NEXT 2021 Community Award Winners

TraceGains Names Community Award Winners

Denis Storey
October 13, 2021

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One of the most thrilling parts of NEXT is finding out who emerged as TraceGains Community Award winners, which celebrate the never-ending resourcefulness of the tireless workers who build and cultivate the best practices that reform their brands and the CPG business.

Every year, TraceGains opens this peer-driven awards program to anyone who leverages TraceGains to transform their business processes, innovate more quickly, and accelerate digital transformation.

“We’re thrilled to celebrate this year’s Community Award finalists and winners when we’re all struggling with unprecedented – and relentless – challenges,” TraceGains CEO Gary Nowacki said. “These brands are driving innovation through the outstanding use of TraceGains solutions, and these brand owners epitomize the best of the TraceGains community.”

2021 TraceGains Community Award Winners

TraceGains handed out the 2021 Collaboration Award to quality assurance team members at J.M. Smucker Co., specifically Lindsey Copley, Kyle Fuson, Jenni McClintic, and Nick Roth. This award recognizes companies that have secured seamless collaboration across departments and external supply chain partners with TraceGains.

TraceGains acknowledged the quality assurance systems team at Saputo Dairy Products Canada with this year’s Leadership Award, which identifies companies that have driven business transformation by integrating TraceGains solutions into the existing company culture to drive change.

Kaleigh Bates at MegaFood earned this year’s Power User Award, which honors users who’ve demonstrated progressive and groundbreaking use of TraceGains solutions.

Jennifer Erickson, Amy Brown, and Holly Brokaw at J.M. Swank Co. Inc. took home the TraceGains Network Award – an honor that celebrates a team’s dedication to using TraceGains Network to better connect with customers and transform the way brands work with their supply chain partners.

Finally, Celia Workman, Smart & Final Director of Quality Assurance, received the Retailer of the Year award, which singles out the retailers with the most connections and engagement on TraceGains Network.

2021 TraceGains Community Award Finalists

Collaboration Award

  • J. M. Smucker Co.: Lindsey Copley, Kyle Fuson, Jenni McClintic, Nick Roth.

  • Tate & Lyle: Andrea Hantel, Karin Kielreiter, Lynda Marsh, Henri Passow, Melissa McWeathy, and Lorena Ochoa, Federica Talpo, Maria Paula, and Gomez Naranjo.

  • Biery Cheese Co.: Kelly Almasy.

Leadership Award

  • Saputo Inc.: Quality Assurance Systems Team.

  • Hormel Foods Corp. team and associated brands: Kim Oller from Applegate, Kevin Mead for CFI, and Gabe Wilson, Nicole Wenzel, and Kristin Grunwaldt from Hormel Foods.

  • J.M. Smucker Co.: Lindsey Copley, Jenni McClintic, Nick Roth.

Power User Award

  • MegaFood: Kaleigh Bates.

  • J.M. Smucker Co.: Rachael Royer, Darci Svela, Kyle Fusion, Marnie Paumier, Heather Oakes, Lindsey Copley, and Mopelola Oluwadare.

  • Land O’Lakes Inc.: Stephanie Wirtz.

TraceGains Network Award

  • J.M. Swank Co. Inc.: Jennifer Erickson, Amy Brown, and Holly Brokaw.

  • Sensient Technologies: Jennifer Braun.

  • Tate & Lyle: Melisa Filchak and Lauren Ochoa.

Retailer of the Year

  • Smart & Final: Celia Workman.

  • Schnucks Markets Inc.: Darren Shadduck.

  • Northgate Market: Robert Maldonado.

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