If you're a regular shopper at the Hy-Vee on Utica Ridge Road in Davenport, Iowa, and always why the produce department is top-notch, we know the guy responsible for it.

His work at this Davenport Hy-Vee is so awesome that he just received an award proving that he is the best produce manager in the entire country. This award is so prestigious that you're going to want to stop at the Utica Ridge Hy-Vee the next time you need groceries to check it out for yourself.

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Davenport Hy-Vee Manager Wins National Manager Award

On Thursday, Hy-Vee announced that Greg Kimmel, a 38-year veteran of Hy-Vee and the produce manager at the Utica Ridge Hy-Vee in Davenport has won the Retail Produce Manager Award from the International Fresh Produce Association (IFPA).

Utica Ridge Hy-Vee (Google View)
Utica Ridge Hy-Vee (Google View)

Kimmel is one of 15 produce experts being nationally recognized by IFPA for the creative merchandising techniques that he brings to the produce aisles. Kimmel said in Thursday's announcement,

“I am so incredibly honored to win this award. There is a reason why I’ve been in produce for 38 years. I am passionate about the work and it makes it even easier when you work with a great team.”

Kimmel began his career with Hy-Vee in 1985 and has worked in produce for nearly his entire career. For 23 years, he’s led top-performing produce departments across the company.


Ryan Roberts, executive vice president of perishables at Hy-Vee said this about Greg's great work,

“When customers visit the Utica Ridge Hy-Vee, the first thing they see are Greg’s eye catching produce displays. His creativity and extensive product knowledge make him very deserving of this award.”

The IFPA chooses 15 produce managers from the U.S. and Canada each year for the award. Five of those 15 are named grand-prize recipients at the association’s Global Produce and Floral Show which takes place October 19-21 in Anaheim, California. Nominees are judged on their merchandising skills, leadership, and community involvement.

Congrats to Greg on this awesome achievement.

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