Press Release – For Immediate Release
INFRA Announces 2022 Brix Award Winners
St. Paul, Minnesota – July 28, 2022 – The 2022 INFRA Brix Award winners were announced at the INFRA Annual Conference last night. Each year, the INFRA community comes together to recognize members and partners who have had an indelible effect on the industry and/or the communities which they serve.
This year the member and vendor awards have been newly branded as the INFRA Brix Awards. “We named our awards Brix to connect to our food-focused, locally driven community,” said Pat Sheridan, INFRA President & CEO. “Brix is both a measure of sweetness found in fruits and vegetables, and it alludes to the strong foundations of our industry and our members’ brick-and-mortar stores that nourish communities across the country. This is a way to honor our members and partners for their contributions in a variety of categories including leadership, equitable access, growth, and innovation.”
Congratulations to the 2022 INFRA Brix Award winners! We look forward to continued collaboration and partnership!
2022 Inaugural Cheryl Hughes Award for Leadership – Cheryl Hughes
2022 Inaugural Debra Stark Award for Service to the Industry – posthumously presented to Debra Stark
2022 Growth Award – MaMa Jean’s Natural Market
2022 Growth Award – Food Matters Market
2022 Growth Award – Cornucopia Natural Market & Deli
2022 Trailblazer Award – The Green Grocer
2022 Community Engagement Award – Down to Earth Organic & Natural
2022 Collaboration & Contribution Award – Nutrition World
2022 Collaboration & Contribution Award – Village Nutrition
2022 Equitable Access Award – New Earth Market
2022 Member Champion Award – Organic Valley
2022 Member Champion Award – Nixie Sparkling Water
2022 Sustainability Stewardship Award – Ziba Foods
2022 Sustainability Stewardship Award – SpudLove
2022 Leading Innovation Award – Siete Family Foods
2022 Leading Innovation Award – Cocojune
Cheryl Hughes, Owner of The Whole Wheatery and outgoing INFRA Board Chair, accepted the inaugural Cheryl Hughes Award for Leadership, named in honor of her commitment and contribution not only to the organic industry but to INFRA as a board member and champion for ten years. She said, “receiving the very first Brix award was an honor that touched my heart and soul. To be recognized by your peers for something that you love to do made it especially touching. It’s the first “brix” in my next chapter – now comes the hard part, lugging it home.”
Vision: Leading the Movement. Driving the Industry. Feeding the Community.
Mission: Strengthening our members through collaboration to forge a sustainable future.
Independent Natural Food Retailers Association (INFRA) is a purchasing cooperative owned and governed by natural and organic food retailers of all sizes working together to forge a sustainable future. INFRA facilitates member collaboration with programs, tools, and in-person events to strengthen independents' position in the marketplace. @infretailers www.naturalfoodretailers.com
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