CARLISLE, Pa. — Professional Woman’s Magazine has named Ahold USA  among the “Top Supplier Diversity Programs for Women” for 2013 as a result of the company’s commitment to working with diverse and women-owned businesses, Ahold said Wednesday.
This 14th annual review is an evaluation of the nation’s employers, initiatives, government agencies and educational institutions, compiled from market research, independent research, diversity conference participation and survey responses.
Ahold USA’s signature efforts to work with local and diverse businesses include hosting annual trade local/diverse business opportunity fairs, events which strengthen the company’s connection to prospective local agricultural and diverse businesses. 2013 events were held in February in Quincy, Mass., and last month in Carlisle, Pa.
“As a responsible retailer, we continue to maintain our strong commitment to developing business opportunities with women- and minority-owned companies who can supply their products and services to our customers,” Jodie Daubert, senior vice president, sales development, Ahold USA, said in a statement. “We’re pleased to be nationally recognized by Professional Woman’s Magazine and proud to work with these companies to offer their products and services in our stores.”
During the 2013 Quincy and Carlisle events a total of 81 companies were given the opportunity to have their products reviewed by Ahold USA for potential placement through its retail divisions in the Northeast and mid-Atlantic. Attendees included representatives of women- and minority-owned businesses.
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