Commissaries to bring savings and exciting events this June

FORT LEE, Va. , 2017-May-23 — /EPR Retail News/ — June will bring more than hot temperatures for commissary patrons looking for plenty of promotional savings and exciting events, said the Defense Commissary Agency’s director of sales.

“Our customers will be treated to fun, spectacular events with super summer savings in the mix,” said Tracie Russ. “We’re kicking off June with our annual Healthy Lifestyle Festivals worldwide and other events highlighting our ongoing 150th commissary anniversary celebration.

“Your commissary has something for everyone,” she added. “Be it savings on the ingredients for that special Father’s Day menu or the quick meals, beverages and snacks for the family vacation road trip.”

DeCA’s industry partners – vendors, suppliers and brokers – are collaborating with commissaries in June to offer discounts beyond everyday savings. Always check what’s on the “end of the aisle” for themed items with extra low pricing. Overseas stores may have substitute events for certain promotional programs.

Customers should check with their local commissary for details on dates and times for the following sales events:

  • Win summer trips. Commissary patrons can go to the DeCA website and enter to win trips throughout the summer. Go to the site’s Sales & Events page and Exclusive Savings page to find them.
  • “Live Healthy and Save Big!” Military resale organizations are partnering for Healthy Lifestyle Festivals, May 26 – June 25, at installations worldwide. Some locations have fests scheduled the first weekend of July. This annual event features discounted prices on produce at commissary farmers markets, savings on workout equipment and apparel at exchanges, health screenings at local clinics, and fitness events hosted by the installation morale, welfare and recreation activities office. At many locations, veterinarians will also offer food safety tips and health information for family pets. Check for local times and dates on the Healthy Lifestyle Festival page.
  • “Patriot Perks Program” returns for its fifth year. From June 19 to July 16, in recognition of the commissaries’ 150th anniversary, patrons worldwide can enter to win commissary shopping sprees with the grand prize being a year of free groceries. Look for product displays with Patriot Perks signage or visit the Patriot Perks site.
  • Kellogg’s “Despicable Me 3” movie launch promotion! To celebrate the commissaries’ 150th anniversary and the “Despicable Me 3” movie, patrons have an opportunity worldwide from June 19 to July 16 to win a $150 commissary gift card. Look for demos, high-value coupons and sale signage from the following participating name brands: Cheez-It Crackers, Club Crackers, Keebler Chips, Deluxe Cookies, Pringles, and Eggo Waffles.
  • Golden Seal Sweepstakes! Halo Top Creamery celebrates its fifth anniversary by offering five four-day vacations for two to Maui; a $5,000 gift card and a chance to make a dream come true at their local Make-A-Wish® Foundation chapter. Look for unique Golden Seals under lids of Halo Top products throughout June to win.
  • Unilever is sponsoring the 8th annual “Red White & Blue Reunion” contest stateside, June 1 – July 15. Commissary patrons can enter to win a family vacation to one of America’s national parks by submitting a short essay on “Why My Family Should Win a Trip to a National Park.” There will be five grand prize trips: an all-inclusive family vacation to one of America’s national parks valued at up to $10,000 each. Additionally, 10 winners will be awarded commissary gift cards. Sweepstakes information tear pads will be in local commissaries throughout the promotion. Winners will be announced on Unilever’s Operation In-Touch military website. Unilever will also distribute over 125,000 in-store (over $6 savings) coupon booklets featuring savings on many of its top brands.
  • General Mills is offering its annual “Sandsational Savings” program. This worldwide program from June 5 to July 2 will offer recipe ideas, high-value in-store coupons and giveaways.
  • Smucker’s announces its 9th annual Mission Breakfast Event. From June 5-18, patrons will see mass displays and savings on the following name brands: Smucker’s, Martha White, Crisco, Folgers, Hungry Jack, Dunkin Donuts, Millstone and more. The stateside commissary that creates the most creative product display based on these products and increases its sales during the listed time frame will win the grand prize of a free breakfast event for all of the military personnel on the installation. The four-page insert with coupons on featured Smucker’s products will be highlighted on the MyMilitarySavings site.
  • National Hawaiian Foods Week, the second week in June officially recognizes the culinary heritage of Hawaii. King’s Hawaiian Breads and Del Monte have joined forces worldwide for this weeklong celebration offering $4 off when you purchase any three participating brands’ products during a single shopping trip. From June 5-18, this promotion is offered via the Ibotta mobile coupon app. Go to the Ibotta sitehttps://ibotta.com/rebates.
  • Throughout June Commissary Rewards Card holders can download a coupon worth $9.99 off their P&G purchase of $30 or more on P&G baby or health and beauty care items.
  • Del Monte recognizes the commissary anniversary. From June 16 to July 15, Del Monte is celebrating the commissary’s 150th anniversary by offering pallet sales worldwide at heavily reduced prices. A donation from product sales of up to $50,000 will be made to the Folds of Honor Foundation which supports families of American service members killed in the line of duty.
  • Your Commissary is Celebrating 150 Years! On July 1, commissaries worldwide will celebrate the 150th anniversary with cake and balloons. Door prizes will be given out with prizes from commissary gift cards to t-shirts, hats, goody bags and high-value coupons. Patrons will claim their prize instantly at a designated display area. There will also be (in most stores) demonstrations and samplings of top brand products. Look for the gold décor and the details of this special event.

Patrons can also access the DeCA website for the following features: 1) the Commissary Rewards Card, which allows patrons to redeem coupons electronically at the commissary checkout. Patrons can pick up a card at their local commissary and register it on the Rewards Card page, where they can log into their account to load coupons on the card before they shop; and 2) DeCA’s new Nutritional Guide Program; go to the Nutritional Guide Program page to learn more about the color-coded shelf labels that point out items with key nutrient attributes such as low sodium, whole grain, no sugar added, low fat, good source of fiber and organic.

About DeCA
The Defense Commissary Agency operates a worldwide chain of commissaries providing groceries to military personnel, retirees and their families in a safe and secure shopping environment. Commissaries provide a military benefit and make no profit on the sale of merchandise. Authorized patrons save thousands of dollars annually on their purchases compared to commercial prices when shopping regularly at a commissary. The discounted prices include a 5-percent surcharge, which covers the costs of building new commissaries and modernizing existing ones. A core military family support element, and a valued part of military pay and benefits, commissaries contribute to family readiness, enhance the quality of life for America’s military and their families, and help recruit and retain the best and brightest men and women to serve their country.

SOURCE: DeCA

Media Contact

Kevin L. Robinson
(804) 734-8000, Ext. 4-8773
kevin.robinson@deca.mil

Special savings at commissaries throughout May for Military Appreciation Month

Memorial Day, Mother’s Day, case lot sales, Cinco de Mayo take center stage for commissary savings in May

FORT LEE, Va., 2017-Apr-21 — /EPR Retail News/ — Whether it’s for case lot sales, Cinco de Mayo, Mother’s Day, Memorial Day or more, commissaries will be offering special savings throughout May for Military Appreciation Month.

“We want to thank our military members and their families for their service,” said Tracie Russ, director of sales for the Defense Commissary Agency. “One way for us to do this at your local commissary is to offer the ever-popular Customer Appreciation Case Lot Sale – it’s bulk shopping with significant savings.”

The dates and locations for the case lot events are now available online on the Case Lot Sales page. Each stateside store hosts an individual two- or three-day case lot sale. Commissaries in Alaska, Hawaii and Puerto Rico are also participating. Stores in Europe and the Pacific, while not officially participating, may have substitute events such as sidewalk sales.

DeCA’s industry partners – vendors, suppliers and brokers – are collaborating with commissaries in May to offer discounts beyond everyday savings. Overseas stores may have substitute events for certain promotional programs.

Customers are asked to check their local commissary for details on dates and times for the following promotions:

  • Case lot sales. Throughout May, DeCA will host its weekend Customer Appreciation Case Lot Sale event at all stateside commissaries. Located in the commissary parking lot, patrons will find deep discounts on club packs and cases of their favorite grocery products: bottled water, cereal, canned vegetables, paper products and more.
  • So many tacos, so little time. For Cinco de Mayo, worldwide from April 24 to May 7, Old El Paso will offer savings on items from tortilla cups to grilled steak fajitas with all the fresh fixings.
  • “A Round of Ap-Paws”free pet food for a year. From May 1 to 31, J.M. Smuckers is offering a worldwide promotion where commissary patrons who buy any two participating pet products with their Commissary Rewards Card will be automatically entered for a chance to win a one-year supply of pet food and treats – a value of $1,500. Ten runner-up winners will get a three-month supply. Participating brands are Meow Mix, 9Lives, Milk-Bone, Nature’s Recipe, Kibble ‘n Bits, Gravy Train and Milo’s Kitchen.
  • Summer grilling savings. Beginning May 1 and continuing through June 30, stateside commissaries (to include Alaska and Hawaii) will offer a Memorial Day Weekend Grilling Coupon Booklet worth over $13. The themed coupon booklet will allow commissary patrons to receive discounts when purchasing fresh, store-processed beef or fresh pork with their weekend holiday essentials. The booklet is hosted by Kraft Heinz, Pepperidge Farms, Chinet, Kellogg’s, Johnsonville and Bimbo Bakeries. Limited quantities are available.
  • Supporting military families. From May 1 to July 4, Eckrich, sponsor of Operation Homefront, will donate 5 cents for every purchase of specially marked packages of Eckrich Rope Smoked Sausage – up to $500,000 – to help support military families.  Look in commissaries worldwide for military store coupons offering “Buy One, Get One Free.”
  • “Celebrating Our Heroes” sale. From May 8 to June 4, Acosta Military will donate portions of the proceeds from this promotion to support the Fisher House Foundation. In support of this promotion, 300,000 full-color coupon flyers will be distributed in commissaries worldwide. A Fisher House is “a home away from home” for families of patients receiving medical care at major military and VA medical centers. The homes are normally located within walking distance of the treatment facility or have transportation available.
  • “Outnumber Hunger” is a worldwide partnership event between Feeding America®, Big Machine Label Group and General Mills dedicated to the fight against hunger. From May 8 to 21, patrons who purchase specially marked General Mills items can support this cause by entering a code listed on the package. Each code allows General Mills to direct five meals to a local food bank.
  • Mother’s Day chocolates. From May 8 to 21, Russell Stover and Whitman’s will offer specially designed chocolate boxes worldwide with “Mom-specific” graphics on them. The Whitman’s 12 oz. sampler will feature nostalgic images to commemorate the brand’s 175th anniversary. Russell Stover is also partnering with the USO by donating $100,000 from this promotion along with  an additional $300,000 in Whitman’s products that will be distributed to military families.
  • National Pet Month! From May 8 to 21, Nestle Purina is promoting a three-fold sales event offering a sweepstakes for a trip for four to the San Diego performance of the “Purina Incredible Dog Show” aboard the USS Midway Museum ship. This is an all-inclusive trip with airline, hotel and tickets to the show; see store displays for details. During the promotion period, patrons will be able to save 25 percent off the purchase of their ProPLAN products. Nestle Purina will also be donating 1 pound of pet food for every bag of ProPLAN sold.
  • Memorial Day Summer Grilling Contest! Kraft Heinz Company is offering patrons a chance to win a $500 commissary gift card – 19 prizes total. This online sweepstakes will run from May 1 to June 4. Look for in-store mass displays for details.

