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Food safety

Employee wellness
BY RYAN ATKINSON

46 - DECEMBER 2019

providing Team Members with resources to
find alternative healthcare coverage options,
or to explore full-time, healthcare-eligible
positions starting at 30 hours per week. All
Whole Foods Market Team Members continue
to receive employment benefits including a
20% in-store discount."
It's a delicate balance that must take into
account not only the bottom line, but also the
general wellbeing of employees and how that
can motivate workers.
Cincinnati-based Kroger recently reached
a tentative deal with the United Food &
Commercial Workers union. Labor costs have
continued to be an issue for the company.
Despite the fact that union membership rates
are declining, the company has found itself in
negotiations as more and more workers in the
U.S. demand profits and more healthcare.
"Our financial results continue to be pressured by inefficient healthcare and pension
costs, which some of our competitors do not
face," Gary Millerchip, Kroger's CFO, said in the
company's second quarter call in September.

Lidl leads the way
German grocer Lidl - headquartered in the
U.S. in Arlington, Virginia - may not have
made as big of a retail splash as it had hoped
when it entered the U.S. market in 2017, but the
company is still making waves in the grocery world.
Starting in January, Lidl
will offer medical benefits for
all of its 1,200 part-time U.S.
employees.
"We want our team to have
the peace of mind knowing
they have healthcare coverage," says Lidl US chairman
Roman Heini. "Giving team
members working part-time
at Lidl access to medical benefits is incredibly important
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and it will help them succeed. As we continue
to expand, we are committed to supporting all
our employees so they can be at their best."
Lidl says it expects to invest up to $9 million
in the first year of the initiative, with investment growing as the company expands.
In addition to medical benefits, part-time
employees working less than 30 hours per
week currently receive dental and vision benefits. Lidl is run by the Schwarz Gruppe out of
Germany, where there is universal health care.
The move was met with positive remarks
from leaders in U.S. states where Lidl stores
have opened.
"Our goal at the Department of
Community and Economic Development is to
make Pennsylvania a place to work smart and
live happy, and Lidl's commitment to its workforce will help do just that," says Pennsylvania
Department of Community and Economic
Development Secretary Dennis Davin.
West Des Moines, Iowa-based Hy-Vee
recently implemented a similar plan, offering
benefits to workers 19 and older who work at
least 20 hours per week. "We developed the
new part-time employee benefits program
with the goal of giving Hy-Vee a competitive
advantage in the recruiting and retention
efforts of our part-time employees," says Sheila
Laing, Hy-Vee's chief administration officer and
executive vice president.

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EARLIER THIS YEAR, Quincy, Massachusettsbased Stop & Shop found itself in a
predicament.
More than 30,000 of the retailer's employees
were on strike, protesting a decision by the
company to bump pay and bonuses, but also
increase health care premiums. Union reps
said the increase in pay would be less than the
extra cost for health insurance. Stop & Shop
executives disagreed, and negotiations stalled,
sending nearly half of the company's workforce onto the picket lines.
In April, a deal was reached, and a threeyear contract was agreed upon by the
company and the United Food & Commercial
Workers Union International. The deal keeps
employee health care and retirement benefits
intact, provides wage increases instead of
bonuses and keeps time-and-a-half pay for
current employees who work on Sunday.
It was another example of the growing
importance of employee wellness and health
care, which has become a talking point in the
lead-up to the 2020 election.
A number of retailers are either pulling back
health care coverage or are negotiating it
with hopes of managing one of their largest
expenses.
Amazon-owned Whole Foods Market,
based in Austin, Texas, is withdrawing medical
benefits for its part-time workers beginning in
January.
Employees previously needed only to work
at least 20 hours each week to buy into the
healthcare plan. Now workers will need to
work at least 30 hours. About 1,900 employees - less than 2% of the company's overall
workforce - will no longer be eligible for medical coverage.
"In order to better meet the needs of our
business and create a more equitable and
efficient scheduling model, we are moving to
a single-tier part-time structure," a company
spokesperson said in a statement. "We are


