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COVER FEATURE

2018 Top Women in Grocery
Kelli Walter

Dairy Category
Manager, Sprouts
Farmers Markets

As grocery
category manager,
Walter quickly turned around
underperforming categories
through innovative product
offerings and relevant promotions; over the past year,she was
subsequently named frozen food
category manager and, most
recently, dairy category manager.
She played a key role in
bringing local products to new
markets while also leading the
department training program and
new product training webinars.
During a company trip to Mexico City, Walter provided major
support to Sprouts' Vitamin
Angels partnership, under which
the two organizations helped
more than 2 million mothers
and children receive access to
life-saving vitamins.

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Michele
Merchant

Category Manager,
Dairy, Stop & Shop

Merchant
previously led an
ethnic merchandising team at
Ahold USA that saw ethnic,
specialty and kosher food sales
growth outpace total store
sales growth.

Laura Rajchel

Human Resources
Business Partner II,
Stop & Shop

Cited for her
ability to create
a positive culture, Rajchel leads
Stop & Shop's endeavors to keep
managers consistent with regard
to company policies/practices,
legal considerations, compliance
regulations and company priorities, while advocating both company and associate concerns,
providing insights and leading
action-planning efforts.

RISING STARS

Sheila Walton

Human Resources
Business Partner,
Stop & Shop

Supporting two
districts consisting
of 42 stores and two separate
district teams, Walton is lauded
for her ability to create an inclusive environment, drive customer
engagement and act as a skilled
labor relations specialist within
her stores.

In her latest role at Stop &
Shop, she was challenged with
taking on responsibility for dairy,
which also included training a
whole new team of analysts,
while making time to nurture and
maintain good vendor relationships and drive private-brand
growth and sharing her knowledge and expertise across other
categories.

She has been key to expanding
Stop & Shop's Women Adding
Value (WAV) program, which
helps the retailer foster diversity
in its leadership while mentoring
women in the company.

She received the Women
Who Rock award for her HR
achievements, participates in the
company's Woman Adding Value
program, volunteers her time for
all of the International Women's
Day events and is part of the
Network of Executive Women's
Rising Star program.

An experienced professional
in the grocery and retail sector,
Merchant is also skilled in mentoring and developing members of
a diverse team.

Rajchel also organized WAV
group participants to partner
with the Salvation Army to raise
$15,000 to buy gifts and essential items for needy families.

Walton helped organize a
Christmas drive that allowed
more than 250 families to receive
winter clothing and have their
letters to Santa fulfilled.


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