Pictured: Andy Williams (Wooster Milltown store manager), Joyce Keener (Wooster Milltown Services & Facilities manager), Jeff O’Dell (Wooster Towne Market cashier), Jody Dawson (Wooster Towne Market store manager), Mike Davidson (EVP Sales & Marketing), Wanda Zimmerman (Wooster Milltown cashier), and Jenn Fortney (Development Director for the American Heart Association) .

Buehler’s Presents $46,189 to the American Heart Association for Life is Why We Give campaign

 

Once again, Buehler’s Fresh Foods continues to go the extra mile for the communities in which they serve through their commitment to giving back. The grocery retail chain participated in the Life is Why We Give campaign September 19 – October 17, 2020, asking customers to buy a $1, $5, or $10 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, Andy Williams, Milltown’s Service & Facilities Manager, Joyce Keener, Buehler’s Community Relations Manager, Gayle Martin, Wooster Towne Market cashier, Jeff  O’Dell, Wooster Towne Market Store Manager, Jody Dawson, Buehler’s Executive Vice President of Sales & Marketing, Mike Davidson, and Milltown cashier, Wanda Zimmerman, presented a check for $46,189 to Jenn Fortney, Development Director for the American Heart Association.

The funds raised through the Life is Why We Give Campaign helped the American Heart Association reach its $150,000 goal for the Wayne Heart Walk. The AHA is using those funds to gift 200 automatic blood pressure cuffs to our community – as well as the resources to educate our community members on the importance of blood pressure control.

Mike Davidson, Buehler’s Executive Vice President of Sales and Marketing, stated, “It has been an honor to partner with the American Heart Association in their battle against Heart Disease and Stroke. I am humbled by the efforts of our Buehler’s teammates and the continued generosity of our customers. Our customers and teammates deserve all the credit for this successful program.

The work we did will save lives in the communities in which we serve.”

“The generosity of the Wayne County community continues to blow us away,” said Jenn Fortney. “Thanks to Buehler’s support and the generosity of their customers, the American Heart Association is able to fund research, educate, make changes, and provide lifesaving resources right here in Wayne County. Until the world is free of heart disease and stroke, we’ll be here working to make a healthier life possible for everyone. Thank you to this wonderful community for standing by us in that fight!”

In Stark and Wayne counties alone, heart disease and stroke claim 2,500 lives every year. But we are fighting back. In just the last year, 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.

 

About the American Heart Association

The American Heart Association is a relentless force for a world of longer, healthier lives. We are dedicated to ensuring equitable health in all communities. Through collaboration with numerous organizations, and powered by millions of volunteers, we fund innovative research, advocate for the public’s health and share lifesaving resources. The Dallas-based organization has been a leading source of health information for nearly a century. Connect with us on heart.org, Facebook, Twitter or by calling 1-800-AHA-USA1.

 

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 that made the chain a benchmark for independent grocers.

The 13 Buehler’s Fresh Foods supermarkets are 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, please visit www.buehlers.com.

Buehler’s Fresh Foods hosts “Empty Bowls Drive-Thru Soup Event”
to benefit A Whole Community, Inc.

Event Date: Tuesday, October 13, 2020 from 3:00-6:30 PM in the Buehler’s Milltown store parking lot

Buehler’s “Empty Bowls Drive-Thru Soup Event” on Tuesday, October 13, 2020 from 3:00-6:30 PM will offer a Soup Dinner (16 oz. soup, 2 dinner rolls, and 1 pumpkin donut) for $10.00.  Optional pottery bowls donated by Jack Rogers will also be available for an additional $10.00.  The proceeds from the event will assist A Whole Community, Inc. (AWC) with its Community Food Project.  AWC gathers surplus produce from local farms and shares with local food pantries, free meal sites, and low-income neighborhoods to reduce food waste and increase farm-fresh produce to those in need.

A Whole Community, Inc. (AWC) is a 501(c)(3) public non-profit organization that helps individuals, families, and communities transition to wholeness.  This is AWC’s fourth year operating a Community Food Project, which has three goals: 1) Reduce food waste, 2) Increase farm-fresh produce offered to those in need at food pantries, community meal sites, and low-income neighborhoods, and 3) Increase nutrition.

