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Great Scot Community Markets Donates 4,600 pounds of Chicken to Local Food Pantries

Findlay, OH – December 3, 2015. West Central and Northwest Ohio will be receiving a welcome gift of food this holiday season from Great Scot Community Markets. Families needing assistance to keep nutritious food on the table is on the rise, and in response to this critical need, Great Scot Community Markets 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 3, 2015, Great Scot Community Markets will donate 4,600 pounds of Miller Amish Chicken to the Chopin Hall in Findlay, Ohio and West Ohio Food Bank in Lima, Ohio.

This donation combined with another Fresh Encounter, Inc. will produce enough food for 27,600 meals for local families. Miller Amish Country Poultry supplies Great Scot Community Markets 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 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. Great Scot Community Markets has maintained a long-standing tradition of making this poultry donation to Chopin Hall and the West Ohio Food Bank.

About Great Scot Community Markets

Fresh Encounter, Inc. headquartered in Findlay, Ohio, is the parent company of Chief, Community Markets, Sack & Save and Great Scot supermarkets. Operating 35 stores throughout Ohio and Indiana, Fresh Encounter is a leading Midwest family owned supermarket operator with emphasis on locally sourced produce, premium meats and exceptional customer service.

For additional information, contact Annette Hoeffel, Director of Marketing, at (419) 422-8090 ext.

2263 or e-mail: annettehoeffel@freshencounter.com

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Fresh Encounter, Inc. Thanks for Giving campaign more than doubles last year’s donation

Fresh Encounter, Inc. Thanks for Giving campaign more than doubles last year’s donation

Fresh Encounter stores donate 95,376 meals to West Ohio Food Bank

Findlay, Ohio, December 15, 2015:  Fresh Encounter, Inc, announced today that it will be donating 95,376 meals to the West Ohio Food bank from its second annual Thanks for Giving holiday food drive campaign. The initiative was available at all of the Ohio Chief, Community Markets, Sack ‘n Save and Great Scot! Supermarkets. The charitable initiative took place the entire month of November.

“The program was simple. We donated eight meals to the West Ohio Food Bank for every turkey purchased at any one of our stores in the month of November.”, said Mike Needler, Jr. CEO of Fresh Encounter, Inc. “Our goal was to double our donation this year, and we more than accomplished our giving objective.” said Needler. In 2014, Fresh Encounter stores donated 43,392 meals to the West Ohio Food Bank through the food drive.

Linda Hamilton, CEO at the West Ohio Food Bank stated that “we are excited about our partnership with the Fresh Encounter family of stores.”. She went on to say “The West Ohio Food Bank services 11 surrounding counties, and donations such as this one will keep more families fed during the upcoming winter months.”

Fresh Encounter, Inc. owns and operates 34 retail grocery stores in Ohio and Eastern Indiana. Operating under the banners of Chief, Great Scot, Community Markets and Sack ‘n Save, Fresh Encounter, Inc. is Ohio’s largest independently owned retail grocery operator and employs over 2,000 team members dedicated to extraordinary customer service and customer satisfaction. 


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

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By Danae King dking@civitasmedia.com

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

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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


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