Ohio Grocery Association Bagger Competition winner 2016

Brady Long, representing Buehler’s Fresh Foods Medina Forest Meadows, has repeated as Ohio’s Best Bagger at the 2016 Ohio Best Bagger Contest on Tuesday, August 8, 2016. Brady won the contest in 2015, and has reclaimed the title in 2016. The Ohio Grocers Association event featured regional winners from Ohio supermarkets and was hosted at the Buehler’s Milltown location in Wooster, Ohio.

“We are thrilled to have Brady represent our state again as Ohio’s Best Bagger,” stated Kristin Mullins, President and CEO of the Ohio Grocers Association. “Brady encapsulates what it took to be crowned Ohio’s champion and we look forward to rooting him on at the National Grocers Association Best Bagger Championship in February of next year.”

Brady beat 14 competitors to win the coveted title, including fellow co-workers Evan Lambert, Logan Haid and Jacob Lustig. The award comes with a $1,000 check, and a trip to Las Vegas to compete in the National Grocers Association Best Bagger Championship in February 2017. Special guest of honor, Sarah Hider, former Miss Ohio of Wooster, sang the National Anthem and competed as a “celebrity bagger.”

Dan Shanahan, Buehler’s President and COO stated, “Congratulations to Brady for a remarkable repeat performance as Ohio’s Best Bagger! Brady daily demonstrates the qualities of an outstanding employee and has a keen awareness of customer service. We will be cheering him on at the national competition in Las Vegas.”

In addition to Brady Long, top scores went to Bette Kiggins from Giant Eagle in Rocky River; Amy Jordan from Giant Eagle in Warren; Trey Watson from Kroger in Toledo; and Aaron Delroy from Kroger in Beavercreek. Each of the top five winners received cash prizes.

Buehler’s Fresh Foods philanthropy partner, the Akron-Canton Regional Food Bank, also benefited from this event. The non-perishable foods used as part of the bagging competition were donated to the Food Bank, as well as all ancillary food.

About Ohio Grocers Association Best Bagger Contest:

Contestants are judged not only on speed, but also on weight distribution between bags, correct bagging technique, professional appearance and attitude. The best bagger contest is an exciting competition, which serves as a way to enhance proper and effective bagging techniques, as well as a prime opportunity to showcase talented employees.

About Buehler’s:

E&H Family Group owns and operates fourteen Buehler’s Fresh Foods Supermarkets located in Wooster (2), Orrville, Wadsworth, Medina (2), Brunswick, Ashland, New Philadelphia, Dover, Jackson Township (Canton), Coshocton, and Portage Lakes (Green), and Massillon, Ohio.

E&H Family Group owns and operates eighteen ACE Hardware stores located in Orrville, Medina, Dover, New Philadelphia, Delaware, Jackson Township (Canton), Independence, Rocky River, Westlake, Avon Lake, Middlefield, Oberlin, Garrettsville, Hilliard, Plain Township (Canton), Kamm’s Corner (Cleveland) Appleseed (Mansfield), Piketon, and North Olmsted, Ohio.

E & H Family Group is a family-owned company committed to environmentally responsible behavior.  For more information visit  www.buehlers.com

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Buehler’s Fresh Foods announced their goal to transition to a 100 percent cage-free egg supply chain by 2025. The egg industry, nationwide, has set this goal considering supply, affordability and customer demand.

Buehler’s Fresh Foods egg supplier, Hillandale Farms, has already begun taking the necessary steps to a cage-free egg supply chain, including:

• the purchase of a turkey farm – easily converted to a cage-free chicken farm

• the addition of one million cage-free chickens to the Hicksville farm

• the addition of cage-free chickens to the Dalton farm

By the end of 2016, Buehler’s will offer customers a “Buehler label” cage-free egg product.

Current specialty or premium eggs sales at Buehler’s account for about one-third of total egg sales, including:

• cage-free

• free range

• organic

• non-GMO

• Omega 3

• Omega 3+Lutein

About Hillandale Farms:

Hillandale Farms is one of the nation’s leading supplier of shell eggs to retailers and distributors throughout the United States.

As a vertically integrated supplier, Hillandale Farms is directly involved in every aspect of egg production and distribution. From the farm to the plate, Hillandale Farms is actively involved in satisfying their customers needs.

