Store Brands continues its tradition of recognizing a select group of retail brand owners for their innovation and leadership. The Best Of…Awards 2017 consist of 16 awards that showcase the best in the industry. Congratulations to our winners!
Store Brands Retail Executive of the Year
Chandra Holt —  As vice president of private brands, Holt transformed Sam’s Club’s Member’s Mark line.

Store Brands Top Innovation Award
Lidl — For its Preferred Selection private brand line of food and beverage products.

Best New Food Product or Line
Trader Joe’s — For its Cauliflower Pizza Crust.

Best New Organic Food Product or Line
ShopRite/Wakefern Food Corp. — For their Wholesome Pantry Organic line.

Best New Free-From Food or Line
The Kroger Co. — For its Simple Truth Low Cow Lite Ice Cream.

Best New Fresh and Fresh-Prepared Food
H-E-B — For its True Texas BBQ.

Best New Beverage Product or Line
Target — For its Simply Balanced Organic-Flavored Herbal Tea.

Best New Non-Food Product or Line
Walgreens — For its Botanics skin care and cosmetics line.

Best Store Brand Marketing Campaign
Stop & Shop (Ahold Delhaize) — For its limited-time originals program.

Best Store Brand Shopper Marketing Campaign
Winn-Dixie — For its Kid Connoisseur Contest.

Best Store Brand Merchandising Idea
Hy-Vee — For its Misfits produce program.

Best Use of Digital or Social Media to Promote Store Brands
Aldi — For its Hello Healthy initiative.

Best New Store Brand Packaging Innovation|
Tops Friendly Markets — For its compostable single-serve coffee pods.

Leadership in Sustainability/Food and Beverage
The Kroger Co. — For its Sustainability Lives Here program.

Leadership in Sustainability – Non-Food
Roche Bros. Supermarkets — For giving away its five-millionth Roche Bros.-branded ECOgrade bag, a non-plastic grocery bag made from organic material and minerals.

Leadership in Social Responsibility
Wegmans — For its continuous efforts to feed the hungry, reduce food waste and recycle. This spring, Wegmans said it had reduced waste at a test store by 80 percent and had planned to introduce its waste-reduction program to nine more locations by year’s end.

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