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Miller Amish Country Poultry and Chief Supermarkets donated chicken

needlerMiller Amish Country Poultry and Chief Supermarkets donated seven pallets of chicken, representing almost 25,0000 servings, on Thursday to the West Ohio Food Bank. Pictured are, from left, Eric Anderson, of Fresh Encounters; Ken Rains, of Miller Amish Country Poultry; Tom Swickrath, of West Ohio Food Bank; Len Neeb, of Miller Amish Country Poultry; Dwane Fulton, of Miller Amish Country Poultry; Nikki Jacks, of Chief Supermarkets; Justin Long, of Chief Supermarkets; Chuck Sanchez, of Chief Supermarkets; and Michael Needler Sr., CEO of Fresh Encounters.

Shoppers surprised with gift cards


By Danae King

LIMA — While out holiday shopping at the Lima Mall this season, people may be surprised with a gift card. However, all the money on those gift cards won’t be for them. One will be shared with another lucky shopper. The mall launched its “Spread Love” campaign on Saturday to encourage a giving spirit, according to a release from the mall.

“Our shoppers demonstrate time and again how generous they are by contributing to our local food and clothing drives, donating to Simon Youth Foundation and participating in our community events benefiting others,” said Betsy Billingsley, director of marketing and business development at the mall, in a statement. “On Dec. 6, we want to say ‘thank you’ to our shoppers while tapping into that contagious spirit of generosity and encouraging gift card recipients to ‘Spread Love’ to other shoppers.” Supermarket donates thousands of meals

LIMA — Chief Supermarkets plans to provide 49,200 meals for local families this holiday  season, after it made a large donation Thursday. “Families needing assistance to keep nutritious food on the table is on the rise,” according to a press release from the company. The 8,200 pounds of chicken the company donated to the West Ohio Food Bank in Lima is in response to this rising need. The donation will be combined with an additional donation from Fresh Encounter, Inc., Chief’s parent company. “I am excited to be able to make this donation on behalf of all of our stores to the West Ohio Food Bank,” said Mike Needler, Jr., CEO of Fresh Encounter, in a statement.

Fresh Encounter, Inc. acquires Chief Super Market, Inc.

Fresh Encounter, Inc. acquires Chief Super Market, Inc.

Findlay, OH: Fresh Encounter, Inc. announced today that it has entered into a definitive agreement to acquire Chief Super Market, Inc. Headquartered in Defiance, Ohio, Chief is a retail grocery chain with stores located in West Central and Northwest Ohio. The acquisition incorporates all Chief Super Market, Inc. retail locations, Boots BBQ, Chief Kitchen and Chief Smokehouse operations into the Fresh Encounter retail business.

“This acquisition will be transformative for Fresh Encounter, Inc. The Chief locations will increase our retail footprint in Ohio as well as onboard premier grocery retail locations into our operation,” said Michael Needler, Jr. CEO and President of Fresh Encounter, Inc. Fresh Encounter operates 25 stores in Ohio and Indiana. Chief Supermarkets operate 11 stores in Ohio. “It is difficult to create a merger of this size in such close proximity and not overlap retail locations, but this is one of those rare instances when we can consolidate resources without sacrificing any retail operations.”

Michael Needler, Sr. and the late Susan Needler founded Fresh Encounter in 1995, after the acquisition of CWC Companies from Carroll Cheek. CWC Companies was founded in 1964. The chain of grocery stores celebrated 50 years of continuous service to Ohio and Indiana residents in 2014, operating under the banners of Great Scot, Community Markets and Sack n’ Save.

Chief Super Market, Inc. was founded in 1951 by Ted Hench, Karl Hench, and John Nolan. The company has remained family owned for over 60 years. “Fresh Encounter is an obvious succession plan for our organization. We have been colleagues for many years and respect their approach to the challenging, yet rewarding, grocery business. We look forward to watching the combined organizations continue to grow and prosper,” said Stephanie Skylar, President & CEO of Chief Super Market, Inc. The retail stores will continue to operate under their existing brands.

