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Peapod to offer Midwest market regional ice cream favorites this summer

BY Antoinette Alexander

Online grocer Peapod is gearing up for summer and has partnered with several local Midwest-based ice cream brands to deliver sweet treats to Midwestern customers.

The new flavors will be available for order on Peapod.com through Labor Day.

Currently available in Peapod’s Midwest market, the brands are Fronen, Massa Gelato, Purple Door, Scratch, Loves, Jeni’s, Graeter’s and Homemade.

The new offerings also coincide with Peapod’s launch of its new “best value” PodPass Midweek subscription offer, thousands of lower everyday prices on the site and the announcement of a new $30 minimum order requirement in the Chicagoland area. The new minimum is a lowered offer from the previous minimum of $60.

“At Peapod we are committed to delighting our customers with new seasonal items so we’re celebrating the kick-off of summer with great local ice cream brands,” said Spencer Baird, senior vice president of merchandising at Peapod. “We went out and found some of our customers’ regional favorites, many of which are not on grocery store shelves, and are taking them straight to their doors.”

Peapod will offer an array of flavors, including:

  • Salted Caramel and Raspberry Chip from Wisconsin based Purple Door Ice Cream
  • Mint Chip Brownie and Door County Cherry from Wisconsin based Scratch Ice Cream
  • Vegan Peanut Butter and Chocolate Malt from Michigan company, Love’s Ice Cream
  • Brambleberry Crisp and Gooey Butter Cake from Ohio based Jeni’s Ice Cream
  • Buckeye Chocolate Chip and Limited Edition Summer Peach from Ohio based Graeter’s Ice Cream
  • Black Raspberry Chocolate Chip and Natural Vanilla Bean from Ohio based Homemade Ice Cream.

In addition, each month in the summer will feature a special flavor.

  • June: Graeter’s Handcrafted Strawberry Chocolate Chip Ice Cream
  • July: Jeni’s Frose Sorbet
  • August: Purple Door’s Brandy Old Fashioned Ice Cream

Peapod will be sampling a variety of ice creams at upcoming Millennium Park Summer Film Series showings in Chicago during July and August.

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Food Lion snaps up Kroger store in Raleigh, N.C.

BY Antoinette Alexander

Food Lion announced on Wednesday that it is broadening its footprint in Raleigh, N.C., with the acquisition of a Kroger store.

Food Lion will complete an extensive remodel of the store, and expects it to open in early 2019. Financial details of the transaction were not disclosed.

“We are so excited to add this new location to our network of more than 160 stores serving the Raleigh area,” said Meg Ham, Food Lion president. “We’ve been the neighborhood friend that our customers can count on for more than 40 years in Raleigh. With the addition of this new store, we have an even greater opportunity to serve more customers – our neighbors – with fresh, quality products at affordable prices every day with the caring, friendly service they expect from their local Food Lion.”

Food Lion also will extend its commitment to supporting the Raleigh community through its hunger relief philanthropic platform, Food Lion Feeds. As part of the announcement, Food Lion is donating 30,000 meals to the Food Bank of Central & Eastern North Carolina to help local families in need. Food Lion will also ensure the new store is assigned a feeding agency partner to receive weekly food donations through the company’s food rescue program.

Through Food Lion Feeds, the company has made a commitment to provide 500 million meals to individuals and families in need by the end of 2020. Since the launch of Food Lion Feeds in 2014, Food Lion has already donated more than 380 million meals through in-store campaigns, in-store food rescue programs and associate volunteerism.

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Weis Markets’ Paws for Pets program sets record

BY Antoinette Alexander

Weis Markets raised $385,000 for more than 150 local animal shelters and pet rescue organization during its 10th annual Paws for Pets initiative, marking a 21 percent increase compared with 2017, the retailer announced on Tuesday.

During the four-week program, which ran from April 26 to May 23, customers purchased vouchers for $1, $3 or $5, with all proceeds donated to pet shelters and rescue organizations selected at the local level. Weis Markets customers also donated various pet-related products including dog, cat, puppy and kitten food; cat litter; collars; harnesses and leashes; and related products. Weis also partnered with local shelters to host nearly 30 pet adoption events and pet photo shoots at local stores.

“Our Paws for Pets program has had another record year thanks to the hard work of our store associates, and the generosity of our customers,” said Ron Bonacci, Weis Markets vice president of advertising and marketing. “They’ve helped us generate record donations in 2018 and nearly $2 million in contributions and product donations since 2008. These donations will help more than 150 animal shelters and rescue organization throughout our market area.”

Weis Markets’ Newton, N.J., store once again took the lead, raising $11,868 for One Step Closer Animal Rescue in Andover, N.J., while its Clarks Summit, Pa., store raised $8,995 for Griffin Pond Animal Shelter in South Abington Township. The company’s stores in the Poconos and Northern New Jersey raised $80,881.

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