Minnesota Grown Retailer of the Year Contest



The Minnesota Grown Program and the Minnesota Grocers MN GrownAssociation have teamed up to sponsor a statewide contest to find retail grocers who are doing the best job of promoting Minnesota Grown foods.




A collage of photos from Retailer of the Year contest

Contest information:
The contest period runs through October 31, 2017. First place winners will be selected in each of six regions (based on county borders) and one winner will be selected from the People’s Choice Display Contest.

*COMING SOON* – a new contest category will be added for Minnesota Grocery Association member liquor stores featuring Minnesota Grown products. More details to be posted in the coming months.

  1. Single Store: Northwest Region
    (Becker, Beltrami, Cass, Clay, Clearwater, Crow Wing, Hubbard, Kittson, Lake of the Woods, Mahnomen, Marshall, Norman, Otter Trail, Pennington, Polk, Red Lake, Roseau, Wadena, Wilkin)
  2. Single Store: Northeast Region
    (Aitkin, Carlton, Cook, Itasca, Kanabec, Koochiching, Lake, Mille Lacs, Pine, St. Louis)
  3. Single Store: Twin Cities Region
    (Anoka, Carver, Chisago, Dakota, Hennepin, Isanti, Ramsey, Scott, Sherburne, Washington, Wright)
  4. Single Store: Southeast Region
    (Dodge, Fillmore, Freeborn, Goodhue, Houston, Le Sueur, Mower, Olmsted, Rice, Steele, Wabasha, Waseca, Winona)
  5. Single Store: Southwest Region
    (Blue Earth, Brown, Cottonwood, Faribault, Jackson, Lincoln, Lyon, Martin, McLeod, Murray, Nicollet, Nobles, Pipestone, Redwood, Renville, Rock, Sibley, Watonwan, Yellow Medicine)
  6. Single Store: West Central Region
    (Benton, Big Stone, Chippewa, Douglas, Grant, Kandiyohi, Lac qui Parle, Meeker, Morrison, Pope, Stearns, Stevens, Swift, Todd, Traverse)

People’s Choice: Best Minnesota Grown Display
This award for best display is available to a single store located anywhere within Minnesota. Simply submit a photo of an excellent display of local products that meets the criteria below. Stores are encouraged to enter both the “Minnesota Grown Retailer of the Year” contest and the “Minnesota Grown People’s Choice Display” contest.

Winners will receive exclusive rights to use a custom “Minnesota Grown Retailer of the Year” logo or the “People’s Choice” logo.

Contest Rules and Award Criteria

2017-2018 Peoples Choice Entry Form

2017-2018 Retailer of the Year Entry Form

Resources for a Successful Entry:

Minnesota Grown Promotional Items

Minnesota Grown Logo

Minnesota Grown Wholesale Directory

2016-2017 Winners:

Northwest: Super One Foods, Baxter

Northeast: Chris’s Food Center, Sandstone

Twin Cities: Kowalski’s, Woodbury

West Central: Lunds and Byerlys, St. Cloud

People’s Choice Display Award: Festival Foods, Bloomington