“During May, our patrons will see fantastic mass displays throughout the store as well as ‘end of the aisle’ promotions celebrating Cinco de Mayo, Mothers’ Day, Military Appreciation Month and Memorial Day,” Russ said. “We don’t want them to miss all of these special sales events. They deserve it!”

Patrons can also access the DeCA website for the following features: 1) the Commissary Rewards Card, which allows patrons to redeem coupons electronically at the commissary checkout. Patrons can pick up a card at their local commissary and register it here, where they can log into their account to load coupons on the card before they shop; and 2) DeCA’s new Nutritional Guide Program, which covers the color-coded shelf labels that point out items with key nutrient attributes such as low sodium, whole grain, no sugar added, low fat, good source of fiber and organic.

About DeCA: The Defense Commissary Agency operates a worldwide chain of commissaries providing groceries to military personnel, retirees and their families in a safe and secure shopping environment. Commissaries provide a military benefit and make no profit on the sale of merchandise. Authorized patrons save thousands of dollars annually on their purchases compared to commercial prices when shopping regularly at a commissary. The discounted prices include a 5-percent surcharge, which covers the costs of building new commissaries and modernizing existing ones. A core military family support element, and a valued part of military pay and benefits, commissaries contribute to family readiness, enhance the quality of life for America’s military and their families, and help recruit and retain the best and brightest men and women to serve their country.

SOURCE: DeCA

Media Contact:
Kevin L. Robinson
(804) 734-8000, Ext. 4-8773
kevin.robinson@deca.mil

Commissaries celebrates the Month of the Military Child with giveaways and savings this April

FORT LEE, Va., 2017-Mar-29 — /EPR Retail News/ — Commissaries are observing April, the Month of the Military Child, with giveaways and savings for the entire family.

“At the Defense Commissary Agency, we do all we can to provide our military children and their families with significant savings on groceries and household items,” said Tracie Russ, DeCA’s sales director. “With events such as ProCamps and our ‘5-2-1-0’ nutritional message, we recognize the unique challenges our youth experience because of the demands of military life.”

DeCA’s industry partners – vendors, suppliers and brokers – are collaborating with commissaries in April to offer discounts beyond everyday savings. Overseas stores may have substitute events for certain promotional programs. Also, shoppers can find even more deals on this website, along with the commissary sales flyer, which features discounted items and healthy recipe ideas.

Patrons can also access this website for the following features: 1) the Commissary Rewards Card, which allows patrons to redeem coupons electronically at the commissary checkout. Patrons can pick up a card at their local commissary and register it, where they can log into their account to load coupons on the card before they shop; and 2) DeCA’s new Nutrition Guide Program, where patrons can learn more about the color-coded shelf labels that point out items with key nutrient attributes such as low sodium, whole grain, no sugar added, low fat, good source of fiber and organic.

Customers are asked to check their local commissary for details on dates and times for the following promotions:

  • Commissaries worldwide will use the Month of the Military Child to educate shoppers to encourage their children about healthier lifestyles. The “5-2-1-0” message remains the call to action: Eat five fruits and vegetables every day; limit recreational screen time to two hours or less daily; get one hour or more of physical activity every day and avoid all drinks with sugar. Your local commissary may have commissary tours highlighting the nutritional value of fresh fruits and vegetables along with recipes, food sampling and giveaways. Check with your local commissary to find out when your child’s event takes place.
  • Many camps, 30-day dash, three ways to win! Through April 15, almost 100 commissaries worldwide will have a chance to win a football ProCamps for their installation. Winning stateside installations will host a free, two-day football camp for military children, both boys and girls, in first through eighth grade. At these camps, participants will learn from and play with some of their favorite NFL players like Alejandro Villanueva (Pittsburgh Steelers), Andre Roberts (Atlanta Falcons), Jonathan Stewart (Carolina Panthers), Steve Smith, Sr. (formerly of the Baltimore Ravens), Graham Gano (Carolina Panthers), LeGarrette Blount (New England Patriots), among many others. Installation consideration to qualify for a camp is based on their commissary sales of select items such as Tide, Pampers, Bounty, Charmin, Head & Shoulders, Pantene, Crest and Gillette. Customers can vote for their installation at Start Strong, Stay Strong or text their base name to 1-855-980-1999. Standard messaging and data rates apply. Not all carriers support this service.
  • Kraft Heinz Company is offering shoppers a chance to win an all-expense paid trip to the NHL Award Ceremony in June 2017 held in Las Vegas, Nevada. In-store displays will announce the NHL “online” sweepstakes as well as offer great recipes. There will also be coupons available for $5 off 5 items on brands such as Oscar Mayer, Kraft, Velveeta and Planters from April 1-23 at all stores.
  • Keebler’s Annual Hollow Tree promotion features savings on discounted Keebler products April 10-23 at all stores. Customers can get a coupon for free milk with the purchase of four packages of Keebler cookies or Keebler Rite Bite packages. Free cookies and milk samples will be offered at most stores. Look for Ernie and the Keebler elves on Keebler snacks displays.
  • Kashi Plus Fresh Pears! Kashi is offering coupon flyers worldwide so can buy two Kashi products and save $2 on fresh pears. Also, recipes will be available and in-store demos will highlight the nutritional value of Kashi and pears.
  • Overseas Service Corporation and their partners present the “Fisher House Theme Event,” a stateside-only sale to raise awareness and money for The Fisher House Organization. The Fisher House is a “home away from home” for families of patients receiving medical care at major military and Veterans Affairs medical centers. Look for special prices and coupons supported by a coupon flyer and mass displays in all stateside stores from participating manufacturers.
  • The Clorox Company and Bush’s Best are teaming up with Kimberly Clark to host the 10th annual “Race for Savings” NASCAR-themed in-store sales event from April 10-23 stateside only. Patrons at participating stores can enter to win a NASCAR Memorial Day Race Package in Charlotte, North Carolina. Two grand prize race packages will be given away nationally. Each prize package includes airfare for two, hotel, race tickets for the Nextel Cup race as well as a $300 VISA cash card for meals and incidentals. Check out special NASCAR/JTG Daugherty Racing displays in the commissaries for details on how to enter.

“As we honor our military children, don’t miss out on these opportunities to save even more,” Russ said. “For everyone in the family, the commissary is always worth the trip.”

To see a video about ProCamps, visit this YouTube page. To see photos related to ProCamps, visit our Flickr page.

About DeCA: The Defense Commissary Agency operates a worldwide chain of commissaries providing groceries to military personnel, retirees and their families in a safe and secure shopping environment. Commissaries provide a military benefit and make no profit on the sale of merchandise. Authorized patrons save thousands of dollars annually on their purchases compared to commercial prices when shopping regularly at a commissary. The discounted prices include a 5-percent surcharge, which covers the costs of building new commissaries and modernizing existing ones. A core military family support element, and a valued part of military pay and benefits, commissaries contribute to family readiness, enhance the quality of life for America’s military and their families, and help recruit and retain the best and brightest men and women to serve their country.

Media Contact:
Kevin L. Robinson
(804) 734-8000, Ext. 4-8773
kevin.robinson@deca.mil

SOURCE: Defense Commissary Agency (DeCA)

Defense Commissary Agency supports “Military Saves Week” Feb. 27 – March 4

FORT LEE, Va., 2017-Feb-24 — /EPR Retail News/ — Commissary shoppers tend to be savvy shoppers – they know the best grocery deals in town are found on their commissary store’s shelves. That’s been true for almost 150 years, since commissaries began offering groceries to all service members in July of 1867.

Today (Feb. 16, 2017), the Defense Commissary Agency is tasked with safeguarding that tradition of savings for the military – active duty, guard and reserve, military retirees, and their families. It’s no surprise then that DeCA supports “Military Saves Week,” held this year Feb. 27 – March 4.

Military Saves is one part of the nonprofit America Saves, and a partner in the Department of Defense’s Financial Readiness Campaign. According to their website, the organization “seeks to motivate, support, and encourage military families to save money, reduce debt and build wealth.”

The organization’s website offers financial planning tools, encouragement and advice for both military consumers and their DOD civilian counterparts. The site offers advice on everything from basic financial planning, to taxes, avoiding scams, and even investment tips.

The commissary benefit is fundamental to many service members’ budgetary planning. Best in town everyday savings throughout the store means not having to make multiple stops to ensure you’re saving all you can. And by adding the Commissary Rewards Card digital coupon program to their savings strategy, commissary shoppers stretch their grocery dollars even further.

Patrons use a mobile device app to select and “save” coupons to the card, redeeming them automatically at the register. The app is available for both Android and Apple devices and also offers store location information for patrons, as well as highlighting promotions and contests tied to the Rewards Cards. Authorized shoppers who prefer to load coupons to their cards from a computer can go to the Rewards Card page where they can also find program information and register their cards.

“The Commissary Rewards Card goes that extra step and saves patrons even more on top of their commissary benefit,” said Marye Dobson, manager of DeCA’s Commissary Rewards Card program. “We work with our industry partners to provide our patrons with the type of digital coupons they want most.

Here are just a few of the ways shopping at commissaries helps balance your budget:

  • Commissaries provide a one-stop-shopping experience, with pricing that is consistently best-in-town, across their entire line of goods.
  • Commissaries offer better-for-you food choices, at easy on your budget prices, including organics and a growing number of specialty items, such as gluten-free alternatives, low sodium, sugar-free and reduced-calorie products.
  • Commissaries strongly support use of coupons for additional savings, and the Commissary Rewards Card banks electronic coupons for automatic savings at checkout. Rewards Card users are now approaching 1.5 million, who’ve saved an additional $11.5 million on their grocery bills.

Military Saves is a great source for financial planning tools, ideas and encouragement, not only during Military Saves Week, but year-round,” said Tracie Russ, DeCA’s director of sales. “Military members and their families can follow them on Facebook, Twitter, through their website and their newsletter. And be sure to take advantage of your commissary benefit when planning your budget. As we like to say, ‘it’s worth the trip!'”

About DeCA: The Defense Commissary Agency operates a worldwide chain of commissaries providing groceries to military personnel, retirees and their families in a safe and secure shopping environment. Commissaries provide a military benefit and make no profit on the sale of merchandise. Authorized patrons purchase items at cost plus a 5-percent surcharge, which covers the costs of building new commissaries and modernizing existing ones. By shopping regularly in the commissary, patrons save thousands of dollars annually. A core military family support element, and a valued part of military pay and benefits, commissaries contribute to family readiness, enhance the quality of life for America’s military and their families, and help recruit and retain the best and brightest men and women to serve their country.

Media Contact:
Kevin L. Robinson
(804) 734-8000, Ext. 4-8773
kevin.robinson@deca.mil

Source: Defense Commissary Agency

Commissary Agency kicks off 150th anniversary celebration

FORT LEE, 2017-Feb-17 — /EPR Retail News/ — Patrons can expect to see special promotions, contests and a lot of birthday flair as the Defense Commissary Agency and its industry partners kick off the 150th anniversary celebration of the modern commissary benefit.

“From now through the actual July 1 anniversary date, commissaries worldwide will highlight the long history of the commissary benefit and the great savings and value the benefit has brought to our military community since 1867,” said Tracie Russ, DeCA’s sales director.

