Meijer’s “Be a #FamilyFoodRockstar” campaign earns 2016 Gold Plate Award from Food Marketing Institute Foundation

Meijer’s “Be a #FamilyFoodRockstar” campaign earns 2016 Gold Plate Award from Food Marketing Institute Foundation

 

The Food Marketing Institute Foundation recognizes the best National Family Meals Month programs

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich., 2017-Mar-07 — /EPR Retail News/ — A social media-driven photo contest aimed at encouraging families to prepare and eat healthy meals together recently earned Midwest retailer Meijer accolades from the Food Marketing Institute Foundation.

The retailer’s “Be a #FamilyFoodRockstar” campaign earned a 2016 Gold Plate Award honorable mention. The awards recognize members of the food retail industry who implemented the best in-store and media campaigns during September, which was national family meals month.

The campaign was created with Jump with Jill, the world’s only rock & roll nutrition show. The #FamilyFoodRockstar photo contest sought photos on social media that recognized families who prepared nutritious and delicious meals.

“We are so pleased with the success of this campaign that highlighted the importance of families eating meals together,” Meijer Healthy Living Advisor Melissa Hehmann said. “We’re extending the reach of Meijer Health and Wellness initiatives through our partnership with Jump with Jill and its mission to educate kids about good nutrition.”

Over the course of National Family Meals Month™, more than 10,000 students across three states received the customized recipe card promoting the “Be a #FamilyFoodRockstar” campaign with Meijer. Overall, Meijer joined 56 food retailers, 15 suppliers and 37 allied organizations helped the FMI Foundation amplify the national campaign.

“This was the second year for National Family Meals Month, and the FMI Foundation acknowledges the extraordinary efforts by the retail food industry to help consumers make family mealtime easier,” said Sue Borra, RD, Chief Health and Wellness Officer for FMI and Executive Director of the FMI Foundation. “According to a Nielsen analysis of National Family Meals Month, 85 percent of shoppers who saw the campaign reported healthier behaviors as a result. So these programs can make a difference in the wellbeing of the customers we serve.”

About Meijer:

Meijer is a Grand Rapids, Mich.-based retailer that operates more than 230 supercenters and grocery stores throughout Michigan, Ohio, Indiana, Illinois, Kentucky and Wisconsin. A privately-owned and family-operated company since 1934, Meijer pioneered the “one-stop shopping” concept and has evolved through the years to include expanded fresh produce and meat departments, as well as pharmacies, comprehensive apparel departments, pet departments, garden centers, toys and electronics. 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:

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

Source: Meijer

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Meijer’s free prescription program filled nearly 40 million prescriptions and surpassed $500 million savings for customers

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich., 2017-Jan-09 — /EPR Retail News/ — Meijer pharmacies marked a major milestone earlier this month when its free prescription program surpassed $500 million in savings for customers. The program – a first of its kind when launched in October 2006 – has since filled nearly 40 million free prescriptions.

“Meijer is a family-owned company committed to meeting the needs of families in the communities we serve,” said Jason Beauch, Vice President of Pharmacy Merchandising. “We do this by providing positive solutions to everyday problems, which includes access to necessary medications. We are pleased this program is used by so many families across the Midwest.”

The retailer’s free prescription program helps ensure the health of families and individuals by enabling Meijer customers, regardless of insurance or co-pay, to have their prescriptions filled. The program began by covering leading oral generic antibiotics, with a special focus on the prescriptions most often filled for children. The program expanded over the years by offering free prenatal vitamins in May 2008, metformin, the most commonly prescribed drug for type 2 diabetes, in 2010, and the generic substitute for Lipitor®* (atorvastatin calcium), the cholesterol lowering medication, in 2012.

The most popular free prescription filled at Meijer has been the generic cholesterol lowering medication. In 2016, Meijer pharmacy customers filled more than 3.2 million atorvastatin calcium prescriptions, followed by more than 1.4 million metformin prescriptions, more than 1.3 million antibiotics, and more than 480,000 free prenatal vitamin prescriptions.

In addition to the free prescription program, the Meijer mPerks pharmacy rewards program rewarded pharmacy customers with more than $13 million in rewards to spend at Meijer last year.

