Whole Foods Market announces winners of its annual Supplier Awards

  • Best in class supplier partners spotlighted for outstanding innovation, responsible sourcing and commitment to quality standards

AUSTIN, Texas, 2016-Apr-24 — /EPR Retail News/ — Whole Foods Market has revealed the winners of its annual Supplier Awards, the company’s highest honor for producer partners that embody its mission and values. Out of thousands of Whole Foods Market suppliers nationwide, fewer than 70 have received one of these distinguished awards.

Two all-star producers earned the grocer’s top “Supplier of the Year” award for outstanding all-around performance:

  • Grimmway Farms (Perishables) for its longstanding partnership to serve customers with the highest quality organic vegetables. Grimmway Farms is a leader in organic farming, quality standards and product innovation and continues to be a model partner for Whole Foods Market on topics ranging from new models of growth forecasting, to new product development and deep transparency on growing practices.
  • Frontier Co-op (Non-Perishables) for exemplifying partnership through shared values on responsible sourcing. Frontier has supported numerous small farmer co-ops through the introduction and distribution of several Fair Trade seasonings and extracts, such as the new and exclusive Frontier Co-Op Ugandan Vanilla Extract, with 1 percent of sales going directly to the Whole Planet Foundation to fund microloans for poverty alleviation in the communities where the vanilla is sourced.

“Customers trust Whole Foods Market to maintain the highest quality, ingredient and sourcing standards in the entire industry, and our suppliers put in a lot of work and care to help us deliver on that promise,” said Don Clark, Whole Foods Market’s global vice president of procurement, non-perishables. “Our Supplier Award winners set the gold standard for producers in the industry, and we’re proud to celebrate their achievements.”

In addition to its “Supplier of the Year” honorees, Whole Foods Market recognized its top supplier partners in 16 categories that highlight areas of achievement, including product innovation, environmental stewardship, ethical sourcing, and excellence in quality standards and assurance.

“Each one of our supplier partners advances the character, flavor, and integrity of our stores, whether they’re committed to land conservation, sustainable farming methods or simply creating the best-tasting product on our shelves,” said Edmund LaMacchia, Whole Foods Market’s global vice president of procurement, perishables. “We’re grateful for their drive, commitment and partnership in growing their business with Whole Foods Market.”

The retailer revealed its Supplier Award winners at Tuesday night’s reception in Austin, Texas, at the Stephen F. Austin Hotel. Additional honorees included:

Special Recognition

  • Jacobs Farm / Del Cabo, for many years of partnership, most recently evident in the success of a line of co-branded Whole Trade Guarantee® cherry tomatoes from hundreds of farmers in the Baja California and Baja California Sur states of Mexico. The Del Cabo cooperative was formed in 1985 and continues to offer training to members on organic growing, harvesting and handling, as well as startup funds, farming technology, administrative training, and consistent distribution channels—all with the goal of ensuring the best return for small-scale farms.
  • Presence Marketing & Natural Specialty Sales, for their collective representation of hundreds of Whole Foods Market’s supplier partners. The growth in suppliers committed to Whole Foods Market’s quality standards is, in large part, due to the effort of these two organizations. Together, they have built a transparent, collaborative process to track and audit our partnerships to truly create win-win relationships.

Excellence in Standards

  • Sunripe Certified Brands, for its leadership in the grower community on the important topic of farmworker welfare. Sunripe Certified Brands was the first Florida tomato grower to adopt the Coalition of Immokalee Workers Fair Food Program across all of its Florida operations. CEO Jon Esformes and his team continue transforming the organization to ensure health and safety for the men and women who work on Sunripe Certified Brands farms.

Global V.P. Integrity Award

  • Red Tomato, for its work on behalf of small farmers in the northeastern United States and being a voice in supporting a more sustainable, ethical food system. In addition to distributing great local produce from small growers, Red Tomato is also a leader the movement to communicate more deeply about how food is grown.

New Product Innovation

  • Bell & Evans, for continually leading the chicken industry, setting the model many other chicken suppliers over the years have chosen to emulate. Bell & Evans was one of the first producers to adopt raising practices that eliminate the use of antibiotics and animal byproduct in feed, and it continues to be a leader in animal welfare at every stage of the animal’s life; the company recently announced that it will be using a leading animal welfare hatchery.

