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Family Mealtimes Matter

Written By:

Ellie Wilson, MS, RDN Senior Nutritionist

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Sitting down with your family, around a meal, catching up on everyone’s day and making plans together is one of the most basic things that families do together.  We also know that families have a lot of challenges these days, and may not be able to make that classic family mealtime happen as often as they want. Family Mealtimes Matter is a campaign that we’ve been sharing with our customers for the last six years, with our partners at Cornell Cooperative Extension, to help families focus on making that family time happen in as many ways as possible. Turns out, family mealtimes are one of the most important things a family can do to set children up for good health and success.

It doesn’t matter what meal it is, or even if the meal is really healthy – it is the time together that counts the most. Sharing food and conversation together can help children maintain a healthier weight, which generally means they do better with getting enough nutrients like calcium and fiber, and can protect them from eating disorders. Eating meals together also really improves their language and communication skills, helps them do better in school, and have fewer behavioral problems.

So, even if the meal is not ideal, don’t miss the chance to sit and eat together. It helps children feel secure, bringing you all closer, and creates a little island of time to focus on each other, instead of our increasingly distracting world.

This week, you will find a great Family Mealtimes Matter display in stores, with a handout for some fast, easy, kid and busy life-friendly recipes, and more resources on benefits of family meals. We also have resources online with helpful information updated periodically! We hope we have taken some of the stress out of making a nice meal with your family happen, and we would love to hear from you – any questions you have, what your strategies are for bringing your family together at the table, and more.

3 Birds with 1 Stone!

Written By: Joe Berman

Manager of Corporate Social Responsibility, LEED AP BD&C

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Lately I have been thinking a lot about systems, synergies and the co-benefits that are the hallmark of Sustainability. I have been exploring the idea that sustainable actions and behaviors actualize the triple bottom line of People, Products and Planet and that when these elements are aligned and in balance, multiple benefits arise simultaneously from the same source.

Recently, I attended the Food Marketing Institute Energy and Store Development Conference in St. Louis, MO. While I was there I was profoundly struck by the pervasive focus on energy conservation through high efficiency building technologies and big data driven solutions. Every manufacturer, product sales representative and service provider that I spoke with was touting the improved performance of their product or process and all were quick to point out how much energy and money I would save if I would just purchase what they were selling. I was incredibly pleased to see the extent to which energy conservation has been embraced as one of the core value drivers for supermarket industry technology! I found everyone that I spoke with was keenly aware of the importance of energy conservation to Sustainability efforts in the industry and all appeared to be interested in pushing conservation approaches to support sustainability goals for the organizations that they worked with.

Though I have recently seen immense progress in the industry towards high efficiency solutions, I believe that a true valuation and dedicated focus the on benefits of green house gas (GHG) reduction potential associated with energy conservation measures is still a significant area of improvement available to food retailers. The majority of the people that I spoke with at the conference were concentrating on the energy conservation and financial improvement aspects of their technology or service. While this is a step in the right direction, I found that few individuals appeared to concentrate on the environmental impact improvements that are such a significant co-benefit to high efficiency approaches. As thrilled as I am that the industry is moving in a more energy conservation oriented direction, we need to be better at understanding and communicating the full impact of this movement, as those capabilities should further motivate us to pursue the entire triple bottom line approach as a guiding motivator.

While we are demonstrating focus on innovative high efficiency technologies and improved economic performance, the environmental aspect of our decision making process needs to be equally considered. We need to be able to hit these 3 birds with 1 stone. If and when the environmental impact reduction of a chosen approach becomes as important a decision making criteria as improved financial performance then we will have truly moved in a more holistic and  sustainable direction as an industry.

Jane’s New Items

Written by Jane N. Golub

Director In-Store Marketing Programs

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Celebrate with style and strength!

Dixie Ultra Moments is a new line of disposables for your special entertaining occasions.  These premium plates not only have attractive coordinating designs, but they are also strong enough to hold up through all of your meals.

Dixie Ultra Moments feature a unique eight sided shape and deep rim so you can showcase your personal style without sacrificing durability and strength.

Look for Dixie Ultra Moments Plates on the Paper aisle.

YoCRUNCH CEREAL BOWLS

140806_DSN_BreakfastBowl_renderings_02-99Wouldn’t it be great if you didn’t have to choose between the delicious crunch of cereal and the smooth creaminess of yogurt for breakfast?  Now you don’t!  Introducing YoCrunch Cereal Bowls.

The delicious combination of healthy protein packed yogurt with the delicious and filling crunch of your favorite cereals.

