Minnesota Grown Retailer of the Year Contest

"Fresh from your Neighbor"

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Do you value local?

We want to celebrate our Minnesota grocers who support our local farmers. Are you one of them? Our Retailer of the Year contest recognizes stores that are promoting locally grown foods, beers, wines, and spirits.


Lunds & Byerlys, Edina. (2020)


Festival Foods, Hugo. (2019)


Kowalski's, Eden Prairie. (2019)

The annual Minnesota Grown Retailer of the Year contest is a partnership between the Minnesota Grown program and the Minnesota Grocers Association.

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Contest Period

The contest period runs 08/01/2021 – 10/31/2021. Each applicant will choose a one-week showcase during the contest period for a focused promotional effort in their store and through related marketing. Scoring will be based on 60% of total points for the one-week showcase and an additional 40% of points will be awarded for partnerships throughout the entire Minnesota Grown contest period. Winners will be announced early 2022. All entries must be received no later than 4:00 PM on Friday, 11/19/2021 through the online entry portal.

Interest Form

Completing the form will be your best way to stay in the loop about everything you need to submit your entry in 2021 for the contest to name our 2022 Minnesota Grown Retailers of the Year. We will alert you and update the webpage when the application is live.

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All entrants must be members in good standing of the Minnesota Grocers Association (MGA) at time of entry and award. Entries must represent the promotional efforts of a single store.

Contest Details

Download and review the 2021 Grocer Guide to learn about contest procedures, judging criteria, and privacy notice.

MN Grown Retailer of the Year Contest Regions MAP 2021-2022

Questions? Email mngrown.mda@state.mn.us