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.

Media Inquiries:
Communications Department – (515) 559-5770

Source: Hy-Vee, Inc.

Meijer reveals 2017 Thanksgiving Day picks for wine and beer from vineyards and breweries across the Midwest

Meijer reveals 2017 Thanksgiving Day picks for wine and beer from vineyards and breweries across the Midwest

 

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich., 2017-Nov-22 — /EPR Retail News/ — Historically, Meijer sells nearly 10 million bottles of wine and beer during Thanksgiving week, according to the Meijer beer and wine buyers. If you are looking for guidance and open to adding a local selection, the buyers have released their 2017 Thanksgiving Day picks that herald from vineyards and breweries across the Midwest.

2017 Local Wine Recommendations

According to wines.com, Thanksgiving is the one day of the year when wine is most likely to appear on American dinner tables. Turkey is one of the most versatile meats that can be paired with many types of wine. White wines and delicate reds complement white meat, while a bold red pairs nicely with dark meat. The pairing process gets complicated when you consider side dishes and desserts. Here are our wine buyers top local vintage picks by state that range from dry to sweet:

  • Michigan: From Chateau Grand Traverse, they prefer Mich Mash White Blend; Mich Mash Red Blend; and Mich Mash Riesling.
  • Wisconsin: From Door Peninsula Winery, they recommend Door County Blackberry Merlot; from WollerSheimWinery, its Prairie Fume; and from Cedar Creek Winery, its Cranberry Blush.
  • Illinois: From Illinois Cellars, they recommend Velvet Red; from Lynfred Winery, the top pick is Lynfred Cranberry; and from St. James Winery, its St. James Blackberry.
  • Indiana: From Oliver Winery & Vineyards, they prefer Oliver Riesling; from Mallow Run Winery its Rhubarb; from Easley Winery, the top choice is Jubilee Cranberry and from Huber Winery its Sweet Marcella.
  • Ohio: From Mon Ami Winery, they recommend Pink Catawba, Catawba White, and Concord; from The Winery at Versailles, its Rodeo Red; and from Vinoklet Winery its La Dolce Vita.
  • Kentucky: From Stonebrook Winery, they recommend Blackberry; and from Old 502 Winery, the top choice is Kentucky Lady.

2017 Local Beer Recommendations

For those looking to buck tradition, consider featuring some local brews at your Thanksgiving celebration. According to the Meijer beer buyers, the effervescence in beer cleanses the palate, which based on all of the textures and flavors offered in a Thanksgiving meal, drinking beer allows you to fully experience the flavors of each dish. During dinner, consider sticking with a pale ale or a session IPA.

  • Pale Ales: New Glarus Moon Man from Wisconsin; Lagunitas Little Sumpin Sumpin from Illinois/California; and Rhinegeist Crash from Ohio.
  • Session IPAs: Founders All Day IPA and Perrin No Problems, both from Michigan.

When it comes to dessert, the Meijer beer buyers suggest adding something a little more complex depending on the dessert, or try a cider, especially when enjoying apple pie.

  • Pumpkin Pie: Atwater Vanilla Java Porter; Bell’s Christmas Ale; and Vander Mill Totally Roasted, all of which are Michigan brews, and Great Lakes Christmas ale from Ohio.
  • Chocolate Cake: Founders Backwoods Bastard; New Holland Dragon’s Milk or The Poet; and Rochester Mills Milkshake Stout, all of which are Michigan brews. Kentucky Ale’s Kentucky Bourbon Barrel Stout, from Kentucky and Sun King Wee Mac from Indiana.
  • Apple Pie: Blake’s Wake Fire Cider from Michigan; and Redd’s Blueberry Ale from Wisconsin.