In 2019, AWC received over 136,000 pounds of farm-fresh produce from 72 farms, which was delivered to 55 food pantries, free meal sites, and low-income neighborhoods, that fed over 5,000 individuals monthly (Mid-June through Mid-October).

For more information on A Whole Community, Inc., visit AWCinc.org or like A Whole Community, Inc. on Facebook.

Karen Potter, Executive Director for A Whole Community, Inc., shared “We are grateful for this opportunity to partner with Buehler’s Fresh Foods on this event, which will ultimately help feed those in need locally. Buehler’s has been supportive of AWC by donating soup for our other fundraising events in the past. This year has new challenges in many ways for many people. I appreciate the creativity of Buehler’s staff in coming up with a way to make this event safe with social distancing, while raising funds to help others.  Buehler’s Fresh Foods cares about their community.” 

“We are thrilled to partner with A Whole Community to provide food for this unique fundraising event. We’re thankful to be able to help raise money to feed individuals in our local community that are in need,” said Jennifer Hudson, Director of Marketing at Buehler’s Fresh Foods.

About Buehler’s

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 also operates North Court Beverage in Medina.

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.

Buehler’s Fresh Foods announces collaboration with BrewDog Brewery

Buehler’s Fresh Foods has collaborated with BrewDog Brewery to craft a new special edition mango-pineapple flavored India Pale Ale named “Aloha Shoppers IPA”.  The product is now available at all 13 Buehler’s locations throughout Northeast Ohio and Buehler’s North Court Beverage in Medina. Ron James, Director of Beer and Wine for Buehler’s, said “We created a Mango-Pineapple IPA because fruit infusions are gaining popularity and appeal to those looking for more adventurous IPA styles. Having the opportunity to work on our own special edition with one of our favorite breweries is a special moment for us.”

According to Mark Beaver of BrewDog Brewery, “This collaboration is long in the making. It comes down to two teams working together to do something fun during the pandemic. Together, we took the beer that started it all (Punk IPA) and worked in a little Buehler’s flare to come up with a lighthearted, easy drinking Pineapple Mango IPA. At 5.2% ABV, Aloha Shoppers is simple and straightforward, designed to put the people first.”

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 also operates North Court Beverage in Medina.

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.

Buehler’s Fresh Foods Partners with the American Heart Association

Buehler’s Fresh Foods is promoting a Life is Why We Give campaign at the registers of all 13 stores from September 19, 2020 – October 17, 2020 asking customers to buy a $1, $5 or $10 heart 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.

Mike Davidson stated, “We are honored to be partnering with the American Heart Association as we battle a disease that has an impact on every one of our customers and employees. Buehler’s Fresh Foods appreciates the support of our customers who are always generous contributors to our campaign.”

The leading cause of death in the Wayne and Stark communities is heart disease at 28%. 1 in 3 of those community members are at high risk for heart disease, and nearly 100,000 people are diagnosed with hypertension or high blood pressure. Your support of the American Heart Association will also allow us to place 500 automatic blood pressure cuffs and lifesaving education in Stark and Wayne Counties.

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.

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 that made the chain a benchmark for independent grocers.

The 13 Buehler’s Fresh Foods supermarkets are 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 please visit www.buehlers.com.

Giant Pumpkin Contests Coming to Buehler’s

Share your giant pumpkin with the world! Buehler’s will be hosting a Giant Pumpkin Contest at five store locations. Each store will choose a winner who will receive a $50 Buehler’s gift card.

The giant pumpkins will be displayed on the patio for shoppers to enjoy September 10 – 18. Buehler’s stores hosting the Giant Pumpkin Contests: Ashland, Wooster Milltown, Medina River Styx, Dover and Canton.

Do you have a giant pumpkin? Here’s how to enter the contest:

Contestants must register their pumpkin for the contest by September 4, 2020.

To register, email Buehler’s at comments@buehlers.com with name, address, phone number and the Buehler’s location where the pumpkin will be entered. Or call and leave a message with the information: 1-888-283-4537.

One pumpkin per person.

