Hy-Vee partners with first responders across the Midwest to launch Hy-Vee Hams for the Holidays community initiative

Police Officers, Firefighters and EMTs Help Hy-Vee Feed Families in Need

WEST DES MOINES, Iowa, 2017-Dec-15 — /EPR Retail News/ — Hy-Vee, Inc. announced today (Dec. 14, 2017) that it is partnering with first responders in seven cities across the Midwest for a community initiative called Hy-Vee Hams for the Holidays. Over the next week, Hy-Vee will hand out more than 3,700 Hormel® Cure 81® hams to families in need throughout the company’s eight-state region.

“We are fortunate to have great partners to help us give back to the community during the holiday season,” said Randy Edeker, chairman of the board, CEO and president of Hy-Vee. “This initiative exemplifies our values and shares our spirit of community involvement. Together, we can help thousands of families and make a far greater impact than any one of us could alone.”

Between Saturday, Dec. 16, and Wednesday, Dec. 20, Hy-Vee employees and first responders will hand out free hams to those in need in the following locations. The event will last until all hams are distributed.

Dates Event Location
Saturday, Dec. 16
1 p.m. start time
DES MOINES, IOWA:
Evelyn Davis Park
1500 Forest Avenue
Des Moines, Iowa
Monday, Dec. 18
4 p.m. start time
SIOUX FALLS, SOUTH DAKOTA:
South Dakota School For the Deaf
2001 E. 8th Street
Sioux Falls, South Dakota
Monday, Dec. 18
5 p.m. start time
OMAHA, NEBRASKA:
Omaha Police Dept.’s Southeast Precinct
2475 Deer Park Boulevard
Omaha, Nebraska
Tuesday, Dec. 19
4 p.m. start time
ST. PAUL, MINNESOTA:
Arlington Hills Community Center
1200 Payne Avenue
Saint Paul, Minnesota
Tuesday, Dec. 19
4 p.m. start time
MOLINE, ILLINOIS:
Esperanza Center
335 5th Avenue
Moline, Illinois
Wednesday, Dec. 20
4 p.m. start time
KANSAS CITY, MISSOURI:
Kansas City Police Dept.’s East Patrol Division
2640 Prospect Avenue
Kansas City, Missouri
Wednesday, Dec. 20
4 p.m. start time
MADISON, WISCONSIN:
Goodman Park (near the pool)
325 W. Olin Avenue
Madison, Wisconsin

Hy-Vee, Inc. is an employee-owned corporation operating more than 245 retail stores across eight Midwestern states with sales of $10 billion annually. The supermarket chain is synonymous with quality, variety, convenience, healthy lifestyles, culinary expertise and superior customer service. Hy-Vee ranks in the Top 10 Most Trusted Brands and has been named one of America’s Top 5 favorite grocery stores. The company’s 85,000 employees provide “A Helpful Smile in Every Aisle” to customers every day. For additional information, visit www.hy-vee.com.

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Hy-Vee now offers E15 eco-friendly fuel option

Cost-Effective and Eco-Friendly Gas Now Available 

WEST DES MOINES, Iowa, 2017-Dec-14 — /EPR Retail News/ — Hy-Vee, Inc. now offers E15 at five locations across its eight-state region. The Hy-Vee convenience store located at 3120 Agency Street in Burlington, Iowa, is the latest store to offer the eco-friendly fuel option.

With the addition of E15, Hy-Vee expands its eco-friendly gas options which already includes E85 at 15 different fueling locations. To celebrate the launch, the convenience store on Agency will offer 15 cents off per gallon from 6 a.m. to midnight on Friday, Dec. 15.

E15 is a blend of 15-percent ethanol and 85-percent gasoline. E15 is approved by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) for use in all 2001 and newer cars, trucks and SUVs.

The EPA says the environmentally-friendly fuel burns cleaner than gasoline and has shown to boost engine performance, increase horsepower and run cleaner through engine valves by removing deposits created by lower-quality gasoline. Since ethanol is a high-octane fuel, E15 carries an octane rating of 88 and the cost-benefit analysis favors E15 with numerous studies showing that ethanol saves consumers at the pump.

The Iowa Renewable Fuels Association (IRFA) is partnering with Hy-Vee to draw attention to the availability of E15 at its Burlington location.

“The IRFA salutes Hy-Vee for expanding its fuel options to offer customers E15, which is a healthier fuel choice because it reduces cancer-causing toxic chemicals in gasoline,” said Lucy Norton, IRFA managing director. “E15 is the lowest cost fuel available for 2001 and newer vehicles and provides improved engine performance. Burlington Hy-Vee customers can now take advantage of all these benefits.”

E15 fuel is included in the Hy-Vee Fuel Saver + Perks® card program which can be used at more than 1,200 gas stations throughout the Midwest.

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Hy-Vee, Inc. is an employee-owned corporation operating more than 245 retail stores across eight Midwestern states with sales of $10 billion annually. The supermarket chain is synonymous with quality, variety, convenience, healthy lifestyles, culinary expertise and superior customer service. Hy-Vee ranks in the Top 10 Most Trusted Brands and has been named one of America’s Top 5 favorite grocery stores. The company’s 85,000 employees provide “A Helpful Smile in Every Aisle” to customers every day. For additional information, visit www.hy-vee.com.

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Hy-Vee Opens Telepharmacy Location at Manson, Iowa

Hy-Vee Opens Telepharmacy Location at Former Medicap Pharmacy

WEST DES MOINES, Iowa, 2017-Dec-06 — /EPR Retail News/ — Hy-Vee, Inc. has expanded its pharmacy access to Manson, Iowa, with a new telepharmacy location that opened last week.

“We are thrilled to provide Hy-Vee pharmacy services and maintain a personal pharmacist connection for residents in Manson through our new telepharmacy location,” said Kristin Williams, Hy-Vee’s senior vice president and chief health officer. “Enhancing health care for our customers is a top priority, and this location will fill prescriptions as well as offer additional health and wellness services that Hy-Vee is known for.”

Hy-Vee recently purchased the Medicap Pharmacy in Manson, which reopened as a telepharmacy under the Hy-Vee Pharmacy name on November 30. Medicap’s pharmacy technician has joined the Hy-Vee Pharmacy team, and a full-time pharmacist will be on site 16 hours per month.

At the telepharmacy, a prescription is processed similarly to how it would be at a Hy-Vee retail pharmacy. A pharmacist at the Fort Dodge Hy-Vee will verify the prescription for accuracy, as well as review the prescription for appropriateness in dosing and safety. Once the pharmacist completes an initial verification, a certified technician fills the prescription. The pharmacist then provides an additional verification by checking the accuracy of the filling process via digital equipment. Pharmacists are able to counsel the patient via iPad and telephone to answer any questions.

Williams said the new telepharmacy provides patients “with a direct line of communication to a pharmacist without having to leave their community.” In addition, the telepharmacy expands the selection of current over-the-counter product offerings

Hy-Vee, Inc. is an employee-owned corporation operating more than 245 retail stores across eight Midwestern states with sales of $10 billion annually. The supermarket chain is synonymous with quality, variety, convenience, healthy lifestyles, culinary expertise and superior customer service. Hy-Vee ranks in the Top 10 Most Trusted Brands and has been named one of America’s Top 5 favorite grocery stores. The company’s 85,000 employees provide “A Helpful Smile in Every Aisle” to customers every day. For additional information, visit www.hy-vee.com.

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Hy-Vee announces the retirement of its Vice Chairman, EVP and Chief Administrative Officer Andy McCann

As Hy-Vee Says Goodbye to Longtime Leader, Top Executive Is Named to New Role

WEST DES MOINES, Iowa, 2017-Nov-23 — /EPR Retail News/ — Hy-Vee, Inc. is recognizing the retirement of its Vice Chairman, Executive Vice President and Chief Administrative Officer Andy McCann, following 41 years of service, and the promotion of another top executive, Sheila Laing, to a new leadership role.

“I could not be more thankful to Andy for the contribution he has made to our great company. He has been a strong leader in virtually every aspect of our organization because of his hard work and dedication,” said Randy Edeker, chairman of the board, CEO and president of Hy-Vee.

McCann started with Hy-Vee in 1976 at the Park Avenue Hy-Vee in Des Moines as a part-time clerk. He worked through the ranks and was promoted to second assistant manager at the Marshalltown, Iowa, Hy-Vee in 1983. In 1985, he was promoted to assistant manager at the Williamsburg Hy-Vee in Lincoln, Nebraska, opening what was at the time the largest store in the company. McCann received his first store director assignment in 1989 at the Fort Street Hy-Vee in Omaha, Nebraska, followed by the North Dodge Hy-Vee in Iowa City, Iowa, and finally at the Hy-Vee on Agency in Burlington, Iowa.

In 1996, McCann was once again promoted, this time to director of operations, and then to assistant vice president of operations over the northeast region. In 1997 and 2010, McCann served one-year terms on Hy-Vee’s Board of Directors. He was inducted into the Hy-Vee Hall of Fame when he was honored in 1999 as the company’s Director of the Year.

In 2001, McCann was promoted to assistant vice president of Hy-Vee, Inc. and president of Perishable Distributors of Iowa (PDI). In 2009, he was promoted to vice president of Hy-Vee, Inc. and president of PDI. He then was promoted to senior vice president of retail health in 2011 – a position he held through 2012 at which time he was selected as senior vice president of store development. In 2013, he was promoted to executive vice president and chief health officer. He also was elected to the executive committee and became a permanent member of the board of directors. In 2014, McCann’s role was expanded to executive vice president, chief administrative officer and chief health officer. He had the distinction of being named Hy-Vee’s first-ever vice chairman in June 2015.

With McCann’s retirement, Hy-Vee is pleased to announce that Sheila Laing will assume the role of executive vice president, chief administrative officer. She currently serves as Hy-Vee’s executive vice president, health, wellness and chief human resources officer.

Laing began her Hy-Vee career in 1987 as a part-time checker/stocker at the Dodge Street Hy-Vee in Dubuque, Iowa. In 1988, she moved to the West Kimberly Road Hy-Vee in Davenport, Iowa, as a full-time cheese island clerk and later that year moved to the 95th St. Hy-Vee in Overland Park, Kansas, as a meat clerk. In 1989, she was promoted to meat and cheese manager at the Raytown, Missouri, Hy-Vee and later that year was promoted to shift manager at the Brookings, South Dakota, Hy-Vee. Laing’s next move took her to the Chariton Distribution Center where she served as human resources manager of distribution in 1996. She was promoted to director of human resources in 1997 and named assistant vice president of human resources for the Chariton facility in 1999. In 2005, Laing was named assistant vice president of employee benefits.

Laing’s career was accented by her election to the Hy-Vee Hall of Fame when she received the company’s Community Involvement Award in 2003. In 2009, Laing was elected vice president of human resources for Hy-Vee which included overseeing the company’s benefit plan and recruiting as well as all human resource functions. She was promoted to senior vice president of retail health in 2013, then in 2014 her role was expanded to senior vice president, chief customer officer, followed by a promotion to executive vice president in 2015.

