LANSING, Mich. — The Michigan Grocers Association here said Monday it has awarded the inaugural Al Kessel Outstanding Achievement Awards to Fred Angeli of Angeli Foods, and to Spartan Stores.

The awards were created to honor the memory of Al Kessel Jr., who died last year. Kessel was the founder of Kessel Food Markets, with stores in Flint, Saginaw, Bay City and Corunna.


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The 2013 Outstanding Retailer, Fred Angeli, is a third-generation retailer who owns three grocery stores in Menominee and Iron River, Mich., and Marinette, Wis. The Angeli family has been in the food business for 96 years, and Fred has helped grow the company into a successful regional business. He was nominated by Al Kessel’s son James.

The 2013 Outstanding Business Partner is Spartan Stores’ “entire team of associates” as nominated by Bill McDonough of McDonough’s Market on Beaver Island.

The awards will be presented at the MGA Fall Conference and Trade Show on Sept. 15 at Crystal Mountain Resort in Thompsonville, Mich.

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