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Staying ahead of equipment maintenance not only gives it a longer life, it helps your organization's overall sustainability efforts. Frank Lord, vertical leader for BFC Solutions, joins PFMA's Shelf Confidence to share how regular equipment checks lead to cost savings, improved efficiency and greater sustainability. Learn more by reaching out to Frank at frank.lord@bfcsolutions.com, or visit BFC Solutions.
Kicking off Season 3 of Shelf Confidence, Paul Myers, marketing and communication specialist for Westfield Egg Farm, shares how its brands Nature's Yoke and Utopihen Farms focus on health, ethical farming and sustainability. What starts with a simple egg leads customers down a lifelong journey.Reach out to Paul at paul@naturesyoke.com or visit westfieldeggfarm.com to learn more.
With his love for food and people, Joe Fasula is made for grocery retail. The owner of Gerrity's Supermarket joins Pennsylvania Food Merchants Association's Shelf Confidence podcast to talk about their roots in northeast Pennsylvania, adapting to meet the needs of customers, being honest with the community and planning for the future.Thank you to all of our featured PFMA members and sponsors who joined us for Season 2! We'll be back in July with new episodes.
Tony Gaines, CEO of Stewart's Enterprises Inc., has years of experience in the beverage alcohol industry, CPG, distribution and more. On Pennsylvania Food Merchants Association's Shelf Confidence podcast, he shares how he's tapping into beer's playbook to bring an iconic American soda into the adult beverage category with Stewart's Spiked.Visit stewartspiked.com or contact tony.gaines@stewartspiked.com for more information. 
As the fourth generation to operate Charley Family Shop 'N Save, Tom Charley is a community fixture. Tom joins Pennsylvania Food Merchants Association's Shelf Confidence podcast to explain how years of experience, longtime relationships and a strong network (and the willingness to take some risks) add to the benefits and advantages of working as an independent retailer.
With its roots dating back 270-years in Pennsylvania, Rutter's understands the significance of staying connected with its community. Chris Hartman of Rutter's joins Pennsylvania Food Merchants Association's Shelf Confidence podcast this week to chat about the ways family and community drive decisions at Rutter's.
If the need is there, Bracey's is willing to help! Katie Gallagher, dietician and spokesperson for Bracey's Supermarket, Inc., joins Pennsylvania Food Merchants Association's Shelf Confidence podcast to share the many ways Bracey's cares for the communities it serves.
Well known for their luscious PA Farm Show treats, Dave Smith, executive director of the PA Dairymen's Association, joins the Pennsylvania Food Merchants Association's Shelf Confidence podcast to talk milkshakes, PA dairy farms and connecting with the community.
Lisa Dell'Alba, president and CEO of Square One Markets, joins Pennsylvania Food Merchants Association's Shelf Confidence podcast to talk about the opportunities and challenges of running a family-owned convenience store chain. Lisa, who is vice chair of the PFMA Board of Directors, stresses how working with associations is a key to success.
Scott McCance, chain account manager of convenience at D.G. Yuengling and Son, Inc. joins Pennsylvania Food Merchants Association's Shelf Confidence podcast to share how the PA-based, multi-generational business has thoughtfully grown and expanded. Most recently, a joint venture with Molson Coors brought Yuengling to Texas. 
Every retailer claims to have the cleanest space, tastiest sandwich and best customer service, but how do consumers know? Meghan Mattern and Michele Truelove of High's convenience stores join the Pennsylvania Food Merchants Association to share how they became Safe Shop Certified. The third-party certified, 10-point checklist of safety and sanitation measures is a new program that recognizes retailers for high standards. Shelf Confidence also welcomes John Lofstock, editor of CStore Decisions, to discuss how and why the program started. To learn more, visit safeshopassured.com or email John at jlofstock@wtwhmedia.com.
Shelf Confidence kicks off its second season discussing the modernization and 50th-anniversary celebration of Pennsylvania Food Merchants Association member the Pennsylvania Lottery! Executive Director Drew Svikto and Deputy Executive Directory of Sales and Retail Operations Eric Grubbs share what changes retailers and customers can expect. To learn more about the Lottery Sales Advisory Council, available training and more, email Erib Grubbs at egrubbs@pa.gov.
Pennsylvania Food Merchants Association welcomes partner World Kinect Energy Services on Shelf Confidence to discuss building a successful sustainability strategy at your business. Learn what services World Kinect offers PFMA members and how they can help you with your sustainability goals!If you're ready to start or enhance your sustainability strategy with World Kinect, reach out to Cheryl Hefft, senior manager at World Kinect Energy Services, chefft@world-kinect.com, or Samantha McKeough senior sustainability consultant with World Kinect, smckeough@world-kinect.com.
The loss of fraud from gift card scams hit an all-time high at $125.3 million in 2020. Katrina Boyer of PA Banking and Securities joins Pennsylvania Food Merchants Association's Shelf Confidence podcast to talk about preventing gift card scams through retailer training. Grocery store and convenience store managers and clerks play an important role in identifying and preventing potential scams.For more information, or to schedule training, email informed@pa.gov.
During Children's Health Month this October, Pennsylvania Food Merchants Association welcomes Marda Heuman, RDN, LDN, Wegmans Food Markets Pennsylvania Division Nutritionist, to chat about children's health and nutrition. Hear how to develop good eating habits as a family and strive for balance when it comes to what goes on your plate.Marda provides great resources for families from Wegmans, including:- Getting Ready for School - Wegmans- Back To School Shopping Made Easy – Supplies, Lunches, and more! - Wegmans- www.Wegmans.com/feelyourbestBook:  How to Get Your Kid to Eat…But Not Too Much, Ellen Satter, RD
"We want to be a more sustainable company" is something Stephen Gould Corporation hears often. Stephen Sinnott and Brian Norcross of Stephen Gould join Pennsylvania Food Merchants Association to share how sustainable packaging solutions can get you there! Stephen and Brian cover everything from materials to cost to supply chain to branding.
After a year of pandemic comfort eating, many Americans are seeking healthier options. Sarah LaFollette, director of revenue management and insights with Utz Snacks, talks about the “new normal” of snacking, with shoppers in search of healthier snacks and better-for-you ingredients.
Product demand and trends continue to shift as a result of the pandemic. Seth Weaver, director of business development at Ken Weaver Meats Inc., discusses how food retail trends are changing as people spend more time at home.
Sandy Brown, executive vice president of Brown's Super Stores, shares how they are working to vaccinate Philadelphia. The Brown family recently collaborated with other community partners and the City of Philadelphia to bring weekly mobile vaccination units to their ShopRite of Island Ave and ShopRite of Parkside stores. 
Country Fair recognized an opportunity to reduce its food waste while helping its community. Lisa Luben, food service sales manager at Country Fair, shares how this Erie-based convenience store chain made it work, with great insight for other food retailers that can do the same. 
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