FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
February 11, 2013
National Grocers Association Recognizes Industry Excellence through Creative Choice Awards and Student Case Competition at 2013 NGA Show
Las Vegas, NV- Attendees at the 2013 NGA Show felt a buzz of excitement Monday evening at the announcement of the 2013 Creative Choice Contest winners. Also announced at tonight's reception were the winners of the annual Food Industry University Coalition Student Case Competition. St. Joseph's University won first place, with participants Mark Lang (faculty advisor), Lauren DeLeon, Norene Drici, Edward Fagan, Mary Sisti, and Devin Tanney taking home a combined $8,000. Runner-up California State University - Fresno received $2,000.
The competition, which seeks to further the professional development of students from participating university food and retail programs, provided student teams with the opportunity to creatively address a real-world issue currently impacting the industry. Teams were tasked with successfully addressing this year's case study question from Chief Super Market, Inc. (Defiance, OH), a 12-store independent grocer seeking to "delight customers with great food and experiences." The students were challenged to use their imaginations to determine what the company should do to fulfill that mission and grow market share. The competition was just one of a number of avenues for university students to get involved at the NGA Show through professional development and networking opportunities.