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Wakefern, ShopRite Associates Garner 2022 YWCA TWIN Awards

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Retailer cooperative Wakefern Food Corp., the logistics, merchandising and distribution arm for ShopRite stores, has revealed that several associates in its corporate and retail organizations have received the 2022 YWCA Tribute to Women and Industry (TWIN) Award.

Winners this year from Wakefern and ShopRite were (left to right in photo) Wakefern’s Jami Espinosa, category manager, produce, Cooper City, Fla., and Maxine Nigro, pharmacy systems and support supervisor, Gillette, N.J., and ShopRite’s Jessica Valentino,controller for Cherry Hill, N.J.-based Ravitz Family Markets, and Amanda Fischer, marketing, business development and outreach manager for Springfield, N.J.-based Village Super Market.

The YWCA TWIN Award recognizes the achievements and significant contributions made by women within their industries in managerial, executive, supervisory and/or professional roles, and is hosted by the YWCA Union County, a Kenilworth, N.J.-based nonprofit organization. The awards also honor businesses whose policies and practices encourage high achievement by women and that promote equal advancement opportunities for women of diverse backgrounds. The virtual awards ceremony will be livestreamed on May 6.

The largest retailer-owned grocery cooperative in the United States. Keasbey, N.J.-based Wakefern comprises nearly 50 members that independently own and operate 363 supermarkets under the ShopRite, Price Rite Marketplace, The Fresh Grocer, Dearborn Market, Gourmet Garage and Fairway Market banners in New Jersey, New York, Connecticut, Pennsylvania, Maryland, Delaware, Massachusetts, New Hampshire and Rhode Island. Together with its member companies, Wakefern employs nearly 80,000 people. The company is No. 23 on The PG100, Progressive Grocer’s2021 listing of North America’s top food and consumables retailers in North America. ShopRite, a registered trademark of Wakefern, has nearly 280 ShopRite supermarkets located throughout New Jersey, New York, Pennsylvania, Connecticut, Delaware and Maryland, serving millions of customers each week.


Stater Bros. Teams With Major League Soccer to Give Out Prizes on Live TV

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Stater Bros. Markets is partnering with the Los Angeles Football Club (LAFC) and rising LAFC star Christian Torres during the 2022 Major League Soccer (MLS) season.

Under the partnership, signage with Stater Bros. Markets stores will appear throughout LAFC’s home, the Banc of California Stadium, and Christian Torres will star in a commercial during local broadcasts. LAFC merchandise and Stater Bros. gift cards will be given out to customers through two four-week in-store promotions, and three prizes will be awarded during live broadcasts.

“In Christian, we’ve found someone that works hard every day, is humble and embodies the kind of team spirit that we embrace here at Stater Bros.,” said Dennis McIntyre, EVP and chief marketing officer at Stater Bros. “LAFC has challenged the status quo in MLS by competing at the highest level and has proven to be a valuable contributor to our Southern California community.”

LAFC and Torres will be featured in in-store products and other collateral supporting the promotions.

San Bernardino, Calif.-based Stater Bros. operates more than 170 supermarkets in seven Southern California counties and employs about 18,000 associates. The company is No. 54 on The PG 100, Progressive Grocer’s 2021 list of the top food and consumables retailers in North America.


Meijer Expects Large Turnout for National Prescription Drug Take-Back Day

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Meijer pharmacies will participate in National Prescription Drug Take-Back Day on April 30, and expects to collect 3 tons of medication across its footprint. Customers are encouraged to bring back and properly dispose of unused and potentially harmful prescription drugs.

"It's easy to forget about clearing out medicine cabinets, especially with the challenges we've all faced over the past few years. The Meijer Drug Take-Back Program helps our customers remove the risk of an unforeseen medication accident and helps keep medications out of our waterways and environment, by providing a secure place to dispose of them," said Jackie Morse, VP of Meijer Pharmacy. "It adds a convenience to one-stop shopping and is the best way to dispose of unused, unwanted and expired medications."

The retailer does collect unused or expired medications at kiosks near its pharmacies year round, and over the course of 2021, took in more than 30 tons. The program accepts opioids, controlled substances and over-the-counter medications, but cannot accept needles, inhalers, mercury thermometers, medications that contain iodine or illicit drugs.

Pharmacists properly document, transport and dispose of medications on a regular basis, and the program complies with the safety guidelines established by the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) and HIPAA privacy laws.

Grand Rapids, Mich.-based Meijer operates 258 supercenters and grocery stores throughout Michigan, Ohio, Indiana, Illinois, Kentucky and Wisconsin. The company is No. 18 on The PG 100, Progressive Grocer’s 2021 list of the top food and consumables retailers in North America.


