2021 Remarkable Independents

2021 Remarkable Independents

Kari Manze

I am grateful to have the opportunity to work with a cross-functional team of experts to help bring delightful desserts to life for our customers. The most rewarding aspect of my job is seeing a new dessert on our customers’ bakery shelves that is grounded in consumer insights and crafted with care from our bakeries.

2021 Remarkable Independents

HAC Inc.

Recognizing the struggles of the restaurant industry, HAC made a decision early in the pandemic to partner with local restaurants and sell their meals in its deli cases, with 100% of the money going back to those establishments.

Service lies at the heart of Festival Foods’ values, allowing the family- and employee-owned retailer of 33 stores in Wisconsin to deliver on a culture of excellence for the past 75 years.

Natural grocer Alfalfa’s Market isn’t just selling produce, it’s “selling beauty,” says Director of Produce Claris Ritter.

Whether it’s artisanal bread, quality meats and seafood, or its Naples-style pizza, Dorothy Lane Market nourishes “a culture that loves food,” says Calvin Mayne, president and COO.

In a year that saw grocers pressed to reckon with dual economic and public-health crises—including everything from supply-chain disruption to compliance with still-shifting COVID-19 mitigation regulations—WGB is proud to present the 2021 Remarkable Independents.

President Allison Buckingham shares how the independent, which has received praise for the changes it has made amid the pandemic, has kept its store and customers safe.

Healthy Living Market & Café takes pride in its in-store experience, built on warm, inviting stores; an elevated cafe; and exceptional hospitality.

Liberty Heights Fresh promises that shoppers will find “no unpronounceable, unrecognizable mystery imitation ingredients … simply good food made with wholesome, traditional products that your grandparents would recognize.”

Launched in 2016, Market Wagon offers consumers the chance to buy directly from a range of local producers—no subscription, contract or membership required.

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