Laing is a graduate of Cascade High School and has a bachelor of arts degree in history and math from

Loras College. She has her HR law accreditation from Drake University and is a certified Senior Professional in

Human Resources (SPHR).

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Hy-Vee, Inc. is an employee-owned corporation operating more than 245 retail stores across eight Midwestern states with sales of $10 billion annually. The supermarket chain is synonymous with quality, variety, convenience, healthy lifestyles, culinary expertise and superior customer service. Hy-Vee ranks in the Top 10 Most Trusted Brands and has been named one of America’s Top 5 favorite grocery stores. The company’s 85,000 employees provide “A Helpful Smile in Every Aisle” to customers every day. For additional information, visit www.hy-vee.com.

SOURCE: Hy-Vee Inc.

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Hy-Vee to open its first Wahlburgers restaurant franchise at the Mall of America® in Bloomington, Minnesota

Top tourist destination, shopping complex to feature newest location

WEST DES MOINES, Iowa, 2017-Nov-22 — /EPR Retail News/ — Hy-Vee, Inc. announced today (Nov. 21, 2017) that it will open its first Wahlburgers restaurant franchise at the Mall of America® in Bloomington, Minnesota, this summer.

The 5,500-square-foot Wahlburgers will be located on Level 2, North at Mall of America and will offer a unique dining experience featuring signature burgers, home-style sides, housemade condiments, fish, chicken and vegetarian options, and a full bar including specialty drinks such as adult frappes and floats.

“Hy-Vee is excited to launch the first of many new restaurants in partnership with Wahlburgers, and to bring a new dining experience to the Twin Cities,” said Randy Edeker, chairman of the board, CEO and president of Hy-Vee. “Families will enjoy great food in a fun atmosphere, served with the excellent customer service and hospitality that Hy-Vee and Wahlburgers are known for.”

Chef Paul Wahlberg created the franchise along with two of his brothers, actors Mark and Donnie, to please all tastes through both lighter and heartier menu offerings, served up in casual, music-filled atmosphere.

“Families will have a great time, and hopefully share a lot of laughs and love when they enjoy my family’s delicious recipes at our new Walburgers in one of the top tourist spots in America,” Chef Paul said. “Along with Hy-Vee, my family is committed to offering a unique culinary experience that goes beyond the basic burger, with customer service that will make you feel like family.”

Carrie Charleston, vice president of leasing for Mall of America, said the mall is committed to offering an eclectic mix of cuisine options – from fast food to fine dining.

“We are thrilled to be the first Wahlburgers location in Minnesota so our guests visiting from all over the world will have the opportunity to witness the top-notch dining experience the Wahlbergs have created,” said Charleston.

Wahlburgers currently operates 17 locations in nine states and Canada. In August, Hy-Vee announced that it plans to build, own and operate 26 Wahlburgers restaurants. Plans for another Wahlburgers franchise location, scheduled to open in 2018, are underway in West Des Moines, Iowa.

In addition to the location at Mall of America, Hy-Vee will soon offer Wahlburgers-branded menu items in its full-service Hy-Vee Market Grille restaurants across its eight-state region. Hy-Vee is also a proud sponsor of the “Wahlburgers” reality TV series on the A&E network which chronicles the brothers and the restaurant franchise.

Hy-Vee, Inc. is an employee-owned corporation operating more than 245 retail stores across eight Midwestern states with sales of $10 billion annually. The supermarket chain is synonymous with quality, variety, convenience, healthy lifestyles, culinary expertise and superior customer service. Hy-Vee ranks in the Top 10 Most Trusted Brands and has been named one of America’s Top 5 favorite grocery stores. The company’s 85,000 employees provide “A Helpful Smile in Every Aisle” to customers every day. For additional information, visit www.hy-vee.com

Founded by Executive Chef Paul Wahlberg, celebrity brothers Mark and Donnie and other investors, Wahlburgers debuted in October 2011 in Hingham, Massachusetts. The subject of an A&E reality show, Wahlburgers offers a fun, casual music-filled atmosphere where guests, like family, share great food, a few laughs and lots of love. While its walls celebrate the story through photos and words of the Wahlberg brothers’ life journeys from Dorchester, Mass. neighborhood kids to rising chef and international superstars, it’s the food at Wahlburgers that takes center stage. Crafted by Chef Paul and served with heartfelt hospitality, the chef inspired menu features a variety of fresh burgers, housemade condiments, crispy haddock, seared chicken and vegetarian options. Other signature items include Mom’s Sloppy Joe, thin crispy onion rings, tater tots and thick creamy frappes and floats. Gluten free options are available. Wahlburgers’ full-service bar is a popular gathering spot offering an impressive selection of adult frappes, cocktails, wines and beers including the signature Wahlbrewski – a Harpoon Brewery custom, unfiltered Pale Ale.  Dedicated to giving back, Wahlburgers is active in every community it serves. Open daily for lunch and dinner, Wahlburgers offers full-service dining, counter service, take out and a full-service bar. For locations and more information visit wahlburgersrestaurant.com

Mall of America (MOA) is the largest shopping and entertainment complex in North America. At 5.6 million square feet, MOA boasts more than 520 world-class retail stores and restaurants; Nickelodeon Universe, the nation’s largest indoor family theme park featuring 27 rides; SEA LIFE Minnesota Aquarium, home to sharks, sting rays and an amazing underwater tunnel; FlyOver America a 4D immersive flight adventure; Crayola Experience; Rainforest Café; Hard Rock Café; the nation’s longest indoor zip line and an 18-hole mini golf course. The Mall, a top American tourist and vacation destination, opened in August of 1992 and is located in Bloomington, Minn., just minutes from downtown Minneapolis and St. Paul and adjacent to the MSP International Airport. Mall of America hosts more than 400 events annually, including concerts, book signings, celebrity meet-and-greets and community-focused cultural events.

Source: Hy-Vee, Inc.

Geoffrey Bennett to be recognized as Nebraska’s 2017 Citizen Hero during halftime of the Hy-Vee Heroes Game

“Citizen Heroes” will be recognized during halftime of the Nebraska Cornhuskers versus Iowa Hawkeye football game

Omaha, NE, 2017-Nov-22 — /EPR Retail News/ — A Norfolk, Nebraska, man will be honored this week for saving the life of a local woman who was critically injured after being struck by a vehicle as she waited near her broken down car during a winter snowstorm last December.

Geoffrey Bennett will be recognized as Nebraska’s 2017 Citizen Hero during halftime of the Hy-Vee Heroes Game between the Nebraska Cornhuskers and Iowa Hawkeyes at Memorial Stadium in Lincoln this Friday.  Bennett will be joined on the field by Jerry Goeders of Dayton, Iowa, who will be recognized as Iowa’s 2017 Citizen Hero.

“These two Hy-Vee Heroes Game honorees truly exemplify what it means to be a hero,” said Jill Orton, Regional Executive for the American Red Cross Nebraska, Kansas, Southwest Iowa Region. “Their life-saving actions define why the American Red Cross, Hy-Vee, the University of Nebraska and the University of Iowa partner each year to showcase extraordinary citizens in both states.”

Bennett, Goeders, and members of their families will be guests of the Huskers and Hawkeyes at Friday’s game and will participate in a variety of special pregame activities. During halftime of the Hy-Vee Heroes Game, the athletic departments from both schools will make a special presentation to both citizen heroes, and their names will also be inscribed on the Hy-Vee Heroes Game trophy.

Earlier this year, fans of both schools were invited to nominate residents of Nebraska and Iowa who performed extraordinary acts of heroism and service in their communities for the “citizen hero” award. Staff and volunteers from the American Red Cross selected the winners.

BACKGROUND:

Geoffrey Bennett – Officials credit the quick actions of then 25-year-old Geoffrey Bennett for saving the life of a woman who had been critically injured when she was struck by a passing vehicle as she waited near her broken down vehicle during a winter snowstorm in Omaha last December. Bennett, who serves in the Army National Guard, stopped at the scene and found that the 34-year-old woman had severe injuries to her leg, which was later amputated. Bennett used his belt to stop the bleeding, and gave the woman his hat to keep her warm as they awaited emergency crews. He stayed with the woman and her friend, a 28-year-old man, who had arrived earlier to try and fix the car. He was also badly injured. Had it not been for Bennett’s heroism during the snowstorm, the two accident victims may not have received the life-saving assistance they needed.

Jerry Goeders – It was 40-year-old Jerry Goeders’ last day of vacation with his family at Lake Rathbun in Moravia, Iowa, last summer when he heard a couple screaming for help as an 8-year-old girl was struggling to stay above water far from the shore. Goeders sprinted down a hill, ran across the beach and jumped into the water, swimming a long distance to reach the girl. He was able to get a hold of her, and assured her during the swim back to shore that everything would be all right. Without Goeders’ selfless, quick action and strength during the tiring swim across the lake, the outcome would have turned tragic for the child. Goeders’ family witnessed his heroism and how he put his own life at risk. They tell others that if they’re around anyone who doesn’t know how to swim, please encourage them to keep out of the water or wear a life jacket.

About the American Red Cross:
The American Red Cross shelters, feeds and provides emotional support to victims of disasters; supplies about 40 percent of the nation’s blood; teaches skills that save lives; provides international humanitarian aid; and supports military members and their families. The Red Cross is a not-for-profit organization that depends on volunteers and the generosity of the American public to perform its mission. For more information, please visit redcross.org or visit us on Twitter at @RedCross.

About Hy-Vee, Inc.:
Hy-Vee, Inc. is an employee-owned corporation operating more than 245 retail stores across eight Midwestern states with sales of $10 billion annually. The supermarket chain is synonymous with quality, variety, convenience, healthy lifestyles, culinary expertise and superior customer service. Hy-Vee ranks in the Top 10 Most Trusted Brands and has been named one of America’s Top 5 favorite grocery stores. The company’s 85,000 employees provide “A Helpful Smile in Every Aisle” to customers every day. For additional information, visit www.hy-vee.com.

Contact Information:

Nebraska Hero (Geoffrey Bennett)
Richard Dinsdale
American Red Cross Nebraska, Kansas, SW Iowa Regional Communications & Marketing Mgr
Cell: (402) 677-7404

Iowa Hero (Jerry Goeders)
Mark Tauscheck
American Red Cross Iowa Regional Communications Officer
Cell: (515) 664-6326

Hy-Vee, Inc.
Amy McCoy
Director of Communications
Cell: (402) 201-5097

Source: Hy-Vee, Inc.

Hy-Vee unveils major projects across its eight-state region

WEST DES MOINES, Iowa, 2017-Nov-16 — /EPR Retail News/ — Hy-Vee, Inc. is expanding several of its facilities and making changes at some of its stores to meet customers’ changing lifestyles. Construction is already underway and includes projects across the company’s eight-state region.

