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Merger of Two Meat Industry Associations Takes Effect Jan. 1

The new North American Meat Institute (NAMI) will be born right on schedule come New Year’s Day.

NAMI is the product of the merger of the 108-year-old American Meat Institute (AMI) and the North American Meat Association (NAMA), with origins dating back to 1942. The merger combines into one the two large meat industry organizations that have been that sector’s impact players on all issues, including food safety.

AMI, for example, initially sued in federal court to prevent E. coli O157:H7 from being listed as an adulterant in meat when the issue first arose 20 years ago. More recently, NAMA has gained attention for its annual hands-on training sessions in methods that have successfully controlled the deadly pathogen.

The two organizations announced the merger earlier this year after negotiations in 2013 were able to prepare both boards of directors for unanimous merger votes in 2014.

The new North American Meat Institute has also began to make staffing announcements. NAMA’s Barry Carpenter, a former top USDA official, will be the new group’s president and chief executive officer. He’s held the same job at NAMA.

That Carpenter will head up the new organization comes as no surprise. Merger talks with NAMA were one of the last duties of AMI’s J. Patrick Boyle, who retired a year ago after serving the organization for 24 years as president and CEO.

In one of his first major personnel decisions for NAMI, Carpenter named Pete Thomson as vice president of legislative affairs. Thomson will join the new staff on Jan. 5, ending 31 years of Congressional experience. He will depart as the senior advisor for livestock issues to the House Agriculture Committee.

While on the committee staff, he counseled five chairmen and interacted with the entire spectrum of producers, packers, processors, retailers and consumers. Thomson came to Congress in 1983 with Rep. Bob Smith, but soon left the Oregon Republican’s staff for the House committee.

Thompson has worked on six different farm bills and has been actively engaged in a wide array of key issues, including industry marketing and structure, country-of-origin labeling (COOL), regulatory issues associated with GIPSA (Grain Inspection, Packers and Stockyards Administration), foreign market access and animal identification.

“Pete Thomson’s experience on the Hill and his deep understanding of agriculture and livestock issues in particular will be invaluable to NAMI members,” Carpenter said. “We are fortunate to have his leadership on our team at this important time in our Institute’s history.”

Since announcing that their respective boards had voted for the merger, the two organizations have been careful to be on the same page. They reacted to the recent World Trade Organization (WTO) decision against U.S. policy on COOL with a joint statement in which they said the decision was no surprise.

“USDA’s mandatory COOL rule is not only onerous and burdensome on livestock producers and meat packers and processors, it does not bring the U.S. into compliance with its WTO obligations,” the two organizations stated. “By being out of compliance, the U.S. is subject to retaliation from Canada and Mexico that could cost the U.S. economy billions of dollars.”

The U.S. is now in the early stages of an appeal of that ruling, but the chances aren’t good that it will prevail after three previous WTO losses on the issue. Losing again would mean Canada and Mexico could get the green light for imposing tariffs on American exports on all sorts of things to make up for the losses in the meat trade.

That could give the new NAMI an opening to reduce or repeal the COOL law. In their earlier joint statement, the two groups said it was time to restore relationships with two of America’s largest and most important trading partners.

Meat packers and processors of beef, pork, lamb, veal and turkey products and their suppliers have joined AMI to protect their interests. AMI’s members produce 95 percent of the beef, pork, lamb and veal products and 70 percent of the turkey products in the U.S.

NAMA’s 600 members throughout the U.S., Canada, and Mexico are involved in meat and poultry packing and processing. Both groups, now merging into one, provide a raft of legislative, regulatory, technical, scientific and education services.

AMI was founded in Chicago in 1906 just after the Federal Meat Inspection Act was passed by Congress. Its original name was the American Meat Packers Association and its first task was to help its 300 members comply with the new federal law.

AMI is probably the main reason taxpayers — rather than the industry and its consumers — pay the $ 1 billion the federal government spends annually on meat inspection today.

In 1919, the name was changed to the Institute of American Meat Packers and finally AMI in 1940. AMI moved its headquarters to Washington, D.C., in 1979. It merged with the National Independent Meat Packers Association (NIMPA) in 1982 and began managing the U.S. Hide, Skin and Leather Association in 1990. In 1991, AMI changed its bylaws to allow poultry processors to become full members, and, in 1992, the AMI Foundation was established to focus on research, education and information of interest to the meat and poultry industry.

In 1999, the AMI Foundation launched a multi-million-dollar, multi-year food safety initiative with the goal of reducing and ultimately eliminated Listeria monocytogenes and E. coli 0157:H7 from meat and poultry products.

The North American Meat Association was created by the 2012 merger of the North American Meat Processors Association (NAMPA) and the National Meat Association (NMA). Here’s the way the groups explained their lineage in the run-up to that merger:

 ”In 1942, shortly after the American entrance into WWII, the government imposed price controls and rationing of meat products without recognizing the special value-added service purveyors give to their customers. In response, Chicago, Illinois-based institutional meat purveyors banded together as the National Association of Hotel and Restaurant Meat Purveyors.

