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ShopRite Chefs On Call’ Provides Customers With A Stress-Free Thanksgiving
Keasbey, NJ (November 15, 2012) – ShopRite’s Culinary Workshop Chefs will again provide their advice and expertise to customers who plan to cook holiday meals this Thanksgiving season. The “ShopRite Chefs on Call” service was introduced in 2008 as a culinary resource for ShopRite customers seeking advice, recipes and home-cooking tips from a practiced and knowledgeable source.
From Sunday, November 18th through Thanksgiving Day, a select team of top ShopRite Culinary Workshop Chefs will serve up answers to customers’ Thanksgiving meal preparation questions. Whether cooking a full Thanksgiving dinner, preparing a side dish or simply helping out in the kitchen, ShopRite’s top chefs will be “on call” to guide seasoned cooks and beginners alike through their holiday meal plans and preparations.
Chefs from New York, New Jersey and Pennsylvania ShopRites will be staffing the phones. They include:
• Melissa Greeley, Garwood, NJ
• Suzanne Gawad, Brick, NJ
• Todd Pawlak, locations throughout NJ
• Jeff Seligman, Oakland & Hoboken, NJ
• Vicki Ferentinos, locations throughout NJ
• Jonathon Guarino, Woodbridge, NJ
• Steve Kovarcik, Aberdeen, East Brunswick, Hamilton Marketplace & North Brunswick, NJ
In addition to answering questions received through ShopRite’s Customer Care Center via 1-800-SHOPRITE, these professional Chefs will also share preparation tips and kitchen-tested recipe ideas that are sure to complement the most treasured of traditional holiday meals.
“ShopRite’s Chefs on Call provides ShopRite customers with direct, easy access to someone with professional culinary skills who can guide them through their holiday meal preparation,” said ShopRite’s Corporate Executive Chef, Lynn Logg. “Our friendly chefs are able to connect with customers and this personal connection is truly what makes ShopRite everyone’s ‘neighborhood grocery store.’”
To speak live with a ShopRite Culinary Workshop Chef, customers are encouraged to call 1-800-SHOPRITE (1-800-746-7748) at the following times and ask for the “chef on call.”
• Sunday 11/18 – 9:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
• Monday 11/19 – 9:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
• Tuesday 11/20 – 12 p.m. to 6 p.m.
• Wednesday 11/21 – 10 am – 6 p.m.
• Thanksgiving Day, Thursday 11/22 – 8 a.m. to 2 p.m.
For additional information on holiday turkey preparation including tips on buying, storing, thawing and roasting, please visit http://www.shoprite.com.
ShopRite Makes Record Donation of 100,000 Pounds of Turkey to Local Food Banks
Keasbey, NJ (November 15, 2012) –Fighting hunger in the communities it serves is at the very heart of ShopRite’s charitable giving. Over the last decade, ShopRite Partners In Caring, a year round hunger-fighting initiative, has donated more than 700,000 pounds of frozen turkeys to food banks in New York, New Jersey, Connecticut, Delaware, Pennsylvania and Maryland. This year’s record donation of 100,000 pounds of turkeys is loaded on ShopRite trucks and on its way to local food banks. These turkeys will help to address the recent increase in need for fresh and healthy food in the wake of Hurricane Sandy.
“Now more than ever, our neighbors need our help. ShopRite is grateful to be able to play a small part in providing Thanksgiving meals to those struggling with hunger as they rebuild their homes and lives in the wake of Sandy’s devastating effects. Helping families enjoy a traditional Thanksgiving dinner is something that we at ShopRite are truly thankful for,” said Christine Magyarits, spokeswoman for ShopRite Partners In Caring.
Food banks receiving turkey donations from ShopRite Partners In Caring include: Community Food Bank of New Jersey in Hillside, NJ; Mercer Street Friends in Ewing, NJ; NORWESCAP in Phillipsburg, NJ; Food Bank of Monmouth & Ocean Counties in Neptune, NJ; Community Food Bank (Southern Branch) in Egg Harbor, NJ; Food Bank of South Jersey in Pennsauken, NJ; Foodshare in Bloomfield, CT; Connecticut Food Bank in East Haven, CT; Food Bank of Hudson Valley in Cornwall-on-Hudson, NY; Long Island Cares in Hauppauge, NY; Food Bank for Westchester in Millwood, NY; Food Bank for NYC in Bronx, NY; Food Bank of Northeastern NY in Latham, NY; Philabundance in Philadelphia, PA; Second Harvest Food Bank of Lehigh Valley in Allentown, PA; H&J Weinberg NEPA in Wilkes Barre, PA, Maryland Food Bank in Baltimore, MD, and the Food Bank of Delaware in Newark, DE.
Wakefern Food Corp. Donates $1 Million to Assist in Sandy Relief Efforts
Keasbey, NJ – November 7, 2012 – Wakefern Food Corp. announced today that on behalf of its ShopRite and PriceRite stores, it will donate up to $1 million in both funds and in-kind donations to assist in the relief efforts for those struggling in the wake of super storm Sandy.
The company’s support will focus on regional food banks in the areas its stores serve throughout the Northeast who are providing meals and other assistance to those who have been displaced from their homes.
“The areas hardest hit by the storm are at the center of where our stores are located and our associates live. Many of those devastated by Sandy are our friends and neighbors. Reaching out and providing meals and other supplies remains our primary focus and effort in the days following the storm,” said Joseph Colalillo, chairman and CEO of Wakefern Food Corp. “To that end, Wakefern has committed $1 million in funds and in-kind donations to help aid in post-storm relief and recovery.”
In the hours following the storm, individual stores began addressing the needs of their communities, donating food, water and ice to local charities and government agencies. As relief efforts progressed, truckloads of food, water and prepared meals have been dispatched from Wakefern’s warehouses to regional food banks that are on the front line of relief efforts. “In difficult times like these, we often find that the greatest need emerges in the weeks and months following a devastating event,” said Joe Sheridan, president and COO, Wakefern Food Corp. “As our communities begin to recover from the impact of this storm, we will work to ensure that our support reaches our neighbors who have been most severely impacted.”
ShopRite opens new 95,000 square foot store in brodheadsville – Largest store in the chain to open August 5, 2012
Brodheadsville, PA (July 2012) – ShopRite announced today that the grand opening of its newest store, ShopRite of Brodheadsville, located at 107 Kinsley Drive in Brodheadsville, PA is planned for Sunday, August 5, 2012 at 8:00 AM. Media are invited to attend a preview lunch and ribbon-cutting ceremony on Friday, August 3 from 2:00 – 3:00 PM. Scheduled to join the Kinsley Family, who own and operate this location, are local politicians, elected officials and leaders of the religious community.
With special design features, including a clucking chicken and mooing cow (animatronic, of course!), a trip to the ShopRite of Brodheadsville will be like no other shopping experience. Vintage cars, such as an original wood-paneled 1926 Model T, and antiques are placed throughout the store to welcome customers and share with them a bit of the Kinsley family’s legacy. Model trains wind through the checkout area and memorabilia from Coca-Cola and cash registers from the early days of the grocery business lend an air of history to this brand new, state-of-the-art supermarket.
The new ShopRite of Brodheadsville will offer the local community a broad selection of products and services at ShopRite’s traditional low prices. In addition to a broad array of groceries and fresh produce delivered seven days a week, the 95,000 square foot store will have the services that ShopRite customers have come to expect including: a fresh bake shop that can create custom wedding cakes to rival anything seen on a cooking show; a full-service butcher; fresh seafood delivered daily; a full-service floral department and pharmacy, as well as a broad selection of ethnic foods, including an international aisle with a diverse selection of groceries from around the world. Natural and organic products will be available in every department of the store, which will also feature a large selection of gluten-free items. The ShopRite of Brodheadsville will also feature a Beer to Go department, making it one of the few grocery stores in the area to offer this one-stop convenience.
In addition, the store will have brick ovens for freshly made pizza, a Mediterranean Olive Bar and an Avenue Bean deluxe coffee bar. One of this store’s areas of specialty will be smoked meats – the ShopRite of Brodheadsville will smoke all of its own meat and seafood on premises.
Unique to the ShopRite of Brodheadsville is Doris’ Cafe, where the store’s Executive Chef John Hunt will offer a wide variety of prepared foods including a healthy greens and salad bar, a convenient selection of freshly prepared hot foods and an array of Asian specialties for dining in or taking out, as well as a fresh-made sushi bar, and a grill for made-to-order sandwiches, burgers and grilled chicken. The store will also feature an eat-in lounge with flat screens and Wi-Fi to give customers a relaxing place to enjoy dinner, relax with coffee or check their email.
The ShopRite of Brodheadsville will also offer ShopRite From Home® a service that allows customers to place online orders from their home computer or mobile device and have store associates shop for them, so they can come by at their convenience and pick up their packaged groceries.
Combining the grocery store of the past with the supermarket of the future, this store was built from the ground up using some of the industry’s “greenest” technologies to help reduce waste, protect the environment and create a more energy-efficient shopping experience. The ShopRite of Brodheadsville will include the latest energy-saving and sustainable technologies in refrigeration and lighting, including glass doors on the dairy and freezer cases, LED and T-8 lighting, environmentally-friendly refrigerant systems and a store-wide energy reduction system. Energy usage will be reduced by as much as sixty percent for refrigeration of products and as much as fifty percent for store lighting with the implementation of this state-of-the-art equipment. The ShopRite of Brodheadsville also plans to install solar panels to its white roof, which can actually reduce energy use by about 20 percent in hot, sunny weather and will also employ a waste to water machine, called a bio-digester, to convert organic waste that would otherwise be bound for a landfill into water. This machine has the potential to eliminate 240 tons of organic waste annually. The store will be the first in the area to feature FREE electric car charging stations in front of the store, which will be coming soon and will be located in specially-marked parking spaces.
Clayton Kinsley opened a meat market – Kinsley’s – in Tannersville in 1950. His son, Robert, took over the family business in 1967 with his wife Doris, followed by their daughter Dee Dee in 1969 and their son Chris in 1969. Today, Chris Kinsley serves as General Manager of the ShopRite of Brodheadsville. His two sons Christopher and Robert have also joined the family business, which now includes three generations of Kinsleys. “As longtime members of the Brodheadsville community, we are pleased to bring our friends and neighbors such a unique shopping experience. This new store offers everything our customers could want – and then some – and we are happy to bring the value, quality and low prices for which ShopRite is known to this brand new location,” said Chris Kinsley, Sr.
ShopRite Associates And Customers Break Record In The Fight Against Hunger More Than $750,000 Raised
KEASBEY, N.J. (April 24, 2012) – According to Feeding America, more than forty-nine million Americans experienced food insecurity in 2010. More than sixteen million of them were children.
In a tireless effort to combat these statistics and end hunger in our time, ShopRite associates and loyal customers together raised a record-breaking $750,000 in the 2011 annual Check-Out Hunger fundraiser.
Each year, ShopRite stores compete to raise funds for this worthy cause and the donations benefit local food banks in ShopRite communities across CT, NY, NJ, PA, DE and Maryland. The top four winning stores for this year’s contest are all located in Connecticut and are owned by Milford Markets, a family business operated by the Garafalo family of Milford, Connecticut.
ShopRite stores in Connecticut raised an outstanding donation of $123,964, which was presented to Nancy Carrington, president and CEO of Connecticut Food Bank at the ShopRite of Hamden on Thursday, April 26th.
“We are very proud of our associates and so grateful to our customers for this year’s most generous contributions to feed the hungry,” said Harry Garafalo, president of Milford Markets and member of the Board of Directors of Connecticut Food Bank. “My family and I have been working closely with Connecticut Food Bank, supporting them in their mission to provide food to our neighbors in need. We are honored that our stores have played such an integral part in this year’s Check-Out Hunger event.”
Check-Out Hunger, a national fundraising campaign, donates 100 percent of all funds raised to local hunger-fighting charities. From October through December of last year, ShopRite shoppers added a $1, $3, or $5 donation to their bill at the checkout aisle, helping to raise funds for food banks in ShopRite’s trading areas across six states. Year after year, ShopRite associates work tirelessly at checkout lanes to ensure that Check-Out Hunger contributions continue to be a major source of funding for local food banks.
The Check-Out Hunger program is the perfect complement to ShopRite’s year-round, community-based, hunger-fighting initiative, ShopRite Partners In Caring. Since 1999, ShopRite Partners In Caring has donated $28 million to more than 1,700 charities, including food pantries, soup kitchens, homeless shelters, and other organizations that aid those in need.
ShopRite Of Flemington Store Manager Receives Award – Named by the Food Marketing Institute in 2012
Flemington, NJ (May 14, 2012) – ShopRite of Flemington’s very own Mike Jacob, has been named a Grand Prize Winner of the Food Marketing Institute (FMI) 2012 Store Manager Awards. The three winners were chosen from nine category finalists recognized for their work in innovative store operations, leadership and community involvement.
The Grand Prize Winners were announced at the FMI2012 retail convention and trade show, which took place in Dallas this past May 1 – 3. Each of the three winners were presented with a $1,000 check during an award ceremony by Leslie G. Sarasin, president and CEO of FMI, and FMI Chairman & President and CEO of Harris Teeter, Fred Morganthall.
Mike Jacob, devoted store manager at the Flemington ShopRite, was recognized for his many services to ShopRite, his associates and the community during his sixteen year tenure.
One of his most significant accomplishments is his impact on sales through innovative store practices, resulting in a 5% increase in gross sales in 2011 compared to the year before.
Mr. Jacob is also honored for his leadership skills in his management of more than 450 store associates. Recently, he empowered his ShopRite team to raise $20,000 to benefit the Flemington Area Food Pantry. For Jacob this meant motivating his associates and management team to raise funds, but also doing his part by sitting atop a dunk tank at one of the store’s many fundraising events.
Most importantly, Mr. Jacob is well known for his commitment and service to the community. During Hurricane Irene in 2011, he rallied 18 of his ShopRite of Flemington associates to restore the neighboring Clinton store when it lost power, helping to keep the community supermarket open for customers in need of food, water and safety supplies.
“I am so pleased to congratulate Mike Jacob on this much-deserved achievement,” said Joseph Colalillo, owner and operator of the ShopRite of Flemington. “He is a highly valued member of the ShopRite family and I am so grateful to him for his unwavering dedication to the well-being of our store, our associates, our customers and our community.”
ShopRite Responds to Human Society Footage of Egg Production
(Keasbey, NJ) April 13, 2012 – ShopRite supermarkets receives fresh eggs from several suppliers to provide its customers with fresh, safe food. Products which carry the ShopRite label must meet high standards for quality and safety as well as industry-accepted standards for animal welfare.
One of ShopRite’s suppliers, Kreider Farms, provides approximately 25% of ShopRite brand eggs. ShopRite store owners were naturally concerned to see video footage released by the Humane Society of the United States (HSUS). A Quality Assurance team from the ShopRite cooperative immediately traveled to and inspected Kreider Farms facilities in Manheim, PA on Friday, April 13. No evidence was found to support or validate the conditions depicted in the HSUS video.
