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07/06/2017 Coborn's, Inc. Honored with Placement on Top Workplace and Employee Engagement Lists
Star Tribune Top Workplace - Achievers 50 Most Engaged Workplaces

ST. CLOUD, MINN (August 14, 2017) – Coborn’s, Inc. was recently named to two lists that highlight the company’s remarkable workplace culture and engaged employee workforce.

Achievers, a leading provider of employee recognition software, recently named Coborn’s, Inc. to its 2017 list of “50 Most Engaged Workplaces.” To earn this spot, Coborn’s, Inc. entered the competition and completed a series of ten required short essays on the topics of: leadership, communication, culture, recognition and rewards, personal and professional growth, accountability and performance, vision and values, and corporate social responsibility. A third- party panel of judges considered the submitted essays and did not know the names of the companies who submitted them.

The overall question the judges set out to answer is how engaged the employees are at the companies that enter the competition. Achievers defines an engaged employee as a person who is fully involved in and enthusiastic about their work, inspired and often inspires others, and passionate and committed every day.

In addition to this honor, Coborn’s, Inc. was also named to the Star Tribune’s 2017 list of “Top Workplaces” in Minnesota. This designation was determined by the results of employee surveys taken in the early part of 2017.

Coborn’s, Inc. employees strive each day to live out the words of the company’s vision to “Be Remarkable!” through great guest service, as well as giving back and being good neighbors in the communities where the company does business. Coborn’s, Inc. stores regularly take part in community functions and fundraisers, volunteering opportunities and efforts to support area non-profits, such as United Way. In 2016, employees raised $329,000 to support United Way chapters in the towns where the company does business.

Coborn’s, Inc. would like to again congratulate all employees across its retail and non-retail divisions on earning these two special honors.


About Coborn’s, Inc.
St. Cloud, Minn.-based Coborn’s, Inc. is an employee-owned grocery retailer with 8,000 employees and 54 stores across Minnesota, North Dakota, South Dakota, Iowa, Illinois and Wisconsin under the Coborn’s, Cash Wise Foods, Marketplace Foods and Save-A-Lot banners. Coborn’s, Inc. also owns CobornsDelivers, an online grocery ordering and home delivery service; and stand-alone convenience, liquor, video and pharmacy locations. To support its 120 retail locations, Coborn’s, Inc. operates its own central bakery, dry cleaning facility and grocery distribution center.

Recent Awards and Honors
In 2010, Coborn’s, Inc. was recognized as ‘Family Business of the Year for Community Service and Philanthropy’ by Minnesota Business magazine. In 2011, Coborn’s, Inc. was recognized as ‘Independent Retailer of the Year’ by Grocery Headquarters magazine. In 2014, the company’s President, CEO, and Chairman Chris Coborn, was named Grocer of the Year by the N.D. Grocers Association. In 2016, the National Grocers Association (NGA) honored Coborn with the Thomas F. Wenning Pinnacle PAC Award for his help with advancing the role and presence of the independent grocer and NGA in government and political affairs.

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07/06/2017 Coborn's, Inc. Issues Recall of Incorrectly Labeled Gluten Free Chocolate Chip Bars Due to Undeclared Milk

ST. CLOUD, MINN (JULY 6, 2017) – Coborn’s, Inc. of St. Cloud, Minn. is recalling packages of its Gluten Free Chocolate Chip Bars, some of which were incorrectly labeled as Gluten Free Fudge Brownies. The Gluten Free Fudge Brownie label does not indicate the product contains milk, however the Gluten Free Chocolate Chip Bars that are incorrectly labeled as Gluten Free Fudge Brownies do contain milk. People who have allergies to milk run the risk of a serious or life-threatening allergic reaction if they consume these products.

The recalled products were distributed and sold at Coborn’s and Cash Wise stores in Minnesota, North Dakota and South Dakota, as well as Marketplace Foods stores in Wisconsin, and Coborn’s Delivers in the Twin Cities Metro area. These products were sold between July 4, 2017 and July 6, 2017 and list an expiration date of July 10, 2017. Products with an expiration date of July 10, 2017 are the only products affected. The UPC is 7-33147-20522-8. Guests who are allergic to milk should destroy this product or return it to the store where it was purchased for a full refund. An internal review has found that a limited number of products were sold.

No illnesses have been reported to date in connection with this problem.

The recall was initiated July 6 after it was discovered the Gluten Free Chocolate Chip Bars were incorrectly labeled with a Gluten Free Fudge Brownie label. The problem has since been corrected and all packages going forward will contain the correct label.

Consumers with questions may contain the MORE Rewards Helpline at 1-844-700-MORE (6673).


About Coborn’s, Inc.
St. Cloud, Minn.-based Coborn’s, Inc. is an employee-owned grocery retailer with 8,000 employees and 54 stores across Minnesota, North Dakota, South Dakota, Iowa, Illinois and Wisconsin under the Coborn’s, Cash Wise Foods, Marketplace Foods and Save-A-Lot banners. Coborn’s, Inc. also owns CobornsDelivers, an online grocery ordering and home delivery service; and stand-alone convenience, liquor, video and pharmacy locations. To support its 120 retail locations, Coborn’s, Inc. operates its own central bakery, dry cleaning facility and grocery distribution center.

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06/16/2017 Newly located Coborn’s Liquor store to open June 19 in Albertville, MN

ST. CLOUD, MINN (JUNE 16, 2017) – Coborn’s, Inc. is nearing completion on a new liquor store set to open in Albertville June 19. The current liquor store, located in Coborn’s grocery store, will be moved to a new location in an adjacent strip mall at 5600 LaCentre Ave. Suite 114 in Albertville.

The new location brings with it a brand-new design to further enhance each guest’s shopping experience. The store’s interior has a very modern look, a new premium selection area for unique and hard to find items, wide aisles, a new tasting center and plenty of convenient parking. In addition to cosmetic changes, guests will find a larger selection of items for sale. More than 500 liquor, beer and wine products have also been added to the store.

Coborn’s Liquor will be open Monday-Saturday from 8am-10pm. Once Minnesota’s Sunday liquor law takes effect, all Coborn’s Liquor locations in Minnesota will also be open 11am-6pm on Sunday, beginning July 2.

In addition to this transition, Coborn’s, Inc. is working on a remodeling project to bring its bold “next-generation” look to the Coborn’s grocery store in Albertville. The remodel will be consistent with Coborn’s Marketplace next-generation stores in Isanti and Sartell. This remodel is expected to be complete by Fall 2017.


About Coborn’s, Inc.
St. Cloud, Minn.-based Coborn’s, Inc. is an employee-owned grocery retailer with 8,000 employees and 54 stores across Minnesota, North Dakota, South Dakota, Iowa, Illinois and Wisconsin under the Coborn’s, Cash Wise Foods, Marketplace Foods and Save-A-Lot banners. Coborn’s, Inc. also owns CobornsDelivers, an online grocery ordering and home delivery service; and stand-alone convenience, liquor, video and pharmacy locations. To support its 120 retail locations, Coborn’s, Inc. operates its own central bakery, dry cleaning facility and grocery distribution center.

Recent Awards and Honors
In 2010, Coborn’s, Inc. was recognized as ‘Family Business of the Year for Community Service and Philanthropy’ by Minnesota Business magazine. In 2011, Coborn’s, Inc. was recognized as ‘Independent Retailer of the Year’ by Grocery Headquarters magazine. In 2014, the company’s President, CEO, and Chairman Chris Coborn, was named Grocer of the Year by the N.D. Grocers Association. In 2016, the National Grocers Association (NGA) honored Coborn with the Thomas F. Wenning Pinnacle PAC Award for his help with advancing the role and presence of the independent grocer and NGA in government and political affairs. Additionally, in June 2016, Coborn’s, Inc. was named one of the Top 150 Workplaces in Minnesota by the Star Tribune.

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06/04/2017 Coborn’s to Hold Annual Best Bagger Competition
Top bagger advances to state, national competition for chance to win $10,000

ST. CLOUD, MINN (JUNE 4, 2017) – On June 6, 2017, grocery baggers from area Coborn’s stores will compete in the company’s 28th annual Best Bagger Contest, which will be held in the Coborn’s Superstore parking lot at 110 First Street South, Sauk Rapids from 5:00 to 7:00 p.m.

The employee who is deemed best bagger in the June 6 competition will receive $100 cash and will advance to the Minnesota Grocers Association’s Best Bagger Contest at the Mall of America on August 19, where he or she will compete for a $500 first prize and a trip to Las Vegas in February 2018 to represent Minnesota and compete in the National Grocers Association’s Best Bagger Contest; contestants will vie for a $10,000 cash prize.

Best Bagger contestants will line tables piled with a predesignated assortment of grocery items and will be judged based on bag-building technique, weight distribution, speed, style, attitude and appearance.

Since 1989, five Coborn’s baggers have advanced to the National Grocers Association’s Best Bagger Contest.

Best Bagger History
In 1987 the first National Grocers Association Best Bagger Contest was held in Dallas, Texas. It was called the “Texas/Oklahoma Checkout-Shootout.” There were only two contestants and the Master of Ceremonies was Terry Bradshaw (former NFL Quarterback for the Pittsburgh Steelers). Since then, the National Grocers Association has been bringing the country’s finest baggers together to determine the best of the best. The National Grocers Association’s Best Bagger Championship was created to promote the grocery industry’s devotion to exceptional customer service through superior bagging.


About Coborn’s, Inc.

St. Cloud, Minn.-based Coborn’s, Inc. is an employee-owned grocery retailer with 8,000 employees and 54 stores across Minnesota, North Dakota, South Dakota, Iowa, Illinois and Wisconsin under the Coborn’s, Cash Wise Foods, Marketplace Foods and Save-A-Lot banners. Coborn’s, Inc. also owns CobornsDelivers, an online grocery ordering and home delivery service; and stand-alone convenience, liquor, video and pharmacy locations. To support its 120 retail locations, Coborn’s, Inc. operates its own central bakery, dry cleaning facility and grocery distribution center. In 2010, Coborn’s, Inc. was recognized as ‘Family Business of the Year for Community Service and Philanthropy’ by Minnesota Business magazine. In 2011, Coborn’s, Inc. was recognized as ‘Independent Retailer of the Year’ by Grocery Headquarters. magazine. In 2014, the company’s president and CEO, Chris Coborn, was named the Grocer of the Year by the N.D. Grocers Association. In 2016, Coborn’s was named one of the Top 150 Workplaces in Minnesota by the Star Tribune.

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04/11/2017 'Match the Cash' event at Marketplace Foods stores raises over $3,300 for area food shelves

ST. CLOUD, MINN. (April 11, 2017) – Marketplace Foods guests and the four Wisconsin stores’ parent company, Coborn’s, Inc., raised over $3,300 in cash and over $20,000 in food donations for area food shelves across four Wisconsin communities in March. Marketplace Foods is part of the proud family of stores owned by Coborn’s, Inc, headquartered in St. Cloud, MN.