“As a result of this organization’s efforts, the regulation was amended and all sellers of meat products to hotels and restaurants were permitted to sell their products at a fair price. The association changed its name to the National Association of Meat Purveyors and began serving the needs of its members. In March 1996, the association changed its name to North American Meat Processors Association to reflect that it had begun to serve members in Canada, Mexico, and other countries. NAMP was unique among meat industry trade associations in having a North American focus in its programs and services.”

The National Meat Association had a similarly transformative history. Its first predecessor organization, Western States Meat Packers Association, was formed in 1946. Two years later, its second, Pacific Coast Meat Association, was chartered. These two would join together in 1982 to become the Western States Meat Association. Finally, in 1995, out of a merger of WSMA with the Mountain/Plains Meat Association, the National Meat Association was formed.

Food Safety News

‘Big data’ takes root in world of plant research

Botanists at Trinity College Dublin have launched a database with information that documents significant ‘life events’ for nearly 600 plant species across the globe. They clubbed together with like-minded individuals working across five different continents to compile the huge database of plant life histories, for which data have been gathered over a near 50-year span.

At a time in which climate change and increasing human populations are rapidly re-shaping plant distributions, the researchers hope their COMPADRE Plant Matrix database will foster collaborations between scientists and allow them to better answer questions such as how we can conserve the species that are critical for ecosystem services, and which may provide food for billions.

The researchers have just published an article in the international, peer-reviewed publication Journal of Ecology that describes the database. By making the precious data it contains free to download, they hope to inspire and accelerate important global research on plant biology.

“We hope that other scientists will use these data to answer questions such as why, unlike humans, some plants don’t deteriorate as they age, why some environments are better for agriculture than others, and how fast plant populations will move in response to climate change,” said Professor of Zoology in Trinity’s School of Natural Sciences, Yvonne Buckley.

She added: “Making the database freely available is our 21st Century revamp of the similarly inspired investments in living plant collections that were made to botanic gardens through the centuries; these were also set up to bring economic, medicinal and agricultural advantages of plants to people all over the world. Our database is moving this gift into the digital age of ‘Big Data’.”

We are used to shops, websites and companies keeping track of our purchases, what we eat, who we date, and even when and how we exercise. Keeping track of the most intimate details of life, death and reproduction should not be unique to human populations, though.

We rely on plants for some of our most basic needs like food, shelter and clothing. It is therefore vital that we know the ‘hows’, ‘whys’ and ‘wherefores’ governing the success of a diverse range of plant species so that we can protect them and put them to use for the good of the world.

The COMPADRE database contains far more information than one person could ever hope to pull together over a lifetime. The data have been collected over the past 48 years by many scientists on five continents, with sites ranging from the searing heat of deserts to the freezing cold of arctic and alpine plant communities. As a result, there are almost infinite questions for researchers to explore.

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Fresh Solutions Network takes fresh approach to potato and onion sales

Potatoes and onions are seen as classic commodity crops by many growers, who place too much emphasis on growing and harvesting their products as inexpensively as possible so that they can sell at lower prices.fsn-logo

While that approach may work for some, Fresh Solutions Network sees the equation differently. FSN feels that only focusing on squeezing down costs can actually cost retailers more, by short-changing them on quality, innovation and marketing support.

These areas — product quality, innovation and marketing support — are the three pillars that Fresh Solutions Network is using to help its retail customers to prosper. FSN believes the best breakthroughs — in products and in business — arrive at the intersection of insights and collaboration, so category data are analyzed and developed into insights to develop innovative products and strategic solutions.

“We think the value proposition for retailers has changed and that many of the ways potato and onion suppliers continue to try to capture market share may be a thing of the past,” Kathleen Triou, president and chief executive officer of FSN, said in a press release. “They fixate on driving out costs to win business, to the point that their packaging is ineffective and their marketing support is non-existent. Fresh Solutions Network’s approach gives retailers unprecedented access to competitive insights, to collaborative innovation, and ultimately to optimal assortments. For example, we recently collaborated with a regional retailer to strategize an optimized assortment that delivered a 7 percent sales increase and stole market share from their competition over a six-month pilot program.”

Fresh Solutions Network has reinvented the “supply-and-buy” model by focusing on a direct-supply “dream team,” an invitation-only network of potato and onion growers and shippers with superior products and trustworthy track records who personally own the land, work the soil and pack the product.

Many of the long-held ways of buying produce mean retailers may not know where their potatoes and onions are coming from, and that puts quality and accountability at risk. FSN customers always know exactly what product they’re buying and which grower they’re buying it from.

FSN members are accountable for quality and service — to each other and to their retail customers — because it is literally their own farms that are at stake.