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Supermarket Perimeter - December 2019
Editor's Note - Planting their flag
Contents
The Wire - Walmart revamping produce departments
Grocery fresh food sales soar
Consumers more interested in sustainability
Plant power
GENERATIONAL DIFFERENCES
TRENDING UP
DISPLAY CASE 101
Bakery - Brownies
Deli - Ethnic trends
GLOBAL CHEESES MOVING MAINSTREAM
Meat & Poultry - Nutrition labeling
Value-added
PORK: A VALUE-ADDED STAR
Produce - Imported fruits & vegetables
NEW VARIETIES, NEW MARKETS
Imported fruit: a winter forecast
PEPPERS
FRESH LOBSTER: FROM FOODSERVICE TO RETAIL
Food safety - Employee wellness
Commissary Insider - PEELERS
SPOTLIGHT - ENTREES
RESTAURANT ENTRÉE SALADS INSPIRE NEW FRESH EXPRESS LINE
Product Showcase
Advertisers
Fresh Takes
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Supermarket Perimeter - December 2019 - Supermarket Perimeter - December 2019
Supermarket Perimeter - December 2019 - 2
Supermarket Perimeter - December 2019 - Editor's Note - Planting their flag
Supermarket Perimeter - December 2019 - Contents
Supermarket Perimeter - December 2019 - 5
Supermarket Perimeter - December 2019 - Consumers more interested in sustainability
Supermarket Perimeter - December 2019 - 7
Supermarket Perimeter - December 2019 - Plant power
Supermarket Perimeter - December 2019 - GENERATIONAL DIFFERENCES
Supermarket Perimeter - December 2019 - 10
Supermarket Perimeter - December 2019 - 11
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Supermarket Perimeter - December 2019 - 14
Supermarket Perimeter - December 2019 - 15
Supermarket Perimeter - December 2019 - TRENDING UP
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Supermarket Perimeter - December 2019 - DISPLAY CASE 101
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Supermarket Perimeter - December 2019 - 20
Supermarket Perimeter - December 2019 - 21
Supermarket Perimeter - December 2019 - Bakery - Brownies
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Supermarket Perimeter - December 2019 - 25
Supermarket Perimeter - December 2019 - Deli - Ethnic trends
Supermarket Perimeter - December 2019 - GLOBAL CHEESES MOVING MAINSTREAM
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Supermarket Perimeter - December 2019 - Meat & Poultry - Nutrition labeling
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Supermarket Perimeter - December 2019 - Value-added
Supermarket Perimeter - December 2019 - PORK: A VALUE-ADDED STAR
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Supermarket Perimeter - December 2019 - Produce - Imported fruits & vegetables
Supermarket Perimeter - December 2019 - NEW VARIETIES, NEW MARKETS
Supermarket Perimeter - December 2019 - 38
Supermarket Perimeter - December 2019 - Imported fruit: a winter forecast
Supermarket Perimeter - December 2019 - PEPPERS
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Supermarket Perimeter - December 2019 - 42
Supermarket Perimeter - December 2019 - 43
Supermarket Perimeter - December 2019 - FRESH LOBSTER: FROM FOODSERVICE TO RETAIL
Supermarket Perimeter - December 2019 - 45
Supermarket Perimeter - December 2019 - Food safety - Employee wellness
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Supermarket Perimeter - December 2019 - 48
Supermarket Perimeter - December 2019 - Commissary Insider - PEELERS
Supermarket Perimeter - December 2019 - 50
Supermarket Perimeter - December 2019 - 51
Supermarket Perimeter - December 2019 - SPOTLIGHT - ENTREES
Supermarket Perimeter - December 2019 - RESTAURANT ENTRÉE SALADS INSPIRE NEW FRESH EXPRESS LINE
Supermarket Perimeter - December 2019 - 54
Supermarket Perimeter - December 2019 - 55
Supermarket Perimeter - December 2019 - Product Showcase
Supermarket Perimeter - December 2019 - Advertisers
Supermarket Perimeter - December 2019 - Fresh Takes
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