“We’re proud that we’ve helped millions of families improve their health and wellbeing without impacting their budgets,” Meijer President and CEO Rick Keyes said. “Providing these solutions for the customers who rely on our pharmacies is part of our commitment to the communities we serve.”

About Meijer:

Meijer is a Grand Rapids, Mich.-based retailer that operates 230 supercenters and grocery stores throughout Michigan, Ohio, Indiana, Illinois, Kentucky and Wisconsin. A privately-owned and family-operated company since 1934, Meijer pioneered the “one-stop shopping” concept and has evolved through the years to include expanded fresh produce and meat departments, as well as pharmacies, comprehensive apparel departments, garden centers and electronics 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
christina.fecher@meijer.com
616-540-6108

Source: Meijer

Meijer’s top 10 list of this holiday season’s hottest toys

Meijer's top 10 list of this holiday season’s hottest toys
Meijer’s top 10 list of this holiday season’s hottest toys

 

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich., 2016-Oct-05 — /EPR Retail News/ — This holiday season’s hottest toys aim to give each child a unique experience. Grand Rapids, Mich.-based retailer Meijer is giving customers an early glimpse at those toys that will soon be on wish lists across the Midwest.

“This year’s toy trends focus on allowing children to customize the toy to their liking through voice commands and artistic designs, while also learning through interaction,” said Dan Myers, divisional merchandise manager of toys for Meijer.

“We know our customers appreciate getting an early look into the hottest toys on Meijer shelves, and we believe our assortment of national brands will continue to make Meijer a toy destination this holiday season.”

Myers said about 50 percent of the retailer’s toy business is conducted in November and December.

The Top 10 toys include:

  • Build-A-Bear Stuff Me Station that allows children to build their own bear at home and customize its birth certificate and clothes; no batteries required.
  • Peppa Pig’s Deluxe House comes with three figures and 15 play pieces, including a refrigerator, bathtub and bunk beds.
  • Paw Patrol Zooming Marshall does more than 80 interactive missions and tricks with more than 150 paw Patrol sounds. Paw Patrol is the retailer’s No. 1 preschool brand.
  • Brightlings is an interactive toy that features more than 100 phrases activated by the way the child holds the toy. It records any sound and plays it back in a unique voice, and also sings six different styles of music, including opera, jazz, beat box and rock.
  • Hatchimals are interactive, magical creatures that hatch themselves from inside an egg through the child’s communication and nurturing. The child raises the toy through the baby, toddler and kid stages.
  • Furreal Friends Torch My Blazin’ Dragon can breathe flame-colored mist that can change colors when fed. Torch responds to touch with more than 50 sound and motion combinations, and can even roast toy marshmallows.
  • Syma Sky Thunder Drone D550W performs 360-degree stunts, live streams HD video and photos, and can hover automatically. This drone does not require registration with the FAA.
  • Hot Wheels Criss Cross Crash Playset features four intersecting tracks and feeder ramp for extra action. There are also crash zones and motorized boosters.
  • Nerf Modulus Tri Strike Blaster features three different ways to blast that can be used separately or combined for custom configurations. Expand the customizing options with Nerf Modulus Upgrade Kits. Nerf is the retailer’s overall top toy brand.
  • Pie Face Showdown is a hilarious follow-up to the original Pie Face game that debuted last year. It’s full of fun and suspense where someone eventually gets splatted in the face with whipped cream.

A b-roll package for media use is available on the Meijer Newsroom at http://newsroom.meijer.com/broll-footage.

About Meijer:

Meijer is a Grand Rapids, Mich.-based retailer that operates 230 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 electronics offerings. Additional information on Meijer can be found at www.meijer.com. Follow Meijer on Twitter @twitter.com/Meijer or @twitter.com/MeijerPR or become a fan at www.facebook.com/meijer.

Contact:
Christina Fecher
christina.fecher@meijer.com
616-540-6108

Source: Meijer

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Meijer’s top-selling items this back-to-school season

Meijer's top-selling items this back-to-school season
Meijer’s top-selling items this back-to-school season

 

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich., 2016-Aug-18 — /EPR Retail News/ — Meijer remains a destination for students’ back-to-school needs this season as families across the Midwest shift their focus from beaches and bonfires to paper and pencils in preparation for the fast-approaching school year.