Excellence in Product Quality

  • Seafood Producers Cooperative, for helping Whole Foods Market offer its customers the best quality, sustainably caught king salmon, coho salmon, halibut, ling cod, sablefish and rockfish on the market; and for its unparalleled customer service, industry expertise and ability to deliver product when no one else can.

Product with a Purpose

  • Kvarøy Fiskeoppdrett AS, Blue Circle Foods & BioMar, for the trio’s partnership to create the first feed that enables farmers to raise salmon with a fish-in, fish-out ratio below 1-to-1, allowing Whole Foods Market to deliver the cleanest, most sustainable Responsibly Farmed salmon on the market to its shoppers. The salmon feed is produced with a groundbreaking process that connects existing infrastructure in the seafood industry, sourcing trimmings from established wild-caught seafood operations and utilizing oil-cleaning technology common in producing fish oil supplements.

Outstanding Quality Assurance

  • IMI Global, for its ability to consistently deliver certification services to Whole Foods Market meat suppliers.  IMI’s partnership approach to any project, coupled with its skill, expertise and timeliness, always yields results.  IMI is the most reliable and consistent certification partner for the Global Animal Partnership 5-Step Program. The certifier has worked diligently to add value to Whole Foods Market’s meat suppliers through the provision of audit bundling services.

Outstanding Exclusive Brands Product

  • Arizona Nutritional Supplements (Whole Foods Market’s Exclusive Brands) for its commitment and partnership in launching 70 new, and 118 redesigned, supplements for the company’s 365 Everyday Value® and Whole Foods Market™ brands in 2015. Whole Foods Market is proud to celebrate the 14-year partnerships as a private label supplement supplier.

Distinguished Service

  • Stevens Transport, for more than 16 years of anchor cold carrier business partnership for Whole Foods Market’s West Coast produce transportation efforts. Transporting produce is a challenging task to master–it requires pinpoint communication, committed business partners and a flexible, dynamic business process. Stevens Transport has provided all of these and more through both high-and low-growth years, and is a truly distinguished service partner.

Outstanding Innovation

  • Prakash Purohit, President Naturich Labs, Inc. for creating a first-of-its-kind plant-based, performance-driven salon hair care line that meets Whole Foods Market’s Premium Body Care Standards. The six shampoos and conditioners are blended with 97 percent plant-derived ingredients, custom natural fragrances, and they contain active levels of key plant ingredients that deliver amazing performance.

Excellence in Cheese

  • EMMI Roth USA, for the company’s commitment to shared initiatives, including providing non-GMO transparency, producing organic, premium quality products, supporting regional farmers, leading product innovation and providing team member education. EMMI Roth’s service and quality—from source to Whole Foods Market stores—is an example of excellence in partnership and product.

Outstanding Wine and Beer Supplier

  • Milton’s Distributing Company, for sourcing top quality wines for Whole Foods Market over the past several years, and for exceptional service in the beverage importation and beverage distribution channels in the U.S.  The company was also recognized for its strong set of core values, which align closely with those of Whole Foods Market, and for going beyond the call of duty to service each level of Whole Foods Market’s global and local purchasing needs.

Environmental Stewardship

  • Small Planet Foods, for going above and beyond in supporting pollinator health, and for its contributions to organizations that protect wildlife through conservation efforts.  The company is also actively and increasingly sourcing almonds from suppliers that are using more bee-friendly production methods.

Best New Product

  • Terra Chips Seed Savers/The Hain Celestial Group, for being one of Whole Foods Market’s top snack brands in partnership with Seed Savers Exchange, an organization dedicated to preserving the genetic diversity of our agricultural heritage, to sell tasty root veggie snacks made from heirloom ingredients.   Terra also works directly with farmers to plant more heirloom varietals every day.

