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FOOD TRADE NEWS

October 2015

Well, here we are again and

the A&P debacle is still not com-

pleted. After two rounds of the

bankruptcy auction process it was

hoped that the matter would be

closer to being completed rather

than having more questions. But

like everything else that A&P ex-

ecutives have touched over the

last 15 years, all is still amiss. As

we were readying for press, it was

being seriously considered by the

court that another round of an ex-

pected clean-up auction was to be

scheduled in a last ditch attempt

to sell the remaining bulk of

stores that were still unsold. Ac-

cording to

John Niccollai

, pres-

ident of United Food and Com-

mercial Workers Union Local

464a in Little Falls, NJ, “There are

still a lot of good stores out there

that are unsold, I can’t see them

not being used.” In the meantime,

those stores are expected to begin

preparing to close. Niccollai said

some of the unsold stores already

appear to be liquidating mer-

chandise through markdowns. I’ll

reserve my comments until the

process is completed, but in the

interim you can turn to our lead

story on the situation as well as

take a look at Jeff ’s column for an

accurate indication of how we all

feel.

The Hackensack, NJ Costco

store will be converted “to a more

specialized business center,” de-

scribed as “a store model geared

more to small businesses.” It will

be the first in the northeastern

U.S., but it is not a new concept

for Costco, which opened the first

one in 1992.

Costco says that business cen-

ters differ from regular Costco

warehouses in that they don’t sell

clothing, apparel, books, seasonal

items, or much of the consum-

er-oriented merchandise typically

found at a Costco. They also don’t

have bakery, pharmacy or opti-

cal departments, or food courts.

About half of their sales are de-

livered directly to small-business

customers, rather than purchased

in the store. They also open and

close earlier. The business center

stores stock items used by busi-

nesses such as hotels, hospitals,

caterers, restaurants, convenience

stores and professional offices.

Those items include cleaning sup-

plies, paper and printing supplies,

office furniture, vending machine

supplies and kitchen utensils. All

Costco members are allowed to

shop in business centers.” The

more traditional membership

club products that were offered

by the Hackensack Costco now

will be sold in a new Teterboro,

NJ, club that will be opened in

mid-October.

Big happenings occurred in

Newark, NJ at the end of Sep-

tember when

Neil Greenstein

and his family opened a spectac-

ular 70,000 square foot showcase

ShopRite. Elected officials, com-

munity and church leaders and

union representatives were all on

hand for the ribbon-cutting cere-

mony at the new supermarket on

Springfield Avenue in Newark.

The grand opening of the new

store comes after a hard-fought

battle waged a little more than

two years ensured that a ShopRite

would be approved at the site

rather than a Wal-Mart. The

Greenstein family, a third-gener-

ation ownership, also owns and

operates the Brookdale ShopRite

in Bloomfield. The new store is

the anchor for Springfield Mar-

ketplace, a mixed-use develop-

ment that includes retail shops,

restaurants, and apartments all

of which will be completed in a

few months. “We are very excit-

ed to bring our second ShopRite

store to Essex County, with this

brand new location in Newark,

where we will be a vital part of

the community and a good neigh-

bor,” said Greenstein. “We call our

Brookdale ShopRite the ‘super-

market with a heart,’ and we plan

to bring that same heart, soul and

dedication now to serve the city

of Newark. We are privileged to

be part of this community and all

the great new development that is

happening in Newark right now.”

The site where the ShopRite was

built had been vacant for over 20

years.

Kudos to

Linda Doherty

and

the good team at the New Jersey

Food Council (NJFC) on another

very well run Good Government

Breakfast held at Forsgate Coun-

try Club. in Monroe Township,

NJ. At the big business affair,

Richie Saker

, president and CEO

of Saker Holdings Corporation,

received the Good Government

Award, which is the most presti-

gious public policy recognition

bestowed on a New Jersey food in-

dustry member. Saker ShopRites

is the largest member of the

Wakefern Food Corporation fam-

ily of supermarkets and Rich cur-

rently serves as vice chairman for

the NJFC and served as chairman

for the Food Council Committee

for Good

Government for seven years.

