NGA Member News

The Shelby Report: iFoster Receives $250,000 From Weis Markets Campaign

Weis Markets has completed its month-long round-up at the register program to support the iFoster Hope campaign. On behalf of Weis Markets, Ron Bonacci, VP of advertising and marketing, presented a $250,000 check to iFoster, the national nonprofit that is operating the iFoster Hope campaign. These funds will provide children and youth in foster care…
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Penn Watch: Pennsylvania Dairymen’s Association, Weis Markets and Other Groups Kick off Dairy Month

In celebration of June Dairy Month, World Milk Day and the largest sector of the state’s number one industry Agriculture, Pennsylvania Dairymen’s Association, Feeding Pennsylvania, American Dairy Association North East and Pennsylvania Dairy Princesses teamed up with Weis Markets to tackle hunger. Weis Markets announced a major $50,000 philanthropic commitment to pour fresh milk across Pennsylvania…
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Grocery Dive: SpartanNash appoints Douglas Hacker as board chairman

SpartanNash announced on Tuesday it has named Douglas Hacker as chairman of its board of directors. Hacker, a former director with Nash Finch who has served as the lead independent director of SpartanNash’s board since 2018, was appointed to the position at the company’s annual shareholder meeting on May 26. “This is an exciting, transformational phase for SpartanNash as the Company…
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Progressive Grocer: Family-Owned Grocer in Indiana Redefines Innovation

If you think that there’s no such thing as a free lunch, well, then, you don’t live in Mount Vernon, Ind. This beautiful town of 7,000 residents sits right on the Ohio River between Louisville, Ky., and St. Louis, Mo. That’s where McKim’s IGA is located, a family-owned hometown grocer that has proved there is…
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Shelby Report: FlexEngage Partners With CitrusAd To Offer Digital Receipts

Orlando, Florida-based flexEngage, a global leader in dynamic receipt and transactional communications, has partnered with retail media technology company, CitrusAd. Through this partnership, retailers will be able to leverage the CitrusAd network to monetize and personalize their digital receipts and transactional e-commerce messages. For years, grocers have benefitted from incremental revenue by delivering manufacturer promotions…
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CBS 58: Sendik’s Donates $116K to Sojourner Family Peace Center to Help Combat Domestic Violence

A Milwaukee organization that combats domestic violence is getting a major donation to continue its work. The Sojourner Family Peace Center received a $116,150 donation from Sendik’s Food Market on Monday, May 5. Peace Center staff say this donation comes at a critical time. Sojourner is the largest non-profit provider of domestic violence (DV) prevention and intervention…
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Winsight Grocery Business: Weis Market Reopens Store Damaged By Fire

Weis Markets on April 22 reopened a store in Gap, Pa., that had been closed for nearly 17 months after it was badly damaged in a three-alarm fire in November 2019. The rebuilt store reestablishes the Sunbury, Pa.-based retailer in the rural Lancaster County community it had operated in for 25 years, and brings with…
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Big Y Reports 2.4 Million Meals Donated To Food Banks In November, December

To facilitate this past season of giving food to those in need, Big Y converted its Sack Hunger campaign from a $10 bag of groceries to a streamlined $5 donation to the five food banks within its marketing area. These regional food banks support local soup kitchens, food pantries, senior food programs, children’s programs, and…
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Shelby Report: SpartanNash Welcomes Chance As VP Of Communications

SpartanNash, headquartered in Grand Rapids, Michigan, has appointed Adrienne Chance as VP of communications. She will lead the vision, strategy and implementation of SpartanNash’s approach to purpose-driven internal and external communications, reporting to President and CEO Tony Sarsam. Additionally, she will oversee government and corporate affairs responsibilities and serve as executive director of the SpartanNash Foundation. “Communication…
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Supermarket News: Save Mart Kicks Off Pilot of Shelf-Scanning Robots

The Save Mart Companies plans to test Simbe Robotics’ Tally shelf-scanning robot at seven California stores to help reduce out-of-stocks and ensure products are where they should be in the aisle. Modesto, Calif.-based Save Mart said Friday that it will deploy Tally at three Save Mart stores in the Modesto area, two Lucky California stores…
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Shelby Report: 2.4 Million Meals Donated To Food Banks From Big Y

To facilitate this past season of giving food to those in need, Big Y converted its Sack Hunger campaign from a $10 bag of groceries to a streamlined $5 donation to the five food banks within its marketing area. These regional food banks support local soup kitchens, food pantries, senior food programs, children’s programs and…
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Shelby Report: Remodeled Doc’s Country Mart Opens In Glenpool, OK

Doc’s Food Stores celebrated the grand reopening of its extensively remodeled Country Mart store in Glenpool, Oklahoma, with a ribbon-cutting on April 14. Additionally, Doc’s used the occasion of the store’s reopening to launch its Scan & Go service, which allows shoppers to scan groceries as they shop, pay for their items on their handheld…
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Progressive Grocer: Food City to Open 1st Alabama Store

Continuing in its quest to expand into new market areas, Food City will make its Alabama debut on April 14 with its newest store location. The new Food City is located on US Highway 431 in Albertville. The more than 54,000-square-foot supermarket includes an in-store bakery and deli, a large café seating area for 40-plus…
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FlexPost® Makes The Inc. 5000 Midwest 2021 List

Inc. magazine recently announced that FlexPost Inc. is included on its 2021 Inc. 5000 Regionals: Midwest list. Born of the annual Inc. 5000 franchise, this regional list represents a unique look at the most successful companies within the Midwest economy’s most dynamic segment – its independent small businesses. The Inc. 5000 Midwest ranking and profile…
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Tech Crunch: Mercato raises $26M Series A to Help Smaller Grocers Compete Online

The pandemic upended the way people shop for their everyday needs, including groceries. Online grocery sales in the U.S. are expected to reach 21.5% of the total grocery sales by 2025, after leaping from 3.4% pre-pandemic to 10.2% as of 2020. One business riding this wave is Mercato, an online grocery platform that helps smaller grocers and specialty…
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Grocery Dive: Wright’s Market plans e-commerce initiative to fight food insecurity

Wright’s Market in Opelika, Alabama, plans to couple in-person support with online grocery shopping to fight food insecurity and boost e-commerce sales. The independent grocer has teamed up with nearby Auburn University on an initiative they plan to launch later this year that will have students from the university help food-insecure seniors and parents with…
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Packaging Leader Obtains SCS Global Certification for 75% Recycled Content

As a sustainable packaging leader, Placon has been using post-consumer recycled PET in their PET packaging for more than thirty (30) years. To ensure sustainable packaging quality and transparency, Placon was recently certified by SCS Global Services for their RPET-F75 PET material, Fresh n’ Clear® Bowls & Trays, GoCubes®, CrystalSeal® reFresh® product lines as recycled content certified. Each…
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Placon: World’s First #1 Resin Code Recyclable PET Barrier Material

Placon continues to be a leader in sustainable, thermoform packaging innovation with their new patent pending recyclable oxygen barrier material called OxyStar™. When creating our custom food packaging, our number one challenge is figuring out how to help the food last longer. Direct oxygen contact with perishable foods has been a problem for food manufacturers…
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