Milo’s Tea Company is a family-owned, Certified Women-Owned Business with corporate headquarters in Birmingham, Alabama. Milo’s has been brewing the best tasting, closest-to-homemade iced tea for three generations and counting. Milo’s teas and lemonades taste just like homemade because its family recipe includes only a few simple ingredients and does not contain preservatives or added colors. Milo’s can be found in the refrigerated section of thousands of retailers across the United States. Learn more at www.drinkmilos.com.
Philadelphia Wholesale Produce Market: Delivering fresh and healthy produce is our passion. It has been for generations. In fact, you can trace many of our merchants’ roots all the way back to the earliest fruit and vegetable marketplace in Philadelphia, Dock Street, where wholesalers bought or consigned goods from local farmers. For many of our merchants, it was on Dock Street where a lifelong obsession began to deliver the world’s finest and freshest produce.
Hoffman’s Exterminating is on the cutting edge of technology and industry advancements when it comes to Pest Control. Learn more about Hoffman’s and get ready for the level of pest control service you deserve by visiting their website: hoffmanexterminating.com
The Ferrero Group has a strong global presence, and Ferrero products are present and sold, directly or through authorized retailers, in more than 170 countries belonging to the entire international community.
An extensive and constantly increasing presence that attests to the quality of the products, the group’s ability to adapt and respond quickly to the needs of different markets, and the fact that the group and its products are in tune with the daily needs of consumers around the world.
Grubhub Inc. is an American online and mobile prepared food ordering and delivery platform based in Chicago, Illinois. Founded in 2004, it is a subsidiary of the Dutch company Just Eat Takeaway since 2021.
Xode is a label printer with a wide range of multi-color printing capabilities, including 4-color process. With the latest narrow-web-press and digital equipment and more than 50 years of experience, Xode can consistently and economically deliver superior quality pressure-sensitive labels and tags of all types.
Feeding Pennsylvania is the statewide association of nine Feeding America-affiliated food banks. The mission of Feeding Pennsylvania is to promote and aid our member food banks in securing food and other resources to reduce hunger and food insecurity across the state and to provide a shared voice on the issues of hunger and food access within the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania.
The Mid-Atlantic Regional Cooperative (MARC) is a member-led regional produce cooperative of Feeding America Food Banks serving the Mid-Atlantic Region from Maine to Virginia. Learn more about Feeding PA and their programs: www.Feedingpa.org
Sushi Awarsei is created by the love and happiness of food. The company is dedicated to helping immigrants settle in the US and encouraging them to aspire to entrepreneurship. Created by immigrants for immigrants.
Correlate, LLC is an ATM cash dispensing and Merchant Services business currently operating in 6 states, including Pennsylvania.
Dynamic Entry Solutions designs, installs, and maintains commercial security products, specializing in swing gates and turnstiles for commercial entryways.
Mike’s Amazing / Chefler Foods LLC The Mike’s Amazing brand of mayonnaise, mustards, vegetable oils, vinegar, sauces and salad dressings reflect the obsessive pursuit of perfection of food industry veterans Michael Leffler (CEO) and Michael Kurland (CFO). Delivering only the highest quality products with a level of personal service unmatched in the marketplace, Mike’s Amazing is currently one of the fastest-growing #condiments brands in the nation.
What are your top three legislative priorities in 2023? As Majority Chair of the Aging and Older Adult Services Committee, I am focused on issues that have a direct impact on our seniors. This population is growing and we need to have the infrastructure and services to meet their needs. Right now, I see a great need for safe, affordable housing and more health care workers in nursing facilities across the state. Our committee has caring, smart legislators that want to find bi-partisan solutions. I’m looking forward to passing bills that will have positive changes for our older Pennsylvanians
What are the important issues facing your district? I represent Cumberland and Dauphin Counties. I’ve spoken to all four superintendents in the school districts that I represent. There is a need for teachers and substitutes in the classrooms. Last fall, we put together a package of bills that would remove some barriers for teachers to obtain their certificates and help relieve the financial burdens.
A quality public education for students will help prevent gun violence which is also a problem in parts of my district. I will continue to work hard to make sure we adequately fund our schools so we can give students the best education and future. But in the meantime they need to have the resources to pay for rising costs of bus transportation, cyber charter school reimbursements, building maintenance and special education.
Where do you shop locally for food? I go to Weis, Giant and Aldi’s.
What is your favorite vacation destination? My family visited Italy last summer and loved every minute there! My daughter decided to study a semester abroad in Rome next year. I guess we “have” to go back!