“As chair of the Food Council

Committee for Good Govern-

ment, Richard Saker has had a

tremendous impact on the di-

rection and success of the Food

Council and we wholeheartedly

thank Richard for all his perse-

verance and dedication to our

mission by recognizing him with

our most prestigious honor, the

Good Government Award,” said

Doherty, who also serves as FC-

CfGG treasurer. “He has made

good government a priority and

continually challenges and en-

courages his fellow food council

members to become engaged in

the civic process.”

Mike Waldon

of Empire Food

Marketing sits on the board of a

wonderful charitable foundation,

Embrace Kids. The Embrace Kids

Foundation helps families whose

children have cancer, sickle cell

disease or other blood disorders

and is committed to enhancing

the quality of life of the children

and to relieving families of emo-

tional and financial pressures.

Embrace Kids supports families

throughout the greater New Jer-

sey area and offers such programs

as the Embrace Kids Learning

Center, emergency financial as-

sistance, family services, inspi-

rational events, social services

and counseling, The

Edith

and

Martin Stein

Building of Hope

and the

David E. Zullo

PACCT

Program. As Mike told us, he gets

to see first-hand all of the great

work the foundation does and

can personally assure everyone

that all funds raised are put to

very good use. Mike tells us that

Embrace Kids is running a raf-

fle to raise funds with the grand

prize of two round-trip first class

tickets to Europe on United Air-

lines plus a $3,000 travel voucher.

There is a maximum of 1,500 tick-

ets to be sold and cost per ticket

is only $25.00. If anyone is inter-

ested in purchasing a raffle ticket

or supporting the organization in

another way, Mike welcomes you

contact him at 732.326.9300 or

mwaldon@empirefoodmarket

-

ing.com.

Kudos to all of the fine folks at

King Kullen for once again put-

ting together a terrific charitable

event. The 33rd annual James

A. Cullen memorial golf out-

ing was held at the Cold Spring

Harbor Country Club in Cold

Spring Harbor, Long Island and

an overflow crowd was on hand

for the dinner as well as the golf.

The benefactor of monies raised

from the event was Little Flower

Children and Family Services of

New York. Founded more than 85

years ago, Little Flower continues

to meet the demands of some of

the most vulnerable members of

society - children and disabled

adults. King Kullen and the Cul-

len and Kennedy families have

long been supporters of the Little

Flower cause, and it was inspiring

to hear one of Little Flower’s suc-

cess stories,

Israel Adams,

speak

at the dinner. Kudos to all at King

Kullen.

A tip of the hat to the Eastern

Produce Council (EPC) on the

inaugural

Joe DeLorenzo

Ap-

ple Picking event held at Melick’s

Family Farm in Oldwick, NJ.

The event was named after Joe

DeLorenzo, longtime member,

supporter and past president of

the EPC and well respected food

industry produce veteran. Joe

passed away less than a year ago,

and when the EPC board met

early in 2015, they came up with

a way to honor his memory. The

event drew a crowd of people in-

cluding Joe’s family, friends and

EPC members to enjoy a wonder-

ful day at Melick’s (the largest ap-

ple grower in New Jersey).

A very nice event was held at

the Arcola Country Club in Para-

mus, NJ where the Fourth annual

Back on my Feet charity golf out-

ing teed off to raise funds for the

cause. Back on My Feet is a char-

itable organization that uses its

resources to help the homeless as

well as change the perception of

homelessness through running…

yes, running. The non-profit orga-

nization’s mission is not to create

runners within the homeless pop-

ulation, but to use running to cre-

ate self-sufficiency in the loves of

those experiencing homelessness.

This year’s honoree was

Rich Du-

rante

, COO of Kings Food Mar-

kets/Balducci’s, and thanks to

the efforts of the Bimbo Bakeries

USA team lead by president

Fred

Penny

, the event raised $60,000

for Back on My Feet. Well done!

Well that’s it for this month.

Hopefully we will have some res-

olution to the A&P mess the next

time we talk. Until then you can

reach me at 201.250.2217 or kgal-

lagher@best-met.com

.

By Kevin Gallagher

Metro Beat

At the conclusion of the annual Imperial Distributors

charity golf tournament held at Cyprian Keys golf

course in Boylston, MA,

Imperial donated the $65,000 raised

as a result to the United Way of Central Massachusetts. At the pre-

sentation were Mark Sleeper (l), CEO of Imperial, and Tim Garvin of

the United Way of Central Massachusetts.