Meijer: Memorial Day is one of the three biggest grilling days of the summer

Ground chuck leads the pack, with premium steak cuts battling for second place

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich., 2016-May-30 — /EPR Retail News/ — Memorial Day is the first warm-weather holiday of the year in the Midwest, but it’s also the unofficial kick off of the summer grilling season. Meijer stores throughout the Midwest have been exceptionally busy leading up to the holiday weekend, with customers purchasing more than 5 million pounds of beef this week alone.

“Memorial Day is one of the three biggest grilling days of the summer,” said Jerry Suter, vice president of meat at Meijer. “Frequently, we’ll see some of our largest sales volumes on grilling items prior to Memorial Day weekend, as many of our customers view it as the kick off to summer grilling season. Not just in food, but also in grilling staples, such as charcoal, lighter fluid, meat thermometers and grill accessories.”

Grilling is big business. For example, during the summer grilling season, Meijer will ship an estimated 190 truckloads of Kingsford Twin Pack Charcoal to its stores and will sell more than 5 million ounces of lighter fluid.

Meijer also sells more Certified Angus Beef than any retailer in the country. This includes 80 cuts of beef, 12 varieties of ground beef and five different types of hamburger patties. While ground chuck is by far the leading seller for barbecuing, top sirloin filets and beef strip steaks are the most popular choice cuts.

To make sure your beef grilling experience is a success, Meijer experts say to follow these four simple rules:

  • Start with a hot grill. Whether you prefer gas or charcoal, a hot grill allows you to sear the meat, locking in juices and flavor.
  • Use tongs, not forks. If you pierce the meat while it’s cooking, you may let the juices out, which can make your steak dry.
  • Buy and use a meat thermometer. Do you have that relative who likes their meat really rare or really well done? Use a meat thermometer to prevent a repeat trip to grill when everyone else has begun eating.
  • Don’t rush greatness. For the best taste, let your steak rest for 5-10 minutes before serving.

To view an infographic detailing Meijer beef facts and grilling tips, please visit http://newsroom.meijer.com/infographics.

About Meijer:
Meijer is a Grand Rapids, Mich.-based retailer that operates 225 supercenters and grocery stores throughout Michigan, Ohio, Indiana, Illinois, Kentucky and Wisconsin. As a pioneer of the “one-stop shopping” concept, Meijer stores have evolved through the years to include expanded fresh produce and meat departments, as well as pharmacies, comprehensive apparel departments, garden centers and electronic offerings. For additional information on Meijer, please visit www.meijer.com. Follow Meijer on Twitter @twitter.com/meijer and @twitter.com/meijerPR or become a fan at www.facebook.com/meijer.

Contact: Frank Guglielmi, frank.guglielmi@meijer.com, 616-791-3814

 

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Meijer Memorial Day is one of the three biggest grilling days of the summer

Aggressive pricing on turkeys at Meijer for Thanksgiving Day: 50 percent off when you spend $20

More reasons to be thankful: Turkeys priced as low as 52 cents per pound

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich., 2015-11-10 — /EPR Retail News/ — Meijer is once again announcing aggressive pricing on turkeys that are expected to lead the Midwest in low-price Thanksgiving turkeys.

“A Thanksgiving meal isn’t complete without the turkey, and with these great prices, Meijer wants to ensure that our customers can provide their families with the best holiday experience,” said Jerry Suter, vice president of meat and seafood. “Not only is Meijer able to deliver a delicious meal to our customers, but we’re able to do so at a tremendous value.”

For the second consecutive year, when a Meijer customer spends $20, their purchase of any fresh or frozen turkey – regardless of brand or size – will be 50 percent off. The discount on frozen turkeys is going on now through Thanksgiving Day, while the discount on fresh turkeys will begin Nov. 15 and run through Thanksgiving Day.

That means Meijer brand frozen turkeys will be priced at 52 cents per pound. Meijer will also carry organic turkeys in each of its 223 stores across the Midwest.

Meijer expects to sell 1 million turkeys this year; 75 percent are typically purchased in the five days leading up to Thanksgiving. Last year, the Grand Rapids, Mich.-based retailer sold 900,000 turkeys.

“But the savings don’t stop there,” Suter said. “We have all the staples to help our customers make a memorable – and affordable – Thanksgiving meal to share with family and friends.”

Meijer is once again preparing for high sales of premade Thanksgiving dinners for those who want the traditional holiday meal without the time spent in the kitchen. Customer demand for premade meals at Thanksgiving is a trend that has been growing for the last several years for individuals looking for convenience or as a great gifting solution by companies, clubs and organizations.

