press release

July 8, 2015

Contact:
Phil Tracey
617-774-4434
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STOP & SHOP NEW ENGLAND PARTNERS WITH LOCAL FARMERS TO BRING FRESH PRODUCE TO STORES
Locally grown seasonal fruits and vegetables now available

Quincy, MA – This summer, Stop & Shop is bringing a variety of local produce from over 50 New England farms to all of our stores. While customers can find many local products in Stop & Shop stores throughout the year, the summer months bring an abundance of “in season” fruits and vegetables from community farms. Among the local items currently in season and available at Stop & Shop are tomatoes, corn, cucumbers, beans, peppers and a variety of squash.

“Our customers receive the freshest, highest quality of fruits and vegetables right from their local farm,” said Jack Keane, Director of Produce for Stop & Shop New England. “We believe selling locally grown produce strengthens our community and supports the local economy. Community farmers and our customers benefit greatly from our continued commitment to this wonderful program.”

Making it easy for customers to identify where their produce grows, the farm name and location will be displayed on in-store signage. For customers who want to know more, additional “Buy Local” features can be found on Stop & Shop’s website, including videos, recipes and a list of local growers. Plus, back by popular-demand, all Stop & Shop New England stores will feature a fun, interactive cutout in the produce department where customers are encouraged to take a “farm-fresh selfie.” In addition, Stop & Shop will also be celebrating all of its Buy Local efforts in stores throughout New England on Saturday, July 18th, with visits from local farmers, family-friendly activities and produce sampling.

Stop & Shop New England has been a leader in the Buy Local movement for many years, supporting local farmers and manufacturers in Massachusetts, Rhode Island and Connecticut where they operate stores. For more summer recipe ideas, including ways to use your local produce, visit Savory, Fast, Fresh & Easy™ on Stop & Shop’s website.

About Stop & Shop

The Stop & Shop Supermarket Company LLC employs over 59,000 associates and operates 395 stores throughout Massachusetts, Connecticut, Rhode Island, New York and New Jersey. The company helps support local communities fight hunger, combat childhood cancer and promote general health and wellness – with emphasis on children’s educational and support programs. In its commitment to be a sustainable company, Stop & Shop is a member of the U.S. Green Building Council and EPA’s Smart Way program and has been recognized by the EPA for the superior energy management of its stores. Stop & Shop is an Ahold company. To learn more about Stop & Shop, visit Stop & Shop