Laura Boeke, the produce manager at Carter's Supermarket in Walker, was recently awarded her Produce Manager of the Year Plaque during the 2018 United Fresh Retail Retail-Foodservice Celebration Breakfast held in Chicago.
Boeke, the only winner from Louisiana, was presented the plaque by Michael H. Solomon, president of Dole Fresh Vegetables, and Tim Stejskal, general manager and senior vice president Sales of Dole Fresh Vegetables, Inc., during a ceremony in late June.
Sponsored by Dole Food Company, the program has honored nearly 300 retail produce managers representing more than 100 different retail banners across the country since 2005.
Twenty-five winners were selected from hundreds of nominations submitted by retailers and produce suppliers nationwide. Nominations were evaluated on several criteria, including efforts to increase produce consumption through merchandising, special displays and promotions, community service and commitment to customer satisfaction.
Boeke, a 33-year veteran in the industry, was nominated by Ryan Remondet, a produce specialist for Associated Grocers. Before coming to Carter’s Supermarket in June 2017, Boeke was employed at Albertsons, Walmart and LeBlanc’s Food Stores (later Rouses Markets).