Wakefern Food Corp. donates $50,000 to the American Red Cross for its ongoing hurricane relief efforts

Edison, NJ, 2017-Nov-23 — /EPR Retail News/ — Wakefern Food Corp. presented a $50,000 check to the American Red Cross at its corporate offices on Tuesday, Nov. 21.

Red Cross representatives who accepted the check on Tuesday said the money will help with ongoing hurricane relief efforts focused on providing shelter, food and water to people who continue to struggle in places like Puerto Rico, Texas and Florida. The American Red Cross responds to nearly 66,000 events and disasters each year.

Working with trusted partners like the Red Cross and the Community FoodBank of New Jersey, ShopRite and Wakefern have donated supplies and funds while ShopRite associates volunteered their time, talent and resources to make a difference in communities that are still hurting. Wakefern and ShopRite donated more than $100,000 in supplies and funds to hurricane relief over the last few months, including the donation of 100,000 bottles of water to storm ravaged Puerto Rico.

After Hurricane Maria hit Puerto Rico on Sept. 20, ShopRite reached out to its network of charity partners who were consulting with disaster relief agencies on the ground to assess the situation and determine what goods were most needed on the battered island. ShopRite worked with the Community FoodBank of New Jersey to deliver 50 pallets of water to Newark Airport, where a United Airlines plane delivered the water to hard hit San Juan, Puerto Rico. ShopRite also sent truck drivers to Puerto Rico to help with the difficult process of food and water delivery on the island.

A ShopRite tractor-trailer loaded with supplies was also dispatched to the Houston Food Bank in September to help Hurricane Harvey victims in Texas. 

About Wakefern Food Corp.
From a small, local cooperative that began with eight grocery store owners, Wakefern Food Corp. has grown into the largest retailer-owned cooperative in the United States. Founded in 1946, the cooperative comprises 50 members who today independently own and operate 344 supermarkets under the ShopRite, The Fresh Grocer, Price Rite and Dearborn Market banners in New Jersey, New York, Connecticut, Pennsylvania, Maryland, Delaware, Massachusetts, Rhode Island and Virginia. Together with its member companies, Wakefern employs more than 70,000 people, and is one of the largest employers in New Jersey. For more information, please visit www.wakefern.com.

SOURCE: Wakefern Food Corp

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Wakefern Food Corp. recorded retail sales of $16.3 billion for the 52-week fiscal year ending September 30, 2017

Keasbey, NJ, 2017-Nov-01 — /EPR Retail News/ — Wakefern Food Corp. Chairman and CEO Joseph S. Colalillo, President and COO Joe Sheridan and Executive Vice President Chris Lane addressed Wakefern shareholders, store management and staff at the company’s annual shareholder meeting October 26 in East Brunswick, NJ.

The company reported record retail sales of $16.3 billion for the 52-week fiscal year ending September 30, 2017, a 1.5 percent increase from the prior year. The largest retailer-owned cooperative in the United States, Wakefern and its members opened four new ShopRite® stores, two The Fresh Grocer® stores and two Price Rite® Marketplace stores during the same period.

“Our family-owned-and-operated supermarkets and their dedicated associates supported by knowledgeable and innovative Wakefern staff make the difference in this business and serve as the foundation for our strength and success,” Joseph Colalillo told an audience of nearly 900 people at the Hilton in East Brunswick.

Colalillo announced the retirement of Neil Duffy, President, Price Rite Marketplace, a registered trademark of Wakefern with 64 grocery stores in nine states.

“Neil’s dedication and hard work helped grow the popular Price Rite brand over the last 12 years, and we thank him for his service to Wakefern,” said Colalillo.

He also announced the retirement of Larry Collins from Wakefern’s Board of Directors and the addition of Patrick J. Burns, CEO of Burns’ Family Neighborhood Markets, to the board.

“We thank Larry for his service and commitment to the board. He will remain active in the cooperative and his own company, Collins Family Markets, which operates ShopRite stores in Philadelphia, Eddystone and Glenolden, PA,” noted Colalillo. “We welcome to the board Patrick Burns, who brought The Fresh Grocer stores into the cooperative in 2013. We look forward to working with Pat and the rest of the board to shape future success.”

Joe Sheridan recapped the company’s accomplishments over the last year, including its expansion of ShopRite’s popular Wholesome Pantry line of products made with simple, clean ingredients, and the introduction this year of its newest own brand, ShopRite Trading Company.

“Wakefern Food Corp. and our supermarket banners continue to innovate and elevate the customer experience with great new brands, our store dietitians, digital platforms, and a real focus on fresh,” noted Sheridan.

