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  • Introducing Dogs on Deployment by Kara Ingram In addition to providing nutritious meals for our pets, Nestlé Purina prides itself on our partnerships in the pet welfare world and raising awareness for what pets truly need. One such partnership is Dogs on Deployment, a national non-profit which provides an online network for service members to search for volunteers who are willing to board their pets during their owner's service commitments.
  • Using an ESOP to Build a Secure Retirement for IGA Business Owners by Dick May As the owner of a privately held IGA business, your wealth and the source of a secure retirement for you and your family is directly related to the market value of your business and the cost and speed of realizing that value. Although there are other alternatives to realizing the full value of your business, one that you should consider as you plan for your retirement is to establish an Employee Stock Ownership Plan ("ESOP") and sell some part or all of your business to the ESOP. 
  • IGA and Health & Wellness in the News with Kim Kirchherr! by Kim Kirchherr, MS, RDN, LDN, CDE, FANDIf one were to ask a colleague, family member, or friend to define health and wellness, it's likely no two answers would be exactly the same. The elements in common could be said to be food and beverage choices, activity, and overall feeling. This is what I had on my mind as a dietitian as we prepared for our panel at The Health and Wellness Summit, Presented by Supermarket News at Expo East last week.
  • Make IGA Days Count with Creative Displays by Kurt SchumacherWe're less than two weeks away from the kick-off of the 2015 IGA Days fall selling event. Preparation up to now has been working with your Licensed Distribution Center (LDC) to order the right mix of products, designing your ad layout, and getting your store associates up to speed on the big event—all extremely important steps.
  • Congratulations to Pat Ptacek, WGA Community Service Award Winner! by Ricky St. JohnIf you know Pat Ptacek, you know he has a way with words—especially on social media, a nickname for everyone, a great imagination that really gives him a leg up at retail, but most of all, he sure does have a heart of gold.
  • Read Kim's Latest Blog: Make Meal Time Family Time! by Kim Kirchherr, MS, RDN, LDN, CDE, FANDWith the busy school year back in full swing, it can feel like there's no time for anything! But the good news is, with a little planning, there is time to make balanced choices to get us through the day with the nutrient rich foods we need. We all want to help our families (and ourselves) stay healthy, eat well, and work towards instilling great habits that can last a lifetime.
  • Join the IGA Facebook Group Today by Doug FritschIn today's world, social media plays an increasingly critical role in the lives of our shoppers and our businesses. Consider, for example, that 50 percent of the world's population is under 30 and that 96 percent of millennials have a social media account.
  • Let Me Help You Navigate Your Health-and-Wellness Needs by Kim KirchherrLast week, I had the pleasure of sharing with you the shopper-facing component of your IGA Better Choices program: a robust health-and-wellness website that provides the reliable information your shoppers want to help them make better choices for a healthier lifestyle.
  • What Does "Better Choices" Really Mean Anyway? by Kim KirchherrWhat's our ultimate goal for helping our shoppers move towards meeting their health-and-wellness goals with the IGA Better Choices program? To share resources and information they're looking for from their Hometown Proud IGA so they can make the better choices that are right for them.
  • Securing a Healthier Future with IGA Better Choices! by Mark BatenicFollowing the IGA Global Rally you heard from me that IGA had brought on board registered dietitian and IGA Health & Wellness Advisor Kim Kirchherr to help us craft a program that would demonstrate that we take responsibility to deliver the health-and-wellness information our shoppers want...
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