Bays is ‘best of the best’

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Each year, United Fresh Produce Association recognizes the top 25 produce managers within the industry during its annual convention.


Chad Bays produce manager for Food City’s Prestonsburg, Kentucky, store has been named one of the 25 finalists contending for this year’s coveted 2021 Retail Produce Manager of the Year Award. Five grand-prize winners will be selected from among the field of competitors at the association’s June industry convention in Los Angeles.

“These men and women represent the “best of the best” in our industry,” says Tom Stenzel, United Fresh president & chief executive officer.

“We would certainly like to congratulate Chad on this well-deserved nomination. He is a tremendous asset to our company and the community as a whole,” says Bucky Slagle, Food City director of produce operations.

Bays is an avid supporter of Food City’s locally grown produce initiative which helps strengthen the community through the support of local farmers, as well as the Fruits and Veggies More Matters and My Plate campaigns. Bays participates in a number of community events, including American Cancer Society’s Relay for Life, local school tours, Christmas for Kids campaign, events to benefit Shriners Hospital for Children, the Salad for the Schools program and Unite to Read program.

Food City is coming to Cookeville: Company officials broke ground March 22 for a new store to be located at the intersection of E 10th Street and N. Old Kentucky Road. The store will be our first location in Cookeville. It is expected to open this fall.

Beef and chicken specials highlight this week’s ad – which starts today (3/26) and runs through Tuesday (3/30): Food City_3.26 Knox ROP

Betsi James is special events manager for Food City’s Knoxville and Chattanooga divisions.

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