The Minnesota-based grocer awarded the Minnesota Grown Retailer of the Year for the fifth year in a row; SUPERVALU Foundation grants $10,000 to Knowlan’s community partners
EDEN PRAIRIE, Minn. (August 9, 2016) – In recognition of Knowlan’s Super Markets being named the Minnesota Grown 2016 Retailer of the Year for the fifth year in a row, the SUPERVALU Foundation is making a $10,000 general operating grant to the non-profit of their choice. Knowlan’s Super Markets has been committed to supporting local farmers and food producers for more than 100 years. The SUPERVALU Foundation provides program-specific and general operating support for organizations in the Minneapolis and St. Paul area.
“We are thrilled to be recognized with the SUPERVALU Foundation award for our ongoing dedication to Minnesota food producers,” said Knowlan’s Owner, President, and CEO Lauri Youngquist. “Since the beginning, our mission has always been to offer our customers the freshest selection of local produce.”
Founded in 1905, Knowlan’s operates six Festival Foods stores and two Knowlan’s Fresh Foods Stores in Minneapolis and St. Paul. The family-owned-and-operated business has been selling locally grown food for over 100 years. Knowlan’s has requested that Second Harvest Heartland, the Twin Cities’ Feeding America affiliate, receive the SUPERVALU Foundation grant.
“We congratulate Knowlan’s on this well-deserved recognition,” said Bill Chew, President of SUPERVALU’s West Wholesale Region. “Supporting Minnesota food producers is a top priority for SUPERVALU and Knowlan’s is a great example of a company that supports the local food community.”
The Retailer of the Year award is given to four retailers that excel at promoting Minnesota foods and focus on local food sources and suppliers. Knowlan’s has won the award in the retail group of nine stores or less every year since 2012.
About Knowlan’s Super Markets, Inc.
Festival Foods stores in St. Paul and Minneapolis are owned by Knowlan’s Super Markets, Inc. The company, based in Vadnais Heights, Minnesota, owns six Festival Foods stores and two Knowlan’s Fresh Foods stores. Knowlan’s Super Markets, Inc. is a privately held company founded in 1905. Twin Cities native Lauri Youngquist, President and CEO, currently owns and operates the chain. Younquist’s sister, Marie Arthun, is also an owner. More information is available at FestivalFoods.net.
About SUPERVALU INC.
SUPERVALU INC. is one of the largest grocery wholesalers and retailers in the U.S. with annual sales of approximately $18 billion. SUPERVALU serves customers across the United States through a network of 3,342 stores composed of 1,773 stores operated by wholesale customers serviced primarily by the Company’s food distribution business; 1,368 Save-A-Lot stores, of which 896 are operated by licensee owners; and 201 traditional retail grocery stores (store counts as of June 18, 2016). Headquartered in Minnesota, SUPERVALU has
approximately 40,000 employees. For more information about SUPERVALU visit
About Minnesota Grown
The Minnesota Grown Program is a partnership between the Minnesota Department of Agriculture and producers of livestock and specialty crops in Minnesota. Founded 25 year ago, Minnesota Grown publishes an annual Minnesota Grown Directory to help consumers find retailers, farmers markets and producers that offer locally raised and grown food. More information is available at www.minnesotagrown.com.