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Target offers support to health, wellness start-ups

BY Deena M. Amato-McCoy
MINNEAPOLIS — Target is prepping for another program aimed at start-ups, specifically those focused on health and wellness.
 
The new program, called “Target Takeoff,” supports health- and wellness-related start-ups through a “mini-accelerator” effort that will help young companies develop and connect with the major retailers in town.
 
The discounter will pick 10 founders of up and coming wellness businesses, and invite them to the company’s Minneapolis headquarters May 1-5, “for an opportunity to network, meet with mentors, and talk all things retail,” Target said in a posting on its website. 
 
Participants will then prepare for a Demo Day on July 25, when they will pitch ideas to investors and Target buyers.
 
“Our goal is to help founders go further, faster by providing a network of mentors, a cohort of peers, and an opportunity to deepen their knowledge and experience,” Target said. “We want to support the next generation of entrepreneurs creating accessible, affordable, inclusive and inspirational wellness products and services.”
 
Target is accepting applications online through the end of February.
 
The chain made its first jaunt into the start-up accelerator space last year when it launched a retail-focused program in partnership with Techstars — an intensive mentor-driven boot camp of sorts for global start-ups. 
 
Ten companies took part in the initial class last year, and the retailer is currently recruiting its next set of candidates. Target and Techstars will announce the selected startups in July, and host a final demo day at the 14-week program’s close in October.  

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Supervalu to donate $1M to 34 nonprofits

BY Brian Berk

EDEN PRAIRIE, Minn. — The Supervalu Foundation will donate $1 million to 34 nonprofits that provide hunger and food-related relief to those in need in local communities across the country.

The $1 million in donations will benefit local communities in 17 states and the District of Columbia. Recipient organizations include local food bank affiliates of Feeding America, local members of Meals on Wheels America, local urban garden programs and meal programs at local emergency shelters, among others.

“Too many people in the United States today experience food insecurity,” said Supervalu President and CEO Mark Gross. “Today’s donations provide needed funding to help feed our communities, which is part of our company's mission, and is an important contribution to the efforts to address hunger relief.”

The Supervalu Foundation was established in 1993 to effect positive change in communities where Supervalu operates and serves. Hunger relief and nutrition programming are key focuses of the Foundation.

As of Dec. 3, Supervalu has a network of 2,067 stores, comprising 1,850 stores operated by wholesale customers serviced primarily by the company’s food distribution business, 195 traditional retail grocery stores operated under five retail banners, and 22 stores operated under the Shop 'N Save name in Maryland, Pennsylvania, Virginia and West Virginia.

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Food Lion awards five divisional managers

BY Brian Berk

SALISBURY, N.C. — Food Lion named five store managers as divisional award winners, making them eligible for its Ralph W. Ketner Store Manager of the Year Award to be presented on Feb. 16. These awards recognize and honor exceptional store managers who “enrich the lives of Food Lion's customers, associates and the communities we serve, successfully leading our business, and supporting and inspiring others.”

Divisional winners are:

• Jeff Estes, of Store 2206, of 1088 Brawley School Road, in Mooresville, N.C., for the Central Charlotte Division. Estes started with Food Lion in 1996 as a bagger in Richmond, Va. Since that time, he has worked in various roles of increasing responsibility up to store manager.

• Leslie Johnson, Store 57, of 5279 Roxboro Road, in Durham, N.C., for the Mid-Atlantic Division. Johnson joined Food Lion in 2010 as a store manager, where she has held that position for the past six years. Prior to joining the company, she spent some time working in retail and uses her vast experience in her current role as a store manager in Durham, N.C.

• Brandon Phillips, Store 1352, of 1526 North Bridge St., in Elkin, N.C., for the Central Greensboro Division. Phillips joined Food Lion 16 years ago. Since that time he has worked in various roles of increasing responsibility.

• Wendy Thompson, Store 1217, of 2710 Roberts Ave., Lumberton, N.C., for the Southern Division. Thompson has been working with Food Lion for 22 years. Although she has worked in various other roles with the company, she has spent the last 14 years as a store manager.

• Matthew Webber, Store 2194, of 78 Worchester Drive, in Falling Waters, W. Va., for the Northern Division. Webber has worked with Food Lion for 19 years. He has held various roles during his tenure including service associate, grocery manager and store assistant. He has spent the last 15 years working as a store manager with the company.

"Our store managers are the heartbeat of our organization and represent the towns and cities we serve," said Meg Ham, president of Food Lion. "Our store associates bring our brand, our strategy and everything we do to life for our customers. These exceptional store managers lead the way for our associates who serve our customers every day."

Food Lion will donate $1,000 to each of the feeding agencies served by these stores in honor of the division winners.  

Food Lion is a company of Delhaize America, a U.S. division of Royal Ahold Delhaize Group.

 

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