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.

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Hy-Vee announces the retirement of its Vice Chairman, EVP and Chief Administrative Officer Andy McCann

As Hy-Vee Says Goodbye to Longtime Leader, Top Executive Is Named to New Role

WEST DES MOINES, Iowa, 2017-Nov-23 — /EPR Retail News/ — Hy-Vee, Inc. is recognizing the retirement of its Vice Chairman, Executive Vice President and Chief Administrative Officer Andy McCann, following 41 years of service, and the promotion of another top executive, Sheila Laing, to a new leadership role.

“I could not be more thankful to Andy for the contribution he has made to our great company. He has been a strong leader in virtually every aspect of our organization because of his hard work and dedication,” said Randy Edeker, chairman of the board, CEO and president of Hy-Vee.

McCann started with Hy-Vee in 1976 at the Park Avenue Hy-Vee in Des Moines as a part-time clerk. He worked through the ranks and was promoted to second assistant manager at the Marshalltown, Iowa, Hy-Vee in 1983. In 1985, he was promoted to assistant manager at the Williamsburg Hy-Vee in Lincoln, Nebraska, opening what was at the time the largest store in the company. McCann received his first store director assignment in 1989 at the Fort Street Hy-Vee in Omaha, Nebraska, followed by the North Dodge Hy-Vee in Iowa City, Iowa, and finally at the Hy-Vee on Agency in Burlington, Iowa.

In 1996, McCann was once again promoted, this time to director of operations, and then to assistant vice president of operations over the northeast region. In 1997 and 2010, McCann served one-year terms on Hy-Vee’s Board of Directors. He was inducted into the Hy-Vee Hall of Fame when he was honored in 1999 as the company’s Director of the Year.

In 2001, McCann was promoted to assistant vice president of Hy-Vee, Inc. and president of Perishable Distributors of Iowa (PDI). In 2009, he was promoted to vice president of Hy-Vee, Inc. and president of PDI. He then was promoted to senior vice president of retail health in 2011 – a position he held through 2012 at which time he was selected as senior vice president of store development. In 2013, he was promoted to executive vice president and chief health officer. He also was elected to the executive committee and became a permanent member of the board of directors. In 2014, McCann’s role was expanded to executive vice president, chief administrative officer and chief health officer. He had the distinction of being named Hy-Vee’s first-ever vice chairman in June 2015.

With McCann’s retirement, Hy-Vee is pleased to announce that Sheila Laing will assume the role of executive vice president, chief administrative officer. She currently serves as Hy-Vee’s executive vice president, health, wellness and chief human resources officer.

Laing began her Hy-Vee career in 1987 as a part-time checker/stocker at the Dodge Street Hy-Vee in Dubuque, Iowa. In 1988, she moved to the West Kimberly Road Hy-Vee in Davenport, Iowa, as a full-time cheese island clerk and later that year moved to the 95th St. Hy-Vee in Overland Park, Kansas, as a meat clerk. In 1989, she was promoted to meat and cheese manager at the Raytown, Missouri, Hy-Vee and later that year was promoted to shift manager at the Brookings, South Dakota, Hy-Vee. Laing’s next move took her to the Chariton Distribution Center where she served as human resources manager of distribution in 1996. She was promoted to director of human resources in 1997 and named assistant vice president of human resources for the Chariton facility in 1999. In 2005, Laing was named assistant vice president of employee benefits.

Laing’s career was accented by her election to the Hy-Vee Hall of Fame when she received the company’s Community Involvement Award in 2003. In 2009, Laing was elected vice president of human resources for Hy-Vee which included overseeing the company’s benefit plan and recruiting as well as all human resource functions. She was promoted to senior vice president of retail health in 2013, then in 2014 her role was expanded to senior vice president, chief customer officer, followed by a promotion to executive vice president in 2015.

Laing is a graduate of Cascade High School and has a bachelor of arts degree in history and math from

Loras College. She has her HR law accreditation from Drake University and is a certified Senior Professional in

Human Resources (SPHR).

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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.

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Hy-Vee to open its first Wahlburgers restaurant franchise at the Mall of America® in Bloomington, Minnesota

Top tourist destination, shopping complex to feature newest location

WEST DES MOINES, Iowa, 2017-Nov-22 — /EPR Retail News/ — Hy-Vee, Inc. announced today (Nov. 21, 2017) that it will open its first Wahlburgers restaurant franchise at the Mall of America® in Bloomington, Minnesota, this summer.

