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Company News: Traci George named a ‘Top Woman in Grocery’


Traci George named a ‘Top Woman in Grocery’TYLER, Texas, June 24, 2015 – Traci George, a pharmacy zone manager for Brookshire Grocery Company, was recently recognized as a “Top Woman in Grocery” by Progressive Grocer magazine.

Now in its ninth year, the Top Women in Grocery awards program recognizes leading women in the retail food industry for their strong leadership and influence in their companies and for their community involvement. Winners are named in three categories: Senior-Level Executives, Rising Stars and Store Managers. George was recognized in the Rising Stars category.

A 20-year BGC employee, George supervises pharmacies in 23 East Texas stores, ensuring compliance with government regulations and company policies and procedures.

George holds a bachelor’s degree in pharmacy from the University of Texas at Austin and a bachelor’s in life sciences from University of Texas of the Permian Basin. She is also a member of the Texas Pharmacy Association and is a Blue and Gold Officer for the U.S. Naval Academy. George and her husband, Clint, have two sons, Nathan and Jacob.

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Company News: Shreveport Produce Manager Receives National Accolades


Shreveport Produce Manager Receives National AccoladesSHREVEPORT, Louisiana, June 17, 2015 – Brad Johnston, produce manager at Brookshire’s located at 5828 Line Avenue, was recently named a Retail Produce Manager of the Year by the United Fresh Produce Association.

A 10-year Brookshire Grocery Co. employee, Johnston was among the 25 national winners recognized June 8-10 at the UFPA’s trade show in Chicago.

UFPA’s Retail Produce Manager Awards Program honors exceptional produce managers from across the United States and Canada who consistently focus on increasing the sales and consumption of fresh fruits and vegetables.

This marks the 10th consecutive year that a BGC employee has been honored with this award.

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Company News: BGC’s Glenn Terrell Competes in National Cooking Showdown


BGC’s Glenn Terrell Competes in National Cooking ShowdownTYLER, Texas, June 17, 2015 – Glenn Terrell, corporate executive chef for Brookshire Grocery Company, was one of 15 national finalists who competed June 10 in the Food Marketing Institute’s 2015 Supermarket Chef Showdown in Chicago.

Terrell was among the 95 chefs from supermarkets throughout the United States who submitted nearly 300 recipes for consideration in this year’s competition. Categories included Breakfast to Go, Holiday Party Platters, Ethnic Dishes, Affordable Family Meals and Desserts.

Terrell competed with two other finalists in the desserts category, preparing his recipe for “Texas Buttermilk Panna Cotta.” Ultimately, a chef from Iowa-based grocery chain Hy-Vee, Inc. was named the category winner.

The Supermarket Chef Showdown was created in 2012 by the Food Marketing Institute to spotlight the culinary talents of chefs who are driving fresh-prepared food trends.

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Company News: Tickets for 5th Annual Futbol de las Rosas on sale


TYLER, Texas, June 8, 2015 – Get ready, East Texas soccer fans. The fifth annual “Futbol de las Rosas” is coming June 20 to Trinity Mother Frances Rose Stadium in Tyler, thanks to sponsors Super 1 Foods, Brookshire’s, the Tyler Hispanic Business Alliance and several national vendors.

Two Sub20 soccer teams from Mexico – Club Leon de Guanajuato and Tigres de Monterrey – will face off in the international soccer exhibition, which draws thousands of fans annually from throughout East Texas and surrounding areas.

Advanced tickets are on sale now at participating Super 1 Foods stores in Tyler, Longview, Mt. Pleasant and Marshall. General admission is $12 for ages 6 and up, or group tickets in bundles of five can be purchased for $35 (a $25 savings). Children ages five and under receive free admission. Tickets may also be purchased at the doors, but quantities are limited.

Kick-off for the premier game is set for 6:30pm, with doors opening at 3:30pm for special pre-game entertainment including games, activities, product samples and door prize drawings. In addition, a game featuring two local Hispanic soccer leagues – the Tyler Jaguars and FC Tyler – will kick off at 4pm.

For more information on the exhibition, including ticket sales and pre-game store events, visit your local Super 1 Foods or Super 1 Foods Tickets page.

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Company News: BGC wins national awards for dairy products


TYLER, Texas, June 5, 2015 – Brookshire Grocery Co.’s dairy and ice cream plants recently took top honors for operations and product quality at the All Star Dairy Association’s annual convention in Tuscon, Arizona.

The company received the Best Buttermilk Award for its Brookshire’s brand buttermilk, Most Improved Plant honors for its dairy plant, and Exceeds Industry Standards for both its dairy and ice cream/culture plants.