The ShopRite cooperative takes great care in selecting companies to supply its private label products. Kreider Farms is an approved vendor because it was one of the first egg producers in the country to achieve SQF (Safe Quality Food) certification, globally recognized by retailers and food service providers around the world as the most trusted food safety and quality certification program available. Kreider Farms also leads the industry in upgrading to state-of-the-art facilities. At least 80% of their cages exceed the “space per bird” standards required under existing UEP (United Egg Producer) certification standards.
In addition, recent third party, independent inspections by the State of Pennsylvania Department of Agriculture; Pennsylvania State University; University of Pennsylvania and the American College of Poultry Veterinarians have all confirmed that Kreider Farms is, and has been, operating its facilities at or above industry standards.
The families that own and operate ShopRite stores have been proud to serve their communities for more than 60 years. Their customers trust the ShopRite brand because ShopRite supports companies like Kreider Farms — a third-generation, family owned farm. The ShopRite cooperative believes that animals in food production should and can be raised, handled, transported and processed in ways that ensure they are clean, safe, well-nourished and free from cruelty, abuse or neglect.
A Statement From ShopRite on Kreider Farms Eggs
“ShopRite works with several suppliers to provide eggs to our stores. One of those suppliers is Kreider Farms.
We are concerned about any claims related to the mistreatment of animals and have asked our Quality Assurance team to visit the facility to ensure that our suppliers adhere to the industry’s accepted standards for animal welfare.
At ShopRite, we believe that animals in food production should and can be raised, handled, transported and processed in ways that ensure they are clean, safe, well-nourished and free from cruelty, abuse or neglect.
Our goal is to provide our customers with safe, high quality foods at great value that they can be proud to serve to their families.”
ShopRite of Hatfield PA Achieves EPA GreenChill Gold Certification
Keasbey, NJ — January 19, 2012 — ShopRite announced today that its Hatfield, PA store has been awarded the GreenChill Gold Certification. This prestigious award, distributed annually by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), recognizes food retailers who have implemented sustainable cooling systems, thereby reducing refrigerant emissions and decreasing their impact on the ozone layer and climate change.
The EPA’s goal in creating this award is to encourage retailers to act as partners to transition their stores to environmentally friendlier refrigerants, eliminate environmentally and financially costly refrigerant leaks and to adopt green refrigeration technologies and other environmental practices.
In fact, the ShopRite of Hatfield Pointe boasts a sustainable refrigeration system that is the first of its kind to be installed in the state of Pennsylvania and one of only 32 operating systems in the country. This particular system uses carbon dioxide and glycol rather than ozone-depleting refrigerants. The substances are virtually leak proof, thereby creating a safer and more cost-effective system.
ShopRite has long been committed to sustainability in its stores. Not surprisingly, the ShopRite of Hatfield Pointe has many other “green” features, including energy-efficient store lighting in the form of LED lamps and T-8 bulbs, frozen and dairy display cases equipped with energy-efficient doors, as well as water-conserving forced-air meat and seafood display cases. Together, these features conserve energy and costs to allow an environmentally responsible shopping experience for customers, at ShopRite’s traditional low prices.
The ShopRite of Hatfield Pointe is owned and operated by KTM II Supermarkets, LLC. a family-owned business. Operated by the Miller family, KTM II Supermarkets is comprised of Joseph and Mary Miller, their daughters Kathi Miller-Madanci, Theresa Miller Sheeler, Maggie Miller, and sons-in-law Jim Madanci and Kevin Sheeler. The Miller family also owns and operates the ShopRite of West Chester, PA.
“We are honored to be selected with other environmentally-conscious retailers to accept this prestigious award,” said Jim Madanci, operations director for KTM II Supermarkets, LLC. “ShopRite has a deep-rooted investment in environmentally-friendly practices and we are grateful to be recognized as an EPA partner. We will continue to improve our environmental efforts in all our stores.”
New Jersey High Schools Honored With The ShopRite Cup
Awards to recognize top athletic programs for 2010-2011 school year
Keasbey, NJ; September 23, 2011 – New Jersey ShopRite stores will honor six top performing high school athletic programs this Fall with the presentation of the ShopRite Cup. Now in its eighth year, the ShopRite Cup is presented jointly by ShopRite stores and the New Jersey State Interscholastic Athletic Association (NJSIAA). Six winning schools – four public and two non-public – have received this prestigious award each year since the program’s inception in 2004.
“Awareness of the ShopRite Cup competition has grown tremendously since we first started this program, making it a coveted prize for schools and student athletes alike,” said Steve Timko, executive director of the NJSIAA. “Our participants not only learn the importance of teamwork during the season but also the benefits of hard work and determination. Whether they receive the Cup or not, all of our athletes are winners.”
To win, schools earned ShopRite Cup points by finishing in the top four in their group’s state championship competitions in 32 NJSIAA-sanctioned sports during the 2010-2011 school year. The ShopRite Cup also rewards bonus points for sportsmanship.
“Participation in team sports is such an important part of a young person’s life,” said Karen Meleta, spokeswoman for ShopRite. “ShopRite is honored to recognize these athletes, their commitment to their sport and their dedication to excellence.”
Recipients of the 2011 ShopRite Cup are listed below along with the school’s trophy presentation date.
• Hunterdon Central Regional High School (September 23 at 7:45 pm)
• Delsea Regional High School (September 30 at 6:45 pm)
• St. Rose of Belmar High School (October 5 at 8:30 am)
• Christian Brothers Academy (October 5 at 1:45 pm)
• New Providence High School (October 6 at 6:45 pm)
• Haddonfield Memorial High School (November 23 at 11:00 am)
The 2011 ShopRite Cup ceremonies will include presentations of ShopRite Cup trophies and ShopRite Cup banners to the winning schools to be hung in their gymnasiums. The schools’ local ShopRites will also proudly display congratulatory banners announcing their achievements.
For the complete schedule or more information about the ShopRite Cup, including point totals and group standings, please visit www.njsiaa.org and click on “Awards.”
ShopRite To Host ‘Grand Tasting’ Event At The Food Network New York City Wine & Food Festival
Specialty Products Available Exclusively at ShopRite Stores Featured in Premier Food Festival
Keasbey, NJ; September 2011 – For the fourth consecutive year, ShopRite is the presenting sponsor of the Food Network New York City Wine & Food Festival, which will take place Saturday, October 1st and Sunday, October 2nd in New York’s trendy Meatpacking District at historic Pier 57. Proceeds from the event will once again benefit hunger relief initiatives through the Food Bank for New York City and Share Our Strength. The Grand Tasting Presented by ShopRite is part of the New York City Wine & Food Festival hosted by The Food Network, Food &Wine and Travel and Leisure magazines. As one of the Festival’s most popular attractions, The Grand Tasting will not only showcase ShopRite’s premier line of limited edition specialty products, but will also offer attendees signature dishes from the city’s most respected restaurants and world-renowned wine and spirit makers in a deliciously designed two-day gastronomic experience.
This year, ShopRite’s area at The Grand Tasting offers ticket-holders the opportunity to try recipes created by Lynn Logg, ShopRite’s Corporate Executive Chef and head of ShopRite’s Culinary Workshop. Chef Lynn will feature the following exclusive recipes at the New York City Wine & Food Festival:
• Pasta with Crumbled Sausage tossed in a Spinach Cream sauce featuring ShopRite Imported Organic Pasta • Garden to Table Pasta Salad featuring ShopRite Imported Organic Pasta and ShopRite Imported Basting Oil • Pasta with Butternut Squash, Carmelized Onions and Pancetta with a Rosemary Brown Butter featuring ShopRite Imported Organic Pasta • Pasta Pie featuring ShopRite Imported Organic Pasta and ShopRite Imported Campania Grown Cherry Tomatoes
“More and more people are discovering the joys of cooking at home. ShopRite products, which boast specialty and imported restaurant quality ingredients, help our customers turn everyday meals into extraordinary meals,” said Chef Lynn. “The Grand Tasting is the perfect venue to showcase all that the ShopRite brand has to offer – the authenticity and taste that foodies love, at affordable prices for the gourmet chef in everyone.” Chef Lynn’s recipes feature a selection of ShopRite Private Label specialty and limited edition ingredients that can make meals a masterpiece at a fraction of the cost of gourmet shops, including ShopRite Imported San Marzano Tomatoes, ShopRite Extra Virgin Olive Oil, ShopRite Imported Campania Grown Cherry Tomatoes and ShopRite Imported Basting Oil. Two new ShopRite products will also be introduced and featured at the event: ShopRite Imported Organic Pastas, which come in seven authentic Italian varieties – Trottole, Radiatore, Gigli, Fusilli, Casarecce, Rigatoni and Pennoni, and ShopRite Imported Woodfired Pizza, which is available in four blends of Italian cheeses and spinach – Four Cheese, Margherita, Goat Cheese and individual size Certified Organic Four Cheese.
Joe Gozzi, director of Specialty Foods at Wakefern Food Corp., the distribution and merchandising arm of ShopRite supermarkets, adds, “We are thrilled to continue our partnership with New York’s premier food and wine festival. As the presenting sponsor, we are also very excited to showcase the ShopRite brand by bringing our award-winning line of top quality products, as well as dishes created by our team of gourmet chefs, to all food lovers. Not only does the Food Network New York City Wine & Food Festival help place New York City’s food scene center stage, but it also lets the public know that ShopRite is more than a neighborhood supermarket, it is a culinary resource for home chefs.”
Summer Can Can Sale Starts July 10; “Get Can Canned” app puts fans faces on animated Can Can dancer.
July 6, 2011, (Keasbey, NJ) – ShopRite’s 40th Anniversary celebration of the famous Can Can Sale continues with Summer Can Can! ShopRite kicks off the Summer Can Can Sale this Sunday, July 10th.
“Now’s the time to stock up while the values last…”
From the instantly recognizable song to the dancing can can girls, many of us have had some experience with ShopRite’s famous Can Can Sale. This year, the ShopRite Can Can is celebrating its 40th Anniversary. Started in 1971, ShopRite’s Can Can sale has a loyal and devoted following, with scores of customers eagerly awaiting the annual event. In fact, it proved so popular that in 2002, ShopRite introduced the Summer Can Can Sale.
Over the years, the Can Can Sale has changed and grown. Originally intended to focus solely on ShopRite Private Label products, today, many national brands are included as well.
To help spread the word about ShopRite’s 40th Anniversary Summer Can Can Sale, ShopRite has created a special website – “Get Can Canned,” which gives visitors the opportunity to become a ShopRite Can Can dancer by uploading a photo which will be placed on the animated dancer’s body. The video, set to the famous ShopRite Can Can jingle, can be emailed to friends or shared via Facebook or Twitter. You can also share your Can Can image in a special gallery on the ShopRite Facebook page. “Get Can Canned” at www.shopritecancan.com.
To kick off the Summer Can Can Sale, ShopRite will host a canned food drive with the Phillies on July 10th from 11 AM – 3 PM on Citizens Bank Way in Philadelphia. Donations from the food drive will benefit Philabundance, the Delaware Valley’s largest hunger relief organization. Fans who make a food donation will receive a will receive a FREE ShopRite re-usable grocery bag. The event will feature a LIVE 98.1 WOGL broadcast with The Breakfast Club hosts Valerie Knight and Frank Lewis, Can Can dancing with the Phillies Ball Girls and a chance to meet the ShopRite Potluck bloggers, who will be tweeting and blogging from the event. Additional prizes and giveaways while supplies last, as well as scheduled appearances by the Phillies Phanatic and Phillies legend Greg Luzinski!
Another key part of the 40th Anniversary celebration, which began with the January Can Can Sale, was the donation of 40,000 cans of food to food banks in the communities that ShopRite serves. The Food Bank for NYC, Community Food Bank of New Jersey, Philabundance, Connecticut Food Bank, Food Bank of Delaware and Maryland Food Bank were visited in January by ShopRite’s 40th Anniversary Can Can Truck (see photo attached) which delivered thousands of cans of food, especially important at that time of year, as food bank donations drop off post-holiday season.
Although there are no sales figures available from the early days of ShopRite’s Can Can, the company estimates it has sold more than 3 Billion cans over the sale’s 40 year history, including more than 150 million cans of vegetables, 10 million cans of soup, 3 million cans of tuna, 1 million cans of coffee and 5 million cans of pet food. For the 40th anniversary, sales are expected to exceed more than 300 million cans and bottles.
ShopRite’s 40th Anniversary Summer Can Can sale begins on Sunday, July 10th and runs for 2 weeks at all ShopRite stores in the Northeast. For more information, visit www.ShopRite.com.
First of the Season Copper River Salmon Available at ShopRite
Keasbey, NJ, May 19, 2011 – Alaska’s most famous salmon will arrive at select ShopRite stores this Friday, May 20th. Wild caught from Alaskan waters, Copper River Salmon is widely recognized as the world’s best tasting salmon and food lovers relish the day in May when it becomes available. Copper River Salmon is also sustainably sourced, reinforcing ShopRite’s commitment to providing its customers with an environmentally-responsible shopping experience.
In addition to its rich flavor, Copper River Salmon also offers heart-healthy benefits. High in Omega-3 oil, this healthy and prized salmon aids in reducing heart disease and lowering cholesterol. See below for a healthy recipe from ShopRite’s Corporate Dietitian, as well as a list of ShopRite stores where Copper River Salmon will be available.
Copper River Salmon with Tomatoes and Chives
Prep Time: 15 minutes Cook Time: 10 minutes
Ingredients: 1 tbsp. ShopRite olive oil 1 garlic clove, minced 1/4 cup ShopRite apple juice 1 medium tomato, chopped 2 tbsp. chopped fresh chives or 1 tbsp. dried chives 2 tbsp. fresh lemon juice 11/2 lbs. Copper River Salmon fillet
Easy Steps: 1. Lightly coat a grill pan or grill rack with nonstick cooking spray. Place grill pan over medium high heat; or preheat grill to medium (300°F to 350°F). 2. Heat oil in a small saucepan over medium heat. Add garlic; cook, stirring, just until tender. Carefully stir in apple juice. Bring to boiling; reduce heat. Simmer, uncovered, 2 to 3 minutes or until liquid is reduced by half. Stir in tomato, chives and lemon juice. Set aside. 3. Rinse fillet; pat dry with paper towels. Cut fillet into 4 serving-size pieces. Grill 10 to 11 minutes or until fish flakes easily with a fork, turning once. Serve with warm tomato mixture.
