Harvest Foods owner receives industry award

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The owner of Walla Walla’s Harvest Foods bagged a major honor from the Washington Food Industry Association.

Nolan Lockwood was named the organization’s 2012 Keystone Award recipient for Excellence in Government Affairs.

The award was presented by Jan Gee, WFIA president and chief executive officer, and Rep. J.T. Wilcox, R-Yelm, for Lockwood’s political action to advance the interest of the independent food industry, according to an announcement.

Lockwood and his wife, Kathleen, are owners/operators of Walla Walla’s Harvest Foods, 905 S. Second Ave. He grew in the industry from a box boy at Albertsons to one of its store directors. He has been a “buyer,” ad writer, retail counselor and director of Food City, Thrift Quality Foods, Harvest Foods and president of Red Apple and Thriftway stores in his more than 45 years in the grocery business.

The Washington Food Industry Association is a nonprofit trade association for the independent grocery industry.

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