Awards and Recognition

At SpartanNash, we embrace the unique talents and backgrounds of our co-workers, customers and communities. We recognize that our differences expand our perspectives — and that drives innovation. By cultivating relationships based on respect, integrity, teamwork and trust, we build a winning culture and recruit a winning team — and we are honored to be recognized for our efforts to do so.


fortune-500Fortune 500

Number 351, based on revenue — 2018
Number 350, based on revenue — 2017
Number 351, based on revenue — 2016
Number 359, based on revenue — 2015

Ranked #1 on “Hottest Companies on the Fortune 500” list — 2015

World’s Most Admired Companies — 2013

Military Friendly® Employer

VIQTORY — 2019



Top 3PL & Cold Storage Provider

Food Logistics — 2015, 2016, 2017, 2018

Recognizing BRT — part of SpartanNash’s food distribution segment — for supply chain optimization and high-service logistics solutions


Top Green Provider

Food Logistics — 2016, 2017, 2018

Recognizing BRT — part of SpartanNash’s food distribution segment — for enhancing sustainability within the food and beverage industry

Retail Patriot Award

Frozen and Refrigerated Buyer — 2018

Recognizing SpartanNash for going above and beyond in the service of military members, veterans and their families

Corporate Sponsor of the Year

Habitat for Humanity of Michigan — 2018



Veteran-Friendly Employer

Michigan Veterans Affairs Agency

Silver level — 2018

Bronze level — 2016, 2017


Michigan’s Best and Brightest in Wellness®

The National Association for Business Resources — 2016, 2017, 2018



West Michigan’s Best and Brightest Companies to Work For®

The National Association for Business Resources — 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017, 2018




Golden Penguin Award, Silver Winner

National Frozen and Refrigerated Foods Association — 2018

March Frozen Food Month Overall Marketing Campaign (Wholesaler Category)


Corporate Social Responsibility Awards — Winner, Fundraising and Philanthropic Initiative 

PR Daily — 2018



Corporate Social Responsibility Awards — Honorable Mention, Green and Environmental Stewardship 

PR Daily — 2018



Corporate Social Responsibility Awards — Honorable Mention, Employee Volunteer Program 

PR Daily — 2018



Top Women in Grocery

Progressive Grocer

Recognizing 15 SpartanNash associates in 2018

Since 2012, 63 female associates have been recognized for their leadership in the retail food industry

Outstanding State Organization Award

Special Olympics North Dakota — 2018



SmartWay partner

U.S. Environmental Protection Agency — 2016, 2017, 2018

Recognizing BRT — part of SpartanNash’s food distribution segment — for working toward more cost-effective and environmentally efficient freight transportation

Most Influential Corporate Board Directors

WomenInc. — 2018

Recognizing M. Shân Atkins, Yvonne R. Jackson and Elizabeth A. Nickels


Honor Roll Company

2020 Women on Boards

Recognizing SpartanNash as a Winning Company for seven consecutive years (2011-17)


wob_logo_4cWinning Company

2020 Women on Boards — 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017

Recognizing SpartanNash for championing board diversity by having 20 percent or more of its board seats held by women


Community Outreach Award, Youth Development Program winner

Food Marketing Institute (FMI) — 2017

Recognizing SpartanNash and its Family Fare Supermarkets in Omaha, Neb. for sponsoring culinary discovery camps to help students understand food from farm to table while fine-tuning their cooking skills. SpartanNash donated $5,000 to the Metropolitan Community College’s Institute for the Culinary Arts to reduce the cost for kids to attend the camps over the course of the summer.

Gold Plate Award

Food Marketing Institute (FMI) — 2017

Recognizing SpartanNash for its efforts to promote National Family Meals Month™ and encourage families to share more meals, together at home, more often

Responsible Retailer Award

Migrant Legal Aid — 2017

Recognizing SpartanNash for our support of the Fair Food Pledge, as well as our efforts in 2017 to renew our pledge and educate and encourage our independent retail customers to sign the pledge as well. More than 40 independent retail customers – representing more than 85 stores throughout Michigan – signed the Fair Food Pledge in 2017.

Best and Brightest Companies to Work For in the Nation®

The National Association for Business Resources — 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017



Newsweek Green Rankings — U.S. 500

Number 389 — 2017


Retail Role Model

Produce for Better Health Foundation — 2017


Manufacturing Innovator of the Year

ProFood World — 2017

Recognizing Caito Foods — part of SpartanNash’s food distribution segment — and its new Fresh Kitchen processing facility for leading the march in the fresh food revolution


Corporate Champion Award

Women’s Forum of New York — 2015, 2017

Recognizing SpartanNash for its efforts to advance women’s leadership and reduce gender parity on corporate boards


Corporate Health Champion

American Diabetes Association — 2016




Social Justice Award, Employment

City of Holland Human Relations Commission — 2016

Honoring SpartanNash and its S. Washington (Holland, Mich.) Family Fare Supermarket for our commitment to employ and offer employment opportunities to veterans and persons with disabilities


100 Most Influential Women in Michigan

Crain’s Detroit Business — 2016

Honoring Kathy Mahoney, SpartanNash EVP, Chief Legal Officer and Secretary


Community Outreach Award, Program Addressing Food Insecurity winner

Food Marketing Institute (FMI) — 2016

Recognizing SpartanNash for its leadership in expanding the Double Up Food Bucks healthy food incentive program. Double Up is a national model for healthy food incentives active in 23 states with support from federal, state and private sources.



Power 300: Most Influential Black Corporate Directors

Savoy Magazine — 2016

Honoring SpartanNash board members Maj. Gen. Hawthorne L. “Peet” Proctor, U.S. Army (Retired) and Yvonne R. Jackson, President, BeecherJackson, Inc.



MSPBJ-Logo-Nameplate (Medium)Corporate Counsel Award: Public Company – Large

The Minneapolis-St. Paul Business Journal — 2015

Recognizing Kathy Mahoney, EVP, General Counsel and Secretary


brandThe Trinity Award

The Salvation Army — 2015



shelby-report-logo-white-backgroundRetailer of the Year

The Shelby Report of the Midwest — 2015

topco-logoBest-in-Class Brand Marketing Award

Topco Associates LLC — 2015

esgrlogolargePatriot Award

Employer Support of the Guard and Reserve and U.S. Department of Defense — 2014



Retailer of the Year

Grocery Headquarters — 2014

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MiBiz — 2014

Finalist for Best Corporate Deal (More than $100 million) — 2014

c05b7cd5ad9341c5f79b3e7b39ba071b2016_cfo_logoCFO of the Year — Corporate

MiBiz — 2014

Recognizing Dave Staples, EVP and Chief Financial Officer


Donated Goods Partner of the Year goodwill-logo

Goodwill Industries of Greater Grand Rapids — 2014

Recognizing SpartanNash’s Earth Week donation drive efforts, which resulted in the collection of 20,000 pounds of donations from 852 bags in one week



habitat-for-humanity-of-michigan-logoOutstanding Sponsor

Habitat for Humanity of Michigan — 2014

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Special Olympics Minnesota — 2014