About Meijer:

Meijer is a Grand Rapids, Mich.-based retailer that operates 235 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, home decor and pet departments, and garden centers. 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: 

Jennifer Rook
616-791-2794
jennifer.rook@meijer.com

Source; Meijer

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USDA FSIS issues food safety tips for parts of the Midwest affected by the flooding

WASHINGTON, 2017-May-02 — /EPR Retail News/ — The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) is issuing food safety recommendations for parts of the Midwest as severe storms have caused widespread flooding from central Oklahoma to southern Indiana and parts of Missouri.

The National Weather Service reports that significant flooding will continue across the region and more than 79,000 people are without power as additional rainfall and high winds are expected. Destruction and power outages caused by severe weather can compromise food storage, especially frozen and refrigerated foods. FSIS recommends that consumers take the following steps to keep food safe and avoid the risk of foodborne illness during severe weather events.

Food safety after a flood:

  • Do not eat any food that may have come into contact with flood water—this would include raw fruits and vegetables, cartons of milk or eggs.
  • Discard any food that is not in a waterproof container if there is any chance that it has come into contact with flood water. Food containers that are not waterproof include those packaged in plastic wrap or cardboard, or those with screw-caps, snap lids, pull tops, and crimped caps. Flood waters can enter into any of these containers and contaminate the food inside. Also, discard cardboard juice/milk/baby formula boxes and home canned foods if they have come in contact with flood water, because they cannot be effectively cleaned and sanitized.
  • Inspect canned foods and discard any food in damaged cans. Can damage is shown by swelling, leakage, punctures, holes, fractures, extensive deep rusting, or crushing/denting severe enough to prevent normal stacking or opening with a manual, wheel‐type can opener.

Steps to follow in advance of losing power:

  • Keep appliance thermometers in both the refrigerator and the freezer to ensure temperatures remain food safe during a power outage. Safe temperatures are 40°F or lower in the refrigerator, 0°F or lower in the freezer.
  • Freeze water in one-quart plastic storage bags or small containers prior to a storm. These containers are small enough to fit around the food in the refrigerator and freezer to help keep food cold. Remember, water expands when it freezes so don’t overfill the containers.
  • Freeze refrigerated items, such as leftovers, milk and fresh meat and poultry that you may not need immediately—this helps keep them at a safe temperature longer.
  • Know where you can get dry ice or block ice.
  • Have coolers on hand to keep refrigerator food cold if the power will be out for more than four hours.
  • Group foods together in the freezer—this ‘igloo’ effect helps the food stay cold longer.
  • Keep a few days’ worth of ready-to-eat foods that do not require cooking or cooling.

Steps to follow if the power goes out:

  • Keep the refrigerator and freezer doors closed as much as possible. A refrigerator will keep food cold for about 4 hours if the door is kept closed. A full freezer will hold its temperature for about 48 hours (24 hours if half-full).
  • Place meat and poultry to one side of the freezer or on a tray to prevent cross contamination of thawing juices.
  • Use dry or block ice to keep the refrigerator as cold as possible during an extended power outage. Fifty pounds of dry ice should keep a fully-stocked 18-cubic-feet freezer cold for two days.

Steps to follow after a weather emergency:

  • Check the temperature inside of your refrigerator and freezer. Discard any perishable food (such as meat, poultry, seafood, eggs or leftovers) that has been above 40°F for two hours or more.
  • Check each item separately. Throw out any food that has an unusual odor, color or texture or feels warm to the touch.
  • Check frozen food for ice crystals. The food in your freezer that partially or completely thawed may be safely refrozen if it still contains ice crystals or is 40°F or below.
  • Never taste a food to decide if it’s safe.
  • When in doubt, throw it out.

Anyone with questions about the safety of their food as a result of weather damage and power outages is encouraged to call the USDA Meat and Poultry Hotline (888-MPHotline or 888-674-6854), Monday through Friday from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. ET, available in English and Spanish, or email or chat at www.askkaren.gov.