The 5,500-square-foot Wahlburgers will be located on Level 2, North at Mall of America and will offer a unique dining experience featuring signature burgers, home-style sides, housemade condiments, fish, chicken and vegetarian options, and a full bar including specialty drinks such as adult frappes and floats.

“Hy-Vee is excited to launch the first of many new restaurants in partnership with Wahlburgers, and to bring a new dining experience to the Twin Cities,” said Randy Edeker, chairman of the board, CEO and president of Hy-Vee. “Families will enjoy great food in a fun atmosphere, served with the excellent customer service and hospitality that Hy-Vee and Wahlburgers are known for.”

Chef Paul Wahlberg created the franchise along with two of his brothers, actors Mark and Donnie, to please all tastes through both lighter and heartier menu offerings, served up in casual, music-filled atmosphere.

“Families will have a great time, and hopefully share a lot of laughs and love when they enjoy my family’s delicious recipes at our new Walburgers in one of the top tourist spots in America,” Chef Paul said. “Along with Hy-Vee, my family is committed to offering a unique culinary experience that goes beyond the basic burger, with customer service that will make you feel like family.”

Carrie Charleston, vice president of leasing for Mall of America, said the mall is committed to offering an eclectic mix of cuisine options – from fast food to fine dining.

“We are thrilled to be the first Wahlburgers location in Minnesota so our guests visiting from all over the world will have the opportunity to witness the top-notch dining experience the Wahlbergs have created,” said Charleston.

Wahlburgers currently operates 17 locations in nine states and Canada. In August, Hy-Vee announced that it plans to build, own and operate 26 Wahlburgers restaurants. Plans for another Wahlburgers franchise location, scheduled to open in 2018, are underway in West Des Moines, Iowa.

In addition to the location at Mall of America, Hy-Vee will soon offer Wahlburgers-branded menu items in its full-service Hy-Vee Market Grille restaurants across its eight-state region. Hy-Vee is also a proud sponsor of the “Wahlburgers” reality TV series on the A&E network which chronicles the brothers and the restaurant franchise.

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

Founded by Executive Chef Paul Wahlberg, celebrity brothers Mark and Donnie and other investors, Wahlburgers debuted in October 2011 in Hingham, Massachusetts. The subject of an A&E reality show, Wahlburgers offers a fun, casual music-filled atmosphere where guests, like family, share great food, a few laughs and lots of love. While its walls celebrate the story through photos and words of the Wahlberg brothers’ life journeys from Dorchester, Mass. neighborhood kids to rising chef and international superstars, it’s the food at Wahlburgers that takes center stage. Crafted by Chef Paul and served with heartfelt hospitality, the chef inspired menu features a variety of fresh burgers, housemade condiments, crispy haddock, seared chicken and vegetarian options. Other signature items include Mom’s Sloppy Joe, thin crispy onion rings, tater tots and thick creamy frappes and floats. Gluten free options are available. Wahlburgers’ full-service bar is a popular gathering spot offering an impressive selection of adult frappes, cocktails, wines and beers including the signature Wahlbrewski – a Harpoon Brewery custom, unfiltered Pale Ale.  Dedicated to giving back, Wahlburgers is active in every community it serves. Open daily for lunch and dinner, Wahlburgers offers full-service dining, counter service, take out and a full-service bar. For locations and more information visit wahlburgersrestaurant.com

Mall of America (MOA) is the largest shopping and entertainment complex in North America. At 5.6 million square feet, MOA boasts more than 520 world-class retail stores and restaurants; Nickelodeon Universe, the nation’s largest indoor family theme park featuring 27 rides; SEA LIFE Minnesota Aquarium, home to sharks, sting rays and an amazing underwater tunnel; FlyOver America a 4D immersive flight adventure; Crayola Experience; Rainforest Café; Hard Rock Café; the nation’s longest indoor zip line and an 18-hole mini golf course. The Mall, a top American tourist and vacation destination, opened in August of 1992 and is located in Bloomington, Minn., just minutes from downtown Minneapolis and St. Paul and adjacent to the MSP International Airport. Mall of America hosts more than 400 events annually, including concerts, book signings, celebrity meet-and-greets and community-focused cultural events.

