May 6, 2021
Volume 14, Issue 17
Association News & Upcoming Events
New park benches, planters and picnic tables will help to beautify parks and schools throughout Iowa this spring and summer, courtesy of the Iowa Grocery Industry Association’s Build with Bags program.

Webinar Recap: Avoiding Labor Violations
IGIA hosted a webinar on Thursday, April 29, with Melissa Wright, community outreach and resource planning specialist from the Wage & Hour Division of the U.S. Department of Labor. Companies are initiating policies and procedures intended to help employees and incentivize their work during the pandemic, which sounds like a good idea, but in doing so they are inadvertently causing labor law violations. Wright walked participants through the violations the department has been seeing and how companies can remain in compliance with the law.

If you're interested in having a copy of the slides or any of the helpful links that Melissa mentioned, email Annie Schlink at and she will send them to you.
Sponsorship Opportunity!
Showcase Your Business by Being the Lunch Sponsor at the IGIA Convention Golf Tournament
IGIA will be hosting its Convention Golf Tournament on Wednesday, September 1 at Beaver Creek Golf Course in Grimes. We are seeking a lunch sponsor to provide a catered lunch (preferably something grab-and-go for golfers, such as a hot sandwich, side, and sweet treat) for approximately 150 people.

If you are interested in sponsoring the lunch and providing a meal or have any questions, please contact Annie Schlink at the IGIA office at

All convention sponsors will receive visibility in convention promotional materials and in the convention program, as well as on the IGIA website and on convention signage, including our convention sponsorship banner.

The deadline to become a sponsor is Wednesday, June 2 (4:30 pm). (Preference will be given to IGIA members).
Iowa Grocers Education Foundation:
2021 Scholarship Golf Classic
When: Tuesday, June 22, 2021
Where: Otter Creek and Briarwood Club, Ankeny, IA
About the event:
  • Traditional four-person best shot
  • Lunch is provided, and there will be time to network and socialize before and after the event
  • Proceeds from the day will fund college scholarships for youth with ties to the grocery industry
  • IGIA will implement and follow COVID-19 safety precautions that are required at the time of this event
Registration deadline: Friday, June 11

Consider becoming a hole sponsor! With foursome golf registration and other perks included in sponsorship, it's a great way to gain visibility for your company while supporting a worthwhile cause.
Last call for these virtual events...
Don't miss out!
IGIA Women's Network:
Professionalism During COVID: Connecting Confidently in a Changed World
Thursday, May 13 at 9 a.m.

Take an in-depth look at building relationships and networking in a post-pandemic future.
Register by 4:30 p.m., Monday, May 10.
Email your name, company name, and email address to
You will then be sent a Zoom link to join the webinar.
Transition from Disaster Response to Recovery Workshop
Dates available: April 28, May 11, or May 12, 2021
Time: 8-9am Registration, 9am-12pm Workshop (Central Time)
Participants: Public, private, and non-governmental organizations that operate in the State of Iowa.
Registration will close five days prior to each workshop. Seating is limited. Please register for only one workshop.
IGIA Member News
May 5, 2021 | The Shelby Report

This summer, Casey’s is offering a chance to bring a live concert from Academy of Country Music multiple award-winning artist Lee Brice to a customer’s hometown through its Summer of Freedom sweepstakes.

May 6, 2021 | Progressive Grocer

With parents still hesitant about sending their children away to summer camps due to the pandemic, Hy-Vee Inc. is helping kids stay active at home this summer with free health-and-wellness solutions.

May 3, 2021 | Progressive Grocer

This summer, Tyson Foods Inc., is catering to grill masters looking to lower their red meat intake with the introduction of plant-based burger patties and sausages under its Raised & Rooted brand.

Tyson Foods Inc. has announced Britney Banuelos will join the company’s beef and pork subsidiary, Tyson Fresh Meats Inc. as senior brand manager, Fresh Meats Marketing. (Supermarket Perimeter, May 5)
Caswell will drive the success of the annual internal audit plan, oversee compliance with company financial standards and lead enterprise risk-management plans. (The Shelby Report, May 4)
Industrywide Trends
Centerville, Ohio and southern California chosen as test markets for first flights

Apr 30, 2021 | Progressive Grocer

America’s largest grocery retailer continues to transform grocery e-commerce with the introduction of a drone delivery pilot taking flight this spring in the Midwest.

May 4, 2021 | Food Business News

More than three-quarters of senior level North American food and beverage executives are actively preparing for a future global pandemic, according to a new study by AIB International.

May 4, 2021 | Food Dive

Coca-Cola, Nestlé and General Mills are just a few of the CPGs to announce hikes as they face a jump in expenses for ingredients, manufacturing, packaging and transportation.

Uber Eats users in 95 U.S. cities can order household essentials through the app

Apr 28, 2021 | Progressive Grocer

This is the latest expansion from Uber, which has continually added to its core ride hailing services during the pandemic. The exclusive partnership with Gopuff – Uber’s first partnership with a vertically integrated delivery business – follows Uber’s acquisitions of [other] food and beverage delivery services.

2021 IGIA Ribbon Sponsors
Put Ribbon Sponsors First!
Remember to support those businesses and companies that support you. The financial investment that Iowa Grocery Industry Association Ribbon Sponsors make helps the Association to continue to offer quality programs and services and keep the cost of membership affordable for us all. Please consider IGIA Ribbon Sponsors first when choosing business partners.
2021 Ribbon Sponsors up to date as of 5/6/21
EScanner Sponsors
Interested in sponsoring the Escanner?
Contact Cara Corkrean,, for more information.