News Release
 April 10, 2019
CONTACT: Kathy Sautter
716 635 5577

Williamsville, NY - Tops Friendly Markets a leading full-service grocery retailer in New York, northern Pennsylvania, and Vermont is pleased to announce that Robin Manwaring, produce manager for Tops in Pulaski, NY will receive the United Fresh 2019 Retail Produce Manager of the Year Award. This program recognizes 25 outstanding retail produce managers for their innovative merchandising, produce-related community outreach, increased store sales and recognition among company peers. Robin will be presented with his award from United Fresh President & CEO, Tom Stenzel, along with representatives from Dole at 2:00 pm April 16th at the Tops located at 3830 Rome Rd., Pulaski, NY. The Retail Produce Manager Awards Program, sponsored by Dole Food Company and now in its 15th year, pays special recognition to produce managers on the front line in supermarkets working every day to increase sales and consumption of fresh fruits and vegetables. “This is Dole’s fifth year as title sponsor of the United Fresh Retail Produce Manager Awards, and we could not be more proud to be a part of this important recognition program,” shared Johan Linden, President and CEO of Dole Food Company. “These men and women do so much to promote the increased consumption of fresh fruits and vegetables, and this gives us an opportunity to recognize that contribution and a platform to express our sincere thanks on behalf of our company and our industry.” Robin, along with Jeff Cady, Director of Produce & Floral for Tops Friendly Markets, will attend the United Fresh 2019 conference, taking place June 10-12 in Chicago. As one of the world’s largest producers and marketers of high-quality fresh fruit and fresh vegetables, Dole Food Company, Inc., the awards program sponsor, is proud to honor the Retail Produce Managers who are driven to make a difference in our industry and the communities in which they live. “The ability to creatively merchandise product, interact with customers, and oversee the growth of not only the department’s offerings, but also the people within the department, is paramount,” noted Jeff Cady, Director of Produce & Floral, Tops Friendly Markets and Chairman of the United Fresh Retail-Foodservice Board. “Fresh produce is a vital part of our day-to-day business, and being able manage it successfully is invaluable and truly appreciated throughout the industry.” Since the program’s inception, over 300 produce managers from over 100 different retail banners have been honored. ### Tops Markets, LLC, is headquartered in Williamsville, NY and operates 159 full-service supermarkets with five additional by franchisees under the Tops banner. Tops employs more than 14,000 associates and is a leading full-service grocery retailer in New York, northern Pennsylvania, and Vermont. For more information about Tops Markets, visit the company's website at


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