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.”