DeCA is beginning the observance in February with kick-off banners placed at all stores worldwide. Over the next five months, other scheduled anniversary events and activities include the following:

  • Limited edition, specially labeled products using nostalgic commissary photos and the 150th gold logo
  • Celebrity endorsements at commissaries with in-store radio
  • Beginning in March and ending July 31, commissaries will use their “Wall of Value” locations for the “150 Years of Value and Savings!,” directing shoppers to discounted promotional savings on products.
  • Other events will be tied to the month of May for Military Appreciation Month and the worldwide Healthy Lifestyle Festivals in June. Patrons are encouraged to check their local store for details of specific anniversary events such as cake-cutting ceremonies.

The 150th anniversary observance ties back to the official beginning of the modern commissary benefit on July 1, 1867. It was on that date, two years following the Civil War, that enlisted men received the same privileges available to officers since 1825 – the right to purchase goods, “at cost price,” from their post’s subsistence department warehouses. These sales could take place at any post in the United States or its territories, wherever the local commander deemed them necessary, regardless of location.

As years passed, retirees, spouses and families also became eligible shoppers. The commissaries mirrored changes and progress in the civilian retail grocery industry, from self-service to product proliferation. As the nation sent its armed forces overseas, commissaries followed: Cuba, the Philippines, China, and Panama all had U.S. military commissaries before 1905.

Surcharges came and went. During the World Wars, commissaries spread all over the globe, from Europe and the Middle East to the Far East and even South America.

The Navy and Marine Corps opened their first commissaries in 1909-1910, and when the Air Force came into being in 1947, it inherited commissaries at Army Air Force bases and airfields.

For many years, the posts and bases had plenty of leeway in running their stores. After World War II, the services began taking firmer control of their commissaries, professionalizing the staffs and creating career paths for military and civilian employees alike. By the 1980s, the four major services each had their own commissary system. DeCA was begun in 1991 to create cost savings and store uniformity, bringing together all the stores of the four services.

“At DeCA we want to celebrate our military members and their families for all they do to serve this nation,” Russ said. “We may be throwing the party, but the celebration belongs to our patrons.”

About DeCA: The Defense Commissary Agency operates a worldwide chain of commissaries providing groceries to military personnel, retirees and their families in a safe and secure shopping environment. Commissaries provide a military benefit and make no profit on the sale of merchandise. Authorized patrons purchase items at cost plus a 5-percent surcharge, which covers the costs of building new commissaries and modernizing existing ones. By shopping regularly in the commissary, patrons save thousands of dollars annually. A core military family support element, and a valued part of military pay and benefits, commissaries contribute to family readiness, enhance the quality of life for America’s military and their families, and help recruit and retain the best and brightest men and women to serve their country.

Media Contact:
Kevin L. Robinson
(804) 734-8000, Ext. 4-8773
kevin.robinson@deca.mil

Source:  The Defense Commissary Agency

Commissaries offer great promotions to save on holiday groceries

FORT LEE, Va., 2016-Nov-23 — /EPR Retail News/ — Special in-store promotions and your Rewards Card make the commissary the place to go to save on holiday groceries, according to the Defense Commissary Agency’s director of sales.

“Our commissaries are full of great promotions for the holidays,” said Tracie Russ, DeCA sales director. “Customers will be able to save quite a bit of money for their holiday entertainment and meal needs, thanks to our industry partners.”

Throughout the holiday season stateside commissaries will feature Deals of the Week, while overseas commissaries may have substitute events for certain promotional programs. Customers should check with their local commissary for details on dates and times for their promotions.

Although Thanksgiving has come and gone, one of the commissary’s largest worldwide promotions, the Free Turkey Coupon Booklet, continues through Dec. 31 allowing patrons to save on their holiday turkey dinners.

Through the Turkey Coupon Booklet promotion, the following industry partners have combined their efforts to help patrons earn a free fresh or frozen whole turkey when they buy items for their holiday meal: Kraft Heinz Company, Kellogg’s, General Mills, P&G, Heinz, Nabisco, Hefty/Reynolds Wrap, Fresh Express, Johnsonville, Ocean Spray, Pepperidge Farms, Chinet, Quaker, Del Monte, College Inn, Persil, French’s, Entemann’s, Nexium, Kimberly-Clark and Frito Lay. This coupon booklet also includes preparation tips and holiday recipes.

Commissary patrons will see another holiday promotion, “Celebrate the Holidays with General Mills – Time to cook and bake!,” supported by store displays throughout December highlighting deeply discounted items with high value, in-store coupons.

And patrons with a Commissary Rewards Card will have a special deal: With any purchase of four Campbell’s Chunky soup or chili can items, they can enter for a chance to win a $100 NFL Gift Card when they use their rewards card. This worldwide promotion runs through Jan. 3. Patrons also can receive a chance to win one of seven Apple iPad Pro 9.7 inch up for grabs when you use their rewards card now through Dec. 9. Simply purchase any two qualifying items from Folgers, Smucker’s or JIF to automatically be entered to win.

“The Defense Commissary Agency wishes you and your family, here and abroad, a very happy, healthy, and safe holiday season,” Russ said. “Your commissary is worth the trip for all your holiday needs!”

About DeCA: The Defense Commissary Agency operates a worldwide chain of commissaries providing groceries to military personnel, retirees and their families in a safe and secure shopping environment. Commissaries provide a military benefit and make no profit on the sale of merchandise. Authorized patrons purchase items at cost plus a 5-percent surcharge, which covers the costs of building new commissaries and modernizing existing ones. By shopping regularly in the commissary, patrons save thousands of dollars annually. A core military family support element, and a valued part of military pay and benefits, commissaries contribute to family readiness, enhance the quality of life for America’s military and their families, and help recruit and retain the best and brightest men and women to serve their country.

Media Contact:
Kevin L. Robinson
(804) 734-8000, Ext. 4-8773
kevin.robinson@deca.mil

Source: Defense Commissary Agency

Commissaries recognize all military this November with special promotions and annual free turkey event worldwide

FORT LEE, Va., 2016-Nov-04 — /EPR Retail News/ — Commissaries worldwide are featuring special promotions in November including high-value coupon booklets for free frozen turkeys that help recognize the sacrifices of military service.

“Our military families face hardships each and every day, whether it is another deployment separating families, trying to make ends meet on a tight budget, or being stationed overseas far away from home,” said Tracie Russ, the Defense Commissary Agency’s sales director.

“This November we recognize all our military – active duty, Guard and Reserve and retirees – and their family members. And to all the war veterans who have fought for our freedom and the right to live in a free democracy in America,” she added. “The commissaries will be showing their thanks through military veterans’ commemoration ceremonies, Veterans Day holiday weekend sales and our seasonal promotions throughout November.”

One of the month’s biggest promotions is the annual free turkey event worldwide included in high-value coupon booklets. The free turkey promotion coincides with special discounted fresh turkeys available in all stores. Patrons are reminded to check out the sales flyer or get a copy at the store entrance.

Throughout November, the commissary’s industry partners – vendors, suppliers and brokers – are collaborating with stores to offer discounts beyond everyday savings. Overseas stores may have substitute events for certain promotional programs. Customers are asked to check their local commissary for details on dates and times for the following promotions:

  • “Your Turkey Could Be Free” coupon booklet! This worldwide promotion revolves around a 24-page recipe booklet with coupons valued at more than $59. The coupons provide commissary shoppers with significant savings or free turkeys when purchasing their holiday meal essentials. Vendors include Kraft Foods, Kellogg’s, Campbell’s, Pepperidge Farms, Frito Lay, Chinet, General Mills, Hefty/Reynolds Wrap, Fresh Express, Nabisco, Quaker, Del Monte, College Inn, Persil, French’s, Entenmann’s, Nexium, Kimberly-Clark, Ocean Spray, P&G, Heinz and Johnsonville. Look for these recipe/coupon booklets in your local commissary beginning Nov. 1, with coupons good through Dec. 31.
  • Fresh turkeys at low prices will be available at stateside commissaries beginning Nov. 19, while supplies last. Check out the sales flyer for details.
  • “Celebrate the Holidays” with General Mills. This holiday cooking and baking event will be supported with high value in-store coupons.
  • NFL Gift Card. With any purchase of four Campbell’s Chunky soup or chili can items, patrons can enter for a chance to win a $100 NFL Gift Card when they use their Commissary Rewards Card. Promotion open worldwide from Nov. 1 to Jan. 3, 2017.
  • Army-Navy football tickets. From Nov. 1-15, Nabisco will be offering a chance to win one of 20 pairs of tickets to the Army-Navy Game when patrons use their Commissary Rewards Card. The game is being played at the M&T Bank Stadium in Baltimore, Maryland, Dec. 10. Travel and hotel expenses will not be covered for the winners.

“Don’t forget to check out our sales flyer. There you will find special Deals of the Week listed on page two. Also you will find more promotional items to meet all your holiday needs,” Russ said. “Be sure to stock up now!”

About DeCA: The Defense Commissary Agency operates a worldwide chain of commissaries providing groceries to military personnel, retirees and their families in a safe and secure shopping environment. Commissaries provide a military benefit and make no profit on the sale of merchandise. Authorized patrons purchase items at cost plus a 5-percent surcharge, which covers the costs of building new commissaries and modernizing existing ones. By shopping regularly in the commissary, patrons save thousands of dollars annually. A core military family support element, and a valued part of military pay and benefits, commissaries contribute to family readiness, enhance the quality of life for America’s military and their families, and help recruit and retain the best and brightest men and women to serve their country.

Media Contact:
Kevin L. Robinson
(804) 734-8000, Ext. 4-8773
kevin.robinson@deca.mil

Source: The Defense Commissary Agency

Commissary in partnership with Military OneSource offers free reusable shopping bags to shoppers

FORT LEE, Va., 2016-Oct-18 — /EPR Retail News/ — Commissary shoppers can get free reusable shopping bags imprinted with important contact information about services available to them thanks to a partnership with Military OneSource. Beginning Oct. 28, commissary patrons worldwide will receive the free shopping bags, distributed one-per-customer while supplies last. Military OneSource distributed 4,800 cases of bags to the Defense Commissary Agency.

The bags are one way the program reaches out where the military community lives, works, plays and shops. Serving over 7 million patrons per month worldwide, the commissary is a great resource to get the bags in the hands of military members and their families.

Military OneSource is a program funded by the Defense Department that provides free confidential help, tools and information to active duty, National Guard and reserve service members, their immediate family members and survivors anytime. DeCA, along with Military OneSource and National Industries for the Blind, which is providing the bags, is honored to take part in such an important endeavor.

“Military OneSource is a valued resource for our military community,” said Tracie Russ, DeCA’s director of sales. “Increasing the awareness of this resource through the distribution of bags will serve to remind seasoned military members that support is just a phone call away and perhaps, introduce the support program to new military members.”

Note: For photos on DeCA’s Flickr page, go to: https://www.flickr.com/photos/commissary/sets/72157675155342745.

About DeCA: The Defense Commissary Agency operates a worldwide chain of commissaries providing groceries to military personnel, retirees and their families in a safe and secure shopping environment. Commissaries provide a military benefit and make no profit on the sale of merchandise. Authorized patrons purchase items at cost plus a 5-percent surcharge, which covers the costs of building new commissaries and modernizing existing ones. By shopping regularly in the commissary, patrons save thousands of dollars annually. A core military family support element, and a valued part of military pay and benefits, commissaries contribute to family readiness, enhance the quality of life for America’s military and their families, and help recruit and retain the best and brightest men and women to serve their country.