Fresh Solutions Network Partners grow, pack, sell and deliver potatoes and onions directly to their retail and foodservice customers, providing seamless, transparent product supply and service. Fresh Solutions Network, LLC partners are Sterman Masser, Inc. (Masser Potato Farms and Keystone Potato Products in Sacramento and Hegins, PA), Michael Family Farms Inc. (Urbana, OH), Basin Gold Cooperative Inc. (Pasco, WA), Green Thumb Farms Inc. (Fryeburg, ME), Red Isle Potato Growers Ltd. (Prince Edward Island, Canada), NoKota Packers Inc. (Buxton, ND) and Sun-Glo of Idaho Inc. (Sugar City, ID).

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Baja greenhouse production takes big hit from hurricane

Greenhouses on Mexico’s Baja peninsula endured enormous damage from the winds of Hurricane Odile, which delivered its strongest punch Sept. 16 on the southern part of the peninsula.

Lance Jungmeyer, president of the Fresh Produce Association of the Americas, located in Nogales, AZ, indicated Sept. 19 that the hurricane “hit southern Baja pretty hard. Reports are still coming in, but the first reports are of 100 percent loss” of the region’s produce greenhouses and their crops.

Lance-JungmeyerLance Jungmeyer“We may find that not all the crops were lost,” Jungmeyer said, adding that the question remained as to what part of these crops might make it to market. “A lot of the roads were washed out” in Baja.

In the key Mexican production states of Sonora and Sinaloa, there was “minor” crop damage and the rainfall was beneficial in replenishing reservoirs.

“It’s a positive because when you grow in the desert, you need all the water you can get,” said Jungmeyer. “Overall, even if Baja loses tomatoes and peppers, Sinaloa and Sonora will pick up the slack” to serve demand. “There will not be supplies like you would normal have but it’s not dire unless you were growing in Baja.”

Jungmeyer said it was wind damage more than rain that devastated Baja. “The wind tore down structures and the plants were ripped to shreds. But maybe some can be salvaged. It was the winds that were really concerning.”

Initial news reports indicated Baja’s winds were 100 miles per hour. A Sept. 20 CNN report said the winds hit 125 mph.

Jungmeyer indicated that the Baja greenhouses had scarcely begun harvesting. He noted that Mexico’s primary vegetable shipping season runs from November until June.

On Sept. 19, Jose Luis Obregon, president of IPR Fresh in Rio Rico, AZ, confirmed that Mexican production areas aside from Baja endured little impact from Odile, nor from Hurricane Norbert, which struck Mexico two weeks before Odile.

Obregon indicated that some Nogales-area distributors started receiving Mexican colored Bell peppers and tomatoes Sept. 19. “There is some squash in Nogales from Hermosillo,” he said. “And cukes have been arriving in Nogales with honeydew and watermelons for a while.” Mostly, “the season for Nogales starts next week [Sept. 22]. Slowly but surely, we’re starting in Nogales. Sonora will begin in the next two weeks. Sinaloa will start in the last week of November.”

These growing areas have enjoyed rain, “but nothing major” that would damage crops,” said Obregon. “There has been no destruction from wind.”

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Poland takes most of the hits

Eastern Europe’s exports to Russia
Poland takes most of the hits

The Freshfel data also provide a deeper insight into the fruit and vegetable exports from the EU to Russia. It reveals what products were exported to Russia by each country, in what volumes and for how many dollars. Today, Eastern Europe, especially Poland, which has been hit hard.

Eastern Europe, especially Poland exports many
Of the Eastern European countries, Poland was by far the largest exporter to Russia. Of the sixteen most exported products, Hungary has the twelfth place; the other fifteen places are taken by Polish exports. Apples are clearly on top, with over 705,000 tonnes. Second are cabbages with 70,000 tonnes. For most Polish products on the top the export volumes increased compared to 2012. Only for pears and mushrooms did the volume drop.

Hungary, on the twelfth place, reaches this position with the export of sour cherries. In 2013, the country exported 4,200 tonnes of cherries; a year earlier it had shipped 4850 tonnes.

In dollars, Eastern Europe shows a similar picture. Besides the tenth place, occupied by Hungary, the top 17 are taken by Polish products. The most revenue was made by Poland’s apple exports, with more than 389 million Euro, followed by mushrooms, tomatoes and pears with 62, 52 and 38 million respectively. Hungarian sour cherry exports made a total of 5.8 million Euro.

Publication date: 9/4/2014


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Giant/Martin’s takes action against hunger this September

In recognition of Hunger Action Month this September, Giant Food Stores and Martin’s Food Markets are asking customers to join them in the fight against hunger in the local communities the grocers serve. Throughout the month, Giant/Martin’s-sponsored food drives and hunger-awareness initiatives will support regional Feeding America food banks, including the Central Pennsylvania Food Bank, Philabundance, Second Harvest Food Bank of Lehigh Valley, FeedMore-Central Virginia Food Bank, Food Bank of Western Maryland, Greater Berks County Food Bank, Water Street Rescue Mission in Lancaster, Food Resources of Washington County, Maryland and the Blue Ridge Area Food Bank in Virginia.

