Minnesota grocers recognized for promoting locally grown products and farms will be rewarded with the 2022 Retailer of the Year award from the Minnesota Department of  Agriculture’s (MDA) Minnesota Grown program, in conjunction with the Minnesota Grocers Association (MGA).

“Grocers and their employees have come through repeatedly for Minnesota communities in recent years,” MDA Commissioner Thom Petersen said. “One of those ways is by promoting fresh, nutritious, locally grown foods, and we want to recognize how significant their contribution is.” 

MDA and MGA staff will be presenting the awards in-person at each of the stores this summer. 

The retailers in their respective regions will receive a commemorative plaque and exclusive rights to use the “Minnesota Grown Retailer of the Year 2022” logo in their ads and displays. They included:

  • Northeast: Chris’ Food Center, Sandstone, MN
  • Northwest: Lueken’s Village Foods North, Bemidji, MN
  • Southeast: Kowalski’s Markets, Woodbury, MN
  • Southwest: Mackenthun’s Fine Foods, Waconia, MN

“Grocers are essential to the communities they serve and are incredibly proud of our innovative local partnerships – farm to fork,” said MGA President Jamie Pfuhl. 

“The success of the Minnesota Grown program is driven by the exceptional efforts of all in the food industry. 

We are proud to play a role in this collective effort that showcases and celebrates innovative partnerships and brings wonderful local products to our customers.”