PHILIPPINES: SM group continues commitment to the government and Go Negosyo’s initiative to promote produce grown by local farmers

PHILIPPINES: SM group continues commitment to the government and Go Negosyo’s initiative to promote produce grown by local farmers

 

Pasay City, Philippines, 2017-Mar-08 — /EPR Retail News/ — In the fourth quarter of last year, the Department of Agriculture (DA) with the help of Go Negosyo, finalized an agreement with supermarket and restaurant chains to source directly from local onion farmers and help them sell their produce. As the first to support the initiative, SM Markets immediately ordered and successfully moved 20 metric tons of Nueva Ecija onions. To continue its support, the company has already placed a new order of 100 metric tons or approximately 90,718.5 kilos of red and white onions from Nueva Ecija-based BONEA Multi-purpose cooperative, the local source endorsed by DA Secretary Manny Piñol. The onions are expected to arrive on the second week of March and will be available in select SM Supermarket, SM Hypermarket, Savemore Market, and Waltermart branches in Metro Manila.

SM Markets’ continuing support is part of the SM group’s commitment to the government and Go Negosyo’s initiative to promote produce grown by local farmers. Led by Agriculture Secretary Manny Piñol and Presidential Adviser on Economic Enterprise Joey Concepcion, the program aims to provide local farmers better access to the market through SM’s chain of stores and other retailers all over Metro Manila.

“Our customers have embraced the DA’s initiative to help the local farmers of Nueva Ecija. We are very pleased to report that we have ordered more than double the previous quantity of onions and we are making it available in more SM Markets stores this time. So far, the partnership between DA and major retailers is going well and we are looking forward to more joint ventures in the future,” says SM Markets consultant for external affairs Pong Ejercito.

With 48 SM Supermarket branches, 146 Savemore Market stores, and 44 SM Hypermarkets, SM Markets remain the largest food retail chain in the country. The group bagged the Philippine Retailers Association’s Best Supermarket award two years in a row with SM Hypermarket gaining Hall of Fame status in 2015. SM Markets has also won numerous DTI Gold Bagwis Service Excellence Seals with SM Supermarket being the first food retailer to win the Corporate Gold Bagwis Seal in 2014 with SM Hypermarket and Savemore Market following a year after. As one of the pioneering supermarket chains in the country, SM Markets continues to deliver world-class products and services to over 230 cities and municipalities nationwide and counting.

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Source: SM Investments Corporation

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Chipotle Mexican Grill launches Local Grower Support Initiative to help local farmers meet new food safety standards

Chipotle provides education, training and financial assistance to help small and medium-sized growers meet new food safety standards

DENVER, CO, 2016-Feb-09 — /EPR Retail News/ — Chipotle Mexican Grill (NYSE: CMG) announced today at its national employee meeting the formation of the Chipotle Local Grower Support Initiative, a new program to help smaller, local suppliers meet its heightened food safety standards. Supporting local farmers has been an important part of the company’s commitment to Food With Integrity, and Chipotle plans to commit up to $10 million to help local farms meet its food safety standards and to make more local ingredients available across the country.

“We have supported local farms around the country for a number of years because we believe it is the right thing to do,” said Steve Ells, Chipotle founder, co-CEO, and chairman. “We recognize that it may make it difficult for some local farms to comply with our heightened standards, but we are looking to help local farmers comply with our standards and to continue our support for local farms and rural communities around the country.”

The initiative will provide the support and education necessary to meet the company’s high standards and help offset the costs of enhanced testing and food safety practices for some smaller farmers. Additionally, financial assistance will be provided in the form of grants or premiums to help cover the higher costs of enhanced food safety practices. The company will also look to develop new partnerships and seek out farmers using greenhouses and other technologies around the country that meet Chipotle’s food safety standards.

For more information about the Chipotle Local Grower Initiative and the company’s commitment to food safety, visit Chipotle.com/localgrowersupport.

ABOUT CHIPOTLE
Steve Ells, founder, chairman and co-CEO, started Chipotle with the idea that food served fast did not have to be a typical fast-food experience. Today, Chipotle continues to offer a focused menu of burritos, tacos, burrito bowls (a burrito without the tortilla) and salads made from fresh, high-quality raw ingredients, prepared using classic cooking methods and served in a distinctive atmosphere. Through our vision of Food With Integrity, Chipotle is seeking better food from using ingredients that are not only fresh, but that — where possible — are sustainably grown and raised responsibly with respect for the animals, the land and the farmers who produce the food. In order to achieve this vision, we focus on building a special people culture that is centered on creating teams of top performers empowered to achieve high standards. This people culture not only leads to a better dining experience for our customers, it also allows us to develop future leaders from within. Chipotle opened with a single restaurant in 1993 and operates more than 2,000 restaurants, including 18 Chipotle restaurants outside the U.S. and 13 ShopHouse Southeast Asian Kitchen restaurants, and is an investor in an entity that owns and operates three Pizzeria Locale restaurants. For more information, visit Chipotle.com.

Source: Chipotle

Chipotle
Chris Arnold, 303-222-5912
carnold@chipotle.com