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BGC celebrates Earth Day


BGC celebrated Earth Day this year by encouraging customers and employees to return plastic bottles to stores and non-retail facilities, and the “Bottles for Trees” promotion brought in 144,346 PET drink bottles at the company’s retail, manufacturing and logistics facilities from April 22-25.

For every 100 #1 PET plastic bottles collected, BGC agreed to donate a tree to the Arbor Day Foundation Reforestation program.

“With this total, our company will fund the planting of 1,443 trees,” said Joe Mac Johnson, Brookshire’s director of environmental services. “The average rate of collection for our stores for PET bottles is typically 5,000 bottles per day. In this promotion we collected more than 36,000 bottles a day. We helped the environment in two ways by recycling the bottles and also planting trees.”

In the promotion customers and employees simply placed the bottles inside a special container located at front of their store or non-retail facility.

“We’re taking lots of steps to be responsible stewards of the resources we’ve been given and this was another fun way to help,” Johnson added.

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Rayville store sports a new look with new services.


The Brookshire’s store located in the cotton capital of Rayville, La., held a ribbon-cutting ceremony on March 30, 2011, to begin grand opening activities at a new location that formerly housed a competitor. 

The greatly refurbished facility features a new, highly-visible company logo on the store front, as well as updated fixtures and improved lighting. The new location has enabled the store to add new bakery and deli departments, as well as a beer and wine section. Produce, floral, meat and grocery departments have been expanded. 

Special merchandising emphasis at the store is focused on a wide variety of Louisiana-manufactured products, such as Louisiana Fish Fry, Tony Chachere’s seasonings and mixes, Tabasco, Bayou Magic, Community Coffee, and others. 

Store Director Mark Bryan thanked employees throughout the company who have worked to get the facility ready to open. 

“This has been a team effort from everyone to get this renovation completed, and we greatly appreciate their efforts,” he said.

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Two store directors in West Texas take on new locations.


Rick Griffith has been named store director at the Brookshire’s in Cisco, Texas, while Cory Criswell has moved to the store in Comanche, Texas, as store director.

Griffith is a 26-year BGC employee who has served as store director in Comanche since 2005. He joined the company in 1984 as a perishable stocker in Tyler and worked in several Tyler stores before being promoted to assistant store manager in Mineola in 1985. He also served as assistant store manager at stores in Quitman, Gladewater, Longview, Gilmer and Paris. In 1992 he was promoted to store director in Paris and has since served in that capacity in Hillsboro and in Clifton, in addition to the Comanche store.

Criswell joined the company in 2000 as a utility clerk in Ruston, La., and worked in Louisiana stores in Arcadia and Farmerville as a stocker, perishable manager, grocery manager and assistant store manager. He moved to Springtown, Texas, in 2007 as assistant store manager and then served in Weatherford and in Aledo before being promoted to store director in Eastland. Most recently, he served as store director in Crowley.

“Rick and Cory are great store leaders and we look forward to them taking these stores to the next level,” said Wes Hooper, vice president-district 10. “They are true service champions and will do their best to serve our valued customers well in these communities.”

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Tyson and BGC donate product to East Texas Food Bank.


On March 31, 2011, Tyson Foods and BGC donated 29,000 pounds of boneless chicken to the East Texas Food Bank as part of an effort to feed people in need and promote public awareness of hunger in America. 

The presentation was made during a press conference at the food bank in Tyler.

Rick Ellis, senior vice president-chief marketing officer for BGC, joined Tyson representatives Jim Shilling, customer development manager, and Dennie Swingle, director of customer development, in presenting the chicken to Dennis Cullinane, executive director of the East Texas Food Bank. 

“We are truly grateful to Brookshire’s and Tyson Foods for their commitment and support of our fight against hunger in east Texas,” Dennis said, explaining that some 183,000 residents receive assistance through the food bank each year. “This donation is especially helpful in that chicken is a protein-based food that is so vital to our program.”

“We have worked closely with the East Texas Food Bank since it was founded,” Rick Ellis said. “They do a great job serving the needs of people in the area, particularly the elderly and children. We are so pleased to be a part of this worthwhile effort.”

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Five BGC Partners Receive FSA College Scholarships


The Food Sales Association has named five BGC partners in Texas stores as recipients in its annual college scholarship program. They include: Ruthie Battee, No. 625 in Tyler; Kristina Hopkins, No. 129 in Denton; Maria Mendez, No. 109 in Daingerfield; Kristin Welsh, No. 97 in Aledo; and Emilie Zavala, No. 131 in Anna.

Each partner will receive $1,000 from FSA with BGC matching an additional $1,000 to help with tuition and books at a Texas university or college of her choice.

“This program provides scholarships for deserving employee-students to continue their careers in the retail food industry,” said Rick Rayford, president and CEO for BGC. “We are proud of each one and wish them the best in their future endeavors at school and at work taking care of customers.”

Requirements include working for a food retailer and possessing a genuine career interest in that field, attending a Texas college or university with a minimum of six credit hours per semester, and successfully completing a thorough interview process with industry professionals.