Media Contact:
Kevin L. Robinson
(804) 734-8000, Ext. 4-8773
kevin.robinson@deca.mil

Source: Commissary

The Defense Commissary Agency to host the military resale partnership event, Your Healthy Lifestyle Festival on July 1-31

FORT LEE, Va., 2016-Jun-13 — /EPR Retail News/ — The Defense Commissary Agency will host the military resale partnership event, Your Healthy Lifestyle Festival, July 1-31 at commissaries worldwide.

This annual event will feature discounted prices on produce at commissary farmers markets, savings on workout equipment and apparel at exchanges, health screenings at local clinics, and fitness events hosted by the post morale, welfare and recreation activities.

With the theme “Live Healthy and Save Big!,” the festival combines savings while supporting the military community’s health and wellness goals, said DeCA Sales Director Tracie Russ.

“We heartily support DOD’s many initiatives to improve the health and wellness of service members and their families. Supporting this fest is a great way to continue that tradition,” Russ said. “Together, the military resale community helps reinforce the installation as the No. 1 destination for partnership events.

The festival combines commissary farmers markets, exchange sidewalk sales, MWR fitness events, demos, music, free nutritious food samples, prize giveaways, discount coupon offers, health and wellness information and children’s programs. “Our patrons benefit most through the collaborative efforts of commissaries, exchanges, MWR services and our industry partners,” Russ said.

For DeCA, the Lifestyle Festival also gives more visibility to the commissaries’ worldwide farmers market program, an event that has offered plenty of tasty fruits and vegetables for the past three years, Russ said.

“Our patrons are in for a treat when it comes to the quality produce offered at our farmers markets,” Russ said. “Thanks to the creativity of our store personnel and industry partners who inject plenty of imagination and excitement into our farmers markets, combined with the exchange sales and the MWR fitness events, this festival will be a must-attend for our military customers.”

Although the bulk of the sales are in July and early August, a few locations will be held in June to avoid calendar conflicts: Marine Corps Base Camp Pendleton, California (June 18-19); Chievres Air Base, Belgium (June 12-14); Dugway Proving Ground, Utah (June 26); Izmir Air Station, Turkey (June 27-29); Los Angeles Air Force Base (June 13-15); Naval Station Mayport, Florida (June 13-15); Naval Base Pearl Harbor Commissary, Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam, Hawaii (June 26-29); Naval Shipyard Portsmouth, Maine (June 26-28); and Marine Corps Air Ground Combat Center Twentynine Palms, California (June 12).

An overall schedule listing installations and dates can be found on Your Healthy Lifestyle Festival page.

Commissary patrons should also check the individual store Web pages for more information on farmers market dates and other scheduled events. Customers who live near multiple commissaries are encouraged to use the DeCA website to frequent all sales in their area.

Customers are also advised to contact their local installation media for specific festival event schedules.

Note: For an infographic and a photo related to the Your Healthy Lifestyle Festival, go to DeCA’s Flickr page.

About DeCA: The Defense Commissary Agency operates a worldwide chain of commissaries providing groceries to military personnel, retirees and their families in a safe and secure shopping environment. Authorized patrons purchase items at cost plus a 5-percent surcharge, which covers the costs of building new commissaries and modernizing existing ones. Shoppers save an average of more than 30 percent on their purchases compared to commercial prices – savings amounting to thousands of dollars annually. A core military family support element, and a valued part of military pay and benefits, commissaries contribute to family readiness, enhance the quality of life for America’s military and their families, and help recruit and retain the best and brightest men and women to serve their country.

Media Contact:
Kevin L. Robinson
(804) 734-8000, Ext. 4-8773
kevin.robinson@deca.mil

Commissaries to offer special savings in May

FORT LEE, Va. ,2016-Apr-27 — /EPR Retail News/ — Commissaries are offering special savings in May with case lot events and promotions celebrating Cinco de Mayo, Mother’s Day, Military Appreciation Month, Memorial Day and more.

“We can’t thank our service members and military family members enough for all they do to preserve our rights to freedom and maintaining the security of our nation,” said Tracie Russ, director of sales for the Defense Commissary Agency. “We encourage them to take advantage of all the special sales events we’re offering this month. They have earned it!”

As shoppers prepare to hit their commissary for discounted items, they can also check out www.commissaries.com for Rewards Card coupons, the commissary’s sales flyer and a list of Value Brand items designed to offer savings lower than or equal to commercial stores’ private label products. Also, the Exclusive Savings link, http://www.commissaries.com/partners.cfm, has more coupons, specials, promotions, sales and healthy recipes.

DeCA’s industry partners – vendors, suppliers and brokers – are collaborating with commissaries in May to offer discounts beyond everyday savings.

Overseas stores may have substitute events for certain promotional programs. Customers are asked to check their local commissary for details on dates and times for the following promotions:

    • Customer Appreciation Case Lot Sale. Stateside commissary patrons can save up to 50 percent on products sold in case formats similar to commercial club stores. Dates and locations are now available online at https://www.commissaries.com/case_lot_sale.cfm. This year the case lot sale is expanded into June. Commissaries in Alaska, Hawaii and Puerto Rico are also participating. Commissaries in Europe and the Pacific, while not officially participating, may have substitute events such as sidewalk sales.
    • So many tacos, so little time. Old El Paso offers savings worldwide from April 25 to May 8 on products from tortilla cups to grilled steak fajitas.
    • Summer grilling savings. Beginning May 1, stateside commissaries (to include Alaska and Hawaii) will offer a Memorial Day weekend grilling coupon booklet worth over $17. The coupons, effective May 1 – June 30, offer commissary patrons extra savings on their weekend holiday essentials when purchasing fresh, store-processed beef and fresh pork. The booklet is sponsored by Kraft, Heinz, Kellogg’s, Frito Lay, Johnsonville and Rice-A-Roni/Pasta Roni. Limited quantities will be available.
    • “Celebrating Our Heroes.” Acosta Military will donate to the Fisher House a portion of the proceeds from the sale of participating brands from May 9 to June 5. Coupon flyers in commissaries worldwide will describe the program. A Fisher House offers temporary, free lodging for families of patients receiving medical care at major military and VA medical centers. The homes are normally located within walking distance of the treatment facility or have transportation available.
    • “Honoring Our Heroes.” Gatorade is honoring military members during this worldwide contest from May 1 to Aug. 28.Here’s how: Commissary patrons can go to www.gatorademilitary.com and explain in 200 words who they feel deserves to win this contest. Potential honorees can include active and veteran military patrons, spouses, their families, friends, neighbors or organizations that benefit the military community. There are eight grand prize levels featuring cash and Commissary Gift Cards. Each participant who submits an essay online will get a free Gatorade product commissary coupon as a special thank you. In addition, all winners will be recognized at their commissary and on www.gatorademilitary.com. Check out displays in commissaries for more details.
    • The Summer S’mores event is hosted from May through September by Hershey’s Milk Chocolate, Honey Maid Grahams and Kraft Jet-Puffed Marshmallows. Military-specific instant redeemable coupons and in-store displays will be available.
    • Dr Pepper and Mott’s participating brands are sponsoring a special“Summer Grilling Giveaway” promotion worldwide from May 9 to 22. Commissary patrons can enter to win a Weber Kettle charcoal grill. Dr Pepper and Mott’s displays will have contest entry forms and product discounts.
    • “Outnumber Hunger” is a partnership event between Feeding America®, Big Machine Label Group and General Mills dedicated to the fight against hunger. From May 9 to 22, commissary patrons can participate by entering a code listed on specially marked packages of General Mills items. For each code entered General Mills will direct five meals to a local food bank. See General Mills displays in your store for more information.
    • Race with Royalty Sweepstakes! From April 24 to June 18, Smithfield is promoting a sweepstakes awarding a grand prize of two tickets to the NASCAR race of the winner’s choice, transportation costs, VIP experience at track (driver meet and greet; garage tours) and 15 secondary prize winners ($50 Commissary Gift Cards). Look for displays in select stateside stores featuring Smithfield franks, bologna, bacon and smoked sausage. Commissary patrons are automatically entered to win after purchasing three qualifying items and using their Commissary Rewards Card.

Note: For a video about May promotions, visit DeCA’s YouTube page at: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=i1Ay5i7lszM&feature=youtu.be.

About DeCA: The Defense Commissary Agency operates a worldwide chain of commissaries providing groceries to military personnel, retirees and their families in a safe and secure shopping environment. Authorized patrons purchase items at cost plus a 5-percent surcharge, which covers the costs of building new commissaries and modernizing existing ones. Shoppers save an average of more than 30 percent on their purchases compared to commercial prices – savings amounting to thousands of dollars annually. A core military family support element, and a valued part of military pay and benefits, commissaries contribute to family readiness, enhance the quality of life for America’s military and their families, and help recruit and retain the best and brightest men and women to serve their country.

Media Contact:
Kevin L. Robinson
(804) 734-8000, Ext. 4-8773
kevin.robinson@deca.mil

Source: Commissary

Defense Commissary Agency kicks off spring National Case Lot Sale events

FORT LEE, Va., 2016-Apr-09 — /EPR Retail News/ — Military members and their families in the U.S. wanting to load up on savings only need to venture as far as their local store during the Defense Commissary Agency’s spring National Case Lot Sale event.

“You cannot find a better deal than our case lot events to save up to 50 percent on some items,” said Tracie Russ, DeCA’s director of Sales. “Many of our savvy shoppers circle their calendars for these events – they never miss the chance to stock up.”

Each stateside store hosts an individual two- or three-day case lot sale. Sale dates begin in some locations as early as the first week in May and in others as late as the end of June. Patrons are encouraged to check the Case Lot Sales page for schedules. Commissaries in Alaska, Hawaii and Puerto Rico are also participating.

Commissaries in Europe and the Pacific, while not officially participating, may have substitute events such as sidewalk sales.

Case lot sales traditionally offer extraordinary discounts in case formats similar to commercial club stores. However, commissary case lot events also offer additional “mix and match” packages of similar items in bulk-size cases. These include grocery items such as barbecue sauces, canned tomatoes, beans, certain pasta meals, cereals, snacks, water, tea and juices.

Customers have a variety of options to choose from. Sale items include products in the following categories:

  • Fruit snacks, crackers, cereals, pastries, popcorn and potato chips
  • Water and flavored water, juices, juice mixes, sodas, sports drinks and milk
  • Frozen family meals
  • Pet supplies to include bagged and canned food, treats and cat litter
  • International foods such as Italian, Asian and Hispanic items
  • Cookies, brownies, pancakes and muffin mixes
  • Canned fruit and vegetables
  • Sandwich, storage and freezer bags; paper products and cleaning supplies such as bathroom tissue, fabric sheets and laundry detergent
  • Health and beauty care including diapers, wipes, soaps and body lotions

“Our case lot events are perfect for the shoppers who want to get the most of their commissary benefit through extra savings on bulk items,” Russ said. “It’s definitely worth the trip!”

Note: Photos related to this news release are on our Flickr page.