Kroger Hiring to Meet Delivery Demand in South Florida

Kroger Expands Robotic Grocery Fulfillment to Kentucky

Propelled by steady growth, The Kroger Co. is now hiring more than 200 associates as it prepares to bring Kroger Delivery to the South Florida market this summer. The retailer, which currently operates the service in three major Florida markets, is offering competitive wages, flexible hours and benefits.

The company plans to hire talented individuals from diverse cultures, backgrounds and experiences. Kroger Delivery is recruiting drivers, as well as associates in vital areas such as logistics and human resources. The grocer offers a robust benefits package that includes tuition reimbursement, health care benefits, mental health counseling, discounts on groceries, and other perks. Interested candidates can apply now at

"We have an ongoing goal to provide customers the highest level of service possible and want to hire individuals who share in our passion for people and fresh food," said Peggy McCaslin, human resources manager, Kroger Delivery.

Kroger continues to build a grocery ecosystem for the futureKroger Delivery is already available to Floridians in the greater OrlandoTampa and Jacksonville areas.

Serving 60 million households annually nationwide through a digital shopping experience, and almost 2,800 retail food stores under a variety of banner names, Cincinnati-based Kroger is No. 3 on The PG 100, Progressive Grocer’s 2021 list of the top food and consumables retailers in North America.


Cardenas Markets Raising the Stakes in This Year’s Sweepstakes

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Cardenas Markets, a major Hispanic grocery chain, has brought back its Cardenas Markets Lotería Scratcher Sweepstakes, this time with more than $850,000 in prizes – a $100,000 increase from last year’s program.

 Participating customers will also receive one Cardenas Markets Lotería Scratcher card that comes with a code for a free digital scratcher, only after they purchase participating products. Digital scratchers can be accessed by using the retailer’s website and inputting the code, upon which customers will have the opportunity of winning prizes such as an Apple Watch, a $200 Cardenas gift card or various home electronic items.

“Every day, our warm and friendly team members bring families and communities together by consistently providing the freshest products and most authentic offerings that celebrate life, family and culture,” said Adam Salgado, Cardenas Markets’ chief marketing officer. “Loteria, A.K.A. Mexican Bingo, is the epitome of cultural authenticity, and we are excited to bring such an iconic game back in a bigger and bolder way.”

Participants will also have the opportunity to play in the Cardenas Markets Lotería semifinal game for a chance to win free groceries for a year or a grand prize of $50,000.

The sweepstakes will take place from April 20 through June 14 of this year, and, according to the grocer, participants will have a one in five chance to instantly win prizes.

Ontario, Calif.-based Cardenas Markets operates 52 stores under the Cardenas banner and seven locations under the Cardenas Ranch Market banner. It has stores in California, Nevada and Arizona.


Sprouts Farmers Market Introducing Sustainability Vendor Summit

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Sprouts Farmers Market plans to host its first-ever Our Brands focused Sustainability Vendor Summit June 21-24 as part of the grocer’s commitment to offer responsibly grown and sourced food to customers. The virtual event, hosted in partnership with Solon, Ohio-basedECRM and its San Francisco-based subsidiary RangeMe, will enable Sprouts to discover new suppliers to support the continued expansion of Sprouts branded items in departments including­ – grocery, produce, frozen, deli, bulk foods, meat and seafood, and vitamins and supplements. 

“At Sprouts, we believe that doing good extends beyond selling healthy products,” noted Jac Ross, the company’s VP of Our Brands. “Our long-term growth strategy is rooted in sustainability efforts that improve our business while caring for our customers, team members, local communities and planet. [The] Sprouts Sustainability Vendor Summit will help advance our dedication to expand our sustainable selection of Sprouts Branded products in our over 380 stores across the country and beyond.”

Now through April 25, private-brand suppliers and manufacturers that align with Sprouts’ commitment to ethically sourced ingredients, sustainable packaging and improved animal welfare can sign up for the summit online

Last month, Meijer Inc. revealed that it will host its own inaugural Sustainability Supplier Summit on June 20-23, focusing on categories across the store, in the wake of a recent survey that the retailer conducted to identify environmental issues relevant to the company and its customers. Meijer is also working with ECRM and RangeMe on the virtual event.

Phoenix-based Sprouts Farmers Market, which employs approximately 31,000 team members at more than 380 stores in 23 states, is No. 48 on The PG 100, Progressive Grocer’s 2021 list of the top food and consumables retailers in North America. Grand Rapids, Mich.-based Meijer, with more than 258 supercenters and grocery stores throughout Michigan, Ohio, Indiana, Illinois, Kentucky and Wisconsin, is No. 18 on The PG 100.