Serves 4 Per Serving: 244 calories, 10g fat, 2g saturated fat, 0g trans fat, 75mg cholesterol, 85mg sodium, 4g carbohydrate, 0g fiber, 34g protein
Make it a meal: Serve with steamed brown rice and roasted asparagus. Click here to add ingredients to your shopping list
Copper River Salmon will be available at the following ShopRite stores in:
New Jersey Bernardsville Brookdale (Bloomfield) Byram (Stanhope) Chester (Route 206 South) Clinton East Windsor (Hightown) Englewood Flemington Garden State Pavilion (Cherry Hill) Garwood Hamilton (Robbinsville) Lincoln Park Little Falls Mansfield (Hackettstown) Marlton Middletown Montgomery Township Newton N. Brunswick Paramus Parsippany Pennington Phillipsburg Rochelle Park Rockaway Somers Point Succasunna Wharton
New York Morton Village (Plainview) Pearl River Poughkeepsie
ShopRite Signs Lease for New Supermarket in Niskayuna, NY New Store Scheduled to Open in Fall 2011
Schenectady, NY, May 18, 2011 – Schenectady County officials today joined with the Town of Niskayuna to announce that a new full-service ShopRite supermarket will open in Fall 2011 at the former St. James Square, which will officially be renamed ShopRite Square. The store will be owned and operated by ShopRite Supermarkets Inc. (SRS), which has 29 ShopRite stores in New York and New Jersey, including recently opened locations in White Plains and Scarsdale, NY. SRS is a wholly owned subsidiary of Wakefern Food Corp.
Judith Dagostino, Chairwoman of the Schenectady County Legislature said, “This is great news for Niskayuna and for Schenectady County. We are excited that ShopRite has chosen to invest in Schenectady County and we welcome them to our community. Filling the vacant space at St. James Square has been a top priority for our economic development team, and today we celebrate a new name and a great new future for this plaza located in the heart of Niskayuna.”
Niskayuna Town Supervisor Joe Landry said, “Our number one economic priority has been to bring new tenants to the former St. James Square. Since I took office, we have worked closely with the County on this project. We believe that ShopRite will be a great addition to our community, and we welcome them to Niskayuna.”
The site of the future ShopRite of Niskayuna will undergo a complete refurbishment and renovation before its planned opening and is expected to occupy a space of more than 55,000 sq. ft. Columbia Development and BBL Construction will work with ShopRite to completely renovate not only the store but also surrounding parking areas, entrance roads, lighting and other facility upgrades. ShopRite expects to hire approximately 300 full and part-time employees at the new Niskayuna location.
In addition to a broad array of groceries and fresh produce, the store will have the services that ShopRite customers have come to expect including: a fresh bake shop; fresh meats; fresh seafood; full-service floral department; and pharmacy, as well as a broad selection of ethnic foods and natural and organic products in every department. The store will also offer a wide array of prepared foods including freshly made brick oven Pizza, Gourmet Coffee Bars, fresh salad and Mediterranean Olive bars and a selection of Japanese and Chinese specialties for dining in or taking out, as well as a fresh-made sushi bar.
For the convenience of its customers, the ShopRite of Niskayuna will offer ShopRite From Home delivery service or in-store grocery pick-up and will have the free services of an on-site Dietitian to help customers shop for healthy choices or specific diets. One unique feature of the ShopRite of Niskayuna will be the presence of a Wi-Fi lounge, where shoppers can have lunch or enjoy a cup of coffee while browsing the Internet.
The new store will feature the latest energy-saving and sustainable technologies in refrigeration and lighting, including glass doors on the dairy and freezer cases, LED and T-8 lighting and environmentally friendly refrigerant systems.
“We are very pleased to provide ShopRite’s commitment to customer service, variety, value and low prices to this new location and thrilled to be bringing ShopRite to Schenectady County,” said Dave Figurelli, President and Chief Operating Officer of SRS, Inc. “We look forward to partnering with the communities we serve and becoming your neighborhood ShopRite.”
ShopRite To Host May Health Events
FREE Bone Density Screenings and Nutritional Counseling to Celebrate Women’s Health Month
May 13, 2011 – Stand tall. No matter your age, it’s never too late to stop bone loss. During the month of May, and as part of the Live Right with ShopRite™ Health and Wellness program, ShopRite will offer health-conscious customers a FREE bone density screening in recognition of Women’s Health Month. Additionally, on-site health professionals will be available to provide customers with education materials about osteoporosis and foods rich in calcium and vitamin D.
No registration is required. For a full schedule of events, please visit shopriteforms.mywebgrocer.com.
For additional information on ShopRite’s Health and Wellness program, please visit shopriteforms.mywebgrocer.com’s Health and Wellness page or contact ShopRite’s Customer Care Center at 1-800-SHOPRITE.
Wakefern Food Corp. Donates Personal Hygiene Kits to Assist in Alabama Disaster Relief Efforts
Keasbey, NJ – May 13, 2010 – Wakefern Food Corp. announced today that on behalf of its ShopRite and PriceRite stores, it will donate 1,000 personal hygiene kits to those affected by the recent tornados in Alabama. With a value of nearly $20,000, these kits will provide personal care essentials such as shampoo, soap, toothpaste and toothbrushes to displaced Americans suffering in the nation’s South. Wakefern associate volunteers gathered Monday evening to assemble the 1,000 kits which will be loaded onto a ShopRite trailer headed to the West Alabama Food Bank for distribution to those affected by the disaster.
“The core of our business philosophy – families serving families – is reinforced at a time like this, when we proudly stretch out our hands to assist our fellow Americans in need,” stated Joseph Colalillo, chairman and CEO for Wakefern Food Corp. “It is our hope that this donation helps in some small way to alleviate the suffering of those left in the wake of this disaster.
ShopRite Delivers Roses for the Cure
Mother’s Day flowers to benefit Susan G. Komen for the Cure®
Keasbey, NJ – May 2, 2011 – This Mother’s Day, you can treat Mom, and help so many others, with ShopRite’s Roses for the Cure. Customers who purchase these special roses at any ShopRite store from now until Mother’s Day will be showing their support in the fight against breast cancer. Roses for the Cure bouquets – one dozen pink and white roses ensconced in a sleeve adorned with the iconic pink ribbon – celebrate Mother’s Day with the gift of love and life. Available for $12.99 in the floral department, a portion of all Roses for the Cure proceeds will be donated to Susan G. Komen for the Cure’s local affiliates. Susan G. Komen for the Cure is a global leader in the breast cancer movement and holds the largest source of nonprofit funds dedicated to the fight against breast cancer in the world.
“ShopRite has always been one of our most dedicated supporters,” said Lisa Gallipoli, Executive Director of the North Jersey Affiliate of Susan G. Komen for the Cure. “Many of the breast cancer patients and survivors we represent are also Mothers, and we are delighted to honor and support them in this very special way.”
ShopRite is also an annual sponsor of the Komen Race for the Cure® in North, Central and South New Jersey, Connecticut and Philadelphia. On Sunday, May 15th, the North Jersey Race for the Cure will take place at the Essex County South Mountain Recreation Complex in West Orange, NJ. ShopRite will sponsor this event, providing continental breakfast for 10,000 participants and packing more than 750 lunches for survivors attending the event.
More Than $632,000 Raised for Check-Out Hunger
KEASBEY, N.J. (April 121, 2011) – More than fifty million Americans experienced food insecurity in 2009. More than seventeen million of them were children. In a tireless effort to combat these statistics and end hunger in our time, ShopRite associates and loyal customers together raised a record-breaking $632,086 in the 2010 annual Check-Out Hunger fundraiser.
Check-Out Hunger, a national fundraising campaign, donates 100 percent of all funds raised to local hunger-fighting charities. From October through December of last year, ShopRite shoppers added a $1, $3, or $5 donation to their bill at the checkout aisle, helping to raise funds for food banks in ShopRite’s trading areas across six states. Year after year, ShopRite associates work tirelessly at checkout lanes to ensure that Check-Out Hunger contributions continue to be a major source of funding for local food banks.
The Check-Out Hunger program is the perfect complement to ShopRite’s year-round, community-based, hunger-fighting initiative, ShopRite Partners In Caring. Since 1999, ShopRite Partners In Caring has donated $24 million to more than 1,700 charities, including food pantries, soup kitchens, homeless shelters, and other organizations that aid those in need.
“The Check-Out Hunger program provides an easy way for our customers to help address the issue of hunger right in their own communities,” said Karen Meleta, spokesperson for ShopRite. “Alleviating hunger and providing assistance to our neighbors in need is at the forefront of ShopRite’s commitment to the community. We are proud of our associates and grateful to our customers for this year’s most generous contributions to the fight against hunger.”
NEW ShopRite TO OPEN IN SOMERVILLE NEW JERSEY
Groundbreaking ceremony scheduled for March 22nd
Keasbey, NJ – March 16, 2011 – ShopRite announced today that a new 70,000 square foot store will open in Somerville, New Jersey in the Fall of 2011. A groundbreaking ceremony to kick-off construction of this new store will take place on Tuesday, March 22 at 4:00 PM. Scheduled to attend are local politicians and community leaders.
Located at One South Davenport Street, and filling a space left vacant by Pathmark, the new ShopRite of Somerville will be operated by Saker ShopRites, Inc., a family-owned business. Comprised of third and fourth generation grocers, the Saker family also owns and operates 27 additional ShopRites in central New Jersey. With this new store, they will bring more than 300 jobs to the community.
In addition to a broad array of groceries and fresh produce, this store will have several services that ShopRite customers have come to expect including: a fresh bake shop, fresh meat cut to order, fresh seafood delivered daily and a floral department, as well as a broad selection of natural and organic products in every department. All “World Class” Saker ShopRites also offer customers a wide variety of freshly prepared hot foods and gourmet delicacies, including an authentic Chinese buffet, brick oven pizza, fresh-made sushi, a salad bar, Mediterranean olive bar, and cheeses from around the world.
The ShopRite of Somerville will have a pharmacy, an in-store café and a full-service catering department to provide anything from an intimate dinner for two to a full-scale gala event.
The ShopRite of Somerville will be built with the latest energy-saving and sustainable technologies in refrigeration and lighting, including glass doors on the dairy and freezer cases, LED and T-8 lighting and environmentally-friendly refrigerant systems.
“We are excited to extend our commitment to central New Jersey by bringing the value and service of a World Class ShopRite to the Somerville community,” said Richard Saker, President of Saker ShopRites, Inc. “As lifelong residents of this great state, my family and I are better able to serve the unique needs of our new neighbors and look forward to having a positive impact on the community.”
ShopRite Expands Mobile Presence
Only grocery retailer with presence on iPhone, Android and mobile web
Keasbey, NJ (February 23, 2011) — ShopRite announced today that it is now the only grocery retailer with a presence on three major mobile spaces – iPhone, Android and mobile website. Powered by MyWebGrocer, these ShopRite apps enable customers to access online specials and create digital shopping lists right from their phones.
The mobile application is built specifically for each platform, in order to provide the best user experience. Within the app, customers can easily look at digital circulars to see all the items on sale that week at their local store, and to select items to add to their online shopping lists. Grocery lists can be constructed from a desktop website as well, which syncs with the mobile apps and mobile website. Customers can also click on product-sponsored advertisements at the bottom of the app and add these items to their lists.
Cheryl Williams, Vice President of Marketing for Wakefern Food Corp./ShopRite, spoke about ShopRite’s mobile strategy: “We want to provide our customers with the opportunity to interact with our weekly savings circular wherever they are. By using mobile apps and a mobile website, we’ve found a way to make ShopRite customers’ lives easier, and to engage them in a space where they spend a great deal of their day.”
By bringing the online grocery experience to the three biggest mobile platforms, ShopRite acknowledges the fact that mobile technology is no longer an emerging media – it’s already here. Rebecca Roose, Marketing Manager of MyWebGrocer, notes that “Mobile is not a one-off, it’s a way of life. Shoppers are spending more time on their mobile devices and it’s important for ShopRite to be able to interact with its customers through their preferred mobile platform. Mobile solutions are designed to make people’s lives easier, and by providing customized apps and a mobile website, ShopRite is doing just that.”
For more information about ShopRite apps, please visit shopriteforms.mywebgrocer.com/mobile
INTRODUCING POTLUCK – ShopRite’S FIRST-EVER BLOG PANEL
An Exclusive Group of Food and Mom Bloggers Gather Together as ShopRite’s New Potluck Panelists to Experience the ShopRite Private Label Product Line
Keasbey, NJ (February 1, 2011) – ShopRite is giving new meaning to the word “Potluck” with the introduction of their first-ever blog panel, Potluck…Everyone Brings Something to the Table. Potluck, an online blog launched on ShopRite.com, is a community of writers who will post recipes, reviews and cooking demonstrations using ShopRite Private Label products.
ShopRite’s Potluck panelists share a passion for food and are eager to share their opinions on ShopRite private label products with their online communities. The panelists are located in each of ShopRite’s trading areas – New York, New Jersey, Pennsylvania, Maryland, Connecticut and Delaware.
“Potluck is a first for ShopRite and we are extremely excited to have this group share their perspectives on new products, food, cooking and shopping with our customers,” said Karen Meleta, ShopRite spokesperson. “Our Potluck panelists are a fantastic group of individuals, each with their own voice and unique point of view. It’s wonderful to see their enthusiasm for being part of our panel.”
Each month the Potluck panelists will sample a selection of products from ShopRite’s Kosher, Auténtíco, Organic, Specialty Imported or Private Label collections so that they can create their own recipes or share something new with their readers. .
The Potluck panelists will be invited to attend exclusive events, such as the ShopRite-sponsored Grand Tasting at the New York City Wine and Food Festival, the ShopRite LPGA Classic, new store openings, and community events hosted by ShopRite.
The Potluck panelists will share their unique voices and genuine approaches with posts on the Potluck blog (http://blog.shoprite.com/), including their opinions on ShopRite private label products, original recipes, tips and their experiences at exclusive Potluck events.
For more information on Potluck and the panelists, please visit: http://blog.shoprite.com/
ShopRite Partners In Caring ‘Gets Connected’ to Hunger-Fighting Heroes
Annual Contest Honors ShopRite Associates on Special-Edition Cheerios Boxes
Keasbey, NJ (March 3, 2011) – For the 11th year running, ShopRite associates have banded together for the annual ShopRite Partners In Caring Cheerios Contest. The contest, held during National Hunger Action month in September, challenges ShopRite associates to raise awareness and funds toward alleviating hunger in their local communities.
ShopRite stores in six states raised a record $522,000 in this year’s contest that has the ability to provide millions of meals to those in need. Some of the more creative fundraising events included carnivals, parades, scavenger hunts, ice cream socials and tailgates. To recognize the dedication and effort of the 40 winning stores, 81 ShopRite associates will be featured on a special-edition Cheerios box, available exclusively at ShopRite stores in March.
The theme of this year’s special-edition Cheerios box is “Get Connected” and showcases a collage of photos of the 81 associates who came together to create a network of hunger-fighting heroes.
“The heart of ShopRite Partners In Caring truly lies in the dedication and generous spirit of our network of hunger-fighting heroes,” said Christine Magyarits, spokesperson for ShopRite Partners In Caring. “This network not only includes our store associates but also our vendor partners, local hunger-fighting charities, food banks and our loyal ShopRite customers. Each year, these groups ‘Get Connected,’ helping to raise funds and hope for those in need and bringing us one step closer to an end to hunger in our time.”
