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

2021 Remarkable Independents

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.

Founder and owner Danielle Vogel has made deliberate choices about the kind of experience she wants to ensure for customers and employees amid COVID.

Bold, deliberate and consistent define Raley’s actions throughout 2020.

Oliver’s Market knows its sweet spot: providing a wide assortment of products—more than 6,000, in fact—from in-county growers and manufacturers.

The Ann Arbor, Mich., institution is most known for its sandwiches and high-quality meats.

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