“While Hunger Action Month is a time to raise both funds and awareness for local food banks, it’s important to remember that there is a need every month of the year,” John MacDonald, director of marketing and external communications, said in a press release. “Too many in our local communities go hungry, which is why as part of our ongoing better neighbor efforts, Giant/Martin’s remains committed to the fight against hunger through the donation of food, funds and volunteer time.”

Running Aug. 31-Sept. 13 is Giant/Martin’s annual Bag Hunger in-store campaign, where customers have an opportunity to donate $ 1 at the checkout to benefit their local food bank. Those who donate will receive a free Unilever product coupon book. A similar campaign held earlier this year raised a record-breaking $ 607,035 in support of local hunger relief efforts.

Also in partnership with Unilever, Giant/Martin’s is hosting a Stuff-A-Truck event at its Havertown, PA, store Sept. 6.

In addition, for each flu shot Giant/Martin’s pharmacies administer this year, Unilever will donate three meals to Feeding America, one of the nation’s largest domestic hunger-relief charities.

Recognizing that high-quality protein is most in need by hungry families, Giant/Martin’s innovative “Meat the Needs” frozen meat donation program has donated more than three million pounds of meat that would otherwise go unsold to its regional food bank partners since 2010.

In 2013, hunger relief efforts and donations to regional food banks accounted for approximately 40 percent of Giant/Martin’s community giving with over 100 regional food banks and local pantries receiving $ 10 million in product, customer, vendor and corporate donations.

To learn more about the partnership between Giant/Martin’s and Unilever to combat hunger, visit www.feedourfamilies.org.

The Produce News | Today’s Headlines – The Produce News – Covering fresh produce around the globe since 1897.

Giant/Martin’s takes action against hunger this September

In recognition of Hunger Action Month this September, Giant Food Stores and Martin’s Food Markets are asking customers to join them in the fight against hunger in the local communities the grocers serve. Throughout the month, Giant/Martin’s-sponsored food drives and hunger-awareness initiatives will support regional Feeding America food banks, including the Central Pennsylvania Food Bank, Philabundance, Second Harvest Food Bank of Lehigh Valley, FeedMore-Central Virginia Food Bank, Food Bank of Western Maryland, Greater Berks County Food Bank, Water Street Rescue Mission in Lancaster, Food Resources of Washington County, Maryland and the Blue Ridge Area Food Bank in Virginia.

“While Hunger Action Month is a time to raise both funds and awareness for local food banks, it’s important to remember that there is a need every month of the year,” John MacDonald, director of marketing and external communications, said in a press release. “Too many in our local communities go hungry, which is why as part of our ongoing better neighbor efforts, Giant/Martin’s remains committed to the fight against hunger through the donation of food, funds and volunteer time.”

Running Aug. 31-Sept. 13 is Giant/Martin’s annual Bag Hunger in-store campaign, where customers have an opportunity to donate $ 1 at the checkout to benefit their local food bank. Those who donate will receive a free Unilever product coupon book. A similar campaign held earlier this year raised a record-breaking $ 607,035 in support of local hunger relief efforts.

Also in partnership with Unilever, Giant/Martin’s is hosting a Stuff-A-Truck event at its Havertown, PA, store Sept. 6.

In addition, for each flu shot Giant/Martin’s pharmacies administer this year, Unilever will donate three meals to Feeding America, one of the nation’s largest domestic hunger-relief charities.

Recognizing that high-quality protein is most in need by hungry families, Giant/Martin’s innovative “Meat the Needs” frozen meat donation program has donated more than three million pounds of meat that would otherwise go unsold to its regional food bank partners since 2010.

In 2013, hunger relief efforts and donations to regional food banks accounted for approximately 40 percent of Giant/Martin’s community giving with over 100 regional food banks and local pantries receiving $ 10 million in product, customer, vendor and corporate donations.

To learn more about the partnership between Giant/Martin’s and Unilever to combat hunger, visit www.feedourfamilies.org.

The Produce News | Today’s Headlines – The Produce News – Covering fresh produce around the globe since 1897.

Giant/Martin’s takes action against hunger this September

In recognition of Hunger Action Month this September, Giant Food Stores and Martin’s Food Markets are asking customers to join them in the fight against hunger in the local communities the grocers serve. Throughout the month, Giant/Martin’s-sponsored food drives and hunger-awareness initiatives will support regional Feeding America food banks, including the Central Pennsylvania Food Bank, Philabundance, Second Harvest Food Bank of Lehigh Valley, FeedMore-Central Virginia Food Bank, Food Bank of Western Maryland, Greater Berks County Food Bank, Water Street Rescue Mission in Lancaster, Food Resources of Washington County, Maryland and the Blue Ridge Area Food Bank in Virginia.

“While Hunger Action Month is a time to raise both funds and awareness for local food banks, it’s important to remember that there is a need every month of the year,” John MacDonald, director of marketing and external communications, said in a press release. “Too many in our local communities go hungry, which is why as part of our ongoing better neighbor efforts, Giant/Martin’s remains committed to the fight against hunger through the donation of food, funds and volunteer time.”

