families working at Wegmans.
“They led to welcoming customers like
LESLIE G. SARASIN
guests in your home… they led to finding new
ways to help families make delicious, healthy,
affordable meals… they led to decades of part-
nering with local growers and producers and
they led to giving back to the community in
ways that have a significant impact.”
Wegmans continues to push the envelope
by expanding its foodservice credentials. The
chain now has nine stores containing the Pub
By Wegmans. The most recent in Rochester,
N. Y. contains what is called the Timber room. It
has a fireplace, large-screen television, banquet
seating and a full service bar serving craft beer,
wine and cocktails along with a broad array of
pub food like burgers, salads, snacks and fries.
About 90 percent of the menu items used at the
pub are developed from products and ingredi-
ents sold in Wegmans supermarkets.
president and CEO, Food Marketing Institute
The food industry has witnessed mind-boggling shifts in food trends, shopper demands and demographic
shifts, store formats, public policy matters and regulatory issues. Wegmans has been an industry leader,
successfully navigating these changing currents for 100 years.
While adapting its philosophy of customer service to every generation the company itself remains a
fountain of youth. Even at 100 years old, it speaks to a new breed of shoppers who expect more—a
grocer that inspires them and, at the same time, offers safe, affordable, nutritious food. The media has
featured Wegmans as a Pied Piper for shoppers, suggesting the space within its four walls constitute
more of an exclusive club. They are not wrong. The brand is synonymous with customer service and
people are drawn to Wegmans for an experience and to be part of something bigger than conventional
Wegmans’ slogan, “Every day you get our best,” is a testament to the culture of food and exceptional
service that customers have come to expect in every one of their stores. In industry circles, the Wegmans
name is synonymous with innovation in the art of food retail. When FMI instituted a new industry award
in 2012 in honor of former chairman Robert B. Wegman, it was clear to all that it is an award for entrepreneurial excellence. His 50-year leadership of Wegmans was marked by a creative retail savvy that
transformed a family grocery business into one of the largest privately held companies in the U.S. It was
his innovative spirit that FMI wished to honor and propagate throughout the industry. Furthermore, when
FMI was seeking retailers whose imaginative leadership qualified them to be the first recipient of the
Robert B. Wegman Award we did not have to look far, choosing to honor Robert’s son Danny Wegman
with the inaugural award.
Danny, Colleen and Nicole Wegman actively support their trade association and serve multiple leadership positions at FMI. Over the last five years, Colleen has focused on food safety, leading our committee and the FMI Foundation to invest in food safety educational opportunities related to Listeria prevention. Moreover, they support FMI events and programs that help shape and inspire our industry.
1993: The first Wegmans store outside of New York State
opens in June in Erie, Pa.
1994: The company’s first Nature’s Marketplace department
opens in October at the Marketplace store in Rochester,
N. Y. Nature’s Marketplace offers natural and organic foods,
supplements, herbal remedies, cleaning products, cosmetics
and loose-leaf teas. There are also foods for people with
special dietary needs.
The Wegmans Italian Classics line of products is
introduced—it is the largest Wegmans brand product launch
1997: Wegmans launches its Seafood HACCP program for
food safety chain wide.
A Wegmans mini “store” opens in The Strong National
Museum of Play in Rochester. A 3,500 square foot kid’s
exhibit offers working checkout counters, kid-sized shopping
carts and loads of imitation food to buy or reshelf.
Wegmans is named to Fortune magazine’s first-ever
list of the “ 100 Best Companies to Work For.” Wegmans is
ranked No. 16 and is highest among retailers.
1999: Wegmans opens its first New Jersey store with the
grand opening of Wegmans Princeton.
2002: Wegmans receives the Golden Shopping Cart Award
for Best Supermarket.
2003: Wegmans Brand Organic products are introduced.
Wegmans is named the “Most Family-Friendly
Supermarket in America” according to Child magazine.
2004: Wegmans enters the Virginia market.
Wegmans opens a Retail Service Center in Pottsville,
PA. This new state-of-the-art distribution point outside of
Rochester helps serve Wegmans’ market expansion in the
2005: Wegmans is named the No. 1 company to work for
by Fortune magazine’s list of the “ 100 Best Companies to
Wegmans Hunt Valley becomes Wegmans’ 69th store
and the first for the state of Maryland.
Colleen Wegman named president and Danny Wegman