The combined companies will now operate 36 stores in Ohio and Indiana and employ approximately 2,200 people.

Fresh Encounter, Inc. Donates 8,200 pounds of Chicken to Local Food Pantry

Findlay, OH — December 2, 2014.

West Central and Northwest Ohio will be receiving a welcome gift of food this holiday season from Fresh Encounter, Inc. parent company to Community Markets and Great Scot Supermarkets. Families needing assistance to keep nutritious food on the table is on the rise, and in response to this critical need, Fresh Encounter has partnered with Miller Amish Country Poultry to make a generous donation to the communities that have supported them all year long. On Thursday, December 4, 2014, Fresh Encounter will donate 8,200 pounds of Miller Amish Country Poultry to CHOPIN Hall located in Findlay, Ohio.

This donation combined with another donation from newly acquired Chief Supermarkets, will provide enough food for 49,200 meals for local families. Chief stores serve Lima, Celina, Coldwater, Delphos, and Paulding and their donation will directly benefit those communities. Miller Amish Country Poultry supplies Fresh Encounter owned stores with fresh chicken that is locally hatched, grown and processed in Northern Indiana with no hormones, no antibiotics and no artificial ingredients or coloring.

“I am excited to make this donation on behalf of all of our stores located in Northwest and West Central Ohio.” said Mike Needler, Jr. CEO of Fresh Encounter, Inc. “Chief, Community Markets and Great Scot stores have all maintained long-time partnerships with Miller Amish Country Poultry, and we are pleased to continue this worthwhile tradition of donating back to our communities.”

About Fresh Encounter, Inc.

Fresh Encounter, Inc. is the parent company of Chief Supermarkets, Community Markets, Great Scot and Sack ‘n Save supermarkets. A family-owned and third generation operator, Fresh Encounter manages 36 stores throughout Ohio and Indiana. The organization currently employs over 2,000 full and part time team members.

Employee’s abilities seen at work daily

Employee's abilities seen at work daily

OAK HARBOR — You may or may not know David Salyers. He’s the service clerk at Community Markets and his face is on posters and billboards throughout Ottawa County with the logo “Ability at Work.”

Salyers, of Ottawa County, has worked for the Oak Harbor Community Markets store for 15 years.

Salyers said he went in for his interview at Community Markets and was hired on the spot. He began his job at the grocery store by learning multiple tasks including cleaning, stocking and bagging groceries. Salyers knows many of his customers by their first name and said serving the community is his favorite part of the job.

In addition to his role as a service clerk, Salyers and Lester Weatherwax, supervisor/store manager of Community Markets, have both competed in the annual baggers contest at the local level every July.

Baggers from the store compete to go to the state competition.

Salyers and Weatherwax also team up together in the community. Each year, the store has a float in the Oak Harbor Apple Festival parade. Last year’s float was a 1950s theme and Salyers dressed as a character from “Grease” complete with sunglasses and slicked back hair. They won third place.

Salyers also has participated in ringing the bell for the Salvation Army, delivering food for the holiday bureau and the food pantry.

For information about employing individuals with developmental disabilities, contact the Ottawa County Board of Developmental Disabilities at 419-898-0400.

You can also read the original story at the Port Clinton News Herald.

Ossian Community Market Honored

Ossian Community Market Honored

The Wells County Chamber of Commerce and ambassadors surprised Ossian Community Market Thursday, Feb. 7, as the February Business of the Month…

You can read more about this on The News Banner’s website, or you can download a PDF of the newspaper clipping here.

Great Scot food drive collects 600 items

Great Scot food drive collects 600 items

GREEN SPRINGS — The customers at Great Scot Community Markets in Green Springs were so good this year that Santa paid them an early visit last Thursday.

Santa was on hand to help the store promote its fourth annual food drive that benefited the Clyde/Green Springs food pantry.

As of that day, the store had collected about 600 items for the pantry, in addition to monetary donations.