“We are committed to providing great community stores and delivering exceptional experiences with each of our four brands. It’s a time of great change for the supermarket industry, and I am excited for what we will achieve over the course of the next year and for generations to come,” added Chris Lane.

Wakefern shareholders re-elected to the Board of Directors at Thursday’s meeting include: Joseph Colalillo, Chairman and CEO; Larri Wolfson, Irv Glass and Dominick J. Romano, Vice Chairmen; Lawrence Inserra, Jr., Treasurer; Jeffrey Brown, Assistant Treasurer; Richard Saker, Secretary; and Ned Gladstein and Nicholas Sumas, Assistant Secretaries. Joe Sheridan was also re-elected as President and COO, and Chris Lane was elected as Executive Vice President.

About Wakefern Food Corp.
From a small, local cooperative that began with eight grocery store owners, Wakefern Food Corp. has grown into the largest retailer-owned cooperative in the United States. Founded in 1946, the cooperative comprises 50 members who today independently own and operate 345 supermarkets under the ShopRite, The Fresh Grocer, Price Rite and Dearborn Market banners in New Jersey, New York, Connecticut, Pennsylvania, Maryland, Delaware, Massachusetts, Rhode Island and Virginia. Together with its member companies, Wakefern employs more than 70,000 people, and is one of the largest employers in New Jersey. For more information, please visit www.wakefern.com.

Contact:

Karen O’Shea

Maureen Gillespie
Phone: 732-906-5295
Manager

Source: Wakefern Food Corp.

Wakefern Food Corp. to participate in this year’s A Walk to Believe, One Step Closer with Team LeGrand

Keasbey, NJ, 2017-May-29 — /EPR Retail News/ — Wakefern Food Corp. President and COO Joe Sheridan has announced the company’s participation in this year’s A Walk to Believe, One Step Closer with Team LeGrand to benefit the Christopher & Dana Reeve Foundation.

The 5K Run/Walk/Roll was established in 2010 to show support for Eric LeGrand, a former star Rutgers University football player who was paralyzed after suffering a spinal cord injury during a game.

Sheridan, who serves as president and COO of New Jersey-based Wakefern, the largest U.S. retailer-owned cooperative in the country and the merchandising and distribution arm for ShopRite, Price Rite and The Fresh Grocer stores, announced plans to field a Wakefern team headed by associate Mike Luciano in this year’s 5K at Rutgers. Luciano was a teenager when he was paralyzed during a diving accident in a friend’s backyard swimming pool.

“Eric LeGrand has become one of the nation’s leading advocates for paralysis and spinal cord injury research. That’s why this cause is especially important to me,” said Luciano, a business analyst at Wakefern. “I’m so thankful to my (Wakefern) colleagues for showing this support and sponsoring a team to raise money for this important cause.”

“We are proud to join forces with Mike for the 7th Annual Walk to Believe,” noted Sheridan. “One of the great things about our Wakefern associates is their commitment to community and willingness to do good work beyond the office. Hundreds of our associates will also volunteer at the New Jersey Special Olympics in June and many others will help out at the upcoming ShopRite LPGA Classic, which raises money for dozens of charities in New Jersey.”

Wakefern will cover entry fee costs for associates and match all associate donations through its Wakefern Matching Gifts platform. All money raised by the “Wakefern Walks With Mike” team will benefit the Christopher
& Dana Reeve Foundation.

A Walk to Believe raises awareness and funds to help people with spinal cord injuries and advance research into cures for paralysis. The 5K kicks off at 10:30 AM Sunday, June 4 at High Point Solutions Stadium-Scarlet Lot, located at Rutgers University. Check-in begins at 8:00 AM for all race participants.

Wakefern welcomes all associates to sign up or donate to the race. Additional information about the walk and how to register or donate can be found by visiting http://awalktobelieve.org

About Wakefern Food Corp.
From a small, local cooperative that began with eight grocery store owners, Wakefern Food Corp. has grown into the largest retailer-owned cooperative in the United States. Founded in 1946, the cooperative comprises 50 members who today independently own and operate 343 supermarkets under the ShopRite, The Fresh Grocer, Price Rite and Dearborn Market banners in New Jersey, New York, Connecticut, Pennsylvania, Maryland, Delaware, Massachusetts, Rhode Island and Virginia. Together with its member companies, Wakefern employs more than 70,000 people, and is one of the largest employers in New Jersey. For more information, please visit www.wakefern.com.

Contact:
Karen O’Shea
Communications Specialist
Email: karen.oshea@wakefern.com
Phone: 732-906-5932
Fax: 732-906-5160

Maureen Gillespie
Manager
Email: maureen.gillespie@wakefern.com
Phone: 732-906-5295

Source: Wakefern Food Corp.