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Hy-Vee unveils major projects across its eight-state region

WEST DES MOINES, Iowa, 2017-Nov-16 — /EPR Retail News/ — Hy-Vee, Inc. is expanding several of its facilities and making changes at some of its stores to meet customers’ changing lifestyles. Construction is already underway and includes projects across the company’s eight-state region.

“This fiscal year, we have approved one of our largest capital expenditure budgets in our company’s history to make sure we are not only meeting our customers’ needs, but fulfilling their wants, now and in the future,” said Randy Edeker, Hy-Vee’s chairman, CEO and president. “We’ve studied customer habits and lifestyles and know that fewer people are cooking meals at home than ever before. We want our offerings to help individuals who are looking for something healthy to eat on the go as well as families who want to enjoy a sit-down meal that they can easily claim as their own.”

To meet these needs, several major projects are already underway, including:

  • Construction of a 240,000-square-foot production facility in Ankeny, Iowa, which will serve as a commissary and central bakery as Hy-Vee offers more fresh prepared options and meal kits to its customers. The project also includes an expansion of Hy-Vee’s subsidiary PDI.
  • Construction of a 48,000-square-foot production facility that will support Hy-Vee’s Short Cuts produce brand. The facility, which is adjacent to Hy-Vee’s current distribution center in Chariton, Iowa, will produce fresh cut, retail-ready fruits and vegetables for customers beginning in January 2018.
  • Construction of Hy-Vee’s new 10,000-square-foot convenience and meal solutions stores, named Fast & Fresh, in the Des Moines area and Davenport, Iowa. These stores will feature grocery items, fresh prepared foods and a coffee shop. Another type of small store concept will open in West Des Moines, Iowa, in 2018.

Hy-Vee is also planning to open three new e-commerce fulfillment centers, located in Kansas City, Twin Cities and Omaha, in the upcoming years. These facilities are in addition to the existing fulfillment center in Des Moines and will meet the needs of the company’s growing online ordering services.

Over the upcoming weeks, Hy-Vee is transitioning several of its Hy-Vee Market Grille restaurants to Hy-Vee Market Grille Expresses. At the Hy-Vee Market Grille Express, customers will be able to quickly order food, pay at a nearby pay station, then sit and enjoy their meal in a casual self-service, contemporary atmosphere. Each Hy-Vee Market Grille Express will offer a full-service bar where customers can enjoy a variety of beverages while watching their favorite game or sporting event on TV. The Hy-Vee Market Grille Express concept also allows customers to have a more convenient and quick eating experience if they are “on the go.”

In addition, Hy-Vee will soon be making an announcement about the opening of its first Wahlburgers restaurant. In August, the company announced that it would build, own and operate 26 Wahlburgers, making it the chain’s largest franchisee.

To further help people with busy schedules, Hy-Vee will also change the way it communicates with consumers as more direct mail pieces, including the company’s new month-long mega ad, will be sent to customers’ mailboxes in the near future.

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.

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Hy-Vee announces partnership with The Minnesota Timberwolves, Minnesota Lynx and Iowa Wolves

Minneapolis-St. Paul, 2017-Nov-16 — /EPR Retail News/ — The Minnesota Timberwolves, Minnesota Lynx and Iowa Wolves today (11/15/2017) announced a new long-term partnership with Hy-Vee, Inc. to be the teams’ official grocery, pharmacy and floral partner.

“We couldn’t be more excited to begin this partnership with Hy-Vee and welcome them into our Timberwolves, Lynx and Iowa Wolves family,” said Timberwolves & Lynx CEO Ethan Casson. “Hy-Vee is a leader in our market with incredibly loyal customers that has seen significant growth recently, which mirrors the current state of our three brands as well. We look forward to many years of growing these two organizations together and engaging with our phenomenal fan bases.”

The partnership includes a digital signage takeover in arena prior to, during and immediately following the opening tip for all Timberwolves, Lynx and Iowa Wolves regular season home games. Hy-Vee will also have digital signage on the exterior of Target Center and additional signage elements in-arena throughout the games. For the Iowa Wolves, Hy-Vee’s logo will be placed near mid-court inside Wells Fargo Arena in Des Moines, Iowa.

