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Weis Introduces Fan-Created Ice Cream Flavor

SUNBURY, Pa. — Chocolate Covered Strawberry is the newest private-label ice cream flavor sold under the Weis Quality brand.

The flavor was submitted by Heather Simmons of Muncy, Pa., who won Weis Markets’ Be the Next Flavor Creator Contest.

Simmons was one of 400 entrants who submitted suggestions to Weis Markets’ Facebook page. The company narrowed the field to the top three flavors which also included S’mores ice cream and Chocolate Peanut Butter Pretzel ice cream. More than half of voters (51%) selected Chocolate Covered Strawberry ice cream.

Weis unveiled the new flavor during an ice cream social at its Muncy, Pa. store Friday. In addition to having Simmons’ flavor sold in all 164 of its stores, Weis awarded her one year’s supply of Weis Quality Ice Cream.

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Weis Markets launches annual local produce campaign

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Weis Markets launched its annual Your Neighbor’s, Our Farmer local produce program, which highlights the contributions and commitment of 13 local farmers that provide produce to some of Weis Markets’ 163 stores.

“When we talk about our selection of local produce, we want to do more than just talk the talk,” Kurt Schertle, Weis Markets chief operating officer, said in a press release. “When customers visit the produce section in one of our stores we want them to know that the produce comes from the state in which they live, and to introduce them to the hardworking men and women that provide our fresh produce, many of whom have been suppliers of ours for two generations.”   

In 2014, Weis Markets will purchase more than 25 million pounds of locally grown sweet corn, green beans, peaches, nectarines, apples, lettuce, mushrooms, watermelons, cabbage, blueberries, cucumbers, cantaloupes, tomatoes, potatoes, squash and pumpkins.

Each Weis Markets’ store will display “Your Neighbor’s, Our Farmer” banners with photographs of the farmers supplying Weis Markets. These photos will be featured in Weis Markets’ produce departments by region and product, as well as in weekly circulars.  The photos and videos can also be viewed at https://www.weismarkets.com/about-weis/community/local-farmers.

The Your Neighbor’s, Our Farmer campaign will feature photos of the following farmers on the produce they supply:

  • Titus Hoover, Port Trevorton, PA (yellow and green squash)
  • John Tebbs, Williamsport, PA (sweet corn)
  • Dave Rodgers, Great Meadows, NJ (leafy greens and bunched radishes)
  • Allen Conrad, Newport, PA (organic leafy greens)
  • Paul Lebo, Mechanicsburg, PA (corn, cucumbers and cantaloupes)
  • Page Houser, Sharpsburg, MD (corn and cantaloupes)

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FMI lauds Publix, Weis, First Alternative

Food Marketing Institute presented its Gold Plate Awards this week at FMI Connect, with First Alternative Co-op, Weis Markets and Publix Super Markets taking the top prizes.

The award recognizes FMI retailer and wholesaler members “who are helping their customers easily make family mealtime a regular occasion,” the association said.

“Families’ ability to reconnect and share a meal is the foundation of the food retail industry,” said Cathy Polley, VP of health and wellness at FMI and the executive director of the FMI Foundation. “FMI’s Gold Plate Award winners demonstrate the innovative programs that empower shoppers for mealtime.”

The 2014 Gold Plate Award winners are:

Category A (1-49 stores)

First Alternative Co-op

Corvallis, Ore.-based First Alternative Co-op’s Budget Bites is an ongoing program based on a simple-to-follow weekly menu plan, shopping list and recipes for a family of two adults, all under $ 50 per week.

Category B (50 – 199 stores)

Weis Markets Healthy Bites

Sunbury, Pa.-based Weis seeks to make family meals easier and healthier with a company-wide, comprehensive, multi-media program of meal solutions, recipes and healthy eating advice that centers on a 16-page fully customized magazine both in print and online.

Category C (200+ stores)

Publix Aprons Simple Meals

The importance of family togetherness is overtly messaged in the Aprons Simple Meals program from Publix. The program features new meal ideas weekly, specifically developed to simplify planning, preparation and clean up. Meal ideas are made accessible through multiple media channels, including circulars, online and in-store.

