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Kroger mulls options for Turkey Hill

BY DSN STAFF

Kroger could be putting its Turkey Hill CPG food business up for sale. The Cincinnati-based company said Tuesday that it was exploring strategic alternatives for the division within Kroger Manufacturing, including a potential sale, retaining Goldman Sachs to review and evaluate options.

Turkey Hill is a producer of a line of popular fruit drinks, iced teas, milk, ice cream and frozen dairy treats based in Conestoga, Pa., that has a staff of 800 full- and part-time associates, as well as seasonal employees.

“Turkey Hill is a unique CPG food business within Kroger Manufacturing as it is a strong, nationally-known brand,” said Erin Sharp, group vice president for Kroger Manufacturing. “Turkey Hill’s successful and recognizable ice cream and beverage products have the potential for greater growth outside of our company. We want to ensure Turkey Hill has every opportunity to meet its full potential.”

Kroger currently owns 38 plants for food manufacturing, including 19 dairies for its own-brand portfolio and Turkey Hill branded products that it sells nationwide.

“I’d like to thank our skilled and dedicated associates for building a successful brand our customers love,” Sharp said. “We believe it is in the best interest of our associates, the Turkey Hill business and our shareholders to explore this course of action.”

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Southeastern Grocers, Excentus partner on fuel rewards program

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Southeastern Grocers and Excentus have announced the recommencement of their relationship.

As part of the retailer’s newly unveiled SE Grocers rewards program, Fuel Rewards with cents-per-gallon savings at Shell will be included alongside the ability to save on groceries at more than 575 major supermarkets.

“We are thrilled to renew our relationship with Southeastern Grocers, and to welcome them back to the Fuel Rewards program,” Brandon Logsdon, president of Excentus, said. “We are developing the SE Grocers rewards program to meet the expectations of their customers. The clear value of cents-per-gallon savings, the ability to earn points and more flexibility in redemption options will drive greater engagement and repeat business.”

According to a customer survey conducted by the company, many of Southeastern Grocers’ shoppers valued the ability to redeem their rewards on fuel, mainly at Shell stations.

“We listened carefully to our customers and responded by providing them with additional value through cents-per-gallon fuel savings, which is core to the Fuel Rewards program,” Anthony Hucker, president and CEO of Southeastern Grocers, said. “Our new program will reward our most loyal customers through targeted bonuses, while all customers will be able to earn points for purchases at any Bi-Lo, Fresco y Más, Harveys and Winn-Dixie stores – and all with the flexibility to redeem points at the register or the pump.”

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Hy-Vee debuts free weekly nutrition tours led by dietitians

BY Sandra Levy

In-store dietitians at more than 190 Hy-Vee locations in eight states will be on hand to provide free weekly health shopping tours that focus on the nutritional aspects of lowering blood pressure and cholesterol, as well as managing diabetes.

The tours will be held at noon on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays and will feature the following rotation:

• Monday (Diabetes). Dietitians will show consumers where they can find diabetes-friendly foods in every aisle, and help consumers choose carbohydrates carefully.
• Wednesday (Blood pressure): Consumers will learn which foods fit into a low-sodium diet, and see how some can even naturally lower blood pressure.
• Friday (Cholesterol): Consumers will learn which foods will lower bad cholesterol and raise good cholesterol.

“Hy-Vee’s mission is to make people’s lives easier, healthier and happier, and these free tours are a way for our customers to learn the important role food choices play in their overall health,” Hy-Vee senior vice president and chief health officer Kristin Williams said, in a press release statement. “Our company’s approach to health and wellness makes these tours a perfect complement to the wide array of services our in-store dietitians already offer.”

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