One unique element of the partnership gives Hy-Vee the opportunity to leverage a professional sports team’s chef for custom content. Timberwolves & Lynx Executive Chef David Fhima will create a digital cookbook with Hy-Vee products, which includes a year-long content series on the teams’ digital, social and in-arena channels.

The two organizations will also team up on community relations initiatives. The partnership with the Timberwolves and Lynx will focus on fighting hunger while the Iowa Wolves will focus on Hy-Vee’s KidsFit initiative as well as entitlement of the team’s annual school day game called Education Celebration.

“The Timberwolves, Lynx and Iowa Wolves have a passionate fan base that spans throughout the region and we are thrilled to be a part of all the action and excitement,” said Randy Edeker, Hy-Vee’s chairman, CEO and president. “Like Hy-Vee, these teams are deeply dedicated to the communities they are in, making this connection a true fit when it comes to our growing list of sports partnerships.”

The teams will support other in-market initiatives, such as in-store activations and/or school visits. Select Hy-Vee stores will also carry Timberwolves merchandise.

Hy-Vee, Inc.
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.

Contact Information:
Kirsten Wenker
Kirsten.Wenker@timberwolves.com  
612-673-8419

Hy-Vee Contact Information:
Tina Potthoff
tpotthoff@hy-vee.com,
515-559-5770

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Hy-Vee SVP and Chief Marketing Officer Donna Tweeten named the 2016 Marketer of the Year by Supermarket News

The food distribution industry magazine recognizes Donna Tweeten as 2016’s top marketer.

WEST DES MOINES, Iowa, 2016-Jan-26 — /EPR Retail News/ — Hy-Vee, Inc. is proud to announce that Hy-Vee Senior Vice President and Chief Marketing Officer Donna Tweeten has been named the 2016 Marketer of the Year by Supermarket News, a leading food distribution industry trade publication.

The annual award recognizes a marketing executive who demonstrates innovation and success throughout the grocery industry. The winner is selected by Supermarket News editors after a careful review of recent reporting and through consultation with industry experts.

“Donna Tweeten is an excellent choice for Marketer of the Year,” said David Orgel, executive director, content, for Supermarket News. “She understands how to communicate Hy-Vee’s brand and core messages to an increasingly diverse customer base, including the emerging millennial generation. Her focus on new media and multiple media platforms helps Hy-Vee to remain a leader across its market areas.”

The trade publication praised Tweeten’s role as an industry leader in versatility, adaptability and innovation. Her work promoting Hy-Vee’s brand promise of “a helpful smile in every aisle” while also allowing each of the company’s 240 stores across eight states to act autonomously are highlighted in the January issue of Supermarket News. At Hy-Vee, Tweeten oversees all marketing and communications aspects of the company, including advertising, brand image, social media, sports marketing and public relations.

Hy-Vee Chairman, CEO and President Randy Edeker said Tweeten’s honor is well-deserved.

“Donna brings a fresh perspective and different slant to old ideas. She has a great insight into our business, and she understands how to reach our customers,” Edeker said. “Donna is a tremendous asset to our company, and I personally appreciate her input and counsel. We are extremely proud to see Donna’s hard work be recognized.”

Tweeten spent the bulk of her professional life in the ad agency business, working for such firms as Davis Harrison Dion and Anderson Communications, both in Chicago. In 1990, Tweeten returned to Des Moines and joined The Meyocks Group; she served as president and chief creative officer when Hy-Vee owned the brand marketing firm in 2002. In 2006, she was hired by Hy-Vee, Inc. as assistant vice president of communications and became assistant vice president of marketing in 2009. In 2011, Tweeten was promoted to vice president of brand image and then vice president of marketing/communications two years later. She took on her current role as senior vice president and chief marketing officer in 2014.

Tweeten will be recognized at the Food Marketing Institute’s Midwinter Executive Conference this Tuesday in Miami Beach, Florida, as part of the award.

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Hy-Vee, Inc. is an employee-owned corporation operating 240 retail stores across eight Midwestern states with sales of $9.3 billion annually. Hy-Vee ranks among the top 25 supermarket chains and the top 50 private companies in the United States. Supermarket News, the authoritative voice of the food industry, has honored the company with a Whole Health Enterprise Award for its leadership in providing services and programs that promote a healthy lifestyle. For more information, visit www.hy-vee.com.