“Our manufacturing team produces excellent products that we are proud to serve to our customers and families,” said Rick Rayford, BGC president and CEO. “We are excited that they are getting national recognition for the hard work they do.”

Through a rigorous, yearlong process, the All Star Dairy Association reviewed approximately 250 dairy and ice cream plants in 45 states, as well as in Canada and Puerto Rico, to deter­mine the winners.

Products manufactured by BGC are produced in Tyler and can be found in all Brookshire’s and Super 1 Foods stores, as well as at FRESH by Brookshire’s. Brands include Goldenbrook Farms, ValuTime and Full Circle labels. Products include ice cream, frozen yogurt, sour cream, yogurt, ice, bakery items, milk, juice, water, tea and other beverages. Some products are available in natural, organic, low-fat, sugar-free and no-sugar-added varieties. All ice cream and dairy products are certified kosher.

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Company News: BGC announces Earth Day recycling campaign results


TYLER, Texas, June 5, 2015 – Some 3,750 trees will be planted in the Lost Pines Forest near Bastrop, Texas, as a result of Brookshire Grocery Company’s special plastics recycling campaign conducted April 20-26.

More than 125,000 pounds of plastic bags, bottles and jugs were collected for recycling during this weeklong event, which was hosted at all Brookshire’s and Super 1 Foods stores in Texas, Louisiana and Arkansas, along with FRESH by Brookshire’s in Tyler. All recycling revenue from the collected plastic was donated to the Arbor Day Foundation to help with the recovery of the portions of Lost Pines Forest that was burned in the wildfires of 2011.

As a result, more than 20 acres of trees will be planted, and more than 1.8 million water bottles and 182,000 gallon jugs have been diverted from landfills, where they would have spent up to the next 450 years decomposing.

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Company News: Brookshire’s in Minden officially reopens after renovations


Brookshire’s in Minden officially reopens after renovationsMINDEN, Louisiana, May 21, 2015 – Grand reopening activities began today at the remodeled Brookshire’s in Minden, located at 205 Homer Road. Mayor Tommy Davis, Chamber of Commerce President Jerri Ray de Pingré and Brookshire Grocery Co. Chairman of the Board Brad Brookshire addressed the crowd at the official ribbon-cutting ceremony. Store Director Mark Sandefur also presented charitable donations to the United Christian Association Program, Minden High School and St. Jude Children’s Research Hospitals.

Renovations began in October on the now 31,690-square-foot store, which included the addition of 330 square feet to allow for a new storefront and relocated entrance, new customer restrooms, a new customer service office and a new employee training room. Several departments throughout the store were also updated including the bakery, which features freshly baked breads and custom cakes, and the deli, where customers will find an expanded gourmet cheese case, convenient ready-to-eat meals and quality deli meats and cheeses sliced to order. The expanded produce department now features a wide variety of organic items and fresh locally grown produce, along with fresh-cut fruits and vegetables. In the market, customers can purchase meat that is cut fresh daily, with special cuts available upon request.

Other improvements include new paint, décor and signage, new check stands, a new floral display area and environmentally friendly features such as polished concrete flooring, which requires fewer cleaning agents, and an automated lighting control system.

The Minden location, along with all other Brookshire’s and Super 1 Foods stores, also features the NuVal nutritional scoring system. With NuVal, thousands of items throughout the store are scored on a scale of 1 to 100. The higher an item’s NuVal score, the better the nutrition. Customers can use this at-a-glance program to easily determine the overall nutritional value of products and make informed decisions.

“Brookshire’s has served the Minden community since 1997, and we are proud to invest in updating this facility to better serve our customers,” said Rick Rayford, BGC president and CEO. “We are excited about our increased product offerings and services and hope to provide the residents here an even better food and shopping experience for many years to come.”

The grand opening festivities will continue throughout the following weeks with special promotions. Through May 24, the first 500 customers will receive a free item coupon each day starting at 8am. In addition, for a limited time customers can earn $5 off their grocery purchase of $50 or more in a single transaction (some exclusions apply). More special offers will be featured in-store, in the weekly grocery ads and via email.

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Company News: BGC departs Monday for 10th Heroes Flight


BGC departs Monday for 10th Heroes FlightTYLER, Texas, May 20, 2015 – Brookshire Grocery Co. is gearing up to escort a group of 30 World War II and Korean War veterans to Washington, D.C., May 25-28 on its 10th Heroes Flight.

