To our Valued Customers,

At Buehler’s, we are committed to keeping our customers and employees safe.  With that in mind, we have tasked a team of employees to meet regularly and closely monitor the current situation with Coronavirus or COVID-19.  The team is monitoring all CDC and WHO communication and working with local, state and federal agencies as well as our suppliers, industry share groups, the Ohio Grocer’s Association and the National Grocer’s Association to gain a clear understanding of virus control procedures. Any and all good ideas and best practices are considered and implemented quickly by our team.

Our company has a long history of protecting customers by practicing safe sanitation procedures. Many of our employees working in key areas have received certified training through the ServSafe Food and Beverage safety training program. Employees also practice proper use of gloves and proper handwashing techniques. It is our priority to make sure our employees are in compliance with these guidelines. We have also implemented additional safety measures including discontinuing the use of self-serve demos and increased sanitation of surfaces throughout the store. One such example is our wiping down of shopping cart handles frequently throughout the day.

Buehler’s is committed to the safety and well-being of our employees. We are encouraging sick employees to stay home. We are also providing them with up to date information about the virus and resources to better understand personal time off benefits, short term disability rules and related HR policies. Through our online Dayforce System, we are able to communicate with video daily to all our employees.   

We are working diligently with our suppliers to stay in-stock on the products that are most important to you. We will continue to work around the clock to provide customers with key items including pantry stock-up essentials and cleaning supplies.

It is a privilege to serve you and something that we never take for granted.

Dan Shanahan
President and CEO
Buehler’s Fresh Foods
An employee owned company
Putting People First

Buehler’s Will Operate Kingwood’s New Gateway Cafe in Opening in July

Buehler’s Fresh Foods and Kingwood Center Gardens are excited to announce a new partnership to provide garden guests with outstanding food service and catering. Buehler’s will be operating the Gateway Café located inside the new visitor center, the Garden Gateway at Kingwood, which opens to the public in July.

“We cannot begin to describe how excited we are to partner with Kingwood Center Gardens. With the addition of the new visitor center, they will be able to offer guests an even greater experience. The values and vision of Kingwood Center Gardens align with our company and we believe this is going to be a great partnership as well as a first-class addition to the community,” said Mike Merritt, Vice President of Food Service at Buehler’s Fresh Foods.

Kingwood’s Director, Chuck Gleaves agrees. “Our ongoing efforts to increase the depth and diversity of experiences Kingwood has to offer its visitors will be taking a giant leap forward with the engagement of Buehler’s to offer food and  beverages for our events and in the Gateway Café of our new Garden Gateway Visitor Center which opens to the public July 12, 2020.”

Garden visitors may have spotted Ferris, Buehler’s Food Truck, at Kingwood events in 2019.  Beginning in April, Ferris will continue to serve a variety of delicious menu options to garden event goers. Buehler’s will also provide catering for weddings and special events at Kingwood Center Gardens.

About Buehler’s Fresh Foods

Buehler’s Fresh Foods grocery store was founded in 1929 by E.L. Buehler and his wife, Helen. The family moved the business in 1932 to Wooster, and, after four generations, grew to 13 stores serving the northeast Ohio market. In 2017, Buehler’s became an ESOP (employee stock ownership program) with the belief that selling to their own employees was the best way to assure the continuation of the innovative and creative spirit which made the chain a benchmark for independent grocers. 

About Kingwood Center Gardens

Kingwood Center Gardens is an exquisite garden estate on 47 acres in Mansfield, OH that once was the home of the innovative industrialist, Charles Kelley King. Kingwood is renown for its distinctive floral displays, unique plant specimens, woodland trails, historic mansion and gardens, display greenhouse, duck pond, and peacocks. Signature events like Wine Walk, the Great Pumpkin Glow and Christmas at Kingwood delight thousands of guests annually and provide vital support for this non-profit organization.