Throughout the month, guests had the opportunity to donate cash to their area food shelf in-store, with the understanding that Coborn’s, Inc. would match the funds raised at the end of promotion with actual food. Thanks to the generosity of many guests, over $3300 in cash was donated. In addition, Coborn’s, Inc. then also donated $20,000 of product in total – $5,000 for each store, that was sent to stores to donate to each of the communities’ local food shelves.

Coborn’s, Inc. has a strong tradition of community caring, service and support. We emphasize the importance of being involved and giving back by tailoring our support to meet the specific needs of the communities we serve. Each year, our company donates more than $3 million and hundreds of volunteer hours to our local communities. In 2016, Coborn’s, Inc. donated more than 1.8 million meals to food shelves and through Second Harvest Heartland through food rescue efforts.

Our three areas of focus are fighting hunger, investing in youth and promoting health. We also support many local non- profits outside of these areas as well. We believe it is important to invest in our local communities and are proud to operate and invest in these vibrant communities in Wisconsin.


About Coborn’s, Inc.

St. Cloud, Minn.-based Coborn’s, Inc. is an employee-owned grocery retailer with 8,000 employees and 54 stores across Minnesota, North Dakota, South Dakota, Iowa, Illinois and Wisconsin under the Coborn’s, Cash Wise Foods, Marketplace Foods and Save-A-Lot banners. Coborn’s, Inc. also owns CobornsDelivers, an online grocery ordering and home delivery service; and stand-alone convenience, liquor, video and pharmacy locations. To support its 120 retail locations, Coborn’s, Inc. operates its own central bakery, dry cleaning facility and grocery distribution center. In 2010, Coborn’s, Inc. was recognized as ‘Family Business of the Year for Community Service and Philanthropy’ by Minnesota Business magazine. In 2011, Coborn’s, Inc. was recognized as ‘Independent Retailer of the Year’ by Grocery Headquarters. magazine. In 2014, the company’s president and CEO, Chris Coborn, was named the Grocer of the Year by the N.D. Grocers Association. In 2016, Coborn’s was named one of the Top 150 Workplaces in Minnesota by the Star Tribune.

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07/19/2016 Locally Owned CobornsDelivers Introduces 'To The Table' Fresh Meal Kits:
Solve Menu Planning—And Shopping—With Doorstep Dinner Delivery NEW HOPE, Minn. (July 19, 2016) – Local, online grocery ordering and home-delivery service CobornsDelivers introduces new fresh and quick-prep meal kits — To the Table Fresh Meal Kits — delivered to the doorstep along with any grocery order. Each meal kit includes fresh ingredients to create a complete, chef-inspired meal at home. To the Table Fresh Meal Kits make it effortless for everyone — from kitchen novices to seasoned chefs — to skip takeout and get cooking, even on the busiest of nights (a hot meal before sports practice!) or for an easy weekend dinner at the lake (cabin meal planning solved!).


While shopping for groceries online at CobornsDelivers, customers may choose from eight meals, each carefully packed in a box with everything required to prepare dinner. The first eight summer meals now available at CobornsDelivers are built around summertime grilling, and new meals will be introduced seasonally. To the Table Fresh Meal Kits available this summer include:

To the Table Fresh Meal Kits deliver farm-fresh produce, restaurant-quality meats and artisan breads with any CobornsDelivers grocery order. “Meal kit delivery services are growing in popularity, and it’s a concept that folds perfectly into our convenient service model. But unlike many of these services, CobornsDelivers customers won’t be locked in to a subscription plan — and the ingredients aren’t shipped across the country,” says Dave Hartman, general manager, CobornsDelivers. “CobornsDelivers, part of Coborn’s Inc., is employee-owned, so we care about everything we prepare. We hand-pack and deliver To the Table kits to customers the same day orders are received at CobornsDelivers in New Hope, Minn. We know our customers will be impressed by the quality of the hand-selected ingredients and the colorful, healthful and delicious meals they’ll serve, because our families are too.” Each To the Table Fresh Meal Kit generously serves two, and prices range from $16.99 to $28.99. To the Table Fresh Meal Kits will roll out at Coborn’s brick-and-mortar stores soon as part of the company’s continued focus on fresh offerings. Watch this short video to learn more about the convenient meal kits.
CobornsDelivers is an online grocery ordering and home-delivery service offering convenience to thousands of loyal households and businesses across the Minneapolis/St. Paul metro. CobornsDelivers operates out of its huge, state‐of-the-art SuperStore in New Hope, Minn., delivering farm‐fresh produce, restaurant‐quality meats, fresh dairy and a full line of name-brand grocery and household products – plus a hand‐picked selection of wine, beer and spirits. Learn more at cobornsdelivers.com/twincities. St. Cloud, Minn.-based Coborn’s, Inc. is a 95-year-old employee-owned grocery retailer with approximately 8,000 employees and 55 stores across Minnesota, North Dakota, South Dakota, Iowa, Illinois and Wisconsin under the Coborn’s, Cash Wise Foods, Marketplace Foods and Save-A-Lot banners. Coborn’s, Inc. also owns CobornsDelivers, an online grocery ordering and home delivery service; and stand-alone convenience, liquor, video and pharmacy locations. To support its 120 retail locations, Coborn’s, Inc. operates its own central bakery, gluten-free bakery, dry cleaning facility and grocery distribution center.
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06/20/2016 Coborn’s, Inc. Announces Closure of Coborn’s Store in Buffalo, Minn.
ST. CLOUD, Minn. (June 20, 2016) – Coborn’s, Inc. today announced plans to close its Coborn’s store in Buffalo, Minn. located at 205 First St. S. The store will close July 30, 2016. “As an employee-owned company, Coborn’s strives to ensure the success of all our stores,” said Coborn’s President, CEO and Chairman of the Board Chris Coborn. “This decision to close the Coborn’s store in Buffalo was difficult and was not made lightly. Coborn’s remains committed to growth, with its newest store scheduled to open in Isanti later this summer.” Coborn’s, Inc. continues to evaluate its portfolio of stores. Upon reviewing the Buffalo location, Coborn’s came to the difficult, but necessary, decision to close the Buffalo store on July 30, 2016. With very limited space, and no room to expand, the Buffalo location cannot support the Coborn’s brand promise that focuses on offering a wide variety of high-quality foods in both a service and non-service environment. Coborn’s employs approximately 60 employees at the Buffalo store, 16 full-time employees and 44 part-time employees, who have all been encouraged to stay with Coborn’s. Personal one-on-one placement assistance for roles within Coborn’s is being provided. Coborn’s has more than 25 full-time and more than 75 part-time job openings available within a 35-mile radius of Buffalo.
About Coborn’s, Inc. St. Cloud, Minn.-based Coborn’s, Inc. is a 95-year-old employee-owned grocery retailer with approximately 8,000 employees and 55 stores across Minnesota, North Dakota, South Dakota, Iowa, Illinois and Wisconsin under the Coborn’s, Cash Wise Foods, Marketplace Foods and Save-A-Lot banners. Coborn’s, Inc. also owns CobornsDelivers, an online grocery ordering and home delivery service; and stand-alone convenience, liquor, video and pharmacy locations. To support its 120 retail locations, Coborn’s, Inc. operates its own central bakery, gluten-free bakery, dry cleaning facility and grocery distribution center. In 2010, Coborn’s, Inc. was recognized as ‘Family Business of the Year for Community Service and Philanthropy’ by Minnesota Business magazine. In 2011, Coborn’s, Inc. was recognized as ‘Independent Retailer of the Year’ by Grocery Headquarters magazine. In 2014, the company’s president, CEO, and chairman Chris Coborn, was named Grocer of the Year by the N.D. Grocers Association. In 2016, the National Grocers Association (NGA) honored Coborn with the Thomas F. Wenning Pinnacle PAC Award for his help with advancing the role and presence of the independent grocer and NGA in government and political affairs.
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06/03/2016 Coborn’s, Inc. Hires New CFO
Financial Leader Jim Shaw to direct and oversee all financial, IT and loss control operations ST. CLOUD, Minn. (June 6, 2016) – Coborn’s , Inc. has hired Jim Shaw as Chief Financial Officer (CFO) effective June 13, 2016, reporting to President, CEO and Chairman of the Board Chris Coborn. As CFO, Shaw will direct and oversee all aspects of the company’s financial operations, IT and loss control. Jim Shaw Shaw has spent the last 25 years earning and honing his senior financial skills. He has significant experience in aligning finance groups to support critical company objectives; leveraging technology to build sustainable, efficient processes; and navigating capital markets, mergers and acquisitions, and treasury management. Most recently, Shaw spent 12 years at Donaldson Company, where he worked in several financial roles, including Chief Financial Officer, Chief Finance Compliance Officer, Corporate Controller, and Internal Audit Director. Prior to that, he spent 13 years in public accounting for Deloitte, Arthur Andersen, and Schreier, Kosbab, Cornell, Kahler. Shaw has a Bachelor of Science degree in Accounting from St. John’s University. His well-rounded experience spanning all areas of finance and accounting offers a wealth of expertise that will benefit Coborn’s as the company moves into the future.
About Coborn’s, Inc. St. Cloud, Minn.-based Coborn’s, Inc. is a 95-year-old employee-owned grocery retailer with approximately 8,000 employees and 55 stores across Minnesota, North Dakota, South Dakota, Iowa, Illinois and Wisconsin under the Coborn’s, Cash Wise Foods, Marketplace Foods and Save-A-Lot banners. Coborn’s, Inc. also owns CobornsDelivers, an online grocery ordering and home delivery service; and stand-alone convenience, liquor, video and pharmacy locations. To support its 120 retail locations, Coborn’s, Inc. operates its own central bakery, gluten-free bakery, dry cleaning facility and grocery distribution center. In 2010, Coborn’s, Inc. was recognized as ‘Family Business of the Year for Community Service and Philanthropy’ by Minnesota Business magazine. In 2011, Coborn’s, Inc. was recognized as ‘Independent Retailer of the Year’ by Grocery Headquarters magazine. In 2014, the company’s president, CEO, and chairman Chris Coborn, was named Grocer of the Year by the N.D. Grocers Association. In 2016, the National Grocers Association (NGA) honored Coborn with the Thomas F. Wenning Pinnacle PAC Award for his help with advancing the role and presence of the independent grocer and NGA in government and political affairs.
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06/01/2016 Coborn’s to Hold Annual Best Bagger Competition During Dairy Days
Top bagger advances to state, national competition for chance to win $10,000 ST. CLOUD, MINN (June 1, 2016) – On June 7, 2016, grocery baggers from area Coborn’s stores will compete in the company’s 27th annual Best Bagger Contest, which will be held in the Coborn’s Superstore parking lot at 110 First Street South, Sauk Rapids from 4:00 to 6:00 p.m., shortly after the store’s Dairy Days celebration. The employee who is deemed best bagger in the June 7 competition will receive $100 cash and will advance to the Minnesota Grocers Association’s Best Bagger Contest at the Mall of America in August, where he or she will compete for a $500 first prize and a trip to Las Vegas in February 2017 to represent Minnesota and compete in the National Grocers Association’s Best Bagger Contest; contestants will vie for a $10,000 cash prize. “Our employees who pack our guests’ bags fill one of the most important roles in our Coborn’s stores,” says Coborn’s Vice President of Operations Bruce Miller. “They are usually the last employees our guests have contact with, so it’s very important that they do a good job and recognize the impact they have on our guests’ overall shopping experience. The best bagger competition gives our baggers a chance to test their skills against not only other Coborn’s employees, but potentially against some of the best from across the country.” Best Bagger contestants will line tables piled with a predesignated assortment of grocery items and will be judged based on bag-building technique, weight distribution, speed, style, attitude and appearance. Since 1989, five Coborn’s baggers have advanced to the National Grocers Association’s Best Bagger Contest. About Dairy Days Dairy Days will be celebrated in the parking lot from 12:00 to 3:00 p.m. The celebration features many in-store specials, free ice cream sundaes from the 50s-style diner, the Kemps Moo-Museum, bounce house, games, giveaways, prizes and more. Other local Coborn’s Superstores will hold Dairy Days celebrations throughout the week; each location will feature different family-friendly activities. Best Bagger History In 1987 the first National Grocers Association Best Bagger Contest was held in Dallas, Texas. It was called the “Texas/Oklahoma Checkout-Shootout.” There were only two contestants and the Master of Ceremonies was Terry Bradshaw (former NFL Quarterback for the Pittsburgh Steelers). Since then, the National Grocers Association has been bringing the country’s finest baggers together to determine the best of the best. The National Grocers Association’s Best Bagger Championship was created to promote the grocery industry’s devotion to exceptional customer service through superior bagging.
About Coborn’s, Inc. St. Cloud, Minn.-based Coborn’s, Inc. is a 95-year-old employee-owned grocery retailer with approximately 8,000 employees and 55 stores across Minnesota, North Dakota, South Dakota, Iowa, Illinois and Wisconsin under the Coborn’s, Cash Wise Foods, Marketplace Foods and Save-A-Lot banners. Coborn’s, Inc. also owns CobornsDelivers, an online grocery ordering and home delivery service; and stand-alone convenience, liquor, video and pharmacy locations. To support its 120 retail locations, Coborn’s, Inc. operates its own central bakery, gluten-free bakery, dry cleaning facility and grocery distribution center. In 2010, Coborn’s, Inc. was recognized as ‘Family Business of the Year for Community Service and Philanthropy’ by Minnesota Business magazine. In 2011, Coborn’s, Inc. was recognized as ‘Independent Retailer of the Year’ by Grocery Headquarters magazine. In 2014, the company’s president, CEO, and chairman Chris Coborn, was named Grocer of the Year by the N.D. Grocers Association. In 2016, the National Grocers Association (NGA) honored Coborn with the Thomas F. Wenning Pinnacle PAC Award for his help with advancing the role and presence of the independent grocer and NGA in government and political affairs.
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05/10/2016 Waite Park Cash Wise Foods to Build World’s Largest Display of Dole Pineapples
Proceeds from Pineapple Sales to Benefit Coborn Cancer Center ST. CLOUD, MINN. (May 10, 2016) – Cash Wise Foods in Waite Park, Minn. is preparing to unveil the World’s Largest Pineapple Display on May 13, featuring 16,800 Dole pineapples and a volcano in an “Explosion of Fresh Flavor” display. A team of 10 employees will build the island-volcano-themed display inside the Cash Wise store, starting the Thursday night before and working through the night to complete construction by 8:00 a.m. Friday. The display will look and act like a 15-foot-tall volcano, complete with smoke rising from the top. Cash Wise has partnered with Dole Pineapple to supply the pineapples. The world record display will be available for guests of all ages to see in person from May 13 at 9:00 a.m. to May 15 at 10:00 p.m. As pineapples are purchased, the display will begin to shrink in size, and the volcano component of the display will be in tact through May 20. Cash Wise will donate $.25 from every pineapple sold during the promotion to the Coborn Cancer Center in St. Cloud, Minn. “Our store’s entire Produce team will be involved and we couldn’t be more excited about this project,” states Tom Williams, Director of Produce and Floral Merchandising at Coborn’s, Inc., the company that owns Cash Wise. “I’m not sure whether they’re more excited about building the world’s largest pineapple display, or that their efforts will support Coborn Caner Center, which has become near and dear to all of our hearts.” The Dole display at Cash Wise will break the previous record for the largest pineapple display, which was set in Bristol, Va. by Food City and Turbana last July 22, featuring 14,700 pineapples. “After hearing about the record that Food City set last year, we decided it would be fun to beat their record and also turn it into an opportunity to give back to the community,” says Williams. “We invite our guests from around the region and their families to come see our Explosion of Fresh Flavor display and take a photo or two. We’re going to have some real fun with this!”
About Coborn’s, Inc. St. Cloud, Minn.-based Coborn’s, Inc. is a 95-year-old employee-owned grocery retailer with approximately 8,000 employees and 55 stores across Minnesota, North Dakota, South Dakota, Iowa, Illinois and Wisconsin under the Coborn’s, Cash Wise Foods, Marketplace Foods and Save-A-Lot banners. Coborn’s, Inc. also owns CobornsDelivers, an online grocery ordering and home delivery service; and stand-alone convenience, liquor, video and pharmacy locations. To support its 120 retail locations, Coborn’s, Inc. operates its own central bakery, gluten-free bakery, dry cleaning facility and grocery distribution center. In 2010, Coborn’s, Inc. was recognized as ‘Family Business of the Year for Community Service and Philanthropy’ by Minnesota Business magazine. In 2011, Coborn’s, Inc. was recognized as ‘Independent Retailer of the Year’ by Grocery Headquarters magazine. In 2014, the company’s president, CEO, and chairman Chris Coborn, was named Grocer of the Year by the N.D. Grocers Association. In 2016, the National Grocers Association (NGA) honored Coborn with the Thomas F. Wenning Pinnacle PAC Award for his help with advancing the role and presence of the independent grocer and NGA in government and political affairs. About Coborn Cancer Center Coborn Cancer Center provides comprehensive, multidisciplinary care and an extensive range of treatment options to support cancer patients and their families. The American College of Surgeons has designated the Coborn Cancer Center as a certified comprehensive community cancer program. Coborn Cancer Center philosophy of care is holistic combining high-tech services with a strong patient-family care model. For more information, call (320) 229-4907 or visit www.centracare.com
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03/16/2016 Coborn’s Stores Host “Build a Better Basket” Expos
Stores offer healthy food education, kids’ activities, samples and discounts on healthy products ST. CLOUD, MINN. (Mar. 16, 2016) – Coborn’s is hosting its third annual “Build a Better Basket” expos in all of its grocery stores on Sat., Mar. 19 from 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m., showcasing healthy choices made easy. The expos feature numerous varieties of healthy food samples, education stations, prize giveaways, in-store product discounts, a variety of kids’ activities, a healthy checkout lane, and Build a Better Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner and Snack ideas. The education stations will help guests understand the NuVal System, which helps shoppers see – at a glance – the nutritional value of the food they buy. The NuVal System, which was developed by physicians, scores food on a scale of 1-100. The higher the NuVal Score is, the better the nutrition. This initiative helps shoppers compare overall nutrition the same way they compare price. Coborn’s is committed to providing healthy options and education for its shoppers and continues to “focus on fresh.”
About Coborn’s, Inc. St. Cloud, Minn.-based Coborn’s, Inc. is a 95-year-old employee-owned grocery retailer with approximately 8,000 employees and 54 stores across Minnesota, North Dakota, South Dakota, Iowa, Illinois and Wisconsin under the Coborn’s, Cash Wise Foods, Marketplace Foods and Save-A-Lot banners. Coborn’s, Inc. also owns CobornsDelivers, an online grocery ordering and home delivery service; and stand-alone convenience, liquor, video and pharmacy locations. To support its 120 retail locations, Coborn’s, Inc. operates its own central bakery, gluten-free bakery, dry cleaning facility and grocery distribution center. Recent Awards and Honors In 2010, Coborn’s, Inc. was recognized as ‘Family Business of the Year for Community Service and Philanthropy’ by Minnesota Business magazine. In 2011, Coborn’s, Inc. was recognized as ‘Independent Retailer of the Year’ by Grocery Headquarters magazine. In 2014, the company’s president, CEO, and chairman Chris Coborn, was named Grocer of the Year by the N.D. Grocers Association. In 2016, the National Grocers Association (NGA) honored Coborn with the Thomas F. Wenning Pinnacle PAC Award for his help with advancing the role and presence of the independent grocer and NGA in government and political affairs.