“This fiscal year, we have approved one of our largest capital expenditure budgets in our company’s history to make sure we are not only meeting our customers’ needs, but fulfilling their wants, now and in the future,” said Randy Edeker, Hy-Vee’s chairman, CEO and president. “We’ve studied customer habits and lifestyles and know that fewer people are cooking meals at home than ever before. We want our offerings to help individuals who are looking for something healthy to eat on the go as well as families who want to enjoy a sit-down meal that they can easily claim as their own.”

To meet these needs, several major projects are already underway, including:

  • Construction of a 240,000-square-foot production facility in Ankeny, Iowa, which will serve as a commissary and central bakery as Hy-Vee offers more fresh prepared options and meal kits to its customers. The project also includes an expansion of Hy-Vee’s subsidiary PDI.
  • Construction of a 48,000-square-foot production facility that will support Hy-Vee’s Short Cuts produce brand. The facility, which is adjacent to Hy-Vee’s current distribution center in Chariton, Iowa, will produce fresh cut, retail-ready fruits and vegetables for customers beginning in January 2018.
  • Construction of Hy-Vee’s new 10,000-square-foot convenience and meal solutions stores, named Fast & Fresh, in the Des Moines area and Davenport, Iowa. These stores will feature grocery items, fresh prepared foods and a coffee shop. Another type of small store concept will open in West Des Moines, Iowa, in 2018.

Hy-Vee is also planning to open three new e-commerce fulfillment centers, located in Kansas City, Twin Cities and Omaha, in the upcoming years. These facilities are in addition to the existing fulfillment center in Des Moines and will meet the needs of the company’s growing online ordering services.

Over the upcoming weeks, Hy-Vee is transitioning several of its Hy-Vee Market Grille restaurants to Hy-Vee Market Grille Expresses. At the Hy-Vee Market Grille Express, customers will be able to quickly order food, pay at a nearby pay station, then sit and enjoy their meal in a casual self-service, contemporary atmosphere. Each Hy-Vee Market Grille Express will offer a full-service bar where customers can enjoy a variety of beverages while watching their favorite game or sporting event on TV. The Hy-Vee Market Grille Express concept also allows customers to have a more convenient and quick eating experience if they are “on the go.”

In addition, Hy-Vee will soon be making an announcement about the opening of its first Wahlburgers restaurant. In August, the company announced that it would build, own and operate 26 Wahlburgers, making it the chain’s largest franchisee.

To further help people with busy schedules, Hy-Vee will also change the way it communicates with consumers as more direct mail pieces, including the company’s new month-long mega ad, will be sent to customers’ mailboxes in the near future.

Hy-Vee, Inc. is an employee-owned corporation operating more than 245 retail stores across eight Midwestern states with sales of $10 billion annually. The supermarket chain is synonymous with quality, variety, convenience, healthy lifestyles, culinary expertise and superior customer service. Hy-Vee ranks in the Top 10 Most Trusted Brands and has been named one of America’s Top 5 favorite grocery stores. The company’s 85,000 employees provide “A Helpful Smile in Every Aisle” to customers every day. For additional information, visit www.hy-vee.com.

Source: Hy-Vee, Inc.

Hy-Vee announces partnership with The Minnesota Timberwolves, Minnesota Lynx and Iowa Wolves

Minneapolis-St. Paul, 2017-Nov-16 — /EPR Retail News/ — The Minnesota Timberwolves, Minnesota Lynx and Iowa Wolves today (11/15/2017) announced a new long-term partnership with Hy-Vee, Inc. to be the teams’ official grocery, pharmacy and floral partner.

“We couldn’t be more excited to begin this partnership with Hy-Vee and welcome them into our Timberwolves, Lynx and Iowa Wolves family,” said Timberwolves & Lynx CEO Ethan Casson. “Hy-Vee is a leader in our market with incredibly loyal customers that has seen significant growth recently, which mirrors the current state of our three brands as well. We look forward to many years of growing these two organizations together and engaging with our phenomenal fan bases.”

The partnership includes a digital signage takeover in arena prior to, during and immediately following the opening tip for all Timberwolves, Lynx and Iowa Wolves regular season home games. Hy-Vee will also have digital signage on the exterior of Target Center and additional signage elements in-arena throughout the games. For the Iowa Wolves, Hy-Vee’s logo will be placed near mid-court inside Wells Fargo Arena in Des Moines, Iowa.

One unique element of the partnership gives Hy-Vee the opportunity to leverage a professional sports team’s chef for custom content. Timberwolves & Lynx Executive Chef David Fhima will create a digital cookbook with Hy-Vee products, which includes a year-long content series on the teams’ digital, social and in-arena channels.

The two organizations will also team up on community relations initiatives. The partnership with the Timberwolves and Lynx will focus on fighting hunger while the Iowa Wolves will focus on Hy-Vee’s KidsFit initiative as well as entitlement of the team’s annual school day game called Education Celebration.

“The Timberwolves, Lynx and Iowa Wolves have a passionate fan base that spans throughout the region and we are thrilled to be a part of all the action and excitement,” said Randy Edeker, Hy-Vee’s chairman, CEO and president. “Like Hy-Vee, these teams are deeply dedicated to the communities they are in, making this connection a true fit when it comes to our growing list of sports partnerships.”

The teams will support other in-market initiatives, such as in-store activations and/or school visits. Select Hy-Vee stores will also carry Timberwolves merchandise.

Hy-Vee, Inc.
Hy-Vee, Inc. is an employee-owned corporation operating more than 245 retail stores across eight Midwestern states with sales of $10 billion annually. The supermarket chain is synonymous with quality, variety, convenience, healthy lifestyles, culinary expertise and superior customer service. Hy-Vee ranks in the Top 10 Most Trusted Brands and has been named one of America’s Top 5 favorite grocery stores. The company’s 85,000 employees provide “A Helpful Smile in Every Aisle” to customers every day. For additional information, visit www.hy-vee.com.

Contact Information:
Kirsten Wenker
Kirsten.Wenker@timberwolves.com  
612-673-8419

Hy-Vee Contact Information:
Tina Potthoff
tpotthoff@hy-vee.com,
515-559-5770

Source: Hy-Vee, Inc.

Hy-Vee acquires telepharmacy locations in Victor and West Liberty to expand its pharmacy access in rural Iowa communities

Victor and West Liberty telepharmacies fill prescriptions and offer OTC health items

WEST DES MOINES, Iowa, 2017-Nov-16 — /EPR Retail News/ — Hy-Vee, Inc. is excited to expand its pharmacy access in rural Iowa communities via telepharmacy services. Two existing telepharmacy locations in Victor and West Liberty, Iowa, were purchased by Hy-Vee and will continue to operate as telepharmacies under the Hy-Vee Pharmacy name. Both locations opened on Nov. 6, and provide patients with a direct line of communication to a pharmacist without having to leave their community.

At the telepharmacy, a prescription is processed similarly to how it would be at a Hy-Vee retail pharmacy. A pharmacist verifies the prescription for accuracy, as well as reviews the prescription for appropriateness in dosing and safety. Once the pharmacist completes an initial verification, a certified pharmacy technician may fill it at the telepharmacy location. The pharmacist provides an additional verification by checking the accuracy of the filling process via digital equipment. Pharmacists then are able to counsel the patient via iPad and telephone technology.

The telepharmacies have store fronts and offer over-the-counter health and convenience-style items. Though they do not have a full-time pharmacist, they will have a pharmacist on site 16 hours per month. Grinnell Hy-Vee is the home store for Victor, and Muscatine Mainstreet Hy-Vee is the home store for West Liberty.

“We are thrilled to provide Hy-Vee pharmacy services and maintain a personal pharmacist connection for residents in Victor and West Liberty, Iowa, through our new telepharmacy locations,” said Kristin Williams, Hy-Vee’s senior vice president and chief health officer. “Enhancing health care for our customers is a top priority, and these locations will fill prescriptions as well as offer additional health and wellness services that Hy-Vee is known for.”

Hy-Vee, Inc. is an employee-owned corporation operating more than 245 retail stores across eight Midwestern states with sales of $10 billion annually. The supermarket chain is synonymous with quality, variety, convenience, healthy lifestyles, culinary expertise and superior customer service. Hy-Vee ranks in the Top 10 Most Trusted Brands and has been named one of America’s Top 5 favorite grocery stores. The company’s 85,000 employees provide “A Helpful Smile in Every Aisle” to customers every day. For additional information, visit www.hy-vee.com.

Source: Hy-Vee, Inc.

Hy-Vee guarantees 100 percent of its sushi from responsible sources

WEST DES MOINES, Iowa, 2017-May-09 — /EPR Retail News/ — Today (May 8, 2017), Hy-Vee, Inc. announced it has successfully transitioned 100 percent of its sushi to responsible sources. The supermarket chain guarantees that all sushi prepared and sold in its 244 Midwestern stores, including Hy-Vee Market Grille restaurants, will now contain seafood that is caught in an environmentally and socially responsible manner.

According to its recently updated Seafood Procurement Policy, Hy-Vee is committed to sourcing seafood in its fresh-made Nori Sushi bars and Hy-Vee Market Grille restaurants that is rated “green” or “yellow” by the Monterey Bay Aquarium’s Seafood Watch program, certified to an environmental standard equivalent to these ratings, or in a time-bound improvement process.

“We work hard to provide the highest quality options for our customers,” said Brett Bremser, executive vice president of perishables at Hy-Vee. “We enjoy offering Hy-Vee customers the option of Japanese cuisine with fresh seafood, but we must also safeguard the health of our oceans. We have made it a priority to integrate the concept of sustainable dining into our menu options and Nori Sushi brand.”

Hy-Vee’s goal is to offer the art of sushi to its customers while maintaining a solid commitment to responsible menu choices. Hy-Vee’s sushi options include a variety of the freshest seafood selections, all of which are responsibly sourced.

The ahi tuna used in Hy-Vee’s Nori Sushi is made with Seafood Watch green-rated, Fair Trade-certified yellowfin tuna. The tempura and ebi shrimp are from BAP 3 Star- and BAP 4 Star-certified sources. The salmon is Seafood Watch yellow-rated Verlasso salmon from Chile. Hy-Vee’s surimi is from the Marine Stewardship Council-certified U.S. Alaska pollock fishery.

Hy-Vee’s updated Seafood Procurement Policy now also includes sustainable shelf-stable tuna. The policy was developed in partnership with FishWise, a nonprofit sustainable seafood consultancy that promotes the health and recovery of ecosystems through environmentally and socially responsible business practices.

“This announcement marks the achievement of another major milestone in Hy-Vee’s Responsible Choice seafood program,” said Kathleen Mullen-Ley, project director at FishWise. “FishWise applauds Hy-Vee’s continued leadership in improving the sustainability and social responsibility of its seafood offerings. We are proud to be partnered with Hy-Vee and look forward to more exciting announcements in the future.”

