2019 IGA Innovation Awards

    2019 President's Award for Innovation

    Awarded at the president's discretion in recognition of outstanding and inspiring retail innovation, 17 IGA retailers were presented with 2019 Innovation Awards at the IGA Awards of Excellence Brunch at the San Diego Air & Space Museum on February 24. 



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    Specialty Meats | Hansen’s IGA

    Hansen’s IGA found their own unique niche with high-quality fresh meats and the smokehouse they started 20 years ago to make and cure specialty meats like hot dogs, bratwurst and other sausages, snack sticks and jerky, and other meats.


    Community Sports Day | Super Save Food Town Hyper

    Super Save Food Town Hyper worked with local schools to plan a day-long Community Sports Day to promote health and wellness among local kids. The students participated in a variety of activities including a Big Walk and soccer match. At the end of the day, the winning school was presented with a monetary donation to uplift the school’s sports department.


    Remote Pamphlet Delivery | Super Save Food Town Hyper

    To reach outlying townships that receive little to no print media in South Africa, Super Save Food Town Hyper branded a fleet of vehicles with bright signs displaying information about their store and annual promotion during which they give away 5 VW Polo Citi cars. The vehicles were also equipped with loudspeakers to play music and attract local residents so they could hand out pamphlets that included more information about our store, including details about their current in-store specials.


    Merchandising Local | North Albany IGA

    North Albany IGA rebranded to make it obvious that their store is the community’s hub for all things local. They highlighted “Made in Oregon” items throughout the store and incorporated signage touting local producers and growers.


    Waste Recovery Initiative | Massy Stores Ltd.

    Concerned about the two landfills on their island nearing max capacity, Massy Stores worked with a local Waste Recovery company to facilitate pop-up waste recovery depots. The recovered glass and plastic material is instead being stored at a Materials Recovery Facility, where materials are being reused and repurposed.


    Shopper-First Store Redesign | Dill’s Food City

    When brothers Stan and Tracy Dilworth of Dill’s IGA redesigned their store, they did so with the shopper experience in mind. This meant adding a new pizza station, fresh sandwich shop, coffee stand, and grab-and-go precut fruit section. A seasonal retail section was also added that ranges from holiday décor to outdoor grills.


    Catering to the College Community | Dissmore’s IGA

    Dissmore’s IGA has introduced a variety of unique offerings and specials to become their college town’s number one grocery destination. From their scratch donuts to ready-to-heat meal solutions and even catering the Washington State University Cougar’s private plane, they have become engrained in campus life as an integral part of the WSU experience.


    Smart Technology Makes Shopping Easier | Better Life Commercial Chain Share Co., Ltd.

    Better Life Commercial Chain Share Co., Ltd. made shopping their stores easier by implementing two innovative technologies with the “Better-Go” app extension and mobile/facial ID payment.


    5 Star Peer Review | IGA China

    IGA China promotes a candid and inclusive discussion among members through their peer review process. By hosting open sessions as well as anonymous interviews conducted by third-party professionals, all retailers receive balanced bench marketing and invaluable peer input that allows them to problem solve when needed and enhance their overall operations.


    Catering to Shopper Lifestyles | China Hebei Meishilin Commerce & Trade Group Co., Ltd.

    The My Love Project represents Meishilin’s latest innovation in transforming its brand from a traditional retailer into an intimate, engaging lifestyle destination. By offering cooking and nutrition classes, in-store demonstrations and informational kiosks, Meishilin has earned the trust and loyalty of shoppers looking for quality products that meet their lifestyle needs.


    Deer Processing | Ptacek’s IGA

    Realizing just how important hunting season is in their community, Ptacek’s IGA started offering deer processing. From sausages to quality cuts, hunters across the region turn to Ptacek’s IGA for their superior service and outstanding final product. Their deer processing has become so popular, that when they moved their store to a new building, they dedicated a portion of their old building strictly to processing so they can accommodate more customers.

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    Scratch Bakery | Gary and Leo’s Fresh Market IGA

    More than just delicious pies and specialty breads, Gary and Leo’s IGA focuses on making shopping their bakery a real experience. Shoppers are encouraged to watch fresh doughnuts being pulled from the fryer and glazed right in front of them or to see fresh cookies being baked and iced. And on Sunday’s, the entire store is filled with the enticing scent of their cult-favorite, Big Sky Cinnamon Rolls.


    Ready-to-Heat Meal Solutions | Carlie C’s IGA

    Carlie C’s is known for their signature meatloaf that they grind fresh daily using their own special recipe. It goes home straight into the oven and can be served from the very same pan. The prepared meatloaf in the pan works well with their Uncle Bob’s Collards--another signature item that is packaged by us and grown by the store as well.


    Happy Hearts Fundraising | Best Buy Market IGA

    Skip Nugent, owner of three Best Buy Market IGA stores in Central California, started his Happy Hearts a foundation in 2003 as a memorial to his daughter Heather and in appreciation of the care and kindness that was given to her in the Pediatric Intensive Care Unit at Children’s Hospital Central California. What started as Skip sitting at a desk collecting money in front of his stores has grown to include everything from a silent auction and barbeque to a classic car show and golf. To date, the Happy Hearts Fundraiser has raised more than $1.4 million.


    New Product Innovation | Dave’s Marketplace

    This traditional grocery store transformed itself into an innovative, grocerant destination with the introduction of a sushi bar, pizza kitchen and ready-to-heat meal solutions. From artisan cheeses, an expanded variety of wines and constantly evolving deli items the store is consistently looking for new products that will delight shoppers.


    Loyalty Card Champions Local | Rigters Supa IGA

    Rigters Supa IGA created a loyalty card for their store that links with more than 50 local business, providing a variety of discounts and driving home the "Shop Local" message throughout town.


    Meal Solutions | Zanotto’s Family Markets

    Fred Zanotto of Zanotto’s Markets revamped his deli to cater to his apartment dwelling shopper base. The redesign included a full-service coffee bar and grab-and-go dinners that are scaled down to single servings. Add to that a full deli with made-to-order sandwiches, grocery, specialty meats and sushi, homemade salsa, dips, hummus, and tortilla chips and all the bases are covered!