MINNEAPOLIS – Lund Food Holdings and Wegmans Food Markets won the 2007 Food Marketing Institute Maximizing People Awards (known as Maxx Awards) at the FMI Human Resources/Training and Development Conference here last night. Lunds, a 21-unit upscale operator based here, was recognized in the small company category (fewer than 4,000 employees) for a centralized orientation program that has helped reduce turnover among new hires and cut costs. Wegmans was recognized among larger companies for its efforts to reduce the high school dropout rate in its headquarters city of Rochester, N.Y., through a multifaceted program that includes scholarship and employment incentives. The program is expanding to Syracuse, N.Y., and is also being used as a model for training programs in the company. Other finalists for Maxx Awards were Buzzuto’s, Cheshire, Conn., which launched a management training program that has increased productivity and cut costs, and Supervalu, which implemented a program using positive reinforcement to reduce workplace accidents in a distribution center in Oglesby, Ill.
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