To learn more about ShopRite Partners In Caring and to make a donation to the issue of hunger, please visit: ShopRitePartnersInCaring.org.
The winning stores are:
New Jersey: ShopRite of Brookdale, ShopRite of Newton, ShopRite of Phillipsburg, ShopRite of Succasunna, ShopRite of Clinton, ShopRite of Marmora, ShopRite of Mansfield, ShopRite of Netcong, ShopRite of Cinnaminson, ShopRite of Flanders, ShopRite of Garden State Pavilion, ShopRite of Bayonne, ShopRite of Medford, ShopRite of Franklin, ShopRite of Flemington, ShopRite of Mount Laurel, ShopRite of Brooklawn, ShopRite of Rio Grande, ShopRite of Byram, ShopRite of Mullica Hill, ShopRite of Jackson, ShopRite of Marlton, ShopRite of Montague, ShopRite of Evesham Road, ShopRite of Lyndhurst
New York: ShopRite of Forest & Richmond, ShopRite of Hylan Boulevard, ShopRite of Wallkill, ShopRite of Croton
Pennsylvania: ShopRite of Morrell Plaza, ShopRite of Parkside, ShopRite of Fairless Hills, ShopRite of Daleville, ShopRite of Aramingo Avenue, ShopRite of Island Avenue, ShopRite of Roxborough, ShopRite of Oregon Avenue
Maryland: ShopRite of Jacksonville
Connecticut: ShopRite of Waterbury, ShopRite of Bristol
ShopRite & MyWebGrocer Launch the First Retail Grocery Weekly Specials Android App
Building off the success of ShopRite’s iPhone App, MyWebGrocer and ShopRite supermarkets have teamed up again to launch a new Android Application, ShopRite Weekly Specials™. The new App, which is free and available now through Android’s Market, is the first App dedicated to weekly grocery specials on Android’s Operating System.
ShopRite’s customers are spending more time on their mobile devices and this App is yet another way to make ShopRite’s customers’ lives easier. The App is a portable circular and pre-store planning tool that invites consumers to “start saving” by browsing hundreds of items instantly. Among its many groundbreaking features, ShopRite Weekly Specials enables consumers to see what’s on sale in real time at their neighborhood ShopRite store. Once they select an item, it is added to their shopping list, which is neatly organized by category with pictures, descriptions and real time prices. Shoppers can also use the voice command to add items to their list by speaking into the App. The App syncs and downloads store specials directly to any Android mobile device and can even sync with customers’ shopping list at ShopRite.com.
“Our customers are on-the-go more then ever, and by teaming up with MyWebGrocer we continue to make their busy lives easier,” explains ShopRite VP of Marketing Cheryl Williams. “Our Android mobile app is the perfect extension of our mobile strategy, providing our customers the opportunity to interact with our weekly savings circular wherever they are. Given the increase we’ve experienced in visits to ShopRite.com from Android phones, it was the natural next step.”
MyWebGrocer CEO Rich Tarrant said, “Our goal is to help our clients engage with their customers where ever they are in the digital space. We are very pleased to deliver an Android mobile solution for ShopRite. Ever since the early success of their iPhone savings App, we knew that a mobile strategy for multiple platforms made sense.”
The new ShopRite Weekly Specials App is available now as a free download on the Android Market by search “ShopRite” on your web enabled Android phone.
Four New ShopRites To Open In Connecticut
Keasbey, NJ (May 17, 2010) – ShopRite announced today that it will celebrate the opening of four new stores in Connecticut next week. The brand-new ShopRites of Canton and Enfield will celebrate their grand openings with ribbon cutting ceremonies at 9:00 a.m. on Wednesday, May 26th. The ShopRites of Stratford and Hamden will open their doors with ceremonies at 8:00 a.m. on Wednesday, May 26th and Friday, May 28th, respectively.
All four stores have undergone complete renovations to bring their respective communities state-of-the-art supermarkets with some of the industry’s most sustainable technologies, including energy-efficient lighting, a storewide recycling and composting program and shopping baskets made from recycled materials.
At more than 65, 000 square feet, each store will bring more than 200 jobs to their local communities. The new stores will also offer area residents a wide selection of quality products and services at ShopRite’s traditional low prices. In addition to a broad array of groceries and fresh produce, the stores will have several services that ShopRite customers have come to expect, including: a fresh bake shop; full-service butcher; fresh seafood delivered seven days a week; a full-service floral department; a coffee bar and a wide variety of gourmet cheeses; a prepared foods department featuring salads, sandwiches, soups, pizza, and other specialties for dining in or taking out, as well as a fresh-made sushi bar.
The Stratford store will also offer a full-service catering department and the exclusive ShopRite From Home® delivery service. Additional services at the ShopRite of Hamden will include a full-service catering department, as well as a full-service Pharmacy and an on-site Registered Dietitian. Consultation with the Registered Dietitian is a free service that offers customers the opportunity to discuss their health and dietary needs with nutrition professional to create customized meal plans.
The ShopRite of Canton, conveniently located at 110 Albany Turnpike within the Shoppes at Farmington Valley, is owned and operated by Joseph Family Markets, headed by Chuck Joseph and his wife Debbie. The ShopRite of Enfield, situated at 40 Hazard Avenue, is owned and operated by the Miller family – Miller Farms Family Markets. Both the Miller and Joseph families have recently relocated to their respective communities in order to better serve their new customers and neighbors.
The ShopRites of Stratford and Hamden are owned by Milford Markets, which is owned and operated by Harry Garafalo and his wife, Ann. Life-long Milford residents, the Garafalos also own the ShopRites of Milford and West Haven. The ShopRite of Stratford is located at 250 Barnum Avenue Cutoff; The ShopRite of Hamden is located at 2100 Dixwell Avenue.
ShopRite Customer Wins $1 Million Grand Prize In Pillsbury Bake-Off
Keasbey, NJ (April 14, 2010) – ShopRite is pleased to announce that one of its loyal customers, Sue Compton of Delanco, NJ, has been chosen as the Grand Prize winner in the 44th Pillsbury Bake-Off Contest. Ms. Compton’s one-of-a-kind Mini Ice Cream Cookie Cups (see recipe below), made with ingredients purchased at the ShopRite of Delran, NJ, won her the $1 million Grand Prize, announced live during today’s “Oprah Winfrey Show” in Chicago.
As winner of the “Sweet Treats” category, Ms. Compton has already won $5,000 and a GE Profile Induction Free-Standing Range. Her delicious dessert faced off against the winners of the other three categories – “Breakfasts & Brunches” (Tomato-Basil Eggs Alfredo in Bread Baskets), “Entertaining Appetizers” (Salmon-Pecan Crusted Tartlets) and “Dinner Made Easy” (Zesty Lime-Fish Tacos) – in the quest for the Grand Prize of $1 million, plus an additional $7,000 in GE Profile kitchen appliances.
ShopRite executives were on hand to cheer on Ms. Compton at the competition. “We’re thrilled that one of our ShopRite customers triumphed in this contest. It is so nice to see good things happen to good people,” said Karen Meleta, ShopRite spokesperson. “She is an inspiration to us all – her passion for baking has really paid off. Her recipe is an example of elegant simplicity, achieved with just a few easy-to-use ingredients that can be found in any ShopRite store. I’m sure this experience will create lasting memories for Sue and her family and we congratulate her on her success.”
Pillsbury received more than 10,000 entries in this year’s contest. The four finalists are chosen based on taste, appearance, creativity and how the recipe will appeal to families across America.
MINI ICE CREAM COOKIE CUPS
Prep Time: 20 min.
Total Time: 45 min.
Makes: 45 tartlets
ShopRite Customer Named Finalist In Pillsbury Bake-Off
Keasbey, NJ (April 13, 2010) – ShopRite is pleased to announce that one of its loyal customers, Sue Compton of Delanco, NJ, has been chosen as a finalist in the 44th Pillsbury Bake-Off. Ms. Compton’s one-of-a-kind Mini Ice Cream Cookie Cups (see recipe below), made with ingredients purchased at the ShopRite of Delran, NJ, won her first place in the prestigious contest’s “Sweet Treats” category and earned her a spot as one of four finalists to compete for the $1 million Grand Prize.
As winner of the “Sweet Treats” category, Ms. Compton has won $5,000 and a GE Profile Induction Free-Standing Range. Her delicious dessert will now face off against the winners of the other three categories – “Breakfasts & Brunches” (Tomato-Basil Eggs Alfredo in Bread Baskets), “Entertaining Appetizers” (Salmon-Pecan Crusted Tartlets) and “Dinner Made Easy” (Zesty Lime-Fish Tacos) – in the quest for the Grand Prize of $1 million, plus an additional $7,000 in GE Profile kitchen appliances.
Pillsbury received more than 10,000 entries in this year’s contest. The four finalists are chosen based on taste, appearance, creativity and how the recipe will appeal to families across America. The winner will be announced Wednesday, April 14, live during “The Oprah Winfrey Show” in Chicago.
MINI ICE CREAM COOKIE CUPS
Prep Time: 20 min.
Total Time: 45 min.
Makes: 45 tartlets
New ShopRite To Open In Shelton Connecticut
April 14th Ribbon Cutting Ceremony to Celebrate New Supermarket, New Jobs for Community
Shelton, CT (April 9, 2010) – ShopRite will celebrate the grand opening of its newest store in Shelton, CT, this Wednesday, April 14. A ribbon-cutting ceremony will mark the opening of this brand-new, 66,000 square foot store at 9 AM. Scheduled to attend are President of the Greater Valley Chamber of Commerce William E. Purcell, President of the Board of Alderman John Anglace, Shelton Chief of Police Joel W. Hurliman, and several other community leaders.
The new ShopRite of Shelton brings more than 200 jobs to the local community and will offer the area a broad selection of products and services at ShopRite’s traditional low prices. Located at 875 Bridgeport Avenue, the store will provide customers with a broad array of groceries and fresh produce, as well as: a full-service pharmacy; an on-premises fresh bake shop; fresh meats; fresh seafood; full-service floral department; a broad selection of natural and organic fresh and packaged products; a full-service catering department; and made-to-order sushi bar. Having undergone a complete renovation, this store is fully-outfitted with energy-efficient lighting and equipment.
The ShopRite of Shelton is owned by the Cingari Family, who have been in the supermarket business since 1943. Today, three generations of Cingaris own and operate eight ShopRite Grade A Markets in Fairfield and New Haven counties in Connecticut.
“We are pleased to extend our service and commitment to the great state of Connecticut with this move to the community of Shelton,” said Sam Cingari, Vice President of Grade A Markets. “Our family-owned ShopRites have long-served the people of Connecticut, delivering the value, variety and excellent service that our customers need and have come to expect from the Grade A ShopRite name.”
The store is conveniently located at 875 Bridgeport Avenue, Shelton, CT, (203) 225-9224. Store hours are: Monday through Sunday, 7 AM to 11 PM.
First at ShopRite in the Northeast: Introducing e-Labels for Education
Earn Free Stuff for Your School
Keasbey, NJ (March 1, 2010) – Introducing the e-Labels for Education (e-LFE) program at ShopRite®! Now shoppers can electronically collect Labels for EducationSM points – no more clipping, only clicking!
As the first supermarket in the Northeast to launch the e-LFE program, ShopRite stores in New York, New Jersey, Connecticut, Pennsylvania, Delaware and Maryland have teamed up with Campbell to help local schools collect e-LFE points which can be redeemed for educational merchandise.
Shoppers simply sign up at www.ShopRite.com/eLFE and earn e-LFE points for their chosen school every time they shop for their favorite products, including Campbell’s soups, Chunky soups, SpaghettiOs pasta, V8 and V8 Splash juices, Prego Italian sauces, Swanson broth and any of the delicious Pepperidge Farm cookies, breads or Goldfish crackers that families love.
“ShopRite has long been known for supporting the communities we serve, and this is another opportunity for us to give back to our local neighborhoods,” said Joe Sheridan, Executive Vice President at ShopRite/Wakefern. “We’re proud to be the first retail partner in the northeast region to join forces with Campbell and e-Labels for Education. It’s an easy way to make sure our kids have everything they need to succeed in school.”
“We are pleased to be launching the e-Labels for Education program at ShopRite. As the longest running program of its kind, Labels for Education has established a connection with schools and communities throughout the U.S., and the e-Labels launch at ShopRite marks an exciting way to expand the reach of the program, allowing even more schools to benefit,” said Anne Pizarro, Director of Campbell’s Labels for Education.
Here’s how it works:
Click. Customers visit www.ShopRite.com/eLFE to register and set up an account by entering their ShopRite Price Plus Club Card Number, in addition to answering a few simple questions. Then they choose which school(s) will receive points. And, they will receive 100 bonus points from ShopRite automatically just for signing up.
Earn. Now, every time they shop at ShopRite and purchase any eligible Labels for Education products, total points earned will be automatically credited to their school’s Labels for Education account.
Free Stuff! The school can then redeem any points earned for FREE educational merchandise and equipment available through the Labels for Education catalog at www.labelsforeducation.com/pdf/merchandise_catalog.pdf.
SPECIAL- EDITION CHEERIOS BOX HONORS LOCAL SHOPRITE ASSOCIATES LEADING THE WAY TO END HUNGER
ShopRite Partners In Caring and General Mills Tribute Winners in Hunger Awareness Competition with a Spot on the Cheerios Box
EDISON, NJ (March 8, 2010) – It may seem like a disconnect for someone surrounded by food all day to think about the issue of hunger, but that is exactly what was top of mind among ShopRite stores associates for nearly two months last year. In a mission to raise hope and funds for the hungry and to increase awareness of the issue of hunger, 43 ShopRite stores participated in a six week contest during September National Hunger Awareness Month, sponsored by ShopRite and General Mills.
Through their commitment, ShopRite associates raised nearly $500,000.00 towards fighting hunger in their local communities. To recognize this dedication and effort, 86 ShopRite associates, selected by their peers, will represent their stores on a special-edition Cheerios box. The commemorative boxes will be available exclusively at ShopRite stores in March. In addition, each store was awarded money to donate to a hunger charity of its choice.
The theme of this year’s Cheerios box is “Leading the Way to End Hunger” and features the store associates on a path toward raising funds, growing awareness, feeding families and ending hunger in a field of hope.
“We are so thankful to ShopRite associates for their dedication to help those in their community who struggle with the issue of hunger,” said Christine Magyarits, spokesperson for ShopRite Partners In Caring. “It is truly remarkable how the involvement in our hunger-fighting activities grows every year, increasing the money raised for people in need. We are grateful to the leadership of our store associates and the support of General Mills, who make this all possible.”
The $500,000 raised was a result of offering $1 donation cards to customers at checkout, constructing displays to bring awareness to the issue of hunger and holding in-store events to support the cause. General Mills donated an additional $20,000 to the ShopRite Partners In Caring Fund, which is a component fund of the Community Foundation of New Jersey.
