Progressive Grocer names nine SpartanNash associates ‘Top Women in Grocery’

Thursday, June 29, 2017

Meredith Gremel, Vice President, Corporate Affairs & Communications, 616-878-2830


Progressive Grocer names nine SpartanNash associates ‘Top Women in Grocery’

National award recognizes outstanding female leaders in grocery industry

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. – Recognizing and celebrating the key role women play across all sectors of the grocery industry, Progressive Grocer recently honored nine SpartanNash associates as part of the publication’s nationwide list of Top Women in Grocery. Since 2012, 48 SpartanNash female associates have been recognized by Progressive Grocer as TWIG winners.

In total, 348 women are in the Top Women in Grocery’s class of 2017, including 72 senior-level executives, 207 rising stars and 69 store managers – all of whom play an integral role in the retail food industry.

“At SpartanNash, we celebrate the unique talents and backgrounds of our family of associates, and we are honored to have so many strong female leaders as a part of our company,” President and CEO Dave Staples said. “These women represent each segment of our company – military, retail and distribution – and their contributions are what make SpartanNash successful.”

The nine SpartanNash associates named Top Women in Grocery are:

Store managers:

  • Mary Holtz, Family Fare Supermarkets (Moorhead, Minn.)
  • Julie Janulewicz, Family Fare Supermarkets (Council Bluffs, Iowa)
  • Mary Mulder, D&W Fresh Market (Caledonia, Mich.)

Rising stars:

  • Chilain Backman, Supervisor, Accounts Payable, MDV (Norfolk, Va.)
  • Doreen Hansen, Support/Front End Systems Coordinator (Grand Rapids, Mich.)
  • Margaret Jenkins, Office Services Supervisor (Minneapolis)
  • Audra Landers, Customer Service Manager, MDV (Norfolk, Va.)
  • Mary Masse, Director of Compliance (Minneapolis)
  • Michele Murphy, Senior Business Analyst (Minneapolis)

Through its Top Women in Grocery award, Progressive Grocer shines a national spotlight on many dynamic leading women from some of the most admired organizations in the U.S. supermarket business.

“The women we pay tribute to as our 2017 Top Women in Grocery are among the best this industry has to offer,” said PG Managing Editor Bridget Goldschmidt. “Every year, finalizing the list of honorees is a difficult task, and this year was no exception, as there are so many talented and accomplished women now working in all facets of grocery, from marketing firms and suppliers to retailers, and occupying every rung on the career ladder, from the c-suite to the supermarket. What’s more, many of them share their professional experience and advice with up-and-coming industry colleagues, ensuring that the role of women in grocery will continue to grow.”

All winners will be honored at a gala networking event and awards celebration taking place Thursday, Nov. 9 in Rosemont, Ill.

The full list of 2017 Top Women in Grocery is included in the June edition of Progressive Grocer.


About SpartanNash
SpartanNash (Nasdaq: SPTN) is a Fortune 400 company whose core businesses include distributing grocery products to independent grocery retailers, national accounts, its corporate-owned retail stores and U.S. military commissaries. SpartanNash serves customer locations in 47 states and the District of Columbia, Europe, Cuba, Puerto Rico, Bahrain and Egypt. SpartanNash currently operates 151 supermarkets, primarily under the banners of Family Fare Supermarkets, Family Fresh Market, D&W Fresh Market and SunMart. Through its MDV military division, SpartanNash is the leading distributor of grocery products to U.S. military commissaries.