The International Dairy, Deli, Bakery Association is honoring 34 industry leaders with the 2023 Champions of Change award, to be presented at the group’s convention next month in Anaheim, California.
The award honors three groups of fresh food leaders: champion department managers, emerging champions and legendary champions, all of whom have been recognized for advancing their grocery departments and contributing to the industry.
Champion department managers are high performing and results oriented; an emerging champion is an “inspirational” professional from retail, supplier or service industries who makes a difference through their leadership; and a legendary champion is a senior-level business leader who consistently demonstrates outstanding leadership, dynamic vision, inventive strategic direction and innovative solution-building, IDDBA said.
“IDDBA’s mission and vision are driven by connecting buyers and sellers of product,” IDDBA VP of Marketing Whitney Atkins said. “The Champions of Change recognition allows the association to recognize the people from our member companies who influence the growth and innovation of our industry. We look forward to recognizing the IDDBA Champions of Change Class of 2023 on center stage in Anaheim.”
Winsight Grocery Business will publish detailed information about each winner in a special section on June 1.
Here’s the full list of IDDBA’s 2023 Champions of Change winners:
Category Manager, Bakery, Schnuck Markets Inc.
Director of Meals, Digital Marketplace Strategy, Albertsons Inc.
Bakery Direction National Merchandising, Albertsons Companies
Director ReadyMeals Operations, Albertsons Companies
Director Retail Operations Execution, Deli Food Service, Albertsons Companies
Director of Culinary Innovation, Albertsons Companies
Director Strategic Programs, Meals Transformation, Albertsons Companies
Operations Executional Manager, Deli Food Service, Albertsons Companies
Technical Product Support, Hillphoenix
Director Item Management, Albertsons Companies
Business Development Manager Bakery, H-E-B
Discount Bakery Director, Loblaw Companies Limited
Retail Sales Manager, Mandi Foods, Inc.
Technical Sales Specialist, Hussmann Corporation
Midwest Regional Sales Manager, David’s Cookies
Category Merchant, Giant Eagle
Bakery Director, Sales and Merchandising, Associated Food Stores
Category Business Manager Deli Specialty Cheese, Tops Markets
Manager of Fresh Merchandising, C&S Wholesale Grocers, Inc.
Category Manager, Deli Cheese, Sobeys
Category Manager, Deli, Schnuck Markets, Inc.
Director of Sales, Volpi Foods
Director of Sales Central Region, UNFI
Director, Bakery Merchandising, UNFI
Central Bakery Director, Dorothy Lane Market
Bakery Manager, Schnucks Harvester
Sr. Category Manager, Specialty, UNFI
Bakery Manager, Schnucks Des Peres
Senior Director ReadyMeals Marketplace Strategies, Albertsons Companies
President/Owner, Mid South Sales and Service
Founder, Companion Baking
Senior Vice President/Chief Marketing Officer, Dairy Farmers of Wisconsin
Sales Manager Key Accounts, UNFI
Vice President Coffee, Bakery & Food Service, Hy-Vee