As I sit here awaiting the wrath of Mother Nature to once again wreak havoc on humanity, my thoughts are with the food and “storm supplies” retailers who have the thankless job of predicting not how much snow will fall, but what the fickle consumer will be looking to hoard this time around. Bread, milk and eggs aren’t the only products sold during the mad rush to stock up; in our house, it is garlic, olive oil and pasta; oh and don’t forget the wine! The good news is that catchers and pitchers are reporting to practice this weekend and that can only mean one thing, spring is around the corner!
Acme Markets did its share to help those stranded during the recent devastating ice/snow storm in the DelawareValley. With more than 750,000 folks having no power, Acme did its part and came to the rescue of some of those in need. They had ordered a couple too many generators (the big tractor trailer kind), so they donated one to the Malvern Fire Department, to ensure that first responders could recharge their pagers, walkie-talkies, etc. and keep the lights on at the firehouse. Two other generators were delivered to Martins Run Senior living Community in Media, PA. Martin’s Run houses 300 seniors, some of them in critical care and assisted living. “All of our Acme stores are on power or generator power now, because people need to shop. So as they come up on power, we already have the generator rented for the week, so why not pass it along to someone who needs it in the community,” said Acme president Jim Perkins. He continued, “We love helping the community and we appreciate the opportunity to do that. It was so much fun to walk through here today and talk with all the seniors and thinking that we are going to get their heat back on rewarding to do that.”
In addition, Acme is offering a 5 percent discount coupon to customers affected by the recent storms through February 15. Gotta love our Philly Ac-a-me stores!
Wakefern announced that, in its ongoing effort to achieve seafood sustainability, it has partnered with the Marine Stewardship Council (MSC) and Global Aquaculture Alliance (GAA), the leading international organizations dedicated to advancing environmentally and socially responsible aquaculture providing a safe supply of seafood to meet growing world food needs. Wakefern will increasingly source wild-caught and farm-raised seafood for processing in its facility that meets the certification standards of one of these organizations. Wakefern has taken a major step in meeting its commitment by obtaining MSC chain of custody certification, a comprehensive traceability program back through the supply chain to a MSC certified fishery, at its seafood processing facility in New Jersey. This partnership is an important step towards the company’s goal of sourcing product from vendors who demonstrate sustainable practices.
“Wakefern is dedicated to keeping seafood plentiful and safe for generations to come. We have committed to working with suppliers who ensure that our wild-caught and farm-raised seafood is sourced from certified, sustainable fisheries and farms,” said Karen Meleta, corporate spokesperson for Wakefern. The MSC’s fishery certification program and seafood eco-label recognize and reward sustainable fishing. This global organization works with fisheries, seafood companies, scientists, conservation groups and the public to promote the best environmental choice in wild-caught seafood.
ShopRite was one of the first supermarkets in the United States to participate in a voluntary inspection program and to place the U.S. Department of Commerce’s “Processed Under Federal Inspection” and “Grade A” mark on certain species of fresh fish. Its seafood is under continuous inspection by the US Department of Commerce as well as an internal quality assurance team. All of Wakefern’s seafood undergoes a seven point inspection, following the US Food and Drug Administration’s guidelines. Having its own on-site facility allows Wakefern to deliver fresh seafood seven days a week and helps ensure that the seafood sold at retail meets strict quality standards.
Furthering its sustainable seafood goals, Wakefern will discontinue the distribution of orange roughy, shark, blue-fin tuna and grouper to its retail partners due to their status as over-fished, until a sustainable source can be identified.
In more news from Wakefern, Supermarkets of Cherry Hill, Inc., the Ravitz family’s business that operates five ShopRite stores in south Jersey, announced that it has been recognized by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) for its numerous efforts in food recovery and reduction of waste. All five Ravitz family ShopRites have been awarded the EPA’s Certificate of Achievement for significantly decreasing waste marked for landfills. Earlier this year, Supermarkets of Cherry Hill joined the EPA’s Food Recovery Challenge, a program which encourages organizations to reduce, donate and recycle as much of their excess food as possible to feed families in need, protect the environment and save money. “We are so honored to be recognized by the EPA not only for our commitment to the environment but also for our commitment to the southern New Jersey communities where we do business,” said Jason Ravitz, vice president of retail operations for Supermarkets of Cherry Hill, Inc. “Partnering with the EPA to reduce our environmental impact and simultaneously help our neighbors in need sets a new standard for all our stores as we continue to look for new ways to better serve our customers.”
Congrats to Allegiance Retail Services, LLC on their move into new corporate office space in Iselin, NJ a couple of weeks ago. Please make a note of their new digs: 485D Route 1 South, Iselin, NJ08830. All e-mail addresses and telephone numbers remain the same. Michael Stolarz, president and COO of Allegiance Retail Services, LLC stated, “The newly designed, state-of-the-art floor plan provides greater efficiency for our associates to interact and to conduct business with the vendor community. The 18,900 square foot space, with its enhanced operational efficiencies, was designed for future growth opportunities within the Allegiance organization.”