Each year, ARA and AgPro partner to recognize one company with the ARA Retailer of the Year award. Sponsored by Bayer, this coveted award honors an ag retailer, large or small, that represents the best of the best in the industry.
Retailer of the Year is a symbol of quality and an emblem of prestige. Applications are evaluated on seven areas: employee relations, environmental stewardship and sustainability, reliability, community and industry leadership, relationship building, technology utilization and innovative business practices.
In 2018, the honoree was Simplot Grower Solutions, the retail arm of the J.R. Simplot Company.
“Simplot Grower Solutions truly represents the finest in the ag retail business,” says ARA president and CEO Daren Coppock. “Ag retailers are innovators, community leaders and environmental stewards, and Simplot Grower Solutions is a leader in each of these areas.”
After accepting the award, Simplot Grower Solutions locations proudly touted their recognition throughout the year. They’ve used this recognition honor as an opportunity in the marketplace to highlight their achievements.
“We were thrilled to receive this award,” says Dave Dufault, vice president of the J.R. Simplot Company. “The commitment and dedication of our employees shines through in everything we do, and to be recognized for that is a true honor.”
Past winners also include Asmus Farm Supply, Gar Tootelian, The Andersons, NEW Cooperative and Morral Companies.
ARA is ready to receive applications for this year’s award. The 2019 application period is open now through June 30. Retailers can apply or be nominated by others. The recipient will be honored at the 2019 ARA Conference and Expo to be held in New Orleans from Dec. 3 to Dec. 5. You can find videos on past winners, more information and this year’s application at www.aradc.org/roy.