Non-GMO Supply Chain Commitment

  • Snowville Creamery, for its trend leadership in the dairy category, feed transparency and early work to create some of the first non-GMO-fed dairy product options available for Whole Foods Market shoppers to enjoy. The company has also invested in GMO grain testing: every load of feed is analyzed for GMO contamination and has full traceability to the farms that supply feed.

Excellence in Product Quality

  • Chelten House, for exemplifying a “win-win” partnership. The company has fully invested in meeting all of the Global Quality Assurance team’s initiatives and Whole Foods Market’s exclusive brand supplier expectations. Chelten House was also recognized for its commitment to ensuring superior, uniform flavor profiles for products made in multiple facilities.

SOURCE: Whole Foods Market

2016 Price Chopper and Market 32 Bags2Riches contest awards grand prize of $250,000 to Fairfield, Vermont’s Linda Menard

St. Albans, VT, 2016-Apr-24 — /EPR Retail News/ —  Today, the grand prize of $250,000 in the 2016 Price Chopper and Market 32 Bags2Riches contest was awarded to Fairfield, Vermont’s Linda Menard. A small reception was held in her honor at the Price Chopper at 170 Swanton Road/Route 7 in St. Albans, where she does her regular shopping.

Menard’s winning ticket was one of her PIN entries that was drawn from the “Collect to Win Second Chance drawing” component. When asked about her plans for the winnings, Menard said that she will be able to go ahead with a costly surgery and that she is looking into planning a family vacation.

“Congratulations to Linda! We’re so excited that the Bags2Riches grand prize was won by a loyal Price Chopper shopper who can use some of the proceeds to improve her health and quality of life!” said Mona Golub, vice president of public relations and consumer services. “Many are doubtful that real people win this sort of contest, but we’ve had winners of significant prizes in each of the six states in which we operate. Bags2Riches has been a fantastic promotion, both for us and for the nearly 900,000 of our customers who participated and won prizes.”

The Bags2Riches Giveaway ran from January 10 through March 19, 2016. For every $25 spent using an AdvantEdge card at any of the 135 Price Chopper and Market 32’s located throughout the northeast, shoppers received one game ticket. There were three ways to win — the first, one in every three tickets was an instant winner and revealed a free food prize, a discount, gift card prizes, $1,000 cash prizes or $10,000 cash prizes; the second, some tickets revealed a special PIN that could be registered online to win Price Chopper and Market 32 gift cards, free groceries for a year, free gas for a year, cash prizes and more; and the third way to win was to collect related stickers within a specific category.

More than 850,000 Instant Win game tickets were redeemed by customers and more than 2.7 million PINs were entered online. Prizes that were awarded include three $10,000 instant cash prizes, two $20,000 Shopping Sprees, two 2016 Ford Escapes, more than 50 $1,000 instant cash prizes, FREE groceries for a year, FREE gas for a year, hundreds of $50 Price Chopper gift cards, dozens of FREE Redbox for a year, and dozens of $500 Amazon gift cards.

About The Golub Corporation
Based in Schenectady, NY, the Golub Corporation owns and operates 135 Price Chopper and Market 32 grocery stores in New York, Vermont, Connecticut, Pennsylvania, Massachusetts and New Hampshire. The American owned, family-managed company prides itself on longstanding traditions of innovative food merchandising, leadership in community service, and cooperative employee relations. Golub’s 21,000 teammates collectively own more than 47% of the company’s privately held stock, making it one of the nation’s largest privately held corporations that is predominantly employee-owned. For additional information, visit www.pricechopper.com

Contact:

Mona Golub
Price Chopper
518-379-1480

Jon Pierce, APR
Pierce Communications
518-427-1186

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Grand Prize Winner Linda Menard (white floral top) celebrates with (from left to right): Mona Golub, Golub VP of Public Relations & Consumer Services, Glen Bradley, Golub VP of Marketing Analytics, Kevin Moore, Golub Zone Director, Kelly Greene, St. Albans Price Chopper Co-Manager and Bob Hewitt, Golub Region VP.

Grand Prize Winner Linda Menard (white floral top) celebrates with (from left to right): Mona Golub, Golub VP of
Public Relations & Consumer Services, Glen Bradley, Golub VP of Marketing Analytics, Kevin Moore, Golub Zone Director,
Kelly Greene, St. Albans Price Chopper Co-Manager and Bob Hewitt, Golub Region VP.

