The Minnesota Grown Program and the Minnesota Grocers Association have teamed up to sponsor a statewide contest to find retail grocers who are doing the best job of promoting Minnesota Grown foods, beers, wines, and spirits.
*NEW CATEGORY* – A new contest award category for best display of Minnesota Grown beer, wine, and spirits has been added for Minnesota Grocery Association member stores! See below for more information.
Retailer of the Year Award (One per region)
The contest period runs through October 31, 2018. One, individual store, first place winner will be selected in each of six regions (see below). Winners will receive exclusive rights to use a custom “Minnesota Grown Retailer of the Year” logo.
Retailer of the Year – Beer, Wine, and Spirits (Statewide winner)
The contest period runs through October 31, 2018. This award is for best display of Minnesota Grown beers, wines, and/or spirits. It is awarded to one, individual store located anywhere within Minnesota. Winners will receive exclusive rights to use a custom “Minnesota Grown Retailer of the Year – Beer, Wine, and Spirits” logo.
People’s Choice: Best Minnesota Grown Display (Statewide winner)
The contest period runs through October 31, 2018. This award for best display is awarded to one, individual 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 “People’s Choice” logo.
Resources for a Successful Entry:
Northeast: Chris’s Food Center, Sandstone
Twin Cities: Kowalski’s, Shoreview
West Central: Lunds and Byerlys, St. Cloud
People’s Choice Award: Festival Foods, White Bear Lake
People’s Choice Honorable Mention: Chris’s Food Center, Pine City
(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)
(Aitkin, Carlton, Cook, Itasca, Kanabec, Koochiching, Lake, Mille Lacs, Pine, St. Louis)
Twin Cities Region
(Anoka, Carver, Chisago, Dakota, Hennepin, Isanti, Ramsey, Scott, Sherburne, Washington, Wright)
(Dodge, Fillmore, Freeborn, Goodhue, Houston, Le Sueur, Mower, Olmsted, Rice, Steele, Wabasha, Waseca, Winona)
(Blue Earth, Brown, Cottonwood, Faribault, Jackson, Lincoln, Lyon, Martin, McLeod, Murray, Nicollet, Nobles, Pipestone, Redwood, Renville, Rock, Sibley, Watonwan, Yellow Medicine)
West Central Region
(Benton, Big Stone, Chippewa, Douglas, Grant, Kandiyohi, Lac qui Parle, Meeker, Morrison, Pope, Stearns, Stevens, Swift, Todd, Traverse)