April 30, 2021
Volume 14, Issue 16
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.

Iowa Grocers Education Foundation:
Be a visible supporter of a great cause by registering as a sponsor for our 2021 IGEF Scholarship Golf Classic!
The 2021 Iowa Grocers Education Foundation Scholarship Golf Classic, presented by the Iowa Grocery Industry Association, will be held Tuesday, June 22, 2021, at Otter Creek and Briarwood Club of Ankeny. Both courses will feature the traditional four-person best shot event format. All proceeds from the day will be used to provide college scholarships for youth with ties to the grocery industry. Registrations are due by 4:30 p.m., Friday, June 11. (IGIA will follow COVID-19 safety precautions that are required at the time of this event.)

Sponsoring a hole at the Iowa Grocers Education Foundation Scholarship Golf Classic is a great way to gain visibility for your company while supporting a worthwhile cause.

The IGEF Scholarship Golf Tournament fundraiser helps to change the lives of nearly 100 youth every year. This worthwhile event makes it possible for the Iowa Grocers Education Foundation to provide scholarships to deserving youth with connections to the grocery industry.

IGIA Women's Network:
Professionalism During COVID: Connecting Confidently in a Changed World
Thursday, May 13 at 9 a.m.
IGIA Women's Network - FREE

Featuring: Callista Gould of the Cultural and Manners Institute

Take an in-depth look at building relationships and networking in a post-pandemic future. Find out more >>

As our community service part of this event, we will be doing a donation drive for the Young Women’s Resource Center. At the beginning of our event, we will learn more about the YWRC and what they do. We will be holding a donation drive for personal care items that they could use. You can feel free to drop donation items off at the IGIA office and we will deliver them to the YWRC.

You can see a list of critically needed items in our event description here. Please note that they only accept full-size and unopened personal care items.
Register by 4:30 p.m., Monday, May 10.
Email your name, company name, and email address to Annie Schlink, aschlink@iowagrocers.com.
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)
Location: Adobe Connect
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 using the following link:
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IGIA Member News
IGIA Members Hy-Vee, Aldi listed in USA Today's 2021 10Best Supermarkets list
See the list from USA Today here.

“We are honored to be recognized as one of the top grocers in the nation,” said Randy Edeker, Hy-Vee chairman, CEO and president. “We thank our customers for their loyalty and our dedicated employees for providing exceptional service.”

Apr 27, 2021 | KCCI

DES MOINES, Iowa — Iowans will no longer need appointments to receive COVID-19 vaccinations at Hy-Vee.
Hy-Vee confirmed to KCCI on Tuesday that vaccines will be given to Iowans on a walk-in basis.

Apr 28, 2021 | CISION

Engage3, which helps retailers and brands profitably grow revenue and drive store trips by tracking and optimizing market information, has been selected by Casey’s, a convenience store chain operating more than 2,200 stores in 16 states, to expand market insights.

Apr 23, 2021 | BusinessWire

ANKENY, Iowa--Casey’s General Stores, Inc., today announced that Paul Suarez has joined the company as chief information security officer. This is a newly created role that will lead the cybersecurity team at the fourth largest convenience retailer. Suarez will report to Chief Information Officer Adrian Butler.

Apr 28, 2021 | The Shelby Report

SpartanNash, headquartered in Grand Rapids, Michigan, has appointed Adrienne Chance as VP of communications. She will lead the vision, strategy and implementation of SpartanNash’s approach to purpose-driven internal and external communications, reporting to President and CEO Tony Sarsam.
Additionally, she will oversee government and corporate affairs responsibilities and serve as executive director of the SpartanNash Foundation.

Local News
Apr 26, 2021 | The Des Moines Register

The federal government plans to send $103 million to Iowa to help families buy groceries this summer.
The funds are expected to help feed 276,000 Iowa children from low- and moderate-income families in the state, according to a U.S. Department of Agriculture news release Monday. The money will come from the recently passed $1.9 trillion American Rescue Plan.

Two Southwest Iowa small businesses will launch soon, thanks to a loan from the Nebraska Enterprise Fund. The nonprofit just recently expanded to its neighboring state.

Apr 23, 2021 | KETV Omaha

One of the businesses that NEF awarded a grant to is “Fresh Out of The Box”.

“We’re setting up refrigerated lockers in communities that don't have a grocery store and delivering out of our grocery store,” owner Theo Ramsey said.

Industrywide Trends
Apr 29, 2021 | Grocery Dive

Consumers are becoming more comfortable with shopping in brick-and-mortar grocery stores as the percentage of the population inoculated against COVID-19 continues to rise.

Apr 26, 2021 | Convenience Store News

In today’s competitive retail environment, convenience stores are utilizing technology to gain insight, stay up to date on trends, and boost their bottom line in all categories.

Apr 29, 2021 | NACS

The recent 2021 Global Buying Green Report found that 67% of consumers say it’s important that products they purchase be packaged in recyclable material, and 67% consider themselves environmentally aware—the same share as before the pandemic.

NielsenIQ: 61% of online consumers prefer rapid delivery to consolidated shipments

Apr 28, 2021 | Progressive Grocer

Despite U.S. shoppers’ expressed preference for sustainable products and eco-friendly lifestyles, their need to have online orders delivered quickly trumps those preferences.

Apr 29, 2021 | Food Dive

With recent growth rates likely to slow down, future success may depend on companies' plans to improve operations, innovate and prevent price increases.

Electric charging stations will begin to proliferate alongside traditional pumps.

Apr 28, 2021 | NACS

To accommodate an influx of new EVs, a buildout of EV charging infrastructure is underway, with a bigger push likely to happen in the near future. But what does that mean for gas stations? Some are concerned that EV owners will simply plug in at home—and have no need to stop by their local convenience store.

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 4/22/21
EScanner Sponsors
Interested in sponsoring the Escanner?
Contact Cara Corkrean, ccorkrean@iowagrocers.com, for more information.