Buehler’s Announces Healthy Living Program at Wooster Milltown

Buehler’s Fresh Foods recently launched their Healthy Living program at Wooster Milltown, focusing on providing over 3,000 healthy items at affordable prices. As consumers continue to look for ways to eat healthier, Buehler’s is committed to providing a diverse selection of products throughout the entire store. The program highlights items that fall into four main healthy living categories, including organic, gluten free, vegan and non GMO. Additional items, such as sugar free, keto and low carb have been added to the program as well.

Daniel P. Shanahan, Healthy Living Project Coordinator says, “We are excited to present our healthy living program at our Wooster Milltown store. Our goal is to provide a wide variety of items across all departments focusing on attributes like organic, gluten free, vegan, non GMO and more. Signage has been added throughout every aisle to identify Healthy Living items and highlight item attributes. We are happy to provide a large selection of items that are consistent with the evolving dietary needs of our customers.”

About Buehler’s Fresh Foods: Buehler’s Fresh Foods is an employee-owned company (ESOP) and operates thirteen Buehler’s Fresh Foods supermarkets located in Wooster (2), Orrville, Wadsworth, Medina (2), Ashland, New Philadelphia, Dover, Jackson Township (Canton), Coshocton, Portage Lakes (Green) and Massillon, Ohio.

Buehler’s Fresh Foods is committed to environmentally responsible behavior, local sourcing of product and supporting the communities in which we operate. For more information visit www.buehlers.com

Supermarket Receives Ohio Grocers Association Pinnacle Award

Dan Shanahan receives Pinacle Award for Buehler's
Dan Shanahan, President & CEO of Buehler’s, accepts the 2020 Pinnacle Award, the highest award given by the Ohio Grocers Association (OGA), from Kristin Mullins, President/CEO of the OGA.

 

WOOSTER, Ohio (Jan 2020) – On Tuesday, January 21st, the Ohio Grocers Association (OGA) presented its prestigious Pinnacle Award to Dan Shanahan and Buehler’s Fresh Foods. The OGA Pinnacle Awards are given annually to recognize overall excellence in retail operations, and are the highest awards given by the Ohio Grocers Association. Award criteria are based on: creativity, merchandising, innovation, human resources, community relations and overall successful operation. Buehler’s Fresh Foods received the 2020 Pinnacle Award for Large Operators (multi-store retailers).

“We are honored to be able to present Dan Shanahan and Buehler’s Fresh Foods with an award that exemplifies the excellence they show every day,” said Kristin Mullins, President/CEO of the Ohio Grocers Association, “Buehler’s is a wonderful example of the best in the grocery industry, and Dan is a great example of leadership involved in both the industry and the community. On behalf of OGA and our Board of Trustees, we’d like to congratulate them, and are proud to honor them with the 2020 Pinnacle Award.”

“On behalf of all our employees we are very thankful to receive this year’s Ohio Grocers Association Pinnacle Award for Large Operators,” said Dan Shanahan, President & CEO of Buehlers, “We are great admirers of Kristin Mullins, her team, and the job they do for Ohio grocers which makes this award even more meaningful.”

Buehler’s Fresh Foods grocery store was founded in 1929 by E.L. Buehler and his wife, Helen. The family moved the business in 1932 to Wooster, and, after four generations, grew to 13 stores serving the northeast Ohio market. In 2017, Buehler’s became an ESOP (employee stock ownership program) with the belief that selling to their own employees was the best way to assure the continuation of the innovative and creative spirit which made the chain a benchmark for independent grocers.

In addition to receiving the crystal award at the store presentation, Buehler’s Fresh Foodss will also receive a Proclamation from the Ohio Statehouse, as well as special video recognition at the Ohio Grocers Association Annual Brown Bag Celebration of the Industry on April 25th at the Irongate Equestrian Center in Hartford, Ohio.

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The Ohio Grocers Association is the leading voice and advocate for Ohio’s grocery industry, and is headquartered in Columbus, Ohio.

Buehler’s officers, directors and staff all played an important role in the local grocery winning the Ohio Grocer Association’s highest honor of the year – the Pinnacle Award.