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Hy-Vee, Inc. now official team partner and exclusive grocer of the The Minnesota Wild

SAINT PAUL, Minn., 2015-11-10 — /EPR Retail News/ — The Minnesota Wild has announced that top supermarket chain Hy-Vee, Inc. is now an official team partner and exclusive grocer of the Wild. The multi-year agreement includes prominent signage throughout Xcel Energy Center, on the Wild app, and support of the Little Wild Learn-to-Play Program.

“It’s been said that ‘your reputation precedes you,’ and with Hy-Vee that certainly rings true,” said Wild Vice President of Corporate Partnership Carin Anderson. “Their arrival to the Twin Cities has been hugely successful and we are proud to welcome them to our team. Wild fans can look forward to connecting with Hy-Vee at Xcel Energy Center and throughout the State of Hockey.”

Hy-Vee will receive exclusivity in the grocery store, floral and pharmacy categories. The company will also partner with the Wild on community outreach.

The scope of the partnership supports the supermarket’s expansion into the Minneapolis-St. Paul market, which began with the opening of two stores this fall in New Hope and Oakdale. In the coming years, Hy-Vee plans to add four to five grocery stores annually in the Twin Cities.

“We’re looking forward to becoming an even greater part of the Twin Cities community through our new sponsorship with the Minnesota Wild,” said Hy-Vee Chairman, CEO and President Randy Edeker. “The Wild is an exciting franchise. And with this partnership, we’ll have the opportunity and privilege to align our brand with its loyal fan base and support the team’s community efforts.”

Minnesota Wild single-game tickets for the 2015-16 season and a limited number of ticket packages to the 2016 Coors Light NHL Stadium Series™ are on sale now. For ticket information or to learn more about becoming a Wild Season Ticket Holder, visit tickets.wild.com or contact a Wild Ticket Sales Representative at 651-222-WILD.

Visit www.wild.com/pressbox for the latest news and information from the team including press releases, game notes, postgame notes, multimedia content and daily statistics.

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Hy-Vee, Inc. is an employee-owned corporation operating 240 retail stores across eight Midwestern states with sales of more than $9 billion annually. Hy-Vee ranks among the top 25 supermarket chains and the top 50 private companies in the United States. Supermarket News, the authoritative voice of the food industry, has honored the company with a Whole Health Enterprise Award for its leadership in providing services and programs that promote a healthy lifestyle. For more information, visit www.hy-vee.com.

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Hy-Vee’s CEO and President Randy Edeker elected chairman of the board for the National Association of Chain Drug Stores (NACDS)

WEST DES MOINES, Iowa, 2015-5-5 — /EPR Retail News/ — Hy-Vee, Inc. Chairman of the Board, CEO and President Randy Edeker was elected chairman of the board for the National Association of Chain Drug Stores (NACDS) at the trade organization’s annual meeting in Florida earlier this week.

As chairman of the board, Edeker will work with the NACDS board of directors, the organization’s officers and executive committee members to develop NACDS’ policies and priorities and will help carry out the organization’s mission. The mission of NACDS is to advance the interests and objectives of the chain community pharmacy industry, by fostering its growth and promoting its role as a provider of healthcare services and consumer products.

Edeker said he is honored to serve NACDS in this evolutionary time in the industry.

“Coming together as an industry to better understand consumers’ ever-evolving healthcare needs and how to respond to those changes is extremely important,” Edeker said. “I look forward to working with NACDS members and the board of directors to help guide the industry on key issues and policies.”

In forecasting what lies ahead for NACDS over the next 12 months, Edeker described ten perspectives on the state of “ever-evolving healthcare.” These include ongoing changes related to: Medicaid; healthcare delivery; attitudes and expectations of care; specialty pharmacy; quality measurements; technology and patient-managed health; millennial trends; cybersecurity; growing collaboration among companies through NACDS; and government and political involvement.

Edeker will serve a one-year term as the chairman of the board. He first joined the board in 2013, and in 2014, Edeker served as the NACDS treasurer of the board. Edeker succeeded John Standley, chairman and CEO of Rite Aid Corp.