Specializing in corporate brands, Hillandale Farms offers services in category management, supply chain management and product development. Working closely with our customers to create world class egg programs tailored to their specific needs.

Hillandale Farms has a wide selection of butter, cheese and meats to complement their offering of eggs.

For quality egg programs tailored to meet the needs of customers, look no further than Hillandale Farms.

About E&H Family Group:

E&H Family Group is fully owned by the Buehler Family and operates fourteen Buehler’s Fresh Foods supermarkets located in Wooster (2), Orrville, Wadsworth, Medina (2), Brunswick, Ashland, New Philadelphia, Dover, Jackson Township (Canton), Coshocton, Portage Lakes (Green) and Massillon, Ohio.

E&H Family Group also owns and operates seventeen ACE Hardware stores located in Orrville, Medina, Dover, New Philadelphia, Delaware, Jackson Township (Canton), Independence, Rocky River, Westlake, Avon Lake, Middlefield, Oberlin, Garrettsville, Hilliard, Plain Township (Canton), Kamm’s Corner (Cleveland) and Mansfield, Ohio.

E & H Family Group is a family owned company committed to environmentally responsible behavior, local sourcing of product and supporting the communities in which we operate.  For more information visit www.buehlers.com

Buehler’s Fresh Foods Names 2016 Scholarship Winners


Buehler's Scholarship WinnersBuehler’s Scholarship winners, Logan Haid (left) and Joshua Froats, were accept their awards on June 3.

Buehler’s Fresh Foods announced the winners of the first annual Buehler Scholarships at a presentation ceremony and reception held at the Buehler’s Medina River Styx store on Friday, June 3, 2016. The event recognized the recipients of two scholarships – the Ed & Helen Buehler Scholarship and the Gene & Don Buehler Scholarship – and was a celebration with their family, friends and co-workers.

Logan Haid, son of Russell and Lisa Haid of Medina, Ohio, was awarded the Ed & Helen Buehler Scholarship. A graduate of Medina High School, Logan plans to pursue a degree in engineering at the University of Cincinnati or University of Akron. He is the Front End Lead Bagger at Buehler’s Medina River Styx, and has qualified for the statewide Ohio Grocery Bagger competition to be held this August. In addition to his academic accomplishments, Logan is actively involved in tutoring, recreational sports, and community service.

Joshua Froats, son of Regis and Karen Froats of Medina, Ohio, was awarded the Gene & Don Buehler Scholarship. Majoring in chemical engineering, Joshua will be a junior at The Ohio State University in Columbus, and is employed in the office of Academic Affairs at OSU. He is on the Dean’s List, and active in the Theta Xi Fraternity, writer for an online newspaper, and giving back to the community. Joshua’s mother, Karen, is a cashier at Buehler’s Medina River Styx.


IMG_1907Scholarship recipients pose with members of the Buehler’s family at the presentation ceremony. From left, Christopher Buehler, Scott Buehler, Lagan Haid, Joshua Froats, Dan Buehler, Joan Buehler and Bob Buehler.

The Buehler Scholarships were established to honor Ed, Helen, Gene and Don Buehler’s legacy and to celebrate their commitment to youth, to family, and to their employees. The scholarship program provides financial support to employees and their dependents enrolled in college. It is a lasting testament of the family’s values.

“We believe that we have an obligation to support and recognize our youth,” stated Dan Shanahan, President and COO. “We hope to give our young people a head start to a successful career by offering tuition scholarships to further their education.”

Buehler’s Fresh Foods is celebrating 87 years as a family-owned and operated supermarket. Industry peers and officials have recognzed Buehler’s accomplishments by awarding: 2016 Leadership Partner and 2015 Harvest for Hunger Check Out Hunger Partner of the Year by the Akron-Canton Regional Food Bank, 2015 “Store of the Month” by Progressive Grocer, 2014 Retailer of the Year (Cleveland Food Dealer Association), Ohio Business Profile (Jon Husted, Ohio Secretary of State), Resolution – food and agriculture (John Kasich, Governor of Ohio), and GreenChill Partnership and Achievement Awards for sustainability and environmental practices.