A deluxe turkey dinner costs $54.99-$59.99, depending on the market, and includes a 10-12 pound prebaked turkey, home-style stuffing, roasted turkey gravy, cranberry salad, mashed potatoes, green bean casserole and a dozen Kings Hawaiian dinner rolls. A deluxe ham dinner costs $54.99-$59.99, depending on the market, and includes a 7-9 pound spiral ham, green bean casserole, mashed potatoes, roasted turkey gravy, cranberry salad and a dozen Kings Hawaiian dinner rolls. Both deluxe dinners can feed between 8-10 people.

While Meijer will work to accommodate any customer request, deli team members encourage customers to place orders for those premade dinners 24 hours in advance to ensure availability.

About Meijer:
Meijer is a Grand Rapids, Mich.-based retailer that operates 223 supercenters and grocery stores throughout Michigan, Ohio, Indiana, Illinois, Kentucky and Wisconsin. As the inventor of the “one-stop shopping” concept, Meijer stores have evolved through the years to include expanded fresh produce and meat departments, as well as pharmacies, comprehensive apparel departments, garden centers and electronic offerings. For more information on Meijer, please visit www.meijer.com. Follow Meijer on Twitter @twitter.com/meijer and @twitter.com/meijerPR or become a fan at www.facebook.com/meijer.

Contact: Christina Fecher, 616-735-7968, christina.fecher@meijer.com

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Aggressive pricing on turkeys at Meijer for Thanksgiving Day: 50 percent off when you spend $20

Aggressive pricing on turkeys at Meijer for Thanksgiving Day: 50 percent off when you spend $20

Meijer announces aggressive pricing on Thanksgiving turkeys: As low as 54 cents per pound

More reasons to be thankful: Turkeys priced as low as 54 cents per pound

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich., 2014-11-12— /EPR Retail News/ — Meijer is once again announcing aggressive pricing on turkeys that are expected to lead the Midwest in low-price Thanksgiving turkeys.

“A Thanksgiving meal isn’t complete without the turkey, and with these great prices, Meijer wants to ensure that our customers can provide their families with the best holiday experience,” said Jerry Suter, vice president of fresh merchandising. “Not only is Meijer able to deliver a delicious meal to our customers, but we’re able to do so at a tremendous value.”

When a Meijer customer spends $20, their purchase of any fresh or frozen turkey – regardless of brand or size – will be 50 percent off. The discount on frozen turkeys is going on now through Thanksgiving Day, while the discount on fresh turkeys will begin Nov. 16 and run through Thanksgiving Day.

That means Meijer brand frozen turkeys will be priced at 54 cents per pound, and Meijer brand fresh turkeys will cost 98 cents per pound.

Meijer is just as committed to variety – offering more than a dozen varieties of the holiday bird in varying sizes, ensuring there is something for everyone. Last year, the Grand Rapids, Mich.-based retailer sold 700,000 turkeys.

“But the savings don’t stop there,” Suter said. “We have all the staples to help our customers make a memorable – and affordable – Thanksgiving meal to share with family and friends.”

Meijer is once again preparing for high sales of premade Thanksgiving dinners for those who want the traditional holiday meal without the time spent in the kitchen. Customer demand for premade meals at Thanksgiving is a trend that has been growing for the last several years for individuals looking for convenience or as a great gifting solution by companies, clubs and organizations.

A deluxe turkey dinner costs $49.99 and includes a 10-12 pound prebaked turkey, home-style stuffing, roasted turkey gravy, cranberry walnut relish, mashed potatoes and green bean casserole. A deluxe ham dinner costs $49.99 and includes a 7-9 pound spiral ham, green bean casserole, mashed potatoes, roasted turkey gravy and cranberry salad. Both deluxe dinners can feed between 8-10 people.

While Meijer will work to accommodate any customer request, deli team members encourage customers to place orders for those premade dinners 24 hours in advance to ensure availability.

About Meijer
Meijer is a Grand Rapids, Mich.-based retailer that operates 213 supercenters and grocery stores throughout Michigan, Ohio, Indiana, Illinois and Kentucky. As the inventor of the “one-stop shopping” concept, Meijer stores have evolved through the years to include expanded fresh produce and meat departments, as well as pharmacies, comprehensive apparel departments, garden centers and electronic offerings. For more information on Meijer, please visit www.meijer.com. Follow Meijer on Twitter @twitter.com/meijer and @twitter.com/meijerPR or become a fan at www.facebook.com/meijer.

Contact: Christina Fecher, 616-735-7968, christina.fecher@meijer.com

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Meijer announces aggressive pricing on Thanksgiving turkeys: As low as 54 cents per pound

Meijer announces aggressive pricing on Thanksgiving turkeys: As low as 54 cents per pound