Wegmans unveils new online Mix-and-Match Meal Guide

ROCHESTER, NY, 2015-7-2 — /EPR Retail News/ — A new Mix-and-Match Meal Guide from Wegmans Food Markets might just be the next best thing to having a personal chef. The guide can be viewed online at Wegmans.com, and if you sign in, you can pick what appeals to you, click, and your shopping list is ready. With the meal guide, you’ll spend more time enjoying over 50 delicious breakfasts, lunches, snacks, or dinners, and less time planning and shopping for them. There’s a picture of how each meal idea looks on the plate. Like it? Just click the “add all items to list” button, and its ingredients instantly appear on your shopping list.

“These meal ideas are fun, tasty, smart, and easy,” says Wegmans Nutritionist Kirby Branciforte, RDN, who was on the team that created the guide. “They have a balance of fruits and veggies, protein and whole grains, and they’re affordable. On average, these meals cost less than $5 per serving. Affordability is one of the many benefits of plant-based foods, not to mention helping folks live healthier, better lives. Most of these ideas are also quick to the table, making it even easier to improve a family’s pattern of eating.”

The Mix-and-Match Meal Guide is built to give customers enormous flexibility in choosing meal ideas that fit their own family’s preferences. “We know most customers aren’t looking for a total meal makeover at home, but many would welcome practical help with meal planning and organizing shopping lists – a chore that many busy families find challenging,” says Branciforte.

One good way to use the guide, she suggests, is to start small, by sampling one category at a time. “Maybe you need a couple new snack ideas, or maybe you want more dinner ideas. Just start there. It doesn’t have to feel like a big change to your own routine and don’t get overwhelmed or feel boxed in by the suggestions. Make it your own by swapping in foods you prefer or have on hand. Keep the concept the same and you still have a quick, well-balanced solution.”

For those ready to take meals and snacks to the next level, Branciforte suggests incorporating the basic guidelines found in the guide. “These guidelines are meant to help folks round out and fine tune their pattern of eating,” she says.

Ready for a taste of the kinds of meal ideas the guide offers? Here’s an example of how one day might look if all of your meal and snack ideas came from it:

Breakfast: organic waffles with organic almond butter and berries
Mid-morning snack:  blueberry Greek yogurt parfait
Lunch: Southwest turkey salad
Mid-afternoon snack:  Celery, carrots and hummus
Dinner: grilled bourbon chicken with grilled yams, onions and peppers; organic spring mix
After-dinner snack: fruit cup

For those watching calories, the guide posts the calorie count for each meal and snack idea. But those who just want to enjoy a yummy, wholesome meal without tracking calories can choose any meal or snack idea, knowing that all have sensible portion sizes.

Smart eating was never easier: Each idea from the guide is a taste-appeal winner that also reflects the healthy eating principles of the Mediterranean diet and the Dietary Guidelines for Americans.

“It’s summer, when all of us welcome easy, relaxed routines,” says Branciforte. “We think the ideas in this guide can help families make the most of the season, with everyday meals that are delicious and support good health. Spend less time shopping and prepping, and more time out on the patio.”

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Wegmans Food Markets, Inc. is an 86-store supermarket chain with stores in New York, Pennsylvania, New Jersey, Virginia, Maryland, and Massachusetts.  The family-owned company, founded in 1916, is recognized as an industry leader and innovator.  Wegmans has been named one of the ‘100 Best Companies to Work For’ by FORTUNE magazine for eighteen consecutive years.  In 2015, Wegmans ranked #7 on the list.  The company also ranked #1 for Corporate Reputation, among the 100 ‘most-visible companies’ nationwide in the 2014 Harris Poll Reputation Quotient ® study.

Contact Information:  Jo Natale, vice president of media relations, 585-429-3627

IKEA to open its store in St. Louis on September 30, 2015

ST. LOUIS, MO, 2015-7-2 — /EPR Retail News/ — IKEA, the world’s leading home furnishings retailer, today announced that its future St. Louis store will open 9 a.m. on Wednesday, September 30, 2015, expanding the IKEA presence in the Midwestern United States. It will be the Swedish company’s first store in Missouri, and 41st in the U.S., with the closest IKEA stores in: Chicago-area Bolingbrook and Schaumburg; and Merriam, KS. Customers can begin lining-up at the store on Monday, September 28, 2015 – 48 hours in advance of the doors’ opening on September 30 – and soon can learn of more grand opening plans and promotions at IKEA-USA.com/StLouis.

“We are thrilled by the construction progress made to date, and believe the remaining milestones and interior build-up will be completed by end of September,” noted John Achillea, store manager of the future IKEA St. Louis. “Besides furnishing our store, we are focused on training the 300 coworkers joining the IKEA family.”

The 380,000 square-foot future IKEA St. Louis is being built on 21 acres along Interstate-64 at Vandeventer Avenue, with 1,300 parking spaces, in the City’s Cortex Innovation District. The store will reflect the unique architectural design for which IKEA is known worldwide, and Missouri’s largest rooftop solar array, consistent with the IKEA renewable energy presence at 90% of its U.S. locations.

IKEA St. Louis will feature nearly 10,000 exclusively designed items, 50 inspirational room-settings, three model home interiors, a supervised children’s play area, and a 450-seat restaurant serving Swedish specialties such as meatballs with lingonberries and salmon plates, as well as American dishes. Other family-friendly features include a ‘Children’s IKEA’ area in the Showroom, baby care rooms, play areas throughout the store, and preferred parking.

In addition to the more than 500 jobs created from construction, 300 coworkers will have joined the IKEA family for when the new store opens. Diverse positions at this employer of choice include: sales, interior design, customer service, safety and security, cashiers, maintenance, goods flow, receiving, warehouse and stock replenishment. Also, among its total coworkers, IKEA St. Louis offers more than 60 food service opportunities in its Restaurant, Swedish Foodmarket, Café Bistro and coworker cafeteria. Interested candidates should visit IKEA-USA.com to apply as well as contact the St. Louis Agency on Training and Employment (SLATE). Since its 1943 founding in Sweden, IKEA has offered home furnishings of good design and function at low prices so the majority of people can afford them. There are currently more than 360 IKEA stores in 47 countries, including 40 in the U.S. IKEA has been ranked in FORTUNE’s annual “100 Best Companies to Work For” list, Working Mother magazine’s annual list of “100 Best Companies for Working Mothers” and Training magazine’s annual “Top 100.” IKEA incorporates sustainability into day-to-day business and supports initiatives that benefit children and the environment. For more information see IKEA-USA.com, @IKEAUSANews, @IKEAUSA or IKEAUSA on Facebook, Youtube, Instagram and Pinterest.

Contact: Joseph Roth, Expansion Public Affairs
(610) 834-0180, x. 6500