VGA = Vermont Grocers Association
The Vermont Grocers' Association is a statewide trade association representing all sectors of the Vermont food industry. Approximately 670 stores belong to the organization, including supermarkets, superettes, convenience and country stores along with over 200 suppliers to the industry.. read more »
John Mitchell Honored with Spirit of America Award
John Mitchell, general manager of Champlain Oil (parent company of Jiffy Mart Stores) was honored at the recent Vermont Food Industry Convention with the National Grocers Association Spirit of America Award the Vermont Grocers Association Person of the Year. His career with Champlain spans 37 years and during that time has helped the company grow into the state's largest petroleum distributor and one of Vermont's larger convenience store retailers. He is a past board member of the Vermont Grocers' Association and is currently on VGA's government affairs committee.
HP Hood Wins “Exhibitor of the Year” at Vermont Food Expo
The team from HP Hood and Booth Broters Dairy bested over 140 exhibitors to take "Exhibitor of the Year" honors at the annual convention and expo for the Vermont Food Industry, which was sponsored by the Vermont Grocers' Association. The award is based on overall attractiveness, creativity and presentation of the exhibit booth as judged by the retail and restaurant attendees of the show. Hood's highlighted their line of fine dairy products and decorated their booth with convention "Lucky 7's" theme items, including a slot machine.
Santamore of Shaw’s Wins Vermont Bagging Crown
Liz Santamore of the Shaw's Supermarket in Waterbury, bested other competitors to become the 2011 Vermont "Best Bagger." The competition took place September 17 during the Vermont Food Industry's annual convention and expo at the Miller Expo Centre at the Champlain Valley Exposition.
Redeem to Rebuild bottle drive to raise money for Farms
Vermont Public Interest Research Group (VPIRG) is organizing a statewide Redeem to Rebuild bottle drive to raise money for farm recovery efforts in the wake of Tropical Storm Irene. All donations collected during the drive will benefit the Vermont Farm Disaster Relief Fund - a fund established by the Vermont Community Foundation in partnership with the Vermont Agency of Agriculture to provide support to farms that have suffered losses due to Tropical Storm Irene. The drive will run from September 21st through November 16th. So far, more than 50 redemption centers have agreed to participate. Grocery stores are invited to be involved as well!
Grocers’ Association Elects Keyworth Chair
The Vermont Grocers' Association has elected Todd Keyworth of the Harborside Harvest Market as its new Chair. Todd owns the market in North Hero with his wife, Lisa. Also elected were Marcel Marquis of Shaw's as Vice Chair and Dwight LaFountain of Jiffy Mart as Secretary-Treasurer.
Vermont Irene Recovery Information Update
Our thoughts continue to be with all residents, visitors and businesses affected by last weekend's devastating flooding. Vermont continues to make progress on roads and bridges washed away. Virtually all communities have at least partial access to outside areas now, although much more needs to be done.
The legislative leadership has put together a good resource of information on how to help and get help. It can be accessed here.
Senator Leahy's office has also put together a good variety of where to get assistance guide.
If you need help with certain equipment appraisals for insurance or help replacing your foodservice items, you might want to contact VGA associate member, Kittredge Equipment.
Statewide Fund Launches for Business Flood Relief
Montpelier, VT - September 1, 2011 - The devastation from Tropical Storm Irene is evident throughout Vermont, from flood-blasted bridges to wrecked roadways to mud-crusted houses. But it's the impact on small local businesses that got Todd Bailey motivated to create a statewide relief fund.
The Vermont Irene Flood Relief Fund, administered by Central Vermont Community Action, will raise funds to help affected business owners get their doors open quickly. Donations can be made online or by check (www.vtirenefund.org) and fellow businesses in unaffected areas of the state and around country will be holding fundraising events to support the effort.
Vermont Health Care Reform
There has been a lot of discussion about Health Care Reform in Vermont. Over the past couple of months, VGA and other organizations have met with members of the Administration to discuss Health Care Reform and to better understand the elements of the new Health Care Reform law. We hope to provide all of our members with information on the elements of the new law that take effect in the next few years.
While the new law is many pages long, much of it lays the groundwork for future discussion. However, the new law does establish a Health Care Exchange that begins in 2014 with enrollment beginning in the fall of 2013. The Health Care Exchange is, initially, a forum where small businesses and individuals can purchase health insurance through a state portal.
The design of the exchange is governed both by the Federal Health Care reform legislation and by the new Vermont law. At this point it is unclear if your plan choices will be minited in the exchanged or enhanced.
A summary prepared by the Vermont Chamber and Vermont Retail Association can be found here. Periodically VGA will provide additional updates.
Becoming an authorized retailer for 3SquaresVT (formally food stamps)
Daily news service from morningnewsbeat.com
Department of Liquor Control Training Sessions
Food & Drug Administration on Food Safety Alerts & Recalls
Online Training Courses
Vermont Alliance of Independent Country Stores
Vermont Food Stores (Complimentary listing to VGA member retailers
Vermontfood.net registration form
Vermont Retailer WIC Information
Vermont Specialty Food Association
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Recent Regulatory Updates
Guide to nutritional labeling of ground meat and pultry products, 2011 Tobacco Floor Tax, 2010 Vermont Changes to Unemployment Fund for Employers, Liquor Control Rule Changes, Federal Health Care Reform, Buy Local info, Stage II and decommissioning guidelines, PCI Compliance Webinar Slides, New ADA guidance from FMI & More
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