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03/16/2016 Coborn’s, Inc. Bolsters Company’s Commitment to Freshness with Strategic Staffing
Several leaders promoted and new produce leader hiredST. CLOUD, MINN. (Mar. 16, 2016) – Coborn’s, Inc. has committed to strengthening and enhancing its fresh offerings by placing key leaders in strategic roles. District Manager Emily Coborn has taken on the company’s new role of Vice President of Fresh Merchandising, reporting to Executive Vice President of Sales Greg Sandeno. In this role, Coborn oversees the Produce, Bakery, Deli, and Meat and Seafood departments, as well as the company’s growing team of supermarket dietitians. The supermarket dietitians help guests make healthier choices by providing personal consultations, cooking classes, grocery tours, and educational resources. Prior to this new role, Coborn was a District Manager, overseeing 10 stores across Minnesota. She also had served as Director of Topco Program Management and Communications Manager. Before joining Coborn’s, Inc. in April 2011, Emily worked for several years at Eden Prairie, MN-based SUPERVALU for several years. Director of Meat and Seafood Mike Richter was promoted to Senior Director of Meat, Seafood and Fresh Merchandising, where he oversees the Meat and Seafood Merchandising department, while also serving as a valued mentor to other fresh merchandising leaders. He now reports to Vice President of Fresh Merchandising Emily Coborn. Over the course of his 20+ years with Coborn’s, Richter has distinguished himself as a visionary leader with a proven ability to bring retail programs to life. Prior to joining Coborn’s, he spent 15 years working for Fairway Foods in Fargo, N.D. as Meat, Deli and Bakery Director. Tom Williams recently joined Coborn’s as Director of Produce and Floral Merchandising. He is an innovative leader with a blend of retail, wholesale and food-service experience. Williams most recently served as Manager of Corporate Retail Produce and Floral at SpartanNash Company. Prior to that role, he spent 35 years in leadership positions with SUPERVALU Northern Region, Cub Foods Corporate, H. Brooks and Company, Upper Lakes Foods and Brookshire Grocery Company.
About Coborn’s, Inc. St. Cloud, Minn.-based Coborn’s, Inc. is a 95-year-old employee-owned grocery retailer with approximately 8,000 employees and 54 stores across Minnesota, North Dakota, South Dakota, Iowa, Illinois and Wisconsin under the Coborn’s, Cash Wise Foods, Marketplace Foods and Save-A-Lot banners. Coborn’s, Inc. also owns CobornsDelivers, an online grocery ordering and home delivery service; and stand-alone convenience, liquor, video and pharmacy locations. To support its 120 retail locations, Coborn’s, Inc. operates its own central bakery, gluten-free bakery, dry cleaning facility and grocery distribution center. Recent Awards and Honors In 2010, Coborn’s, Inc. was recognized as ‘Family Business of the Year for Community Service and Philanthropy’ by Minnesota Business magazine. In 2011, Coborn’s, Inc. was recognized as ‘Independent Retailer of the Year’ by Grocery Headquarters magazine. In 2014, the company’s president, CEO, and chairman Chris Coborn, was named Grocer of the Year by the N.D. Grocers Association. In 2016, the National Grocers Association (NGA) honored Coborn with the Thomas F. Wenning Pinnacle PAC Award for his help with advancing the role and presence of the independent grocer and NGA in government and political affairs.
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03/01/2016 Coborn’s, Inc. Joins EPA’s Green Chill Initiative Grocer works to decrease its impact on the ozone layer and climate change
ST. CLOUD, MINN. (Mar. 1, 2016) – Coborn’s, Inc. has joined the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) GreenChill partnership. GreenChill is a free, voluntary partnership with food retailers designed to reduce refrigerant emissions and decrease their impact on the ozone layer and climate change. By joining GreenChill, Coborn’s pledges to go beyond regulatory requirements to reduce damage to the ozone layer and slow global warming. Coborn’s is committed to sustainability, and this partnership will strengthen the company’s ability to protect the health of its consumers, as well as the environment. Coborn’s will work to reduce those emissions by continuing to transition to environmentally friendlier refrigerants, to reduce the amount of refrigerant used, and to adopt green refrigeration technologies, strategies, and practices. Coborn’s is currently building a new supermarket in Isanti, Minn., and the company will seek Green Chill certification for the building. Other companies that partner with GreenChill tout refrigerant emissions rates that are approximately 50 percent lower than the national average. “Coborn’s has always been committed to the responsible use of environmental resources, and seeks continuous improvement in sustainability,” said Chris Coborn, president, CEO and chairman at Coborn’s, Inc. “Our company’s continued success depends upon sustaining our environment, as well as our employees, our guests and the communities we serve. This partnership will help us maintain our high ethical standards and empower us to remain responsible environmental stewards.”
About Coborn’s, Inc. St. Cloud, Minn.-based Coborn’s, Inc. is a 95-year-old employee-owned grocery retailer with approximately 8,000 employees and 54 stores across Minnesota, North Dakota, South Dakota, Iowa, Illinois and Wisconsin under the Coborn’s, Cash Wise Foods, Marketplace Foods and Save-A-Lot banners. Coborn’s, Inc. also owns CobornsDelivers, an online grocery ordering and home delivery service; and stand-alone convenience, liquor, video and pharmacy locations. To support its 120 retail locations, Coborn’s, Inc. operates its own central bakery, gluten-free bakery, dry cleaning facility and grocery distribution center. Recent Awards and Honors In 2010, Coborn’s, Inc. was recognized as ‘Family Business of the Year for Community Service and Philanthropy’ by Minnesota Business magazine. In 2011, Coborn’s, Inc. was recognized as ‘Independent Retailer of the Year’ by Grocery Headquarters magazine. In 2014, the company’s president, CEO, and chairman Chris Coborn, was named Grocer of the Year by the N.D. Grocers Association. In 2016, the National Grocers Association (NGA) honored Coborn with the Thomas F. Wenning Pinnacle PAC Award for his help with advancing the role and presence of the independent grocer and NGA in government and political affairs.
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02/08/2016 Coborn’s, Inc. Hires Produce Leader Tom Williams as Director of Produce and Floral Merchandising
ST. CLOUD, MINN. (Feb. 8, 2016) – Coborn’s, Inc. has hired Tom Williams as Director of Produce and Floral Merchandising, reporting to Vice President of Fresh Merchandising Emily Coborn. As Director of Produce and Floral, Williams will develop and lead the implementation of produce and floral merchandising strategies for the company’s various retail divisions, including Coborn’s, Cash Wise, Marketplace Foods and CobornsDelivers. He will be responsible for achieving desired sales and gross profit results, and maximizing produce and floral distribution. He also will be accountable for aggressively leading innovation in the produce and floral departments to create a shopping experience that reflects each retail divisions’ unique brand promises, while consistently reflecting the company’s overall vision of inspiring happiness, healthy living and simplicity for each of our guests. Williams will be responsible for building and maintaining strong relationships with vendors and suppliers. In this role, he will provide direct supervision to the Produce and Floral Retail Supervisors and indirect supervision to Department Managers. Williams most recently served as Manager of Corporate Retail Produce and Floral at SpartanNash Company. Prior to that role, he spent 35 years in leadership positions with SUPERVALU Northern Region, Cub Foods Corporate, H. Brooks and Company, Upper Lakes Foods and Brookshire Grocery Company. He holds a B.A. in Management from the College of St. Scholastica and currently serves on the Retail/Foodservice Board of Directors for United Fresh and is an Appointee for the USDA Fruit and Vegetable Advisory Committee.
About Coborn’s, Inc. St. Cloud, Minn.-based Coborn’s, Inc. is an employee-owned grocery retailer with more than 8,000 employees and 54 supermarkets across Minnesota, North Dakota, South Dakota, Iowa, Illinois and Wisconsin under the Coborn’s, Cash Wise Foods, Marketplace Foods and Save-A-Lot banners. Coborn’s, Inc. also owns CobornsDelivers, an online grocery ordering and home delivery service; and stand-alone convenience, liquor, video and pharmacy locations. To support its 120 retail locations, Coborn’s, Inc. operates its own central bakery, dry cleaning facility and grocery distribution center. In 2010, Coborn’s, Inc. was recognized as ‘Family Business of the Year for Community Service and Philanthropy’ by Minnesota Business magazine. In 2011, Coborn’s, Inc. was recognized as ‘Independent Retailer of the Year’ by Grocery Headquarters magazine. In 2014, the company’s president and CEO, Chris Coborn, was named the Grocer of the Year by the N.D. Grocers Association.
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01/21/2016 Coborn’s, Inc. to Move Private Brand Supply Chain Vendor from AFM to SUPERVALU
Coborn’s, Inc. to Move Private Brand Supply Chain Vendor from AFM to SUPERVALU ST. CLOUD, MINN. (Jan. 21, 2016) – Coborn’s, Inc. has announced it is switching distribution channels for its private brand products from Affiliated Foods Midwest (AFM) in Kenosha, Wis. to SUPERVALU in Minneapolis, Minn. Coborn’s also will move all of the products currently supplied by AFM for its four Marketplace Foods stores in Wisconsin to SUPERVALU; AFM currently supplies the majority of national and private brand products for the Marketplace Foods stores. The transition will begin on Feb. 15 and is expected to be fully implemented by May 1.
About Coborn’s, Inc. St. Cloud, Minn.-based Coborn’s, Inc. is an employee-owned grocery retailer with more than 8,000 employees and 54 supermarkets across Minnesota, North Dakota, South Dakota, Iowa, Illinois and Wisconsin under the Coborn’s, Cash Wise Foods and Save-A-Lot banners. Coborn’s, Inc. also owns CobornsDelivers, an online grocery ordering and home delivery service; and stand-alone convenience, liquor, video and pharmacy locations. To support its 120 retail locations, Coborn’s, Inc. operates its own central bakery, dry cleaning facility and grocery distribution center. In 2010, Coborn’s, Inc. was recognized as ‘Family Business of the Year for Community Service and Philanthropy’ by Minnesota Business magazine. In 2011, Coborn’s, Inc. was recognized as ‘Independent Retailer of the Year’ by Grocery Headquarters magazine. In 2014, the company’s president and CEO, Chris Coborn, was named the Grocer of the Year by the N.D. Grocers Association.
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01/13/2016 Coborn’s Cake Decorator to Appear on Food Network’s Cake Wars
Amanda Hansen assists former competitor Sarah Watts in Dr. Seuss-themed episode ST. CLOUD, MINN. (Jan. 13, 2016) – Cake Decorator Amanda Hansen from the Coborn’s store in Sartell, Minn. will appear on Food Network’s Cake Wars Mon., Jan. 18 at 8:00 p.m. CT. According to the Cake Wars website, the episode is described as a Dr. Suess theme, “Everyone from the Cat in the Hat to Thing 1 and Thing 2 are coming to Cake Wars for a huge Dr. Seuss celebration in honor of the new book “What Pet Should I Get?’ Only one master cake artist will have their creation at the center of the party and walk away with $10,000, but to win, they’ll have to impress guest judge Susan Brandt, President of Dr. Seuss Enterprises, and work faster than you can say ‘one cake, two cake, red cake blue cake!’” Read more. Hansen is assisting Sarah Watts, owner of Sugar Mama’s Sweets in Gainesville, Fla. The two met in 2014 when were in the top three winners in the International Dairy-Deli-Bakery Association’s (IDDBA) 19th Annual Cake Decorating Challenge. Hansen has been a cake decorator at Coborn’s for 10 years and is fully self-taught. She holds a liberal arts degree in human services from the University of Minnesota, Morris.
About Coborn’s, Inc. St. Cloud, Minn.-based Coborn’s, Inc. is an employee-owned grocery retailer with more than 8,000 employees and 54 supermarkets across Minnesota, North Dakota, South Dakota, Iowa, Illinois and Wisconsin under the Coborn’s, Cash Wise Foods and Save-A-Lot banners. Coborn’s, Inc. also owns CobornsDelivers, an online grocery ordering and home delivery service; and stand-alone convenience, liquor, video and pharmacy locations. To support its 120 retail locations, Coborn’s, Inc. operates its own central bakery, dry cleaning facility and grocery distribution center. In 2010, Coborn’s, Inc. was recognized as ‘Family Business of the Year for Community Service and Philanthropy’ by Minnesota Business magazine. In 2011, Coborn’s, Inc. was recognized as ‘Independent Retailer of the Year’ by Grocery Headquarters magazine. In 2014, the company’s president and CEO, Chris Coborn, was named the Grocer of the Year by the N.D. Grocers Association.
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10/26/2015 Coborn’s, Inc. Announces Plan to Build New Coborn’s Store in Isanti
Supermarket to include full-service coffee shop, pharmacy and convenience store ST. CLOUD, MINN. (Oct. 26, 2015) – Coborn’s, Inc. is announcing plans to build a new Coborn’s grocery store in Isanti, Minn. The supermarket will feature the next generation of Coborn’s stores, with a significant amount of the store dedicated to fresh offerings. The store will be located at the corner of Highway 65 and County Road 5 in Isanti. The approximately 45,000-square-foot store includes a full-service Caribou Coffee with indoor and outdoor seating and a pharmacy with drive through. There also will be a convenience store with car wash. Construction will begin November 2015 and the store will open in early summer. “From the product selection and services to the design layout, Coborn’s is committed to delivering a remarkable shopping experience that meets the needs of the community. This new format of Coborn’s store has been designed to inspire happiness, healthy living and simplicity, one guest at a time,” said Coborn’s President, CEO and Chairman of the Board Chris Coborn. “We’re looking forward to serving the Isanti community and being an active and engaged employer in the area.” Coborn’s chose to build in Isanti because the community is healthy and vibrant, with a median age of 28. By 2020, the number of households in Isanti is projected to grow by 9.6 percent, according to a January 2015 report on the East Central Regional Housing Collaborative by Maxfield Research. The City Council approved plans to build the Coborn’s store at the Oct. 20, 2015 City Council meeting.
About Coborn’s, Inc. St. Cloud, Minn.-based Coborn’s, Inc. is an employee-owned grocery retailer with more than 8,000 employees and 54 supermarkets across Minnesota, North Dakota, South Dakota, Iowa, Illinois and Wisconsin under the Coborn’s, Cash Wise Foods and Save-A-Lot banners. Coborn’s, Inc. also owns CobornsDelivers, an online grocery ordering and home delivery service; and stand-alone convenience, liquor, video and pharmacy locations. To support its 120 retail locations, Coborn’s, Inc. operates its own central bakery, dry cleaning facility and grocery distribution center. In 2010, Coborn’s, Inc. was recognized as ‘Family Business of the Year for Community Service and Philanthropy’ by Minnesota Business magazine. In 2011, Coborn’s, Inc. was recognized as ‘Independent Retailer of the Year’ by Grocery Headquarters magazine. In 2014, the company’s president and CEO, Chris Coborn, was named the Grocer of the Year by the N.D. Grocers Association.
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09/29/2015 Coborn’s, Inc. Invests $3.1 Million in Wages
Retailer raises its minimum starting wage to $9.50 per hour ST. CLOUD, MINN. ((Sept. 29, 2015) – Coborn’s, Inc. recently invested $3.1 million to raise its minimum starting wage to $9.50 per hour, which is 5.5% higher than the new Minnesota minimum wage, and significantly higher in other states that Coborn’s operates in, to attract and retain employees in today’s challenging market. “We constantly evaluate and adjust our wage scales,” explains President and CEO Chris Coborn. “This year we budgeted $1.24 million to adjust our wage scales. However, we made the tough but very right decision to invest an additional $1.86 million in direct response to feedback we were receiving from our store leadership teams, who are struggling to recruit and retain entry-level employees in today’s tight job market. Our additional investment is an important part of our long-term strategy to attract and retain the highest caliber of employee, who will create remarkable shopping experiences for our guests.” Coborn’s, Inc. is committed to paying competitive wages in its industry along with providing competitive benefits packages, including an Employee Stock Ownership Plan that has increased an average of 14.9% per year since its inception in 2006. The company also offers flexible scheduling, vacation time, paid holidays, ongoing advancement opportunities, online (social-media) recognition, wellness support and much more. The organization continuously evaluates market wages and has made its commitment clear over the last few years that the company values its employees and will continue to invest in them. As a fiscally responsible ESOP, Coborn’s listens to all of its employees and makes the best decisions on behalf of the company as a whole. Starting the company’s minimum wage at $9.50 will increase the stability across the entire company with entry-level positions, which act as the foundation of operations. In turn, this will help the company create greater value for all of its employees.