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About Hy-Vee, Inc.
Hy-Vee Inc. is an employee-owned corporation operating more than 240 retail stores across eight Midwestern states with sales of $9.8 billion annually. The supermarket chain is synonymous with quality, variety, convenience, healthy lifestyles, culinary expertise and superior customer service. Hy-Vee ranks in the Top 10 Most Trusted Brands and has been named one of America’s Top 5 favorite grocery stores. The company’s 84,000 employees provide “A Helpful Smile in Every Aisle” to customers every day. For additional information, visit www.hy-vee.com.

About FishWise
FishWise is a nonprofit sustainable seafood consultancy based in Santa Cruz, CA. Uniquely positioned between the seafood industry and marine conservation organizations, FishWise offers a range of services that create trust between seafood vendors and their customers, enabling businesses to sell more sustainable seafood, more profitably. For more information, please visit www.fishwise.org, and follow FishWise’s work on Facebook and Twitter.

SOURCE: Hy-Vee, Inc.

 

Hy-Vee offers unique line of Misfits® produce to help reduce food waste

With Misfits® program, customers get delicious, imperfect fruits and vegetables at a lower cost while helping to reduce food waste

WEST DES MOINES, Iowa, 2017-Jan-25 — /EPR Retail News/ — To further combat the nation’s food waste issue, Hy-Vee, Inc. recently began offering so-called “ugly” produce in nearly all of its 242 grocery stores.

“Ugly” produce is cosmetically challenged fruits and vegetables that would traditionally go unsold due to the industry’s size and shape standards. However, a movement to make this imperfect produce culturally acceptable to purchase and available to consumers has been gaining popularity overseas in Europe and now in the United States.

Hy-Vee has partnered with Robinson Fresh, one of the largest produce companies in the world, to offer its unique line of Misfits® produce. Misfits provides customers more fruit and vegetable variety at a lower cost while also helping to reduce produce waste. Through the program, four to six Misfit items are delivered weekly, based on what is seasonally available, and are sold on average at a 30 percent discount. Some of the line’s items include peppers, cucumbers, squash, apples and tomatoes.

“The beauty of this program is that the produce tastes the same and is of the same high quality, it just looks different. As the saying goes, you can’t judge a book by its cover. The same is true for Misfits fruits and vegetables,” said John Griesenbrock, Hy-Vee’s vice president of produce/HealthMarkets. “As a company with several focused environmental efforts, we feel it’s our responsibility to help educate consumers and dispel any misperceptions about produce that is not cosmetically perfect.”

The United Nations estimates between 20 to 40 percent of produce harvested each year is thrown away because it does not meet sizing standards for store shelves. In accepting less cosmetically pleasing produce,

Hy-Vee is aligning with the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s recently announced goal to reduce food waste by 50 percent by the year 2030.

“We understand that there is product left in the field because farmers don’t think there’s a market for it,” said Hunter Winton, Robinson Fresh general manager. “With the Misfits program, farmers have an outlet to sell more produce and customers have an opportunity to save money and help reduce waste.”

Launching the Misfits program is another way Hy-Vee is trying to reduce food waste at all levels — from the supply chain to distribution and disposal. For several years now, Hy-Vee has been recognized for its food waste donation and diversion efforts in the communities it operates. More than 220 Hy-Vee stores have implemented composting operations and collectively they diverted 17.8 million pounds of food waste in fiscal year 2016.

Misfits produce is now available in almost all of the more than 240 Hy-Vee grocery stores across eight Midwestern states. Produce items will vary week to week based on their availability; some of the current product being carried includes mandarin oranges, green and red peppers, limes and lemons. Customers should look for prominently displayed Misfits bins and signage in the produce section of their local Hy-Vee store.

About Hy-Vee, Inc.
Hy-Vee Inc. is an employee-owned corporation operating more than 240 retail stores across eight Midwestern states with sales of $9.8 billion annually. The supermarket chain is synonymous with quality, variety, convenience, healthy lifestyles, culinary expertise and superior customer service. Hy-Vee ranks in the Top 10 Most Trusted Brands and has been named one of America’s Top 5 favorite grocery stores. The company’s 84,000 employees provide “A Helpful Smile in Every Aisle” to customers every day. For additional information, visit www.hy-vee.com.

About Robinson Fresh
Robinson Fresh got its start in the produce industry over 100 years ago, providing fresh fruits and vegetables to the settlers of North America. Today, Robinson Fresh is one of the largest produce companies in the world and offers the highest quality products. Robinson Fresh packs-in many well-known private label and consumer brands as well as a full line of conventional and organic produce through a worldwide network of regional and local growers. For more information about Robinson Fresh, visit http://www.robinsonfresh.com.

Source: Hy-Vee Inc.

Hy-Vee statement on fraudulent grocery giveaway on social media

WEST DES MOINES, Iowa, 2016-Apr-29 — /EPR Retail News/ — A fraudulent grocery giveaway is circulating on social media. We want you to know that this giveaway is not affiliated with or supported by Hy-Vee. We urge our customers to not engage with the website or provide personal information.

We are diligently working to get the website taken down. In the meantime, we recommend that you ignore the post and not share it. We want your personal information to stay safe. Thanks for your help.

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Hy-Vee, Pinky Swear Foundation to host six kids triathlon fundraising events across the Midwest this summer

Hy-Vee to sponsor fundraising events to help children with cancer and their families

WEST DES MOINES, Iowa, 2016-Apr-28 — /EPR Retail News/ — Today, Hy-Vee, Inc. announced it is once again partnering with the Pinky Swear Foundation, a national charitable organization that supports children with cancer and their families, to host six kids triathlon fundraising events across the Midwest this summer. For the second year in a row, this unique partnership will bring Hy-Vee Pinky Swear Kids Triathlons to Omaha, Des Moines, Kansas City, Minneapolis and the Quad Cities.

Instead of focusing on competition, children at all fitness levels are encouraged to participate in the swim, bike and run events to help raise money for kids with cancer and their families. In many cases, the money raised provides basic needs, such as mortgage and rent, transportation, utilities, gas cards and food, to impacted families. According to the Pinky Swear Foundation, a child is diagnosed with cancer every 45 minutes in the United States and 1 out of 11 families given that news will file for bankruptcy.

“We are proud to once again partner with the Pinky Swear Foundation to highlight our commitment to health and wellness while also giving back to our communities,” said Ryan Grant, director of sports marketing for Hy-Vee. “The dedication that Hy-Vee Pinky Swear Kids Triathlon participants put into their fundraising and athletic efforts is truly inspiring.”

In 2015, more than 1,900 athletes participated in five events, raising more than $330,000 to help 110 families in need. This year, a sixth event has been added to accommodate increased participation in the Minneapolis area.

“We’re excited to continue our partnership with Hy-Vee to bring fun and accessible triathlons to cities in Nebraska, Iowa, Missouri and Minnesota,” said Brian Nelson, executive director of the Pinky Swear Foundation. “I am proud of the work we’ve done so far and will be doing in engaging kids in these communities to help other kids. We look forward to working with Hy-Vee to serve hundreds of additional children with cancer and their families.”

2016 Event Schedule:

July 9 — University of Nebraska – Omaha, Omaha, NE
July 23 — Raccoon River Park, Des Moines, IA
July 31 — Arrowhead Stadium, Kansas City, MO
Aug. 6 — Lake Nokomis, Minneapolis, MN
Aug. 13 — Bettendorf YMCA, Bettendorf, IA
Aug. 20 — Lake Ann, Chanhassen, MN

Register now to participate in one of the Hy-Vee Pinky Swear Kids Triathlons atwww.pinkyswear.org/hy-vee.

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Hy-Vee, Inc. is an employee-owned corporation operating 240 retail stores across eight Midwestern states with sales of $9.3 billion annually. Hy-Vee ranks among the top 25 supermarket chains and the top 50 private companies in the United States. Supermarket News, the authoritative voice of the food industry, has honored the company with a Whole Health Enterprise Award for its leadership in providing services and programs that promote a healthy lifestyle. For more information, visit www.hy-vee.com.

The Pinky Swear Foundation was founded on a pinky swear promise as a dying wish between a nine-year old boy and his father to help children with cancer and their families by providing immediate basic needs support and unique family programs. That pinky swear, the most solemn of oaths between two people, lives on today in the Pinky Swear Foundation. The Pinky Swear Foundation is passionately committed to helping children with cancer and their families by being fanatically responsive to the immediate crisis facing families with a childhood cancer diagnosis. Pinky Swear Foundation activities include the world’s largest kids fundraising triathlon series, National Pinky Swear Day, and other community engagement opportunities. Visit us at PinkySwear.org or follow us at @PinkySwearFndtn.

Hy-Vee recalls Maytag Raw Milk Blue Cheese due to possible contamination with Listeria monocytogenes

WEST DES MOINES, Iowa, 2016-Mar-04 — /EPR Retail News/ — Hy-Vee, Inc., based in West Des Moines, Iowa, is voluntarily recalling Maytag Raw Milk Blue Cheese across its eight-state region due to possible contamination with Listeria monocytogenes.Listeria monocytogenes is an organism, which can cause serious and sometimes fatal infections in young children, frail or elderly people, and others with weakened immune systems. Although healthy individuals may suffer only short-term symptoms such as high fever, severe headache, stiffness, nausea, abdominal pain and diarrhea, Listeria monocytogenes infection can cause miscarriages and stillbirths among pregnant women.

To date, no illnesses have been reported in connection with this product.

The recalled cheese was sold in whole wheels and cuts, and re-packaged in foil or clear plastic wrap with scale labels in various weights. Blue cheese crumbles were also sold in plastic containers. All product was labeled as “Maytag Blue Raw Milk,” “Maytag Blue” or “Maytag Iowa Blue Cheese” and with PLU numbers beginning with 854089001 and with “use by” dates between Jan. 20, 2016 and May 3, 2016. The product was sold from cheese cases in all of Hy-Vee’s 240 stores, located in Iowa, Illinois, Missouri, Kansas, Nebraska, South Dakota, Minnesota and Wisconsin, between Nov. 20, 2015 and March 2, 2016. Out of an abundance of caution, Hy-Vee is recalling all sizes and forms (wheels, wedges and crumbles) of Maytag Blue Cheese products from all of its stores.

The potential for contamination was discovered after testing by the State of Iowa revealed the presence of Listeria monocytogenes in two lots of product. Maytag Dairy Farms has voluntarily suspended production and distribution while the company collaborates with FDA and the State of Iowa to determine the cause of the problem.

Customers who purchased this product should discard it or return it to their local Hy-Vee store for a full refund.

Consumers with questions may contact Hy-Vee Customer Care representatives 24 hours a day, seven days a week at 1-800-772-4098.

