Marina, Calif. - March 2010- The annual Ginger People Gingie Awards, the pinnacle of ginger honors in the natural foods industry, took place this month honoring top professionals promoting the virtues of this esteemed spice.

Created by the leading brand of ginger products in North America, the awards recognizing broker and retail partners were presented by The Ginger People at their annual Broker Forum held earlier this month. Known for their personified ginger mascot and passion for ginger, the company bestowed their signature Gingie Award, a ginger statue crafted in the likeness of their knobby, fun-loving mascot, to the top contenders in the following categories:

Outstanding Retailer of the Year Natural Grocers by Vitamin Cottage

Outstanding Sales Representative of the Year Jill Whitehill, Dynamic Presence

Outstanding Broker of the Year Horizon Marketing

"Our broker and retail partners really are an extension of our company, spreading our love of ginger and all its virtues," says Christie Pearson. "This year's awards were particularly poignant because together we achieved amazing growth in spite of a tough economy."

The Ginger People is owned by Royal Pacific Foods of Marina, California. Royal Pacific Foods was established in 1984. For more information, please contact The Ginger People at 800-551-5284, ext. 225 or email at [email protected]