About Coborn’s, Inc. St. Cloud, Minn.-based Coborn’s, Inc. is an employee-owned grocery retailer with 8,000 employees and 54 supermarkets across Minnesota, North Dakota, South Dakota, Iowa, Illinois and Wisconsin under the Coborn’s, Cash Wise Foods, Save-A-Lot and Marketplace Foods banners. Coborn’s, Inc. also owns CobornsDelivers, an online grocery ordering and home delivery service; and stand-alone convenience, liquor, video and pharmacy locations. To support its 125 retail locations, Coborn’s, Inc. operates its own central bakery, dry cleaning facility and grocery distribution center in St. Cloud. In 2010, Coborn’s, Inc. was recognized as ‘Family Business of the Year for Community Service and Philanthropy’ by Minnesota Business magazine. In 2011, Coborn’s, Inc. was recognized as ‘Independent Retailer of the Year’ by Grocery Headquarters magazine. In 2014, the company’s president and CEO, Chris Coborn, was named the Grocer of the Year by the N.D. Grocers Association.
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08/14/2015 Fresh Gluten - Free Bakery Begins Production for 50 Supermarkets
Coborn’s, Inc. Builds Gluten – Free Bakery to Supply Treats for Coborn’s, Cash Wise and Marketplace Foods ST. CLOUD, MINN. (August 14, 2015) – Coborn’s, Inc. has built a gluten-free bakery from scratch to meet the demand for fresh gluten-free bakery treats at its 50 Midwestern supermarkets and its online delivery company, CobornsDelivers. The bakery is housed on the Coborn’s corporate campus across from the company’s central bakery, and has begun production of 20 specialty bakery treats. A two-minute video tour by Plant Manager Bob Leuth is available online. “More and more of our store guests have been asking for fresh gluten-free bakery items, as more people today have gluten allergies than ever before or are simply changing their diets. It is challenging to find products that are not frozen,” says Vice President of Marketing Dennis Host. “We set out to work on a plan to build a gluten-free scratch bakery that is completely separate from our central bake shoppe and we’re excited to introduce this new product line-up to meet the needs of our guests.” The products will begin appearing in Coborn’s, Cash Wise and Marketplace Foods stores the week of August 17. They will have their own display and will be marked with the G Free Bakery label. Broad Selection The company’s expert bakers tested hundreds of recipes to find products that are both gluten free and delicious tasting. They partnered with Michigan-based Dawn Foods, which is NSF certified, to test production and recipes. The initial 20 products are decadent muffins, hotdog and hamburger buns, sliced white bread, cupcakes, cakes, bars, cookies and brownies. Muffin flavors include Double Chocolate Chip, Chocolate Chip, Banana, Blueberry and Cranberry Orange. Frosted cupcakes come in both White and Devil’s Food; the bars are fudge brownies and chocolate chip bars. Available cookies are Sugar, Raspberry, Chocolate Chip and Double Chocolate Chip – in two sizes. The frosted cakes are available in White and Devil’s Food. As seasons change, additional items will be added into the mix. In September, sugared cake donuts will be available. The flavors have been developed to appeal to all guests, whether they have a need for gluten-free or not. Food Safety The G Free bakers recognize that even the slightest amount of gluten can be detrimental for some consumers. “The integrity of our products for our guests is of utmost priority; that’s why we invested in a brand new space and all new equipment,” says Food Safety & Nutrition Manager Kim Kockler. “Whether our guests choose gluten-free treats by choice or necessity, we appreciate the peace of mind in knowing that those who select our products can trust the integrity of what we’re offering.” The company invested in additional safeguards to ensure its gluten-free claim holds true. All ingredients entering the bakery and finished products exiting the bakery are tested to confirm the absence of gluten. This bakery facility is in a completely separate building from the company’s conventional bakery to ensure there is no cross contact with gluten-containing ingredients. Everything in the G Free Bakery has been built solely for this bakery, from the new ovens and pans to the utensils and employee uniforms. Certification G Free Bakery has begun the gluten-free certification process through the Gluten Free Certification Organization (GFCO). Gluten-free certification is not required, however, Coborn’s, Inc. is actively pursuing it. Certification involves many steps, and the process will take at least four months from the application date. As part of the certification process, the bakery tests all of its finished products to ensure they meet the 20 parts per million guideline set by the FDA. G Free Bakery is managed by Plant Manager Bob Leuth and production is managed by Production Manager Jim Majchrzak; it is in production seven days a week.
About Coborn’s, Inc. St. Cloud, Minn.-based Coborn’s, Inc. is an employee-owned grocery retailer with more than 8,000 employees and 54 supermarkets across Minnesota, North Dakota, South Dakota, Iowa, Illinois and Wisconsin under the Coborn’s, Cash Wise Foods and Save-A-Lot banners. Coborn’s, Inc. also owns CobornsDelivers, an online grocery ordering and home delivery service; and stand-alone convenience, liquor, video and pharmacy locations. To support its 120 retail locations, Coborn’s, Inc. operates its own central bakery, dry cleaning facility and grocery distribution center. In 2010, Coborn’s, Inc. was recognized as ‘Family Business of the Year for Community Service and Philanthropy’ by Minnesota Business magazine. In 2011, Coborn’s, Inc. was recognized as ‘Independent Retailer of the Year’ by Grocery Headquarters magazine. In 2014, the company’s president and CEO, Chris Coborn, was named the Grocer of the Year by the N.D. Grocers Association.
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08/13/2015 Coborn’s, Inc. Announces “Location of the Year” in Each Division
Stores compete on employee engagement, financial goals and overall location health ST. CLOUD, MINN. ((August 13, 2015) – Coborn’s, Inc. has evaluated all of its 120 retail locations and determined the Location of the Year, with one location per division.
  • In the Coborn’s division, out of 29 stores, the winner is Coborn’s on Pine Cone Road in Sartell, Minn., which is managed by Ryan Rothwell. Honorable recognition was given to Coborn’s in Ramsey, which is managed by Vicki Wredberg.
  • In the Cash Wise division, out of 17 stores, the winner is Cash Wise Foods in Minot, N.D., which was managed by Kim Pick. Honorable recognition was given to Cash Wise in Hutchinson, which is managed by Glenn Woelfel.
  • In the Convenience division, out of 15 stores, the winner is Holiday in Milaca, Minn., which is managed by Dayna Knudsvig.
  • In the Liquor division, out of 40 stores, the winner is Coborn’s Liquor in Little Falls, Minn., which is managed by Dan Moe.
  • In the Pharmacy division, out of 36 pharmacies, the winner is Coborn’s Pharmacy in Mora, which is managed by Amber Axtell.
  • In a division comprised of a variety of smaller locations, which includes a commercial bakery, a dry cleaning company, five video stores, four Save-A-Lot stores, two Ace Hardware stores, a Subway, a floral shop, and a distribution center, the winner is Country Floral in Williston, N.D., which is managed by Cathy Thorson.
These locations were evaluated and scored based on three areas of criteria, consistent across divisions for 2014, including employee engagement, financial goals and the overall health of the location. Each of the winning locations received recognition at the company’s annual ESOP celebration, along with a plaque and cash prize.
About Coborn’s, Inc. St. Cloud, Minn.-based Coborn’s, Inc. is an employee-owned grocery retailer with 8,000 employees and 54 supermarkets across Minnesota, North Dakota, South Dakota, Iowa, Illinois and Wisconsin under the Coborn’s, Cash Wise Foods, Save-A-Lot and Marketplace Foods banners. Coborn’s, Inc. also owns CobornsDelivers, an online grocery ordering and home delivery service; and stand-alone convenience, liquor, video and pharmacy locations. To support its 125 retail locations, Coborn’s, Inc. operates its own central bakery, dry cleaning facility and grocery distribution center in St. Cloud. In 2010, Coborn’s, Inc. was recognized as ‘Family Business of the Year for Community Service and Philanthropy’ by Minnesota Business magazine. In 2011, Coborn’s, Inc. was recognized as ‘Independent Retailer of the Year’ by Grocery Headquarters magazine. In 2014, the company’s president and CEO, Chris Coborn, was named the Grocer of the Year by the N.D. Grocers Association.
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07/30/2015 Coborn’s “Best Bagger” from Buffalo Wins Competition
Bagger Ian Rivers advances to state, national competition for chance to win $10,000 ST. CLOUD, MINN. (Jul. 30, 2015) – On June 8, Ian Rivers from Coborn’s in Buffalo won the 26th annual Best Bagger Contest for Coborn’s, defeating 45 other contestants. Devin Garret and Cora Cummings from the Delano Coborn’s store came in second and third place. Grocery baggers from the 29 Coborn’s stores competed in the company’s 26th annual Best Bagger Contest, which was held in the Coborn’s Superstore parking lot in Sauk Rapids. Rivers will be representing Coborn’s at the Minnesota Grocers Association’s Best Bagger Contest at the Mall of America on August 15 from noon to 1:30, where he will be competing for a $500 prize and the honor to move onto the National Grocers Association’s Best Bagger Contest in Las Vegas in February of next year. “The bagger fills one of the most important roles in our Coborn’s stores,” says Vice President of Operations of the Coborn’s Division Bruce Miller. “They are often the last person our guests have contact with, so it’s critical they are well trained and they understand the impact they have on our guests’ overall shopping experience. The best bagger competition gives our baggers a chance to test their skills against not only other Coborn’s employees, but potentially against some of the best from across the country.” The Best Bagger contestants line tables piled with a predesignated assortment of grocery items and will be judged based on bag-building technique, weight distribution, speed, style, attitude and appearance. Since 1989, five Coborn’s baggers have advanced to the National Grocers Association’s Best Bagger Contest. Best Bagger History In 1987 the first National Grocers Association Best Bagger Contest was held in Dallas, Texas. It was called the “Texas/Oklahoma Checkout-Shootout.” There were only two contestants and the Master of Ceremonies was Terry Bradshaw (former NFL Quarterback for the Pittsburgh Steelers). Since then, the National Grocers Association has been bringing the country’s finest baggers together to determine the best of the best. The National Grocers Association’s Best Bagger Championship was created to promote the grocery industry’s devotion to exceptional customer service through superior bagging.
About Coborn’s, Inc. St. Cloud, Minn.-based Coborn’s, Inc. is an employee-owned grocery retailer with more than 8,000 employees and 54 supermarkets across Minnesota, North Dakota, South Dakota, Iowa, Illinois and Wisconsin under the Coborn’s, Cash Wise Foods and Save-A-Lot banners. Coborn’s, Inc. also owns CobornsDelivers, an online grocery ordering and home delivery service; and stand-alone convenience, liquor, video and pharmacy locations. To support its 120 retail locations, Coborn’s, Inc. operates its own central bakery, dry cleaning facility and grocery distribution center. In 2010, Coborn’s, Inc. was recognized as ‘Family Business of the Year for Community Service and Philanthropy’ by Minnesota Business magazine. In 2011, Coborn’s, Inc. was recognized as ‘Independent Retailer of the Year’ by Grocery Headquarters magazine. In 2014, the company’s president and CEO, Chris Coborn, was named the Grocer of the Year by the N.D. Grocers Association.
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07/29/2015 Progressive Grocer magazine recognizes Becky Estby among Top Women in Grocery
ST. CLOUD, MINN. (Jul. 29, 2015 – Industry-leading magazine Progressive Grocer named Coborn’s, Inc. Senior Vice President of Human Resources & Organizational Development Becky Estby to its ninth annual Top Women in Grocery listing for her outstanding vision, leadership, accomplishments and success in the supermarket industry. Estby, who has been with Coborn’s for four years, is one of 75 senior-level executives from across the nation to receive this prestigious designation in 2015. “As a trusted leader on our company’s Operating Committee and a company officer, Becky has brought remarkable vision and insight into Coborn’s, Inc., helping guide our overall strategic direction,” says President and CEO Chris Coborn. “She has driven organizational engagement and performance, optimizing performance throughout all levels of our organization.” Becky EstbyEstby’s Role at Coborn’s, Inc. Estby leads a team of 41 Human Resources, Training and Development, and Communications professionals who support the company’s 8,000 employees who work in retail, warehouse, distribution, manufacturing and corporate support functions throughout six Midwestern states. She and her team have developed a strategic organizational structure, a recruiting and retention strategy, and a compensation plan to support the company’s six new grocery stores in North Dakota’s Bakken region, which had the nation’s lowest unemployment rate of just 1.5% as the stores opened. She also has led her team to develop a new companywide compensation structure and bonus programs. This helped drive positive employee relations and employee engagement and has created a culture of accountability. She and her team also have designed a retail training and development program to address the company’s growing need for retail leaders. Last spring, Estby successfully completed nationwide executive searches for three new Coborn’s executives. She developed a comprehensive roll-out and training plan for employees at all levels of the organization throughout of the last year. She also has been a leader in redefining the company’s Vision, Mission and Values, which build on the company’s rich traditions while positioning it for future success Estby’s Career History With more than 25+ years of experience in organizational development, human resources and leadership, Estby has a breadth of knowledge that spans many areas. Prior to joining Coborn’s in 2011, she worked for 14 years at Atterro, Inc. in a variety of Human Resources leadership capacities, including Vice President of Human Resources, Director of People, Manager of Employee Relations and Benefits, and more. She also briefly served as Atterro’s Vice President of Administration as the company transformed from a staffing company to a human capital organization. Prior to Atterro, Estby worked for nine years at Ciber, Inc., a global information technology consulting, services and outsourcing company. While at Ciber, Estby served in a variety of Human Resources positions with an emphasis on employee relations, benefits/insurance, EEO/affirmative action, staffing and compensation. She holds B.S. degrees in Business Education and Business Administration from Mankato State University and is a certified Senior Professional in Human Resources (SPHR) and Society for Human Resources Management – Senior Certified Professional (SHRM-SCP). Estby’s Trade and Professional Groups Estby serves on the Board of Directors for the St. Cloud Area Family YMCA, as well as a member of the Ladies 2.0 Executive Peer Group. She also is a member of FMI’s Human Resources Share Group, as well as Harold Lloyd’s Human Resources Share Group. The Top Women in Grocery listing was selected by Progressive Grocer editors. This awards program salutes the industry’s foremost female movers and shakers who have demonstrated outstanding leadership and wielded substantial influence in their companies during the previous year, and who are also deeply involved in their communities and related philanthropic activities.
About Coborn’s, Inc. St. Cloud, Minn.-based Coborn’s, Inc. is an employee-owned grocery retailer with 8,000 employees and 54 supermarkets across Minnesota, North Dakota, South Dakota, Iowa, Illinois and Wisconsin under the Coborn’s, Cash Wise Foods, Save-A-Lot and Marketplace Foods banners. Coborn’s, Inc. also owns CobornsDelivers, an online grocery ordering and home delivery service; and stand-alone convenience, liquor, video and pharmacy locations. To support its 125 retail locations, Coborn’s, Inc. operates its own central bakery, dry cleaning facility and grocery distribution center in St. Cloud. In 2010, Coborn’s, Inc. was recognized as ‘Family Business of the Year for Community Service and Philanthropy’ by Minnesota Business magazine. In 2011, Coborn’s, Inc. was recognized as ‘Independent Retailer of the Year’ by Grocery Headquarters magazine. In 2014, the company’s president and CEO, Chris Coborn, was named the Grocer of the Year by the N.D. Grocers Association.
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07/15/2015 Coborn’s, Inc. Promotes Two Corporate Leaders