About Buehler’s:

E&H Family Group owns and operates fourteen Buehler’s Fresh Foods Supermarkets located in Wooster (2), Orrville, Wadsworth, Medina (2), Brunswick, Ashland, New Philadelphia, Dover, Jackson Township (Canton), Coshocton, and Portage Lakes (Green), and Massillon, Ohio.

E&H Family Group owns and operates eighteen ACE Hardware stores located in Orrville, Medina, Dover, New Philadelphia, Delaware, Jackson Township (Canton), Independence, Rocky River, Westlake, Avon Lake, Middlefield, Oberlin, Garrettsville, Hilliard, Plain Township (Canton), Kamm’s Corner (Cleveland) Appleseed (Mansfield) and Piketon, Ohio. And coming to North Olmsted, Ohio in late June 2016.

E & H Family Group is a family-owned company committed to environmentally responsible behavior.  For more information visit  www.buehlers.com                       # # #

Buehler’s Fresh Foods Names Mike Davidson, VP of Operations

Buehler’s Fresh Foods has selected Michael (Mike) Davidson Vice President of Store Operations. Mike will work closely with Buehler’s leadership team and store managers, reporting to President and COO, Dan Shanahan.

“We welcome Mike to the Buehler team,” stated Dan Shanahan, President and COO. “His extensive experience and broad knowledge of retail grocery operations made him a natural fit for this position.”

Mike brings nearly 30 years of operational leadership experience, including brand development/execution, operations management, merchandising experience, customer service, and food service execution with retailers as Price Chopper Supermarkets, Tops Friendly Markets, Finast and Ahold USA.. He has significant experience in training, food service and fresh goods, as well as team building.

Mike and his wife, Joanna, have three grown children; Danielle (Mike), Robert (Marie), and Nathaniel (Julia), and five grandchildren. The couple is in the process of moving to the Wooster area.

Bob Buehler, Executive Vice President of Marketing and Fresh Goods added, “We are pleased to bring Mike onboard and look forward to his contributions and expertise to Buehler’s continued success and growth.”

Buehler’s Fresh Foods is celebrating 87 years as a family-owned and operated supermarket. Industry peers and officials have given recent recognition to Buehler’s accomplishments by awarding: 2016 Leadership Partner and 2015 Harvest for Hunger Check Out Hunger Partner of the Year by the Akron-Canton Regional Food Bank, 2015 “Store of the Month” by Progressive Grocer, 2014 Retailer of the Year (Cleveland Food Dealer Association), Ohio Business Profile (Jon Husted, Ohio Secretary of State), Resolution – food and agriculture (John Kasich, Governor of Ohio), and GreenChill Partnership and Achievement Awards for sustainability and environmental practices.

2016 Alabama Watermelon Queen to visit Buehler’s

Buehler’s Fresh Foods.Wooster Milltown and Nobles Pond Canton locations will host Madison Laney, recently crowned 2016 Alabama Watermelon Queen. Madison brings her product knowledge, recipes, and customer giveaways to Buehler’s, just in time for the holiday weekend. Everyone is welcome to come and meet Madison at Wooster Milltown on Friday, May 27, noon to 2:00 p.m. and 3:00 to 6:00 p.m., and at Nobles Pond Canton on Saturday, May 28, 10:00 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.   

“We are excited for our customers to meet Madison and learn more about the benefits of eating watermelon,” stated Jeff Tomassetti, Buehler’s Director Produce and Floral. “Madison will be offering watermelon tastings, recipe demos, and sharing stickers and coloring books with the kids.”

The Alabama Watermelon Queen is a public relations representative for the watermelon industry. Madison represents the Alabama Watermelon Association, sharing her knowledge on the nutritional benefits and versatility of watermelon.  She visits schools, farms, farmers’ markets, televisions stations, grocery stores, and watermelon festivals. Once her reign is complete she will compete for the 2017 National Watermelon Queen title in Lake Tahoe, Nevada where she will have the opportunity to share the watermelon message throughout the United States and abroad.

Miss Madison Laney of Ariton, Alabama was crowned at the annual Alabama Watermelon Association Convention held in February.  She is a student at the University of Alabama, majoring in fashion and retail design.

To learn more about the Watermelon Association, visit www.watermelon.org .

