April 12, 2013

 IGA Awards of Excellence Perspective

Helping Employees Learn and Grow with IGA!

A message to the Alliance from...
2013 IGA USA International Retailer of the Year
Jeff Zollpriester
Quality Foods IGA
Schofield, WI
LDC: SUPERVALU –Green Bay Division

In preparation for next week's 2013 Awards of Excellence Banquet at the IGA Global Rally in Chicago, The Independent View today profiles IGA USA International Retailer of the Year Jeff Zollpriester. Read on to learn why Zollpriester believes IGA is important to his retailing success.

My first real job was working as a produce clerk when I was 17 years old. I stuck with it and worked my way up, managing just about every part of the business before I became an IGA retailer 25 years ago. If there's one thing I learned from that experience, it's that the success of a grocery store is not only about sales and profits, it's also about the relationships you develop and the resources you cultivate along the way. IGA gives us both. And when you use them to the fullest extent, you get security—security for your business, your employees and even your community as a whole.

I decided a long time ago that I wanted to be the person who accepts the responsibility of providing a place of employment in this community where people could grow and develop, and that's a big part of what we get from IGA. The IGA Coca-Cola Institute's blended training program is key. There's always something new to be learned, and we find that the more involved our employees get with Institute courses and classes, the more comfortable and confident they become in doing their jobs and connecting with customers.

When we help our employees—and introduce them to ideas like personalized service and community support—the more they become stewards of the business and this great brand. It's a fantastic feeling to know that we can depend on each other, and because of the great relationship we have, shoppers can depend on Quality Foods IGA.


Jeff Zollpriester


Retail News

Starbucks will lower retail prices for its Starbucks and Seattle's Best brand packaged coffees next month. Prices will decrease 10% to $8.99 for a 12-oz. bag of Starbucks coffee beginning May 10, while Seattle's Best prices will be reduced 13% to $6.99, from $7.99. Starbucks previously increased prices for its packaged coffees sold in grocery and retail stores in March 2011, reported Bloomberg.com. Full Story

An investor group led by Cerberus Capital Management partnered with MyWebGrocer to provide online tools such as digital circulars and recipe-planning mobile applications at nearly 900 newly acquired grocery stores, including Albertsons and Jewel-Osco. Shoppers will be able to access interactive circulars and add items to a shopping list that syncs between computers and mobile devices. Customers can also browse a recipe database app and add a recipe's ingredients to the shopping list, reported Chicago Tribune. Full Story (Free Registration Required)

Crumbs Bake Shop also entered into a binding term sheet with Michael Serruya, a Canadian entrepreneur and co-founder and co-owner of the Yogen Fruz restaurant chain, to sell at least $10 million of its senior unsecured convertible promissory notes. Crumbs intends to use the net proceeds of the transaction to fund its store growth and real estate strategies as well as for working capital. The company also revealed its fourth quarter net sales decreased 2% to $10.8 million, while gross profit for the company decreased 8.7% to $5.7 million. Full Story

New Store News: Walmart is building its first supercenter in Huntersville, NC, reported Charlotte Observer. Full Story

Executives on the Move: Mizkan Americas promoted two members on its leadership team: Mike Neises has been named vice president, Marketing; Tim Marvin has been named director, Retail Branded and Foodservice Sales. Full Story... Kum & Go named David Lemons its vice president of operations for its western division, reported Convenience Store News. Full Story

Manufacturer News

Trinity Frozen Foods will bring its sweet potato operations to Robeson County, NC. The Charlotte-based company will invest more than $15 million over the next three years to construct a sweet potato processing facility in Pembroke, and has initial plans to produce 12 million to 15 million lbs. of sweet potato fries annually. The company also plans to expand eventually to produce 50 million lbs. of fries each year. North Carolina is the nation's leading grower of sweet potatoes, reported The Fayetteville Observer. Full Story (Free Registration Required)

Pinnacle Foods stated its indirect wholly owned subsidiary, Pinnacle Foods Finance LLC, intends to launch a refinancing of existing indebtedness outstanding under its senior secured credit facilities and its 8.25% senior unsecured notes due 2017, reported NJBiz. Full Story

New Product News: Pacific Foods introduced All Natural Pasta O's and All Natural Mac & Cheese at select natural food stores and grocers nationwide. Full Story... Hellmann's introduced Real Whipped Tangy Dressing. Full Story

Foodservice News

La Boulange is preparing to roll out its San Francisco Bay Area-baked treats to every single Starbucks in the region starting next week. After it tests the local market, it will expand to Starbucks in every other major U.S. city within a few months. La Boulange's founder expects to have the entire U.S. covered by the middle of next year. The move will take La Boulange's baked goods and cafe items from 140,000 weekly customers to the 40 million served by Starbucks. To keep up, La Boulange will be doubling its South San Francisco headquarters with 30,000 more feet of factory space, reported San Francisco Business Times. Full Story

Dunkin' Donuts plans to expand up and down the West Coast, with 150 stores in southern California, according to its CEO. After expanding overseas, the new tactic to increase California's store count up from one has the company hoping for success in the state the third time around, reported Bloomberg Businessweek. Full Story

North Jersey colleges are arranging gluten-free dining. Gourmet Dining Services, which serves 10 schools in the region, offers vacuum-sealed meals, which are produced at an outside facility where there are only gluten-free products. Rutgers Dining Services, an in-house service, has its own methods of ensuring gluten-free foods remain gluten-free, such as a gluten-free in the back of the kitchen, reported The Record. Full Story

