Hy-Vee will host its sixth Best of Local Brands Summit and its first Pet Products Summit in May to expand and enhance the product offerings at its more than 285 retail stores in Illinois, Iowa, Kansas, Minnesota, Missouri, Nebraska, South Dakota and Wisconsin. More than 100 new brands were selected from the first four summits combined and are now available to Hy-Vee customers. Brand selection from the fifth summit that was held in February is underway.
Hy-Vee’s first Pet Products Summit takes place on May 2. This summit will be the company’s first category-specific summit. The summit will consist of 15- to 30-minute virtual presentations from selected suppliers.
Hy-Vee is currently accepting submissions for its Pet Products Summit online here in the following categories of retail-ready pet products: wet food, dry food, treats, toys, leashes, collars and other pet accessories. Submission deadline is April 4.
The Local Brands summit will also consist of 15- to 30-minute virtual presentations from selected suppliers and will take place May 18 through May 20. Hy-Vee is currently accepting submissions for its Best of Local Brands Summit online in the following categories of retail-ready products: grocery, produce, deli, general merchandise, frozen, dairy and health and beauty care. Submission deadline is March 28.
ECRM and RangeMe are helping Hy-Vee source, qualify and connect with suppliers. All product submissions will be made through RangeMe, an online product discovery and sourcing platform. All meetings will be conducted through ECRM’s virtual meeting platform, ECRM Connect. Suppliers not chosen for participation in this summit will still be accessible through RangeMe and may be reviewed by Hy-Vee again in the future.
Hy-Vee continues to elevate its efforts in 2022 of identifying suppliers with diverse backgrounds and encourages minority-owned and women-owned businesses to apply for the quarterly summits.