Buehler’s Fresh Foods Wins Grocer Award

The Ohio Grocers Association (OGA) recently announced that Buehler’s Fresh Foods has been selected as the winner of this year’s Pinnacle Award. The OGA award is based on overall excellence in retail operations, and is  the highest award given by the Ohio Grocers Association. The Pinnacle Award is given annually to both a small and large operation, recognizing exceptional creativity, merchandising, innovation, human resources, community relations and overall successful operations.

Expressing his gratitude in Buehler’s being selected for this honor, Dan Shanahan, President & CEO of Buehlers, stated,  “On behalf of all our employees we are very thankful to receive this year’s Ohio Grocers Association Pinnacle Award for Large Operators. We are great admirers of Kristen Mullins, her team and the job they do for Ohio grocers which makes this award even more meaningful.”

Kristin Mullins, President/CEO of the OGA says of the Wooster-based grocery, ““Every year, OGA’s Pinnacle Award Selection Committee chooses two companies (one small operator and one large operator) to recognize as an outstanding retail organization.  Recipients are outstanding in every way – from operations to community involvement to everything in between; and no one exemplifies this more than the Buehler organization.  The Ohio Grocers Association is so pleased and honored to have this organization not only as a part of Ohio’s grocery industry but as a member of our organization as they are an outstanding example of excellence and are so deserving of this recognition.”

The award will be officially presented to Buehler’s at the Ohio Grocers Association Annual Ohio Brown Bag Celebration this spring.

About Buehler’s Fresh Foods:

Buehler’s Fresh Foods is an employee-owned company (ESOP) and operates thirteen Buehler’s Fresh Foods supermarkets located in Wooster (2), Orrville, Wadsworth, Medina (2), Ashland, New Philadelphia, Dover, Jackson Township (Canton), Coshocton, Portage Lakes (Green) and Massillon, Ohio.

Buehler’s Fresh Foods is committed to environmentally responsible behavior, local sourcing of products, and supporting the communities in which we operate. For more information  visit www.buehlers.com.

Wooster Towne Market Service and Facilities Manager, Nita Murray; Wooster Towne Market Store Manager, Geri Shie; Wooster Milltown Store Manager, Jack Rohrbaugh present a check representing the donations from Buehler’s customers to  Jenn Fortney and Jenny Peshina of the American Heart Association.

Buehler’s Fresh Foods Presents $38,045 to the American Heart Association for their Life is Why We Give campaign

As part of Buehler’s Fresh Foods commitment to giving back to its local communities, the grocery retail chain participated in a Life is Why We Give campaign between September 15 – October 13, 2019 asking customers to buy a $1, $3 or $5 heart in support of the American Heart Association of Stark and Wayne counties. Customers were encouraged to write their why on hearts which were posted at each of the stores to raise awareness. Buehler’s Wooster Milltown Store Manager, Jack Rohrbaugh, Wooster Towne Market Store Manager, Geri Shie and Towne Market Service and Facilities Manager, Nita Murray, presented a check for $38,045 to Jenn Fortney and Jenny Peshina of the American Heart Association.

About the Life is Why We Give campaign:

We want everyone to experience more of life’s precious moments. To do that, we must be healthy — in heart and mind. It’s why we’ve made better heart and brain health our mission. And together, we’ve made an extraordinary impact. But we’re just beginning. Until the world is free of heart disease and stroke, we’ll work together to make a healthier, longer life possible for everyone. Why do we do what we do? Because we’re the American Heart Association. And life is why.

About the American Heart Association:

In Stark and Wayne counties alone, heart disease and stroke claim 2,500 lives every year. But we are fighting back. In the last year alone, the American Heart Association has trained more than 22,000 community members in CPR, reached more than 21,000 people through blood pressure screenings and funded $22.3 million dollars for research. At the state level, the American Heart Association helped pass Tobacco 21, a law that raises the legal age to buy cigarettes, vape pens and other tobacco products from 18 to 21.