Running Aug. 31-Sept. 13 is Giant/Martin’s annual Bag Hunger in-store campaign, where customers have an opportunity to donate $ 1 at the checkout to benefit their local food bank. Those who donate will receive a free Unilever product coupon book. A similar campaign held earlier this year raised a record-breaking $ 607,035 in support of local hunger relief efforts.

Also in partnership with Unilever, Giant/Martin’s is hosting a Stuff-A-Truck event at its Havertown, PA, store Sept. 6.

In addition, for each flu shot Giant/Martin’s pharmacies administer this year, Unilever will donate three meals to Feeding America, one of the nation’s largest domestic hunger-relief charities.

Recognizing that high-quality protein is most in need by hungry families, Giant/Martin’s innovative “Meat the Needs” frozen meat donation program has donated more than three million pounds of meat that would otherwise go unsold to its regional food bank partners since 2010.

In 2013, hunger relief efforts and donations to regional food banks accounted for approximately 40 percent of Giant/Martin’s community giving with over 100 regional food banks and local pantries receiving $ 10 million in product, customer, vendor and corporate donations.

To learn more about the partnership between Giant/Martin’s and Unilever to combat hunger, visit www.feedourfamilies.org.

The Produce News | Today’s Headlines – The Produce News – Covering fresh produce around the globe since 1897.

Giant/Martin’s takes action against hunger this September

In recognition of Hunger Action Month this September, Giant Food Stores and Martin’s Food Markets are asking customers to join them in the fight against hunger in the local communities the grocers serve. Throughout the month, Giant/Martin’s-sponsored food drives and hunger-awareness initiatives will support regional Feeding America food banks, including the Central Pennsylvania Food Bank, Philabundance, Second Harvest Food Bank of Lehigh Valley, FeedMore-Central Virginia Food Bank, Food Bank of Western Maryland, Greater Berks County Food Bank, Water Street Rescue Mission in Lancaster, Food Resources of Washington County, Maryland and the Blue Ridge Area Food Bank in Virginia.

“While Hunger Action Month is a time to raise both funds and awareness for local food banks, it’s important to remember that there is a need every month of the year,” John MacDonald, director of marketing and external communications, said in a press release. “Too many in our local communities go hungry, which is why as part of our ongoing better neighbor efforts, Giant/Martin’s remains committed to the fight against hunger through the donation of food, funds and volunteer time.”

Running Aug. 31-Sept. 13 is Giant/Martin’s annual Bag Hunger in-store campaign, where customers have an opportunity to donate $ 1 at the checkout to benefit their local food bank. Those who donate will receive a free Unilever product coupon book. A similar campaign held earlier this year raised a record-breaking $ 607,035 in support of local hunger relief efforts.

Also in partnership with Unilever, Giant/Martin’s is hosting a Stuff-A-Truck event at its Havertown, PA, store Sept. 6.

In addition, for each flu shot Giant/Martin’s pharmacies administer this year, Unilever will donate three meals to Feeding America, one of the nation’s largest domestic hunger-relief charities.

Recognizing that high-quality protein is most in need by hungry families, Giant/Martin’s innovative “Meat the Needs” frozen meat donation program has donated more than three million pounds of meat that would otherwise go unsold to its regional food bank partners since 2010.

In 2013, hunger relief efforts and donations to regional food banks accounted for approximately 40 percent of Giant/Martin’s community giving with over 100 regional food banks and local pantries receiving $ 10 million in product, customer, vendor and corporate donations.

To learn more about the partnership between Giant/Martin’s and Unilever to combat hunger, visit www.feedourfamilies.org.

The Produce News | Today’s Headlines – The Produce News – Covering fresh produce around the globe since 1897.

Giant/Martin’s takes action against hunger this September

In recognition of Hunger Action Month this September, Giant Food Stores and Martin’s Food Markets are asking customers to join them in the fight against hunger in the local communities the grocers serve. Throughout the month, Giant/Martin’s-sponsored food drives and hunger-awareness initiatives will support regional Feeding America food banks, including the Central Pennsylvania Food Bank, Philabundance, Second Harvest Food Bank of Lehigh Valley, FeedMore-Central Virginia Food Bank, Food Bank of Western Maryland, Greater Berks County Food Bank, Water Street Rescue Mission in Lancaster, Food Resources of Washington County, Maryland and the Blue Ridge Area Food Bank in Virginia.

“While Hunger Action Month is a time to raise both funds and awareness for local food banks, it’s important to remember that there is a need every month of the year,” John MacDonald, director of marketing and external communications, said in a press release. “Too many in our local communities go hungry, which is why as part of our ongoing better neighbor efforts, Giant/Martin’s remains committed to the fight against hunger through the donation of food, funds and volunteer time.”

Running Aug. 31-Sept. 13 is Giant/Martin’s annual Bag Hunger in-store campaign, where customers have an opportunity to donate $ 1 at the checkout to benefit their local food bank. Those who donate will receive a free Unilever product coupon book. A similar campaign held earlier this year raised a record-breaking $ 607,035 in support of local hunger relief efforts.