The winning stores are:
ShopRite of Newton, ShopRite of Brookdale, ShopRite of Greenwich, ShopRite of Clinton, ShopRite of Mansfield, ShopRite of Byram, ShopRite of Flemington, ShopRite of Succasunna, ShopRite of West Caldwell, ShopRite of Ramsey, ShopRite of Somerset, ShopRite of Brooklawn, ShopRite of Passaic, ShopRite of Evesham Road, ShopRite of Mount Laurel, ShopRite of Flanders, ShopRite of Garden State Pavilion, ShopRite of Franklin, ShopRite of Marlton, ShopRite of Netcong, ShopRite of Montague, ShopRite of Lyndhurst, ShopRite of Rio Grande, ShopRite of Metro Plaza, ShopRite of Mullica Hill, ShopRite of Marmora, ShopRite of Medford
ShopRite of Wallkill, ShopRite of Forest & Richmond, ShopRite of Croton, ShopRite of Hylan Boulevard
ShopRite of Parkside, ShopRite of Daleville, ShopRite of Snyder Plaza, ShopRite of Morrell Plaza, ShopRite of Mount Pocono, ShopRite of Warminster, ShopRite of Cheltenham, ShopRite of Island Avenue, ShopRite of Aramingo Avenue
ShopRite of Bristol, ShopRite of Waterbury
ShopRite of Cherry Hill Voluntarily Recalls Store-made Ground Beef and Meatloaf Mix
ShopRite of Cherry Hill At Garden State Pavilion Voluntarily Recalls Store-made Ground Beef and Meatloaf Mix
Cherry Hill, NJ (February 28, 2010) — The ShopRite of Cherry Hill – Garden State Pavilion, located at 2230 Route 70 West, Cherry Hill, New Jersey has initiated a voluntary recall today of its store-made ground beef and meatloaf mix produced in the store on Saturday, February 27, 2010. There is a possibility that the product may contain small pieces of black Styrofoam tray.
The following items bearing a ShopRite logo with the sell by date of February 27 are affected by this recall:
• 93% Ground Beef
• 85% Ground Beef
• 85% Ground Beef – Family Pack
• 80% Ground Beef
• 80% Ground Beef – Family Pack
• Meatloaf Mix
All other meat products including hamburger patties sold at ShopRite are not affected by this recall.
The store was alerted to the problem after a customer returned two packages of 80% ground beef to the store on Saturday evening after finding small pieces of black Styrofoam when they opened the packages at home. All store prepared ground beef and meatloaf mix was immediately removed from sale. “In order to assure our customers’ safety, we are advising customers who purchased ground beef or meatloaf mix at the ShopRite of Garden State Pavilion to return it for an immediate refund or replacement” stated Steve Ravitz, president of Supermarkets of Cherry Hill, Inc., the owner of the store. “Although the Styrofoam pieces may not cause an immediate health risk if ingested, we wanted to alert the public so appropriate steps can be taken.” No injuries related to the recall have been reported.
This is an isolated incident and affects only the Garden State Pavilion ShopRite in Cherry Hill, New Jersey. Customers who have questions may contact ShopRite’s Consumer Affairs Department at 1-800-746-7748. ShopRite has notified the USDA and the New Jersey Department of Health and Senior Services of the recall.
ShopRite requests that customers please check the labels of any ground beef, meatloaf mix or Angus ground beef they may have purchased from this store and may still have at home. Please return any product purchased on Saturday, February 27 for a full refund or replacement.
Customer questions or concerns can be directed to 1-800-ShopRite (1-800-746-7748).
ShopRite of Warminster To Open In April 2010
58,000 Square Foot Store to Bring Convenience and Value to Local Community
Warminster, PA (March 1, 2010) – ShopRite announced today that its Warminster location is scheduled to open in April 2010. The 58,000 square foot store at 942 West Street Road has undergone an eight-week renovation and will open to the public in the coming weeks. The new store will employ nearly 200 full- and part-time associates.
As part of the store’s redesign, ShopRite of Warminster will have a new contemporary look and feel with bright, wide aisles and a customer-friendly floor plan that makes everything easy to find. The store features energy efficient lighting, as well as new registers and scanners for faster and easier checkout. The store will feature ShopRite From Home, an online shopping service, which offers customers the convenience of placing their grocery order online, stopping by the store and having their items delivered right to their car!
In addition to a broad array of groceries, a healthy array of fruits and vegetables, fresh seafood, custom cut meats, a full-service deli and a fresh bakery, the store has added a wide selection of natural and organic produce; a full-service floral department to create everyday and special occasion arrangements; full-service catering that can provide everything from party platters to special meals and a gourmet coffee bar/café. The store also features an expanded pharmacy department.
As a unique service to its customers, the store will feature Scrunchy’s Playhouse, a free, short-term, drop-off childcare service for customers who are shopping in the store with small children.
The new store will be operated by Joseph Cowhey and his wife Deborah who moved back to Pennsylvania with their three daughters. Joe is a native of Huntingdon Valley, and this store brings him back to his roots in the community. “I am excited to be bringing my family back to my hometown,” said Mr. Cowhey. “We are looking forward to living and working here and serving the great people of Warminster. We plan to be hands-on and in the store everyday, bringing value and quality to our friends and neighbors.”
Mr. Cowhey’s broad background in the supermarket industry will be a tremendous asset in running the Warminster ShopRite. For the last 15 years an executive at four ShopRite stores in Delaware, he was involved in all aspects of the business, including sales, marketing, vendor relations, government relations and community outreach.
As with all ShopRite stores, the ShopRite of Warminster is fully committed to the local community and plans to support numerous local organizations such as area schools, sports and music programs as well as community food banks through the ShopRite Partners in Caring Program.
Wakefern Food Corp. Welcomes Two New Members To Its Retail Cooperative
New Owners to Operate ShopRite Stores in Connecticut
February 26, 2010 – Keasbey, N.J. – Wakefern Food Corp. announced today that two new members have joined its retail cooperative. Upon the successful completion of the acquisition of 11 Shaw’s stores, the two new members will operate three of these locations. The remaining location will be owned and operated by existing Wakefern members.
“We are always excited to welcome new members to the cooperative,” said Dean Janeway, President, Wakefern Food Corp. “The unique benefits of our cooperative structure and the entrepreneurial spirit of our members help deliver the ShopRite and PriceRite reputation for low prices and high quality to our customers.” The two new members, Joseph Family Markets, LLC and Miller Farms Family Markets, LLC, join Wakefern’s 44 other members as part of the largest retailer-owned cooperative in the United States.
Mr. Charles Joseph, of Joseph Family Markets, LLC and his family will own the Canton and West Hartford locations. Raymond Miller, of Miller Family Farms, LLC and his family will own the Enfield location.
Mr. Joseph joins Wakefern with a legacy of retail experience. Prior to joining Wakefern, Mr. Joseph served as General Manager of ShopRite of Hunterdon County, Inc. for twelve years. The ShopRite of Hunterdon County, Inc. operates three ShopRite stores in Central New Jersey. In this role, he was responsible for all aspects of operating a high-volume supermarket, ensuring a consistently high standard for associate and customer satisfaction, as well as oversight of the store’s financial operations, advertising and marketing initiatives.
Mr. Miller spent 34 years at Wakefern Food Corp. in various positions. Most recently, Mr. Miller served as Manager of Retail Operations working to transition new members into the Wakefern cooperative before founding Miller Farms Family Markets and becoming a member himself.
Upon the successful completion of the acquisition, the remaining stores will be owned and operated by the following Wakefern Food Corp. members:
• Clinton, CT: Five Star Supermarkets of Clinton, LLC
• East Hartford, CT: Waverly Markets, LLC
• Fairfield and Southbury, CT: Grade A Markets, Inc
• Hamden and Stratford, CT: ShopRite of Milford
• Wallingford: Drust Markets, Inc., which currently owns the ShopRite of Meriden that will be replaced by the opening of the newer, more modern store in Wallingford. Drust Markets also recently announced the opening of an additional new ShopRite store in Southington, CT.
The location in Willimantic will be owned by PRRC, Inc. and will operate as PriceRite.
Currently, there are thirteen ShopRite stores and eight Price Rite stores throughout Connecticut. This acquisition will increase ShopRite’s presence in the area to 22 ShopRites and nine PriceRite locations to better serve the citizens of Connecticut
Connecticut Gains Ten New ShopRite Stores and One New PriceRite Store
Wakefern Food Corp. Cooperative Members Acquire 11 Locations, Significantly Increasing Presence in the State
February 12, 2010 – Keasbey, N.J. – Wakefern Food Corp. and its cooperative members announced today that they have entered into an agreement with Minnesota-based SuperValu to purchase eleven Connecticut locations of Shaw’s Supermarkets, a wholly owned subsidiary. The projected closing date for the deal is expected late March/early April subject to certain terms and conditions.
“The acquisition of these stores represents an exceptional growth opportunity for Wakefern and its members,” stated Joseph Colalillo, Chairman of the Board and CEO of Wakefern. Once the acquisition is complete, ten store locations will be operated as ShopRite supermarkets and one store will become a PriceRite.
Currently, there are thirteen ShopRite stores and eight Price Rite stores throughout Connecticut. “The Connecticut market has been very supportive of ShopRite and PriceRite over the years and the addition of these stores allows us to expand our presence in the market,” added Mr. Colalillo.
Ten of the Shaw’s locations will be operated as ShopRite stores. In addition to a broad array of groceries and fresh produce, these ShopRite stores will have some or all of the services that ShopRite customers have come to expect including: a fresh bake shop; fresh meats; fresh seafood; full-service floral department; as well as a broad selection of natural and organic products. The stores may also offer a wide array of prepared foods including salad bars, freshly prepared hot foods, fresh oven-baked pizza, sushi bars, a selection of ethnic specialties for dining in or taking out, or a gourmet coffee bar.
One location will operate as PriceRite and will offer the fine quality and national brands that PriceRite shoppers look for, with a full selection of fresh produce and pre-cut, pre-packaged meat.
“We look forward to increasing our presence in Connecticut. Each one of our members who live and work in the area are excited to bring the high quality, low prices, great service and the sense of family and community spirit that the public has come to expect,” added Colalillo.
The new stores will be closed for renovation and remerchandising and most will begin to reopen throughout the Spring/Summer of 2010. Pharmacy service will not be interrupted during the transition.
New ShopRite To Open In Southington Connecticut
Keasbey, NJ – February 8, 2010 – ShopRite announced today that it will be opening a new store in Southington, CT in Fall 2010. The new ShopRite store is the second in the area to be operated by Don Drust and his family, who also own the ShopRite of Meriden.
The new 60,000 sq.ft. ShopRite, will be located at the site of a vacant store at 750 Queen Street. The store is currently undergoing a major renovation and refurbishment to bring the community a state-of-the-art supermarket with some of the industry’s most energy-efficient technologies.
In addition to a broad array of groceries and fresh produce, this store will have several services that ShopRite customers have come to expect including: a fresh bake shop; fresh meats; fresh seafood; full-service floral department; as well as a broad selection of natural and organic products. The store will also offer a wide array of prepared foods including a salad bar, freshly prepared hot foods, fresh oven-baked pizza, a selection of ethnic specialties for dining in or taking out, as well as a gourmet coffee bar.
The store will also offer ShopRite From Home® delivery service. As a unique service to its customers, the store will feature Scrunchy’s Playhouse, a free, short-term, drop-off childcare service for customers who are shopping in the store with small children.
“We are delighted to bring a brand new, state-of-the-art ShopRite to Southington. This is a great opportunity for my family and me to better serve the needs of the community and to become actively involved with local organizations,” said Mr. Drust.
As a family-owned store, Don Drust, his wife Diane, sons, Rick and Don, Jr. and daughters-in-law Enza and Kristine, will manage day-to-day operations and will be actively involved with the store and the community.
The Drusts have a long history of involvement with the communities they serve and have received many accolades from local organizations, including The Lions Club 2009 Citizen of The Year Award. The Drusts are also recent recipients of The Big Business Award and the Silver Star Award from the Meriden Chamber of Commerce.
Recently, Mr. Drust was elected Board President of the Connecticut Sports Management Group, Inc. (CSMG), organizer of the Nutmeg State Games, the largest amateur multi-sport sporting event in Connecticut as well as the Connecticut Senior Games. Having served on CSMG’s Board for the past 10 years, in his new role, Mr. Drust will bring an exciting new energy to this year’s events.
Mr. Drust also serves on the board of the Wallingford Senior Center and his wife is on the board of the local chapter of the American Red Cross. The Drusts are members of the Chambers of Commerce for Quinnipiac and Meriden.
LIMITED-EDITION HONEY NUT CHEERIOS BOX FEATURES BLOGGERS IN CARING
ShopRite Partners In Caring and General Mills Recognize Local Bloggers Who Raised Awareness of Hunger
Edison, NJ (January 27, 2010) – Many of us have heard the expression “pay it forward,” but ShopRite’s community-based hunger-fighting charity, ShopRite Partners In Caring, applied this theory in a new way. For the first time, ShopRite and General Mills teamed up with online influencers and invited them to become Bloggers In Caring, to spread the word about food insecurity and inspire their readers to help fight hunger.
As part of the Blog It Forward To Fight Hunger campaign, a program designed to increase hunger awareness, bloggers were asked to engage their audience in a conversation about hunger. For every comment on a blogger’s post, up to 30 comments, ShopRite and General Mills pledged to donate one box of cereal to a local food bank.
More than 80 bloggers participated in the Blog It Forward To Fight Hunger campaign, resulting in a donation of 3,000 boxes of cereal to local food banks in ShopRite’s trading area of New Jersey, New York, Pennsylvania, Delaware, Connecticut and Maryland. To honor their participation, each of the bloggers is featured in a photo mosaic on a special-edition Honey Nut Cheerios box, now available exclusively at ShopRite stores.
“We are grateful to all the bloggers who joined Bloggers In Caring,” said Christine Magyarits, ShopRite Partners In Caring spokesperson. “Their willingness to share their thoughts and engage their readers in the hunger-fighting cause helps to elevate the awareness level of those at risk of hunger in our communities.”
For more information or to learn how you can help, please visit www.shopritepartnersincaring.org.
