FMI gives top honor to former Hy-Vee CEO

Ric Jurgens receives Sidney R. Rabb Award

SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. — The retired head of Midwestern supermarket chain Hy-Vee took home the top honor at a recent supermarket industry conference.

The Food Marketing Institute said Monday that it gave its most prestigious honor — the Sidney R. Rabb Award for excellence in serving the consumer, the community and the industry — to retired Hy-Vee chairman and CEO Ric Jurgens at the FMI Midwinter Executive Conference.

"On so many occasions, Ric shared with me his view that if we can make a difference in this life, we should," FMI president and CEO Leslie Sarasin said. "Ric believes strongly in making a difference, ever pushing us to think progressively, but in pragmatic ways that are respectful of the past and informed by his extensive industry experience. His dedication to FMI is immeasurable."

Sarasin also praised Jurgens' work in promoting health and wellness at Hy-Vee. The chain has been a key player in the Iowa Healthiest State Initiative, a government-sponsored program to dramatically improve the health of state residents, and the chain has strongly promoted healthy eating through its stores.

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