During his first address as chairman of the board on April 27, Edeker announced that Hy-Vee will be contributing $100,000 to the NACDS Foundation to support research to advance public health.

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Hy-Vee, Inc. is an employee-owned corporation operating more than 235 retail stores across eight Midwestern states with sales of $8.7 billion annually. Hy-Vee ranks among the top 25 supermarket chains and the top 50 private companies in the United States. Supermarket News, the authoritative voice of the food industry, has honored the company with a Whole Health Enterprise Award for its leadership in providing services and programs that promote a healthy lifestyle. For more information, visit www.hy-vee.com.

Hy-Vee to sponsor fundraising events in five Midwestern cities to help children with cancer

WEST DES MOINES, Iowa, 2015-3-31 — /EPR Retail News/ — Today (March 30, 2015), Hy-Vee, Inc. officials announced a new partnership with the Pinky Swear Foundation, a national charitable organization that supports children with cancer and their families through fundraising kids triathlons and other community activities. This unique partnership will bring the Hy-Vee Pinky Swear Kids Triathlons to Des Moines, Minneapolis, Omaha, the Quad Cities and Kansas City this summer. In addition, 5K Family Runs will be held in all the cities except Minneapolis.

The new Hy-Vee Pinky Swear Kids Triathlons and 5K Family Runs will be fun, accessible and engaging for children at all fitness levels and will focus on participation rather than competition. The primary purpose of the swim, bike and run events is the fundraising aspect, in which kids raise money to help kids with cancer and their families. The money raised goes directly toward easing the financial and emotional impacts experienced by children with cancer and their families. In many cases, the money provides basic needs, such as mortgage and rent, transportation, utilities, gas cards and food. According to Pinky Swear, a child is diagnosed with cancer every 45 minutes in the United States, and 1 out of 11 families given that news will file for bankruptcy.

“We are extremely pleased to collaborate with the Pinky Swear Foundation and their commendable efforts in raising funds and awareness for children with cancer,” said Randy Edeker, chairman, CEO and president of Hy-Vee. “Being involved in our communities is a top priority at Hy-Vee. In working with the foundation and local hospitals, we hope to engage families in fitness, raise funds for those in need and have a little fun in the process.”

With the new Hy-Vee Pinky Swear events, Pinky Swear now hosts 12 kids triathlons and four 5K family runs in 12 markets across the country.

“We are thrilled with the partnership with Hy-Vee and are excited about the tremendous impact it will have on our organization and the families we serve,” said Brian Nelson, executive director of the Pinky Swear Foundation. “The foundation began as a pinky swear promise between a son and his father and has grown into a nationwide organization. I am proud of the work we have done and look forward to the Hy-Vee partnership because of the additional triathlons in these new markets and the hundreds of additional patient families we will be able to serve.”

Hy-Vee is committed to fitness-friendly events that engage customers and benefit the communities it serves. Pinky Swear shares that commitment. Through this collaboration, Pinky Swear’s message and mission will reach a broader audience while allowing Hy-Vee to continue its long-term focus and dedication to the sport of triathlon. The Hy-Vee Pinky Swear Triathlons and 5K Family Runs will take the place of the Hy-Vee Triathlon, which was discontinued for 2015.

2015 Event Schedule

Des Moines Kids Triathlon
Date: July 11, 2015
Location: Raccoon River Park
Quad Cities Kids Triathlon
Date: Aug. 15, 2015
Location: Bettendorf YMCA
Des Moines 5K Family Run
Date: July 12, 2015
Location: Principal Park
Quad Cities 5K Family Run
Date: Aug. 16, 2015
Location: TBD
Minneapolis Kids Triathlon
Date: Aug. 1, 2015
Location: Lake Nokomis
Kansas City Kids Triathlon
Date: TBD
Location: TBD
Omaha Kids Triathlon
Date: Aug. 7, 2015
Location: Cunningham Lake
Kansas City 5K Family Run
Date: TBD
Location: TBD
Omaha 5K Family Run
Date: Aug. 8, 2015
Location: TBD

Register now to participate in one of the Hy-Vee Pinky Swear Kids Triathlon or 5K Family Run events at www.pinkyswear.org.

