included A&R Super Markets; Alabama Power Company; Associated Grocers of the South; Associated Wholesale Grocers; Bunzl Distribution; Byars | Wright; C Lane Company; Coca-Cola Bottling Co. United, Inc.; Country Delite Farms/Dean Foods; Edlinco; Federated Insurance; Ice Cream Specialties; KeHE Distributors; Merrill Lynch/TransAmerica; Mitchell Grocery Corporation; Palermo’s Pizza/Advantage Solutions; Piggly Wiggly Alabama Dist.; Publix Super Markets, Inc.; Red Diamond Coffee & Tea; Truno, Retail Technology Solutions; UNFI; United Johnson Brothers (2); and Utz/Golden Flake Snack Foods.
About the Alabama Grocers Association: The Alabama Grocers Association is a state trade association representing the grocery retail industry since 1990. With more than 135 retail members operating nearly 850 stores statewide, as well as over 225 manufacturers, brokers, wholesalers and other members, the AGA is the voice of the industry in the state of Alabama. The food retail industry in Alabama provides over 70,000 jobs with over $2.2 billion in annual wages paid. Grocers pay over $2.2 billion in state and federal taxes and have a total economic impact on the state’s economy of over $12 billion dollars. For more information, go to www.alabamagrocers.org.
2019 Issue 4 Edition of Alabama Grocer Digital Magazine
Please find below the 2019 Issue 4 edition of Alabama Grocer Digital Magazine! This added member benefit is meant to be shared so feel free to forward this email to associates in your organization or store level teams! Team members who want to receive the magazine directly can sign up by sending their name, title, company and email address to firstname.lastname@example.org. If you enjoy the Alabama Grocer, please consider advertising in an upcoming issue. We can only continue this benefit, if it is supported by the members.
This edition features stories on: Predictably Brilliant; The Age of Disruption; BAB Food Product Expo Photos; a memorial to Jack Greer; a message from the Chairman and the President; and several articles from writers across the nation.
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Alabama Grocers Association Holds Annual Convention
The Alabama Grocers Association recently held their 29th Annual Convention at the Sandestin Beach Resort in Destin, Florida. The Association brought members from all aspects of the grocery industry together to promote the growth and success of the food industry throughout the state of Alabama.The convention kicked off with the Larry D. Eddleman, Sr. Golf Classic at the Baytowne Golf Club. First Place golf winners included Gene Phillips, Truno, Josh Ray, Shop Hero, and Brad Conner, Birmingham Beverage (pictured below);
Second Place winners included Greg Rains, Alabama Crown, Andrew Virciglio, Piggly Wiggly Birmingham, Lance Smith, Mark Twain Brewing, and Ronnie Ellis, Southern Champion; and Third Place winners included Don Richardson, Birmingham Coca-Cola United, Greg Waldrop, Gateway Foods, Kyle Butler and Dana Bowen, Frito-Lay. The Closest to the Pin was Greg Rains, Alabama Crown and the Longest Drive was Brad Conner, Birmingham Beverage. The evening followed with a silent auction and casino party.
A silent auction and raffle were held Monday night which raised more than $28,000 for the Alabama Grocers Education Foundation. This year the Alabama Grocers Education Foundation awarded 61 scholarships valued at more than $57,750, and to date has awarded more than 1.28 million dollars in total scholarships.
The business forum was held the following day and included Keynote Speaker, Shawna Suckow who discussed how to create and keep customers in a culture saturated with marketing messages. Commissioner Rick Pate and Ellie Watson, Alabama Department of Agriculture and Industries, spoke on the new agriculture program – “Sweet Grown Alabama” – which will be rolling out in stores soon. A Local Product Retailer Panel moderated by Dr. Glenn Richey, Auburn University, outlined how retailers large and small source and promote local products. Featured on the local panel were Mr. Mike Tanner, Director of Merchandising, Publix Super Markets, Jacksonville Division; Mr. Austin Virciglio, Vice President, Piggly Wiggly Birmingham; Mr. Rob Renfroe, Vice President, Renfroe’s Market; and Mr. Glen Wilkins, Director, Public Affairs, Wal-Mart (pictured below). A 2019 Legislative Overview and 2020 outlook was given by Mr. Patrick McWhorter, AGA Legislative Consultant and Mr. Paul DeMarco, Parsons, Lee and Juliano, P.C.
Tuesday afternoon also included an exhibit hall with more than 70 booths with vendors from all aspects of the grocery industry. Featured in the exhibit hall was our Alabama State Best Bagger Contest sponsored and run by Bunzl Distribution. Miss Jessica Stevens, Publix Super Markets, Inc. will represent AGA in the National Grocers Association Best Bagger Contest on February 24, 2020 in San Diego, California. Bagger winner pictured below.
On Tuesday night, the Chairman’s Banquet was held with renowned comedian Henry Cho as the celebrity entertainment.
Several Awards were given including the Spirit of Alabama Award, presented to Mr. Reed Ingram, Alabama House of Representatives, District 75 for his work this legislative session in the passing of our Sunday Sales bill that will allow any wet county or municipality by resolution or ordinance to permit and regulate the sale of alcohol on Sundays.
New Officers and Directors were installed. Mr. Frank D’Amico, III, BTC Wholesale, was given the Chairman’s Plaque of Appreciation for his dedicated work during his two-year term as Chairman and the gavel was transferred to Mr. Johnny Collins, Organic Valley Fresh, who will serve as Chairman until 2021.
About the Alabama Grocers Association: The Alabama Grocers Association is a state trade association representing the grocery retail industry since 1990. With more than 135 retail members operating over 850 stores statewide, as well as over 225 manufacturers, brokers, wholesalers and other members, the AGA is the voice of the industry in the state of Alabama. The food retail industry in Alabama provides over 70,000 jobs with over $2.2 billion in annual wages paid. Grocers pay over $1.2 billion in state taxes and have a total economic impact on the state’s economy of over $12 billion. For more information, go to www.alabamagrocers.org.