In the Southwest, grocers and other food industry companies are responding to the demands for food and supplies brought about by the Covid-19 pandemic. While foodservice distributor FoodMaven is opening a commercial grocery store to help meet the demand for food, Brookshire Grocery Co. is showing monetary appreciation to its employees.
FoodMaven launches consumer grocery with FoodMaven warehouse
FoodMaven launched drive through and delivery bulk grocery in Colorado on March 23. FoodMaven is temporarily opening its inventory to consumers this week to support food security in Colorado communities.
Bulk food items will be available from FoodMaven through a pickup or delivery option. The company sees this line of business as a true complement to its mission of seeing “All Food Used…With Good Purpose.”
FoodMaven is known for bringing innovation and logistics efficiencies into the food system to reduce waste and help food service providers source local and sustainable food. At least 40 percent of food produced in the U.S. is wasted due to supply-chain inefficiencies, damage or imperfections. FoodMaven’s local supply chain is ideal to withstand disruptions in the national and global supply chain that characterize retail grocery.
“There is plenty of food in the supply chain right now, the system is just struggling to readjust to the new situation,” said Ben Deda, CEO of FoodMaven. “We need to create a food system that is flexible enough to adjust these imbalances.”
The company will continue to serve its primary customer base: restaurants, hospitality and institutions.
FoodMaven is committed to providing affordable and convenient groceries during this time of uncertainty. Offerings from FoodMaven include Colorado-grown products like potatoes, shallots and grains, as well as frozen chicken and beef. Items are packaged in bulk and have wholesale pricing due to the foodservice focus of FoodMaven’s business. Customers in Colorado Springs and Denver can sign up for groceries today by clicking here.
Brookshire Grocery Co. to give employees six-weeks of appreciation pay
Tyler, Texas-based Brookshire Grocery Co. (BGC) says it is giving appreciation pay for all hourly retail and logistics employees in recognition for “the tireless dedication and selfless service to their respective communities.” Employees will receive a temporary pay increase of $1 per hour effective March 24-May 1.
“We cannot thank our employees enough for their determination, commitment and care for our customers. We are trying to do everything we can to give back as a reflection of gratitude for what they are doing every day,” said Trent Brookshire, chief operating officer for BGC. “Our incredibly dedicated retail and logistics employees are going above and beyond in meeting our customers’ needs. As an essential business for our communities, we will continue to keep our stores open and keep our operations moving to get products on the shelves.”
This pay increase is following a discretionary bonus given last week that was up to one half week’s pay for all active employees. The company is committed to recognizing and honoring its employees.
BGC is a regional family-owned grocery business that employs almost 14,000 individuals throughout Texas, Louisiana and Arkansas. The company operates more than 180 stores under the Brookshire’s, Super 1 Foods, Fresh by Brookshire’s and Spring Market banners, along with three distribution centers and corporate offices.