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Hy-Vee, Inc. is an employee-owned corporation operating more than 235 retail stores across eight Midwestern states with sales of $8.7 billion annually. Hy-Vee ranks among the top 25 supermarket chains and the top 50 private companies in the United States. Supermarket News, the authoritative voice of the food industry, has honored the company with a Whole Health Enterprise Award for its leadership in providing services and programs that promote a healthy lifestyle. For more information, visit www.hy-vee.com.

The Pinky Swear Foundation was founded on a pinky swear promise as a dying wish between a nine-year old boy and his father to help children with cancer and their families by providing immediate basic needs support and unique family programs. That pinky swear, the most solemn of oaths between two people, lives on today in the Pinky Swear Foundation. The Pinky Swear Foundation is passionately committed to helping children with cancer and their families by being fanatically responsive to the immediate crisis facing families with a childhood cancer diagnosis. Pinky Swear Foundation activities include the world’s largest kids fundraising triathlon series, National Pinky Swear Day, and other community engagement opportunities. Visit us at PinkySwear.org or follow us at @PinkySwearFndtn.

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Hy-Vee CEO Randy Edeker named CEO of the Year by Retail Leader magazine

The retail food industry magazine recognizes Edeker as one of 2014’s top CEOs

WEST DES MOINES, Iowa, 2015-3-2 — /EPR Retail News/ — Hy-Vee, Inc. Chairman of the Board, CEO and President Randy Edeker has been named CEO of the Year by Retail Leader magazine.

In the current magazine issue, Edeker is recognized for his outstanding outreach, which includes initiatives to improve and expand food service offerings and in-store customer outreach; emphasis on sustainability; and participation in community and trade organizations. He serves as chairman of the Member Services Committee for the Food Marketing Institute and will become chairman of the National Association of Chain Drugstores in April.

“To be recognized by a well-respected publication in our industry is humbling, and our 75,000 employees also deserve credit. They make it all possible by taking our company to new heights through hard work and dedication to our customers,” said Edeker, who is Hy-Vee’s fourth CEO in the grocery chain’s 85-year history.

Edeker said Hy-Vee’s culture and autonomous structure are what make the company successful. He’s quoted in the article as saying, “I had somebody tell me one time, ‘Culture eats strategy for breakfast,’ and I think that’s true,” he said. “You have to have an understanding of the culture you’re a part of, and that will help you develop strategy to be successful.”

Supervalu Inc. CEO Sam Duncan was also recognized in the January/February issue of Retail Leader.

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Hy-Vee, Inc. is an employee-owned corporation operating 235 retail stores across eight Midwestern states with sales of more than $8.7 billion annually. Hy-Vee ranks among the top 25 supermarket chains and the top 50 private companies in the United States. Supermarket News, the authoritative voice of the food industry, has honored the company with a Whole Health Enterprise Award for its leadership in providing services and programs that promote a healthy lifestyle. For more information, visit www.hy-vee.com.

Hy-Vee: Triathlon events discontinued; Exciting new event series to be announced by mid-March

Company developing exciting new event series to be announced by mid-March

WEST DES MOINES, Iowa, 2015-2-11 — /EPR Retail News/ — Hy-Vee announced today it is discontinuing the Hy-Vee Triathlon events, which included timed competitions for elite athletes, amateurs and kids. The company will shift its efforts to create a new event series promoting health and wellness in children. The new series will be aimed at increasing accessibility to children at all fitness levels with a focus on non-competitive participation and helping others. Final details of the new series are still in the planning stages, but Hy-Vee officials anticipate a formal announcement by mid-March.

“We are extremely proud to have put a spotlight on the sport of triathlon, through the world-class Hy-Vee Triathlon,” said Andy McCann, executive vice president and chief health officer of Hy-Vee. “These events will continue to hold a special place in the history of our company, and we thank those athletes and volunteers who allowed us to be successful for so many years.”

The Des Moines-based Hy-Vee Triathlon began in 2007 as part of the supermarket chain’s long-term focus on customer and employee health. Throughout its tenure, the event has seen tens of thousands of athletes and spectators, ranging from community members and employees to world-class athletes, and has raised more than $750,000 for charity.