Provided by BGC at no cost to those selected for the trip, the Heroes Flight is designed to recognize WWII and Korean War veterans for their service and sacrifices and allows them to see the memorials built in their honor. Twenty BGC employees will also accompany the group as guardians.

In addition to visiting the WWII and Korean War memorials, the group will also be led on a guided tour of the U.S. Capitol by Rep. Louie Gohmert (R-Texas). The veterans will also get to participate in the Changing of the Guard at Arlington National Cemetery. Other points of interest will include the Washington Monument and the Air and Space Museum, along with the U.S. Marines, Navy, Air Force, Lincoln, Vietnam, Franklin D. Roosevelt and Martin Luther King Jr. memorials.

Once this trip is completed, BGC will have taken more than 300 WWII veterans to Washington, D.C, since establishing the Heroes Flight program in 2010.

“While we can never truly repay these heroes for the sacrifices they made to defend our freedoms, the Heroes Flight trips are just one way we can express our sincere gratitude,” said Rick Rayford, BGC president and CEO. “Most of the veterans have never had a chance to see their memorials, and we are thrilled to be able provide this opportunity once again for such a deserving group of people.”

Veterans selected for this trip are from towns throughout East Texas including Big Sandy, Bullard, Gilmer, Grand Saline, Henderson, Jefferson, Longview, Mineola, Omaha, Pittsburg, Rusk, Tyler, Van and Wills Point. A veteran from Shreveport, Louisiana, will also be participating.

A send-off event will begin at 12:15pm Monday at FRESH by Brookshire’s, located at 6991 Old Jacksonville Highway in Tyler. Hot dogs and chips will be provided. The group is scheduled to return to FRESH on Thursday around 3:45pm The community is invited to send-off and welcome home the veterans.

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Company News: BGC supports tornado relief efforts in Van Zandt County


BGC supports tornado relief efforts in Van Zandt CountyTYLER, Texas, May 20, 2015 – Following the aftermath of the severe weather that affected communities in Van Zandt County, Brookshire Grocery Co. is showing its support for the disaster relief efforts, both in its stores and operations support areas.

“We Stand with Van” T-shirts are now available for purchase at Brookshire’s stores in Canton, Emory, Grand Saline, Lindale, Mineola, Tyler (Rice Road and Roseland Boulevard locations only), Van and Wills Point. The T-shirts cost $10, and all proceeds will be donated to support relief efforts in Van. In addition, customers may make monetary donations through $1 scan coupons purchased at the register. Funds from scan coupon sales will be donated to the American Red Cross to assist communities affected by the spring storms and tornadoes, which includes Van and other areas in Van Zandt County.

Along with the T-shirt and scan coupons sales, BGC has been assisting disaster relief efforts in several other ways. Corporately, BGC donated flashlights, can openers, baby food, brooms, trash bags, Gatorade, water and ice to local churches and relief agencies in Van for distribution among the community. The company also provided hot lunches for Van residents and volunteers throughout the week after the tornado struck the town.

In addition, hundreds of employees from surrounding Brookshire’s and Super 1 Foods stores and corporate headquarters in Tyler have volunteered their time to help clean up debris, serve meals, raise money and sort clothing and other donated goods.

“Brookshire Grocery Company is committed to helping our communities in their times of need, especially when a disaster strikes,” said Rick Rayford, BGC president and CEO. “We will continue to help rebuild and restore the city of Van, which many of our employees call ‘home.’ Our hearts go out to all the people who were affected by the devastating storms in Van Zandt County.”

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Company News: FRESH 15 donates $138K in race proceeds to four charities


FRESH 15 donates $138K in race proceeds to four charitiesTYLER, Texas, May 15, 2015 – A total of $138,000 was raised through Brookshire Grocery Co.’s second annual FRESH 15 road race, held March 7 at FRESH by Brookshire’s in Tyler.

All proceeds from the event were formally presented in recent weeks to the four benefiting charities: Bethesda Health Clinic, $60,000; Team Red, White and Blue, $31,000; The SEAL Legacy Foundation, $27,000; and FitSTEPS for Life, $20,000.

“With the support of nearly 4,000 runners and volunteers, and our vendor partners, we were able to raise $50,000 more for our charities than last year’s race,” said Trent Brookshire, senior vice president – division manager for BGC. “We couldn’t be more proud of the overall outcome of this year’s FRESH 15 and can’t wait to see what next year’s race will bring.”

More than 3,300 participants competed in the 2015 FRESH 15, which featured 15k, 5k and kids’ 1k races. Registration for the third annual FRESH 15 race, set for March 5, 2016, opens July 4. For more information, visit FRESH15k.com.

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