Registered pumpkins must be dropped off Thursday, September 10 between 5-6 pm at selected Buehler’s store.

Each pumpkin must arrive on a standard four way pallet.

Pumpkins must be picked up on Friday, September 18 between 1-2 pm.

Contestants can be from anywhere in Ohio.

Winners will be based on the sum of the pumpkin’s circumference, side-to-side and stem-to-base measurements.

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 that made the chain a benchmark for independent grocers.

The 13 Buehler’s Fresh Foods supermarkets are 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 please visit www.buehlers.com.

Recently, Buehler’s Fresh Foods hosted the nationally-televised Ohio’s Best Bagger Competition at their Milltown location in Wooster, Ohio, where ESPN filmed the entire event. To celebrate ESPN’s Ocho Programming, the event is scheduled to air, Saturday, August 8 at 5 pm on ESPN2.

At the Ohio Grocery Baggers Bowl 2020, 22 contestants faced off to win the coveted Ceramic Bag Award, $1,000 and a trip to San Diego to compete for the National Bagging Championship at the National Grocer Associations National Convention.

Tune in and find out who will represent Ohio in Las Vegas at the National Competition – and a chance to win $10,000!

Buehler’s Fresh Foods has competed in the Ohio Grocery Best Bagger Competition for the past 17 years, proudly holding the National Championship title in 2016 secured by Brady Long. Buehler’s has held the Ohio Champion title four years in a row. “Each year Buehler’s enroll our top four baggers in the state OGA contest,” according to Rich Bidinger, Director of Operations.

Bagging contestants are judged by the speed of bagging, proper bag-building technique, weight distribution in the bag, as well as style, attitude, and appearance. Contestants for the Ohio Competition are chosen through local competitions throughout the year.

“Buehler’s Fresh Foods is happy to both host and participate in the Ohio’s Best Bagger Competition. Having won this competition four times in a row from 2015 through 2018, we’re anxious to get back to our winning ways in support of the Ohio Grocers Association.” remarked, Dan Shanahan, President and CEO of 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 that made the chain a benchmark for independent grocers.

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

Buehler’s Fresh Foods announces Healthy Living Program at Orrville

Buehler’s Fresh Foods recently launched their Healthy Living program in Orrville, 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 Orrville 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.”

Buehler’s Orrville store is the sixth to be reconfigured with a focus on adding more products in the vegan, gluten free, non-GMO and organic categories. It joins Buehler’s Wooster Milltown, Wooster Towne Market, Ashland, Medina River Styx and Medina Forest Meadows in the Healthy Living program. Buehler’s plans to expand this program to all 13 of their stores by 2021.

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.

Buehler’s Fresh Foods Partners With the Adaptive Sports Program of Ohio

Buehler’s Fresh Foods recently raised just over $10,000 at their registers for the Adaptive Sports Program of Ohio (ASPO) “Ability to Play” campaign. Buehler’s customers and employees are to thank for this extraordinary effort. These funds are especially crucial during these critical days of COVID-19 and allow ASPO to safely provide health and wellness activities for individuals living with disabilities. “We are very fortunate to live in a community that supports and empowers athletes with disabilities. On behalf of all of us at ASPO, we cannot thank you enough for your generosity,” said Lisa Followay, President and CEO of ASPO.Lisa Followay and her son, Casey, are a significant source of inspiration and force behind Ohio having the resources and funding for folks who must use adaptive sporting equipment. Buehler’s is honored to assist them with their mission.

“As President of the Board of Directors for ASPO, I would personally like to thank our customers at Buehler’s Fresh Foods for their generous donations made at our July register campaign. Thanks to all of you, we reached our goal of raising more than $10,000 to support our athletes and programs,” explained Jeff Tomassetti, Produce and Floral Director at Buehler’s Fresh Foods and ASPO Board of Directors Member.

If you missed the campaign and would like to donate to ASPO, visit their website: www.adaptivesportsohio.org.

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About Buehler’s Fresh Foods: Buehler’s Fresh Foods, an employee-owned company, operates 13 Buehler’s Fresh Foods Supermarkets located in Wooster, Orrville, Wadsworth, Medina, Ashland, New Philadelphia, Dover, Jackson Township, Coshocton, and Portage Lakes (Green), and Massillon, Ohio. For more information, visit www.buehlers.com.