What are the biggest challenges for grocers in your district? I first want to thank the grocers for staying open during the pandemic. I can’t imagine what they had to go through to keep their employees and customers safe while staying open. I believe some current challenges are attracting workers and trying to keep the cost of food low while dealing with inflation and supply chain issues.
What are your biggest challenges and successes as a legislator? I served 10 years in the minority party. It was difficult to keep reintroducing bills that I felt would help my district but then not come up for a vote. Now that I am part of the majority, I have been able to pass bills that would expand the Property Tax Rent Rebate program that is now law and pass a higher minimum wage that is currently in the Senate.
What is your favorite food or meal to cook? I grew up watching my grandmother cook Korean food when she lived with us. There are certain dishes like soups that bring comfort and memories of my childhood.
What do you like to do for fun? I like to visit state parks and hike with my family. When I’m not hiking, I like to take power naps on the weekend!
Family Meals Month is officially celebrated in September. A month-long campaign that encourages families to come together at least once a week to share a meal. The “holiday” first began as a movement to bring families together to enjoy a meal at least one time a month. Studies have shown frequent family meals lead to better nutrition and family dynamics.
Since it began in 2015, Family Meals Month has championed the importance of family meals, and the benefits of families having meals together have been supported by thousands of studies. PFMA realizes that the reality of family meals may be a struggle with busy schedules, time constraints, and other commitments. Many of our members are participating in Family Meals Month, and we wanted to share with you a few ways they are getting involved this year!
Wakefern Food Corp., the largest retailer-owned cooperative in the United States, is getting involved in Family Meals Month by asking their customers to make the commitment of one more family meal a week. Even the simple addition of one meal a week has been shown to help kids grow into more respectful adults. Wakefern Food Corp. shares that family meals are linked to higher grades, and lower risk of obesity for both adults and children who have regular family meals. In short, the benefits go far beyond physical health, but their emotional and mental health, too.
In order to help their customers prepare one more meal at home each week, Wakefern Food Corp. has a Family Meals Month recipe book that they sent to all of their stores. This recipe book is also available as a digital PDF. Every week during September, they coordinated 3 sale items to align as a “meal deal” and could be used in a recipe that was featured in the recipe book.
Wakefern Food Corp. didn’t just stop at their cookbook and sale items; and they had a coordinated social media effort every week where they showed ways to use the weekly themes of taco night, pasta night, comfort food, and sheet pan suppers to create customizable meals. They also focused on three health attributes: diabetic-friendly, plant-goodness, and simple ingredients which shoppers can visit and shop by from their sr.com/welleveryday page.
A month-long campaign like Family Meals Month gives our members a great opportunity to collaborate. Wakefern Food Corp. was excited to collaborate with Homemade, an online cooking school where they hosted virtual cooking classes offered for free to their customers. They made potato chorizo tacos and coffee margaritas featuring Kraft products.
We hope everyone had a great September and got involved with Family Meals Month!
September is National We Card Month, a national awareness month encouraging retailers to ramp up and renew their training and compliance efforts while the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is stepping up enforcement activities around underage tobacco sales.
We Card is providing retailers with several key steps to ensure they can comply with state and federal regulations, including:
We Card is a national nonprofit organization that represents a unified coalition of trade associations, retailers, wholesalers, and manufacturers to support retailers of tobacco and other age-restricted products. Retailers use We Card’s educational and training services to comply with federal and state laws while working to prevent underage tobacco, e-vapor, and other age-restricted product sales.
To access education and resources, visit: wecard.org
PFMA Welcomes New Board MemberJonathan Cruz, VP of Sales Support at Albertsons, Joins PFMA Board of Directors
The Pennsylvania Food Merchants Association is pleased to welcome a new member to its Board of Directors. PFMA welcomes Jonathan Cruz, Vice President of Sales Support at Albertsons.
“It is always a pleasure to welcome members of the food and beverage industries to our PFMA Board of Directors,” said Alex Baloga, president and CEO of PFMA. “We look forward to the contributions Jonathan will make, lending his experience and deep knowledge of the industry.”
Cruz has been a valued member of the Albertsons family for over ten years, contributing significantly across two different banners. In total, Cruz has over 20 years of experience in the retail industry. His previous roles include managerial positions at Walmart and Giant of Landover. Before the retail sector, Cruz proudly served our country for eight years in the United States Marine Corps.
PFMA is led by a 38-member Board of Directors that includes retail and associate members.
This volunteer group shapes the association's agenda. Members are elected to unlimited three-year terms.
Erica Koup Logsdon, Director of Communications and Media Relations