The Alabama Grocers Education Foundation held its Annual Spring Golf Outing on Thursday, April 4, 2019 at Inverness Country Club in Birmingham, Alabama. This tournament raised funds for the Alabama Grocers Education Foundation, to provide scholarships to employees and children of employees of Alabama Grocers Association companies. To date AGEF has awarded over 1.2 million dollars because of the tremendous support of our members at golf tournaments such as this one.
The winners of the golf tournament were as follows: First Place Team: Don Richardson with Coca-Cola Bottling Company United; Jim Coalson with Piggly Wiggly Williams; Scott Wade with Deaver Industries; and Greg Waldrop Gateway Foods.
Second Place Team: Cory McGuffie with D&T Sales and Marketing; Morgan Hollifield with 5 Hour Energy; Jai Freeman with Freeman Foods; and Dan Burdick with Frozen Specialties.
Third Place Team: Chris Crosby & Bradley Lyman with Utz Golden Flake; and Wade Payne and Robby Robinson with Food Giant.
Closest to the Pin: Jeff Hopping with Birmingham Budweiser.
Longest Drive: Mike Bishop with Federated Insurance.
The Alabama Grocers Education Foundation Golf Outings would not be as successful without the many companies that sponsored this event and contributed their goods. The Breakfast Sponsor for this event was Pharmacist Mutual Insurance Co. and the lunch sponsor was Byars | Wright Insurance. Additional sponsors of the AGEF 2019 Spring Tournament included 5 Hour Energy; A&R Super Markets; Alabama Power Company; Associated Grocers of the South; Associated Wholesale Grocers; BevCo Sales; BTC Wholesale Distributors; Buffalo Rock Pepsi Cola Co; Bunzl Distribution; Coca-Cola Bottling Co. United, Inc.; Country Delite Farms; D&T Sales; Federated Insurance; Flowers Baking Company; Ice Cream Specialties; Merrill Lynch/Transamerica; Mitchell Grocery Corporation; Palermo’s Pizza/Advantage Solutions; Piggly Wiggly Alabama Dist.; Post Consumer Brands; Publix Super Markets, Inc.; Red Diamond Coffee & Tea; Retail Data Systems; The Hershey Company; Truno, Retail Technology Solutions; UNFI (2); United Johnson Brothers (2); Utz/Golden Flake Snack Foods and WorldPay.
Please go ahead and mark your calendars for our 2019 upcoming events: AGA Annual Convention, July 28 – 31 at Sandestin Golf & Beach Resort in Destin, Florida; Alabama’s Food Industry Finest Luncheon, October 23, 2019 at The Club in Birmingham, Alabama; and the AGEF Fall Golf Outing, October 24, 2019 at Inverness Country Club in Birmingham, Alabama.
About the Alabama Grocers Association: The Alabama Grocers Association is a state trade association representing the grocery retail industry since 1990. With more than 135 retail members operating nearly 850 stores statewide, as well as over 225 manufacturers, brokers, wholesalers and other members, the AGA is the voice of the industry in the state of Alabama. The food retail industry in Alabama provides over 70,000 jobs with over $2.2 billion in annual wages paid. Grocers pay over $2.2 billion in state and federal taxes and have a total economic impact on the state’s economy of over $12 billion dollars. For more information, go to www.alabamagrocers.org.
2019 Issue 2 Edition of Alabama Grocer Digital Magazine
Please find below the 2019 Issue 2 edition of Alabama Grocer Digital Magazine! This added member benefit is meant to be shared so feel free to forward this email to associates in your organization or store level teams! Team members who want to receive the magazine directly can sign up by sending their name, title, company and email address to firstname.lastname@example.org. If you enjoy the Alabama Grocer, please consider advertising in an upcoming issue. We can only continue this benefit, if it is supported by the members.
This edition features stories on: Five Trends to Watch in 2019; eWIC; Buy Alabama’s Best; Legislative Update; a message from the Chairman and the President; and several articles from writers across the nation.
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eWIC Questions and Concerns
As the eWIC Pilot Phase 1 will begin on March 4 in Autauga, Elmore and Montgomery counties, the AGA is receiving numerous questions and concerns regarding this important change. We have created a flyer that should answer the vast majority of your questions that you can download and give to all your store personnel. In addition, Alabama WIC has given us permission to go ahead and send out the required Alabama eWIC Vendor Training that all stores will be required to use in training store personnel. PLEASE NOTE: Only vendors in Phase 1 and 2 of the Pilot have received their official training information from the State WIC Office. The others will receive the information two months out from their rollout date. Each vendor is required to register in the Department’s LCMS and complete a training acknowledgement form documenting they viewed the training session to receive credit. This information will be outlined in the official notification that you receive. Since each cash register system is different, the state WIC office training does not cover how to conduct a transaction in your specific system. It is up to you to provide a hands on training for your specific system. Please have all store personnel watch and understand this training prior to your eWIC rollout. This training can be found at –
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In addition, there have been many questions regarding the mapping of seasonal or store specific UPCs to approved International Federation of Produce Standards (IFPS) PLU codes. For corporate stores this will normally be handled at the corporate office and for independents, this will need to be done at the store level. Attached is the current Alabama PLU list. PLEASE NOTE: This was taken from the WIC MIS and includes a dash and check digit. The actual APL file will not contain the dash. You will receive the actual APL file through your TPP from Conduent. Please do not use this list in your system but only use it to identify Alabama PLUs as the APL file will not contain a dash.
If you have any questions please contact Stacey Neumann, Vendor Management Director at 334.206.7955 or email@example.com or you can submit specific questions to firstname.lastname@example.org. You can also visit the state’s website at https://www.alabamapublichealth.gov/wic/ewic-vendors.html.
ALABAMA GROCERS ASSOCIATION PARTICIPATES IN THE INAUGURATION EVENTS
The Alabama Grocers Association was proud to join with the Agriculture Community to host a series of Inaugural Day events for our new Agriculture Commissioner Rick Pate. Events included a breakfast, swearing-in ceremony, parade and open house at the Richard Beard Building. The open house featured all Alabama products through our very own Buy Alabama’s Best Program. Agriculture groups involved included Alabama AG Credit, Alabama Agribusiness Council, Alabama Cattlemen’s Association, Alabama Farm Credit, Alabama Farm Credit, Alabama Farmers Cooperative, Alabama Farmers Federation, Alabama Forestry Association, Alabama Grocers Association, Alabama Nursery and Landscape Association, Alabama Poultry and Egg Association, and First South Farm Credit.
We are looking forward to forging ahead with our relationships and building new ones with first year elected officials alike. We all know how important the grass roots efforts are in our industry so if you have any connections to any newly elected officials, please let us know. We would like to build on those relationships and keep the mission of AGA, to promote the growth and success of the grocery industry, at the forefront as we begin this new year.