Buehler’s Fresh Foods Announces Opening of New Philadelphia Liquor Agency

Buehler’s Fresh Foods in New Philadelphia, Ohio, makes plans for the official opening of the New Philadelphia Liquor Agency, inside of the supermarket, for late afternoon Tuesday, May 10, 2016. This completes the transfer and relocation agreement with Wine Rack, to purchase the New Philadelphia Liquor Agency.

Dan Shanahan, President, and COO of Buehler’s Fresh Foods stated, “With the highly successful opening of our Ashland, Wooster and Coshocton State Liquor Agencies, this move continues the establishment of Ohio Liquor Agencies inside Buehler’s supermarket locations.”

Ron James, Buehler’s Director of Beer, Wine and Liquor added, “We are proud to offer our customers the convenience of one-stop shopping, and have strived to respect customers’ considerations by keeping this a “store within a store.”

Buehler’s New Philadelphia has a strong beer and wine offering, with over 500 beers and 1,000 wines available daily. There is a 10% discount on wine case purchases, and liquor agency customers may now use their credit or debit cards. Buehler’s New Philadelphia Liquor Agency hours will be Monday through Saturday, 9:00 a.m. to 9:00 p.m. and 11:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. on Sundays.

“We would like to thank the Wine Rack and the Ohio Division of Liquor Control for their assistance to complete the transfer and relocation of the liquor agency. We would also like to extend a special thank you to the New Philadelphia community for their patience during the process,” added Doug Wills, Store Manager, Buehler’s Fresh Foods in New Philadelphia.

Buehler’s, founded in 1929, is celebrating eighty-seven years as an independent, family owned and operated grocer. Buehler’s is recognized as a pacesetter in the industry, and is positioned for growth as a trusted business partner.

Family owned E&H Hardware Group, part of a team of nearly 4,700 locally-owned and independently operated Ace stores across the globe, is in the process of finalizing details to open an Ace Hardware store at 23200 Lorain Road, North Olmsted, Ohio 44070, late next month.  This store will be located in the former Sears building, next to Levin Furniture.

North Olmsted Ace will feature renowned products from Stihl Power Equipment, Weber Grills, Craftsman Tools, Benjamin Moore Paints and Scott’s products for your lawn. Additional products and services will be announced as they get closer to the opening date in June.

James Kestner, North Olmsted store manager, and the Ace team are working to prepare the store conversion to the new Ace Hardware brand.  They will be hiring for full time and part time employees.  Please apply on www.indeed.com or pickup an application from the box located on the front door.

With convenient “close to the door” parking, the Ace team is looking forward to serving the North Olmsted community. Watch for store opening announcements and grand opening savings in the months ahead.

Buehler’s Delivers Value Pricing Options in Coshocton and Ashland

Buehler’s Fresh Foods stores in Coshocton and Ashland now offer customers value pricing on literally thousands of items every day! The new value pricing options stretch shopper’s food dollars, making grocery shopping more affordable. These value items are easy to locate in the store with large banners, hanging diamonds, and impactful signage.

“Customers will discover more ways to save than ever before at our Coshocton and Ashland stores,” stated Dan Shanahan, President and COO of Buehler’s. “Come in and shop us today. It’s like a treasure find each time you shop!”

New at Buehler’s Coshocton and Ashland:

• New Low Prices on the items you buy the most: milk, eggs, butter, ground beef, chicken bananas, lettuce, sugar, ice cream, pizza, bread, vegetables, and many more

• Valu Time Products save on nearly 150 quality food products at up to 30% below the cost of national brands

• 10 for $10 Bins make your dollar go further – mix and match $1 items – 57 items to choose from

• Savings Zone 137 favorite items located in one special section – stock up while the prices are low

• Basket of Values big savings on 122 items – easy to browse and shop

These value items are in addition to Buehler’s weekly advertised specials, giving customers a real savings impact to their weekly grocery budget. Customers will also earn Buehler’s Rewards on every purchase, redeemable for fuel savings at Speedway or grocery savings at Buehler’s register.

In addition, Buehler’s will continue to offer the brand name favorites, local products, and quality fresh products customers deserve and expect. Now Buehler’s customers will have a choice on how to spend their food dollars.

