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Grocery industry honors two female leaders at Ziegenfelder

WHEELING — Lisa Allen and Breanna Humphries of the Ziegenfelder Co. have been named two of the 2020 Top Women in Grocery.

Each year since 2007, Progressive Grocer has recognized women who strengthen the retail food industry by giving back to their communities.

“I am honored to be named among the 2020 Top Women in Grocery,” said Allen, the owner and board chairwoman. “Living our values has been a driving force of the Ziegenfelder for 159 years, which is what helped us rally after a challenging year and continue outreach efforts within our Wheeling community.”

Allen became CEO of the company in 2003 and took over for her father as majority owner in 2005. Since then, the frozen ice novelty maker has grown steadily under her direction and is now the largest producer of frozen twin pops in the United States.

In January 2019, a fire at the company’s main plant in Wheeling destroyed the original portion of the facility. Allen was able to activate a leadership team that quickly managed the crisis. Production was up and running again within 18 days.

One of the youngest members of the leadership team that was instrumental to re-opening quickly was Humphries, the company’s operations manager.

She is honored as a Rising Star among the Top Women in Grocery. Humphries helped form the Zieggy Impact Group, an employee-led donation and community outreach organization.

“Breanna is an exemplary employee and she stepped up when we needed it most,” Allen said. “Her commitment and work ethic has advanced her quickly within the company and the award is well-deserved.”

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