Also in partnership with Unilever, Giant/Martin’s is hosting a Stuff-A-Truck event at its Havertown, PA, store Sept. 6.

In addition, for each flu shot Giant/Martin’s pharmacies administer this year, Unilever will donate three meals to Feeding America, one of the nation’s largest domestic hunger-relief charities.

Recognizing that high-quality protein is most in need by hungry families, Giant/Martin’s innovative “Meat the Needs” frozen meat donation program has donated more than three million pounds of meat that would otherwise go unsold to its regional food bank partners since 2010.

In 2013, hunger relief efforts and donations to regional food banks accounted for approximately 40 percent of Giant/Martin’s community giving with over 100 regional food banks and local pantries receiving $ 10 million in product, customer, vendor and corporate donations.

To learn more about the partnership between Giant/Martin’s and Unilever to combat hunger, visit www.feedourfamilies.org.

The Produce News | Today’s Headlines – The Produce News – Covering fresh produce around the globe since 1897.

Giant/Martin’s takes action against hunger this September

In recognition of Hunger Action Month this September, Giant Food Stores and Martin’s Food Markets are asking customers to join them in the fight against hunger in the local communities the grocers serve. Throughout the month, Giant/Martin’s-sponsored food drives and hunger-awareness initiatives will support regional Feeding America food banks, including the Central Pennsylvania Food Bank, Philabundance, Second Harvest Food Bank of Lehigh Valley, FeedMore-Central Virginia Food Bank, Food Bank of Western Maryland, Greater Berks County Food Bank, Water Street Rescue Mission in Lancaster, Food Resources of Washington County, Maryland and the Blue Ridge Area Food Bank in Virginia.

“While Hunger Action Month is a time to raise both funds and awareness for local food banks, it’s important to remember that there is a need every month of the year,” John MacDonald, director of marketing and external communications, said in a press release. “Too many in our local communities go hungry, which is why as part of our ongoing better neighbor efforts, Giant/Martin’s remains committed to the fight against hunger through the donation of food, funds and volunteer time.”

Running Aug. 31-Sept. 13 is Giant/Martin’s annual Bag Hunger in-store campaign, where customers have an opportunity to donate $ 1 at the checkout to benefit their local food bank. Those who donate will receive a free Unilever product coupon book. A similar campaign held earlier this year raised a record-breaking $ 607,035 in support of local hunger relief efforts.

Also in partnership with Unilever, Giant/Martin’s is hosting a Stuff-A-Truck event at its Havertown, PA, store Sept. 6.

In addition, for each flu shot Giant/Martin’s pharmacies administer this year, Unilever will donate three meals to Feeding America, one of the nation’s largest domestic hunger-relief charities.

Recognizing that high-quality protein is most in need by hungry families, Giant/Martin’s innovative “Meat the Needs” frozen meat donation program has donated more than three million pounds of meat that would otherwise go unsold to its regional food bank partners since 2010.

In 2013, hunger relief efforts and donations to regional food banks accounted for approximately 40 percent of Giant/Martin’s community giving with over 100 regional food banks and local pantries receiving $ 10 million in product, customer, vendor and corporate donations.

To learn more about the partnership between Giant/Martin’s and Unilever to combat hunger, visit www.feedourfamilies.org.

The Produce News | Today’s Headlines – The Produce News – Covering fresh produce around the globe since 1897.

Giant/Martin’s takes action against hunger this September

In recognition of Hunger Action Month this September, Giant Food Stores and Martin’s Food Markets are asking customers to join them in the fight against hunger in the local communities the grocers serve. Throughout the month, Giant/Martin’s-sponsored food drives and hunger-awareness initiatives will support regional Feeding America food banks, including the Central Pennsylvania Food Bank, Philabundance, Second Harvest Food Bank of Lehigh Valley, FeedMore-Central Virginia Food Bank, Food Bank of Western Maryland, Greater Berks County Food Bank, Water Street Rescue Mission in Lancaster, Food Resources of Washington County, Maryland and the Blue Ridge Area Food Bank in Virginia.

“While Hunger Action Month is a time to raise both funds and awareness for local food banks, it’s important to remember that there is a need every month of the year,” John MacDonald, director of marketing and external communications, said in a press release. “Too many in our local communities go hungry, which is why as part of our ongoing better neighbor efforts, Giant/Martin’s remains committed to the fight against hunger through the donation of food, funds and volunteer time.”

Running Aug. 31-Sept. 13 is Giant/Martin’s annual Bag Hunger in-store campaign, where customers have an opportunity to donate $ 1 at the checkout to benefit their local food bank. Those who donate will receive a free Unilever product coupon book. A similar campaign held earlier this year raised a record-breaking $ 607,035 in support of local hunger relief efforts.

Also in partnership with Unilever, Giant/Martin’s is hosting a Stuff-A-Truck event at its Havertown, PA, store Sept. 6.

In addition, for each flu shot Giant/Martin’s pharmacies administer this year, Unilever will donate three meals to Feeding America, one of the nation’s largest domestic hunger-relief charities.