Available in 4 delicious combinations:

  • Special K with strawberry or vanilla Greek yogurt – At only 150 calories and with 12 grams of protein, this is the perfect breakfast with the taste of luscious strawberry or creamy vanilla mixed perfectly with healthy and crunchy Special K cereal.
  • Frosted Flakes with vanilla yogurt – The fantastic way to sweeten your morning with family favorite crunchy Frosted Flakes on top of creamy vanilla yogurt.
  • Froot Loops with vanilla yogurt – The colorful and delicious way to delight your family with the great “frooty” taste of Froot Loops on top of our creamy vanilla yogurt.

Look for YoCrunch Cereal Bowls in the Dairy aisle.

Jane’s New Items

Written by Jane N. Golub

Director In-Store Marketing Programs

VANITY FAIR DESIGN COLLECTIONS

prod_DesignColl_160-ASoft and strong, with a cloth-like texture, Vanity Fair Design Collection Napkins add a special touch your family and guests will appreciate.

Their 2-ply printed napkins are perfect for any meal, any time of the week from breakfast to dinner and everything in between.  Make your next occasion just right with Vanity Fair’s exceptionally versatile and extremely durable Design Collection napkins.

Look for Vanity Fair Design Collection Napkins in the Paper aisle.

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Introducing two exciting new items from Wholly Guacamole – Wholly Guacamole Minis Spicy Homestyle 100 Calorie Cups and Wholly Guacamole Three Chili in an 8 oz. tray!

Wholly Guacamole Three Chile has just the right amount of spice and garlic, just like their classic guacamole, but also includes a delicious 3 Chile blend that’s sure to excite your taste buds.

Wholly Guacamole Spicy Homestyle Minis 100 Calorie Cups are a wonderful and convenient surprise to add to any picnic basket or bring to those away from home gatherings that demand the real homemade guacamole taste that’s only Wholly Guacamole.

Both are available in super easy peel and serve trays and the 100 calorie Mini Cups are the perfect serving size for on the go. With Wholly Guacamole, you know your family and friends are getting a natural great tasting guacamole.  Look for Wholly Guacamole Minis in the Produce Department.

Jane’s New Items

Written by Jane N. Golub

Director In-Store Marketing Programs

0003890002406_500X500DOLE GARDEN SOUPS

Dole is proud to present Dole Garden Soups in a BPA-free packaging which delivers healthier product that tastes great.  Dole’s new line of Garden Soups is all natural and made with pure and simple ingredients, without preservatives, so every bowl has the fresh taste of vegetables straight from the garden.

Dole Garden Soups are low in fat, calories and sodium, have no cholesterol, no GMO and no MSG.  One 26 oz. container of Dole Garden Soup provides 2-1/2 servings of vegetables.

Dole Garden Soups come in five delicious flavors: Roasted Garlic Tomato Basil, Tomato Vegetable, Southwestern Black Bean & Corn, Sweet Corn and Carrot Ginger.

On a cold winter’s day, treat yourself and your family to hot Dole Garden Soups.  For the meat lovers, you can always add Dole Garden Soup to your stew for more flavor, texture and color.

Look for Dole Garden Soups in the Soup aisle.

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Just in time for International Balloon Month, burton + BURTON announce the recent release of the LITE-A-LOON.  These 11” latex balloons are pre-packed with a battery powered LED light inside to create a glowing effect in low light environments.

LITE-A-LOON balloons can be filled with helium or air and offer a 20 hour battery life, making them ideal for weddings, parties, proms and homecoming dances.  Additionally, LITE-A-LOON balloons are HI-FLOAT compatible.

The LITE-A-LOON has been extremely popular in the European market and burton + BURTON is proud to be the exclusive distributor in the United States.  The balloons are available in many colors and patterns and are packaged in consumer packs of 5 and decorator packs of 50.

Printed versions include a Happy Birthday message, a polka dot assortment and a Halloween print on orange balloons.  The Halloween prints include ghosts, witches, a skeleton and a pumpkin, making them perfect for upcoming Halloween parties.

Look for LITE-A-LOON balloons in the Floral Department.

Written by: Ellie Wilson, MS RDN  Senior Nutritionist

On a beautiful day last Monday, my son and I drove out to Shaul Farms to meet with Dave Shaul. Shaul Farms encompasses 1500 acres, employs about 40 locals and teens in the summer busy season, and grows a huge list of vegetables. When I got to their large, open air farm market building, I was delighted by what we saw – fresh herbs, straw bales, tomatoes, piles of garlic, cucumbers, a range of sweet and hot peppers, onions, broccoli, summer and winter squash, and the ubiquitous sweet corn  – all fresh and on beautiful broad table/bins. Like the vegetables, the display fixtures are also ‘home grown”, and the tall, wide planting boxes full of a great and colorful display of plants and flowers (which they also grow themselves) act as decoration and half-wall, surrounding the entire building. It was a dietitian’s dream! You will find Dave’s corn, broccoli, plum tomatoes and peppers in your local Price Chopper.