FSA is a professional non-profit organization made up of food retailers from across north and east Texas.

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Driver No. 15 reaches huge milestone


James Wright has become the 15th BGC truck driver to achieve the milestone of driving 1 million miles without a preventable accident. 

He accomplished the feat on Highway 69 near Emory, Texas.

A 13-year driver with the company, Wright joined BGC in 1997 following a nine-year career as a driver for another company. 

“Drivers like James are the backbone of this great company,” said Don Gilbreath, vice president of transportation logistics. “His skills are among the very best in his profession, as unquestionably shown by accomplishing 1 million accident-free miles. We are fortunate to have a partner of his caliber representing us out on the road.”

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Brookshire’s produce managers are recognized


Two Brookshire’s produce managers have been selected as national winners in the 2011 Retail Produce Managers Awards Program.

Brad Lange, produce manager at the Line Avenue store in Shreveport, La., and an 11-year employee, and Jake Foster, a 12-year employee and currently produce manager at the store in Athens, Texas, have won trips to the United Fresh Produce Association’s 2011 Convention and Expo, set for May 2-5 in New Orleans. The pair will be among 25 award winners, selected from some 250 entries from across the United States and Canada.

They will be recognized at the annual United Fresh Awards Banquet on Thursday, May 4, where five grand prize winners will be announced as recipients of $1,000 cash prizes. 

“We are proud of Brad and Jake,” said Rick Rayford, president and CEO. “They have represented our company well and proven themselves to be the best produce leaders our industry has to offer.”

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Brookshire’s produce managers are recognized


Two Brookshire’s produce managers have been selected as national winners in the 2011 Retail Produce Managers Awards Program.

Brad Lange, produce manager at the Line Avenue store in Shreveport, La., and an 11-year employee, and Jake Foster, a 12-year employee and currently produce manager at the store in Athens, Texas, have won trips to the United Fresh Produce Association’s 2011 Convention and Expo, set for May 2-5 in New Orleans. The pair will be among 25 award winners, selected from some 250 entries from across the United States and Canada.

They will be recognized at the annual United Fresh Awards Banquet on Thursday, May 4, where five grand prize winners will be announced as recipients of $1,000 cash prizes. 

“We are proud of Brad and Jake,” said Rick Rayford, president and CEO. “They have represented our company well and proven themselves to be the best produce leaders our industry has to offer.”

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Exciting changes take place in Shreveport


Brookshire’s Food & Pharmacy on Mansfield Road in Shreveport recently completed a renovation which culminated in a grand reopening beginning March 16, 2011.

Shoppers who haven’t visited the 50,700-square-foot store recently noticed relocations and upgrades in several areas, including pharmacy, market and produce.

“The addition of a service meat counter, along with expanded lines of meat and seafood, has been very popular with customers,” said Store Director Glade Smith. “We’ve also received a lot of compliments on the new drive-through at the pharmacy. We’ve improved our produce area and are especially proud to be able to offer customers a greater variety there.”

The building was expanded onto the existing front sidewalk in order to add a new entry vestibule, inside cart storage space and office space.

Other noticeable changes included a facelift on the store front and expanded dairy, frozen food, wine and floral sections. 

In the bakery and deli, Smith said there are new items that customers will want to check out.

“We’ll now offer gourmet bread and cakes, as well as Yums cupcakes—a gourmet cupcake you have to try,” he said. “The deli will have a sandwich bar and an in-store dining area, and we’ve added the Boar’s Head meat and cheese lines.”

Beginning March 16, store hours will be 6 a.m. to 11 p.m., seven days a week. The pharmacy will now open on Sunday from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. On Monday through Friday, the pharmacy will operate 8 a.m. to 7 p.m. and on Saturday it will be open from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m.

Crews have reworked the décor, flooring and lighting, and Smith says the store seems more open and larger than before.

“New self-checkout lanes give customers another added convenience,” Smith said, noting the store has an existing fuel center that has helped customers save on time by refueling there before or right after they grocery shop.

In addition to beer and wine selections, a liquor shop with its own separate entrance has been added within the existing building.

The reopening has allowed the store to hire an additional 20 employees, Smith added.

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Award-Winning Products!


You can count on quality at Brookshire’s, as evidenced by the world-class products we manufacture in our own award-winning ice cream, dairy and yogurt plants.

Once again, Brookshire’s has received the All Star Dairy Association’s quality assurance awards for Best Ice Cream Plant, Best Yogurt Plant and Best Sour Cream Plant. 

This is the 10th out of 11 years that the ice cream plant has won top honors, and the third time in four years for the sour cream plant. The yogurt plant has a perfect record, winning each of the four years of the category’s existence. The dairy and ice cream plants were also honored with awards for exceeding industry standards.

The All Star Dairy Association reviewed more than 250 dairy and ice cream plants in 45 states, as well as in Canada and Puerto Rico. Winners are determined through a yearlong process of evaluating plants and products.

Brookshire’s commitment to quality, like that found in our plants and products, is just another way we carry out our mission to provide a great food and shopping experience.

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