“It has been an honor to watch the Hy-Vee Triathlon grow into a world-class event, introducing new athletes, spectators and our customers to the sport,” said Randy Edeker, chairman, CEO and president of Hy-Vee. “We remain committed to the sport of triathlon, and to providing opportunities for health and wellness — both in and out of our aisles. I am excited about this new event series and what we’ll be able to accomplish with the help of our customers and communities in this next chapter.”

Hunter Kemper, a four-time Olympic triathlete who won last year’s Hy-Vee Triathlon 5150 Elite Cup race, said he is excited to see Hy-Vee continue its focus on making the sport of triathlon accessible to children of all skill levels.

“Winning the Hy-Vee Triathlon in 2014 was a highlight in my career, and I want to thank Hy-Vee for their tremendous support of the sport over the last eight years,” Kemper said. “A legacy has been created here. And I look forward to learning more about the new event series Hy-Vee will announce and the momentum it will continue with a younger generation of athletes.”

Visit www.hy-vee.com, follow us on Facebook at www.facebook.com/hyvee or keep up with us on Twitter @HyVee for information about the new series as it becomes available.

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Hy-Vee, Inc. is an employee-owned corporation operating 235 retail stores across eight Midwestern states with sales of more than $8.7 billion annually. Hy-Vee ranks among the top 25 supermarket chains and the top 50 private companies in the United States. Supermarket News, the authoritative voice of the food industry, has honored the company with a Whole Health Enterprise Award for its leadership in providing services and programs that promote a healthy lifestyle. For more information, visit www.hy-vee.com.

Hy-Vee CEO Randy Edeker presented six of the company’s 235 stores with a first-ever Hy-Vee Customer Experience Award

WEST DES MOINES, Iowa, 2014-12-19 — /EPR Retail News/ — Hy-Vee, Inc. CEO Randy Edeker recently presented six of the company’s 235 stores with a first-ever Hy-Vee Customer Experience Award to recognize them for excellence in customer service.

Hy-Vee’s Customer Experience Program, which began in fiscal year 2014, is designed to evaluate customers’ shopping experiences. Stores are rated by trained customer experience analysts several times a month in areas such as conditions, employee image and customer satisfaction.

“At Hy-Vee, being helpful, friendly and doing whatever it takes to ensure great customer experiences have been our top priorities for over 80 years. We created the Customer Experience Program to provide stores with constant analytical feedback on how they are performing so they can make improvements throughout the year,” said Paula Correy, executive vice president and chief customer officer of Hy-Vee. “The Customer Experience Award winners are leading their peers and setting the example for our entire company on customer service and store appearance.”

“We are proud of all our employees; but we are extremely proud of the teams in our stores that are receiving this honor and for the work they do every day to make our customers’ lives easier, healthier and happier,” Correy added.

Two stores from each of Hy-Vee’s three regions were recognized Dec. 10 for ranking the highest in their store category on the customer experience surveys. Stores were divided into two size categories — smaller than 50,000 square feet and larger than 50,000 square feet. Full- and part-time employees from each of the top-rated stores will receive a bonus for helping their store excel in customer experience.

2014 Hy-Vee Customer Experience Award Winners

Eastern Region Pella Hy-Vee 118 S.E. Ninth St.
Pella, Iowa
Store Director
Scott Johnson
Peru Hy-Vee 1651 Midtown Road
Peru, Ill.
Store Director
Doug Overlee
Northern Region Windom Hy-Vee 192 10th St.
Windom, Minn.
Store Director
Josh Grimes
Hilltop Hy-Vee 2010 Adams St.
Mankato, Minn.
Store Director
Dan Vondrak
Western Region Trenton Hy-Vee 1617 E. Ninth St.
Trenton, Mo.
Store Director
Steve Busch
Lenox Village Hy-Vee 7151 Stacy Lane
Lincoln, Neb.
Store Director
Scott Schlatter

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Hy-Vee, Inc. is an employee-owned corporation operating 235 retail stores across eight Midwestern states with sales of more than $8.7 billion annually. Hy-Vee ranks among the top 25 supermarket chains and the top 50 private companies in the United States. Supermarket News, the authoritative voice of the food industry, has honored the company with a Whole Health Enterprise Award for its leadership in providing services and programs that promote a healthy lifestyle. For more information, visit www.hy-vee.com.