About Buehler’s Fresh Foods:

Buehler’s Fresh Foods is an employee-owned company (ESOP) and operates thirteen Buehler’s Fresh Foods supermarkets located in Wooster (2), Orrville, Wadsworth, Medina (2), Ashland, New Philadelphia, Dover, Jackson Township (Canton), Coshocton, Portage Lakes (Green) and Massillon, Ohio.
Buehler’s Fresh Foods is committed to environmentally responsible behavior, local sourcing of products, and supporting the communities in which we operate. For more information visit www.buehlers.com.

Buehler’s was delighted to present St. James Episcopal Church with a check from the Our Family’s Direct Your Labels contest. The church donated their prize to the Viola Startzman Clinic. On hand at the ceremony were (from left to right) Jourdan Brown, Viola Startzman Clinic Dental Clinic Coordinator;  Father Evan Fischer, rector of St. James Episcopal; Nita Murray, Buehler’s Wooster Towne Market Service & Facilities Manager; Dr. Mark Gustafason, Viola Startzman Clinic Dental Director & Dentist; Geri Shie, Buehler’s Wooster Towne Market manager; Jaime Parsons, Executive Director at Viola Startzman Clinic.

 

Buehler’s Fresh Foods presented $500 to St. James Episcopal Church/Viola Startzman Clinic as part of Our Family® Direct Your Labels™ contest

Wooster, OH – As part of Buehler’s Fresh Foods commitment to giving back to its local communities, the grocery retail chain announced St. James Episcopal Church is the winner of $500 through the Our Family® Direct Your Labels™ contest. The church has chosen to forward the check to The Viola Startzman Clinic. Father Evan Fischer, rector of St. James Episcopal stated, “We are thankful to Our Family Direct your Labels program for their generous gift of $500 which has enabled St James to re-give the check to the Viola Startzman’s Dental Clinic and live further in our mission to reach out to those in need in our community.”

Viola Startzman’s Executive Director, Jaime Parsons, commented, “The Viola Startzman Dental Clinic is honored to receive this donation from St. James Episcopal Church, Buehler’s Fresh Foods, and Our Family. Each year, our clinic serves over 6,000 patients in need of dental care. Most have no dental insurance or cannot find a dentist who accepts Medicaid. With the generous support of our community, we are able to provide care valued at over $2 million dollars to these patients. This care keeps patients out of the emergency room, prevents them from missing school or work, and allows them to live healthy, happy lives. We are grateful for partners such as you for helping us meet these needs in our community.”

Direct Your Labels™ is a program offered through the Our Family brand, helping local schools and nonprofits earn money by buying Our Family products and saving the UPC barcodes from the cans, boxes, and bottles.

Held throughout August, the Direct Your Labels contest encouraged schools, faith-based and other community organizations to register to collect Our Family labels. Each organization that enrolled was entered to win one of 10 $500 prizes. All organizations previously participating in the program were also entered in the contest.

St. James Episcopal Church was selected as one of the $500 winners. Buehler’s Fresh Foods Towne Market Store Manager, Geri Shei, presented the prize to St. James Episcopal on Oct. 29, 2019. The presentation was held at Buehler’s Fresh Foods, located at 336 N. Market St., Wooster, OH.

With more than 2,000 high-quality, value-conscious items available through the Our Family brand – and more than 1,400 retail stores in 16 states that carry Our Family products, including Buehler’s Fresh Foods and other stores throughout Ohio – store guests can use the Direct Your Labels program to give back to their favorite nonprofit organizations with each trip they make to the grocery store.

More than $1.5 million have been raised for schools and nonprofit organizations since the program’s inception.

Supplied exclusively by SpartanNash, the Our Family brand has offered “Quality since 1904,” including a best-in-class, risk-free Satisfaction Plus Guarantee; Facts Up Front nutritional labeling; category-specific packaging; a community support program, Direct Your Labels™ and a commitment to cleaning up our ingredient profile through the Clean Ingredient Initiative. With a tradition of more than 100 years of excellence at an everyday low price, Our Family brings the next generation of quality and value to SpartanNash’s  retail stores and independent retail customers throughout the country.

For more information about the Direct Your Labels program, visit ourfamilyfoods.com/direct-your-labels.

