Winn-Dixie donates more than 6 million meals through food recovery program
JACKSONVILLE, Fla. — After piloting a food recovery program in 2009 and expanding it to all of its stores last year, Winn-Dixie announced Monday that it has provided more than 6 million meals to the affiliate food banks of Feeding America.
The grocer partners with local Feeding America affiliate food banks in Alabama, Georgia, Florida, Mississippi and Louisiana, donating perishable items that reach their "sell by" date but are still usable and nutritious to feed the hungry, Winn-Dixie said.
“Food banks continue to see requests for help from many families who are struggling to provide three square meals a day,” Winn-Dixie group VP marketing Mary Kellmanson said. “At Winn-Dixie, our goal is to be at the heart of our neighborhoods, and that’s why we created the food recovery program — to ease the stress on the food banks and to help provide better nutrition to families who need it the most.”
Safeway celebrates private-label brand by setting Guinness World Records title
PLEASANTON, Calif. — Safeway celebrated National Picnic Day on Saturday by breaking the Guinness World Record for longest picnic table and debuting its new private-label brand.
The record-setting picnic, held at the Marina Green in San Francisco, featured Safeway’s Open Nature, a newly launched line of all-natural foods that includes meat and poultry, bread, yogurt, ice cream and salad dressing products, that were prepared by Food Network chef Tyler Florence. Safeway also succeeded at building a table exceeding 305 ft.
"Open Nature is a natural product line that consumers can have total confidence in because the ingredients are easy to understand and listed on the front of each package. We believe that nature has nothing to hide, and neither should your food," Safeway marketing president Mike Minasi said. "Having lunch at the World’s Longest Picnic Table on National Picnic Day is the perfect vehicle for celebrating our Open Nature promise that ingredients should come from nature, and food should have as little processing as possible."
Kroger taps Ralphs head for SVP merchandising role
CINCINNATI — Kroger announced that it has named Michael Donnelly as SVP merchandising. Donnelly has been president of the company’s Ralphs division, based in Los Angeles, since August 2007.
In his new position, Donnelly will lead all merchandising and procurement for Kroger.
Donnelly began his career in the grocery business with Fry’s of California in 1978. In 1989, he moved to Arizona as a district manager for Fry’s and later became VP merchandising. Donnelly led the Fry’s division as president from 2000 until 2002 when he was appointed group VP drug and GM at Kroger’s general office in Cincinnati. He returned to Fry’s in 2003 and remained there as president of the Arizona-based division until he was appointed president of Ralphs in 2007.
"We are very pleased to have Mike join our team as our senior vice president of merchandising. He is well-respected within our company and the industry for his merchandising excellence," Kroger president and COO Rodney McMullen said. "Mike’s extensive industry experience will help Kroger continue to build and strengthen our partnerships with suppliers and vendors that are so important to Kroger’s success."