Shaul truckDave, one of 10 siblings and the only one left farming from his family, is a busy, generous man who works hard to balance the needs of the farm with that of his growing family. He and his wife Becky have adopted 3 children and hope to add a new baby, visiting the same day of my visit, to their family.  Dave’s family has farmed this land since 1701, and their older children are starting to take on some small chores. Despite the long family farming history, Dave’s father did the lion’s share of building the business up. At one point, they were shipping 4,000 tons of carrots to Beechnut and Birdseye, but as transportation costs escalated, they started to look out for other partners, and started delivery directly to the Cobleskill Price Chopper in 1986.

Shaul Farms is, like all of the farms Price Chopper works with, GAP certified. Food safety is of paramount importance to Dave, and to Price Chopper. He offers that national food safety issues, like the incident in Colorado, where melons processed on unsanitary machinery caused illness and some deaths, has impacted retailer demand for those items – he had so few orders, he decided not to grown them this year. To clarify, the melons were fine, the machinery was the problem, but for now, buyers are shy.

Deciding what to grow and choosing different varieties of the same types of crops is part of the winter planning Dave does, after family vacations. He described working closely with the seed salesperson, and trying new varieties in part to ensure he has a strong crop – if one type of seed doesn’t produce well, he has several others to fall back on and protect his overall harvest.

Technology plays its role on the Shaul farm, and he cites the use of GPS and satellite tracking for planting and harvesting as a game changer. Dave ShaulThe challenge for farmers is to balance the cost of technology with the return on investment – even used machines like combines (that harvest corn) can cost well over $200,000.

As Dave helped my son learn more about the varieties of peppers – Don was thinking he wanted to make something for a family event later in the week, we got to speak about his favorites. He gave full credit to his wife for being a wonderful cook , and really struggled for a minute or two when I asked him what his favorite item was that he grew. He finally settled on “winter squash, with brown sugar and butter”.  He also likes being his own boss, and that the farm and the area is a good place to raise a family. As I have of the other farmers I have met with so far, I asked what he thought was driving the growing interest in local foods and farming. He contemplated that for a few moments, and returned the thought that carbon footprint was definitely part of the equation. That, and connecting with farmers who are growing their food, which he thought was a really good trend.

Dave Shaul clearly likes his work, and I hope he gets his wish that one of his children is interested in maintaining the family tradition. He left us to get back to urgent chores, and we walked around the main farm area – one trailer being repaired, equipment and vehicles loosely organized around the well kept buildings, trucks of different sizes coming and going and a pallet mover whizzing around, preparing for picking and shipping tomorrow, green fields stretching away behind the buildings. “It’s beautiful out here, Mom. Did you see there is an ice cream stand across the street? ”  We loaded our purchases into our truck, and headed over to enjoy the full bounty of the day. Please enjoy the local bounty of Dave’s produce in your local Price Chopper!

 

Jane’s New Items

Written by Jane N. Golub

Director In-Store Marketing Programs

DAWN FOODS 7” VORTEX DESSERT CAKES

Picture1Dawn Foods Vortex Dessert cakes are a unique and innovative combination of a moist cake layer and rich brownie layer, beautifully decorated with a distinctive “Vortex” swirl of Chocolate or White Chocolate Truffle Waterfall.  These Vortex cakes feature a swirled top design that is one-of-a-kind!

Each Vortex Dessert cake is made with a super-moist cake layer, a rich brownie layer and beautifully decorated with a distinctive “Vortex” swirl of Chocolate Truffle Waterfall on the Tuxedo and Red Devil.  The Neapolitan Vortex cake has a White Chocolate Truffle Waterfall.

Vortex cakes are sure to turn heads and tempt the taste buds.  The dual Vortex layered textures are where cake and brownie meet to make a winning combination and are perfect for family dinners and gatherings!

7” Vortex Dessert Cakes are available in the Bakery Department and are sure to be a big hit for any occasion!

5210002773_fullMcCORMICK SKILLET SAUCES

Introducing a new line of recipe sauces from McCormick!

McCormick Skillet Sauces provide a convenient and affordable home cooked meal solution.  They deliver family favorites with a flavor twist.

McCormick Skillet Sauces are packed with fresh ingredients and provide a serving size for the whole family!  It’s amazing what a little flavor can do and McCormick delivers the flavors you can trust!  Whether you want savory, sweet or smoky, you can count on McCormick.

Try one of McCormick’s seven new family pleasing Skillet Sauces today: Taco with Chipotle & Garlic, Sesame Chicken Stir-Fry, Sicilian Chicken with Tomato, Basil & Garlic, Fire Roasted Garlic Chili, Smoky Applewood BBQ Chicken with Bacon, Fajita with Roasted Chile, Garlic & Lime and Sweet & Smokey Sloppy Joes.  Ban bland and add some flavor!

Look for McCormick Skillet Sauces in the Box Prepared Food aisle.

 

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