Recognizing that high-quality protein is most in need by hungry families, Giant/Martin’s innovative “Meat the Needs” frozen meat donation program has donated more than three million pounds of meat that would otherwise go unsold to its regional food bank partners since 2010.

In 2013, hunger relief efforts and donations to regional food banks accounted for approximately 40 percent of Giant/Martin’s community giving with over 100 regional food banks and local pantries receiving $ 10 million in product, customer, vendor and corporate donations.

To learn more about the partnership between Giant/Martin’s and Unilever to combat hunger, visit www.feedourfamilies.org.

The Produce News | Today’s Headlines – The Produce News – Covering fresh produce around the globe since 1897.

Giant/Martin’s takes action against hunger this September

In recognition of Hunger Action Month this September, Giant Food Stores and Martin’s Food Markets are asking customers to join them in the fight against hunger in the local communities the grocers serve. Throughout the month, Giant/Martin’s-sponsored food drives and hunger-awareness initiatives will support regional Feeding America food banks, including the Central Pennsylvania Food Bank, Philabundance, Second Harvest Food Bank of Lehigh Valley, FeedMore-Central Virginia Food Bank, Food Bank of Western Maryland, Greater Berks County Food Bank, Water Street Rescue Mission in Lancaster, Food Resources of Washington County, Maryland and the Blue Ridge Area Food Bank in Virginia.

“While Hunger Action Month is a time to raise both funds and awareness for local food banks, it’s important to remember that there is a need every month of the year,” John MacDonald, director of marketing and external communications, said in a press release. “Too many in our local communities go hungry, which is why as part of our ongoing better neighbor efforts, Giant/Martin’s remains committed to the fight against hunger through the donation of food, funds and volunteer time.”

Running Aug. 31-Sept. 13 is Giant/Martin’s annual Bag Hunger in-store campaign, where customers have an opportunity to donate $ 1 at the checkout to benefit their local food bank. Those who donate will receive a free Unilever product coupon book. A similar campaign held earlier this year raised a record-breaking $ 607,035 in support of local hunger relief efforts.

Also in partnership with Unilever, Giant/Martin’s is hosting a Stuff-A-Truck event at its Havertown, PA, store Sept. 6.

In addition, for each flu shot Giant/Martin’s pharmacies administer this year, Unilever will donate three meals to Feeding America, one of the nation’s largest domestic hunger-relief charities.

Recognizing that high-quality protein is most in need by hungry families, Giant/Martin’s innovative “Meat the Needs” frozen meat donation program has donated more than three million pounds of meat that would otherwise go unsold to its regional food bank partners since 2010.

In 2013, hunger relief efforts and donations to regional food banks accounted for approximately 40 percent of Giant/Martin’s community giving with over 100 regional food banks and local pantries receiving $ 10 million in product, customer, vendor and corporate donations.

To learn more about the partnership between Giant/Martin’s and Unilever to combat hunger, visit www.feedourfamilies.org.

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Giant/Martin’s takes action against hunger this September

In recognition of Hunger Action Month this September, Giant Food Stores and Martin’s Food Markets are asking customers to join them in the fight against hunger in the local communities the grocers serve. Throughout the month, Giant/Martin’s-sponsored food drives and hunger-awareness initiatives will support regional Feeding America food banks, including the Central Pennsylvania Food Bank, Philabundance, Second Harvest Food Bank of Lehigh Valley, FeedMore-Central Virginia Food Bank, Food Bank of Western Maryland, Greater Berks County Food Bank, Water Street Rescue Mission in Lancaster, Food Resources of Washington County, Maryland and the Blue Ridge Area Food Bank in Virginia.

“While Hunger Action Month is a time to raise both funds and awareness for local food banks, it’s important to remember that there is a need every month of the year,” John MacDonald, director of marketing and external communications, said in a press release. “Too many in our local communities go hungry, which is why as part of our ongoing better neighbor efforts, Giant/Martin’s remains committed to the fight against hunger through the donation of food, funds and volunteer time.”

Running Aug. 31-Sept. 13 is Giant/Martin’s annual Bag Hunger in-store campaign, where customers have an opportunity to donate $ 1 at the checkout to benefit their local food bank. Those who donate will receive a free Unilever product coupon book. A similar campaign held earlier this year raised a record-breaking $ 607,035 in support of local hunger relief efforts.

Also in partnership with Unilever, Giant/Martin’s is hosting a Stuff-A-Truck event at its Havertown, PA, store Sept. 6.

In addition, for each flu shot Giant/Martin’s pharmacies administer this year, Unilever will donate three meals to Feeding America, one of the nation’s largest domestic hunger-relief charities.

Recognizing that high-quality protein is most in need by hungry families, Giant/Martin’s innovative “Meat the Needs” frozen meat donation program has donated more than three million pounds of meat that would otherwise go unsold to its regional food bank partners since 2010.