Becky Estby named Senior Vice President of Human Resources & Organizational Development and Lisa Ellis named Vice President of Real Estate ST. CLOUD, MINN. (Jul. 15, 2015) – Coborn’s, Inc. is pleased to announce promotions of two executives. Becky Estby is now Senior Vice President of Human Resources & Organizational Development and Lisa Ellis is now Vice President of Real Estate. Becky Estby, Senior Vice President of Human Resources & Organizational Development Becky EstbyAs a trusted leader on the company’s Operating Committee and a company officer, Becky has brought remarkable vision and insight into the company. Becky and her team have developed an organization structure, recruiting and retention, and compensation strategy to support the company’s five new grocery stores in the Bakken region, which has the nation’s lowest unemployment rate of just 1.5%. She led her team to develop a new companywide compensation structure and bonus programs. This helped drive positive employee relations and employee engagement and has created a culture of accountability. They also have designed a retail training and development program to address our company’s growing need for retail leaders, and last spring, Becky successfully completed nationwide executive searches for three new Coborn’s executives. She developed a comprehensive roll-out and training plan for employees at all levels of the organization throughout all of 2015. Plus, Becky has been a leader in redefining the company’s Vision, Mission and Values, which build on the company’s rich traditions while positioning it for future success. She also was named one of the Top Women in Grocery this summer by Progressive Grocer magazine. Becky has 20+ years of experience in HR leadership and she has been at Coborn’s since 2011. She serves on the Board of Directors for the St. Cloud Area Family YMCA. Lisa Ellis, Vice President of Real Estate Lisa Ellis Though Lisa joined Coborn’s, Inc. just last year after a long and successful career at Target Corp., she already has brought abundant leadership to Coborn’s. Lisa has been using her 25+ years of real estate expertise to uncover and pursue growth opportunities, quickly assess options, and ensure every consideration is in tip top shape when it comes to new construction, remodeling, property management, and acquisitions. She makes tremendous use of her law degree and contributes great value to the organization. She has provided deep insight to the company’s Operating Committee and her promotion to Vice President accurately reflects the high level of leadership she provides. She serves on the Board of Directors for the St. Cloud Downtown Council.
About Coborn’s, Inc. St. Cloud, Minn.-based Coborn’s, Inc. is an employee-owned grocery retailer with more than 8,000 employees and 54 supermarkets across Minnesota, North Dakota, South Dakota, Iowa, Illinois and Wisconsin under the Coborn’s, Cash Wise Foods and Save-A-Lot banners. Coborn’s, Inc. also owns CobornsDelivers, an online grocery ordering and home delivery service; and stand-alone convenience, liquor, video and pharmacy locations. To support its 120 retail locations, Coborn’s, Inc. operates its own central bakery, dry cleaning facility and grocery distribution center. In 2010, Coborn’s, Inc. was recognized as ‘Family Business of the Year for Community Service and Philanthropy’ by Minnesota Business magazine. In 2011, Coborn’s, Inc. was recognized as ‘Independent Retailer of the Year’ by Grocery Headquarters magazine. In 2014, the company’s president and CEO, Chris Coborn, was named the Grocer of the Year by the N.D. Grocers Association.
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06/17/2015 Cash Wise Foods Celebrates Grand Opening of New Supermarket in Dickinson, ND
Guests to enjoy super lower prices on thousands of fresh food items ST. CLOUD, MINN. (June 17, 2015) – Cash Wise Foods – owned by Coborn’s, Inc. – will celebrate the Grand Opening of its new store June 24 at 11:00 a.m. at 1761 3 Ave. S., Dickinson, N.D. The celebration will include a ribbon cutting, opening day specials and drawings for giveaways. Guests will experience the lowest prices in the community on thousands of fresh food items across the store and an incredibly friendly store staff. The 62,500-square foot supermarket brings many offerings not previously available in Dickinson, particularly a robust Natural Food selection and Bulk Foods department and a full-service butcher block. The 24/7 store employs more than 150 people and has created new jobs within the community. Cash Wise Liquor is located right next door. The store has brought in several seasoned employees from other Cash Wise stores to provide leadership in the new store, which continues to hire new employees. On the day of the Grand Opening celebration, Cash Wise Foods will open the new store at 6:00 a.m. and will have job booths open and on-site interviews available for interested applicants to apply for the remaining full-time and part-time positions that the store is still filling. Cash Wise guests will find many ways to save money every day through weekly advertisements, monthly coupon books, Truckload Buys, free items, and a huge selection of store brand products. At this new store, they will find low prices on thousands of every-day-low-price items across the store in addition to special features, including:
  • More than 600 varieties of fresh fruits and vegetables harvested with peak-of-the-season freshness and flavor. Also available is a large selection of fresh-cut fruits and vegetables made fresh daily and a large selection of organic produce.
  • Full-service Meat department that has a rock-solid beef program. Cash Wise features premium, certified Hereford Beef offerings, 100-percent pure ground beef, chuck and round program, Farmland all-natural no-solutions-added pork, and Gold’n Plump fresh Grade A poultry. The Meat department uses state-of-the-art flavor sealed beef- and pork-packaging technology to maximize freshness. It also offers meals-in-minutes entrees, including premium marinated beef, pork and poultry, kabobs, beef patties, and brats, all perfect for grilling. Also available is a full selection of Cash Wise Signature Smokehouse Meats, including old-fashioned smoked hams, bacon, sausages, brats and more. A full-service Fresh Seafood program is also included in the Meat department.
  • Full-service Deli complete with Cash Wise Signature whole-roasted rotisserie chicken, hot entrees, golden-fried chicken, Cash Wise Fresh Pizza, fresh sushi bar, soup and salad bar, and more. Also available is a wide variety of fresh-sliced meats and cheeses and delicious deli favorites, such as potato, pasta and garden salads.
  • Onsite Bakery featuring oven-fresh breads and rolls, artisan breads, Ciabatta rolls and Parisian French bread. Also available are fresh-baked muffins, cookies, bars, old-fashioned pies, and cakes decorated by hand or with edible photo imaging. The Bakery also specializes in Cash Wise Signature M&M Cookies and Dollar Buns.
  • Bulk Foods carrying hundreds of conventional and organic products such as pastas, dried fruits, granola, cereal, candies and even pet foods and treats. The Bulk Foods department aims to offer products that are five percent less expensive than the cheapest option on the shelves. It allows guests to sample something new with little risk by purchasing small quantities or save in a big way by buying large quantities of their favorite products, as well.
  • NuVal nutritional scoring system, which allows guests to easily see the nutritional value of the food they are buying, right on the price tag. The system scores food on a scale of 1 to 100. The higher the NuVal score, the better the nutrition.
  • Cash Wise Liquor offering a vast selection of liquor, wine and beer at low prices.
Store Management Dickinson Store Director Matt Sellers has been managing the Cash Wise in Stanley, N.D. and prior to that was at Cash Wise in Williston, N.D. He has 15 years of progressive grocery management experience and understands the market well. “We’re really glad to be opening our new Cash Wise supermarket in Dickinson,” he said. “The community has been asking for a Cash Wise for a few years now and I’m very excited that we can finally bring our super-low prices to the great residents of Dickinson. Everyone has been so welcoming of us already!” Shane Zentner will manage Cash Wise Liquor; he has moved to join the company from Mott, N.D. Before moving into the liquor business, Shane worked in the house-moving industry.
North Dakota expansion Cash Wise Foods has been in operation in Fargo/Moorhead and Bismarck for 27 years and enjoys serving North Dakota. In 2012, Coborn’s entered into a joint partnership with Williston-based JK Foods to co-own the former Economart, Stanley Food Pride, Tioga Food Pride and Country Floral and convert the supermarkets into Cash Wise stores. In 2013-2014, Coborn’s built new Cash Wise stores in Watford City, Minot, Stanley, and Tioga and acquired the 5-store Captain Jack’s Liquor Land chain in Bismarck and Mandan. With its two recently opened supermarkets in West Fargo and in Dickinson, the company now has 10 Cash Wise stores in North Dakota. About Coborn’s, Inc. About Coborn’s, Inc. St. Cloud, Minn.-based Coborn’s, Inc. is an employee-owned grocery retailer with 8,000 employees and 54 supermarkets across Minnesota, North Dakota, South Dakota, Iowa, Illinois and Wisconsin under the Coborn’s, Cash Wise Foods, Save-A-Lot and Marketplace Foods banners. Coborn’s, Inc. also owns CobornsDelivers, an online grocery ordering and home delivery service; and stand-alone convenience, liquor, video and pharmacy locations. To support its 125 retail locations, Coborn’s, Inc. operates its own central bakery, dry cleaning facility and grocery distribution center in St. Cloud. In 2010, Coborn’s, Inc. was recognized as ‘Family Business of the Year for Community Service and Philanthropy’ by Minnesota Business magazine. In 2011, Coborn’s, Inc. was recognized as ‘Independent Retailer of the Year’ by Grocery Headquarters magazine. In 2014, the company’s president and CEO, Chris Coborn, was named the Grocer of the Year by the N.D. Grocers Association.
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05/15/2015 Cash Wise Foods Celebrates Grand Opening of New Supermarket in West Fargo, ND
Guests to enjoy super lower prices on thousands of fresh food items ST. CLOUD, MINN. (May 15, 2015) – Cash Wise Foods – owned by Coborn’s, Inc. – will celebrate the Grand Opening of its new store May 22 at 11:00 a.m. at 755 33 Ave. E., West Fargo, N.D. The celebration will include a ribbon cutting, opening day specials and drawings for giveaways. Guests will experience the lowest prices in the community on thousands of fresh food items across the store and an incredibly friendly store staff. The 65,000-square foot supermarket brings many offerings not previously available in West Fargo. The 24/7 store employs more than 150 people and has created new jobs within the community. It features a Caribou Coffee, Little Dukes convenience store with car wash and Cash Wise liquor store located right next door. The store has brought in several seasoned Cash Wise employees from the Fargo and Moorhead stores to provide leadership in the new store, which continues to hire new employees. On the day of the Grand Opening celebration, Cash Wise Foods will open the new store at 6:00 a.m. and will have job booths open and on-site interviews available for interested applicants to apply for the remaining full-time and part-time positions that the store is still filling. Cash Wise guests will find many ways to save money every day through weekly advertisements, monthly coupon books, Truckload Buys, free items, and a huge selection of store brand products. At this new store, they will find low prices on thousands of every-day-low-price items across the store in addition to special features, including:
  • More than 600 varieties of fresh fruits and vegetables harvested with peak-of-the-season freshness and flavor. Also available is a large selection of fresh-cut fruits and vegetables made fresh daily and a large selection of organic produce.
  • Full-service Meat department that has a rock-solid beef program. Cash Wise features premium, certified Hereford Beef offerings, 100-percent pure ground beef, chuck and round program, Farmland all-natural no-solutions-added pork, and Gold’n Plump fresh Grade A poultry. The Meat department uses state-of-the-art flavor sealed beef- and pork-packaging technology to maximize freshness. It also offers meals-in-minutes entrees, including premium marinated beef, pork and poultry, kabobs, beef patties, and brats, all perfect for grilling. Also available is a full selection of Cash Wise Signature Smokehouse Meats, including old-fashioned smoked hams, bacon, sausages, brats and more. A full-service Fresh Seafood program is also included in the Meat department.
  • Full-service Deli complete with Cash Wise Signature whole-roasted rotisserie chicken, hot entrees, golden-fried chicken, Cash Wise Fresh Pizza, fresh sushi bar, and more. Also available is a wide variety of fresh-sliced meats and cheeses and delicious deli favorites, such as potato, pasta and garden salads.
  • Onsite Bakery featuring oven-fresh breads and rolls, artisan breads, Ciabatta rolls and Parisian French bread. Also available are fresh-baked muffins, cookies, bars, old-fashioned pies, and cakes decorated by hand or with edible photo imaging. The Bakery also specializes in Cash Wise Signature M&M Cookies and Dollar Buns.
  • Bulk Foods carrying hundreds of conventional and organic products such as pastas, dried fruits, granola, cereal, candies and even pet foods and treats. The Bulk Foods department aims to offer products that are five percent less expensive than the cheapest option on the shelves. It allows guests to sample something new with little risk by purchasing small quantities or save in a big way by buying large quantities of their favorite products, as well.
  • NuVal nutritional scoring system, which allows guests to easily see the nutritional value of the food they are buying, right on the price tag. The system scores food on a scale of 1 to 100. The higher the NuVal score, the better the nutrition.
  • Cash Wise Liquor offering a vast selection of liquor, wine and beer at low prices.
Store Management West Fargo Store Director Greg Jaroszewski has been managing the Cash Wise in Moorhead, right across the river, for the last 27 years. He understands the market well and has consistently led his teams to success. “This is a great opportunity to serve more area guests with our new store in West Fargo,” he said. “Our neighbors from this side of the community have been asking for a Cash Wise for a long time now, and I’m thrilled that we can bring our super-low prices to our friends in the western side of the community!” Roger Nelson will manage Cash Wise Liquor; he has moved here from Bozeman, MT, where he managed a liquor store for the last five years. He brings 15 years of experience in the food and beverage industry. North Dakota expansion Cash Wise Foods has been in operation in Fargo/Moorhead and Bismarck for 27 years and enjoys serving North Dakota. In 2012, Coborn’s entered into a joint partnership with Williston-based JK Foods to co-own the former Economart, Stanley Food Pride, Tioga Food Pride and Country Floral and convert the supermarkets into Cash Wise stores. In 2013-2014, Coborn’s built new Cash Wise stores in Watford City, Minot, Stanley, and Tioga and acquired the 5-store Captain Jack’s Liquor Land chain in Bismarck and Mandan. Coborn’s continues its western North Dakota expansion plan with a new store opening in Dickinson in June 2015.
About Coborn’s, Inc. St. Cloud, Minn.-based Coborn’s, Inc. is an employee-owned grocery retailer with 8,000 employees and 53 supermarkets across Minnesota, North Dakota, South Dakota, Iowa, Illinois and Wisconsin Coborn’s, Cash Wise Foods, Save-A-Lot and Marketplace Foods banners. Coborn’s, Inc. also owns CobornsDelivers, an online grocery ordering and home delivery service; and stand-alone convenience, liquor, video and pharmacy locations. To support its 125 retail locations, Coborn’s, Inc. operates its own central bakery, dry cleaning facility and grocery distribution center. In 2010, Coborn’s, Inc. was recognized as ‘Family Business of the Year for Community Service and Philanthropy’ by Minnesota Business magazine. In 2011, Coborn’s, Inc. was recognized as ‘Independent Retailer of the Year’ by Grocery Headquarters magazine. In 2014, the company’s president and CEO, Chris Coborn, was named the Grocer of the Year by the N.D. Grocers Association.
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05/13/2015 USPS Postal Substation Opens in Ramsey Coborn’s Store
Ribbon cutting and dedication held in memory of Ramsey resident Patti Gates ST. CLOUD, MINN. (May 13, 2015) – Coborn’s, Inc. and the United States Postal Service will celebrate the Grand Opening of its new postal substation located inside the Coborn’s store in Ramsey May 22 at 11:00 a.m. The celebration will include a ribbon cutting and dedication of the substation.This postal substation was created after more than 35 years of Ramsey residents petitioning for a post office in town. In May 2014, after many attempts driven by Ramsey resident Patti Gates, the USPS agreed to establish a “contract postal unit” in Coborn’s, inside the space formerly occupied by a bank.Patti Gates continuously worked with neighbors and businesses to keep pressing for postal service. She was a true champion for the cause. Because of her persistence and positive approach, Gates received great support everywhere she went. Gates passed away shortly before the USPS announced the plan to set up the substation. At the ribbon cutting, the substation will be dedicated in memory of her. “With this new substation, it’s a huge win for the whole community,” says Coborn’s District Manager Emily Coborn. “It’s been a pleasure to partner with the USPS to bring service and convenience to the residents of Ramsey.” The substation will be open every day from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. The Express mail cutoff is 2:30 p.m. (except on Sunday) and the last mail pickup for the day is 4 p.m. Coborn’s employees will run the substation.