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Hy-Vee, Inc. is an employee-owned corporation operating 240 retail stores across eight Midwestern states with sales of $9.3 billion annually. Hy-Vee ranks among the top 25 supermarket chains and the top 50 private companies in the United States. Supermarket News, the authoritative voice of the food industry, has honored the company with a Whole Health Enterprise Award for its leadership in providing services and programs that promote a healthy lifestyle. For more information, visit www.hy-vee.com.

SOURCE: Hy-Vee, Inc.

Hy-Vee, Inc. now official team partner and exclusive grocer of the The Minnesota Wild

SAINT PAUL, Minn., 2015-11-10 — /EPR Retail News/ — The Minnesota Wild has announced that top supermarket chain Hy-Vee, Inc. is now an official team partner and exclusive grocer of the Wild. The multi-year agreement includes prominent signage throughout Xcel Energy Center, on the Wild app, and support of the Little Wild Learn-to-Play Program.

“It’s been said that ‘your reputation precedes you,’ and with Hy-Vee that certainly rings true,” said Wild Vice President of Corporate Partnership Carin Anderson. “Their arrival to the Twin Cities has been hugely successful and we are proud to welcome them to our team. Wild fans can look forward to connecting with Hy-Vee at Xcel Energy Center and throughout the State of Hockey.”

Hy-Vee will receive exclusivity in the grocery store, floral and pharmacy categories. The company will also partner with the Wild on community outreach.

The scope of the partnership supports the supermarket’s expansion into the Minneapolis-St. Paul market, which began with the opening of two stores this fall in New Hope and Oakdale. In the coming years, Hy-Vee plans to add four to five grocery stores annually in the Twin Cities.

“We’re looking forward to becoming an even greater part of the Twin Cities community through our new sponsorship with the Minnesota Wild,” said Hy-Vee Chairman, CEO and President Randy Edeker. “The Wild is an exciting franchise. And with this partnership, we’ll have the opportunity and privilege to align our brand with its loyal fan base and support the team’s community efforts.”

Minnesota Wild single-game tickets for the 2015-16 season and a limited number of ticket packages to the 2016 Coors Light NHL Stadium Series™ are on sale now. For ticket information or to learn more about becoming a Wild Season Ticket Holder, visit tickets.wild.com or contact a Wild Ticket Sales Representative at 651-222-WILD.

Visit www.wild.com/pressbox for the latest news and information from the team including press releases, game notes, postgame notes, multimedia content and daily statistics.

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Hy-Vee, Inc. is an employee-owned corporation operating 240 retail stores across eight Midwestern states with sales of more than $9 billion annually. Hy-Vee ranks among the top 25 supermarket chains and the top 50 private companies in the United States. Supermarket News, the authoritative voice of the food industry, has honored the company with a Whole Health Enterprise Award for its leadership in providing services and programs that promote a healthy lifestyle. For more information, visit www.hy-vee.com.

SOURCE: Hy-Vee, Inc.

Hy-Vee awarded two GreenChill program awards for its stores’ efforts to reduce refrigerant emissions

Grocery chain recognized for going above and beyond to reduce refrigerant emissions

WEST DES MOINES, Iowa, 2015-10-3 — /EPR Retail News/ — The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) recently announced that Hy-Vee, Inc. has been awarded two GreenChill program awards for its stores’ efforts to reduce refrigerant emissions and decrease their impact on the ozone layer and climate change. Hy-Vee is being recognized with the achievement awards for its outstanding progress in this sustainability area over the past year.

“Hy-Vee’s commitment to lowering its refrigerant emissions across its stores proves the company is serious about its role in protecting the ozone layer and climate,” said Tom Land, manager of EPA’s GreenChill Partnership. “Hy-Vee’s success achieving annual goals to reduce refrigerant emissions shows an understanding that sustainability is the business model of the future.”

Hy-Vee has been awarded the 2014 Superior Goal Achievement award, which goes to each partner that achieves its annual GreenChill refrigerant emissions reduction goal. Additionally, Hy-Vee has received the Exceptional Goal Achievement award, which is more difficult to earn. This award recognizes those who go above and beyond their emissions reduction goal.

“Hy-Vee believes a healthy environment and healthy communities go hand in hand. That’s why our sustainability mission is to promote the well-being of our customers, employees, communities and the global environment,” said Pat Hensley, Hy-Vee’s senior vice president of government/industry relations who oversees the company’s sustainability efforts. “Hy-Vee will continue to voluntarily and proactively commit to making sustainable choices.”

GreenChill is an EPA partnership with food retailers that helps them transition to environmentally friendlier refrigerants; reduce the amount of refrigerant used by stores and eliminate leaks; and to adopt green refrigeration technologies and environmental best practices.

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Hy-Vee, Inc. is an employee-owned corporation operating more than 235 retail stores across eight Midwestern states with sales of $8.7 billion annually. Hy-Vee ranks among the top 25 supermarket chains and the top 50 private companies in the United States. Supermarket News, the authoritative voice of the food industry, has honored the company with a Whole Health Enterprise Award for its leadership in providing services and programs that promote a healthy lifestyle. For more information, visit www.hy-vee.com.

More than 275 kids registered for the inaugural fundraising effort Hy-Vee Pinky Swear Kids Triathlon in West Des Moines

WEST DES MOINES, 2015-7-13 — /EPR Retail News/ — It wasn’t a competition, but everyone was a winner today at the inaugural Hy-Vee Pinky Swear Kids Triathlon in West Des Moines. Hundreds of young athletes and their families braved the stormy weather conditions and showed up strong at Raccoon River Park today to participate in the first-ever Hy-Vee Pinky Swear Kids Triathlon — a fundraising effort that supports children with cancer and their families.

More than 275 kids registered for the triathlon, which included shorter distances — making it fun, accessible and engaging for children of all fitness levels. To ensure athletes’ safety, the event was modified and delayed about 90 minutes due to this morning’s thunderstorms. The swim portion was omitted and athletes completed only the bike and run legs of the course.

But the changes didn’t dampen the kids’ enthusiasm and support for the Pinky Swear Foundation.

“What a marvelous day for such a wonderful and worthy cause. These young people who participated today and raised money and awareness for children with cancer are my heroes,” said Ryan Grant, director of sports marketing at Hy-Vee, Inc. “The entire Hy-Vee family is thrilled to be part of Pinky Swear in helping those Iowa kids and their families touched by cancer.”

This spring, Hy-Vee announced its partnership with the Pinky Swear Foundation, which began as a pinky swear promise between a son and his father and has since grown into a national charitable organization to support children and families through triathlons and other community activities. The new Hy-Vee Pinky Swear Kids Triathlons focus on participation rather than competition.

The primary purpose of the swim, bike and run events is the fundraising aspect, in which kids raise money to help kids with cancer and their families. In many cases, the money provides basic needs, such as mortgage and rent, transportation, utilities, gas cards and food. According to Pinky Swear, a child is diagnosed with cancer every 45 minutes in the United States, and 1 out of 11 families given that news will file for bankruptcy.

“It was apparent to everyone at Raccoon River Park this morning that Pinky Swear is all about the kids — hundreds of young triathletes racing and participating for those who can’t,” said Brian Nelson, executive director of the Pinky Swear Foundation. “I couldn’t be more pleased with the success of today’s event and look forward to the other Hy-Vee Pinky Swear Kids Triathlons across the region.”

In addition to the Des Moines metro area, Hy-Vee Pinky Swear Kids Triathlons will be held this summer in Minneapolis, Omaha, the Quad Cities and Kansas City. Hy-Vee is committed to fitness-friendly events that engage customers and benefit the communities it serves. Pinky Swear shares that commitment. Through this collaboration, Pinky Swear’s message and mission will reach a broader audience while allowing Hy-Vee to continue its long-term focus and dedication to the sport of triathlon.

To get involved and register for an upcoming Hy-Vee Pinky Swear Kids Triathlon, visit www.pinkyswear.org.

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Hy-Vee, Inc. is an employee-owned corporation operating more than 235 retail stores across eight Midwestern states with sales of $8.7 billion annually. Hy-Vee ranks among the top 25 supermarket chains and the top 50 private companies in the United States. Supermarket News, the authoritative voice of the food industry, has honored the company with a Whole Health Enterprise Award for its leadership in providing services and programs that promote a healthy lifestyle. For more information, visit www.hy-vee.com.

The Pinky Swear Foundation was founded on a pinky swear promise as a dying wish between a nine-year-old boy and his father to help children with cancer and their families by providing immediate basic needs support and unique family programs. That pinky swear, the most solemn of oaths between two people, lives on today in the Pinky Swear Foundation. The Pinky Swear Foundation is passionately committed to helping children with cancer and their families by being fanatically responsive to the immediate crisis facing families with a childhood cancer diagnosis. Pinky Swear Foundation activities include the world’s largest kids fundraising triathlon series, National Pinky Swear Day, and other community engagement opportunities. Visit us at PinkySwear.org or follow us at @PinkySwearFndtn.

Hy-Vee employees honored during the annual FMI Connect conference in Chicago hosted by the Food Marketing Institute last month

WEST DES MOINES, Iowa, 2015-7-7 — /EPR Retail News/ — Nine Hy-Vee, Inc. employees were recently recognized for their excellence after winning industry competitions.

Hy-Vee employees in various positions were honored during the annual FMI Connect conference in Chicago, one of the industry’s largest trade shows, hosted by the Food Marketing Institute last month.

Brian Wilken, store director at the Charles City Hy-Vee in Iowa, was named a 2015 Store Manager Award winner for his work generating sales growth, providing great customer service, contributing to company goals and serving his community. Wilken’s nomination detailed his on-the-floor management style, his mentoring of employees and his ability to build great relationships within his community.

Julie McMillin, RD, LD, assistant vice president of retail dietetics for Hy-Vee, was named the 2015 Retail Dietitian of the Year by the Retail Dietitians Business Alliance during the FMI Connect conference. The award recognizes a professional who shows leadership in utilizing business skills and industry knowledge to positively impact consumer behavior change through the retail sector.

Three Hy-Vee chefs took home honors at the 2015 Supermarket Chef Showdown. Fifteen chefs across five categories competed in FMI’s showdown, now in its third year. The chefs cooked their dishes in front of a live audience at the FMI Connect conference. Entrants were judged on taste, presentation, creativity and consumer appeal.

Elizabeth Davis, chef at the Edgewood Road Hy-Vee in Cedar Rapids, Iowa, won first place in the holiday platters category for her yu sheng citrus salad platter and was named the competition’s Grand Champion; Amy Gleason, chef at the Linden Market Hy-Vee in Omaha, Nebraska, won the breakfast category for her cinnamon-scented faro parfait; and Bryan Williams, chef at the Rock Bridge Hy-Vee in Columbia, Missouri, won the dessert category for his red curry and coconut bread pudding.