The kitchen staff of universities, hospitals and hotels are increasingly using food waste monitoring technology marketed by LeanPath. LeanPath monitors the food waste produced by the operations, and helps managers and employees zero in on reducing waste, saving money and making facilities greener, reported Bloomberg Businessweek. Full Story

Restaurant Roundup: Mayorga Coffee opened its first Cafe Latino location in Wheaton Mall in Westfield, MD. Full Story... Yogurtland is opening its Brooklyn location April 13. Full Story

Health News

The size of the dish matters when it comes to how much children eat at school lunch, according to a new study. Researchers from universities in Pennsylvania, Ohio and Virginia repeatedly watched 42 first-graders serve themselves lunch at school, using plates and bowls of adult size and half as large. The kids put an average of 90 calories more on the larger dishes -- and ate about half of that, the researchers stated in the journal Pediatrics, reported Los Angeles Times. Full Story

Washington News

Senators reached a tentative agreement with the immigration bill on future agricultural visas and pay scales for foreign farmworkers, according to people familiar with the negotiations. Senate aides stated negotiators were still putting the finishing touches on exactly how the new agricultural visa program would work, but the most two contentious issues were solved, reported The Los Angeles Times. Full Story

Maine's lobster industry is proposing legislation to increase its fees to cover additional advertising. Lobstermen's license fees include a surcharge that pays for the Maine Lobster Council to plug the industry in the U.S. and abroad. A bill before the state legislature would more than double those fees over the next few years to boost the council's annual budget to $3 million. Maine lobstermen are catching more lobster than ever but the prices they get for their catch hit record lows last summer, reported Marketplace.org. Full Story

Global News

A group led by Joh. A. Benckiser (JAB) agreed to buy D.E. Master Blenders for €7.5 billion ($9.8 billion), as the investment firm continues to expand its presence in the $75.8 billion global coffee market, reported The Wall Street Journal. The two sides announced two weeks ago that they were in discussions for such a deal. JAB's brands include Caribou Coffee Co and Peet's Coffee & Tea in the U.S. Full Story (WSJ Subscription Required)

Heineken plans to sell its Finnish unit Hartwall to Hartwall Capital. Hartwall Capital's chairman was quoted as stating the firm was "eyeing" a purchase but declined to comment further, reported Reuters. Full Story

British retailer Tesco is changing its format to focus on food items, and a conspicuous focus on fresh produce greets shoppers at its newly styled superstores. Floor space for general merchandise, such as electrical items, have been cut by over two thirds at her store, part of Tesco's fresh food drive, which has introduced an additional 2,000 grocery lines and a recognition that the future of nonfood retail is largely online, reported Reuters. Full Story

Retailers in the UK are rationing sales of powdered baby milk because of a surge in demand in China. Danone, the manufacturer of Aptamil and Cow and Gate baby milk powder, stated most supermarkets were introducing a restriction of two cans per customer. Retailers were also capping sales of Nestle's SMA milk, despite the company stating there were no stock shortages, reported BBC News. Full Story

Welsh Country Foods will close its lamb processing plant on Anglesey immediately, after a bid to find a buyer failed, stated Vion, its Dutch owners. Handling 640,000 lambs per year, WCF had been a major processing facility for Welsh lamb in North Wales, reported Meat Trades Journal. Full Story

Brazil's economic boom is slowing and inflation is creeping up. And the cost of food, especially, has jumped in the past year. The price of tomatoes have gone up 122% since last year, potatoes 97%, and onions some 76%, reported NPR. Full Story

Market News

Analysis of commercially available rice imported into the U.S. revealed levels of lead far higher than regulations suggest are safe. Some samples exceeded the "provisional total tolerable intake" set by FDA by a factor of 120. FDA told the BBC it would review the research, reported BBC News. Full Story

USDA is seeking nominations for four members and four alternates for the National Honey Board. Completed applications must be submitted by April 30, and selected representatives will serve for three years. Full Story

Around 49.7 million bushels of U.S.-grown fresh-market apples, an increase of 17% over the past year, were in holdings and had yet to be shipped as of April 1. This year's holdings are being reported as 18% higher than the five-year average, according to the U.S. Apple Association. About 48.1 million bushels of the U.S. total were Washington-grown, with 484,000 bushels of New York apples and 417,000 bushels of Pennsylvania apples, reported The Packer Online. Full Story

The cherry crop is in full bloom in Washington State. Cherry trees began blooming in late March and are showing a large bloom this spring, with the first fruit expected to ship the first week of June, reported The Produce News. Full Story

Soybean futures finished mixed April 11, with nearby contracts settling at their highest levels in two weeks on tight supplies and prices for soybean futures with delivery dates after this fall's harvest fell to one-week lows. Traders are bracing for potentially record-setting U.S. soybean production in 2013, with CBOT soybeans for May delivery settling up 9 1/4 cents, or 0.7%, at $14.02 a bushel. November soybeans finished down 10 3/4 cents, or 0.9%, at $12.26 3/4, reported The Wall Street Journal. Full Story (WSJ Subscription Required)

Southeastern blueberry production began after escaping weather damage. Grower-shippers report strong supplies for promotions, however, shorter supplies are also keeping early season prices high. Georgia production was slowed by the bad weather, but growers are now ramping up volume expected to peak in May, reported The Packer Online. Full Story

Ducktrap River of Maine is planning a $4.5 million expansion in the next few months to double its production capacity. Construction on the Ducktrap expansion should begin in May, reported Bangor Daily News. Full Story


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