About Coborn’s, Inc. St. Cloud, Minn.-based Coborn’s, Inc. is an employee-owned grocery retailer with 8,000 employees and 53 supermarkets across Minnesota, North Dakota, South Dakota, Iowa, Illinois and Wisconsin Coborn’s, Cash Wise Foods, Save-A-Lot and Marketplace Foods banners. Coborn’s, Inc. also owns CobornsDelivers, an online grocery ordering and home delivery service; and stand-alone convenience, liquor, video and pharmacy locations. To support its 125 retail locations, Coborn’s, Inc. operates its own central bakery, dry cleaning facility and grocery distribution center. In 2010, Coborn’s, Inc. was recognized as ‘Family Business of the Year for Community Service and Philanthropy’ by Minnesota Business magazine. In 2011, Coborn’s, Inc. was recognized as ‘Independent Retailer of the Year’ by Grocery Headquarters magazine. In 2014, the company’s president and CEO, Chris Coborn, was named the Grocer of the Year by the N.D. Grocers Association.
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04/13/2015 Coborn’s, Inc. announces acquisition of Wisconsin-based Marketplace Foods
Coborn’s expands to western Wisconsin, gaining 400 employees and four grocery stores ST. CLOUD, MINN. (April 13, 2015) – Coborn’s, Inc. today announced its acquisition of Marketplace Foods, which owns four grocery/liquor stores in Western Wisconsin. “By expanding into Wisconsin and adding these four stores into the Coborn’s family, we are experiencing positive, strategic growth for our company,” said Coborn’s President, Chief Executive Officer and Chairman of the Board Chris Coborn. “Marketplace Foods has a history of solid performance and a culture that is well aligned with our culture at Coborn’s. These four stores are beautiful – destination shopping experiences – and I’m excited to include them in the Coborn’s family of stores.” The four Marketplace Foods stores are located in Hayward, Menomonie, Rice Lake and St. Croix Falls. These stores will continue to operate as Marketplace Foods, with their current leadership and employee team of more than 400 people. Coborn’s will share processes, ideas and best practices to strengthen the entire family of stores. “We know that we have found a good fit with Coborn’s,” said Jason Betchkal, Marketplace Foods Owner. “Our companies operate with similar values, focusing on appreciating our employees and serving our customers. It’s exciting to see the benefits that our stores will experience by being a part of a larger family company.”
About Coborn’s, Inc. St. Cloud, Minn.-based Coborn’s, Inc. is an employee-owned grocery retailer with 8,400 employees and 52 stores across Minnesota, North Dakota, South Dakota, Iowa, Illinois and Wisconsin under the Coborn’s, Cash Wise Foods and Save-A-Lot banners. Coborn’s, Inc. also owns CobornsDelivers, an online grocery ordering and home delivery service; and stand-alone convenience, liquor, video and pharmacy locations. To support its 106 retail locations, Coborn’s, Inc. operates its own central bakery, dry cleaning facility and grocery distribution center. The company is building two new Cash Wise stores in North Dakota, set to open in spring and summer of 2015. In 2010, Coborn’s, Inc. was recognized as ‘Family Business of the Year for Community Service and Philanthropy’ by Minnesota Business magazine. In 2011, Coborn’s, Inc. was recognized as ‘Independent Retailer of the Year’ by Grocery Headquarters magazine. In 2014, the company’s president and CEO, Chris Coborn, was named the Grocer of the Year by the N.D. Grocers Association.
About Marketplace Foods Marketplace Foods was founded by Frank and Doris Betchkal 1977 in Hayward, WI. Leading up to opening his first Marketplace store, Frank started in the grocery industry as a teenager, working as a bagger in a Racine store. After high school, he advanced from meat manager to assistant store manager and finally store manager in Milwaukee. In 1970, Frank began working with Easters in Des Moines, IA, as operations manager. Today, Marketplace Foods boasts more than 400 employees and four strong stores recognized as grocery destinations. Marketplace Foods is well-known for giving back to the communities where its stores operate. They are members of the local Chambers of Commerce and supporters of nonprofit organizations, including food shelves. In 2012, Frank Betchkal was recognized by the Wisconsin Grocers Association for his outstanding contribution to the grocery industry in Wisconsin with its Excellence in Operations award. Frank and Doris have two sons, Jason and John. Their son, Jason, was named president in 2011 and remains in that role.
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03/18/2015 Coborn’s, Inc. Adds Several Leaders to Corporate Team
Company invests in top talent to accommodate ongoing growth ST. CLOUD, MINN. (Mar. 18, 2015) – Coborn’s, Inc. has recently hired several new leaders as it builds its growing corporate team. The company has been acquiring and building several supermarkets and liquor stores in recent years; two more new stores are expected to open in North Dakota in May and June 2015. The company’s retail employee count has grown by 1,500 in the last two years alone. These new leaders work across numerous corporate departments in support of store operations.
Scott Morris Scott Morris, Senior Vice President of Center Store, has 27+ years of progressive grocery leadership experience, most recently working as Corporate Vice President – Independent Business Development at SUPERVALU. He is replacing Senior Vice President of Center Store Andy Knoblauch, who will be retiring later this spring.
David Pack David Pack, Director of IT, has 18+ years of technology leadership experience, most recently working as Sr. Manager and Director in IT at Best Buy.
Cheryl Graham Cheryl Graham, Director of Private Label and Topco Relations, has 10+ years of merchandising and business solution leadership experience, most recently working as Senior Group Manager at Target Corporation.
Denise BergDenise Berg, Controller, has 15 years of experience in business management and project management in accounting, finance and tax, most recently working as Manager of Payroll Accounting and Banking at Target Corporation.
Scott Brooks Scott Brooks, IT Senior Project Manager, has 20+ years of IT project management experience, most recently working as a Project Manager at AudaExplore.
Jennie Rundle Jennie Rundle, Human Resources Business Partner, has 11 years of progressive HR experience, most recently working as Director of Human Resources and Payroll at St. Clare Living Community.
Joelle PetersonJoelle Peterson, Human Resources Business Partner, has 20+ years of progressive HR experience, most recently working as Human Resources Manager at VOA-Homestead.