Contact:
USDA Office of Communications
Press: (202) 720-9113
Consumer Inquiries: (888) 674-6854

Source: USDA

The Meijer Simply Give program 2016 generated record breaking $7.8 million for food pantries throughout Midwest

The Meijer Simply Give program 2016 generated record breaking $7.8 million for food pantries throughout Midwest

 

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich., 2017-Feb-01 — /EPR Retail News/ — The Meijer Simply Give program set a record in 2016 with $7.8 million for food pantries throughout the Midwest, bringing the program’s overall donation to more than $28 million since its inception in 2008.

The retailer’s most recent campaign – held during the holiday season – resulted in more than $2.3 million alone for hungry families.

“It’s inspiring to see friends and neighbors come together to take care of hungry families throughout the communities we serve,” Executive Chairman Hank Meijer said. “We cannot thank our customers, team members and food pantry partners enough for continuing to rise to the challenge to support this incredible program.”

The Grand Rapids, Mich.-based retailer began its Simply Give program in 2008 as a way to help local food pantries throughout the Midwest achieve their mission of feeding hungry families. It runs three times a year when food pantries need it the most: spring, fall and holiday.

During each Simply Give campaign, customers are encouraged to purchase a $10 Simply Give donation card upon checkout. Once purchased, the donation is converted into a Meijer Food-Only Gift Card and donated directly to the local food pantry selected by the store for that campaign.

“Hunger is a problem that occurs in all of our communities, which is why the funds generated from Simply Give stay local,” said Cathy Cooper, Senior Director of Community Partnerships and Giving. “The Simply Give program gives everyone a chance to work toward ensuring no one has to go without food.”

A video featuring a food pantry volunteer is available on the Meijer Newsroom at http://newsroom.meijer.com/multimedia/categories/philanthropy-community-news.

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 has a fundamental philosophy aimed at strengthening the communities it serves and proudly donates more than 6 percent of its net profit each year to charities throughout the Midwest. With hunger as a corporate philanthropic focus, Meijer partners with hundreds of food banks and pantries through its Simply Give and food rescue programs. Meijer also supports education, disaster relief, and health and wellness initiatives. For additional information on Meijer philanthropy, please visit www.meijercommunity.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 to donate up to $500,000 to children’s gift-giving programs throughout the Midwest

Meijer to donate up to $500,000 to children’s gift-giving programs throughout the Midwest
Meijer to donate up to $500,000 to children’s gift-giving programs throughout the Midwest

 

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich., 2016-Nov-05 — /EPR Retail News/ — Any toy purchased at Meijer now through Nov. 30 will help the Grand Rapids, Mich.-based retailer share the joy this holiday season.

For the third consecutive year, Meijer is donating a portion of customer purchases made in the toy department, up to $500,000, to children’s gift-giving programs throughout the Midwest.

“Meijer wants to help make the holidays happier for hundreds of children, because every child deserves to experience the joy of unwrapping a toy,” said Dan Myers, divisional merchandise manager of toys for Meijer. “We know how much value our customers place on sharing their good fortune, and we believe the Buy a Toy, Share the Joy program will create lasting memories for children in need.”

Purchases made on hundreds of toys – including favorite national brands like Fisher-Price, Barbie, Lego and Nerf, and this season’s Top 10 toys – will count toward increasing the donation, up to $500,000, to children’s gift-giving programs within the retailer’s six-state footprint of Michigan, Ohio, Indiana, Illinois, Kentucky and Wisconsin. Meijer will select the programs to ensure that the donations remain in the communities Meijer serves.

“Meijer was built on a fundamental philosophy of supporting the communities where our customers and team members work and live, which is why we donate more than 7 percent of our net profit to charities each year,” Myers said. “Our ultimate goal this holiday season is to help our customers save money while still enjoying the tradition of gift giving whether those gifts are for loved ones or for children in their community who might otherwise go without.”

For more information about the Buy a Toy, Share the Joy program, please visit www.meijer.com/joy.

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. 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:
Jennifer Rook
jennifer.rook@meijer.com
616-791-2794

Source; Meijer

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