The 2014 Gold Plate Awards were announced at FMI Connect. Winners each received $ 1,000 and a commemorative trophy.



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Gose joins Weis Markets as operations SVP

Weis Markets on Wednesday said that David W. Gose has joined the company as SVP of operations.Weis Markets SVP David. W. Gose

Gose will oversee the day-to-day operation and management of the company’s stores. He reports to Kurt Schertle, COO.

Prior to joining Weis, Gose was senior director and regional general manager for Walmart, where he oversaw 92 stores and more than 30,000 full and part-time workers in Ohio.


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He has more than 24 years of retailing experience. Earlier in his career at Wal-Mart, he worked as a district manager in the company’s Midwest and Northeast/Mid-Atlantic divisions.

Gose earned a degree in Business Administration from Ohio University.

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Weis Markets investing $101 million in growth program

Weis Markets announced it would invest $ 101 million in its growth program in 2014. At the company’s annual shareholder meeting, Jonathan Weis, president and chief executive officer, briefed shareholders on the company’s plans and its results.weis

“Since 2008, we have invested more than $ 500 million in our growth and improvement programs,” he said. “During this period, we completed more than a hundred projects. This year, we plan to invest $ 101 million in growth and expect to complete work on 16 projects in 2014.”

Weis said the company opened four stores in 2013, with units in Woodlawn and Towson, MD, Hillsborough NJ, and Huntingdon Valley, PA.

Weis also spoke of several key company initiatives, including its supply chain. “As a company that self-distributes, our supply chain is a vitally important area for us. Over the last year, we have increased our focus on maximizing efficiency by driving millions of dollars of cost out of the system while maintaining our high standards for store service. This has helped us reduce store level inventories and improve freshness.”

Weis also said the company is planning to expand its 1.1 million-square-foot distribution center in Milton, PA, in 2014.

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Weis Markets investing $101 million in growth program

Weis Markets announced it would invest $ 101 million in its growth program in 2014. At the company’s annual shareholder meeting, Jonathan Weis, president and chief executive officer, briefed shareholders on the company’s plans and its results.weis

“Since 2008, we have invested more than $ 500 million in our growth and improvement programs,” he said. “During this period, we completed more than a hundred projects. This year, we plan to invest $ 101 million in growth and expect to complete work on 16 projects in 2014.”

Weis said the company opened four stores in 2013, with units in Woodlawn and Towson, MD, Hillsborough NJ, and Huntingdon Valley, PA.

Weis also spoke of several key company initiatives, including its supply chain. “As a company that self-distributes, our supply chain is a vitally important area for us. Over the last year, we have increased our focus on maximizing efficiency by driving millions of dollars of cost out of the system while maintaining our high standards for store service. This has helped us reduce store level inventories and improve freshness.”

Weis also said the company is planning to expand its 1.1 million-square-foot distribution center in Milton, PA, in 2014.

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Weis Markets investing $101 million in growth program

Weis Markets announced it would invest $ 101 million in its growth program in 2014. At the company’s annual shareholder meeting, Jonathan Weis, president and chief executive officer, briefed shareholders on the company’s plans and its results.weis

“Since 2008, we have invested more than $ 500 million in our growth and improvement programs,” he said. “During this period, we completed more than a hundred projects. This year, we plan to invest $ 101 million in growth and expect to complete work on 16 projects in 2014.”

Weis said the company opened four stores in 2013, with units in Woodlawn and Towson, MD, Hillsborough NJ, and Huntingdon Valley, PA.

Weis also spoke of several key company initiatives, including its supply chain. “As a company that self-distributes, our supply chain is a vitally important area for us. Over the last year, we have increased our focus on maximizing efficiency by driving millions of dollars of cost out of the system while maintaining our high standards for store service. This has helped us reduce store level inventories and improve freshness.”

Weis also said the company is planning to expand its 1.1 million-square-foot distribution center in Milton, PA, in 2014.

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Weis Markets raises $115,000 for Wounded Warrior project

Weis Markets announced that its third annual Believe in Heroes campaign has raised $ 115,000 for the Wounded Warrior Project, an organization that grows awareness and enlists public support for the needs of injured service members.