Dale Schoenefeld, produce manager at the Watertown Hy-Vee in South Dakota, became Hy-Vee’s 11th produce manager to be named a grand prize winner at the annual United Fresh Produce Show, held in conjunction with FMI Connect. Schoenefeld was recognized for his excellent customer education and sampling programs, successful Facebook promotions and eye-catching special displays.

Schoenefeld, one of five grand prize winners named, was selected from a field of 25 Produce Managers of the Year representing supermarkets and retail stores across the United States. Nominations were judged in categories, including efforts to increase produce consumption through excellence in merchandising; special displays and promotions; community service; and commitment to customer satisfaction.

In addition to the honors at FMI Connect, Brittany Love, a barista and manager at the Starbucks kiosk in the Applewood Hy-Vee in Omaha, Nebraska, was named a 2015 Starbucks Barista Champion. Competitors were judged in three categories: barista craft; signature beverage; and personal coffee tasting/sharing coffee knowledge.

Two Hy-Vee employees were awarded Börgen Cup honors at the annual International Floriculture Expo, which recognizes the best floral merchandising displays and encourages supermarket florists to strive for excellence in creativity and quality.

Cheryl Overland, floral manager at the Albert Lea Hy-Vee in Minnesota, received the Börgen Cup Merchandising Award of Excellence. Beth Hennessy, floral manager at the Oakland Road Hy-Vee in Cedar Rapids, Iowa, received the Börgen Cup for best signage.

Each year, the Börgen Cup honors supermarkets and mass merchants in the United States and Canada for the creativity and quality of merchandising in their floral departments in four categories: color harmony, cross-merchandising, signage and theme development. A panel from Super Floral Retailing judged the more than 100 entries this year. Hy-Vee has had 20 Börgen Cup winners since 2005.

Full list of Hy-Vee’s honorees:

  • FMI Store Manager of the Year
    Brian Wilken, store director of the Charles City Hy-Vee in Charles City, Iowa
  • Retail Dietitians Business Alliance Retail Dietitian of the Year
    Julie McMillin, assistant vice president of retail dietetics for Hy-Vee
  • FMI Supermarket Chef Showdown Grand Champion and Holiday Platters Category Winner
    Elizabeth Davis, chef at the Edgewood Road Hy-Vee in Cedar Rapids, Iowa
  • FMI Supermarket Chef Showdown Breakfast Category Winner
    Amy Gleason, chef at the Linden Market Hy-Vee in Omaha, Nebraska
  • FMI Supermarket Chef Showdown Dessert Category Winner
    Bryan Williams, chef at the Rock Bridge Hy-Vee in Columbia, Missouri
  • United Fresh Produce Manager of the Year Grand Prize Winner
    Dale Schoenefeld, produce manager at the Watertown Hy-Vee in Watertown, South Dakota
  • Starbucks Barista Champion
    Brittany Love, barista and Starbucks kiosk manager at the Applewood Hy-Vee in Omaha, Nebraska
  • Börgen Cup Merchandising Award of Excellence
    Cheryl Overland, floral manager at the Albert Lea Hy-Vee in Albert Lea, Minnesota
  • Börgen Cup Award for Best Signage
    Beth Hennessy, floral manager at the Oakland Road Hy-Vee in Cedar Rapids, Iowa

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Hy-Vee, Inc. is an employee-owned corporation operating more than 235 retail stores across eight Midwestern states with sales of $8.7 billion annually. Hy-Vee ranks among the top 25 supermarket chains and the top 50 private companies in the United States. Supermarket News, the authoritative voice of the food industry, has honored the company with a Whole Health Enterprise Award for its leadership in providing services and programs that promote a healthy lifestyle. For more information, visit www.hy-vee.com.

Hy-Vee helps kids and families stay active this summer with its newly launched Hy-Vee KidsFit website

Free, at-home program promotes health, exercise and nutrition for children and families.

WEST DES MOINES, Iowa, 2015-6-3 — /EPR Retail News/ — Even though school is out and kids no longer have their routine physical education classes, parents can keep them active this summer with the newly launched Hy-Vee KidsFit website. Hy-Vee, Inc. designed this free, online program to help kids and families make health, exercise and nutrition priorities in their everyday lives.

Hy-Vee KidsFit is an interactive health and wellness website for children, teens and families that offers a free, online personal trainer. The workouts and activities featured on KidsFit require no equipment or gym memberships, making it accessible to children and teens of all skill levels. The website — www.hy-veekidsfit.com — also features fun workout videos, nutrition blogs written by Hy-Vee dietitians and health lessons.

“At Hy-Vee, we want to make it easier for kids and families to make healthier choices. With its easy, fun format, Hy-Vee KidsFit inspires families to establish good fitness and nutritional habits in their daily lives,” said Andy McCann, executive vice president and chief health officer at Hy-Vee.

“We know that not every child has the access or interest to play organized sports. We hope a broad range of kids can use the free KidsFit tools to stay active and healthy. Even children who participate in sports can benefit from having equipment-free workouts and tutorials on their computers or phones,” McCann added.

The program was developed by certified personal trainer Daira Driftmier, who also serves as the online fitness coach on KidsFit.

“I am excited to help children and families learn more about health, exercise and nutrition,” Driftmier said. “My goal is to inspire the next generation to commit to making healthy choices. I want kids to see that fitness is fun and show them how to make it part of their daily routine so they can be healthy for life.”

As part of KidsFit, children ages 7–17 and their families can sign up for the 5-Week Challenge, which provides kids with a structure to take control of their personal health and fitness. Participants will earn virtual trophies and badges to help monitor their progress during the 5-Week Challenge, and they will be encouraged to stick to their goals through Driftmier’s videos.

Hy-Vee KidsFit was recently introduced at the Exercising Your Character event in Des Moines, Iowa, which teaches fourth- and fifth-grade students about physical fitness, goal setting and character development. To celebrate the announcement, more than 7,300 children from 82 Iowa schools attempted to break the Guinness World Record for most individuals performing jumping jacks simultaneously.

For more information, visit www.hy-veekidsfit.com, or follow Hy-Vee KidsFit on Facebook at www.facebook.com/hyveekidsfit.

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Hy-Vee, Inc. is an employee-owned corporation operating more than 235 retail stores across eight Midwestern states with sales of $8.7 billion annually. Hy-Vee ranks among the top 25 supermarket chains and the top 50 private companies in the United States. Supermarket News, the authoritative voice of the food industry, has honored the company with a Whole Health Enterprise Award for its leadership in providing services and programs that promote a healthy lifestyle. For more information, visit www.hy-vee.com.

Hy-Vee, Inc. awarded 130 One Step Garden Grants totaling $52,000 to community organizations

Sales of One Step Russet Potatoes provide grants for 130 community gardens.

WEST DES MOINES, Iowa, 2015-4-8 — /EPR Retail News/ — Hy-Vee, Inc. has awarded 130 One Step Garden Grants totaling $52,000 to community organizations and Hy-Vee stores this spring as part of the Hy-Vee One Step program.

The $400 grants will be used to purchase seeds, plants, garden tools and food preservation equipment for community gardens. One Step Garden Grants are given to community gardens that teach those in need about health and nutrition through the process of planting, tending and harvesting their own fruits and vegetables.

Hy-Vee’s One Step program uses a portion of the proceeds from the sale of earth-friendly, everyday products to benefit local and worldwide charitable causes. The products include a 5-pound bag of russet potatoes, shredded wheat cereal, paper towels and bottled water. Sales of One Step Russet Potatoes fund the One Step Garden Grants; for each bag a customer purchases, 5 cents goes toward funding the community garden grants.

“At Hy-Vee, we believe in giving back to our communities. What better way to educate our communities about healthy eating than to help them grow their own produce,” said Jen Kopriva, group vice president of private brands at Hy-Vee. “Health and wellness has long been a cornerstone of our business, and the One Step Garden Grants allow us to take that commitment one step further.”

Community groups or organizations can apply for the grants each year on Hy-Vee’s website. The applications are judged based on demonstrated participation of community stakeholders; consideration of challenges that come with maintaining a community garden; the integration of the garden into the community; and intended use of the garden’s produce.

Hy-Vee has awarded more than 420 garden grants since 2013. Overall, the One Step program has donated more than $730,000 in product sales since its inception in 2011.

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Hy-Vee, Inc. is an employee-owned corporation operating more than 235 retail stores across eight Midwestern states with sales of $8.7 billion annually. Hy-Vee ranks among the top 25 supermarket chains and the top 50 private companies in the United States. Supermarket News, the authoritative voice of the food industry, has honored the company with a Whole Health Enterprise Award for its leadership in providing services and programs that promote a healthy lifestyle. For more information, visit www.hy-vee.com.

Hy-Vee to sponsor fundraising events in five Midwestern cities to help children with cancer

WEST DES MOINES, Iowa, 2015-3-31 — /EPR Retail News/ — Today (March 30, 2015), Hy-Vee, Inc. officials announced a new partnership with the Pinky Swear Foundation, a national charitable organization that supports children with cancer and their families through fundraising kids triathlons and other community activities. This unique partnership will bring the Hy-Vee Pinky Swear Kids Triathlons to Des Moines, Minneapolis, Omaha, the Quad Cities and Kansas City this summer. In addition, 5K Family Runs will be held in all the cities except Minneapolis.

The new Hy-Vee Pinky Swear Kids Triathlons and 5K Family Runs will be fun, accessible and engaging for children at all fitness levels and will focus on participation rather than competition. The primary purpose of the swim, bike and run events is the fundraising aspect, in which kids raise money to help kids with cancer and their families. The money raised goes directly toward easing the financial and emotional impacts experienced by children with cancer and their families. In many cases, the money provides basic needs, such as mortgage and rent, transportation, utilities, gas cards and food. According to Pinky Swear, a child is diagnosed with cancer every 45 minutes in the United States, and 1 out of 11 families given that news will file for bankruptcy.

“We are extremely pleased to collaborate with the Pinky Swear Foundation and their commendable efforts in raising funds and awareness for children with cancer,” said Randy Edeker, chairman, CEO and president of Hy-Vee. “Being involved in our communities is a top priority at Hy-Vee. In working with the foundation and local hospitals, we hope to engage families in fitness, raise funds for those in need and have a little fun in the process.”

With the new Hy-Vee Pinky Swear events, Pinky Swear now hosts 12 kids triathlons and four 5K family runs in 12 markets across the country.

“We are thrilled with the partnership with Hy-Vee and are excited about the tremendous impact it will have on our organization and the families we serve,” said Brian Nelson, executive director of the Pinky Swear Foundation. “The foundation began as a pinky swear promise between a son and his father and has grown into a nationwide organization. I am proud of the work we have done and look forward to the Hy-Vee partnership because of the additional triathlons in these new markets and the hundreds of additional patient families we will be able to serve.”

Hy-Vee is committed to fitness-friendly events that engage customers and benefit the communities it serves. Pinky Swear shares that commitment. Through this collaboration, Pinky Swear’s message and mission will reach a broader audience while allowing Hy-Vee to continue its long-term focus and dedication to the sport of triathlon. The Hy-Vee Pinky Swear Triathlons and 5K Family Runs will take the place of the Hy-Vee Triathlon, which was discontinued for 2015.

