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Brookshire’s Manufacturing Captures 2010 Awards

BGC’s manufacturing team won the Quality Assurance-Best Ice Cream Plant and Quality Assurance-Best Yogurt Plant awards from the All Star Dairy Association and accepted the awards March 24 at the ASDA’s convention in Las Vegas, Nevada.

The ASDA reviewed some 250 dairy and ice cream plants in 45 states, as well as Canada and Puerto Rico. BGC manufacturing excelled in the association’s plant inspections, sensory evaluation of products and laboratory tests.
“It says a great deal about our standards and product quality,” said BGC President and Chief Executive Officer Rick Rayford. “Our ice cream and yogurt products are world class, and the same goes for our people who produce these items day in and day out. Congratulations to all our manufacturing employees for a job well done this year.”

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BGC Employees Recognized For Giving

Brookshire Grocery Co. was recognized, along with a number of businesses and organizations, on Thursday, March 11, at the United Way of Tyler/Smith County’s Victory Celebration.
BGC was recognized as a Cornerstone Sponsor for raising more than $75,000 for the United Way, which supports 25 partner agencies in east Texas. Retail and non-retail employees of BGC in the Tyler area raised a little more than $50,000 in pledges, and the company will match those contributions, dollar for dollar.
The United Way group in Tyler raised $1.75 million in pledges in the 2009 drive. It receives most of its funding through voluntary employee participation in company payroll deduction programs, and supports agencies such as the Literacy Council, Goodwill, Boys & Girls Clubs, 4-H, YMCA, and many others.

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Company Mourns Loss

BGC’s Chief Financial Officer Tim King died March 3 after a brief illness.

Born in 1961, King joined BGC at the age of 16, working as a part-time warehouseman, sacker and stocker while attending Robert E. Lee High School. He continued to work for BGC as a student until he completed a BBA degree from the University of Texas in Austin in 1984.
King worked at Squyres, Johnson, Squyres Accounting Firm for five years and earned his CPA licensure in 1989. In 1990 he joined BGC corporate as a financial accountant. King went on to serve as corporate tax manager, director financial accounting, vice president/controller, senior VP/CFO/controller, executive VP/CFO/controller, and most recently executive vice president and chief financial officer. 
He served on the board of directors for BGC and was affiliated with the Texas Society of CPAs, the Texas Retailers Association, the Food Marketing Institute and the AICPA.
King was a member of Colonial Hills Baptist Church in Tyler, and he was involved in Big Brothers-Big Sisters, the Salvation Army, the Children’s Advocacy Center and Tyler Economic Development Council, among other organizations.
Rick Rayford, BGC’s president and chief executive officer, said, “Tim was a wise, brilliant and excellent business partner. More importantly, his honesty and integrity were impeccable, his Christian beliefs were uplifting, his love for his family was inspiring, his leadership skills were exceptional, and his love of life was a constant encouragement to all. He was truly a servant leader who was loved by all who had the unique opportunity to work with him.”
King is survived by his wife of 23 years, Lisa, and his sons, Tucker and Tanner.

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City of Greenville helps Brookshire’s Celebrate

A large crowd of local officials and guests turned out Tuesday, February 23, for a ribbon-cutting ceremony at the newly remodeled Brookshire’s Food and Pharmacy store on Wesley Street in Greenville, Texas. The grand reopening officially began Wednesday, February 24.
A major remodel to the 51,235-square-foot store started in August, and crews have completed the work that has added pharmacy space and a drive-through window, as well as a total store reset for improved traffic flow. 
The store received fresh new paint, decor and signage throughout the interior. The remodel has given the building a new store front design and a “fresh” atmosphere near the entrance with relocated floral, produce and bakery departments.
Exciting new products await shoppers in the bakery with Yums Gourmet Cupcakes, a variety of specialty cakes, dipped cheesecakes and dipped apples, as well as new artisan breads. Produce features all new cases allowing for a greater variety of fruits and vegetables, including additional organic and natural produce. The floral department has been expanded with specialty gift items, in addition to flower and plant varieties.

The deli features new sandwich and salad bars with a section of fresh entrees, as well as cold salads such as chicken, tuna and others. The department now offers Boar’s Head fine deli meats and cheeses. The market has increased its fish and seafood lines and offers a new service meat program that includes fresh veal and lamb. It also carries the popular Brookshire’s Best Angus Beef, among other brands.

The store has even received a fleet of new shopping carts, a re-striped parking lot, renovated restrooms, and new lighting with an automated control system that provides better illumination with greater energy efficiency.

Store hours are 6 a.m. to 11 p.m., seven days a week.

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BGC brings FRESH Concept to Tyler

BGC and local officials celebrated the beginning of FRESH by Brookshire’s, a new food concept store, with a groundbreaking ceremony on February 16 at the store site located at 6991 Old Jacksonville Highway in south Tyler.

With an emphasis on freshly-prepared food in a more customer-friendly environment, the store will employ a culinary team of more than 75 food experts and ultimately create more than 200 new jobs in the area. BGC has designed the store to appeal to “foodies” – customers who are passionate about food. Food offerings – like a full burrito bar, sandwich bar, and soup and salad bar – will be prepared daily on site, encouraging customers to visit the store frequently for freshly prepared meals not found at a traditional grocery store. 

“With this store we will strive to educate our customers and fuel their passion for food,” said Rick Rayford, president and chief executive officer. “The open concept food preparation area will be viewable by customers so that they can watch our culinary team and not only feel good about the foods they buy, but also learn how to prepare the recipes themselves.” 