Participating Bloggers In Caring:
Alison Bermack, Cooking with Friends; Brandi Best, Life with 5 Monkies and 1 Ape; Alicia DiFabio, Welcome to My Planet; Bill Cleary, Cleary’s Notebook; Jennifer Colgan, Kids and a Keyboard; Chrissi Coppa, Gaga Goodies; Jacqueline DePinto, Lucky June; Melissa Gaffney, Sable Minded; Lisa Grant, Jersey Girl Cooks; Valerie Gray, Mom Knows It All; Helen Hoefele, Figmentations; Michelle Jacklett, A Happy Hippy Mom; Jessica Keipper, Life as a Mrs.; James Marsden, My Blogs 4 U; Debbie Marsden, My Blogs 4 U; Patricia Marsden, Here and There; Hilary Morris, Mrs. Mo’s New Jersey Website; Elizabeth Norton, Cape May Blogger; Joe Palazzolo, Joe’s Journal; Heather Pare, Hangry Pants; Mira Park, Mira Best; Jason Perlow, Off the Broiler; Katja Presnal, Skimbaco Lifestyle; Monica Puri Bangia, Sharing Plate; Tracy Reinhardt, The Crazy Suburban Mom; Alma Schneider, Take Back the Kitchen; Deborah Smith, Jersey Bites; Bay Staley, Queen Mother Blog; Heidi Trammell, Over the Top Momma; Lois Whittaker, Goodies for Mom
Maya Assis-Ergi, Gemini Girl; Leslie Brand, The Whole Plate; Brandy Clabaugh, Nutmeg Nanny; Kimberly Coleman, Mom in the City; Onica Cupido, Blasian Baby Notes; Kristina Daniele, Mom on the Rise; Jennifer Desrochers, Momma D and Da Boyz; Maria Gagliano, Maria’s Space; Faith Gorsky, Thought 4 Food; Linda Grant, New York City Single Mom; Casey Halladay, Pine Plains; Kelcey Kintner, Mama Bird Diaries; Issa Mas, Single Mama NYC; Amy Oztan, Selfish Mom; Lisa Perez, New York Chica; Felicia Battle, Reign of the Girl-Child; Christine Schettig-Sargent, Live Laugh Love and Bloggings; Valerie Russo, Literanista; Cindy Siplis, Family Ties and Growing Pains; Stephanie Snow, Steph Chows; Kimberly Vetrano, She Scribes; Wendy Wallach, It’s Really Only a Purple World
Melinda Babiak, Look What Mom Found… and Dad Too; Robert Babiak, Look What Mom Found… and Dad Too; Lara DiPaola, Chicken Nuggets of Wisdom; Michelle Helferich, Big Blueberry Eyes; Rose Huber, On a Lobster Placemat; Erin Kewer, Words from a Busy SAHM; Jessica Lemmo, Adventures in Baltimore Restaurants; Angela Marion, A Simple Kind of Life; Heather McAllister, Adventures Across a Sea of Blue; Janine Nickel, Twofer Mom; Brooke Pircher, Wee Shenanigans; Ellie Pongratz, A Little of This and A Little of That; Rebeca Shackleford, All Vegged Out; Keonte Smith, Mommy2K
Staci Albright, Momma’s Gone Over the Wall; Melissa Angert, Girly Mama; Anne Coleman, Cooking with Ann; Melinda Fathel, Melinda Joy; Kristie Finnan, Mommy’s High Heel Shoes; Jocelyn French, My Irish Twins; Henrietta Newman, A Hen’s Nest; Sarah Peppel, Genesis Moments; Devon Weaver, Mama Cheaps
Amy Bowman, View from the Passenger’s Seat; Courtney Hutson, One Bored Mommy
Shannan Powell, From Cribs to Car Keys
Bloggers outside ShopRite’s trading area joined the efforts as well, reaching audiences in Massachusettes, Ohio, West Virginia and Wisconsin.
Andrew Bennett, Ben Spark
Amy Deal, From Bottle 2 Box
Joanne Duffy, Barely Domestic Mama
Shannon Henry Kleiber; Cooking with Friends
Keasbey, NJ; January 27, 2010 – In honor of his accomplishments in bringing ShopRite supermarkets to urban “food deserts” in and around Philadelphia, Jeff Brown, of Brown’s Super Stores was invited by President and Mrs. Obama to attend tonight’s State of the Union Address.
Mr. Brown will be seated with Michelle Obama during the speech, which will air live on most network television tonight at 9pm, as well as via live webstream at www.whitehouse.gov or on a free iphone app (visit www.whitehouse.gov for more information).
Through the Pennsylvania Fresh Food Financing Initiative, Mr. Brown, who owns ten ShopRite stores, partnered with the Reinvestment Fund (which combined public and private funds to finance the initiative) and the Food Trust (a non-profit advocacy group that was researching the food desert problem) to bring ShopRite to low-income neighborhoods, opening four stores that provide fresh foods and healthier options to underserved neighborhoods. Government grants enabled the stores to operate in traditionally unprofitable areas by providing “seed” money in the form of a one-time grant.
The local communities benefit not only from the availability of fresh meat, fish and produce at fair prices, but also from the creation of new jobs. The program includes extensive job and life skills training to ensure an associate’s success.
“Being invited to the State of the Union is quite an honor,” said Mr. Brown, “My wife, Sandy and I have always been committed to helping the communities we serve. To be recognized in this way is something I never expected.”
ShopRite Recalls Black Bear Baby Genoa Peppered Salame
Keasbey, NJ – January 23, 2010 — ShopRite stores have voluntarily recalled Black Bear Baby Genoa Peppered Salame. This product is being recalled as part of a larger recall of products being conducted by the manufacturer, Daniele, Inc. because of possible concerns about salmonella.
Two items included in this recall were sold in ShopRite stores: Black Bear Baby Genoa Salame, 9 oz. size, with UPC code 63000395022 and Daniele Spicy Gourmet Variety Pack, 8 oz. size, with UPC code 73643684729.
ShopRite’s customer care center used its Price Plus Club Card database to notify all customers who purchased this product, alerting them to the recall via telephone. An email notification will be sent to the database as well.
Customers who purchased these products between May 2009 and January 2010 are encouraged to return them to their local ShopRite stores for a refund.
Customers with questions regarding the recall should contact ShopRite at 1-800-SHOPRITE
(1-800-746-7748) or Daniele, Inc. at 1-888-345-4160.
Keasbey, NJ – January 14, 2010 – Wakefern Food Corp. announced today that on behalf of its ShopRite and PriceRite stores, it will donate $250,000 to The American Red Cross to assist in the relief efforts for the earthquake victims in Haiti — further reinforcing the company’s commitment to community service.
“Lending a helping hand to the communities we serve is at the heart of our business. However, in times when catastrophic natural disasters occur such as Hurricane Katrina, the 2004 Indian Ocean tsunami, and now the devastating earthquake in Haiti, we proudly stretch out our hands beyond our borders to assist others,” stated Joseph Colalillo, chairman of the board and CEO for Wakefern Food Corporation. “It is our hope that our donation will contribute towards alleviating the damage and suffering left by the earthquake.”
“We are grateful for receiving this funding to aid the American Red Cross relief effort in Haiti during this crucial time,” said Executive Director of the Tri-County Red Cross, Nathan Rudy. “It is partners like Wakefern and its ShopRite and PriceRite stores who make it possible for the Red Cross and its volunteers to be there when disaster strikes.”
For information on how to provide additional resources, please visit www.redcross.org to make an unrestricted donation to the American Red Cross’ International Response Fund or call them at 1-800-REDCROSS (1-800-733-2767).
ShopRite of Garwood Unveils 276 Kilowatt Installation of 1,024 solar panels
ShopRite of Garwood Unveils 276 Kilowatt Installation of 1,024 solar panels to reduce annual carbon emissions by 200 tons
Keasbey, NJ (January 6, 2010) – ShopRite announced today the installation of a solar power system to reduce energy consumption and lower the environmental impact of its Garwood, NJ store. This environmentally-based renovation consists of the mounting of 1,024 solar panels – each fixed to the roof of the ShopRite of Garwood – that will produce approximately 303,000 kilowatt hours of electricity annually to power in-store refrigeration and lighting. The new solar panel system is expected to reduce carbon dioxide emissions by 200 tons annually.
“This solar panel installation allows us to build sustainable practices into our business while still providing quality service and comfort to our customers,” stated James Sumas, CEO of Village Super Market, Inc., which owns and operates the ShopRite of Garwood. “We recognize that our customers look for a shopping experience that not only offers them service and value but that also fulfills their desire to do what’s right for the environment. We will continue to look for new ways in which to reduce our environmental impact and to maintain an environmentally responsible store.”
Village Super Market tapped Rockaway, NJ-based The Solar Center to install the state-of-the art Photovoltaic (PV) system. “We are thrilled to be working on this project that is sure to set the standard for sustainability in the supermarket industry,” said Gerry Heimbuch, vice president of Commercial Operations at The Solar Center. “This is one of the biggest green initiatives in the county and we are proud that The Solar Center was selected for the installation.”
The ShopRite of Garwood is located at 563 North Avenue East, Garwood, NJ 07027. Its hours of operation are: Monday-Wednesday, 7am-10pm; Thursday-Saturday, 7am-11pm; and Sunday, 7am-9pm
ShopRite of New Rochelle to open JANUARY 10, 2010
70,000 Square Foot Store to Bring Convenience and Value to Westchester County
New Rochelle, NY (January 5, 2010) – ShopRite announced the grand opening of its newest store in New Rochelle is planned for Sunday, January 10. The store will be opened with a ribbon-cutting ceremony at 9 A.M. Scheduled to attend are Mayor Noam Bramson, City Manager Chuck Strome, Store Director John Salcito and Dave Figurelli, President and COO of SRS Stores, owner of this location as well as 26 other ShopRites stores in the area.
Starting next week, ShopRite will offer the local community a broad selection of products and services at its traditional low prices. The 70,000 square foot supermarket will be located at 8 Joyce Road, the site of a former Home Depot Expo and will be the largest ShopRite in Westchester County.
In addition to a broad array of groceries and fresh produce, the store will have several services that ShopRite customers have come to expect including: a fresh bake shop; fresh meats; fresh seafood; full-service floral department; pharmacy as well as a broad selection of ethnic foods and natural and organic products. The store will also offer a wide array of prepared foods including a salad bar and a selection of Japanese, Korean and Chinese specialties for dining in or taking out, as well as a fresh-made sushi bar. The store will also offer ShopRite From Home delivery service.
As part of ShopRite’s commitment to helping its customers live healthier lives, a unique feature at the ShopRite of New Rochelle is an on-site registered dietitian, who will be available daily for customer consultation. This free service will offer customers the opportunity to discuss their health and dietary needs with a nutrition professional to create customized meal plans. The dietitian will also educate customers on a number of issues, including learning how to shop for healthy meals, proper nutrition for specific medical conditions or how to get more fruits and vegetables into your diet. The dietitian will organize cooking classes to encourage healthier eating and will also offer monthly screenings for specific health issues such as diabetes or high cholesterol.
“We are pleased to be joining the New Rochelle community and happy to be able to bring the value, quality and low prices for which ShopRite is known to this brand new location,” said Mr. Figurelli. “This store is unique in that we can offer our customers value-added features, such as an in-store dietitian, which brings a new level of service to our shoppers.”
The store is conveniently located on Joyce Road, adjacent to I-95 and serves the communities of central and southern Westchester County.
ShopRite Of Bensalem Recalls Store-Made Ground Meat
KEASBEY, NJ – NOVEMBER 27, 2009 — The ShopRite of Bensalem located at 2200 Bristol Road has voluntarily recalled all store-made ground meat that was produced on Friday, November 27. The meat may contain small pieces of Styrofoam tray.
Only store-made ground meat, including ground beef and meatloaf mix, produced in the Bensalem store on Friday, November 27 with a sell-by date of November 27 is affected by this recall. The store was alerted to the issue by a customer who purchased the ground beef on Friday afternoon and later discovered small pieces of pink Styrofoam tray when they cooked the ground beef at home. The meat was not consumed and no injury or illness occurred. The store immediately removed all varieties of store-made ground meat from the case. No other complaints were reported. A full investigation into the matter is currently underway.
“Our customers’ safety is our first priority and we are taking the necessary steps to notify customers who purchased the product,” said Jeff Brown, president and owner of Brown’s Super Stores.
While ShopRite believes that the ground meat does not pose an immediate health hazard, the store is taking the precautionary step to alert consumers of the matter and will issue refunds to those customers who purchased store-made ground meat with a sell-by date of November 27. This is an isolated incident that affects only the ShopRite store located at 2200 Bristol Road, Bensalem, PA. No other stores are affected by the recall.
Customers with questions regarding the recall should contact ShopRite at 1-800-SHOPRITE
Team New York Gobbles Up the Competition
Team New York Gobbles Up the Competition to Help Feed the Hungry this Holiday Seasonin First-Ever ShopRite Partners In Caring Turkey Bowl Invitational Turkey Bowl Kicks-Off ShopRite Partners In Caring Annual Turkey Donation of More than 35 Tons of Frozen Turkeys to Area Food Banks
Lodi, NJ (November 10, 2009) – Kicking-off their annual turkey donations, ShopRite challenged representatives from New York and New Jersey’s Food Banks to a little friendly competition to help raise awareness about the issue of hunger. Team New York defeated Team New Jersey in the first-ever ShopRite Partners In Caring Turkey Bowl Invitational today to bring home an honorary trophy and 100 cases of turkeys for the Food Bank for New York City. In the spirit of the season, Team New Jersey was also awarded 100 cases of turkeys for the Community Food Bank of New Jersey for participating in this new fall classic.
With the holidays right around the corner, families across the country anxiously await the time they’ll spend with loved ones sharing a traditional holiday meal. Unfortunately, for far too many people, Thanksgiving dinner would not be possible without the assistance of local food banks and pantries. In support of their efforts to help those in need, ShopRite Partners In Caring will donate more than 35 tons of frozen turkeys to food banks throughout New York, New Jersey, Connecticut, Delaware and Pennsylvania to help feed families in need this holiday season.
ShopRite associates and members of the Harlem Globetrotters teamed up with the Food Bank for New York City and the Community Food Bank of New Jersey to see which state could “bowl” the best turkey. Hosted by the ShopRite of Lodi, Team New Jersey included Harlem Globetrotter Blenda Rodriquez, Community Food Bank of NJ Vice President of Resource Development, Phyllis Dunlop and ShopRite of Lodi store manager John Kopf. Representing Team New York was Harlem Globetrotter Bam Bam Bamiro, Food Bank for NYC Director of Business Partnerships, Tricia Rumola and ShopRite of Forest Avenue (Staten Island) store manager Ron Mowder.
Charities across the state are expecting a greater need for assistance this year. With that in mind, ShopRite Partners In Caring is set to donate more than seventy thousand pounds of turkeys. Since the inception of the turkey donation tradition eight years ago, more than 600,000 pounds of frozen turkeys have been delivered to food banks in New York, New Jersey, Connecticut, Delaware, Pennsylvania and Maryland.
“We understand the difficulties families face during the holiday season and that’s why ShopRite Partners In Caring is dedicated to helping families have a traditional Thanksgiving meal they can enjoy and share with others,” said Christine Magyarits, spokeswoman for ShopRite Partners In Caring. “This year, we are especially honored to raise awareness of the need with the help of the world famous Harlem Globetrotters and the Food Bank for New York City and Community Food of New Jersey.”
