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Welcome to Wisconsin    Coborn's  Inc. of St. Cloud, MN has purchased the 4-store supermarket chain Marketplace Foods of western Wisconsin,  a deal that will give the company its first traditional grocery stores in the state.  Marketplace Foods was founded in a Hayward in 1977 and has locations in Hayward, Menomonie, Rice Lake and St. Croix.  "By expanding into a Wisconsin and adding these four stores into the Coborn's family, we are experiencing positive, strategic growth for our company," said CHRIS COBORN, president, CEO and chairman of St. Cloud, Minn.-based Coborn's.  "Marketplace Foods has a history of solid performance and a culture that is well aligned with our culture at Coborn's. These four stores are beautiful, destination shopping experiences and I'm excited to include them in the Coborn's family of stores." These stores will continue to operate as Marketplace Foods, with their current leadership and employee team of more than 400 people. Coborn's will share processes, ideas and best practices to strengthen the entire family of stores.  "We know that we have found a good fit with Coborn's," said JASON BETCHKAL, owner of Marketplace Foods. "Our companies operate with similar values, focusing on appreciating our employees and serving our customers. It's exciting to see the benefits that our stores will experience by being a part of a larger family company."  Coborn's owns one Save-a-Lot discount grocery store in Beloit, and about 50 other locations in Minnesota, the Dakotas and Iowa. It also operates a grocery delivery service in the Twin Cities.   See more at bizjournals.com

aaWGA On The Road   Member Rep MARK STELLPFLUG visited a number of WGA members this week.  Mark was at the Ribbon Cutting Ceremony at BOB and CHRIS FOX'S Piggly Wiggly in Two Rivers. Mark also met with SCOTT CHRISTEL (Valders Piggly Wiggly), Fox's PW in Manitowoc, LEE MYLENER at Lee's Family Foods in Peshtigo, and the Piggly Wiggly in Coleman.  TODD NEHLS, Store Director at Angeli Foods in Marinette gave a tour of their new large liquor department.  After attending the Grocers Institute Seminar in Appleton he visited with LARRY WESTENBERG of Freedom Foods in Freedom, Larry's Piggly Wiggly in Kaukauna, Store Director PETE MARKELZ at Larry's PW in Little Chute, and stopped in DAN SCHNEIDER'S PW in Appleton.

Road Warrior   Member Services Rep John Leemkuil was in Waunakee touching base with Rich Wipperfurth at the Piggly Wiggly and then on to Lodi to check in with store owner Debbie Westlie and her daughter Tegan Krueger. Both had great things to say about the WGA!!  Then it was on to the Sentry in Prairie Du Sac to drop off materials for Charlie Gallie and then over to Piggly Wiggly in Sauk City to speak with John Opahle.  All in a day's work!

aDeadline Extended   The Weekly Special Email this week announced the Award Nomination deadline has been extended deadline to Friday, May 1st for Grocer of the Year, Excellence in Operations, Community Service and Vendor of the Year.  The Weekly Special also provided vital information retailers need to know about eWIC as they move from paper to EBT.  Plus, there is one more Right to Work & Affordable Care Act Seminar on April 29th and registration information was included.  Click here here to see this week's newsletter.

 

 

 

 

 

Dementia Awareness Training   Managers at Festival Foods recently underwent training on how to help the store become dementia friendly - a new initiative to encourage independence among members of the population living with dementia.  The session was delivered by Lisa Wells, dementia care specialist with the Aging and Disability Resource Center, and was aimed at informing employees how to approach, talk with, help and redirect people who have dementia.  The training teaches employees to look for shoppers who have problems handling money, are searching for something that they can't seem to find, or customers who are buying the same items repeatedly in the same day.  See the full story by clicking here.a

Congratulations to Westby!   Westby Cooperative Creamery won 1st place in two categories at the 2015 United States Championship Cheese Contest.  In the product category of Cottage Cheeses, Westby brand 4% Small Curd Cottage Cheese took 1st Place and in the Cow's-Milk Flavored Yogurt category Westby brand Low Fat Strawberry Yogurt received the 1st place award.  The United States Championship Cheese Contest is the largest technical evaluation of cheese, butter and yogurt products in the United States; with the first place winner in many product categories determined by just tenths of a percentage point.  This contest is rooted in more than 120 years of our association history, beginning with the first cheese judging contest in 1891.  Click here for more.a  

Magnificent Magazine   The Spring issue of the Wisconsin Grocer magazine should be in your mail box.  In this issue you'll receive locally written articles on "Brewing up New Growler Legislation on Tap" and "The egg really is incredible".  Keep caught up with the WGA with columns from BRANDON SCHOLZ, President & CEO; DAVE KOTWITZ, Executive Director of the WGA Education & Scholarship Foundation and MARK STELLPFLUG, WGA's newest Membership Services Rep.  You'll also receive a review of Grocers in The Capitol Day and Member Events and Happenings.  Do us a favor; read it and pass it on to others in your store. 

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