 

 

Golub Corporation converts four Price Chopper Supermarkets in Capital Region of New York into Market 32 stores

  • Newly Converted Stores Open in Guilderland, Troy and Albany

SCHENECTADY, NY, 2016-Apr-24 — /EPR Retail News/ — The Golub Corporation’s new contemporary, food-focused Market 32 brand has doubled its scope* today, with the revelation of four newly converted Price Chopper Supermarkets in the Capital Region of New York – one, at Hamilton Square in Guilderland, NY; another at Hudson Valley Plaza in Troy, NY, and two in the heart of the City of Albany, on Madison and Delaware Avenues.

A ribbon-cutting and grand re-opening ceremony, that included the presenting of the flag by a color guard from VFW Post 8692, accompanied by the national anthem, was held at the Hamilton Square location, the only one of the new Market 32s to have been closed for 12 weeks during its major remodeling and construction.

Attendees included Golub Corporation Executive Chairman Neil Golub, President & CEO Scott Grimmett, Vice Chairman Jerry Golub, and Store Manager Steve Gumbs; NYS Assembly Member Patricia Fahey, Albany County Executive Dan McCoy, Planning Board Chairman Stephen Feeney, and Zoning Board Chairman Thomas Remmert; Town of Guilderland Supervisor Peter Barber; Capital Region Chamber of Commerce President Chuck Steiner and other elected officials and civic leaders along with Jim Dawsey from MLB Construction Services.

Marked by open space, a décor filled with soft earth tones and product-focused displays, murals and lighting, the Market 32 brand emphasizes convenient, ready-to-eat foods, fresh, handcrafted, and locally grown, produced and manufactured products, and intuitive product/department adjacencies (e.g. greeting cards next to the floral department). An elevated level of customer and signature items throughout the store further differentiate the brand experience.

The Price Chopper in Torrington, CT will be the next to convert to Market 32 by mid-May, and the one in Glenville, NY is readying for conversion. Stores in East Greenbush and Brunswick, NY are currently in the design phase, while a brand new Market 32, being built from the ground up in Oxford, CT, is slated to open this summer. A groundbreaking for the new Market 32 in Ft. Edward, NY will be held in the coming weeks.

*Proof of concept stores opened in Wilton and Clifton Park, NY, and Pittsfield and Sutton, MA in the summer and fall of 2015.

About The Golub Corporation
Based in Schenectady, NY, the Golub Corporation owns and operates 135 Price Chopper and Market 32 grocery stores in New York, Vermont, Connecticut, Pennsylvania, Massachusetts and New Hampshire. The American owned, family-managed company prides itself on longstanding traditions of innovative food merchandising, leadership in community service, and cooperative employee relations. Golub’s 21,000 teammates collectively own more than 47% of the company’s privately held stock, making it one of the nation’s largest privately held corporations that is predominantly employee-owned. For additional information, visit www.pricechopper.com

Contact:

Mona Golub
Price Chopper
518.379.1480
or
Jonathan Pierce, APR
Pierce Communications
518.221.1186 (cell)

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CAPTION: Market 32 Store Manager Steve Gumbs cuts the ribbon today at the newest Market 32 at Hamilton Square in Guilderland. Additional photos available upon request.

CAPTION: Market 32 Store Manager Steve Gumbs cuts the ribbon today at the newest Market 32 at Hamilton Square in Guilderland.
Additional photos available upon request.

 

PetSmart, Arizona Diamondbacks and Central Garden & Pet will attempt to set GUINNESS WORLD RECORDS title for most dogs attending a sporting event on May 1

  • Record Attempt Will Take Place May 1 with “Bark at the Park” at Chase Field; 1,000 Dogs Needed, Fans Invited to Participate

PHOENIX, 2016-Apr-24 — /EPR Retail News/ — Chase Field has gone to the dogs! After the successful launch earlier this month of the PetSmart Patio and additional PetSmart-sponsored permanent dog-welcoming facilities at Chase Field that have created the first-ever season long dog-friendly ballpark in America, PetSmart, the Arizona Diamondbacks and Central Garden & Pet are cranking it up a notch – 1,000 – or 1,000 notches –by attempting to set a GUINNESS WORLD RECORDS title for the most dogs attending a sporting event.