The food banks receiving turkey donations from ShopRite Partners In Caring are: Community Food Bank of New Jersey in Hillside, NJ; Mercer Street Friends in Ewing, NJ; NORWESCAP in Phillipsburg, NJ; Food Bank of Monmouth & Ocean Counties in Neptune, NJ; Community Food Bank (Southern Branch) in Egg Harbor, NJ; Foodshare in Bloomfield, CT; Connecticut Food Bank in East Haven, CT; Food Bank of South Jersey in Pennsauken, NJ; Food Bank of Hudson Valley in Cornwall-on-Hudson, NY; Long Island Cares in Hauppauge, NY; Food Bank for Westchester in Millwood, NY; Food Bank for NYC in Bronx, NY; Philabundance in Philadelphia, PA; 2nd Harvest Food Bank of Lehigh Valley in Allentown, PA; Food Bank of Delaware in Newark, DE; H&J Weinberg NEPA in Wilkes Barre, PA and Food Bank of Northeastern NY in Latham, NY.
Wakefern/ShopRite Named “Corporate Sponsor of the Year” by The Hope Chest Scholarship Foundation
Keasbey, NJ — October 26, 2009 — Wakefern Food Corp./ShopRite has been named the 2009 “Corporate Sponsor of the Year” by the Hope Chest Scholarship Foundation (HCSF). HCSF provides financial assistance to minority New Jersey students attending a college, university or trade school. The Foundation’s recipients are chosen based on demonstrated academic achievement and financial need.
Wakefern/ShopRite has received this recognition for its contributions to the scholarship foundation and support of education initiatives for minorities, as well as its commitment to the community through programs such as ShopRite Partners in Caring, a year-round hunger fighting initiative.
The Hope Chest Scholarship Foundation presented the “Corporate Sponsor of the Year” award to Wakefern/ShopRite at its Sixth Annual Black Tie Gala this past Saturday, October 24th, in Morristown, NJ.
ShopRite Takes Center Stage at The Food Network New York City Wine & Food Festival’s ‘Grand Tasting”
Gourmet Culinary Ingredients Available at Local ShopRite Stores Featured in Premier Food Festival
Keasbey, NJ; October 1, 2009 – For the second year, ShopRite is the presenting sponsor of the Food Network New York City Wine & Food Festival on Saturday, October 10th and Sunday, October 11th in New York’s trendy Meatpacking District. Proceeds from the event will once again benefit hunger relief initiatives through the New York City Food Bank and Share Our Strength. The Grand Tasting presented by ShopRite is part of the Wine & Food Festival presented by The Food Network, Food &Wine and Travel Leisure magazines. One of the Festival’s most popular attractions, The Grand Tasting is set to satisfy the most seasoned palates by showcasing ShopRite’s premier line of limited edition specialty products, signature dishes from the city’s most respected restaurants and world-renowned wine and spirit makers in a deliciously designed two-day gastronomic experience.
“As the presenting sponsor, we are very excited to showcase the ShopRite brand by bringing ShopRite’s award-winning line of top quality products, as well as dishes created by our team of professional chefs, to all food lovers,” stated Joe Gozzi, director of Specialty Foods at Wakefern Food Corporation, the distribution and merchandising arm of ShopRite supermarkets. “Not only does the Food Network New York City Wine & Food Festival help place New York City’s food scene center stage, it also lets the public know that ShopRite is more than a neighborhood supermarket, it is a culinary resource for home chefs.”
Grand Tasting ticket-holders will enjoy high quality culinary creations by Chef Faith Alahverdian ShopRite’s Corporate Executive Chef and head of ShopRite’s Culinary Workshop. Chef Faith will feature the following exclusive recipes at the New York City Wine & Food Festival:
• San Marzano Tomato Bisque with Fresh Basil Coulis and Mini Cheese Panini — featuring ShopRite’s own San Marzano DOP Tomatoes. • Baby Arugula, Wild Red Watercress and Grilled Certified Angus Beef Summer Roll with a Meyer Lemon Vinaigrette — featuring ShopRite Certified Angus Beef and ShopRite Imported Extra Virgin Olive Oil • Campania Grown Cherry Tomato and Goat Cheese Tart – featuring ShopRite’s own Imported Campania grown canned cherry tomatoes and Black Bear Goat Cheese • Easy Cherry Cranberry Cheesecake Tartlets – featuring ShopRite’s single batch Imported Cherry Preserves from Canada.
“Recently more and more people have re-discovered the joys of cooking for their friends and family. ShopRite is so proud to be able to offer home chefs the perfect ingredients for restaurant quality cooking at home. Products like these are affordable luxuries, little touches that can make the everyday extraordinary,” said Chef Faith.
Chef Faith’s recipes feature a selection of ShopRite Private Label specialty ingredients that can make meals a masterpiece at a fraction of the cost of gourmet shops, including ShopRite San Marzano Tomatoes, ShopRite Extra Virgin or Organic Olive Oil, ShopRite Imported Campania Grown Cherry Tomatoes, ShopRite Certified Angus Beef, ShopRite Imported Preserves and ShopRite’s exclusive Black Bear line of premium meats and cheeses including Prosciutto di Parma, Parmigiano Reggiano and Chevre.
ShopRite has traveled the world to bring key ingredients of the highest quality to home chefs at incredible value. Some highlights from ShopRite’s collection of specialty products:
ShopRite San Marzano Tomatoes ShopRite’s imported San Marzano tomatoes are distributed in numbered cans, available for a limited time. Grown exclusively in the San Marzano region of Italy and gently nourished in the volcanic soil of Mt. Vesuvius, these tomatoes are a rare and precious ingredient that will heighten the flavor of any recipe.
ShopRite San Marzano Tomatoes have received the prestigious DOP (Denominazione d’ Origine Protetta) designation from the European Union. This certification, referred to as ‘Denomination of Protected Origin,’ guarantees the authenticity and genuine characteristics of certain food and agricultural products across the continent.
ShopRite Imported Preserves Made with luscious, ripe fruit bursting with fresh flavor, ShopRite’s limited edition batches of preserves can be used for cooking or as a delicious spread. Small batches are produced in limited quantities using fruit harvested at its peak ripeness — from the farm to the jar the very same day, in a variety of flavors including Strawberry, Apricot, Blackberry, Raspberry, Blueberry, Cherry.
About ShopRite ShopRite supermarkets are members of Wakefern Food Corporation, a retailer-owned cooperative. Through the more than 200 stores located throughout New Jersey, New York, Pennsylvania, Connecticut, Delaware and Maryland, ShopRite serves more than five million customers each week. A long-time supporter of key community efforts, ShopRite was named Feeding America’s (formally named America’s Second Harvest) Grocery Distributor of the Year (1999) for its ShopRite Partners In Caring program, a year-round initiative dedicated to fighting hunger in the communities served by ShopRite stores. Since its inception, ShopRite Partners In Caring has donated more than $20 million to 1,500 worthy charities and food banks.
About The Grand Tasting presented by ShopRite The Grand Tasting presented by ShopRite is part of the New York City Wine & Food Festival presented by The Food Network, Food &Wine and Travel Leisure. The event offers a broad array of seminars from Thursday, October 8th – Sunday, October 11th and consists of several hundred culinary events around NYC. ShopRite’s Grand Tasting, is one of the premier highlights of the citywide festival. Attendees at the Grand Tasting presented by ShopRite will indulge in two three-hour sessions of food sampling featuring ShopRite’s own brand of culinary creations. For event schedules or ticket purchase, visit shopriteforms.mywebgrocer.com. Ticket price for each session is $150 per person (ShopRite Price Plus members will receive a 10% discount). Net proceeds will benefit the New York City Food Bank and Share Our Strength
About Food Network New York City Wine & Food Festival After seven years, The Food Network South Beach Wine & Food Festival brings their one-of-a-kind celebration of wine and food to the great city of New York, complete with a who’s who robust roster of celebrity chefs and culinary personalities. New York City participating talent include: Rachel Ray, Bobby Flay, Tyler Florence, Alton Brown, Masaharu Morimoto, Guy Fieri, Gordon Ramsey and Nigella Lawson to name a few. For a full breakdown of events and time and a complete listing of participating Chefs, restaurants and winemaker icons, go to www.wineandfoodfestival.com.
James Wilmott of Phillipsburg Wins the 2009 ShopRite Best Bagger Contest
First place winner heads to Las Vegas for National Grocers Association Final Competition
Keasbey, NJ; October 15, 2009 –ShopRite announced today that James Wilmott has been awarded the coveted title of 2009 ShopRite Best Bagger, Wilmott of the ShopRite of Greenwich in Greenwich Township, NJ, will represent New Jersey at the National Grocers Association Best Bagger Final Competition in Las Vegas on February 9, 2010. The winner of the NGA competition will receive a $2,000 prize and the esteemed title of 2009 National Best Bagger.
Now in its 21st year, the annual Best Bagger contest is a highly competitive national competition that pits supermarket cashiers against their peers for a chance to compete in the National Grocers Association finals.
Best Bagger contestants from ShopRite stores across the tri-state area gathered together for some friendly competition on Tuesday, October 6 for the Annual ShopRite Best Bagger Contest. Taking their posts in ShopRite of Brookdale’s checkout lanes, seventeen contestants furiously, but carefully, bagged a set of identical products to approximate a typical supermarket purchase. These seventeen finalists were chosen following a preliminary “bag off” held by owners of participating ShopRite stores. Judges evaluated the contestants according to the National Grocers Association (NGA) criteria which included speed, proper bag building technique, distribution of weight between bags and style-attitude-appearance.
“James is a terrific member of our team here at ShopRite,” said Joe Colalillo, owner of the ShopRite of Greenwich. “We are very proud to have him represent our store – and our state – in this prestigious competition.”
Wilmott has worked at the ShopRite of Greenwich for 1½ years and is a senior at Phillpsburg High School. James plans to attend Warren County Community College and will major in Writing. He will continue working at ShopRite while attending college.
When asked what advice he might give to a fledgling cashier or bagger, James replied, “Be patient, personable and even keeled.” Sounds like winning advice!
ShopRite Partners In Caring Sponsors The Largest Water Fight In History
3,000 People Needed To Wash Away Hunger
Keasbey, NJ; September 24, 2009 – The ShopRite of Passaic-Clifton challenges the local community to participate in breaking the Guinness Book of World Records record by taking part in the world’s largest water fight, to raise funds to help feed the hungry.
The water fight will raise funds for ShopRite Partners In Caring, a community-based hunger-fighting charity which has donated more than $20 million to local food banks. Hunger-fighters of all ages are asked to make a $5.00 minimum donation to participate in the one-of-a-kind chance to become a part of water-fighting history. Approximately 3,000 people are needed to participate in order to break the record and be included in Guinness Book of World Records.
Presented by The ShopRite of Passaic-Clifton, in conjunction with the Passaic City Council and Mayor Dr. Alex Blanco, the world’s largest water fight will take place at 2:00 p.m. on Saturday, September 26 at Pulaski Park located at 100 4th Street, Passaic, NJ.
“We at the ShopRite of Passaic-Clifton are tremendously committed to the fight against hunger,” said Rafael Cuellar, owner and operator of the ShopRite of Passaic-Clifton. “I’m proud of my store associates’ passion in making a difference in the lives of those in need by coming up with new and creative ways to raise funds to feed the hungry. We hope that this water fight event is embraced by all community members and will be the first of many successful water fights to come.”
Water guns will be provided to all participants. All proceeds benefit The ShopRite Partners In Caring Fund, a component fund of the Community Foundation of New Jersey.
New Jersey’s High Schools Honored With The ShopRite Cup
New Jersey’s High Schools Honored with The ShopRite Cup Awards To Recognize Top Athletic Programs For 2008-2009 School Year
Keasbey, NJ; September 14, 2009 – New Jersey ShopRite stores will honor six top performing high school athletic programs this Fall with the presentation of the ShopRite Cup. The 2009 ShopRite Cup ceremonies will include presentations of ShopRite Cup trophies and ShopRite Cup banners to the winning schools to be hung in their gymnasiums. The schools’ local ShopRites will also proudly display congratulatory banners announcing their achievements.
In its sixth year, the ShopRite Cup is presented jointly by ShopRite stores and the New Jersey State Interscholastic Athletic Association (NJSIAA). Six winning schools – four public and two non-public – receive this prestigious award every year since the program’s inception in 2004.
“ShopRite has a long history of commitment to the communities it serves, especially in support of educational and athletic programs,” said Karen Meleta, spokeswoman for ShopRite. “Awarding these winning schools with the ShopRite Cup is our way of recognizing student athletes and their commitment to their sport and their dedication to excellence.”
Recipients of the 2009 ShopRite Cup are listed below along with the school’s trophy presentation date.
• Neptune Township High School (September 17)
• Glassboro High School (September 18)
• Southern Regional High School, in Manahawkin (September 18)
• Bishop Eustace High Prep, in Pennsauken (September 22)
• Haddonfield High School (September 25)
• Immaculate Heart Academy, in Washington Township (October 2)
To win, schools earned ShopRite Cup points by finishing in the top four in their group’s state championship competitions in 32 NJSIAA-sanctioned sports during the 2008-2009 school year. The ShopRite Cup also rewards bonus points for sportsmanship.
“The ShopRite Cup has been a tremendous vehicle to motivate students through athletic performance and healthy competition,” said Steve Timko, executive director of the NJSIAA. “The students who participate in this program learn invaluable lessons on the importance of teamwork, self-discipline and the drive for success.”
For the complete schedule or more information about the ShopRite Cup, including point totals and group standings, please visit www.njsiaa.org and click on “Awards.
The ShopRite of Staten Island To Make Donation To The Food Bank For New York City
Check Presentation: Wednesday, May 13 at 3:00 p.m.
Keasbey, NJ (May 12, 2009) – The ShopRite of Staten Island announced today that it will present a check for $1,500 to the Food Bank For New York City in support of their continued commitment to feed the hungry through the ShopRite Partners In Caring program, a year-round, community-based, hunger-fighting initiative.
Last November, the ShopRite of Hylan Boulevard was named one of the top 30 winning stores in the eighth annual ShopRite Partners In Caring Cheerios Box Competition, a program designed to raise awareness and funds to fight hunger in local communities. As a winner, the ShopRite of Staten Island received $1,500 from ShopRite Partners In Caring to be donated to a charitable agency of their choice. The store team selected the Food Bank For New York City.
“I am proud and grateful to have the opportunity to make a difference in the lives of those that go hungry in our community,” stated Kevin Mannix, owner and operator of the ShopRite of Staten Island. “This donation could not be possible without the hard work and dedication from the store associates and the generosity of our loyal customers.”
Mr. Mannix will be on hand to deliver the check to Patrick Mooney, director of Philanthropy at the Food Bank For New York City, at a presentation that will take place at the ShopRite of Hylan Boulevard at 3:00 p.m. on Wednesday, May 13.
The $1,500 donation is in addition to the $20,000 already donated to the Food Bank for New York City by Mr. Mannix’s two Staten Island stores, the ShopRite on Richmond Avenue and the ShopRite on Hylan Boulevard.
