Progressive Grocer's "Top Women in Grocery" is the industry's leading awards program that recognizes the outstanding contributions from female leaders in the retail food industry. The purpose of the awards program is to celebrate the critical roles the honorees serve in their companies, communities and the industry at large.

Candidates are nominated for one of three award categories – Senior-Level Executives, Rising Stars, and Store Managers – which represent all levels in the industry within both the retailer and supplier communities. In addition, the Trailblazer Award recognizes a single food industry executive whose leadership and vision have had a profound influence on women in the retail food industry.

The Top Women in Grocery winners are announced in June. The announcement includes recognition in Progressive Grocer's June issue. Winners are also formally honored at a gala awards celebration, where finalists are individually recognized with an engraved award before a crowd of industry luminaries, colleagues, and invited guests from across the country.