Progressive Grocer Awards & Events

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July 12-14; The Westin Cincinnati

The inaugural GroceryTech event, produced by Progressive Grocer and RIS News, brings together the combined community of business and technology grocery executives on the journey to modernize their technology infrastructure to support innovation — to help grocers replicate the “small neighborhood grocery store on the corner” concept, while still operating profitably at scale.

The event’s theme, "Scaling with Personalization," focuses on how grocery executives — including leadership and business implementation executives across IT, supply chain, marketing, and store operations — can build a technology infrastructure to profitably serve shoppers now and into the future.

To register or sponsor, go to the website for more information.



Nov. 7-9; Hyatt Regency Grand Cypress, Orlando, Fla.

Progressive Grocer will hold its 2nd annual Grocery Industry Week Nov. 7-9 in Orlando, Fla. The event will showcase how the industry’s best and brightest minds are tackling the most timely topics of today and tomorrow.

The upcoming Grocery Industry Week will also include the following special events: the Top Women in Grocery (TWIG) Leadership Development Program and formal dinner gala and awards reception; GenNext Awards and Symposium; Retailer of the Year; and the Grocery Leaders Executive Forum. (For images from Grocery Industry Week 2022CLICK HERE.)

For more information about the 2023 Grocery Industry Week, CLICK HERE

Top Women in Grocery

The annual Top Women in Grocery (TWIG) program is Progressive Grocer's prominent award competition and event where we recognize female leadership from the retail, supplier and service provider community. Candidates are nominated by colleagues and peers for one of three categories: Senior-Level Executives, Rising Stars and Store Managers. 

But TWIG is much more than a prestigious award. The awards gala is preceded by a Leadership Development Program (LDP) during which high value content is shared to help our TWIG community advance their careers and discover new ways to impact their organizations.

The 2023 competition is CLOSED. For more info about the 2023 event, CLICK HERE.

To view 2022 TWIG winners, CLICK HERE

GenNext Awards & Symposium

Progressive Grocer's annual GenNext Awards recognizes innovators, disruptors or difference-makers having an impact on their organization, the industry and colleagues. They are young professionals who possesses that “it” factor that is hard to describe but sets them apart as a next generation industry leader.

And it's during the GenNext Symposium where we bring together these most promising emerging talent to address crucial issues shaping the future of the grocery industry. This forum gives the most complete perspective of what's next for grocery.

To enter the 2023 GenNext Awards, CLICK HERE

For a list of the 2022 GenNext winners, CLICK HERE.

Retailer of the Year 2023

Retailer of the Year

The Retailer of the Year honor goes to an outstanding chain retailer that is the benchmark by which the industry’s most successful and innovative food retailers are measured.

Grocery Leaders Executive Forum

The high-level executive forum brings the grocery retail industry together for thought leadership focused on the major issues that are driving change in this essential industry. Participants will include c-level grocery leaders, leading-industry stakeholders, emerging innovators  and solution providers.


This first-of-its-kind initiative showcases the positive impact retailers, suppliers and solution providers are having with environmental, social and governance efforts. Progressive Grocer's aim is to amplify the accomplishments of retail industry leaders, highlight innovative approaches and inspire the industry to further to greatness by “honoring exceptionalism" across 9 categories.

Impact Awards is open to retailers, suppliers and solution provider companies in the food and consumables industry. 

To submit an entry for the 2023 Impact Awards program, CLICK HERE

To view 2022's recipients, CLICK HERE


Editors' Picks is one of the highest accolades a brand can receive for successful product innovation, differentiation and category performance. Since 2004, the Editors’ Picks awards program has recognized the evolution of cutting-edge product innovation, giving retail buyers a comprehensive guide to the latest and greatest new products that meet consumers’ ever-increasing demand for functional, interesting and on-trend products.

To enter the 2023 competition, CLICK HERE.

For 2022's best new products, CLICK HERE




This awards program recognizes leadership among supplier companies that serve America’s retailers of food and consumables and is the longest-running program of its type.

Category Captains honors suppliers whose brand is winning when it comes to staying ahead of consumer insights, demand forecasts, replenishment, data-driven pricing and promotion decisions.

For the 2022 class of Category Captain winners, CLICK HERE.  

Outstanding Independents 2023


The annual Outstanding Independents Awards program honors the innovation and resilience of indie grocers. This year's winners were celebrated during a special event at the February National Grocers Association show in Las Vegas.

To view the 2023 winners, CLICK HERE

Interested in sponsoring/advertising in any of these programs? CLICK HERE to contact a sales rep for more information.