The ShopRite of Hylan Boulevard is located at: 2424 Hylan Boulevard; Staten Island, NY and its hours of operation are Monday- Sunday; open 24 hours.
Philadelphia-Area Students to Soar Like Eagles in the Take a Player to School Contest
Schools donate to Food Banks to compete for a visit from a Philadelphia Eagles player
Keasbey, NJ; March 9, 2009 – In recognition of the 10th Anniversary of ShopRite Partners In Caring, ShopRite is teaming up with General Mills and the Philadelphia Eagles Radio Network/94WYSP in the fight against hunger with its Take a Player to School Contest. From March 8, 2009 through April 3, 2009, K-8 schools in Philadelphia and its surrounding areas will be collecting food donations for local Food Banks. Schools can earn 150 Box Tops for Education just for participating in the food drive. Entry into the competition also makes them eligible for the Grand Prize – a school and classroom visit from a Philadelphia Eagles player.
“The winter months are always a time of great need in our communities and our food pantries have been struggling to keep their shelves stocked,” said Martha Buccino, XYZ of Philabundance, one of six Food Banks participating in the contest. “This contest is a wonderful way to deliver a message on the importance of generosity to these children and the amount of support it provides to those who rely on our pantries is without measure. We are so grateful to ShopRite for its support in our hunger-fighting mission.”
All participating schools will receive 150 Bonus Box Tops for Education simply by collecting non-perishable, non-expired food items and donating them to their local, participating Food Bank. The school with the largest donation will receive 1,500 Bonus Box Tops for Education and an all-school assembly led by a Philadelphia Eagles player. The classroom with the most donations at the winning school will also receive a pizza party, Eagles gift bags, autographed photos and a physical education class or recess period led by a Philadelphia Eagles player.
“The Take a Player to School Contest provides a unique opportunity to raise hunger awareness among school-age children and to get them involved in this very important issue,” said Christine Magyarits, manager of Community Relations at Wakefern Food Corporation, the distribution and merchandising arm of ShopRite supermarkets. “We are so pleased that the Philadelphia Eagles are joining us in this endeavor, bringing with them tremendous energy and a sense of fun that will really help to inspire these kids to give from the heart.”
Participating Food Banks in the Take a Player to School Contest include: Philabundance – Philadelphia, PA; Food Bank of South Jersey – Pennsauken, NJ; Community Food Bank of NJ Southern Branch – Egg Harbor Township, NJ; Mercer Street Friends – Ewing, NJ; 2nd Harvest Food Bank of Lehigh Valley – Allentown, PA; and H&J Weinberg NEPA Reg. Food Bank – Wilkes Barre, PA.
10 Years 10 Heroes Limited-Edition Cheerios Box Honors Hunger Fighting Citizens of All Ages
ShopRite Partners In Caring and General Mills Recognize Winners in Hunger Awareness Competition with a Spot on the Cheerios Box
Edison, NJ (March 11, 2009) – Some heroes aren’t measured by their great strength or incredible skills, but instead by their big hearts and acts of kindness. ShopRite is marking the tenth anniversary of its community-based hunger-fighting charity, ShopRite Partners In Caring, by honoring individuals who use their hearts and hands to help raise awareness and funds to fight hunger in their local communities.
In marking the anniversary of the program, ShopRite teamed up with General Mills in a “10 Years – 10 Heroes” contest, a search for ten local heroes – five children and five adults – who actively engage in the fight against hunger. The “10 Years – 10 Heroes” contest recognized people who devote time, money, and energy to help battle hunger. Family, friends and community members submitted nomination essays describing individuals who are passionate about assisting in the fight in their local communities. The ten heroes were selected based on their participation in activities to raise funds or collect food, the spirit in which the activities were conducted and the results achieved. The winners are: Jacquelyn Broadfoot, of Bloomfield, NJ, Joanne Chadziewicz, of Plainville, CT, Daniel A. Galligan, of Old Bridge, NJ, George Karp, of Mamaroneck, NY, Bill Pere, of Mystic, CT, Stanley Serdakowski, of Gladstone, NJ, Payton Sinkbeil, of Pottstown, PA and Gabriela, Stephanie and Stephen Toledo, of Randolph, NJ.
ShopRite Unveils Limited-Edition Cheerios Box …add one
“We are honored to recognize local heroes who take part in activities that truly make a difference in the lives of many individuals in their communities,” said Christine Magyarits, spokesperson for ShopRite Partners In Caring. “We are also very proud of our dedicated ShopRite associates who help to raise awareness and funds year after year for local food banks. This contest is a great way for us to recognize them and the positive impact that they have on the community.”
The ten local heroes, alongside 61 ShopRite associates, will be featured on the front panel of a limited-edition Cheerios box, the eighth in a series, which will be on shelves this spring exclusively at ShopRite stores. The box will be unveiled in a special ceremony at the ShopRite of Passaic on Tuesday, March 24, 2009 at 11 a.m.
Harriet Green of Clifton, NJ, Luisa Mejia of Passaic, NJ and Kevin Fragale of Lodi, NJ are among the ShopRite associates honored on 125,000 limited-edition Cheerios boxes for their store’s commitment to fighting hunger in their local community through the ShopRite Partners In Caring program. Harriet, Luisa and Kevin were selected to appear on the Cheerios box after the ShopRite of Passaic took a top spot out of 30 winning stores in a contest sponsored by ShopRite and General Mills in support of National Hunger Action Month in September.
ShopRite associates raised more than $290,000 during a two-week contest by offering $1 donation cards to customers at checkout, constructing displays to bring awareness to the issue of hunger, and holding in-store events to support the cause. General Mills donated an additional $20,000 to the ShopRite Partners In Caring Fund, a component fund of the Community Foundation of New Jersey.
The winning stores are:
New Jersey: ShopRite of Passaic, ShopRite of Brookdale, ShopRite of Succasunna, ShopRite of Mansfield, ShopRite of Ramsey, ShopRite of Newton, ShopRite of Flemington, ShopRite of Montague,
ShopRite Unveils Limited-Edition Cheerios Box …add two
ShopRite of Brooklawn, ShopRite of Byram, ShopRite of Cherry Hill, ShopRite of Fairlawn, ShopRite of Clark, ShopRite of Evesham, ShopRite of Clinton, ShopRite of Franklin, ShopRite of Netcong, ShopRite of Rio Grande, ShopRite of Mullica Hill.
New York: ShopRite of Wallkill, ShopRite of Hylan Boulevard, ShopRite of Staten Island.
Pennsylvania: ShopRite of Oxford & Levick, ShopRite of Snyder Plaza, ShopRite of Mount Pocono, ShopRite of Warminster, ShopRite of Daleville, ShopRite of Aramingo Avenue.
Connecticut: ShopRite of Bristol, ShopRite of New London.
The 2009 limited-edition Cheerios boxes will be available for sale on March 20th at your local ShopRite.
ShopRite Brings More of Everything to Maryland Shoppers
Official Grand Opening Set for March 8
Keasbey, NJ; March 2, 2009 – More variety, more freshness, more savings and more value comes to Maryland when ShopRite celebrates its grand opening on Sunday, March 8. This day marks the official transition of the Klein’s Family Markets to the ShopRite banner with simultaneous grand openings of all of their seven stores.
The transition represents the next phase of growth for the Klein’s supermarket business. “Our family has a long and proud tradition of delivering personalized, family-oriented service with exceptional value to our customers and secure, competitive employment opportunities to our associates. We are very confident that our move to the ShopRite banner will allow us to enhance and extend this tradition into the next generation,” stated Howard Klein, vice president & general council of Klein’s ShopRites of Maryland.
Owned and operated by the Klein family, the seven Maryland-based ShopRite stores will offer a multitude of expanded services that will afford customers new ways to save through ShopRite’s promotional programs. Some of those programs include: a 14-day supply of 35 commonly used antibiotics FREE to customers, ShopRite’s 90-day generic drug program that allows customers additional savings for more than 375 commonly prescribed generic drugs, a Holiday promotion for a FREE ham or turkey dinner, hundreds of weekly circular specials, the Baby Bucks program that offers $10 off a shopping trip when customers spend $100 on baby items, and added value via the ShopRite Price Plus® Club loyalty discount program. Our award-winning private label line will also provide added value and taste.
The Klein’s long-standing commitment to the community will also be enhanced through the ShopRite Partners In Caring program, a year-round, community based hunger-fighting initiative. The program supports 23 regional food banks and more than 1,400 charitable agencies with food or meal components in New York, New Jersey, Connecticut, Delaware, Pennsylvania and now, Maryland. More than $20 million has been donated to date in the fight against hunger since the program’s inception in 1999.
The seven stores opening for business under the ShopRite banner on Sunday, March 8 are located in Maryland at:
• ShopRite of Aberdeen; 949 Beards Hill Road, Aberdeen • ShopRite of Bel Air; 223 N Main Street, Bel Air • ShopRite of Festival; 5 Bel Air S Pkwy, Bel Air • ShopRite of Jacksonville; Jarrettsville Pike, Phoenix • ShopRite of Cardiff; 1606 Dooley Rd, Whiteford • ShopRite of Forest Hill; 2101 Rock Spring Rd, Forest Hill • ShopRite of Riverside; 1321 Riverside Pkwy, Belcamp
ShopRite Kicks-Off 1st Wave of Free Health Screenings In Support Of Live Right With ShopRite Program
THIS MONTH FEATURES FREE BODY MASS INDEX AND BODY FAT SCREENINGS
Keasbey, NJ (January 16, 2009) — Be a healthier you this New Year as ShopRite helps kick-start healthy resolutions. As part of the Live Right with ShopRite™ Health and Wellness program, ShopRite will offer a series of FREE health screenings throughout the upcoming months. In support of the program’s January theme, “New Year, New You,” the ShopRites of Rochelle Park, Paramus, and Englewood will host FREE Body Mass Index (BMI) and Body Fat screenings.
The FREE screenings, provided through ShopRite’s Pharmacy department, will also offer customers FREE educational materials on ways to achieve a healthier lifestyle.
The date and locations for the FREE BMI and Body Fat screening are as follows:
• Tuesday, January 20, 2009 – ShopRite of Rochelle Park 220 West Passaic Street, Rochelle Park, NJ
• Thursday, January 22, 2009 – ShopRite of Paramus 224 State Highway Route 4 East, Paramus, NJ
• Friday, January 23, 2009 – ShopRite of Englewood 40 Nathaniel Place, Englewood, NJ
All screenings are from 10:00 a.m. until 2:00 p.m.
For additional information on ShopRite’s Health and Wellness program, visit shopriteforms.mywebgrocer.com or contact ShopRite’s Customer Care Center at 1-800-SHOPRITE or 1-800-746-7748.
*Look for more health and wellness events in coming months*
Brown’s Super Stores Named Top Employer in Philadelphia Business Journal’s 2008 Best Places to Work
Keasbey, NJ (January 7, 2009) – Brown’s Super Stores, took First Place in the Philadelphia Business Journal’s fifth annual Best Places to Work Contest. Brown’s Super Stores, comprised of 11 ShopRite supermarkets located in the Greater Philadelphia area, was named a top employer in the extra large category of the Delaware Valley by company workers.
The contest results were entirely decided by company employees who participated in an online questionnaire administered by Quantum Market Research, an independent surveying firm in Wichita, Kansas.
Employees of nominated companies were asked to complete a 37 question, online survey that uses a scale of one to six from “strongly disagree” to “strongly agree.” Survey participants were asked to rank categories including: team effectiveness, trust in senior leaders, feeling valued, manager effectiveness, and compensation and benefits.
“It is a wonderful feeling to know that my staff highly regards the company they work for. Being happy at your workplace is invaluable and I’m thrilled to be able to provide an enjoyable and fulfilling work experience at all of my stores, stated Jeff Brown, Brown’s Super Stores chairman and CEO. “Behind a great company is a great team that works hard to support it. My daily goal is to serve the needs of the people – that includes the customers visiting my ShopRite stores and the associates working here,” said Mr. Brown.
According to the questionnaire results, the Brown’s Super Stores’ commitment to the neighborhood is one of the elements that helped propel it in the top winning spot. The Brown family has held a strong presence in the community since 1989 when their first ShopRite store was founded. According to Mr. Brown, the store associates are equally committed to serving the community – a hallmark of their corporate culture.
More than 200 companies were nominated this year in five categories based on company size or geographic location.
All winners were announced at an awards ceremony on Oct. 15 at the Top of the Tower in the Bell Atlantic Building in Center City.
Breath a Little Easier this Flu Season with ShopRite’s FREE Antibiotics Program
Free Antibiotics From January 11 Until March 28
Keasbey, NJ (January 9, 2009) – Wallet-free visits to local ShopRite Pharmacies for antibiotics become a reality starting this Sunday with the launch of ShopRite’s FREE Antibiotics program. Keeping true to its mission of delivering outstanding customer service and value, ShopRite is helping its customers breathe easier this flu season by offering a 14-day supply of commonly prescribed generic oral antibiotics — FREE of charge. Antibiotics included in ShopRite’s program include: Amoxicillin, Ampicillin, Bacitracin, Cephalexin, Ciprofloxacin, Doxycycline, Erythromycin, Penicillin VK, and SMZ-TMP.
The FREE Antibiotics program is available to all customers with or without insurance at ShopRite Pharmacies across Connecticut, New Jersey, New York, Pennsylvania, and Delaware. To take part in the program, customers must have a valid prescription from their doctor. There is no membership or other commitment required.
In addition, ShopRite Pharmacies have expanded their already existing 90-day, generic drug program by adding 60 new items. The $9.99, (90-Day) generic drug program allows customers additional savings for more than 375 commonly prescribed generic drugs used to treat a wide range of medical conditions including: Allergy and Asthma, Anti Viral, Arthritis Pain, Cholesterol, Diabetes, among others.
“At ShopRite, our goal is to provide our customers with the best service and every day low prices. When you combine our new FREE Antibiotics program, along with our expanded 90-day/$9.99 generic drug program, we provide our customers with a comprehensive solution for meeting all of their prescription needs,” stated Karen Meleta, spokeswoman for ShopRite.
For more information about the Free Antibiotic program, and the 90-Day Generic Drug program, visit our Pharmacy section.
ShopRite is the registered trademark of Wakefern Food Corp., a retailer-owned cooperative, based in Keasbey, NJ and the largest supermarket cooperative in the United States. With more than 220 ShopRite Supermarkets located throughout New Jersey, New York, Pennsylvania, Connecticut, Delaware and Maryland, ShopRite serves more than five million customers each week. A long-time supporter of key community efforts, ShopRite is dedicated to fighting hunger in the communities it serves. Through its ShopRite Partners In Caring program, ShopRite has donated more than $22 million to 1,500 worthy charities and food banks since the program began in 1999. As a title sponsor of the LPGA’s ShopRite Classic, ShopRite has raised more than $22 million for local schools, hospitals and community groups. For more information, please visit www.ShopRite.com.