E&H Hardware Stores, locally operated and proudly owned by the Buehler Family of Wooster, Ohio, announced the opening of their seventeenth ACE Hardware store at 1515 Lexington Ave., Mansfield, Ohio.  The all new Appleseed ACE Hardware in Mansfield will celebrate an official Grand Opening celebration this weekend on Friday, April 15 through Sunday, April 17, 2016.

Store hours are Monday through Saturday 8:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. and Sunday 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. The phone number for Appleseed ACE Hardware is 419-756-8340. Jarett Ramey, store manager, and his team are ready to serve the Mansfield community.

“We hired local people to comprise our Mansfield ACE team,” stated Scott Buehler, Executive Vice President and COO E&H Hardware Group. “They are trained, knowledgeable, and focused on providing outstanding customer service to the Mansfield community.”

The new Appleseed ACE Hardware features expanded departments, including; lawn and garden, outdoor power equipment, builder’s hardware, electrical, housewares, and tools. A full service Paint Department will offer Valspar, Clark & Kensington, and custom color matching. An expanded Plumbing Department with pipe cutting and threading is offered, as well.  Other services include: screen repair, glass cutting, key cutting including automotive chip keys and automotive entry key fobs, and propane exchange.

The Rental Department continues to be a valued part of the new Appleseed ACE Hardware, now offering delivery and pickup service. Call the store for details.

Appleseed ACE Hardware features many of the name brand products you know and trust, including: Wooster Brush, Dewalt, Craftsman tools and power equipment, Weber grills, GE and Feit LED light bulbs, Scott’s Miracle Gro products, Ortho, Quikrete, and many more.

E&H Hardware to Purchase Foster’s ACE Hardware – Piketon

The family owned E&H Hardware Group is in the process of purchasing Foster’s ACE Hardware located at 617 Southwest Street, Piketon, Ohio. E&H Hardware will continue as an ACE Hardware, serving the Pike County community and surrounding areas. The Buehler family started in the hardware business in 1965 as part of Buehler’s Fresh Foods, and has expanded to seventeen ACE Hardware locations in Ohio.

Foster’s ACE Hardware was founded in 1978 by Fred Foster, who began as a True Value Hardware, and changed to the ACE brand in 1996.  After 38 years, Fred plans to retire from the hardware business, and focus his energy on his responsibilities as a recently elected Pike County Commissioner and spending more time with his wife, children and grandchildren.

Foster’s ACE Hardware employees will be asked to continue working for E&H Hardware in the current location when the name changes to ACE Hardware. Additional employees may be hired to replace the current owners. The present friendly, helpful staff at Foster’s Hardware represent over 150 years of combined, professional experience and will continue to be available to help with each customer’s needs.

 ACE Hardware will continue to sell and service “Stihl” power equipment and a great selection of products and services.  The goals of ACE Hardware are the same as Foster’s Hardware; to provide helpful, friendly professional service to every customer.

The hardware will close at 6:00 p.m. on Friday, April 15, and reopen at 8:00a.m. on Monday, April 18th in order to complete the transfer.  Existing House Accounts are encouraged to complete a new application between now and then in order to be set up in the new computer system and facilitate a smooth transition in purchasing.

Scott Buehler, President & COO E&H Hardware Group, stated, “We are fortunate to find another family owned, community minded retailer similar to ourselves.  The Foster family has done a terrific job with Foster’s Hardware, and we are excited to have Foster’s Hardware join E&H Hardware under the ACE Hardware banner.”

About E&H Family Group:

E&H Family Group is fully owned by the Buehler Family and operates fourteen Buehler’s Fresh Foods supermarkets located in Wooster (2), Orrville, Wadsworth, Medina (2), Brunswick, Ashland, New Philadelphia, Dover, Jackson Township (Canton), Coshocton, Portage Lakes (Green) and Massillon, Ohio.

E&H Family Group also owns and operates seventeen ACE Hardware stores located in Orrville, Medina, Dover, New Philadelphia, Delaware, Jackson Township (Canton), Independence, Rocky River, Westlake, Avon Lake, Middlefield, Oberlin, Garrettsville, Hilliard, Plain Township (Canton), Kamm’s Corner (Cleveland) and Mansfield, Ohio.

E & H Family Group is a family owned company committed to environmentally responsible behavior, local sourcing of product and supporting the communities in which we operate.  For more information visit www.buehlers.com