About Coborn’s, Inc. St. Cloud, Minn.-based Coborn’s, Inc. is an employee-owned grocery retailer with 8,000 employees and 48 stores across Minnesota, North Dakota, South Dakota, Iowa, Illinois and Wisconsin under the Coborn’s, Cash Wise Foods and Save-A-Lot banners. Coborn’s, Inc. also owns CobornsDelivers, an online grocery ordering and home delivery service; and stand-alone convenience, liquor, video and pharmacy locations. To support its 125 retail locations, Coborn’s, Inc. operates its own central bakery, dry cleaning facility and grocery distribution center. In 2010, Coborn’s, Inc. was recognized as ‘Family Business of the Year for Community Service and Philanthropy’ by Minnesota Business magazine. In 2011, Coborn’s, Inc. was recognized as ‘Independent Retailer of the Year’ by Grocery Headquarters magazine. In 2014, the company’s president and CEO, Chris Coborn, was named the Grocer of the Year by the N.D. Grocers Association.
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02/13/2015 Coborn’s Wins National Awards for Grocery Promotions
Four Merchandising Promotions Win 1st Place and One Wins Best of Show ST. CLOUD, MINN. (Feb. 13, 2015) – Coborn’s, Inc. won “Best in Show” Creative Choice Award in merchandising at The NGA Show in Las Vegas on Tuesday for its Minnesota’s Own promotion, which centered around a large-scale food drive in October. The company also received first place for merchandising in four categories: Center Store, Fresh Foods, Health and Wellness, and Public Service or Charitable Cause. The National Grocers Association judged nearly 300 entries on the basis of creativity, clarity and effectiveness by a panel of industry experts, which narrowed the field of nominees, with winners being determined by online voting and by the judges. Coborn’s winning submissions are available to view on the company’s website. “We’re very honored to win these awards,” says Coborn’s, Inc. Executive Vice President of Sales Greg Sandeno. “Three of them are very personal. The Four Brothers Launch was the campaign we created to honor the four Coborn’s brothers who started our company. The Build a Better Basket promotion is something new we tried this past year to help our guests learn how to make healthier purchases. And the Minnesota’s Own promotion was all about helping out our local food shelves, which is so very important to our communities.”
About Coborn’s, Inc. St. Cloud, Minn.-based Coborn’s, Inc. is an employee-owned grocery retailer with 8,000 employees and 48 stores across Minnesota, North Dakota, South Dakota, Iowa, Illinois and Wisconsin under the Coborn’s, Cash Wise Foods and Save-A-Lot banners. Coborn’s, Inc. also owns CobornsDelivers, an online grocery ordering and home delivery service; and stand-alone convenience, liquor, video and pharmacy locations. To support its 125 retail locations, Coborn’s, Inc. operates its own central bakery, dry cleaning facility and grocery distribution center. In 2010, Coborn’s, Inc. was recognized as ‘Family Business of the Year for Community Service and Philanthropy’ by Minnesota Business magazine. In 2011, Coborn’s, Inc. was recognized as ‘Independent Retailer of the Year’ by Grocery Headquarters magazine. In 2014, the company’s president and CEO, Chris Coborn, was named the Grocer of the Year by the N.D. Grocers Association.
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