About ASPO: ASPO is a nonprofit 501(c)3 organization whose mission is to remove barriers to ensure that individuals with physical disabilities have a chance to play and utilize sport to elevate ability and empower futures. Founded in Wooster in 2009, ASPO is currently the largest organization in Ohio offering adaptive sport opportunities to athletes with disabilities. ASPO provides all adaptive equipment necessary for individuals with disabilities to play sports. Community-based programs include sled hockey, wheelchair rugby, power wheelchair soccer and more. Additionally, ASPO has pioneered interscholastic adaptive sport programs, including wheelchair basketball and adaptive track and field, enabling students with disabilities the opportunity to represent their schools like their non-disabled peers.

 

 

For more information on Buehler’s partnership with ASPO, please contact:
• Lisa Followay, President and CEO, ASPO at 330-317-5259 or director@adaptivesportsohio.org
• Kathy Bailey, Consumer Affairs, Buehler’s Fresh Foods at 330-264-4355 or kbailey@buehlers.com

Buehler’s Fresh Foods now offers online grocery shopping at their Massillon store. Customers can choose to order groceries online for curbside pickup – or shop in-store if they prefer.

Along with Massillon, Buehler’s now offers online shopping at these locations –  Wooster Milltown, Orrville, Canton, Medina River Styx and Forest Meadows, New Philadelphia, Dover, Portage Lakes,  Ashland, Coshocton and Wadsworth –  providing  shoppers with a way to shop without stepping inside the store.

The online shopping service, powered by Buehler’s partner Freshop, allows customers to order groceries, create shopping lists, get coupons, and access weekly ads on the store’s website. Shop Online: www.buehlers.com

”Buehler’s has always been known for top-notch customer service and the finest quality, best tasting foods,” stated Dan Shanahan, President and CEO of Buehler’s. “Customers appreciate the ease of having an entire virtual grocery at their fingertips, and trust our personal shoppers to hand select their order. We are excited to bring our online shopping services to Massillon.”

Buehler’s Online Shopping allows shoppers to:

• shop on your computer or mobile device at www.buehlers.com, or use Buehler’s app (iOS or Android)
• pay online for their order
• have trained personal shoppers who hand-pick and assemble each order
• try it free. The $1.95 service fee is waived on the customer’s first three orders with Promo Code SAVETIME
• select date and time for pick-up order
• shop from their clickable weekly ad – add items directly into your shopping cart from the online ad
• see all available varieties of sale items while you view the weekly ad

All Buehler’s customers – including online shoppers – have the store’s guarantee of the freshest quality foods.

Buehler’s Fresh Foods was one of the first supermarkets in Ohio to offer customers online grocery shopping with curbside pick-up. They continually look for ways to improve customer experiences.

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.

Buehler’s Fresh Foods 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.

Freshop is the leading online grocery platform for independent grocers, powering websites for over 1,200 stores in 44 states and 10 countries. Their goal is to equip retailers with the tools to compete in today’s digital marketplace. Store branded websites and apps, and a user-friendly dashboard give retailers complete control over their digital offerings. Learn more about how partnering with Freshop helps retailers compete online at freshop.com.

Buehler’s Fresh Foods has named Paul Stefaniuk as Vice President of Operations, effective July 6th. Paul will report directly to Buehler’s President & CEO, Dan Shanahan, and oversee Store Operations and related functions.

Paul brings more than 15 years of experience including Store Operations, Mergers & Acquisitions, and Store Development.  For the past 5+ years Paul has been a member of the leadership team responsible for launching and managing Lidl in the United States, most recently serving as a Vice President of Operations.  Prior to Lidl, he spent 8 years at Aldi working in leadership roles including Regional Director of Operations.

Paul earned a bachelor of science, business administration from the Fisher College of Business at the Ohio State University. Paul, his wife Marisa and four children will be relocating to the Ashland/Wooster area where he grew up shopping at Buehler’s.

Buehler’s Fresh Foods 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.