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About SpartanNash

SpartanNash (Nasdaq: SPTN) is a Fortune 400 company whose core businesses include distributing grocery products to a diverse group of independent and chain retailers, its corporate-owned retail stores and U.S. military commissaries and exchanges; as well as premier fresh produce distribution and fresh food processing. SpartanNash serves customer locations in all 50 states and the District of Columbia, Europe, Cuba, Puerto Rico, Bahrain, Djibouti, and Egypt. SpartanNash currently operates 160 supermarkets, primarily under the banners of Family Fare, Martin’s Super Markets, D&W Fresh Market, VG’s Grocery, Dan’s Supermarket and Family Fresh Market. Through its MDV military division, SpartanNash is a leading distributor of grocery products to U.S. military commissaries.

About Buehler’s Fresh Foods

Buehler’s Fresh Foods is an employee-owned company (ESOP) and operates thirteen Buehler’s Fresh Foods supermarkets located in Wooster (2), Orrville, Wadsworth, Medina (2), Ashland, New Philadelphia, Dover, Jackson Township (Canton), Coshocton, Portage Lakes (Green) and Massillon, Ohio.

Buehler’s Fresh Foods is committed to environmentally responsible behavior, local sourcing of products, and supporting the communities in which we operate. For more information visit www.buehlers.com

Buehler’s Medina River Styx announces Healthy Living Program 

Buehler’s Fresh Foods recently launched their Healthy Living program at Medina River Styx, focusing on providing over 3,000 healthy items at affordable prices. As consumers continue to look for ways to eat healthier, Buehler’s is committed to providing a diverse selection of products throughout the entire store. The program highlights items that fall into four main healthy living categories, including organic, gluten free, vegan and non GMO. Additional items, such as sugar free, keto and low carb have been added to the program as well.

Daniel P. Shanahan, Healthy Living Project Coordinator says, “We are excited to present our healthy living program at our Medina River Styx store. Our goal is to provide a wide variety of items across all departments focusing on attributes like organic, gluten free, vegan, non GMO and more. Signage has been added throughout every aisle to identify Healthy Living items and highlight item attributes. We are happy to provide a large selection of items that are consistent with the evolving dietary needs of our customers.”

About Buehler’s Fresh Foods: Buehler’s Fresh Foods is an employee-owned company (ESOP) and operates thirteen Buehler’s Fresh Foods supermarkets located in Wooster (2), Orrville, Wadsworth, Medina (2), Ashland, New Philadelphia, Dover, Jackson Township (Canton), Coshocton, Portage Lakes (Green) and Massillon, Ohio.

Buehler’s Fresh Foods is committed to environmentally responsible behavior, local sourcing of product and supporting the communities in which we operate. For more information visit www.buehlers.com

WOOSTER, OHIO – September 17, 2019

Buehler’s Fresh Foods will be promoting a Life is Why We Give campaign at the registers of all 13 stores from September 15 – October 13, 2019 asking customers to buy a $1, $3 or $5 hearts in support of the American Heart Association of Stark and Wayne counties.

Customers are encouraged to write their ‘WHY’ on the heart and hearts will be posted at each of the stores to raise awareness.  Additionally, wallet cards with the signs of heart attack and stroke will be available for free while supplies last.

“Buehler’s Fresh Foods, a local and employee owned company, is excited to partner with the American Heart Association,” stated Mike Davidson, Buehler’s Executive Vice President of Retail Operations.  “The partnership will educate our associates and customers in regard to the impact that heart disease has on the communities we serve. The American Heart Association is a nationally recognized brand that aligns with Buehler’s Fresh Foods goal to be a first stop for Healthy Living in the communities we serve.”

Davidson further expressed that the Buehler’s Fresh Foods customers have always participated in our campaigns and support the communities in which they live.   We have very caring and giving customers. We look forward to working together.

About the Life is Why We Give campaign:

We want everyone to experience more of  life’s precious moments. To do that, we must be healthy — in heart and mind. It’s why we’ve made better heart and brain health our mission. And together, we’ve made an extraordinary impact. But we’re just beginning. Until the world is free of heart disease and stroke, we’ll work together to make a healthier, longer life possible for everyone. Why do we do what we do? Because we’re the American Heart Association. And life is why.