About DeCA: The Defense Commissary Agency operates a worldwide chain of commissaries providing groceries to military personnel, retirees and their families in a safe and secure shopping environment. Authorized patrons purchase items at cost plus a 5-percent surcharge, which covers the costs of building new commissaries and modernizing existing ones. Shoppers save an average of more than 30 percent on their purchases compared to commercial prices – savings amounting to thousands of dollars annually. A core military family support element, and a valued part of military pay and benefits, commissaries contribute to family readiness, enhance the quality of life for America’s military and their families, and help recruit and retain the best and brightest men and women to serve their country.

Media Contact:
Kevin L. Robinson
(804) 734-8000, Ext. 4-8773
kevin.robinson@deca.mil

 

 

This April Commissaries observe Month of the Military Child with savings, giveaways and nutritional tours

FORT LEE, Va., 2016-Mar-29 — /EPR Retail News/ — Savings, giveaways and nutritional tours for the entire family are on tap for April as commissaries worldwide observe Month of the Military Child.

“We know military family life is made better thanks to the commissary benefit, and we’re all about providing our customers with great values, especially for children during April,” said Tracie Russ, the Defense Commissary Agency’s sales director.

DeCA’s industry partners – vendors, suppliers and brokers – are collaborating with commissaries to offer discounts beyond everyday savings. Overseas stores may have substitute events for certain promotional programs. Customers are asked to check their local commissary for details on dates and times for the following promotions:

  • All commissaries take Month of the Military Child as a time to highlight healthy lifestyles. The “5-2-1-0” message is prominent: Eat five fruits and vegetables every day; limit recreational screen time to two hours or less daily; get one hour or more of physical activity every day and avoid all drinks with sugar. Check with your commissary to find out about possible tours highlighting the nutritional value of fresh fruits and vegetables and recipes.
  • Keebler’s 17th Annual Hollow Tree promotion features savings on discounted Keebler products March 28 – April 10 at all stores. There are also coupons for free milk with the purchase of four packages of Keebler cookies or Keebler Rite Bite packages.
  • Eleven camps, two ways to win. Now through April 10, nearly 100 commissaries have a chance to win a football ProCamp for their installation. Eleven winning stateside installations will host a free, two-day football camp for military children in kindergarten through eighth grade. Camp participants learn from and play with NFL players such as Andre Roberts (Washington Redskins), Cortez Allen (Pittsburgh Steelers), Larry Fitzgerald (Arizona Cardinals), Steve Smith (Baltimore Ravens) and Rob Gronkowski (New England Patriots). Installations qualify for a camp based on their commissary sales of select items such as Tide, Bounty, Charmin, Pantene, Crest and Gillette. Customers can also vote for their installation here.
  • Small Planet Foods is sponsoring “Live Green Together,” a stateside organic food event. From April 11-24, it features product sampling and great savings through coupons on Annie’s, Cascadian Farm, Muir Glen, Larabar and Food Should Taste Good items including ready-to-eat cereal, granola bars, salsa, pasta sauce, healthy snacks and frozen fruit.
  • Overseas Service Corporation and their partners present a stateside-only sale to heighten awareness of The Fisher House Foundation. A Fisher House is a “home away from home” for families of patients receiving medical care at major military and Veterans Affairs medical centers. Look for special product pricing, coupons and mass displays in all stateside stores. A percentage of the sale’s proceeds will go to support the Fisher House.

“The best way we recognize our military children is making sure the products and values of their commissary make it worth the trip,” Russ said.

Note: Photos related to this news release are on Flickr here and here.

About DeCA: The Defense Commissary Agency operates a worldwide chain of commissaries providing groceries to military personnel, retirees and their families in a safe and secure shopping environment. Authorized patrons purchase items at cost plus a 5-percent surcharge, which covers the costs of building new commissaries and modernizing existing ones. Shoppers save an average of more than 30 percent on their purchases compared to commercial prices – savings amounting to thousands of dollars annually. A core military family support element, and a valued part of military pay and benefits, commissaries contribute to family readiness, enhance the quality of life for America’s military and their families, and help recruit and retain the best and brightest men and women to serve their country.

Media Contact:
Kevin L. Robinson
(804) 734-8000, Ext. 4-8773
kevin.robinson@deca.mil

It’s frozen food month at commissaries

FORT LEE, Va., 2016-Mar-22 — /EPR Retail News/ — It’s no wonder commissaries are highlighting frozen foods during March, considering the variety, value and convenience of items from pizza, entrées and breakfast foods to lots of vegetables in between.

“Every March is frozen food month at commissaries, and while our stores go all out creating exciting frozen food section displays, customers win with great values,” said  sales director for the Defense Commissary Agency. “With other promotions throughout the store, including those with the annual college basketball championship tournament theme, March is a great time to shop your commissary.”

DeCA’s industry partners – vendors, suppliers and brokers – are collaborating with commissaries in March to offer discounts beyond everyday savings. Overseas stores may have substitute events for certain promotional programs. Customers are asked to check their local commissary for details on dates and times for the following promotions:

  • In keeping with frozen food month shoppers will find savings on international frozen food products by Jose Ole, Tai Pei, Ling Ling and other Ajinomoto Windsor brand foods. Also, Acosta is offering in-store coupons and price reductions in stores worldwide highlighted by their product displays from March 7 to 27.
  • ConAgra Foods will feature the “March Frozen Food Month Sale” from March 1 to 27 offering great price reductions, product demonstrations, and high value coupons from leading manufacturers. Look for their flyer in stores. Their website (conagracommissarydeal.com) has more information and features customer coupons.
  • Keebler’s annual Hollow Tree Cookies and Milk Promotion. Coupons will be available for free milk with the purchase of four Keebler cookies or Keebler Rite Bite packages. Cookie and milk product demonstrations will also be offered to all stores. Look for their creative mass tree display from March 28 to April 10. This promotion is available in the U.S. only.
  • Webco is featuring Ocean Spray’s “Chillin’ Dollar Day Sale” through March 5. Customers in stateside stores will also see mass displays and banners for another Ocean Spray promotion that runs March 1-15.
  • Sunkist soda and Mott’s participating brands are sponsoring their “Pop-A-Shot Giveaway Promotion” from March 1 to 5. Shoppers at participating commissaries worldwide can enter to win a Sunkist electronic “Pop-a-Shot” basketball game valued at $200.
  • ProCamp. Ten camps, 30-day dash, two ways to win! From March 28 through April 10, select commissaries worldwide will have a chance to win a ProCamp for their installation. Winning installations will host a free, two-day football camp for military children in kindergarten through eighth grade. At these camps, participants will learn from and play with some of their favorite NFL players like Andre Roberts (Washington Redskins), Larry Fitzgerald (Arizona Cardinals), and Steve Smith (Baltimore Ravens) among others. Installation consideration to qualify for a camp is based on their commissary’s sales of designated P&G and customer votes for their installation. Patrons will see mass displays in participating commissaries.
  • Unilever’s “Healthy Heroes” program runs March 1 to 5 featuring Hellmann’s Best, Lipton, Knorr, Breyers, Dove, Dove Men, AXE, Caress, Suave, St. Ives, Vaseline, Q-Tips, Tresemme, Clear and Nexxus products. Over 150,000 in-store coupon flyers and mass displays will be available in the stores. The coupons in these flyers are valued at about $7 and include more than $1 million in coupon offers, created exclusively for commissary shoppers. Unilever will also give away up to $70,000 in Commissary Gift Cards.
  • Kraft Foods is offering its Easter Essentials promotion from March 7 to 27 featuring 18 coupon offers across all Kraft brands. There will also be $50 Free Commissary Gift Card giveaways – six winners per store.
  • Through March 11, patrons worldwide who buy two packaged coffees from Folgers or Dunkin Donuts in one transaction and present their Commissary Rewards Card for scanning will be entered to win one of seven Apple iPad Air 2 devices. Full details available at here.
  • Through March 18, the J. M. Smucker Company is presenting its 11th “Serving Our Country’s Finest” event for February. A variety of Smucker fruit spreads, Hungry Jack breakfast items, Folgers coffee, Dunkin Donuts coffee and Jif peanut butter are participating in this in-store promotion. Smucker’s will donate $10,000 to Fisher House for the Scholarships for Military Children fund. Stores worldwide have details for in-store giveaways.

“Your commissary is chillin’ in March with super cool pricing in their frozen food section and slam dunk savings throughout the store for the annual college basketball tournament. Don’t miss these savings. It’s definitely worth the trip!” Russ said.

About DeCA: The Defense Commissary Agency operates a worldwide chain of commissaries providing groceries to military personnel, retirees and their families in a safe and secure shopping environment. Authorized patrons purchase items at cost plus a 5-percent surcharge, which covers the costs of building new commissaries and modernizing existing ones. Shoppers save an average of more than 30 percent on their purchases compared to commercial prices – savings amounting to thousands of dollars annually. A core military family support element, and a valued part of military pay and benefits, commissaries contribute to family readiness, enhance the quality of life for America’s military and their families, and help recruit and retain the best and brightest men and women to serve their country.

Media Contact:
Kevin L. Robinson
(804) 734-8000, Ext. 4-8773
kevin.robinson@deca.mil

DeCA director: commissary is the place to go to save on holiday groceries

FORT LEE, Va., 2015-11-23 — /EPR Retail News/ — The holidays are right around the corner and special in-store promotions make the commissary the place to go to save on holiday groceries, according to the Defense Commissary Agency’s director of sales.

“We have some great promotions lined up for the holiday season,” said Tracie Russ, DeCA sales director. “Thanks to our industry partners, our patrons will be able to save quite a bit of money for their holiday entertainment and meal needs.”

Patrons can find out more details on holiday promotions and other discounted items in their commissary by going to the Sales & Events page.

Throughout December, DeCA’s industry partners – vendors, suppliers and brokers – are collaborating with stateside stores to offer discounts on holiday specials beyond everyday savings. Overseas stores may have substitute events for certain promotional programs. Customers are asked to check their local commissary for details on dates and times for the following promotions:

  • Customers can use coupons from the 16-page turkey coupon booklet through Dec. 21 for their holiday turkey dinners. The coupons provide commissary shoppers with greater than normal savings or free turkeys when purchasing their holiday meal essentials using the coupons. Terms and conditions are on the coupons. The vendors include Kraft Heinz Company, Kellogg’s, General Mills, P&G, Nabisco, Ritz, Hefty/Reynolds Wrap, Fresh Express and Johnsonville & Frito Lay. This turkey coupon booklet also includes preparation tips and holiday recipes.
  • Throughout December, commissary deli departments stateside and in the Far East will be offering an additional 15 percent off on combination 16-inch party trays of various luncheon meats and cheeses, and holiday cookies.
  • From Dec. 1 through Jan. 15, Commissary Rewards Cards will be preloaded with coupon savings on several products. Terms and conditions apply. Participating items include $3 off on certain Unilever items, Country Crock Spread, Lipton Soup Secrets, Lipton Recipe Secrets, Knorr Bouillon, Knorr Soup, Knorr Pasta Sides or Rice Sides, Knorr Gourmet Gravy and Lipton Superfruits Teas. Patrons can also save $1 off Kaytee Wild Bird Food, until Dec. 4, and $.50 cents on any Melt Organic item through Dec. 15.

“We want our patrons to remember their commissary benefit for their holiday needs,” Russ said. “More importantly, the Defense Commissary Agency wishes you and your family, here and abroad, a very happy, healthy, and safe holiday season.”

