press release

November 12, 2014

Christopher Brand
[email protected]


Recognized for company’s better neighbor efforts

Carlisle, PA – Progressive Grocer, a leading retail food industry trade publication, has named GIANT Food Stores, MARTIN’S Food Markets and all of the Ahold USA businesses as 2014 Retailer of the Year. The recognition was given for the company’s exceptional philanthropic contributions and community outreach efforts. GIANT/MARTIN’S is profiled in the October 2014 issue which can be found at

“Our charitable giving roots run deep at GIANT/MARTIN’S with a passionate commitment to feed the hungry, help children and build healthy communities,” said Tom Lenkevich, GIANT/MARTIN’S president. “Thank you to Progressive Grocer for recognizing our community commitment and to our associates, who through their tremendous enthusiasm and support are the foundation of our better neighbor efforts.”

Progressive Grocer’s profile highlights GIANT/MARTIN’S community efforts related to charitable giving, health and wellness initiatives and associate engagement. The grocer’s in-store nutritionist program and commitment to nutrition education was also profiled. In addition, as part of the company’s commitment to hunger relief efforts, GIANT/MARTIN’S “Meat the Needs” frozen meat donation program, which has distributed more than three million pounds of meat to regional food banks, was also featured.

“We are delighted to have the opportunity to celebrate the ongoing commitment and vital role GIANT/MARTIN’S family of stores and associates play not only as a better neighbor but also as an exceptionally responsible retailer in countless meaningful ways,” said Progressive Grocer’s Editor-in-Chief Jim Dudlicek. “Their caring culture and commitment to good corporate citizenship have been at the forefront of the company’s success through the years.”

As the voice of the retail food industry for 90 years, Progressive Grocer’s core audience targets top management at headquarters and key decision makers at store-level from chain supermarkets, to regional and local independent grocers, supercenters, wholesaler distributors, manufacturers and other supply chain training partners.


Headquartered in Carlisle, Pennsylvania, GIANT/MARTIN’S operates nearly 200 grocery stores in Pennsylvania, Maryland, Virginia and West Virginia, under the names of GIANT Food Stores and MARTIN’S Food Markets. GIANT/MARTIN’S employs more than 31,000 associates. Founded in 1923, GIANT and MARTIN’S have a long-standing commitment to eradicate hunger and improve the quality of life for children in addition to working with hundreds of local organizations annually. The company was recognized for its leadership in the fight against hunger with the Golden Grocer Award by the U.S. Department of Agriculture. In addition, GIANT/MARTIN’S is one of the top ten fund-raisers in the country for local Children’s Miracle Network hospitals. GIANT and MARTIN’S are Ahold companies. For more information visit and Find us on Facebook at and and on Twitter @GiantFoodStores or @MartinsFoodMkts.