2021 INFRA Award Winners Announced

St. Paul, MN—The 2021 INFRA Award winners have been announced! The INFRA community comes together annually (this year, virtually) to recognize members and industry partners who go above and beyond in a variety of categories from sustainability to innovation to leadership, according to a press release.

“We’re thankful to have this year’s conference award winners in our community,” said Pat Sheridan, President & CEO of INFRA. “Four departing board members whose unselfish commitment and hard work have evolved INFRA in so many positive ways; seven standout member owners who, despite a pandemic, were able to innovate, grow, and excel in operations; and four brand partners for whom making a difference is embedded in their business practices. The INFRA Awards recognize their commitments, contributions, and growth during a most challenging year. Well deserved!”

And the 2021 awards go to…
  • INFRA New Vendor Partner Award: CADIA
  • Innovation Award: Hawthorne Valley Farm Store
  • Leadership Award (4): Aaron Gottschalk, Kimberly Hallinan, Paku Misra, Thomas Barstow
  • Member Choice Award: Natural Factors
  • Most Intriguing New Innovation Award: Miyoko’s Creamery
  • Sales Growth Award, Large Store Category: Fresh Plus Markets, Hyde Park Location
  • Sales Growth Award, Large Store Category: Kimberton Whole Foods, Ottsville Location
  • Sales Growth Award, Medium Store Category: Local Foods, Chicago, IL
  • Sales Growth Award, Small Store Category: Nature’s Pick, Marietta, GA
  • Service to the Industry Award: Donnie Caffery
  • Store of the Year Award: Jimbo’s…Naturally!
  • Sustainability Stewardship Award: Equal Exchange
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Accepting the 2021 Sales Growth Award in the Small Store Category on behalf of his team, Yogesh Patel, Owner of Nature’s Pick Market, said: “We are a little, 4-year-old business. We became a full INFRA Member in 2019. INFRA allowed us to bring everyday low prices as well as monthly sales which all contributed towards the sales growth.”