New Jersey Food Council appoints Richard Saker as its new Chairman of the Board

MONROE, NJ , 2017-Feb-01 — /EPR Retail News/ — At its Annual Membership Meeting last week, the New Jersey Food Council selected Richard Saker as its new Chairman of the Board with two one-year terms. Saker, who is Chairman, President and CEO of Saker Holdings Corporation and Saker ShopRites, Inc., will lead New Jersey’s largest food industry trade association.

Having previously served as NJFC Vice Chair, Saker, a resident of Middletown, was installed as Chairman by New Jersey Lieutenant Governor Kim Guadagno.  His ascension to the Chairmanship has historical significance, as his father, Joe Saker, was a founder and served as the first Chairman of the Board of NJFC in 1969.

NJFC President and CEO Linda Doherty remarked on the historical precedence of Saker’s chairmanship, which commemorates the first time a next generation family member has led the statewide trade association.

“The New Jersey Food Council was born in the living room of the Saker Family when Richard’s father Joe Saker and a group of supermarket pioneers recognized the need for the food retail industry to have one common and unified voice in Trenton,” said Doherty.  “Almost 50 years later, Richard carries his father’s legacy as he takes the helm as the nineteenth NJFC Chairman of the Board. Under Richard’s leadership, we are confident the Association will continue to grow and promote the interests of food retailers before state and federal government in this dynamic business environment.”

Richard Saker is owner and operator of 30 ShopRite Supermarkets, 29 pharmacies, 2 liquor stores, and Dearborn Market and Garden Center.  Saker ShopRites is one of the highest average volume per store supermarket chains in the country, employing nearly 9,000 associates.

Contact:

Karen O’Shea
Communications Specialist
Email: karen.oshea@wakefern.com
Phone: 732-906-5932
Fax: 732-906-5160

Karen Meleta
Vice President
Consumer and Corporate Communications
Email: Karen.meleta@wakefern.com
Phone: 732-906-5356

Source: Wakefern Food Corp.

Wakefern Food Corp. announces the promotion of Chris Lane to Executive Vice President

Keasbey, NJ, 2016-Dec-07 — /EPR Retail News/ — Wakefern Food Corp. President and COO Joe Sheridan has announced the promotion of Chris Lane, Senior Vice President of Product Divisions, to Executive Vice President of the company.

Lane, a 13-year veteran of the company, will guide day-to-day operations and strategy planning for Wakefern. The largest U.S. retailer-owned cooperative, Wakefern comprises 50 member companies that own and operate supermarkets under the ShopRite, The Fresh Grocer, PriceRite and Dearborn Market banners. The 70-year-old company reported retail sales of $16 billion during its annual meeting in October.

“Our goal was to select an individual who would honor our past and at the same time challenge the status quo to ensure a bright future for Wakefern and our members. We’re happy to announce that Chris Lane has been appointed to the position,” said Sheridan.  “Chris is innovative, forward thinking and willing to take the calculated risks required to navigate a challenging competitive environment where emerging technologies and changing consumer preferences require us to be nimble and able to respond with urgency.”

Lane joined Wakefern in 2003 as Vice President of Pharmacy and in 2005 added Health and Beauty Care (HBC) to his responsibilities. By 2008, he was promoted to Vice President, Grocery, Direct Store Delivery and Commercial Bakery. In 2011 he was promoted again to Senior Vice President, Non-Perishables, and most recently was named Senior Vice President, Product Divisions where, in addition to his responsibility for Wakefern’s various procurement divisions, he also led health and wellness initiatives.

Prior to joining Wakefern, Lane served as Vice President of Pharmacy at Duane Reade. He received his bachelor’s degree in Pharmacy from the University of the Sciences, College of Pharmacy in Philadelphia, PA.

He is a member of the National Association of Chain Drug Stores (NACDS) Board of Directors and a member of the Trinitas Regional Medical Center Board of Directors.

Lane resides in Fair Haven, NJ with his wife Kim and three daughters.

About Wakefern Food Corp. 
From a small, struggling cooperative with eight members – all owners of their own grocery stores – Wakefern Food Corp. has grown into the largest retailer-owned cooperative in the United States. Founded in 1946, the cooperative comprises 50 member companies that individually own and operate more than 260 supermarkets under the ShopRite and The Fresh Grocer banners in New Jersey, New York, Connecticut, Pennsylvania, Maryland and Delaware. In 1996, Wakefern introduced Price Rite stores, extending the company’s reach into Rhode Island, Massachusetts and Virginia. In 2014, Wakefern extended rights to the Price Rite banner to cooperative members. As the merchandising and distribution arm of ShopRite, The Fresh Grocer and Price Rite, Wakefern, together with its member companies, employs more than 70,000 people, making it one of the largest employers in New Jersey. For more information, please visit http://www.Wakefern.com.

