The Robert B. Wegman award, named for the former head of Wegman’s Food Markets, “celebrates the food retailer or wholesaler responsible for creating exceptional retail innovations” and is presented to someone in the field “who is exercising entrepreneurial leadership in the design of retail strategies and imaginative merchandising,” according to a spokeswoman for the Food Marketing Institute (FMI).
Danny Wegman, the 2012 inaugural recipient of the award and the son of the man for whom it’s named, said in an FMI news release that Mayne “is a truly unique merchant. He has a special ability to identify concepts and products that will enthrall customers. Furthermore, he has allowed his people to pursue these same ideals. The result: his stores are masterpieces.”