Innovation Expo

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October 17 & 18, 2017
Hyatt Regency & KI Center
Green Bay, WI
 
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 EXPO LOCATION
Hyatt Regency Green Bay 
and  KI Center

333 Main Street
Green Bay, WI 54301
(920) 432-1234
  • Room Rate = $127 throught 9/27/17
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EXPO EDUCATION 
SCHEDULE & SEMINARS

Tuesday, October 17, 2017

Noon - Registration

12:30 pm             Reduce Your Use, Improve Your Profits
From margin, profitablity and customer experience, grocery store owners can make an impact on their business by taking advantage of energy-efficient equipment and programs.

1:30 pm              Re-Inventing the Dairy Department
                            by Cindy Sorenson, Midwest Dairy Association
Grocers who have undertaken dairy reinvention projects have doubled their amount of time shoppers spent in-aisle and added an additional 2.5 dairy products to their cart.  Updating your dairy department can include changes to the flow, signage, new decor packages, or to a complete store remodel.  Walk away from this session with ideas that can be implemented today, tomorrow and the future.

2:30 pm              Hiring and retaining Employees Best Practices   
                             Becky Rauen, Federated Insurance   
Learn about triple protection options approach that your peers are using successfully to recruit and train top talent. This presentation will help you avoid the pitfalls of employment actions. It will specifically review the necessary documentation, hiring practices, and termination procedures. It will also include additional available resources and tips to avoid litigation.

3:30 pm             Grocery Technology 
Panel of experts gather to share their information on e-commerce, grocery apps, loyalty program and cyber security that should be on your mind to compete in today’s market. 

7:00 - 9:00 pm   Innovation Happy Hour 

Wednesday, October 18, 2017

8:15 am               Fresh Marketing
                             Richard "Rick" Stein, Food Marketing Instutuite
Consumers are looking for fresh. In this tough environment , where sales growth is challenging, the "Perimeter " continues to out-perform the rest of the store. What are the consumer top trends in fresh and how can you align with their needs to fuel your growth? Executing a fresh food strategy! Categories include produce, meat, seafood, bakery and Deli -Fresh Prepared.

9:15 am                  Industry Keynote Speaker

10:30 - 10:45         Break

10:45 - Noon         Grocery Industry Summit
                                       includes annual WGA Member Meeting

Noon - 4:00 pm    Wisconsin Grocer Trade Show

4:00 - 5:00 pm      Great Wisconsin Bag-Off

5:00 - 6:30 pm      Chairman's Banquet Reception

6:30 - 9:00 pm      Chairman's Banquet dinner & awards program

9:00 pm                  Program Concludes
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GREAT WI BAG-OFF - 2017

Sponsored by:
GREAT WISCONSIN BAG-OFF
4:00 pm on October 18, 2017
Hyatt Regency & KI Center, Green Bay, WI
Located on the Wisconsin Grocers Trade Show floor

Sponsored by:   Lipari Foods

Prizes
  • 1st Place = $500 and trip to Las Vegas for two in February & trophy
  • 2nd Place = $250 & trophy
  • 3rd Place = $100 & trophy
2016 Bag-Off Winners
1st Place       Cade Lambrecht, Festival Foods, Appleton
2nd Place     Emma Piepenbrok, Metcalfe Markets - Hilldale
3rd Place      Rachel Marktin, Larry's Piggly Wiggly, Little Chute

EXPO AWARDS
Please join us in recognizing and rewarding those who continuously go above and beyond the call of duty, by congratulating the 2017 WGA Award winners!  Click on the photos to the left for more information on this year's winners!

WGA staff is currently making surprise announcements for the 2017 Award winners!  Watch for the reveals this summer in the weekly President's Letter and the WGA Weekly Special! 

2017 GROCERS OF THE YEAR
Mark & Brett Stinebrink
Stinebrink's Piggly Wiggly

The Wisconsin grocery industry’s highest honor, the WGA’s
Grocer of the Year Award, is presented annually to recognize
an individual or individuals for lifetime achievement within
the grocery industry. These honorees exemplify the highest
qualities of leadership in business and in their community;
their influence has positively enhanced the lives of others.

Click here to view past Grocer of the Year winners!


2017 EXCELLENCE in OPERATIONS
Brett & JoDee Rechek
Rechek's Food Pride
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Candie Baker
Webster's Marketplace
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Jason Nilssen
Nilssen's Foods
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Steve Burkhardt
Festival Foods

The Excellence in Operations Award winners are recognized for their work ethic, commitment to the grocery industry, and for efforts that have positively influenced their company, associates and customers.

Click here to view past Excellence in Operations winners!


VENDOR OF THE YEAR
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The Vendor of the Year Award recognizes one vendor for their many contributions as a grocery industry partner, helping grocers strategically merchandise products and increase sales in one or multiple store categories. 

Click here for past Vendor of the Year winners!


2017 COMMUNITY SERVICE 
Ron & Cathy Lamb
Lamb's Fresh Market
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Troy Vosburgh
Festival Foods

The grocery store is a key institution within the community, often at the center of community and charity events. The Community Service Award recognizes individuals who embrace their role and go above and beyond with their time and efforts to make a difference. 

Click here for past Community Service Award winners!


2016 - Innovation Expo - WINNERS!

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    CADE LAMBRECHT, Festival Foods - Appleton won 1st Place in Great Wisconsin Bag-Off!

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    L to R: 3rd Place, RACHEL MARTIN, Larry's Piggly Wiggly. 2nd Place, EMMA PIEPENBROK, Metcalfe Market - Hilldale, Madison. 1st Place, CADE LAMBRECHT, Festival Foods - Appleton

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    PAM COY, Viking Village, won 2 full registrations to the NGA Show! Thank you National Grocers Association!

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    BRIAN HASS, Fox Brothers Piggly Wiggly (center) won the Acuity Ipad and photo with Matt Lepay, Randy Nitsch, Ron Dayne and Brandon Scholz.

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    MARK STINEBRINK, Stinebrink's Piggly Wiggly, won the PAC Raffle for a $1500 Cabela's Gift Certificate. Sponsored by John's Refrigeration.

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    GREG HANSEN, Hansen's IGA, won expense paid trip to Day in Washington DC!

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    LORI FOX, Fox Brothers Piggly Wiggly, won $100 in Trade Show Cash!

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  • Megan Olsen won $100 Trade Show Cash!

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    MEGAN OLSEN, Olsen's Piggly Wiggly, won $100 Trade Show Cash!

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    Check for Winners & Donations under Foundation Fundraisers!

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WI GROCERY TRADE SHOW - 2016         Photo Review


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INNOVATION HAPPY HOUR - 2016         Photo Review

CHAIRMAN'S BANQUET & AWARD WINNERS

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