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CEO Addresses Food Sales Association

President and Chief Executive Officer Rick Rayford addressed approximately 120 members of the Food Sales Association and Brookshire Grocery Co. leaders on Thursday, June 19, at Hollytree Country Club in Tyler.

The FSA, a nonprofit group of food vendors based in north Texas, works to promote relationships and careers for the food industry and asked Mr. Rayford to provide comments on his vision for BGC.

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New Store Groundbreaking Held

A state representative and a county judge were among the officials helping break ground on Friday, June 20, at the future site of a new Brookshire’s store in Canton, Texas.

The ceremony took place on the nine-acre tract of land located at 880 East State Highway 243. It will be home to a 36,000-square-foot store planned to open in late 2008 or early 2009.

The store will replace the existing store and will offer the services of a pharmacy with dual drive-through lanes and a self-service fuel center, among other features.

“We thank this community for making Brookshire’s part of its family for more than 20 years,” said President and Chief Executive Officer Rick Rayford. “And we look forward to giving Brookshire’s brand of service in an exciting new store.”

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Kevin Albritton Receives Promotion

Kevin Albritton, a 30-year company veteran and most recently district vice president, has been promoted to senior vice president of category management for Brookshire Grocery Co.

In his new role, Albritton will be responsible for all aspects of the category management process within the company.

Albritton began his career as a courtesy clerk in Longview, Texas, and worked his way through the retail ranks as a stocker, grocery manager, assistant store manager, store director and district manager before becoming a vice president in 2005.

“Kevin’s experience, company knowledge, leadership skills, and business foresight make him the ideal person to lead our category management effort,” Rick Rayford, president and chief executive officer for BGC, said. “We anticipate great results under his leadership.”

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Bossier City, LA

BOSSIER CITY, LA — Brookshire’s Food Store, 4918 Barksdale Boulevard, held a ribbon cutting ceremony Friday, May 2, at 11 a.m. in celebration of it’s newly remodeled store.

The 37,500 square-foot store received some notable changes including the addition of a community-rich décor package, and approximately 1,200 new organic, natural and specialty items. The pharmacy has been moved to the front of the store where a two-lane drive-thru has been added.

The updated store will offer customers specialty services such as a self-service seafood counter in the market and specialty bread program in the bakery as well as updated produce and floral departments.

The new décor package includes photos and memorabilia from Barksdale Air Force Base, the historic transportation steamboats and local high schools. Photos were provided by Clifton Cardin, official Bossier Parish historian; Louisiana National Registry of Historic Places; The Library of Congress;;; Eric Brock and Gary Joiner; Parkway High School and The 8th Air Force Museum. 

“We want to thank our customers for being patient with us while we updated the store,” said Gary Lenderman, store director for Brookshire’s. “Our goal is to provide greater convenience and a more relaxed shopping experience for our customers and I believe we have done that with our remodel.”

The store is open seven days a week from 6 a.m. to 10 p.m. The store accepts major credit cards including, Visa, MasterCard, Discover, Pulse and American Express, and WIC. Western Union and money order services are also provided.

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BGC donates to the East Texas Food Bank

TYLER, TEXAS – Brookshire Grocery Co. donated some $30,000 in grocery products, Friday, May 9, to the East Texas Food Bank to kick off Saturday’s National Association of Letter Carriers’ “Stamp Out Hunger” food drive.

“We are pleased to make this donation to the ‘Stamp Out Hunger’ food drive,” said Rick Rayford, president and chief executive officer for Brookshire’s. “The Food Bank provides a much needed and valuable service to help feed people in this area, and we want to do whatever we can to assist.”

Brookshire’s also donated thousands of grocery bags that letter carriers delivered to area households on Thursday in which residents are asked to place non-perishable foods – such as canned soup, canned vegetables, pasta, rice or cereal – and place next to mailboxes on Saturday, May 10, to be picked up by letter carriers. Food items should be in non-breakable containers.

“We are grateful for Brookshire’s steadfast support the past 20 years,” said Robert L. Bush, executive director of the East Texas Food Bank. “This food donation comes at a critical time as food and fuel prices are rising and we want to ensure that this food gets to those who need it most.”

Stan Buchanan, president of local National Association of Letter Carriers, noted, “As letter carriers, we see those in need throughout our community and it gives us great pride and pleasure to be able to contribute our time and effort to help alleviate some of the need. I also revel in the fact that all the food we collect will stay right here in East Texas.”

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Manufacturing Awards

TYLER, TEXAS — Brookshire Grocery Co. manufacturing plants recently won national awards for operations, sanitation and product quality at the All Star Dairy Association convention March 5-9 in San Antonio.

Brookshire’s Manufacturing facilities received “Best Ice Cream Plant,” “Best Sour Cream Plant” and “Best Yogurt Plant” awards and won third place among dairy competitors.The All Star Dairy Association has a membership of 275 dairy facilities in 45 states, as well as in Puerto Rico and Nova Scotia. Each year, member companies are evaluated and inspected by independent, third party agencies to determine those with the highest facility standards and product quality.

Brookshire’s ice cream plant has received the top award seven out of the past eight years. The company’s dairy plant is also a repeat winner, having received five “Best Fluid Plant” awards in the past 10 years.

In October, Brookshire’s sour cream and lime sherbet products won first place in their respective categories at the World Dairy Expo Championship Dairy Product Contest in Madison, Wis. “Our company remains committed to providing outstanding quality and service, and we are proud to offer an award-winning line-up of products from our manufacturing facilities,” said Rick Rayford, president and CEO. “These high standards are in keeping with our mission to provide people with the food and services they want, the convenience they need, and the experience they love. It’s what makes our company a great place to work and a great place to shop.”

BGC Manufacturing products are available in Brookshire’s and Super 1 Foods stores under the Goldenbrook Farms, Dairy Pride, Sunnybrook Farms, Economize, Flavor Pride, Tampico, Red Diamond, Premier Mountain and Tasty Bakery labels. Products include ice cream, sour cream, yogurt, ice, fresh-cut fruits and dips, bakery items, milk, juice, water, tea and other beverages. Some products are available in natural, organic, low-fat and no-sugar varieties.

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BGC Named Best Place to Work

Brookshire Grocery Co., parent company of Brookshire’s and Super 1 Foods stores, was distinguished as one of the 75 Best Companies to Work for in Texas in the February issue of Texas Monthly magazine, ranking 23rd in the large companies category.

“We are excited to receive this distinguished honor for the third year in a row,” said Rick Rayford, president and CEO at BGC. “We will continue our commitment to making Brookshire Grocery Company a great place to work and a great place to shop.”

The Best Companies to Work for in Texas program is organized by Best Companies Group, the Texas Association of Business, the Texas State Council of the Society for Human Resource Management, and ModernThink LLC, a research and consulting firm specializing in workplace excellence.

Companies choosing to participate in the program complete a two-part survey, with the companies surveyed about operational information and a random group of anonymous employees polled about topics such as benefits and working conditions.

Participating companies received an Assessment Findings Report with an anonymous summary of employee responses and a phone consultation with ModernThink consultants to review results.

“Identifying outstanding employers is a very effective way to recognize the importance of creating cultures where employees love to come to work,” said Peter Burke, president of Best Companies Group, noting that the employee survey results help companies become even better places to work.

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