by National Mango Board
The National Mango Board (NMB) named Wynn Peterson and Gary Campisi of Walmart the 2016 Mango Retailers of the Year. The award was announced during the NMB’s Annual Mango Industry Reception on October 16, 2016 during PMA’s Fresh Summit Convention & Expo in Orlando, FL. Present at the award were mango industry leaders, including many of Walmart suppliers and several NMB board members.
The Mango Retailer of the Year award recognizes retailers that go above and beyond to offer strong consistent support to the mango industry, and deliver outstanding mango promotion results. Walmart was selected from over 100 retailers that partner with the NMB across the U.S.
Campisi took the lead in making Walmart the first retailer in the U.S. to pursue a year round ripe and ready to eat mango program. He established the in-house ripening program and trained the QC teams in every DC to condition mangos because he knew it was the right thing for the customer and the industry.
Peterson and Campisi have shown a great commitment to the NMB and the mango industry in many other ways, such as joining the mango packaging task force and participating in several different panels for mango industry audiences.
“Walmart has fundamentally changed their U.S. mango business model over the past couple of years. And because they are the largest retailer in the U.S., their focus on mangos has impacted the entire industry, whether you sell directly to them or not,” stated Wendy McManus, Retail Program Manager at the NMB.
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About the National Mango Board
The National Mango Board is an agriculture promotion group supported by assessments from both domestic and imported mangos. The board’s vision, to bring the world’s love of mangos to the U.S., was designed to drive awareness and consumption of fresh mangos in the U.S. marketplace. One cup of the superfruit mango contains 100 calories, 100% of daily vitamin C, 35% of daily vitamin A, 12% of daily fiber, and an amazing source of tropical flavor. Learn more at mango.org.
Source: National Mango Board