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Close to 150 of Fareway friends, including IGIA suppliers, brokers and wholesale members, attended the spring grocers manufacturers luncheon hosted by the Iowa Grocery Industry Association and featured Fareway CEO, Reynolds Cramer.

Cramer addressed the group on Friday, May 15, following lunch and talked about the importance of family, relationships and the future.

Fareway's Aaron Irlbeck, Vice President of Wholesale Purchasing, also presented three new awards Fareway is using to recognize outstanding business partners. The winners are pictured below

Supplier of the Year: Greater Omaha

Greater Omaha management accepting award.

Greater Omaha was selected for providing great customer service and a product of consistently exceptional quality.

Broker of the Year: Mueller Yurgae Associates
Mueller Yurgae Associates accepting award.

"Year after year, Mueller Yurgae Associates stands out above the rest," says Irlbeck. "They provide retail coverage in all of our stores. They know all our managers on a first-name basis. Their headquarter staff is fantastic. Their salespeople and administrative staff are outstanding. I can't say enough about what they do for us.

Salesperson of the Year: Pat Ryan, Frito Lay

Pat Ryan accepting Frito Lay award.
Selected for his efforts in traveling to Fareway stores to explain the programs Frito has in place to help retailers grow sales and ensuring stores are receiving the maximum benefits the programs have to offer.

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