Vitamix Wins Big in “Best in Biz” Awards 2018

Vitamix Smart System blenders and top executive recognized for product design, innovation and culture by premier independent business awards program.

CLEVELAND – As a first-time entrant, Vitamix® was honored as a multiple-award winner in the 8th annual Best in Biz Awards, the only independent business awards program judged by prominent editors and reporters from top-tier publications in North America.

The Vitamix Ascent® Series won Gold in the Best Product Line – Consumer category, while Dr. Jodi Berg, president and CEO of Vitamix, was awarded the Silver honor in the Innovator of the Year category.

Best in Biz Awards entrants span the spectrum from some of the most recognizable global brands to the most innovative local startups. The 8th annual program proved to be a particularly tough competition, garnering close to 700 entries from an impressive array of public and private companies of all sizes, from a variety of geographic regions and industries in the U.S. and Canada. Best in Biz Awards 2018 honors were conferred in 70 different categories.

“At Vitamix, we have a hyper-focus on creating an unmatched user experience,” said Scott Tennant, Director of Communications, Vitamix. “Driven by our leadership team, this concentration is evident in every product we design, including our award-winning Ascent Series, the first and only high-performance smart blenders with wireless connectivity and a system of SELF-DETECT™ containers and accessories, for unrivaled convenience, versatility, and ultimately, personal success.”

Since 2011, winners in Best in Biz Awards have been determined based on scoring from independent judging panels deliberately composed of prominent editors and reporters from some of the most respected newspapers, TV outlets, and business, consumer, technology and trade publications in North America. Structured in this way, Best in Biz Awards is able to best leverage its distinguished judges’ expertise, experience and objectivity to determine award winners from hundreds of entries. The 2018 judging panel included, among others, writers from Associated Press, Barron’s, Consumer Affairs, Forbes, Investment Advisor Magazine, New York Post, The New York Times, The Plain Dealer, Ottawa Citizen and Wired.

“This year’s nominees in the company categories were all impressive, in industries as diverse as technology and finance to manufacturing and retail,” said Marcia Pledger of The Plain Dealer, judging her first Best in Biz Awards competition. “I especially enjoyed reading about technology developments and employee engagement that have led to huge success for these businesses. Even though the real judges are customers and financial backers, nominees in this year’s Best in Biz Awards made judging exceedingly tough.”

For a full list of gold, silver and bronze winners in Best in Biz Awards 2018, visit: http://www.bestinbizawards.com/2018-winners.

About Vitamix

The Vitamix family of companies is privately held and family-owned and -operated. Founded in 1921, Vitamix manufactures high-performance blending equipment for home and commercial use. Millions of consumers around the world use Vitamix products to help achieve their personal health and culinary goals. The company’s commercial customer list reads like a “Who’s Who” of major restaurant chains, and gourmet chefs say their Vitamix machines are as important to them as their knives. The company developed the first true commercial blender in the early 1990s, which ignited the smoothie movement, and has been named the Best in Class Overall beverage blender for nine consecutive years by readers of Foodservice Equipment & Supplies magazine. Vitamix continues to win awards for its products, culture, and user experience, and is found in more than 130 countries. The company is headquartered in Olmsted Township, Ohio, near Cleveland. For more information, please visit www.vitamix.com.

About Best in Biz Awards

Since 2011, Best in Biz Awards has made its mark as the only independent business awards program judged each year by a who’s who of prominent reporters and editors selected from top-tier publications from North America and around the world. Over the years, Best in Biz Awards judges have ranged from Associated Press to the Wall Street Journal and winners have spanned the spectrum, from blue-chip companies that form the bedrock of the world economy to local companies and some of the most innovative start-ups. Best in Biz Awards honors are conferred in two separate programs: North America and International, and in 70 categories, including company, team, executive, product, and CSR, media, PR and other categories. For more information, visit: http://www.bestinbizawards.com.

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Media Contacts:
Scott Tennant
Director of Communications
Vitamix
(440) 782-2447
stennant@vitamix.com

Jamie Dalton
Falls Communications
(216) 696-0229
jdalton@fallscommunications.com