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The saying “April showers bring May flowers” is certainly holding true this April, but I am sure the saying didn’t mean snow showers, which came at us this past week. Fortunately, baseball has started and the Flyers are battling the Rangers in the hunt for Lord Stanley’s cup, so we know we’re in the home stretch to summer.

At the end of March, Acme Markets celebrated the grand re-opening of its store at 10th and Reed Streets in South Philadelphia. The local trade was out in full force to support the Acme team as they continue to make small strides in regaining market share in the DelawareValley. Together with Swoop, the Eagles mascot, both Dan Croce and Dennis Clark were all smiles as they welcomed customers and vendors and gave generous donations to community groups including the Philadelphia Police Athletic League. Keep up the good work!

Giant/Carlisle and Martin’s recently announced that charitable donations made in 2013 from customers, associates and vendor partners totaled $25.1 million. Donations supporting hunger relief, improving the lives of children, and building healthier communities were made through a combination of cash and product.

“From each store associate up through to our corporate office and distribution centers, Giant/Martin’s is focused on being a better neighbor in the local communities that we serve through community giving and helping customers achieve healthier lifestyles,” said Larry Stover, senior vice president of store operations. “For the second year in a row we have achieved the $25 million in giving milestone! Thank you to our customers, our associates, and our vendor partners who have joined with us over the past year in support of hunger relief, children’s causes and building healthy communities.”

In 2013, nearly 100 regional food banks and local pantries across four states received more than $10 million in product, customer, vendor, and corporate donations. Food donation programs provided more than $9 million in meat and bakery items, equating to hundreds of thousands of pounds of food to assist struggling families. In celebration of the company’s 90th anniversary in 2013, Giant/Carlisle donated a total of $81,000 to nine regional food bank partners towards ongoing hunger relief efforts. Generous customers contributed approximately $1 million during two Bag Hunger in-store campaigns. Also for its 90th anniversary, Giant/Carlisle launched 90 days of giving where stores conducted at least one random act of kindness throughout the summer and into early fall. Giant/Carlisle also committed more than $11 million in contributions to local community groups and various nonprofit organizations throughout its market area, impacting tens of thousands of individuals and families. The grocers’ annual “Support Our Troops” in-store campaign, which benefits regional USOs and the Wounded Warrior Project, an organization that helps severely injured service members aid and assist each other, raised $518,000. Associate and corporate contributions to more than 40 local United Way agencies also totaled more than $1 million in 2013.

Dietz & Watson is celebrating its 75th birthday this year and as part of the celebration, the “Four Generations of Flavor Tour” began earlier this month at the company’s plant in Northeast Philadelphia. The truck will be traveling throughout the states, starting in Houston, TX and returning to Philadelphia in mid-October. The tour, featuring a custom Dietz & Watson branded food truck, will include games, giveaways, coupons and cooking demos plus consumers will be invited to take the company’s signature “Deli Challenge,” in which customers are invited to taste test Dietz & Watson products head to head against top competitors. I hear they’re also flying Momma Dietz out to some of the events, making it a real family celebration. Keep it here for highlights!

The National Association of Produce Market Managers (NAPMM) met in New York City from March 26-29 for its 68th Annual Conference and elected Dan Kane, general manager of the Philadelphia Wholesale Produce Market, as its president for the next year. At the same meeting, Rose Harrell, director of facilities for the Maryland Food Center Authority in Jessup, MD, was named “Market Manager of the Year” and Matthew D’Arrigo, Hunts Point Terminal Produce Market, received a certification of appreciation for his many years of support for the produce industry.

A tip of the hat to Wawa as they celebrated their 50th birthday on April 16. As part of the day-long celebration that began at 6:00 a.m. at the Folsom, PA store and ended with an evening function at the ConstitutionCenter in Philadelphia, all Wawa stores gave out free coffee all day. Did you get your Wawa?