Weis Markets’ program ran throughout the month of November and raised money through customers purchasing select brand name products, WWP bracelets, magnets, reusable tote bags and through monetary donations.

“We are proud of our store associates who helped make this campaign a success and would like to thank our generous customers for purchasing select products or who directly donated to the cause at the register,” Kurt Schertle, Weis Markets’ chief operating officer, said in a press release. “Together, we have raised $ 115,000 for our nation’s wounded veterans. The Believe in Heroes program benefiting the Wounded Warrior Project is something we look forward to supporting for years to come.”

More information about Weis Markets and Believe in Heroes is available at WeisMarkets.com and wwpbelieve.org.

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Weis Markets raises $115,000 for Wounded Warrior project

Weis Markets announced that its third annual Believe in Heroes campaign has raised $ 115,000 for the Wounded Warrior Project, an organization that grows awareness and enlists public support for the needs of injured service members.

Weis Markets’ program ran throughout the month of November and raised money through customers purchasing select brand name products, WWP bracelets, magnets, reusable tote bags and through monetary donations.

“We are proud of our store associates who helped make this campaign a success and would like to thank our generous customers for purchasing select products or who directly donated to the cause at the register,” Kurt Schertle, Weis Markets’ chief operating officer, said in a press release. “Together, we have raised $ 115,000 for our nation’s wounded veterans. The Believe in Heroes program benefiting the Wounded Warrior Project is something we look forward to supporting for years to come.”

More information about Weis Markets and Believe in Heroes is available at WeisMarkets.com and wwpbelieve.org.

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Weis Markets raises $115,000 for Wounded Warrior project

Weis Markets announced that its third annual Believe in Heroes campaign has raised $ 115,000 for the Wounded Warrior Project, an organization that grows awareness and enlists public support for the needs of injured service members.

Weis Markets’ program ran throughout the month of November and raised money through customers purchasing select brand name products, WWP bracelets, magnets, reusable tote bags and through monetary donations.

“We are proud of our store associates who helped make this campaign a success and would like to thank our generous customers for purchasing select products or who directly donated to the cause at the register,” Kurt Schertle, Weis Markets’ chief operating officer, said in a press release. “Together, we have raised $ 115,000 for our nation’s wounded veterans. The Believe in Heroes program benefiting the Wounded Warrior Project is something we look forward to supporting for years to come.”

More information about Weis Markets and Believe in Heroes is available at WeisMarkets.com and wwpbelieve.org.

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Weis expands store brand coffee lineup

Weis Markets has added a national brand equivalent tier to its private brand coffee program, which it’s offering at a more competitive price.

“We determined that the program we [previously] had in place was not putting out the sales we had hoped for,” Maria Panko, Weis’ senior manager of Private Brands, Natural/Organic, Specialty and Ethnic, told SN. “We decided that we wanted to have a broader appeal to all consumers which is why we split the program into two tiers.”

The offering includes Weis Quality Premium 100% Arabica coffee in Donut Shop, Hazelnut Crème, Decaf Hazelnut Crème, Decaf French Vanilla, French Vanilla, Decaf Breakfast Blend, Breakfast Blend, Fog Cutter and French Roast, which retail for $ 4.99.

Comprising the premium tier of Weis Five Star Coffees are Kona Breeze, Colombian Estate, African Serengeti, Jamaican Mountain Blend, Organic Peruvian Decaf Whole Bean, Organic Peruvian Whole Bean, Organic Nicaraguan Dark Roast, Whole Bean Organic Nicaraguan Dark Roast and Whole Bean Organic Costa Rican. Each retails for $ 7.99.

“We’re minimizing costs to present a better value to our consumer and have more trial into the brand,” Panko said.

Coffee bags feature a QR code linking to a website with more information about each item in the lineup. Shoppers who provide registration information can obtain a coupon for $ 1 off one of the new items.

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Weis Markets promotes Kurt Schertle to COO

Weis Markets announced the promotion of Kurt Schertle to chief operating officer. Prior to his promotion, he was the company’s executive vice president. 

Schertle will continue to oversee all aspects of the company’s marketing, merchandising, procurement and advertising for its center store, perishable and pharmacy departments; store operations; and the company’s supply chain, including its distribution and transportation teams.