Top-selling items this back-to-school season include notebooks, crayons, pencils and washable glue sticks. But the Grand Rapids, Mich.-based retailer also expects to sell the following classroom and dorm room essentials:

  • 3.8M pounds of paper – the same weight as 21 blue whales
  • 1.6M pounds of apples
  • 1M pairs of socks
  • 1M individual washcloths
  • 300,000 sticky notes
  • 175,000 sets of sheets
  • 75,000 pillows

Parents and students are also purchasing supplies in bulk, knowing kids will need more glue sticks, pens, pencils and markers throughout the school year and are being more active in donating classroom supplies to help teachers. Rather than making multiple shopping trips throughout the year, customers are instead leveraging sales and buying two to three of each item or opting for the larger count packages.

To view an infographic that features additional fun Back-to-School facts, please go to http://newsroom.meijer.com/Media/Default/images/Meijer-School-web.jpg.

About Meijer:
Meijer is a Grand Rapids, Mich.-based retailer that operates 230 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 electronics offerings.

Additional information on Meijer can be found at www.meijer.com. Follow Meijer on Twitter @twitter.com/Meijer or @twitter.com/MeijerPR or become a fan at www.facebook.com/meijer.

Contact:

Christina Fecher
christina.fecher@meijer.com
616-540-6108

Source: Meijer

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Meijer’s new Wisconsin one-stop shopping supercenter donates $10,000 to the Dream Playground in Kenosha

KENOSHA, Wis., 2015-10-8 — /EPR Retail News/ — Meijer, the new Wisconsin one-stop shopping supercenter, announced a $10,000 donation to the Dream Playground, the first fully accessible playground in Kenosha. The Kenosha Achievement Center, Inc (KAC) and the city of Kenosha, two of the driving forces behind the Dream Playground, will hold a ribbon cutting ceremony at 1 p.m. Oct. 10 at Penske Park, 2900 14th Ave.

“Our support for the Dream Playground is a continuation of an early partnership Meijer formed with the Kenosha Achievement Center in 2013 to recruit, screen and hire persons with disabilities at the Meijer Pleasant Prairie Distribution Center,” Meijer Milwaukee Market Director Chris Hoffmann said. “The community’s passion for the Dream Playground is inspiring and Meijer is excited to play a role in helping to make this vision a reality for Wisconsin children and families to enjoy.”

The KAC provides early childhood and adult services to people with disabilities. Local volunteers approached the KAC in 2012 to help raise $1 million to fund the Dream Playground Project and the city donated land to build the 15,000-square-foot playground. The structure’s safety surfacing is wheelchair-accessible and includes ramping so that children and adults can engage with elevated components. The playground incorporates elements for individuals with visual, hearing, developmental, emotional and social impairments. The Dream Playground also includes a permanent Meijer storefront for kids and families to enjoy year-round.

“We appreciate the work Meijer is doing to make a difference in the quality of life for persons with disabilities,” said Chris Weyker, chief executive officer for the KAC. “Their commitment to working with partners such as the Kenosha Achievement Center is truly admirable and serves as a model for meaningful community engagement.”

As an equal opportunity employer, Meijer fosters a diverse and inclusive workplace. The retailer is committed to treating all applicants for employment and team members equally, and providing applicants and team members with reasonable accommodations for their disabilities or religion.

About Meijer:
Meijer is a family-owned and privately-held company committed to meeting the needs of families in the communities of each of its 222 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 electronics offerings. Additional information on Meijer and the ability to shop for more can be found at www.meijer.com. Please follow Meijer on Twitter @twitter.com/Meijer and @twitter.com/MeijerPR or become a fan at http://www.facebook.com/Meijer.

About the Kenosha Achievement Center:
The Kenosha Achievement Center, Inc. (KAC) is a Community Service Organization committed to creating opportunities for the personal growth and success of persons with special needs. The KAC does this by removing barriers and changing perceptions. To learn more about the KAC and the Dream Playground Project visit http://thekac.com.

Contact: Christina Fecher, 616-735-7968 or Chris Weyker, 262-658-9650, cweyker@thekac.com

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Meijer's new Wisconsin one-stop shopping supercenter donates $10,000 to the Dream Playground in Kenosha

Meijer’s new Wisconsin one-stop shopping supercenter donates $10,000 to the Dream Playground in Kenosha