Chicago — The Retail Dietitian of the Year is Stephanie Schultz, MSM, RDN, CD, director of health and wellness at Skogen’s Festival Foods in De Pere, WI.
The award, given by the Retail Dietitians Business Alliance, recognizes a retail dietitian who shows leadership in using business skills and industry knowledge to impact consumer behavior in a positive way.
Schultz receives the honor for leading the development of all nutrition, regulatory and food safety programs at Festival Foods; working closely with colleagues, consumers and community partners on nutrition and food safety topics; and contributing to store profitability by increasing shopper loyalty through nutrition services.
In addition, she helps prevent loss by monitoring safety standards and ensuring compliance with federal guidelines and oversees a monthly program that highlights 12 items as dietitians’ personal recommendations.
Further, Schultz led the development of the Eat Well at Festival Foods Deli Program and spearheads six advertisements annually featuring a recipe and collaborates with other departments to decide what ingredients will run at special prices.
“Stephanie is clearly a business person who also is a skilled dietitian and we congratulate her on her win, but moreover on her leadership and accomplishments,” says Phil Lempert, CEO and president of the RDBA. “This is our first award and she’s a stellar example of how retail dietitians are vital to retail business as well as public health.”
Cathy Polley, RPh, Food Marketing Institute (FMI) vice-president of health and wellness and executive director of the FMI Foundation, says: “Retail dietitians like Stephanie are integral components to the retail experience, linking consumer and staff health and wellness, store merchandising, buying and marketing.”