Wegmans Food Markets alerts of fraudulent Facebook post bearing the company’s name

ROCHESTER, NY, 2016-Feb-02 — /EPR Retail News/ — Wegmans Food Markets, Inc. is alerting consumers to a scam that involves a fraudulent Facebook post bearing the company’s name. The company became aware of the scam earlier today when an employee questioned the validity of the post.

The Facebook post shows the image of a Wegmans storefront with a false claim that the company is giving away a free $200 grocery coupon. This giveaway is neither affiliated with nor supported by Wegmans.

Jo Natale, Wegmans vice president of media relations, said, “We’re actively working to have this fraudulent post removed from Facebook. We urge consumers not to click it, share it, or provide any personal information.”

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Wegmans Food Markets, Inc. is an 88-store supermarket chain with stores in New York, Pennsylvania, New Jersey, Virginia, Maryland, and Massachusetts. The family-owned company, recognized as an industry leader and innovator, is celebrating its 100th anniversary in 2016. Wegmans has been named one of the ‘100 Best Companies to Work For’ by FORTUNE magazine for 18 consecutive years, ranking #7 in 2015. The company also ranked #1 for Corporate Reputation, among the 100 ‘most-visible companies’ nationwide in the 2015 Harris Poll Reputation Quotient ® study.

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

Not a product recall: Wegmans Cleaned and Cut Kale tested positive for Listeria monocytogenes

ROCHESTER, NY, 2015-9-21 — /EPR Retail News/ — On September 14, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) notified Wegmans that a random sample of Wegmans Cleaned and Cut Kale, 16 oz. bag (UPC# 77890 26045) was taken from one store on August 3 and tested positive for Listeria monocytogenes.

This product is also used as an ingredient in a variety of recipes offered on Wegmans hot and cold bars and other prepared foods.

This is not a product recall, because the best-by date on this product was August 10, and it is no longer in stores and should no longer be in customers’ homes. However, out of an abundance of caution, Wegmans is taking the unusual step of announcing these test results.

“We want customers who may have consumed this product, or who consumed prepared foods that contained kale, between July 30 and August 12, to know about this on the chance they have experienced or may experience symptoms for listeriosis,”  says Jo Natale, vice president of media relations. “Knowing this, they can reach out to their doctor for advice or treatment if necessary. “

The incubation period for listeriosis can range from three to 70 days, but symptoms usually appear within a month.

No illnesses associated with this product have been reported to Wegmans or its supplier.

L. monocytogenes is a bacterium that can contaminate foods and cause a mild non-invasive illness (called listerial gastroenteritis) or a severe, sometimes life-threatening, illness (called invasive listeriosis). Persons who have the greatest risk of experiencing listeriosis after consuming foods contaminated with L. monocytogenes are fetuses and neonates who are infected after the mother is exposed to L. monocytogenes during pregnancy, the elderly, and persons with weakened immune systems. Customers who have experienced these symptoms should contact their physician.

To hear a complete list of affected products and prepared food items, consumers should call 1-877-273-6375.

If there are additional questions, customers should contact Wegmans consumer affairs department toll free at 1-855-934-3663 Monday through Friday, between 8:00 a.m. and 5:00 p.m. Eastern time.

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Wegmans Food Markets, Inc. is an 86-store supermarket chain with stores in New York, Pennsylvania, New Jersey, Virginia, Maryland, and Massachusetts. The family-owned company, founded in 1916, is recognized as an industry leader and innovator. Wegmans has been named one of the ‘100 Best Companies to Work For’ by FORTUNE magazine for 18 consecutive years, ranking #7 in 2015. The company also ranked #1 for Corporate Reputation, among the 100 ‘most-visible companies’ nationwide in the 2014 Harris Poll Reputation Quotient ® study.

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

Wegmans Food Markets, Inc. to offer customers the ability to seamlessly redeem their Shoppers Club discounts while using Apple Pay

ROCHESTER, NY, 2015-6-9 — /EPR Retail News/ — Wegmans Food Markets, Inc. announced today that it will be among the first supermarkets in the country to offer customers the ability to seamlessly redeem its Shoppers Club discounts while using Apple Pay, the easy, secure and private way to pay.

“Efficient, accurate, private and secure checkout is important to us because it is important to our customers, and Apple Pay has delivered,” says Jo Natale, Wegmans vice president of media relations. “Our customers will be thrilled to hear that they will soon be able to redeem Shoppers Club discounts while using Apple Pay.”

When this new feature is made available by Apple Pay in the fall, Wegmans customers will be able to add their Shoppers Club card to the Wallet app in iOS 9 and use it at checkout with Apple Pay. Once the card is added, Wegmans customers will simply hold their iPhone 6 or iPhone 6 Plus near the payment terminal at checkout, with their finger on Touch ID, and the appropriate Shoppers Club discounts will be awarded. On Apple Watch, double-click the side button and hold the face of the Apple Watch up to the reader.

Security and privacy is at the core of Apple Pay. When you add a credit or debit card to Apple Pay, the actual card numbers are not stored on the device, nor on Apple servers. Instead, a unique Device Account Number is assigned, encrypted and securely stored in the Secure Element on your device. Each transaction is authorized with a one-time unique dynamic security code, instead of using the security code from the back of your card.

For more information on Apple Pay, visit: http://www.apple.com/apple-pay/

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

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