“Kurt has taken on increasingly important roles at our company over the past five years,” Jonathan Weis, president and chief executive officer, said in a press release. “During this period, he has helped develop and implement our go to market strategies, particularly in loyalty marketing while helping to drive improved store-level performance and increased supply chain efficiencies. With this promotion, Kurt will take on a broader oversight role in these areas while remaining deeply involved in the day-to-day operation of our company.”

Schertle joined Weis Markets in 2009 as vice president, sales and merchandising. He was subsequently promoted to senior vice president and executive vice president overseeing all aspects of merchandising, marketing, store operations and supply chain.

A graduate of Towson University, Schertle has more than 25 years of food retailing experience.

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Weis promotes Schertle to COO

Just weeks after naming Jonathan Weis as its new president and CEO, Weis Markets on Monday said it has promoted Kurt Schertle to COO.

Weis Markets COO Kurt SchertleSchertle previously had been EVP of the Sunbury, Pa.-based chain. He will continue to oversee the company’s marketing, merchandising, procurement and advertising for the center store, perishable and pharmacy departments; store operations; and the company’s supply chain, including its distribution and transportation teams.


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“Kurt has taken on increasingly important roles at our company over the past five years,” said Jonathan Weis. “During this period, he has helped develop and implement our go-to-market strategies, particularly in loyalty marketing while helping to drive improved store level performance and increased supply chain efficiencies. With this promotion, Kurt will take on a broader oversight role in these areas while remaining deeply involved in the day-to-day operation of our company.”

Schertle joined Weis Markets in 2009 as VP, sales and merchandising. He was subsequently promoted to SVP and EVP overseeing all aspects of merchandising, marketing, store operations and supply chain. He has more than 25 years of industry experience, mostly with Supervalu’s Shoppers Food and Pharmacy chain in the Baltimore-Washington area.

Read more: Hepfinger resigns as Weis CEO

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Jonathan Weis named president, CEO at Weis Markets

Weis Markets on Friday said its board of directors has approved Jonathan Weis as president and CEO. Weis, 46, will also retain his role as vice chairman of the Sunbury, Pa.-based retailer.Weis Markets CEO Jonathan Weis

Weis has been serving as the company’s interim CEO since David Hepfinger departed in September.

As president and CEO, Weis will oversee all aspects of the company’s retail, supply chain, merchandising, human resources, information technology, finance, real estate, and manufacturing operations.


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Jonathan Weis is the son of Robert F. Weis, who remains chairman of Weis Markets.

During his 25-year career with the company, beginning in 1989, Jonathan Weis worked in positions throughout the company including produce merchandising, grocery procurement and store operations. He later worked in the company’s real estate department where he was vice president of property management and development. In 2004, he became vice chairman and corporate secretary.

Weis is a graduate of Shikellamy High School in Sunbury, Pa. and holds a B.A. from Yale University. He has served on various local and regional boards.

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Weis Markets announces new CEO

Weis Markets today announced its board of directors has approved Jonathan Weis as company president and chief executive officer. Weis will also retain his role as company vice chairman. Previously, he had been serving as the company’s interim CEO. JW-Board-Room.JPG

As president and CEO, Weis will oversee all aspects of the company’s retail, supply chain, merchandising, human resources, information technology, finance, real estate and manufacturing operations.

Weis, who joined the company in 1989, is the son of Robert F. Weis, who remains chairman of Weis Markets. During his 25 year career, he worked in various positions throughout the company, including produce merchandising, grocery procurement and store operations.  He later worked in the company’s real estate department, where he was vice president of property management and development. In 2004, he became company vice chairman and corporate secretary.

Weis has a bachelor’s degree from Yale University and is a graduate of Shikellamy High School in Sunbury, PA. He has served on various local and regional boards.

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Jonathan Weis named president, CEO at Weis

Weis Markets on Friday said its board of directors has approved Jonathan Weis as president and CEO. Weis, 46, will also retain his role as vice chairman of the Sunbury, Pa.-based retailer.Weis Markets CEO Jonathan Weis

Weis has been serving as the company’s interim CEO since David Hepfinger departed in September.

