Haggen Produce Manager Named Award Honoree
We’re very excited to announce Mike Caceras, our Produce Manager at Haggen Olympia, has been selected as an outstanding Retail Produce Manager honorees by the United Fresh Produce Association. Mike is on his way to Chicago to be recognized as one of the best in his field. He will be recognized with 25 other managers from across North America as outstanding Retail Produce Manager honorees. We couldn’t be prouder of Mike and his dedication to making produce a shining example of quality, local and fresh. Way to go Mike!
Mike has worked with us since he was 16 years old. With 20 years of experience at Haggen, he’s been an integral part of store operations at many locations including Kent, Woodinville, Bellevue, Snohomish and currently Olympia where he’s been since January of this year. Mike says his favorite part of his job is building attractive displays to get people excited about produce and introducing guests to new or hard-to-find items that only Haggen carries. We had to ask the master of produce what his favorite produce item is. His answer? Cotton Candy grapes that taste just like their namesake.
Marking United Fresh Produce Association’s 13th year of recognizing exceptional retail produce managers, they have announced the honorees of its 2017 Retail Produce Manager Awards Program. The group of 25 produce managers represents supermarket banners, commissaries and independent retail stores from 14 different states and two Canadian provinces. The winners will be the honored guests at the United Fresh 2017 convention, June 13-15 in Chicago. The program pays special recognition to produce managers working every day on the front line to increase sales and consumption of fresh fruits and vegetables. Since the program began in 2005, nearly 300 retail produce managers, representing more than 90 different retail banners, have been honored for their contributions to the industry. “Produce managers are the face of our industry to the consumer. Their creative merchandising and positive approach to customer service directly correlates to the growth of sales and ultimately consumption of fresh fruits and vegetables,” said United Fresh CEO Tom Stenzel. “This gives us an opportunity to recognize that contribution and genuinely say thank you.”