George Hurst from Roundy’s Supermarkets honored as 2014 Mango Retailer of the Year


    The National Mango Board (NMB) has honored George Hurst of Roundy’s Supermarkets as their 2014 Mango Retailer of the year. Each year, the NMB selects four Model Mango Retailers, one from each region of the U.S. All of these retailers are honored for their dedication to supporting the growth of the mango category. The winner was announced at the NMB’s Mango Industry Reception on October 18th during PMA Fresh Summit.

    Mango Model Retailer and Mango Retailer of the Year program seeks to identify retailers that go beyond the efforts of a typical retailer in terms of supporting the mango industry. One of the four Mango Model Retailers is further honored as the Mango Retailer of the Year. The Mango Model Retailers for 2014 are Chris Keetch of Ahold USA, John Higgins and Mark DeCosta of Costco Wholesale and Ricardo DiMarzio of Shopper’s Food & Pharmacy. Each of the Mango Model Retailers has personified the following characteristics:

    • They produce impressive mango sales and volume increases
    • Through NMB funding, they engage in effective, high-quality, creative promotions that connect with shoppers on multiple levels
    • They take the initiative to creatively promote mangos without NMB funding, educating consumers about mangos through displays, POS materials, ads, website, newsletters and other vehicles
    • They are responsive to NMB communications and they follow through on commitments to the NMB
    • They facilitate mango training and inspire associates to handle, merchandise and promote mangos more effectively
    • They are aware of market forces and promote mangos in all seasons

    “The mango industry has many heroes and champions at retail. These retailers are our partners helping support the mango industry year round and have become an essential component in accomplishing our mission to increase fresh mango consumption in the U.S.,” said NMB Executive Director Manuel Michel. “The four finalists for the award really encompass the strong efforts made across the board, making our decision to choose one extremely difficult”.

    Hurst had a 24 percent increase in mango volume compared to a 4 percent increase for the region and an 8 percent increase for the nation. He outperformed his regional competition consistently in every quarter of the past year. “I’ve never seen a retailer get more excited about selling mangos. His enthusiasm is just over the moon, and the more success he has with mangos, the more motivated he is to do even better the next time around,” stated Katie Manetti, Retail Account Manager for the NMB. Hurst has shown a deep commitment to the mango industry, always looking for opportunities to move more product.

    About National Mango Board

    The National Mango Board is an agriculture promotion group, which is supported by assessments from both domestic and imported mangos. The board was designed to drive awareness and consumption of fresh mangos in the U.S. The superfruit mango contains 100 calories, an excellent source of vitamins A and C, a good source of fiber and an amazing source of tropical flavor.

    Mango availability per capita has increased 53 percent since 2005 to an estimated 2.87 pounds per year in 2013. Mango import volume for 2013 was 935 million pounds. Learn more at www.mango.org.


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