Maine Grocers & Food Producers Names Bozzuto’s Wholesaler Of Year

Bozzuto’s was named Wholesaler of the Year by the Maine Grocers & Food Producers Assn. at its annual Food Summit. Also named were Bell’s IGA as the 2014 Grocer of the Year and Winterport Winery as Producer of the Year. Accepting the award for Bozzuto’s was Dan Brock, who also participated in two distributor panels. The first one, held Wednesday morning, Sept. 10, was hosted by Peter Larkin, president of the National Grocers Assn., who was ending his summer vacation in Maine. He was joined on the panel by Mike Bourgoine of Associated Grocers of New England and Jim Saia of C&S Wholesale Grocers.

Mr. Larkin said that even though there are many challenges, the future is bright for independent grocers. All of the panelists agreed that ever-changing technology is a constant challenge for their customers. Mr. Bourgoine pointed to his cell phone and said, “Technology is growing so fast every day. The largest store I see is right here in your phone.”

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C&S Grocers Names New Executive VP & Chief Financial Officer

C&S Wholesale Grocers last week appointed Joseph Schena executive vice president and chief financial officer, effective Sept. 29. His responsibilities will include all financial functions of the company, including accounting, treasury, financial planning and analysis, internal controls, quality assurance and inventory control.

Prior to joining C&S, Mr. Schena served as chief financial officer of Bacardi Limited and president and chief executive officer of Bacardi International Limited, where he was responsible for all financial functions. Prior to his positions at Bacardi, Mr. Schena was a partner at Centerview Capital, a private equity firm, and he served as chairman of Richelieu Foods.

He also worked as the chief accounting officer, corporate controller and vice president of global financial operations at The Gillette Co. prior to its merger with Procter & Gamble, at which time Joe assumed the role of chief financial officer for the Gillette business unit. He also was the corporate vice president of strategy and planning at Nabisco Holdings Corp. He started his career at Kraft Foods, where he worked in positions of increasing responsibility within the finance organization.

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Price Chopper Updates Expanded Coupon Policy

Price Chopper has revised and expanded its coupon policy, allowing customers to save more and addressing couponing trends. The new policy took effect Sept. 14. Price Chopper will match competitive paper coupons for store brands with its own Price Chopper brand products of the same size and weight.

Price Chopper has expanded its AdvantEdge e-coupon offerings that can be loaded to a customer’s AdvantEdge card through www.pricechopper.com or the Price Chopper mobile app.

Price Chopper will accept one paper competitor “dollars off a category” coupon from other supermarkets and mass retailers, the value of which may not exceed 50 percent of the order. Price Chopper has been matching such paper competitor “dollars off a category” coupons for several months now, but given their relative newness to the marketplace, they were not included in the last version of the company’s coupon policy.

“This newest iteration of our coupon policy builds on an already robust savings platform that honors double coupons up to and including 99 cents, matches competitors’ coupons and offers cumulative fuel and bonus fuel rewards based on whole order and single item purchases. Some of the revisions formalize the honoring of coupons we’ve been accepting for some time and others help to clarify our policies for ease of use,” said Mona Golub, Price Chopper’s vice president of public relations and consumer services. “And, the addition of store brand product coupons in the new policy simply gives customers the opportunity to save more money while enjoying the added value of our high quality Price Chopper brand.”

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Cece Krumrine of the National Mango Board and founder of the New England Produce Council was honored as Produce Business Person of the Year at the NEPC Convention held last week at Newport, R.I.

• The Vermont Retail and Grocer Assn. honored Marcel Marquis of Shaw’s and Bonnie Hawley of Hawley’s Florist in Rutland, Vt., as its Persons of the Year at its Annual Convention in Burlington, Vt.

• The recent Bozzuto’s Dream Ride raised more than $1 million for Special Olympics.

• Shaw’s Supermarkets and Star Market last week launched the “We Love Our Schools” campaign. All 155 New England Shaw’s and Star Market stores will adopt two area schools, each of which will receive a $400 donation. More than 300 schools will receive donations this September, totaling $125,000.

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