About DeCA: The Defense Commissary Agency operates a worldwide chain of commissaries providing groceries to military personnel, retirees and their families in a safe and secure shopping environment. Authorized patrons purchase items at cost plus a 5-percent surcharge, which covers the costs of building new commissaries and modernizing existing ones. Shoppers save an average of more than 30 percent on their purchases compared to commercial prices – savings amounting to thousands of dollars annually. A core military family support element, and a valued part of military pay and benefits, commissaries contribute to family readiness, enhance the quality of life for America’s military and their families, and help recruit and retain the best and brightest men and women to serve their country.

Media Contact:
Kevin L. Robinson
(804) 734-8000, Ext. 4-8773
kevin.robinson@deca.mil

SOURCE: The Defense Commissary Agency

Commissaries worldwide feature a lineup of great promotions throughout November

FORT LEE, Va., 2015-10-26 — /EPR Retail News/ — Military appreciation and November go together like turkey and gravy as commissaries worldwide feature a lineup of great promotions throughout the month, including high-value coupon booklets for free frozen turkeys.

“November is National Military Family Appreciation Month and more at commissaries,” said Tracie Russ, the Defense Commissary Agency’s sales director. “We’re showing our thanks through commemoration ceremonies that honor our war veterans and also with great values for customers through Veterans Day holiday weekend sales, Black Friday weekend sales and seasonal promotions.

“This year we’re offering not only our annual free frozen turkey offer available worldwide via high-value coupon booklets, but also a fresh turkey special at prices sure to please in stateside commissaries,” she added.

Patrons can find out more details about turkeys and other discounted items in their commissary by accessing the sales flyer on the Sales & Events page.

Throughout November, DeCA’s industry partners – vendors, suppliers and brokers – are collaborating with stores to offer discounts beyond everyday savings. Overseas stores may have substitute events for certain promotional programs. Customers should check their local commissary for details on dates and times for the following promotions:

  • The Fifth Annual “Get Your Turkey Free – When You Buy Holiday Favorites!” This worldwide promotion features a 16-page recipe booklet with coupons valued at more than $38. The coupons provide commissary shoppers with greater than normal savings or free turkeys when purchasing their holiday meal essentials using the coupons. Terms and conditions are on the coupons. Vendors include Kraft Foods, Kellogg’s, Campbell’s, Pepperidge Farms, Frito Lay, General Mills, Hefty/Reynolds Wrap, Fresh Express, Nabisco, Proctor & Gamble, Heinz and Johnsonville. Look for these recipe/coupon booklets in your local commissary beginning Nov.1, with coupons good through Dec. 21.
  • On Nov. 17 stateside commissaries start featuring fresh turkeys at low prices. The sales flyer on theSales & Events page has details.
  • Black Friday Weekend Extravaganza Sale! Stateside commissaries will feature “rock-bottom” sale prices on “Black Friday”-tagged items Nov. 27-29. Participating brands include: AXE, Folgers, Russell Stover, Nestle, Twining Tea, Dove, Armour, Monster drinks, Suave, Scott, Good Sense, Nongshim Noodles, Lipton Tea, Country Crock, Eight O’ Clock Coffee, Glad, Yoo-Hoo drinks, Planters, Hawaiian Punch, Rittersport Chocolate, Purina and Hellman’s. Go to the Sales & Events page for a list of participating commissaries.
  • Celebrate the Holidays with General Mills and its “Santa Claus (and your entire family) is coming to town. Time to cook and bake!” promotion. This holiday event features high-value in-store coupons and online Commissary Rewards Card discounts.
  • Acosta and its participating brand products present the “Believe in Heroes!” promotion. Commissaries worldwide will receive 300,000 flyers featuring high-value coupons to support this cause promotion for the Wounded Warrior Project Foundation.

“The holidays are busy times and we assure customers that your commissary offers all the items you need for your holiday meals,” Russ said. “Now’s the time to stock up!”

About DeCA: The Defense Commissary Agency operates a worldwide chain of commissaries providing groceries to military personnel, retirees and their families in a safe and secure shopping environment. Authorized patrons purchase items at cost plus a 5-percent surcharge, which covers the costs of building new commissaries and modernizing existing ones. Shoppers save an average of more than 30 percent on their purchases compared to commercial prices – savings amounting to thousands of dollars annually. A core military family support element, and a valued part of military pay and benefits, commissaries contribute to family readiness, enhance the quality of life for America’s military and their families, and help recruit and retain the best and brightest men and women to serve their country.

Media Contact:
Kevin L. Robinson
(804) 734-8000, Ext. 4-8773
kevin.robinson@deca.mil

SOURCE: Defense Commissary Agency

DeCA sales director Tracie Russ: Store promotions, giveaways and more opportunities for discounts and savings during October

FORT LEE, Va., 2015-9-28 — /EPR Retail News/ — October represents the unofficial start of the holiday season for commissary customers who want to see store promotions, giveaways and more opportunities for discounts beyond their usual 30 percent or more savings, said the Defense Commissary Agency’s director of sales.

“Whether it is celebrating Oktoberfest with friends or saluting friends and families from afar with a big, plump, roasted turkey, your commissary wants you to know we are here for you with extra savings and great opportunities to enhance your commissary benefit,” said Tracie Russ, DeCA sales director.

Russ is also reminding commissary patrons to check out their stores’ fresh produce section for coupon bundles offering even more savings, especially for events such as National Apple Month. Throughout October, DeCA’s industry partners – vendors, suppliers and brokers – are collaborating with commissaries to offer discounts beyond everyday savings. Overseas stores may have substitute events for certain promotional programs. Customers are asked to check their local commissary for details on dates and times for the following promotions:

  • “Drink To Pink.” In recognition of Breast Cancer Awareness Month, Apple and Eve’s Northland brand is donating 25 cents per bottle up to $25,000 for product sold Oct. 1-31. All proceeds will go to the Breast Cancer Research Fund. There will also be a $1-off coupon for the purchase of two bottles. Look for mass pink displays in your local stateside commissary.
  • Halloween treats. There is still a lot of Halloween candy to be purchased before All Hallow’s Eve. Look for the “frightening” displays at your local commissary.
  • Oktoberfest! Through mid-October, commissary customers can find in-store displays and coupons for imported items from Germany and other European countries. A full line of German products are available, including chocolates, cookies, sauerkraut, mustard, red cabbage, pickles, noodles, coffee and more. Guten Appetit!
  • Kraft Foods Group Tailgate Savings. Kraft is offering “Hot Deals” on key tailgating products from Oct. 19 to Nov. 1 worldwide. They will be providing a “Buy 6, save $5” tear pad on all tailgating essentials (100,000 in circulation). In addition, Kraft is providing over 100,000 coupons and recipe offers, $25 Commissary Gift Cards and over 800,000 high-value coupons.
  • “Italian & American Festival of Savings” Oct. 7-21 worldwide. There will be in-store coupon flyers and mass displays on Unilever brands such as Hellmann’s/Best Foods, Lipton, Knorr and Breyers as well as personal care brands including Dove, St. Ives, Vaseline, Q-Tips and Tresemme.
  • “We Honor and Thank You for All That You Do.” Oct. 7-21, General Mills will provide in-store, special-themed mass displays offering shoppers high-value in-store coupons in addition to online Commissary Rewards Card coupons.
  • “Believe in Heroes.” Beginning Oct. 22, this cause promotion will be supported by 300,000 high-value coupon flyers distributed worldwide. During the event, participating brands will provide a donation to the Wounded Warrior Project. “Believe in Heroes” was created in 2010 to help support a new generation of injured service members. Look for “Believe in Heroes” mass displays in commissaries worldwide.
  • Thanksgiving holiday meal. Start asking for the free Turkey Coupon Booklet around the last week of October. Commissary customers worldwide will be able to use high-value coupons in order to receive a free Thanksgiving turkey. The booklet will also include preparation tips and holiday recipes. Supplies of these booklets worldwide will be limited. Check out their customized turkey website at www.mymilitarysavings.com.

“The fall season is a busy time for the commissaries,” Russ said. “We’re offering daily specials throughout the stores and seasonal club packs at great savings for the upcoming holidays. And, if you don’t have your Commissary Rewards Card yet, get one now from your local commissary. You could be missing out on some really great deals and giveaways.”

Note: For photos related to this news release, please visit our Flickr page. To see a video, visit our DVIDS orYouTube page.

About DeCA: The Defense Commissary Agency operates a worldwide chain of commissaries providing groceries to military personnel, retirees and their families in a safe and secure shopping environment. Authorized patrons purchase items at cost plus a 5-percent surcharge, which covers the costs of building new commissaries and modernizing existing ones. Shoppers save an average of more than 30 percent on their purchases compared to commercial prices – savings amounting to thousands of dollars annually. A core military family support element, and a valued part of military pay and benefits, commissaries contribute to family readiness, enhance the quality of life for America’s military and their families, and help recruit and retain the best and brightest men and women to serve their country.

Media Contact:
Kevin L. Robinson
(804) 734-8000, Ext. 4-8773
kevin.robinson@deca.mil

DeCA’s director of sales Tracie Russ: The 10th anniversary of Hurricane Katrina underscores the importance of being prepared for any crisis

FORT LEE, Va., 2015-8-27— /EPR Retail News/ — Ten years ago on Aug. 25, Hurricane Katrina began its historic path of destruction through the Gulf Coast, making landfall near Miami. When its rampage through southeast Louisiana, coastal Mississippi, Florida, Alabama and Georgia was done, Katrina would become one of the five deadliest hurricanes and the costliest natural disaster in U.S. history, causing nearly 2,000 deaths, displacing a million people and wreaking $108 billion in damages.

National Preparedness Month in September is reinforcing one of the most significant lessons learned from Katrina: Make an emergency plan for any crisis – natural or manmade.

As bad weather tends to be the source of the most recurrent and probable emergencies, the Defense Commissary Agency is keen on informing its patrons to prepare their survival kits by taking advantage of their benefit.

“The 10th anniversary of Hurricane Katrina underscores the importance of being prepared for any crisis, especially the sudden disruption of electric power and water or the possibility of an evacuation,” said Tracie Russ, DeCA’s director of sales. “An emergency can happen anytime, anywhere, and together with our industry partners, we are offering savings on many of the items our patrons need to be prepared.”

Since April 1, DeCA’s severe weather preparedness promotional package is offering various items at reduced prices until Oct. 31. This package includes the following items: beef jerky and other assorted meat snacks, soup and chili mixes, canned goods, powdered milk, cereals, batteries, airtight bags, weather-ready flashlights, tape (all-weather, heavy-duty shipping and duct), first-aid kits, lighters, matches, lanterns, candles, hand sanitizer and anti-bacterial wipes. Specific promotional items may vary from store to store.

This preparedness emphasis parallels the peak activity for hurricanes in the United States. The Atlantic hurricane season runs from June 1 through Nov. 30, covering the North Atlantic Ocean, the Caribbean Sea and the Gulf of Mexico.