2015 Event Schedule

Des Moines Kids Triathlon
Date: July 11, 2015
Location: Raccoon River Park
Quad Cities Kids Triathlon
Date: Aug. 15, 2015
Location: Bettendorf YMCA
Des Moines 5K Family Run
Date: July 12, 2015
Location: Principal Park
Quad Cities 5K Family Run
Date: Aug. 16, 2015
Location: TBD
Minneapolis Kids Triathlon
Date: Aug. 1, 2015
Location: Lake Nokomis
Kansas City Kids Triathlon
Date: TBD
Location: TBD
Omaha Kids Triathlon
Date: Aug. 7, 2015
Location: Cunningham Lake
Kansas City 5K Family Run
Date: TBD
Location: TBD
Omaha 5K Family Run
Date: Aug. 8, 2015
Location: TBD

Register now to participate in one of the Hy-Vee Pinky Swear Kids Triathlon or 5K Family Run events at www.pinkyswear.org.

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Hy-Vee, Inc. is an employee-owned corporation operating more than 235 retail stores across eight Midwestern states with sales of $8.7 billion annually. Hy-Vee ranks among the top 25 supermarket chains and the top 50 private companies in the United States. Supermarket News, the authoritative voice of the food industry, has honored the company with a Whole Health Enterprise Award for its leadership in providing services and programs that promote a healthy lifestyle. For more information, visit www.hy-vee.com.

The Pinky Swear Foundation was founded on a pinky swear promise as a dying wish between a nine-year old boy and his father to help children with cancer and their families by providing immediate basic needs support and unique family programs. That pinky swear, the most solemn of oaths between two people, lives on today in the Pinky Swear Foundation. The Pinky Swear Foundation is passionately committed to helping children with cancer and their families by being fanatically responsive to the immediate crisis facing families with a childhood cancer diagnosis. Pinky Swear Foundation activities include the world’s largest kids fundraising triathlon series, National Pinky Swear Day, and other community engagement opportunities. Visit us at PinkySwear.org or follow us at @PinkySwearFndtn.

Media Contacts

Tara Deering-Hansen
Assistant Vice President, Communications
Hy-Vee, Inc.
Office: 515-559-5770
Mobile: 515-778-7865
tdeering-hansen@hy-vee.com
Amy Mauzy
Marketing Director
Pinky Swear Foundation
Office: 952-974-9603
Mobile: 612-812-4439
Amy.Mauzy@PinkySwear.org

Hy-Vee partners with Pinky Swear Foundation to sponsor several Hy-Vee Pinky Swear Kids Triathlons and 5K Family Runs in cities across the Midwest

racing for a cause

West Des Moines, IA, 2015-3-31 — /EPR Retail News/ — Hy-Vee is pleased to partner with the Pinky Swear Foundation to sponsor several Hy-Vee Pinky Swear Kids Triathlons and 5K Family Runs in cities across the Midwest. We are excited to help with the foundation’s efforts to raise funds and awareness for the families of children who are suffering from cancer.

Hy-Vee is collaborating with the foundation to bring youth triathlons and family-friendly 5K runs to several of the communities it serves. In summer 2015, races will be held in Des Moines, Minneapolis, Omaha, the Quad Cities and Kansas City. The new Hy-Vee Pinky Swear Kids Triathlons will be fun, fitness-friendly and accessible to youth of all skill levels. At most event locations, parents and family members will be able to join the fun the next day by participating with the children in a 5K run. These events reinforce our commitment to health and wellness while providing exciting opportunities to engage children in fundraising and giving back to their communities.

the story behind pinky swear

What began as a promise between a father and son has turned into a nationwide triathlon series and fundraiser for children fighting cancer.

Before 9-year-old Mitch Chepokas died of cancer, his dad, Steve, made a pinky swear promise with him to continue to help children with the disease. Today, Pinky Swear provides immediate needs support and unique family programs to families with children who have cancer. To accomplish this, the foundation holds youth triathlons in a dozen states across the country and encourages kids to fundraise and build support for other children in need.

Visit pinkyswear.org to learn more about Pinky Swear and ways you can get involved.

partnering for success

Pinky Swear embodies two core focuses that are also central to Hy-Vee — health and wellness and community support. We are proud to partner with the foundation and our customers to raise money for families in need while engaging families in events that promote a healthy lifestyle.

Through this partnership, we hope to raise awareness for the foundation, place a spotlight on its mission and provide more fundraising opportunities through additional kids triathlon and 5K family events. We look forward to our customers joining us in working to make a difference in the lives of families in the communities we call home.

2015 Event Schedule

Des Moines Kids Triathlon

Date:
July 11, 2015
Location: Raccoon River Park
Omaha Kids Triathlon

Date:
Aug. 7, 2015
Location: Cunningham Lake
Quad Cities Kids Triathlon

Date:
Aug. 15, 2015
Location: Bettendorf YMCA
Des Moines 5K Family Run

Date:
July 12, 2015
Location: Principal Park
Omaha 5K Family Run

Date:
Aug. 8, 2015
Location: TBD
Kansas City Kids Triathlon

Date:
TBD
Location: TBD
Minneapolis Kids Triathlon

Date:
Aug. 1, 2015
Location: Lake Nokomis
Quad Cities Kids Triathlon

Date:
Aug. 15, 2015
Location: Bettendorf YMCA
Kansas City 5K Family Run

Date:
TBD
Location: TBD

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Hy-Vee partners with Pinky Swear Foundation to sponsor several Hy-Vee Pinky Swear Kids Triathlons and 5K Family Runs in cities across the Midwest

Hy-Vee partners with Pinky Swear Foundation to sponsor several Hy-Vee Pinky Swear Kids Triathlons and 5K Family Runs in cities across the Midwest

Hy-Vee CEO Randy Edeker named CEO of the Year by Retail Leader magazine

The retail food industry magazine recognizes Edeker as one of 2014’s top CEOs

WEST DES MOINES, Iowa, 2015-3-2 — /EPR Retail News/ — Hy-Vee, Inc. Chairman of the Board, CEO and President Randy Edeker has been named CEO of the Year by Retail Leader magazine.

In the current magazine issue, Edeker is recognized for his outstanding outreach, which includes initiatives to improve and expand food service offerings and in-store customer outreach; emphasis on sustainability; and participation in community and trade organizations. He serves as chairman of the Member Services Committee for the Food Marketing Institute and will become chairman of the National Association of Chain Drugstores in April.

“To be recognized by a well-respected publication in our industry is humbling, and our 75,000 employees also deserve credit. They make it all possible by taking our company to new heights through hard work and dedication to our customers,” said Edeker, who is Hy-Vee’s fourth CEO in the grocery chain’s 85-year history.

Edeker said Hy-Vee’s culture and autonomous structure are what make the company successful. He’s quoted in the article as saying, “I had somebody tell me one time, ‘Culture eats strategy for breakfast,’ and I think that’s true,” he said. “You have to have an understanding of the culture you’re a part of, and that will help you develop strategy to be successful.”

Supervalu Inc. CEO Sam Duncan was also recognized in the January/February issue of Retail Leader.

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Hy-Vee, Inc. is an employee-owned corporation operating 235 retail stores across eight Midwestern states with sales of more than $8.7 billion annually. Hy-Vee ranks among the top 25 supermarket chains and the top 50 private companies in the United States. Supermarket News, the authoritative voice of the food industry, has honored the company with a Whole Health Enterprise Award for its leadership in providing services and programs that promote a healthy lifestyle. For more information, visit www.hy-vee.com.

Hy-Vee: Triathlon events discontinued; Exciting new event series to be announced by mid-March

Company developing exciting new event series to be announced by mid-March

WEST DES MOINES, Iowa, 2015-2-11 — /EPR Retail News/ — Hy-Vee announced today it is discontinuing the Hy-Vee Triathlon events, which included timed competitions for elite athletes, amateurs and kids. The company will shift its efforts to create a new event series promoting health and wellness in children. The new series will be aimed at increasing accessibility to children at all fitness levels with a focus on non-competitive participation and helping others. Final details of the new series are still in the planning stages, but Hy-Vee officials anticipate a formal announcement by mid-March.

“We are extremely proud to have put a spotlight on the sport of triathlon, through the world-class Hy-Vee Triathlon,” said Andy McCann, executive vice president and chief health officer of Hy-Vee. “These events will continue to hold a special place in the history of our company, and we thank those athletes and volunteers who allowed us to be successful for so many years.”

The Des Moines-based Hy-Vee Triathlon began in 2007 as part of the supermarket chain’s long-term focus on customer and employee health. Throughout its tenure, the event has seen tens of thousands of athletes and spectators, ranging from community members and employees to world-class athletes, and has raised more than $750,000 for charity.

“It has been an honor to watch the Hy-Vee Triathlon grow into a world-class event, introducing new athletes, spectators and our customers to the sport,” said Randy Edeker, chairman, CEO and president of Hy-Vee. “We remain committed to the sport of triathlon, and to providing opportunities for health and wellness — both in and out of our aisles. I am excited about this new event series and what we’ll be able to accomplish with the help of our customers and communities in this next chapter.”

Hunter Kemper, a four-time Olympic triathlete who won last year’s Hy-Vee Triathlon 5150 Elite Cup race, said he is excited to see Hy-Vee continue its focus on making the sport of triathlon accessible to children of all skill levels.

“Winning the Hy-Vee Triathlon in 2014 was a highlight in my career, and I want to thank Hy-Vee for their tremendous support of the sport over the last eight years,” Kemper said. “A legacy has been created here. And I look forward to learning more about the new event series Hy-Vee will announce and the momentum it will continue with a younger generation of athletes.”

Visit www.hy-vee.com, follow us on Facebook at www.facebook.com/hyvee or keep up with us on Twitter @HyVee for information about the new series as it becomes available.

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Hy-Vee, Inc. is an employee-owned corporation operating 235 retail stores across eight Midwestern states with sales of more than $8.7 billion annually. Hy-Vee ranks among the top 25 supermarket chains and the top 50 private companies in the United States. Supermarket News, the authoritative voice of the food industry, has honored the company with a Whole Health Enterprise Award for its leadership in providing services and programs that promote a healthy lifestyle. For more information, visit www.hy-vee.com.

Hy-Vee Mainstreet at 2345 N. 48th St. in Lincoln Neb. will close next month

LINCOLN, Neb., 2015-1-9 — /EPR Retail News/ — Hy-Vee, Inc. officials announced today that the Hy-Vee Mainstreet at 2345 N. 48th St. in Lincoln will close next month and its employees will be relocated across the company’s five remaining local stores.

