ShopRite Dietitians Recognized For Excellence at Fifth Annual Progressive Grocer Retail Dietitian Symposium
ANAHEIM, CA - ShopRite Supermarkets announced that four of its Registered Dietitians were recognized for their outstanding work in serving customers, associates and members of the community during the fifth annual Progressive Grocer Retail Dietitian Symposium, held June 3-5 in Anaheim, CA.
Ashley Cully, RD, a registered dietitian with the ShopRite of Marlton and the Shoprite of Evesham Road, both in New Jersey, received a Retail Dietitian Outreach Innovation Award at the ceremony, which took place on June 4. The award recognized her efforts in coordinating a Gluten-Free Festival, which takes place each year in October at the ShopRite of Marlton. Her most recent event had 60 participating companies and was timed to coordinate with Celiac Awareness Month.
According to the organization, judges for the contest, now in its fifth year, were comprised of retail executives, registered dietitians and Progressive Grocer editors who rated submissions on their ability to increase shopper engagement, build awareness of the retail banner as a partner in wellness, and provide demonstrable services to store customers and associates.
At the awards ceremony, Ms. Culley spoke about the event, and thanked store owner, Ravitz Family Markets, for providing her with the tools and encouragement to make the annual event a success.
Additionally, three ShopRite dietitians were among the five finalists nominated for 2017 RDBA Retail Dietitian of the Year award, which recognizes a retail dietitian who demonstrates leadership, innovation and business savvy to positively impact consumer behavior through the retail sector. Maryrose Agel, RDN, retail dietitian at ShopRite of Spotswood, NJ, Monica Hansen, RD, retail dietitian at ShopRite of Greater Morristown in Cedar Knolls, NJ, and Jenna Warner, RD, manager of corporate retail health & wellness for Inserra Supermarkets Inc., which operates approximately 22 ShopRite stores across New York and New Jersey, were all acknowledged for their work.
"We’re proud to see so many of our dietitians honored on a national stage for their tireless work promoting health and wellness in our stores and communities,” says Melanie Dwornik, RD, MA, manager of Health and Wellness at ShopRite. “Knowing that our dietitians are making a difference in the quality of life for our customers and community members is something we deeply value and are extremely grateful for.”
Maryrose Agel, RDN, is an integrated member of the management team at ShopRite of Spotswood, providing recommendations on product offerings and merchandising, assessing sales data and providing customer feedback and requests to ShopRite’s merchants and vendors. Agel also trains newly hired dietitians and store managers, and regularly teaches dietitian interns. Her team as noted that she is, “a true embodiment of ShopRite’s purpose, to care deeply about people by helping them to eat well and be happy.”
Monica Hansen, RD, spent seven years in the supermarket industry and worked as an assistant manager in a retail setting prior to becoming a dietitian, which has prepared her to better understand the needs of ShopRite customers and associates. With experience in hiring, training, inventory, hours management and sales monitoring, her knowledge and skill set provide valuable insight to her role and responsibilities as the retail dietitian at ShopRite of Greater Morristown.
As Manager of Corporate Retail Health & Wellness for Inserra Supermarkets Inc., Jenna Warner, RD, serves as a liaison for Inserra’s health and wellness program to the community, external corporations and organizations and internally among ShopRite associates. Her responsibilities include store merchandising, buying and marketing for the 22 ShopRite stores she oversees. Warner also implemented the Dietitian Product Spotlight at ShopRite, which showcases new products each month, bringing unknown, exciting and new products to the attention of customers.
The symposium is a collaborative effort between Progressive Grocer, a leading publication written for professionals in the supermarket, retail and supply industry nationwide, and the Retail Dietitians Business Alliance (RDBA), whose mission is to foster the continuing business education and career development of current and future retail dietitians, as part of a mutual commitment to empowering retail dietitians as they work to improve the health of consumers and enhance the business of grocery retail.
As Registered Dietitians at ShopRite, the team provides complimentary health and wellness services that guide customers on a range of issues, from learning how to shop and prepare healthy meals, to proper nutrition for specific health conditions and dietary needs. ShopRite’s in-store dietitian team consists of more than 130 Registered Dietitians who service ShopRite customers in over 140 locations in New Jersey, New York, Pennsylvania, Connecticut, Delaware and Maryland.
ShopRite is the registered trademark of Wakefern Food Corp., a retailer-owned cooperative based in Keasbey, NJ, and the largest supermarket cooperative in the United States. With more than 270 ShopRite supermarkets located throughout New Jersey, New York, Pennsylvania, Connecticut, Delaware and Maryland, ShopRite serves more than six million customers each week. Through its ShopRite Partners In Caring program, ShopRite is dedicated to fighting hunger in the communities it serves. Since the program began in 1999, ShopRite Partners In Caring has donated $43 million to food banks that support more than 2,100 worthy charities. As a title sponsor of the ShopRite LPGA Classic Presented by Acer, ShopRite has donated $30 million to local organizations, hospitals and community groups. For more information, please visit www.shoprite.com.
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