Emergency preparedness officials suggest having a disaster supply kit that includes the following items:

  • Water – at least one gallon daily, per person (three-day supply for evacuation, two-week supply for home)
  • Nonperishable foods – canned meats, fruits, vegetables, dried fruits, nuts, raisins, cereal, crackers, cookies, energy bars, granola, peanut butter, and foods for infants and the elderly (three-day supply for evacuation, two-week supply for home)
  • Paper goods – writing paper, paper plates, paper towels and toilet paper
  • Cooking items – pots, pans, baking sheets, cooking utensils, charcoal, a grill and a manual can opener
  • First-aid kit – including bandages, medicines and prescription medications
  • Cleaning materials – bleach, sanitizing spray, and hand and laundry soap
  • Specialty foods – diet and low-calorie foods and drinks
  • Toiletries – personal hygiene items and moisture wipes
  • Pet care items – food, water, muzzle, leash, carrier, medications, medical records, and identification and immunization tags
  • Lighting accessories – flashlight, batteries, candles and matches
  • Battery-powered or hand-crank radio (NOAA Weather Radio, if possible)
  • Duct tape, scissors
  • Multipurpose tool
  • Copies of personal documents (medication list and pertinent medical information, proof of address, deed/lease to home, passports, birth certificates and insurance policies)
  • Cell phone with chargers
  • Family and emergency contact information
  • Extra cash
  • Emergency blanket
  • Maps of the area
  • Blankets or sleeping bags

For more information about National Preparedness Month, go to http://www.ready.gov/September and http://www.ready.gov/considerations/military-family-preparedness.

For more information on preparing for emergencies, go to the following websites: the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, the Centers for Disease Control, the Red Cross, and the Federal Emergency Management Agency.

Note: For a graphic related to this news release, please visit our Flickr page.

About DeCA: The Defense Commissary Agency operates a worldwide chain of commissaries providing groceries to military personnel, retirees and their families in a safe and secure shopping environment. Authorized patrons purchase items at cost plus a 5-percent surcharge, which covers the costs of building new commissaries and modernizing existing ones. Shoppers save an average of more than 30 percent on their purchases compared to commercial prices – savings amounting to thousands of dollars annually. A core military family support element, and a valued part of military pay and benefits, commissaries contribute to family readiness, enhance the quality of life for America’s military and their families, and help recruit and retain the best and brightest men and women to serve their country.

Media Contact:
Kevin L. Robinson
(804) 734-8000, Ext. 4-8773
kevin.robinson@deca.mil

Commissary kicks off the “Back to School” sales event this August

FORT LEE, Va., 2015-7-27 — /EPR Retail News/ — Your commissary is kicking off the “Back to School” sales event in August by focusing on healthy family breakfasts, fresh-packed school lunches and after-school snacks that children can prepare themselves. You’ll find lots of healthy products in all categories that fit right into a school day.

“Promoting lean protein, high fiber cereals, low-fat dairy products, and fresh fruit can offer our military families great ideas for a healthy, well-rounded breakfast,” said Tracie Russ, the Defense Commissary Agency’s sales director. “Also packing a healthy lunch includes the same categories listed above with some refrigerated, ready-made lunches that make it convenient for the parent who is preparing the school lunches.

“Our produce section is also offering new snack cups that include dairy, protein and fresh fruit for after-school snacks that kids can serve themselves,” she added.

Certain commissaries are also scheduling local farmers’ markets in August. Patrons should check with their local produce manager to see if they have scheduled anything in their area.

DeCA’s industry partners – vendors, suppliers and brokers – are collaborating with commissaries in August to offer discounts beyond everyday savings. Always check what’s on the “end of the aisle” for themed items with extra-low pricing. Overseas stores may have substitute events for certain promotional programs. Customers should check with their store manager to verify when they will be offering the following sales events:

  • Commissary Customer Appreciation Sales. Beginning mid-August through Sept. 30, commissaries will be offering their popular case lot sale events for stores in the continental United States as well as Alaska, Hawaii and Puerto Rico. These sales will provide shoppers super deals on bulk items including cereals, breakfast bars, chips, beverages, and paper goods. Commissaries will also offer great deals on seasonal produce and provide high-value coupons for products inside the store. At some locations, the exchanges may also participate with their own sidewalk sales that include back to school products such as school supplies, shoes and apparel.
  • General Mills will host the Box Tops for Education program worldwide from July 23 to Aug. 19. Please look for in-store displays. Participants can sign up for coupons on General Mills products.
  • Kellogg’s Fuel Up For School sales event takes place July 23 – Aug. 19, and offers chances to win (stateside only) $100 VISA gift cards, Monster headphones, free music downloads, $4 off Crayola school supplies and other high-value coupon offers. Kellogg’s will also donate $.05 per box for every Kellogg’s or Keebler item purchased Aug. 1-31 up to $50,000. See in-store displays for details.
  • Kraft is offering the Backpack of Savings promotion from Aug. 6 to Sept. 6. This promotion is an in-store opportunity for patrons at stateside stores to win a backpack filled with $65 of back-to-school essentials. In-store displays and coupons will be available.

“Waking up just 30 minutes earlier each day allows schoolchildren the opportunity to sit down and enjoy the most important meal of the day – breakfast,” Russ said. “Your commissary has it all for your children’s ‘Back to School’ nutritional needs.”

Note: For photos related to this news release, please see our Flickr page.

About DeCA: The Defense Commissary Agency operates a worldwide chain of commissaries providing groceries to military personnel, retirees and their families in a safe and secure shopping environment. Authorized patrons purchase items at cost plus a 5-percent surcharge, which covers the costs of building new commissaries and modernizing existing ones. Shoppers save an average of more than 30 percent on their purchases compared to commercial prices – savings amounting to thousands of dollars annually. A core military family support element, and a valued part of military pay and benefits, commissaries contribute to family readiness, enhance the quality of life for America’s military and their families, and help recruit and retain the best and brightest men and women to serve their country.

Media Contact:
Kevin L. Robinson
(804) 734-8000, Ext. 4-8773
kevin.robinson@deca.mil

Commissary Value Brands program now has nearly 500 products available at savings comparable to low-cost private label items in commercial stores

FORT LEE, Va., 2015-7-13 — /EPR Retail News/ — Six months into the start of the Commissary Value Brands program, patrons now have nearly 500 products available at savings comparable to low-cost private label items in commercial stores.

Since the emergence of the Value Brands’ signature orange label in December, the Defense Commissary Agency has elevated the savings program from about 100 products in 33 categories to almost 500 items in 54 categories. This savings boost has patrons like Wayne Perry, a military spouse, even happier to use his commissary benefit.

“I love those value tags,” said Perry, who lives at Joint Base Lewis-McChord, Washington, with his wife, an Army sergeant, and their four children. “Value brands offer better pricing with often times the same quality and taste. And, it may even help train people to look for values wherever and whenever they shop. That really was a good move on the value tag. I like it. I like it a lot.”

On average, Commissary Value Brands save patrons about 20 percent when compared to the store brand and private label items found in commercial retail stores. Some products approach as much as 50 percent savings.

The Value Brands lineup includes beverages such as coffee, soft drinks and juices; dairy products like several cheeses, butter, canned and powdered milk; lunch meats, canned tuna and salmon; canned and frozen vegetables; canned fruit and soup; hot and cold cereals; bread; dry pasta and rice; pizza and entrees; peanut butter, jelly, honey and condiments; ice cream; cleaning supplies, disposable bags, laundry bleach and paper towels; pet foods; batteries; health and beauty care and more.

DeCA’s criteria for Value Brands is simple: DeCA’s prices are guaranteed to be consistently equal to or lower than comparable store brand and private label products downtown

“Many items will remain in the Value Brands program, and items that now meet the criteria have been added,” said Tracie Russ, DeCA’s sales director. “Our job is to ensure that products bearing that orange tag represent the best value – period.”

That’s welcome news for patrons like Amanda Gallagher, a military spouse at Fort Belvoir, Virginia. “For our family, the Value Brand program allows us to get really high-quality food at less cost than we would be able to at any of the stores off post or outside the gate.”

In addition to the orange signs on the shelves, special displays are used to showcase Commissary Value Brands. Shoppers can also cruise DeCA’s website, commissaries.com, or visit the agency’s social media outlets, especially Facebook and Twitter, to identify value deals before they hit the store.

Commissary patrons have many options for saving with Commissary Value Brands, biweekly promotions and other special sales offer targeted discounts.

“The orange sticker has changed the way our customers shop,” said Meralie Ervin, deputy store director at the Fort Belvoir Commissary, “because when they come in they’re expecting to see that orange sticker on our shelf with any item that’s allocated to the Best Value program.”

NOTE: For a video related to this news release, please go to the associated DIVDs page. For photos, please visit our Flickr page.

About DeCA: The Defense Commissary Agency operates a worldwide chain of commissaries providing groceries to military personnel, retirees and their families in a safe and secure shopping environment. Authorized patrons purchase items at cost plus a 5-percent surcharge, which covers the costs of building new commissaries and modernizing existing ones. Shoppers save an average of more than 30 percent on their purchases compared to commercial prices – savings amounting to thousands of dollars annually. A core military family support element, and a valued part of military pay and benefits, commissaries contribute to family readiness, enhance the quality of life for America’s military and their families, and help recruit and retain the best and brightest men and women to serve their country.

Media Contact:
Kevin L. Robinson
(804) 734-8000, Ext. 4-8773
kevin.robinson@deca.mil

Commissary Customer Appreciation Case Lot Sale returns this spring

FORT LEE, Va., 2015-4-14 — /EPR Retail News/ — Mention case lot sales and commissary patrons start lining up for the opportunity to save up to 50 percent or more on club-pack and full-case items.

Known as the Commissary Customer Appreciation Case Lot Sale, the springtime version of this twice-yearly event will unfold at stateside stores, each hosting their individual two- or three-day case lot sale during a weekend scheduled sometime from mid-April to the end of June.

Alaska, Hawaii and Puerto Rico will also participate in these sales. Commissaries in Europe and the Pacific, depending on the location, may have substitute events such as sidewalk sales. “Commissary Customer Appreciation Sales offer patrons a chance to load up on a variety of grocery and household items at tremendous savings,” said Tracie Russ, Defense Commissary Agency sales director. “For some items we have savings that even approach 60 percent, making these sales well worth the trip!”

Customers have a variety of options to choose from. The list includes the following product categories:

  • Fruit snacks, pudding snack packs, granola bars, fruit bars, pastries, peanut butter and popcorn
  • Water and flavored water, teas, juices, juice mixes, sodas, sports drinks and breakfast drinks
  • Frozen pizza and sausage links
  • Chilled items to include cheeses, yogurt and yogurt mix
  • Prepackaged meats such as lunchmeat, bacon and pork loin
  • Pet supplies to include bagged and canned food, treats and cat litter
  • Pasta, barbecue and pasta sauces, spices, rice, oriental noodles and bowls, chili mix and condiments
  • Cookies, brownies, pancakes and muffin mixes; oatmeal
  • Canned fruit, vegetables, soups, tuna and chili
  • Sandwich, storage and freezer bags; paper products and cleaning supplies such as bathroom tissue, fabric sheets and laundry detergent
  • Health and beauty care including diapers, wipes, shampoo and conditioner, soaps, shaving gels and body lotions

“These events are like mobile club stores coming to your installation,” Russ said. “You cannot beat the opportunity to get bulk products at these great prices.”

Customers can go to the main Case Lot Sale page to find out when their store is having a sale. They can also find relevant information on their store’s Local Store Information page.

Note: For photos related to this news release, go to our Flickr page. For a public service announcement, watch the YouTube video.

