The Neighborhood Food Co-op took 2nd place in a national display contest sponsored by USPears:
Neighborhood Co-op Grocery has won 2nd place and a prize of $750 from USA Pears for a charming display of pears, wine, and cheeses entitled “Pearfect Together.” Last year, the Co-op won third place in this national contest.
USA Pears holds this annual contest to promote pears to US consumers, most of whom focus on apples and bananas, says Co-op Produce Manager, Chris Neville. “Pears are considered an impulse buy in the produce world. This display contest helps customers become familiar with different kinds of pears.”
Displays are required to include Anjou, Red Anjou, and Bosc USA Pears, and stores are encouraged to include other varieties “The Co-op also included Barlett, Comice, and Seckel pears,” reports Neville, “and we sampled them daily to give customers a chance to decide their favorites and take advantage of the great sale prices.”