Green Springs Police Chief Charlie Horne and Clyde police officer Dana Widman were also helping support th

e event by bagging groceries. Other local dignitaries that bagged groceries through the several-day event included retired Green Springs police chief Earlie Lee and Green Springs principal Randy Stockmaster.

Read The Rest of the Article at the News Messenger

Hearth and Care, Community Market give away 50 hams


Hearth and Care and Community Market came together last week to give away a total of 50 hams to people in the community. Pictured in front are Sean Lawwell with Community Market and Ashley Coe with Hearth and Care. Behind them are people with both businesses. Read more here

Applegate Products Now Available at Bluffton Community Markets

Bluffton Community Markets is proud to now carry Applegate products!

Applegate Farms, a New Jersey-based meat company, is one of the largest natural and organic food brands in the U.S. Their goal is to change the way America eats meat and it all began with CEO Stephen McDonnell’s epiphany that he could feel good about eating meat only if it didn’t contain any of the ingredients he knew were bad for him. He was certain that others felt the same and he went into the meat business to do something about it.

After 25 years, McDonnell and Applegate Farms now work with 18 co-packing companies, 12 slaughterhouses, and 1,000 farms that supply humanely raised meat that is free from antibiotics or hormones.

Because Applegate provides a large variety of meat products, customers can trust one brand and know they’re receiving the best quality in all their purchases. They can finally feel good about eating meat, which has been McDonnell’s mission from the beginning.

The following Applegate products are now available at Bluffton Community Markets.



-Gluten Free, Uncured Beef Corndogs

-Gluten Free Chicken Breakfast Sausage




-Gluten Free Classic Pork Breakfast Sausage

-Chicken Nuggets

-Gluten Free Breaded Chicken Nuggets

-Gluten Free Breaded Chicken Tenderloins

-Organic Breaded Chicken Strips



-Pre-sliced Deli Meats

        -Black Forest Ham

        -Organic Black Forest Ham

        -Genoa Salami

        -Organic Genoa Salami

        -Roast Beef

        -Herb Turkey

-Uncured Sunday Turkey Bacon

-Uncured Sunday Bacon (Pork)

-Uncured Natural Beef Hotdogs

-Pre-sliced Deli Cheeses (All rBGH Free)



        -Havarti (Imported From Denmark)

        -Monterey Jack With Jalapeno Peppers

        -Cheddar (Medium)

Produce of the Month: Brussels Sprouts

Produce of the Month: Brussels Sprouts

Brussels Sprouts

Brussels sprouts have always had a bad rap. They used to be the miniature cabbages that we pushed around our plates as kids, but they are now making a comeback. With their great health benefits, they are a beneficial addition to any meal. And with their tender, buttery taste, brussels sprouts won’t be pushed around anymore!

What’s in those mini cabbages?


They are:

– low in fat and cholesterol (and even help lower cholesterol levels)
– antioxidant supportive
– high in fiber
– rich in vitamin C (an anti-cancer agent)
– high in protein
– low in fat & calories

The best way to reap all of these health benefits is to steam the brussels sprouts. Raw sprouts still contain these benefits, but steaming them will help bring them out. Your weekly intake should be around 2 cups to really take advantage of their perks.

Select & Store

Brussels sprouts are a cool season vegetable. They are available year round, but are best during the winter/spring months. When they are about an inch in size, firm, dark green, compact and free of spots, your brussels will be best for you. Remove any damaged outer leaves and store your fresh unwashed sprouts in sealed plastic zip bags in the crisper of your refrigerator.  This way, the sprouts will keep for about 3 days.

Smell the Sprouts

Brussels sprouts typically are delicate and buttery in flavor, but if the sprouts are overcooked they can release a very pungent smell similar to sulphur, which ruins their taste. To help clean your brussels before cooking follow these preparation steps:

1. Remove discolored and loosen outer leaves
2. Trim stem
3. Wash in clean water, then soak in salt water for a few minutes

These steps will also help your brussels from releasing that distinct smell.

If you’re still not convinced that you should eat more brussels, try this recipe for roasted brussels sprouts with crispy bacon. It will surely change your mind!



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