About DeCA: The Defense Commissary Agency operates a worldwide chain of commissaries providing groceries to military personnel, retirees and their families in a safe and secure shopping environment. Authorized patrons purchase items at cost plus a 5-percent surcharge, which covers the costs of building new commissaries and modernizing existing ones. Shoppers save an average of more than 30 percent on their purchases compared to commercial prices – savings amounting to thousands of dollars annually. A core military family support element, and a valued part of military pay and benefits, commissaries contribute to family readiness, enhance the quality of life for America’s military and their families, and help recruit and retain the best and brightest men and women to serve their country.

Media Contact:
Kevin L. Robinson
(804) 734-8000, Ext. 4-8773
kevin.robinson@deca.mil

Commissaries to celebrate the Month of the Military Child with giveaways and savings for the entire family this April

FORT LEE, Va., 2015-3-24 — /EPR Retail News/ — April is Month of the Military Child and commissaries are celebrating with giveaways and savings for the entire family. “Children in military households face unique challenges because of the demands of military life,” said Tracie Russ, DeCA’s sales director. “So, at the Defense Commissary Agency, we want to acknowledge them and do all we can to provide their families with great values for their commissary benefit.”

DeCA’s industry partners – vendors, suppliers and brokers – are collaborating with commissaries in April to offer discounts beyond everyday savings. Overseas stores may have substitute events for certain promotional programs. Customers are asked to check their local commissary for details on dates and times for the following promotions:

  • Commissaries worldwide will use Month of the Military Child to educate shoppers on the importance of encouraging their children toward healthier lifestyles. The “5-2-1-0” message remains the call to action: Eat five fruits and vegetables every day; limit recreational screen time to two hours or less daily; get one hour or more of physical activity every day and avoid all drinks with sugar. Your local commissary may have commissary tours highlighting the nutritional value of fresh fruits and vegetables along with recipes, food sampling and giveaways. Check with your local commissary to find out when your child’s event takes place.
  • Ten camps, 30-day dash, two ways to win! From March 19 through April 8, almost 100 commissaries worldwide will have a chance to win a ProCamp for their installation. Winning installations will host a free, two-day football camp for military children in kindergarten through eighth grade. At these camps, participants will learn from and play with some of their favorite NFL players like Andre Roberts (Washington Redskins), Cortez Allen (Pittsburgh Steelers), Larry Fitzgerald (Arizona Cardinals), Steve Smith (Baltimore Ravens) and Rob Gronkowski (New England Patriots) among others. Installation consideration to qualify for a camp is based on their commissary sales of select items such as Tide, Bounty, Charmin, Pantene, Crest and Gillette, and customers can vote for their installation at https://thefamilyunitpg.com.
  • Overseas Service Corporation and their partners present the “Fisher House Theme Event”, a stateside-only sale to heighten awareness and raise money for The Fisher House Organization. The Fisher House is a “home away from home” for families of patients receiving medical care at major military and Veterans Affairs medical centers. Look for store displays from participating manufacturers.
  • Keebler’s 16th Annual Hollow Tree promotion features savings on discounted Keebler products April 9 through May 6 at all stores. Customers will receive a coupon for free milk with the purchase of four packages of Keebler cookies. Free cookies and milk samples will be offered at most stores. Look for Ernie and the Keebler elves on Keebler snacks displays in your local commissary.
  • Small Planet Foods is sponsoring a stateside organic food event called “Live Green Together.” From April 9 to April 22, product sampling and great savings through coupons on Cascadian Farm, Muir Glen, Larabar and Food Should Taste Good items such as ready-to-eat cereal, granola bars, salsa, pasta sauce healthy snacks and frozen fruit will be available.

“As we honor our military children, don’t miss out on these opportunities to save even more,” Russ said. “For everyone in the family, the commissary is always worth the trip.”

Note: For photos related to ProCamps, please visit our Flickr page.

About DeCA: The Defense Commissary Agency operates a worldwide chain of commissaries providing groceries to military personnel, retirees and their families in a safe and secure shopping environment. Authorized patrons purchase items at cost plus a 5-percent surcharge, which covers the costs of building new commissaries and modernizing existing ones. Shoppers save an average of more than 30 percent on their purchases compared to commercial prices – savings amounting to thousands of dollars annually. A core military family support element, and a valued part of military pay and benefits, commissaries contribute to family readiness, enhance the quality of life for America’s military and their families, and help recruit and retain the best and brightest men and women to serve their country.

Media Contact:
Kevin L. Robinson
(804) 734-8000, Ext. 4-8773
kevin.robinson@deca.mil

Frozen food month during March at DeCA

FORT LEE, Va., 2015-2-24 — /EPR Retail News/ — Great savings on frozen food items highlighted by specially decorated frozen food departments can mean only one thing for commissary shoppers. It’s March – frozen food month!

“Our customers love Frozen Food Month,” said Tracie Russ, DeCA’s sales director. “They have good reasons to stock up on frozen foods and other items because of the great prices and exciting promotions going on throughout their commissary.”

The annual NCAA basketball tournament is also bouncing around commissaries during March in the form of super savings and giveaways. It’s all made possible by DeCA’s industry partners – vendors, suppliers and brokers – offering discounts beyond everyday savings.

Overseas stores may have substitute events for certain promotional programs. Customers are asked to check their local commissary for details on dates and times for the following promotions:

  • Unilever presents Road to the Final Four specials March 19-April 8. Check out the International Section for exceptional discounts on Jose Ole, Tai Pei and Ling Ling entrees and appetizers. The entire line of VIP frozen fruit and vegetable items will be designated Commissary Value Brands.
  • ConAgra Foods presents “Real Food – Real Frozen Rewards!” From March 5 to April 8, a $5 coupon will be offered by purchasing $15 in frozen products from ConAgra Foods’ participating brands simply by scanning a copy of your receipt. For more information about this event, go to ConAgra Commissary Deals.
  • Sunkist soda and Mott’s participating brands are sponsoring the “March Madness Giveaway” from March 19 to April 8. Shoppers can enter to win a Sunkist basketball backboard valued at $200.
  • Kraft Foods Group is offering “Slam Dunk Savings” from March 5 to April 8. At stateside commissaries, Kraft will give away a full size basketball hoop and gift baskets full of Kraft products and coupons. There will also be a single service member contest where a PlayStation®4 will be given away. Overseas stores will have similar giveaways and coupons. Look for “Hoops n’ Hops” displays in your commissary.
  • General Mills “Salute to Savings” runs March 5-April 8 featuring in-store coupons in addition to online Commissary Rewards Card coupons and premium giveaways. Look for the red, white and blue General Mills displays in your local commissary.
  • “Breakfast. It’s Good for You” with Quaker & Tropicana. In support of National Nutrition Month, Quaker and Tropicana are offering in store coupons, nutritional recipes, and more specials online at www.quakermilitary.com. This event is worldwide from March 5 to April 8.
  • Procter & Gamble presents its annual NFL ProCamps. From March 19 through April 8, commissaries stateside will compete for a 2-day football camp that provides instruction, games and challenges along with motivational talks from NFL players. These camps are geared for grades kindergarten through 8th grade. Stop by your commissary beginning March 19 and look for displays promoting this contest. The more participating P&G products purchased, the better the odds of your military community winning a ProCamp this summer. For more information, go to Exclusive Savings page and click on the Family Unit link after March 19.
  • Operation Inspiration. The Eckrich Mobile Sampling Tour features afternoon events (noon to 4 p.m.) providing high value coupons, samples of Eckrich Smoked Sausage and Nathan’s Hot Dogs, giveaways, and a gift-for-purchase offer. The following stores are included in the first part of this year-long program: MacDill Air Force Base, Fla. – March 1; Randolph Air Force Base, Texas – March 4; Tyndall Air Force Base, Fla. – March 4; Fort Sam Houston, Texas – March 5; Lackland Air Force Base, Texas – March 6; Naval Air Station Pensacola, Fla. – March 6. Check with your local commissary for more event dates in March.

“There’s a lot going on at your commissary between Frozen Food Month and the NCAA basketball tournament,” Russ said. “Don’t miss these savings in March … It’s definitely worth the trip!”

About DeCA: The Defense Commissary Agency operates a worldwide chain of commissaries providing groceries to military personnel, retirees and their families in a safe and secure shopping environment. Authorized patrons purchase items at cost plus a 5-percent surcharge, which covers the costs of building new commissaries and modernizing existing ones. Shoppers save an average of more than 30 percent on their purchases compared to commercial prices – savings amounting to thousands of dollars annually. A core military family support element, and a valued part of military pay and benefits, commissaries contribute to family readiness, enhance the quality of life for America’s military and their families, and help recruit and retain the best and brightest men and women to serve their country.

Media Contact:
Kevin L. Robinson
(804) 734-8000, Ext. 4-8773
kevin.robinson@deca.mil

Commissaries worldwide celebrate Veterans Day with exclusive savings events

FORT LEE, Va., 2014-11-5— /EPR Retail News/ — Commissaries worldwide are offering exclusive savings events leading up to Veterans Day.

During what’s billed as the “Support Your Veterans Day Sales Event,” stores are collaborating with their industry partners to offer exclusive savings through in-store sales promotions including high-value coupons and other discounts beyond the everyday 30 percent or more savings. Stores are also offering product samplings, demonstrations and giveaways.

“At the Defense Commissary Agency, we recognize the service and sacrifices our military have made throughout our nation’s history to safeguard our freedom,” said DeCA Sales Director Tracie Russ. “We honor their commitment by delivering the best commissary benefit possible.”

In some instances, commissaries are holding Veterans Day commemoration events. Patrons are asked to check their store for any locally scheduled events. They can also check the Sales & Events page for the latest in promotional information.

Overseas stores may have substitute events for certain promotional programs. Customers are asked to check their local commissary for details on dates and times for the following promotions:

  • The Comforts from Home Project. When commissary customers enter a code online from specially marked packages of Marie Callender’s meals or desserts, Marie Callender’s will make a donation of 50 cents per unit to the USO for a maximum contribution of $250,000. In a nationally televised event, “A Hero’s Welcome,” the Comforts from Home Project will also welcome home a soldier from overseas to a completely renovated house. This show, hosted by actor Gary Sinise, will air Nov. 11 across a range of TV networks: HGTV, Food Network, Cooking Channel, Travel Channel and Great American Country.
  • “Patriot Perks.” In observance of Veterans Day, several commissary vendors are offering “free perks” on the purchase of at least $15 worth of participating products in stateside commissaries. Patrons can visit the Sales & Events page for details on submitting their commissary receipt to qualify for a free perk of their choice.
  • “Believe in Heroes!” Acosta and its participating brand products are offering 300,000 flyers with high-value coupons. During the sale, most participating brands will provide donations to the Wounded Warrior Project foundation. See store displays for details.

About DeCA: The Defense Commissary Agency operates a worldwide chain of commissaries providing groceries to military personnel, retirees and their families in a safe and secure shopping environment. Authorized patrons purchase items at cost plus a 5-percent surcharge, which covers the costs of building new commissaries and modernizing existing ones. Shoppers save an average of more than 30 percent on their purchases compared to commercial prices – savings amounting to thousands of dollars annually. A core military family support element, and a valued part of military pay and benefits, commissaries contribute to family readiness, enhance the quality of life for America’s military and their families, and help recruit and retain the best and brightest men and women to serve their country.

Media Contact:
Kevin L. Robinson
(804) 734-8000, Ext. 4-8773
kevin.robinson@deca.mil