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Janel Haugarth named NEW/PG "trailblazer"

Thursday, August 14, 2014  
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Janel S. Haugarth, executive vice president of SUPERVALU, has been selected as the recipient of the 2014 Trailblazer Award from the Network of Executive Women and Progressive Grocer magazine.

Haugarth, president of the organization’s independent business and supply chain services unit, will receive the award at the Top Women in Grocery gala, Nov. 12, 2014, at the InterContinental Chicago O’Hare in Rosemont, Ill.

Established in 2012, the Trailblazer Award recognizes one food industry executive whose "leadership, vision and influence have had helped break new ground for women in the retail food industry.” Lynn Marmer of The Kroger Co. was honored in 2012; Larree Renda of Safeway Inc. received the award last year.

"It is our privilege to join Progressive Grocer in honoring one of the industry’s great female leaders, mentors and role models,” said Joan Toth, CEO and president of the Network. "Janel has shared her wisdom at NEW events and been an outstanding industry leader. She continues to pay her success forward to the next generation of women executives.”

One of SUPERVALU’s top female executives, Haugarth presides over the firm’s independent business and business optimization efforts. Appointed to her current position in October 2012, Haugarth oversees the company’s relationships with about 1,900 independent retail grocery stores across the United States. She is also responsible for identifying and executing strategies to make Supervalu a more streamlined, effective organization. Haugarth has been with Supervalu for more than 35 years, taking on primary leadership roles beginning in 1985, when she was named controller for the company’s Bismarck division.

The two organizations described Haugarth--a past Top Woman in Grocery winner--as a "staunch supporter of the Top Women awards program since its inception in 2006 and a longtime member and vigorous supporter of the Network of Executive Women."

Beyond her duties at SUPERVALU, Haugarth also serves on the boards of Valspar, the National Grocers Association, Food Marketing Institute’s Wholesaler Advisory Board and IGA-USA, as well as serving as a member of the Minnesota Women’s Economic Roundtable. "In appreciation and recognition of her tireless efforts to advance women through the ranks at Supervalu, coupled with her commitment to advancing extraordinarily worthwhile causes on behalf of the company in countless local communities, we are pleased and very proud to honor Janel Haugarth as our 2014 Top Woman in Grocery Trailblazer,” said Meg Major, Progressive Grocer’s chief content editor.

PG’s 2014 Top Women in Grocery awards program marks the eighth year the national trade publication, which recognizes the criticial contributions of women in the retail food industry in three categories: Senior-Level Executives, Rising Stars and Store Managers.

Additional details about PG’s Top Women in Grocery gala event, including registration and program information, hotel accommodations and a complete list of current and past winners, can be found on the event's website.

Janel Haugarth, Trailblazer award recipient for 2014.






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