As president and CEO, Weis will oversee all aspects of the company’s retail, supply chain, merchandising, human resources, information technology, finance, real estate, and manufacturing operations.


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Jonathan Weis is the son of Robert F. Weis, who remains chairman of Weis Markets.

During his 25-year career with the company, beginning in 1989, Jonathan Weis worked in positions throughout the company including produce merchandising, grocery procurement and store operations. He later worked in the company’s real estate department where he was vice president of property management and development. In 2004, he became vice chairman and corporate secretary.

Weis is a graduate of Shikellamy High School in Sunbury, Pa. and holds a B.A. from Yale University. He has served on various local and regional boards.

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Weis Details Exit Pay for CEO Hepfinger

SUNBURY, Pa. — Weis Markets reached a separation agreement David Hepfinger, who resigned as chief executive officer this week, according to documents filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission.


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Hepfinger will receive a payment of $ 2.25 million at the end of this year, and a $ 1.75 million payment at the end of 2014. He will also be paid at his current salary through the end of 2014 and receive company health coverage though the end of 2016. Hepfinger is also entitled to various incentive and retirement plans.

Hepfinger, who had joined the company in 2008 and became CEO in 2009, in March had signed a five-year agreement with Weis. The reason for his abrupt departure was not disclosed.

Sources told SN Weis has been beset by slower than expected sales in new stores located in the outskirts of Weis’ traditional markets, including several Philadelphia-area stores acquired a year ago from Genuardi’s. Shoppers in these markets have been slow to embrace Weis, they said.

Read more: Hepfinger Resigns as Weis CEO

“There have been some new stores — not relocations — and some remodeled and expanded stores that did not meet sales anywhere near Weis’ expectations,” Bob Gorland, a Harrisburg, Pa.-based site selection specialist with Matthew P. Casey & Associates, Clark, N.J., told SN. “But their store conditions and perishables have really improved.”

The company through a spokesman said it would not comment beyond a brief press release.

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Weis Markets CEO resigns

Weis Markets Inc. today announced David J. Hepfinger, company president and chief executive officer,  has left the company to pursue other interests. Company Vice Chairman Jonathan H. Weis replaces him as interim CEO, and Robert F. Weis remains as company chairman.

JWeis.jpgJonathan Weis“We thank Dave for his service and contributions and wish him well in his future endeavors,” Jonathan Weis said in a press release.

Hepfinger has also resigned from the company’s board of directors.

As part of the reorganization, Kurt Schertle, executive vice president of sales and merchandising, will report directly to Jonathan Weis, who will also oversee the company’s real estate and store development, finance and human resources teams. 

Until the reorganization is complete, Schertle will take on additional responsibilities overseeing store operations and its operations support team.

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Weis Markets CEO resigns

Weis Markets Inc. today announced David J. Hepfinger, company president and chief executive officer,  has left the company to pursue other interests. Company Vice Chairman Jonathan H. Weis replaces him as interim CEO, and Robert F. Weis remains as company chairman.

JWeis.jpgJonathan Weis“We thank Dave for his service and contributions and wish him well in his future endeavors,” Jonathan Weis said in a press release.

Hepfinger has also resigned from the company’s board of directors.

As part of the reorganization, Kurt Schertle, executive vice president of sales and merchandising, will report directly to Jonathan Weis, who will also oversee the company’s real estate and store development, finance and human resources teams. 

Until the reorganization is complete, Schertle will take on additional responsibilities overseeing store operations and its operations support team.

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Weis Markets CEO resigns

Weis Markets Inc. today announced David J. Hepfinger, company president and chief executive officer,  has left the company to pursue other interests. Company Vice Chairman Jonathan H. Weis replaces him as interim CEO, and Robert F. Weis remains as company chairman.

JWeis.jpgJonathan Weis“We thank Dave for his service and contributions and wish him well in his future endeavors,” Jonathan Weis said in a press release.

Hepfinger has also resigned from the company’s board of directors.

As part of the reorganization, Kurt Schertle, executive vice president of sales and merchandising, will report directly to Jonathan Weis, who will also oversee the company’s real estate and store development, finance and human resources teams. 

Until the reorganization is complete, Schertle will take on additional responsibilities overseeing store operations and its operations support team.

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