The campaign will feature in-store veggie-themed photo opportunities for families; registered dietitian tips for shoppers; and signage callouts near produce supplier partners’ products. In addition, digital elements, including a dedicated microsite, social media outreach, e-newsletters and recipes featuring partner products, will be coinciding with the in-store campaign. The program will raise funds for Feeding America programs benefiting families and children within the AWG Springfield Division footprint.
The campaign is supported by 17 participating fresh fruit and vegetable suppliers. AWG Springfield shoppers are encouraged to support these brands by eating more nutritious fruits and vegetables.
Suppliers participating in the AWG Springfield Produce for Kids campaign include: AMC North America, Eat Smart, Chelan Fresh, Cool Creations, Dole, Dandy, Green Giant Fresh, Melissa’s, Naturipe, organicgirl, RPE Inc., Sage Fruit, Schmiedling Produce, Shuman Produce, Sunkist Growers Inc., the Little Potato Co., POM Wonderful, Wonderful Halos, and Wonderful Pistachios and Almonds.
“After the success of our 2017 Produce for Kids campaign, we decided to make 2018 bigger and better with additional in-store signage and support of our produce supplier partners. This effort allows our retail members to encourage their shoppers to purchase more fruits and vegetables while giving back to their local community,” said Gary Townsley, produce operations and sales manager at AWG Springfield. “It is our mission to provide our retail members with the tools needed to offer a fresh and healthy experience to shoppers when visiting their produce departments. This campaign, along with several other in-store programs offering free fruit for kids, will help us build on that mission.”
In-store displays and signage, featuring the Produce for Kids and Feeding America logos, will be displayed in all 272 AWG Springfield retail member produce departments through the end of 2018. The signage will direct shoppers to produceforkids.com/kids, which features more than 400 registered dietitian-approved and family-tested recipes, meal planning tools, grocery store-specific campaign details and healthy tips from real parents. Additionally, shoppers will be encouraged to share their in-store photos taken at the “Turnip the Beet” character photo opp using the hashtag #produceforkids to win a grocery gift card.
“We are excited to enter into our second year partnering with AWG Springfield to educate families about the benefits of eating nutritious produce,” said John Shuman, president of Produce for Kids. “We nearly doubled our produce partners participating in the program year over year and look forward to continuing to make an impact in the communities within the AWG Springfield footprint.”
In addition, AWG Gulf Coast and Oklahoma Divisions will launch monthlong Produce for Kids campaigns later this spring.