Serving the retail grocers of Maine
Board of Directors Number CXXI
Troy Plummer, President
P.W. Plummer & Sons August 19, 2010
Kim Brackett 1st Vice President
Steve Culver, 2nd Vice President
MGA Members to Serve On Dairy Work Groups
Hannaford Bros. Co.
Cathy Callahan, Secretary
Associated Grocers of Maine
State Agriculture Commissioner Seth Bradstreet recently appointed
Leo Ouellette, Treasurer MGA President, Troy Plummer, Plummer’s Supermarket, MGA Board
Shaw’s Supermarkets member, John Economy, Garelick Farms, Tom Brigham, Oakhurst Dairy
Barbara Davidson, Immediate Past President
Carver’s Harbor Market and John Blake, H P Hood Dairy to serve on two work groups charged
Don Blanchette with examining different aspects of Maine’s complex milk handling fee.
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One work group will examine how the handling fee is charged on milk
Coca-Cola Bottling Co. of No. NE bound for sales outside of Maine, while the second work group will focus
Dan Brock its attention on the merits of expanding the handling fee to other milk
products or the adoption of an excise tax on dairy products. The handling
Pine State Trading Co. fee is currently assessed on fluid milk products and is deposited into the
Scott Carlin State’s general fund. In turn, these funds are distributed to the state’s 320
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dairy farmers who have come to rely on these payments since the
Pepsi Beverages Company programs inception in 2005. The program was designed as a safety net for
John Economy farmers and like other such state funded programs, it has been modified
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and sustained cuts leaving some lawmakers and farmers interested in
Edwards Family Shop ‘n Save tapping into other funding sources. The first meeting is scheduled for
Sanford Goodwin Thursday, August 19.
National Grocers Association
Paradis Family Supermarket Counterfeit/Fraudulent Coupon Resources
Oakhurst Dairy The MGA is pleased to announce that its partner, the National
Zachary Sclar Grocers Association is responding to a number of retailers and
wholesalers regarding an increase in counterfeit coupons and has
Altria Sales & Distribution developed a number of contacts and resources to assist MGA members
Mary-Jo Tozier personnel in recognizing counterfeit internet coupons, including making
Tozier’s Family Market
available a poster created by the Association of Coupon Professionals.
Robert Wentworth This poster provides tips for cashiers to look for certain elements
within the coupons such as no free/high-value offers, obvious
Associated Grocers of New England alternations, unusually long expiration periods, and other features and
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design elements. Visit http://www.nationalgrocers.org/Art/031109-
ACP_CouponPoster_11x17.pdf to download the poster.
IRS Reaches Out to Small Businesses
Please Answer Their On-Line Survey
The IRS is reaching out to small businesses to make it easier to understand and meet their tax
obligations. As a result, they are conducting an on-line Survey that will be used to recommend
improvements to tax education and guidance for small business owners. The information received
will help shape future IRS outreach efforts. MGA encourages you to take a moment to open the link
http://ems.osis.gov/irs_market_outreach—they need to hear from you.
Fruit and Veggie "Prescriptions" Aimed at Cutting Obesity
Participating Maine doctors will be writing out some unusual prescriptions -- or vouchers --
worth $1 a day to low income people to buy fresh produce. The program was created by
Connecticut-based Wholesome Wave. The Fruit and Veggie Rx program is aimed at measuring how
increased consumption of fruits and veggies affects blood pressure, weight and other health
Local fruits and veggies are most plentiful during the summer, but available at Maine grocery
stores all year long! For more information on the program, go to http://wholesomewave.org/
FDA Partners with We Card on New Tobacco Regulations
The FDA says it's looking to retailers to help enforce the sweeping
tobacco regulations that took effect June 22. The FDA is reaching out to retailers
through direct mail, web, training, podcasts, Twitter and yes, even text
messages. The FDA has named its retail campaign "Break the Chain of
Addiction" and offers free posters, badges and other material to retailers to post
in their stores. Visit www.fda.gov/TobaccoProducts/ResourcesforYou/BreakTheChain/
Maine Grocers Association MGA Focus Newsletter—New Email Format!
Calling all MGA members—sign up to receive the MGA Focus Newsletter via email. Sign
up today and receive the MGA Focus Newsletter the same day it is published. It is packed with
useful information helpful to the busy grocer. Why not sign up today to receive the MGA Focus
Newsletter via email.
It’s simple, call Shelley Doak at 207.622.4461 or send her an email at firstname.lastname@example.org
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As a reminder, here's what you, the retailer, need to know about FDA tobacco regulations:
⋅ Remember to check ID for any customer younger than 27 years old.
⋅ All tobacco sales must be made face-to-face - that means no vending machines. It also
means that all displays of cigarettes, cigars and smokeless tobacco must be kept behind
⋅ Do not break packs up into smaller quantities. No sale of "loosies" or cigarettes in packs
fewer than 20.
⋅ Do not sell T-shirts, ball caps, mugs, key chains or other items promoting tobacco
⋅ No free samples of cigarettes or smokeless tobacco
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Troy and Cindy Plummer, Plummer's Supermarket showed their community spirit and dedication
to the MGA supported Got Your Bags? Maine campaign when they marched in the Buxton
Community Days Parade. "We donated over 1,000 reusable bags and collected hundreds of canned
foods for the Buxton Food Cupboard," said Troy, MGA President. To see photos, visit the Got Your
Bags? Maine Facebook Page at http://www.facebook.com/gotyourbagsmaine and become a Fan!
Join the movement everyone is talking about Got Your Bags? Maine.
AG of Maine Trade Show
September 13, 2010
Augusta Civic Center
Visit the MGA & MFPA Booth!
C & S Wholesale Grocers
September 22, 2010
MGM Grand at Foxwoods
National Frozen Refrigerated Foods Convention
October 16 - 19, 2010
Maine Food Means
October 28, 2010
Samoset in Rockport
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