The Alabama Grocers Education Foundation held its Annual Fall Golf Outing on Thursday, October 18, 2018 at Inverness Country Club in Birmingham, Alabama. This tournament raised funds for the Alabama Grocers Education Foundation. The Alabama Grocers Education Foundation provides scholarships to employees and children of employees of Alabama Grocers Association companies and funds a Tuition Reimbursement Program that helps current AGA member employees further their grocery careers by taking needed educational classes. 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: Bill Davis, Ken Herron, Robert Burnett and Ben Parr of A&R Super Markets.
Second Place Team: Morgan Hollifield of Five Hour Energy; Jimmy Clark of Crown Poly and Cory McGuffie of D&T Sales.
Third Place Team: Wade Payne of Food Giant Supermarkets; David D’Amico of BTC Wholesale Distributors; Chris Crosby of UTZ/Golden Flake; and Marshall Epply of BTC Wholesale Distributors.
Closest to the Pin: Ken Herron of A&R Supermarkets.
Longest Drive: Bill Nabors of EdLinco.
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 sponsors of the AGEF 2018 Fall Tournament included 5 Hour Energy, A&R Super Markets, Advantage Solutions/PictSweet, Alabama Power Company, Associated Grocers of the South, Associated Wholesale Grocers, Bevco Beverages, BTC Wholesale Distributors, Buffalo Rock Pepsi Cola Co, Bunzl Distribution, Coca-Cola Bottling Co. United, Inc., D&T Sales, Dean Foods, Edlinco, Federated Insurance, Frito-Lay, Frozen Specialties, Ice Cream Specialties, Merrill Lynch, Mitchell Grocery Corporation, Orchids Paper Company, Piggly Wiggly Alabama Dist., Publix Super Markets Charities, Red Diamond Coffee & Tea, SuperValu, Inc., United Johnson Brothers and UTZ/Golden Flake.
The Companies that donated their products for this golf outing include: 5 Hour Energy, Advantage Solutions, Anheuser-Busch, Inc., Associated Wholesale Grocers, Barber’s Dairy, Birmingham Budweiser, Bud’s Best Cookies, Buffalo Rock Pepsi Cola Co., Campbell Snacks, Coca-Cola Bottling Co. United, Inc., Community Coffee, D&T Sales & Marketing, Eternal Water, Federated Insurance, Ferrero USA, Flowers Baking Company, Frito-Lay, Ghost Train Brewery, Maplehurst, Mars Wrigley Confectionary, Merrill Lynch, Milo’s Tea, Mitchell Grocery Corporation, Mrs. Stratton’s Salads, Peake & Associates, PictSweet, Post Consumer Brands, Red Diamond Coffee & Tea, Sahale Snacks, Sister Schubert Rolls, The Father’s Table, UTZ /Golden Flake and Vietti Foods, Inc.
Please go ahead and mark your calendars for the 2019 dates which are: AGEF Spring Golf Outing, April 4, 2019 at Inverness Country Club in Birmingham, Alabama; AGA Annual Convention, July 29-31st at Sandestin Golf & Beach Resort in Destin, Florida; AGEF Fall Golf Outing, October 24, 2019 at Inverness Country Club in Birmingham, Alabama and the Alabama’s Food Industry Finest, October 30th at The Club in Birmingham, Alabama.
September 2018 Edition of Alabama Grocer Digital Magazine
Please find below the September 2018 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: AGA Convention; the BAB Product Food Expo; General Election Endorsements; Retailing with a Sixth Sense; a message from the Chairman and the President; and several articles from writers across the nation.
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Alabama Grocers Association Holds Annual Convention
The Alabama Grocers Association recently held their 28th Annual Convention at the Sandestin Beach Resort in Destin, Florida. The Association brought members from all aspects of the grocery industry together to promote the growth and success of the food industry throughout the state of Alabama.
The convention kicked off with the Larry D. Eddleman, Sr. Golf Classic at the Baytowne Golf Club. First Place golf winners included Brent Buriff, Polk’s Meat; Johnny Collins and Manny Shoemaker of Dean Foods and Ben Parr.
The evening followed with a silent auction and casino party. A silent auction and raffle chaired by Julie Goolsby of Hershey Foods was held Monday night which raised more than $30,000 for the Alabama Grocers Education Foundation. This year the Alabama Grocers Education Foundation awarded 60 scholarships valued at more than $57,500, and to date has awarded more than 1.2 million dollars in total scholarships.
The business forum was held the following day and included Keynote Speaker, Speaker Mac McCutcheon, Alabama House of Representatives who gave a legislative overview.
Mr. Michael Sansolo, long-time senior vice president of the Food Marketing Institute and industry expert addressed how conventional brick and mortar stores can compete with virtual stores in the demanding food industry market.
Dr. Glenn Richey, Harbert Eminent Scholar in Supply Chain Management, Auburn University, discussed his team’s findings relative to alcohol beverage sales in our state.
Lastly, an Online Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) Pilot Panel was given by Mr. Brandon Hardin, Food Assistance Division Director and Mr. Jimmy Wright, President, Wright’s Market, on the upcoming SNAP Pilot and the overall status of SNAP in Alabama.
Tuesday afternoon also included an exhibit hall with more than 74 booths with vendors from all aspects of the grocery industry. During the Exhibit Hall we held the Alabama’s Best Bagger Contest. Leah Claborn with Guntersville Foodland was the winner of the Bagging contest and will be going to the National Grocers Association Convention to compete on behalf of Alabama.
On Tuesday night, the Chairman’s Banquet was held with football legend Cornelius Bennett as celebrity entertainment.
Several Awards were given including the Spirit of Alabama Award, presented to Mr. Jimmy Wright, Wright’s Market, for his dedication and leadership as an advocate for the food industry and his active involvement in the pursuit to eliminate food deserts in the state of Alabama. New Board members were also installed.
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 1,000 stores nationwide, 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 69,000 jobs with over $2.2 billion in annual wages paid. Grocers pay over $1.2 billion in state 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.