The attempt will be officiated by a GUINNESS WORLD RECORDS adjudicator and take place Sunday, May 1, when the D-backs host the Colorado Rockies and the national kick-off of Bark at the Park, a traveling 12-game dog-friendly program where dog-loving fans can bring their best friends to a baseball game at stadiums across America. This year’s Bark at the Park program is hosted by Central Garden & Pet, the parent company of Nylabone® and AvoDerm® Natural Pet Foods, as well as PetSmart. Bark at the Park has been run by this Central Garden & Pet-led sponsorship group more than a decade and dog attendance at these events at stadiums across the country have ranged from 300-900 dogs per game.

The group’s aim is to host 1,000 dogs at Chase Field on May 1. According to the GUINNESS WORLD RECORDS organization, this is the first official attempt for this record. The GUINNESS WORLD RECORDS adjudicator will account for the dogs entering Chase Field and is expected to call the record by the end of the second inning.

“We can’t wait to achieve this GUINNESS WORLD RECORDS milestone and see 1,000 dogs come out with their pet parents to enjoy a D-backs game on Sunday, May 1, at Chase Field – the nation’s most dog-friendly stadium,” said Eran Cohen, chief customer experience officer, PetSmart. “We are thrilled to partner with our friends at the D-backs and Central Garden & Pet to bring this exciting GUINNESS WORLD RECORDS experience to the D-backs’ community. We encourage fans to come out with their dogs to enjoy an MLB game and be a part of history. Even if we don’t set this record, we’ll all have lots of fun trying.”

In addition to taking in a baseball game together, fans and their canine companions can participate in the pre-game “Puppy Parade” held on the field’s warning track where it’s hoped that 1,000 dogs will take part. Also on hand will be dog-friendly ice cream, PetSmart’s Pet Expressions dog-friendly paint stenciling service featuring the D-backs and other MLB logos, as well as photo opportunities, giveaways, discount coupons – and even dog adoptions. The Arizona Animal Welfare League will be hosting dog adoptions in The Adopt Spot™ by PetSmart during the game so that fans who want to expand their families through adoption can help these dogs find their forever homes.

Tickets start at $20 per person and $20 per dog and can be purchased atwww.dbacks.com/barkatthepark.

About PetSmart
PetSmart, Inc. is the largest specialty pet retailer of services and solutions for the lifetime needs of pets. At PetSmart, we love pets, and we believe pets make us better people. Every day with every connection, PetSmart’s passionate associates help bring pet parents closer to their pets so they can live more fulfilled lives. This mission impacts everything we do for our customers, the way we support our associates, and how we give back to our communities. We employ approximately 53,000 associates, operate approximately 1,433 pet stores in the United States, Canada and Puerto Rico and approximately 202 in-store PetSmart® PetsHotel® dog and cat boarding facilities. PetSmart provides a broad range of competitively priced pet food and pet products and offers dog training, pet grooming, pet boarding, PetSmart Doggie Day Camp day care services and pet adoption services in-store. Our portfolio of digital resources for pet parents -including PetSmart.comPetFoodDirect.comPet360.com and petMD.com – offers the most comprehensive online pet supplies and pet care information in the U.S. Through our in-store pet adoption partnership with independent nonprofit organizations, PetSmart Charities™ and PetSmart Charities™ of Canada, PetSmart helps to save the lives of more than 450,000 homeless pets each year. In addition, PetSmart supports organizations that make communities a better place to call home through our philanthropy program, PetSmart Gives Back™. By giving back to the communities where we live and work, PetSmart not only celebrates the power of pets to enrich people’s lives—we live it.

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CONTACTS:

Danielle Bickelmann
Golin for PetSmart
469-680-2503
dbickelmann@golin.com

PetSmart Media Line
623-587-2177

D-backs Communications
602-462-6519
Katie Krause
210-279-6793