IGA Names Int’l. Retailer of Year Finalists
Two markets supplied by Bozzuto’s and another supplied by C&S Wholesale Grocers are finalists for the IGA USA Int’l Retailer Of The Year.
The Bozzuto supplied markets are Charles Reichert of Southold IGA of Southold, N.Y. and Jim Shook of Lake Region IGA of Hawley, Pa,
The C&S supplied store is Kevin Young of Young’s Payless IGA of Lockeford, Calif. The other finalists are: Paul Vander Jagt of Van IGA Dillon of Dillon, Montana,, supplied by SUPERVALU; Sheila Austin Buehlers IGA iof Darmstadt, Indiana, supplied by Associated Wholesale Grocers; and Scott Lovejoy of Brookswood Market IGA supplied by Unified Grocers;
The finalists were selected\ on innovation, creativity, and dedication to the customers and communities they serve.
Three finalists will be honored at the IGA Global Rally in Las Vegas in February.
Ahold USA Supports Progress Toward Open Housing For Sows
Ahold USA announced that it will encourage its pork suppliers to move from the daily use of gestation crates to open housing for pregnant sows by 2022. This includes the option to use gestation crates during appropriate times to keep sows and their piglets healthy and safe
“Animal welfare is a fundamental part of our responsible retailing practices and we intend to work with the most reputable suppliers to source safe and affordable pork produced with respect for the animal,” said Jihad Rizkallah, vice president of responsible retailing for Ahold USA. “Our goal is to work with suppliers who are moving towards a less restrictive environment.”
Over the past several months, Ahold USA conducted a review of the issue of gestation crates versus open pen housing for pregnant sows by speaking with pork suppliers and visiting several supplier farms. Ahold USA also met with relevant stakeholders, including food industry colleagues, the Humane Society of the U.S. and members of academia to gather information and discuss the safety and well-being of sows.
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Maine Grocers Merges Together With Maine Food Producers
Recently the Maine Grocers Association & Maine Food Producers Alliance memberships voted to form a consolidated organization: the Maine Grocers & Food Producers Association. Their mission is to build a community dedicated to the prosperity of Maine's grocery and food producer industry.
"We think it's a perfect match. As a food producer and a retailer I appreciate just how important it is for Maine businesses to work together. By joining forces we're furthering those opportunities. We're also aligned in our message to the consumer to do their shopping right here at home," said Cathe Morrill, State of Maine Cheese Company and Rockport Marketplace who was named president of the consolidated organization.
"There is no doubt that the partnership between the Maine Grocers Association and Maine Food Producers Alliance has yielded positive business opportunities and enhanced our standing at the State House," said Jim Lesser, Oakhurst Dairy and board member.
The association has a core membership composed of independent grocers, supermarkets, wholesalers and distributors, food and beverage processors and service provider companies and provides government relations and communications and one-of-a-kind educational and training events.
In other news, The Maine Grocers & Food Producers Association also honored Adam and Sheila Nappi, Bow Street Market the 2013 Maine Grocer of the Year and Aaron Anker and Nat Peirce, GrandyOats were the 2013 Maine Producer of the Year.
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Latest Word in Supermarket News...
• A federal mediator has asked both Local 1500 United Food & Commercial Workers and Stop & Shop for a seven-day cooling off period in labor contract negotiations, More than 6,000 workers at Stop & Shop stores in Metro New York are without a contact. Local 1500 said there will be no work stoppage over the Thanksgiving weekend.
• The Acosta Northeast retail team has won the National Retail Broker of The Year Team from Quaker Maid.
• Crossmark has added Mike Graen as vice president and managing director for its Center of Collaboration in Bentonville, Ark. Mr. Graen was former Walmart director of innovation. The new center will provide Walmart and Crossmark clients with new business opportunities and will develop new innovative ideas for the future.
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