The Lincoln Hy-Vee Mainstreet will close its doors on Feb. 1, and all of its 76 full- and part-time employees will transition to positions at the other Hy-Vee stores in Lincoln. The two nearest stores — the Northern Lights Hy-Vee at 1601 N. 84th St. and the O Street Hy-Vee at 5010 O St. — are located within 3 miles of the closing Mainstreet.

A Hy-Vee store first opened at the North 48th Street location in May 1983. Over the years, as Hy-Vee has expanded in Lincoln and opened new stores nearby, the future of the original east side store has come into question. In November 2008, the store was downsized and became the Hy-Vee Heartland Pantry. The store’s name was later changed in August 2011 to Hy-Vee Mainstreet.

“We know that this store has served as an important neighborhood store for many nearby residents, and we have appreciated the community’s support throughout the years. Unfortunately, resident support and our employees’ hard work have not overcome the business challenges that exist when having two other stores in such close proximity,” said Brett Bremser, senior vice president of Hy-Vee’s western region.

Hy-Vee remains committed to the community, and this has been evident by the investments and improvements made at its other stores in Lincoln. Though the nearest two stores are located only a few miles away, Bremser said he understands the closing will be an adjustment for some customers, especially those who walk to the store.

“I know our Mainstreet employees want to maintain the connections they’ve made with residents, and we are hopeful that our loyal customers will follow them and their helpful smiles to one of our nearby Hy-Vee stores.”

In the near future, Bremser said, Hy-Vee’s new online shopping and delivery service will be able to better serve Lincoln customers who have difficulty traveling to a physical store. The online shopping and delivery model is currently being tested at select Hy-Vee stores in the company’s eight-state trade area.

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Hy-Vee, Inc. is an employee-owned corporation operating 235 retail stores across eight Midwestern states with sales of more than $8.7 billion annually. Hy-Vee ranks among the top 25 supermarket chains and the top 50 private companies in the United States. Supermarket News, the authoritative voice of the food industry, has honored the company with a Whole Health Enterprise Award for its leadership in providing services and programs that promote a healthy lifestyle. For more information, visit www.hy-vee.com.

Hy-Vee CEO Randy Edeker presented six of the company’s 235 stores with a first-ever Hy-Vee Customer Experience Award

WEST DES MOINES, Iowa, 2014-12-19 — /EPR Retail News/ — Hy-Vee, Inc. CEO Randy Edeker recently presented six of the company’s 235 stores with a first-ever Hy-Vee Customer Experience Award to recognize them for excellence in customer service.

Hy-Vee’s Customer Experience Program, which began in fiscal year 2014, is designed to evaluate customers’ shopping experiences. Stores are rated by trained customer experience analysts several times a month in areas such as conditions, employee image and customer satisfaction.

“At Hy-Vee, being helpful, friendly and doing whatever it takes to ensure great customer experiences have been our top priorities for over 80 years. We created the Customer Experience Program to provide stores with constant analytical feedback on how they are performing so they can make improvements throughout the year,” said Paula Correy, executive vice president and chief customer officer of Hy-Vee. “The Customer Experience Award winners are leading their peers and setting the example for our entire company on customer service and store appearance.”

“We are proud of all our employees; but we are extremely proud of the teams in our stores that are receiving this honor and for the work they do every day to make our customers’ lives easier, healthier and happier,” Correy added.

Two stores from each of Hy-Vee’s three regions were recognized Dec. 10 for ranking the highest in their store category on the customer experience surveys. Stores were divided into two size categories — smaller than 50,000 square feet and larger than 50,000 square feet. Full- and part-time employees from each of the top-rated stores will receive a bonus for helping their store excel in customer experience.

2014 Hy-Vee Customer Experience Award Winners

Eastern Region Pella Hy-Vee 118 S.E. Ninth St.
Pella, Iowa
Store Director
Scott Johnson
Peru Hy-Vee 1651 Midtown Road
Peru, Ill.
Store Director
Doug Overlee
Northern Region Windom Hy-Vee 192 10th St.
Windom, Minn.
Store Director
Josh Grimes
Hilltop Hy-Vee 2010 Adams St.
Mankato, Minn.
Store Director
Dan Vondrak
Western Region Trenton Hy-Vee 1617 E. Ninth St.
Trenton, Mo.
Store Director
Steve Busch
Lenox Village Hy-Vee 7151 Stacy Lane
Lincoln, Neb.
Store Director
Scott Schlatter

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Hy-Vee, Inc. is an employee-owned corporation operating 235 retail stores across eight Midwestern states with sales of more than $8.7 billion annually. Hy-Vee ranks among the top 25 supermarket chains and the top 50 private companies in the United States. Supermarket News, the authoritative voice of the food industry, has honored the company with a Whole Health Enterprise Award for its leadership in providing services and programs that promote a healthy lifestyle. For more information, visit www.hy-vee.com.

Hy-Vee returns to its roots in Austin with plans to build new 60,000 – 90,000sq ft grocery store at Oak Park Mall

AUSTIN, Minn., 2014-10-8— /EPR Retail News/ — Hy-Vee, Inc. officials announced today that it would return to its roots in Austin with plans to build a new 60,000 – 90,000-square-foot grocery store at Oak Park Mall — the location of Hy-Vee’s original Austin store.

“We’ve been a part of this community for almost 40 years, and it’s been hard to witness how Oak Park Mall has struggled. I wanted to see if there was something we could do to move the needle like never before,” said Todd Hepler, Austin Hy-Vee store director. “Luckily, Hy-Vee provides me the autonomy to impact change. I took this idea to our leadership, and now a new store will be built at the mall.”

Hy-Vee has signed a letter of intent with the Austin Port Authority, and over the next 30 days the two entities will work to execute a formal developer’s agreement and purchase agreement.

As part of the arrangement, a large portion of the mall at 1301 18th Ave. NW will be demolished and the site will undergo several major improvements, including the addition of a storm detention system; upgraded building facades and fire protection for remaining buildings; new exterior walls for Younkers and the movie theater; and a new parking lot and public restrooms.

“We couldn’t be happier with the agreement. This is the type of major investment from a respected retailer that Oak Park Mall needed,” said Jerry McCarthy, president of the Austin Port Authority. “We’ve worked hard over the years to spur new life in the mall. We never gave up hope that one day an opportunity would present itself, enabling the mall to live up to its full potential.”

Austin Mayor Tom Stiehm agreed, commending the Port Authority and Hy-Vee for working together to come up with a solution. “This is a win-win for everyone, but especially for the citizens of Austin,” he said. “It won’t be long now that we’ll be able to drive by the mall and look upon it with pride.”

The new Austin Hy-Vee store will feature the amenities Hy-Vee has become known for, such as a Market Grille, a full-service restaurant and bar concept; pharmacies with drive-up windows; in-store dietitians and a wellness department; floral design and shop; certified wine, beer and spirit specialists; specialty cheese and artisan bread; in-store chefs and cooking demonstration stations; a made-to-order sushi bar; a large HealthMarket and bulk foods section; thousands of produce and specialty items; and dry cleaning and postal services.

According to the agreement, the current Hy-Vee store at 1001 18th Ave. NW will be demolished within 90 days of its new Oak Park Mall store opening, and the location will be donated to the Port Authority. Hy-Vee has been at its location on 18th Avenue since 1985; the store was previously located at the mall from 1975 – 1985.

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Hy-Vee, Inc. is an employee-owned corporation operating 237 retail stores across eight Midwestern states with sales of more than $8 billion annually. Hy-Vee ranks among the top 25 supermarket chains and the top 50 private companies in the United States. Supermarket News, the authoritative voice of the food industry, has honored the company with a Whole Health Enterprise Award for its leadership in providing services and programs that promote a healthy lifestyle.

Hy-Vee, Iowa Department of Public Health and Governor’s Advisory Council on Brain Injuries to help educate Iowa’s elderly on ways to prevent falls and injury during National Falls Prevention Awareness Month

WEST DES MOINES, Iowa, 2014-9-12— /EPR Retail News/ — Hy-Vee, Inc., the Iowa Department of Public Health (IDPH) and the Governor’s Advisory Council on Brain Injuries have partnered to help educate Iowa’s elderly about ways they can prevent falls and injury during National Falls Prevention Awareness Month in September.

The seventh annual Falls Prevention Awareness Day will be observed on Sept. 23, the first day of fall. This year’s theme, Strong Today, Falls Free® Tomorrow, seeks to raise awareness about how to prevent fall-related injuries among older adults. Nearly 500,000 people over the age of 65 live in Iowa.

Hy-Vee, IDPH and the Governor’s Advisory Council on Brain Injuries hope to keep Iowa’s older population strong and falls-free by providing education and resources through several avenues — pharmacies, websites, social media and a Sept. 17 webinar — during the awareness month.

In September, when senior citizens fulfill their prescriptions at a Hy-Vee Pharmacy in Iowa, they will see educational information in their prescription bags.

“Our pharmacy staff often witness and help treat the aftermath of a fall, but this initiative enables us to bring awareness to the role we can play in prevention,” said Andy McCann, executive vice president and chief health officer of Hy-Vee. “We encourage our customers to review their prescription and non-prescription medications with us, as this is one of the main preventive measures our elderly can take.”

Falls are the leading cause of both fatal and nonfatal injuries for people 65 years of age and over, according to the National Council on Aging (NCOA). Every 14 seconds, an older adult is seen in an emergency department for a fall-related injury. And the chances of falling and of being seriously injured in a fall increase with age, the NCOA’s website says.

“Older Iowans in our communities had 29,590 fall-related emergency department visits and hospitalizations in 2012. These fall-related injuries resulted in 429 fatalities and approximately $135 million in hospitalization charges,” said Maggie Ferguson, IDPH brain injury and disability program manager. “We can change this by bringing greater attention to the many preventive measures that can be easily employed to keep our seniors safe.”

Studies show that a combination of interventions can significantly reduce falls among older adults. Falls Prevention Awareness Month promotional materials will encourage Iowa’s elderly adults to take the following steps:

  • Review all their prescription and non-prescription medicines with their doctor and pharmacist.
  • Talk to their health care provider about their risk of falling.
  • Have their vision checked at least once a year.
  • Talk to their family about their concerns.
  • Exercise to improve their strength and balance.
  • Make their home safer by removing things they can trip over.

“We thank the Iowa Department of Public Health and Hy-Vee for helping us to bring awareness to this issue. I have personally witnessed how injuries resulting from a fall can steal the quality of life from seniors and their families,” said W. Dave Johnson, a member of the Governor’s Advisory Council on Brain Injuries.

On Sept. 17 at 11 a.m., the Iowa Falls Prevention Coalition will host a webinar titled “Aging, Fall Risk and Prevention Through Exercise.” To register for the webinar, visit https://www1.gotomeeting.com/register/760561400.

For more information about falls prevention, visit a local Hy-Vee Pharmacy; the IDPH Falls Prevention website at www.idph.state.ia.us/FallPrevention; or the NCOA website at www.ncoa.org/improve-health/falls-prevention.