In 2013, hunger relief efforts and donations to regional food banks accounted for approximately 40 percent of Giant/Martin’s community giving with over 100 regional food banks and local pantries receiving $ 10 million in product, customer, vendor and corporate donations.

To learn more about the partnership between Giant/Martin’s and Unilever to combat hunger, visit www.feedourfamilies.org.

The Produce News | Today’s Headlines – The Produce News – Covering fresh produce around the globe since 1897.

Giant/Martin’s takes action against hunger this September

In recognition of Hunger Action Month this September, Giant Food Stores and Martin’s Food Markets are asking customers to join them in the fight against hunger in the local communities the grocers serve. Throughout the month, Giant/Martin’s-sponsored food drives and hunger-awareness initiatives will support regional Feeding America food banks, including the Central Pennsylvania Food Bank, Philabundance, Second Harvest Food Bank of Lehigh Valley, FeedMore-Central Virginia Food Bank, Food Bank of Western Maryland, Greater Berks County Food Bank, Water Street Rescue Mission in Lancaster, Food Resources of Washington County, Maryland and the Blue Ridge Area Food Bank in Virginia.

“While Hunger Action Month is a time to raise both funds and awareness for local food banks, it’s important to remember that there is a need every month of the year,” John MacDonald, director of marketing and external communications, said in a press release. “Too many in our local communities go hungry, which is why as part of our ongoing better neighbor efforts, Giant/Martin’s remains committed to the fight against hunger through the donation of food, funds and volunteer time.”

Running Aug. 31-Sept. 13 is Giant/Martin’s annual Bag Hunger in-store campaign, where customers have an opportunity to donate $ 1 at the checkout to benefit their local food bank. Those who donate will receive a free Unilever product coupon book. A similar campaign held earlier this year raised a record-breaking $ 607,035 in support of local hunger relief efforts.

Also in partnership with Unilever, Giant/Martin’s is hosting a Stuff-A-Truck event at its Havertown, PA, store Sept. 6.

In addition, for each flu shot Giant/Martin’s pharmacies administer this year, Unilever will donate three meals to Feeding America, one of the nation’s largest domestic hunger-relief charities.

Recognizing that high-quality protein is most in need by hungry families, Giant/Martin’s innovative “Meat the Needs” frozen meat donation program has donated more than three million pounds of meat that would otherwise go unsold to its regional food bank partners since 2010.

In 2013, hunger relief efforts and donations to regional food banks accounted for approximately 40 percent of Giant/Martin’s community giving with over 100 regional food banks and local pantries receiving $ 10 million in product, customer, vendor and corporate donations.

To learn more about the partnership between Giant/Martin’s and Unilever to combat hunger, visit www.feedourfamilies.org.

The Produce News | Today’s Headlines – The Produce News – Covering fresh produce around the globe since 1897.

Giant/Martin’s takes action against hunger this September

In recognition of Hunger Action Month this September, Giant Food Stores and Martin’s Food Markets are asking customers to join them in the fight against hunger in the local communities the grocers serve. Throughout the month, Giant/Martin’s-sponsored food drives and hunger-awareness initiatives will support regional Feeding America food banks, including the Central Pennsylvania Food Bank, Philabundance, Second Harvest Food Bank of Lehigh Valley, FeedMore-Central Virginia Food Bank, Food Bank of Western Maryland, Greater Berks County Food Bank, Water Street Rescue Mission in Lancaster, Food Resources of Washington County, Maryland and the Blue Ridge Area Food Bank in Virginia.

“While Hunger Action Month is a time to raise both funds and awareness for local food banks, it’s important to remember that there is a need every month of the year,” John MacDonald, director of marketing and external communications, said in a press release. “Too many in our local communities go hungry, which is why as part of our ongoing better neighbor efforts, Giant/Martin’s remains committed to the fight against hunger through the donation of food, funds and volunteer time.”

Running Aug. 31-Sept. 13 is Giant/Martin’s annual Bag Hunger in-store campaign, where customers have an opportunity to donate $ 1 at the checkout to benefit their local food bank. Those who donate will receive a free Unilever product coupon book. A similar campaign held earlier this year raised a record-breaking $ 607,035 in support of local hunger relief efforts.

Also in partnership with Unilever, Giant/Martin’s is hosting a Stuff-A-Truck event at its Havertown, PA, store Sept. 6.

In addition, for each flu shot Giant/Martin’s pharmacies administer this year, Unilever will donate three meals to Feeding America, one of the nation’s largest domestic hunger-relief charities.

Recognizing that high-quality protein is most in need by hungry families, Giant/Martin’s innovative “Meat the Needs” frozen meat donation program has donated more than three million pounds of meat that would otherwise go unsold to its regional food bank partners since 2010.

In 2013, hunger relief efforts and donations to regional food banks accounted for approximately 40 percent of Giant/Martin’s community giving with over 100 regional food banks and local pantries receiving $ 10 million in product, customer, vendor and corporate donations.

To learn more about the partnership between Giant/Martin’s and Unilever to combat hunger, visit www.feedourfamilies.org.

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