About the American Heart Association:

The American Heart Association is devoted to saving people from heart disease and stroke – the two leading causes of death in the world. The AHA teams with millions of volunteers to fund innovative research, fight for stronger public health policies, and provide lifesaving tools and information to prevent and treat these diseases.

In Stark and Wayne counties alone, heart disease and stroke claim 2,500 lives every year. But we are fighting back. In the last year alone, the American Heart Association has trained more than 22,000 community members in CPR, reached more than 21,000 people through blood pressure screenings and funded $22.3 million dollars for research. At the state level, the American Heart Association helped pass Tobacco 21, a law that raises the legal age to buy cigarettes, vape pens and other tobacco products from 18 to 21.

About Buehler’s Fresh Foods: Buehler’s Fresh Foods is an employee-owned company (ESOP) and operates thirteen Buehler’s Fresh Foods supermarkets located in Wooster (2), Orrville, Wadsworth, Medina (2), Ashland, New Philadelphia, Dover, Jackson Township (Canton), Coshocton, Portage Lakes (Green) and Massillon, Ohio.

Buehler’s Fresh Foods is committed to environmentally responsible behavior, local sourcing of product and supporting the communities in which we operate. For more information visit www.buehlers.com

Produce Perks Program Expands to Three New Buehler’s Locations

Fresh fruits and vegetables now more accessible for SNAP shoppers in Coshocton and Tuscarawas counties

September 1, 2019—For families who rely on SNAP (Food Stamps), fresh produce is often off the table – literally. But in Coshocton and Tuscarawas Counties, that’s about to change. A new program is bringing “produce-purchasing power” to the families who need it most.

Now families shopping with SNAP at the Coshocton, Dover, and New Philadelphia locations of Buehler’s Fresh Foods will receive up to $10 extra – per visit – to spend on fruits and vegetables. It’s all because of the Produce Perks Program.

We all know we should eat fruits and vegetables daily, but families struggling with poverty often simply cannot afford them. As a result, the same people forced to skip meals are also likely to suffer from obesity and diabetes—because the foods they can afford lead to high rates of diet-related disease. But when people can afford fresh produce, they buy it. That’s where this program comes in.

Each time SNAP customers spend at least $5 on fresh produce at Buehler’s, they will receive a $5 coupon for more fresh fruits and vegetables. Customers who spend more than $10 will receive a $10 coupon. There’s no enrollment or paperwork to fill out; shoppers receive the benefit automatically. Three additional Buehler’s Fresh Foods locations (stores in Coshocton, Dover, and New Philadelphia) will distribute produce vouchers starting on September 1, 2019. These stores join the two stores in Wooster and one in Orville that already offer the program.

Founded in 1929, Buehler’s Fresh Foods is an employee-owned supermarket chain with 13 locations in northeast Ohio.

Produce Perks is Ohio’s nutrition incentive program, empowering SNAP recipients to purchase fresh, healthy fruits and vegetables from Ohio farmers’ markets and grocery-retailers across the state. The program provides a $1-for-$1 match for shoppers using SNAP/EBT to buy healthy produce. Produce Perks is operational at over 100 locations statewide and generated over $800,000 in sales in 2018. Produce Perks increases affordable access to healthy foods, supports Ohio farmers, and strengthens local economies.

“Produce Perks Midwest is thrilled to have Buehler’s Fresh Foods expand their participation in the Produce Perks program. We recognize their leadership amongst Ohio grocery-retailers and appreciate their commitment to providing affordable access to healthy foods. We’re excited to be working with a retail partner that shares our values toward building equitable communities and resilient food systems.” -Tevis Foreman, Executive Director, Produce Perks Midwest.

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Headquartered in Cincinnati, OH, Produce Perks Midwest is a nonprofit pioneering solutions to address inequities within our food system – working to support families, farmers, and strengthen local economies. Learn more about the Produce Perks program at produceperks.org.

Learn more about Buehler’s Fresh Foods at buehlers.com.