Customers will be able to find the products they routinely purchase at traditional grocery chains, yet the new store will offer different brands and varieties not found elsewhere in Tyler. The company’s goal is for FRESH to be the destination for fresh-prepared food, the finest quality and best selection of grocery items, knowledge about selected food products, and an exciting food experience. 

Besides traditional departments and expanded food service offerings, the 55,000-square foot store will feature a coffee/gelato bar, bulk foods, expanded health and wellness items, and a pharmacy. 

“We at Brookshire’s have listened to our customers and believe that FRESH will fulfill an unmet need for a food experience that places a greater emphasis on variety, organic and natural products, quality fresh products, and convenient prepared foods,” said Rayford.

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Fresh by Brookshire’s Groundbreaking

A ground-breaking ceremony was held today for Fresh by Brookshire’s, the company’s new concept store dedicated to helping customers discover the wonders of food. The mayor, Tyler city officials, the Board of Directors, and local media were on hand to mark the event. The store will bring more than 200 new jobs to the area and will employ a culinary team of more than 75.  Customers should expect to find expanded fresh departments from the market, seafood, deli, produce, and floral areas, but they will also discover brands and varieties of grocery items not normally found on the shelves of traditional grocery stores. In addition to expanded varieties, the store will feature 60 to 80 chef-prepared recipes each week and artisan breads baked fresh daily on site. The chef-prepared area will be viewable by customers and the store’s team will be focused on engaging customers—teaching them about new products or just helping them select prepared foods to take home for dinner. 
BGC has spent two years researching, and company leaders believe Fresh incorporates the right mix of what Tyler customers really want. Besides traditional departments and expanded food service offerings, the 55,000-square foot store will feature a full burrito bar, sandwich bar, soup and salad bar, coffee/Italian gelato bar, bulk foods, expanded health and wellness items, and a pharmacy.


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Brookshire’s Makes Leadership Changes

Angela Ables has been promoted to store director at the Brookshire’s in Hillsboro, Texas. She joined the company in 2002.

Chris Bain, formerly store director in Troup, Texas, has been named store director in Whitehouse, Texas. He has been with the company for 18 years.

David Huff, a nine-year employee, was promoted to store director at the Brookshire’s located at 113 NNW Loop 323 in Tyler, Texas.

Zac Palmer has been named store director at the Brookshire’s on Line Avenue in Shreveport, La. He is a 12-year employee.

Jeremy Skaggs, a 12-year employee, has been promoted to store director at the Brookshire’s in Quinlan, Texas.

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Brookshire’s Begins Haiti Disaster Relief Program

Our stores initiated a scan coupon donation program on January 16 to benefit earthquake victims of Haiti through American Red Cross efforts, and we have already raised more than $20,000. 

In addition, Brookshire Grocery Co. has agreed to match the first $10,000 donated by customers and employees in our stores.

Customers can still purchase a $1 or $5 coupon when they check out, and all donations will go to the Red Cross to help people affected by the catastrophe that struck on January 12. 

The Red Cross has estimated that more than a million people could be affected by the disaster.
“We’ve conducted similar disaster relief efforts in the past, such as hurricane relief programs,” said President and CEO Rick Rayford. “It gives our employees and customers a chance to easily contribute and help these victims.”

BGC stores will run the program for several weeks.

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Company Names New District Manager

Wes Hooper, former store director at the Brookshire’s store in Mt. Vernon, Texas, was recently promoted to district manager.

Hooper now oversees Texas stores in Celina, Sweetwater, Azle, Denton, Bowie, Comanche, Granbury, Aledo, Cisco, Eastland, Brownwood, Lake Worth, Weatherford, Springtown, Albany, Crowley, Benbrook and Anna.

Hooper began his career in 1984 as a courtesy clerk at the Brookshire’s in Pittsburg, Texas. He then served as a stocker and grocery manager before being promoted to assistant store manager in Mt. Vernon. He then served as an assistant store manager in Paris, Texas, before being promoted to store director at the Brookshire’s in Atlanta, Texas, in 2002. He has been the store director in Mt. Vernon since 2005.

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Spirit of Christmas Project Assists 16,000 Families

Brookshire Grocery Co.’s Spirit of Christmas Food Drive brought in enough food to assist approximately 16,000 families in Texas, Louisiana, Arkansas, and Mississippi.

In 110 cities and towns BGC partnered with service organizations such as Kiwanis, Lions and Rotary clubs, food pantries and relief agencies, as well as schools, law enforcement groups and fire departments.

BGC donated a coupon for a free baking hen with each box of food distributed, as well as self-closing boxes in which volunteers packed the food.

“This is our 28th year to conduct this food drive and it’s our largest community service project,” said Rick Rayford, President and CEO for BGC. “Many, many employees and volunteers worked hard to make sure people had food at Christmas. Food collected in an area stays in that area, so customers and employees are helping their neighbors who need it.”

Donations of non-perishable items were accepted at participating Brookshire’s and Super 1 Foods stores from Nov. 18 through Dec. 22 in most areas. Stores sold scan coupons in November, and the funds were used by partnering service groups to purchase groceries for the food drive. Many stores put together and sold grab-bags of store brand grocery items, which were also donated to the effort.

Volunteers and employees accumulated, sorted, boxed, and distributed the food. Relief agencies screened the households in each community to determine need. Each family received a 20- to 30-pound box of food or more, based on number of family members. The boxes contained items such as canned meats and vegetables, peanut butter, soups, pasta, dried beans, rice, flour and sugar.

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