Contact:

Karen O’Shea
Communications Specialist
Email: karen.oshea@wakefern.com
Phone: 732-906-5932
Fax: 732-906-5160

Karen Meleta
Vice President
Consumer and Corporate Communications
Email: Karen.meleta@wakefern.com
Phone: 732-906-5356

Source: Wakefern Food Corp.

Wakefern Food Corp. announces 4.2% retail sales increase for the 52-week ending Oct. 1, 2016 vs. the prior year

Keasbey, NJ., 2016-Oct-31 — /EPR Retail News/ — Wakefern Food Corp. Chairman and CEO Joseph S. Colalillo and President and COO Joe Sheridan addressed Wakefern shareholders, store management and staff at the company’s annual shareholder meeting today (Oct. 27, 2016) in East Brunswick, New Jersey.

The company reported record retail sales of $16 billion for the 52-week fiscal year ending Oct. 1, 2016, a 4.2 percent increase from the prior year. The cooperative opened 11 new ShopRite® stores, two The Fresh Grocer® stores, one Price Rite® and one new format store, Dearborn Market,® during the same period.

“Wakefern marks its 70th anniversary this year, and we are proud of our history of success and service in the communities where our family-owned and operated supermarkets are located. We’ve grown and changed a lot in the past 70 years, but our founding entrepreneurial spirit and principles remain the same.  We will continue to grow and innovate to provide our customers with the very best shopping experience,” Colalillo told a gathering of 900 people at the Hilton in East Brunswick.

Colalillo announced the retirement of two members from Wakefern’s Board of Directors: Robert Clare, president of the ShopRite of Oakland, Inc., and Richard McMenamin, chairman of McMenamin Family ShopRite, LLC.

“We thank Bob and Rich for their service, wisdom and expertise on the board. Both men will remain active in their own companies and with the cooperative,” said Colalillo, who also welcomed new board members Sean McMenamin, president of McMenamin Family ShopRite, LLC, and Shawn Ravitz, vice president of administration for Supermarkets of Cherry Hill, Inc.  “We look forward to working with our new board members and the entire board as we shape our future successes.”

Wakefern President and COO Joe Sheridan, right, recapped the company’s growth and accomplishments while also kicking off the launch of ShopRite’s Wholesome Pantry private label line of products made with simple, clean ingredients.

“From our retail dietitian program to our expanding private label lines and digital presence, Wakefern Food Corp. and our supermarket banners are meeting the future head-on to provide great customer experiences in store and online,” said Sheridan.

Also at Thursday’s meeting, Wakefern shareholders re-elected to the Board of Directors included: Joseph Colalillo, Chairman and CEO; Larri Wolfson, Irv Glass and Dominick J. Romano, Vice Chairmen; Lawrence Inserra, Jr., Treasurer; Jeffrey Brown, Assistant Treasurer; Richard Saker, Secretary;  Ned Gladstein and Nicholas Sumas, Assistant Secretaries; as well as Jordan Coe, Lawrence Collins, Sr., Harry Garafalo, Jon Greenfield, Charles Infusino, Vincent Lo Curcio III, Leonard Sitar and Richard Tully.  Joe Sheridan was also re-elected as President and COO.

Contact:
Karen O’Shea
Phone: 732-906-5932
Communications Specialist

Karen Meleta
Vice President
Consumer and Corporate Communications
Email: Karen.meleta@wakefern.com
Phone: 732-906-5356

Source: Wakefern Food Corp.

Wakefern Food Corp. member and president of Cuellar Family ShopRites Rafael Cuellar honored by the New Jersey Food Council

Keasbey, NJ, 2016-Mar-29 — /EPR Retail News/ — Rafael Cuellar, President and CEO of Cuellar Family ShopRites and a member of Wakefern Food Corp., was honored recently by the New Jersey Food Council.

Cuellar and other industry leaders were recognized for “achieving food business success and for their history of civic service service within the New Jersey food community,” according to the New Jersey Food Council.

Cuellar, who owns and operates the ShopRite of Passaic/Clifton, was feted during a dinner at The Palace at Somerset Park, where he was joined by friends and colleagues including Wakefern Chairman and CEO Joe Colalillo.

Cuellar joined Wakefern in 2005, but his family has been in the grocery business for over 40 years. He serves on the board of the New Jersey Chamber of Commerce and lives with his wife and two children in Clifton.

Congratulations to Cuellar.

Source: Wakefern Food Corp.

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With his wife at their ShopRite of Passaic/Clifton.

With his wife at their ShopRite of Passaic/Clifton.