Awards and Community Outreach

FMI's award programs showcase industry leaders, outstanding food retail professionals and contributions grocery stores make to the communities they serve. We invite you to learn more about our awards and take part in these programs. 

FMI Executive Leadership Awards

FMI's executive leadership awards recognize our outstanding leaders for their service. These awards are presented annually at the Midwinter Executive Conference and other events.

William H. Albers Award For Industry Relations

  • For excellence in trading partner relations and consumer and community service. A supermarket pioneer, Mr. Albers served as the first chairman of the Board of Directors of the Super Market Institute, one of FMI's predecessor associations, from 1937-1944. 

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Sidney R. Rabb Award For Statemanship

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  • For excellence in serving the consumer, the community and the industry. As a long-time industry leader and chief executive of The Stop and Shop Supermarket Company, Mr. Rabb was a role model for statesmanship and community service, recognizing the industry's higher purpose in serving society. 

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Esther Peterson Award For Consumer Service

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  • For a lifetime of vision, integrity and caring sensitivity to the needs of retail food customers. Ms. Peterson served as special assistant for consumer affairs under U.S. Presidents Johnson and Carter and pioneered the role for the food industry as vice president for consumer affairs at Giant Food Inc.

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Donald H. MacManus Association Executive Award

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  • For extraordinary leadership in public affairs, industry relations and community relations. Mr. MacManus served the industry for many years as executive director of the Rocky Mountain Food Dealers Association and as FMI's Western Region director. He was also a leader in the Colorado State Senate, rising to the position of Democratic whip.

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Glen P. Woodard, Jr., Award For Public Affairs

  • For compelling advocacy of public policies on behalf of the industry in Washington, DC, and state capitals. Mr. Woodard set the standard for excellence in government affairs advocacy on behalf of Winn-Dixie Stores, Inc., and the Food Marketing Institute. 

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Herbert Hoover Award For Humanitarian Service

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  • For humanitarian service in the food industry. The award was established in 1961 in honor of Herbert Hoover, 31st president of the United States, inspired by humanitarian campaigns he led working with the food industry. 

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Robert B. Wegman Award For Entrepreneurial Excellence

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  • Celebrates the food retailer or wholesaler responsible for creating exceptional retail innovations. The award is presented to the food retailer - whether overseeing multiple stores or servicing as an independent operator -  who is exercising entrepreneurial leadership in the design of retail strategies and imaginative merchandising.

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Store Manager Awards

SMA Trophies
The Store Manager Awards showcase exceptional service to customers, employees and the community using innovative initiatives that contribute to company success. Managers are honored in four categories based on company size.

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Community Outreach Awards

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Honoring retailers for the life enriching programs they offered their respective communities. The Community Outreach Awards are given out in three categories: Neighborhood Health Improvement, Food Insecurity and Youth Development.

Past Winners and Program Ideas
Nominations Open in Fall

Gold Plate Awards

gold-award_smThe Gold Plate Awards highlight outstanding programs FMI members have implemented to encourage families to share more meals, together at home, more often. In conjunction with the FMI Foundation’s launch of National Family Meals Month™, we also honor the contributions these companies are making to help raise consumer awareness of the many benefits of family meals. 

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Supermarket Chef Showdown Awards

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FMI’s Supermarket Chef Showdown recipe competition celebrated and honored culinary professionals working in the supermarket industry. Chefs competed live at  FMI Connect in Chicago for the title of FMI Supermarket Chef Showdown Grand Champion. In 2016, the program was redesigned to include enhanced education offerings and called Supermarket Chefs. Archived Winners