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LEGISLATIVE ISSUE • <strong>2024</strong>


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CONTACT<br />

Iowa Grocery Industry Association<br />

2540 106th Street, Suite 102<br />

Urbandale, IA 50355<br />

515-270-2628<br />

iowagrocers.com<br />

IGIA STAFF<br />

President: Michelle Hurd, CAE<br />

Vice President of Membership<br />

& Operations: Cara Corkrean, CAE<br />

Events & Member Programs<br />

Specialist: Annie Lallier<br />

Marketing & Communications<br />

Specialist: Audrey Comer<br />

Administrative Assistant:<br />

Becky Puckett<br />

IOWA GROCER MAGAZINE<br />

Editor: Kelly Visser, KMV & Co.<br />

Art Directors: Ashton Boles, Alesha Burgraff,<br />

TandemHart<br />

ADVERTISING INQUIRES<br />

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upcoming issue of iowa grocer magazine?<br />

Contact Cara Corkrean at<br />

ccorkrean@iowagrocers.com<br />

for placement details and rates.<br />

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WOMEN’S NETWORK PREVIEW: Events provide<br />

women in the industry educational opportunities,<br />

mentor relationships and opportunities to give back.<br />

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contents<br />

LEGISLATIVE ISSUE | <strong>2024</strong><br />

06 <strong>2024</strong> IGIA PREMIER SPONSORS<br />

20<br />

Efforts<br />

from IGIA, lobbyists and member<br />

grassroots come together for effective<br />

advocacy at the statehouse. See the<br />

association’s legislative priorities for <strong>2024</strong>.<br />

08 CHAIRMAN’S MESSAGE<br />

09 BOARD OF DIRECTORS<br />

12 LEAD COUNCIL UPDATE<br />

14 IGIA TEAM<br />

15 SAVE THE DATES<br />

16 NEW MEMBER SPOTLIGHT<br />

20 LEGISLATIVE FEATURE<br />

26 CONTRIBUTE TO GROPAC<br />

29 SUPERMARKET EMPLOYEE DAY<br />

30 HOMETOWN GROCER: SUPER<br />

SAVER, COUNCIL BLUFFS<br />

36 MEET YOUR COMMITTEE<br />

CHAIRS<br />

48 WOMEN’S NETWORK PREVIEW<br />

40 GALLERY: HALL OF<br />

FAME DINNER<br />

43 IGIA MEMBERSHIP RENEWALS<br />

44 SUPPLIER DIRECTORY<br />

ON THE COVER<br />

The Iowa State Capitol in Des<br />

Moines is abuzz as the 90th General<br />

Assembly reconvenes for legislative<br />

session from Jan. 8 - April 16.<br />

Photo credit: Joseph L. Murphy,<br />

Light Shaping Communications<br />

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PREMIER sponsors<br />

IGIA PREMIER<br />

SPONSORS<br />

are the foundation of our success<br />

<strong>2024</strong> IGIA Premier Sponsors as of Jan. 22.<br />

PLATINUM<br />

GOLD<br />

Associated Wholesale Grocers<br />

Bernatello’s Pizza<br />

Cylinder Express<br />

Hiland Dairy<br />

Kemps/DFA Dairy Brands<br />

SpartanNash<br />

Federated Insurance<br />

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The Iowa Grocery Industry Association’s (IGIA) Premier Sponsors<br />

are foundational for the strength and success of our association.<br />

Becoming a Premier Sponsor is an extremely valuable<br />

investment to make – not only for the benefit of IGIA, but also<br />

for the success of your business.<br />

Premier Sponsors stand apart as they are stepping up and<br />

championing our association. Their support allows us to provide<br />

all members with valuable resources, enhanced programming<br />

and advocacy efforts that make IGIA shine.<br />

Through this sponsorship, these high-caliber businesses have<br />

chosen to signal their support of IGIA’s retail members. When<br />

selecting the businesses you partner with, consider working with<br />

IGIA Premier Sponsors.<br />

Thank you to our <strong>2024</strong> IGIA Premier Sponsors!<br />

Are you interested<br />

in signaling your<br />

support, amplifying<br />

your membership<br />

benefits and<br />

enjoying valuable visibility? Then<br />

become an IGIA Premier Sponsor<br />

today. Contact Cara Corkrean,<br />

vice president of membership<br />

and operations, at<br />

ccorkrean@iowagrocers.com.<br />

SILVER<br />

Advantage Solutions<br />

AE Dairy<br />

Anheuser Busch<br />

Bimbo Bakeries USA<br />

CA Carlin<br />

Casey’s General Stores<br />

Certco<br />

Constellation Brands<br />

Frontier Co-op<br />

Keurig Dr Pepper<br />

Kraft Heinz<br />

Kwik Star<br />

Mueller Yurgae Associates<br />

Old Dutch Foods<br />

Rose Acre Farms<br />

Russ Davis Wholesale<br />

Sazerac<br />

Versova Eggs<br />

Wells Enterprises<br />

White Claw Hard Seltzer<br />

BRONZE<br />

American Pop Corn Company<br />

Barilla<br />

The Boston Beer Company<br />

Cookies Food Products<br />

Crystal Farms<br />

Holmes Murphy & Associates<br />

Hormel Foods Corporation<br />

Hussmann<br />

Iowa Lottery<br />

Luxco<br />

Pan-O-Gold Baking Company<br />

Pilgrim’s Pride<br />

Reynolds American<br />

RollSeal<br />

Ruan Transportation<br />

Schraad Sales & Marketing<br />

Sparboe Companies<br />

Tyson Foods<br />

Upside<br />

Voss Distributing/Red Bull<br />

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CHAIRMAN’S message<br />

Extending our culture of<br />

caring to the statehouse<br />

owa’s grocery and convenience<br />

stores are the backbone of Iowa<br />

communities. Our industry plays<br />

a critical role in not only providing<br />

food and essential services that<br />

power families, but also providing<br />

positive local economic impacts<br />

through employment opportunities,<br />

wages, tax revenue, commerce<br />

and philanthropic endeavors.<br />

With this collective impact, it’s<br />

no wonder engaging at the state<br />

Capitol has long been a priority<br />

for the Iowa Grocery Industry<br />

Association (IGIA) and its members.<br />

Each session, the IGIA Government<br />

Relations Committee, staff and lobbyists<br />

are actively monitoring legislation<br />

and public policy that may impact<br />

the way the grocery, c-store and food<br />

industries operate in Iowa. Key issues<br />

change every year but generally<br />

range from labor and licensing to<br />

regulation, taxes and more. You<br />

can read a more in-depth overview<br />

of our focus issues on Page 23.<br />

Advocating and advancing key issues<br />

at the statehouse is an absolutely<br />

essential role of IGIA. The association<br />

is a unifying voice for our membership<br />

and this collective strength helps<br />

ensure that policymakers understand<br />

the issues facing our industry, as well<br />

as our critical role in powering strong<br />

local communities and economies.<br />

CONNECTING TO<br />

SHOW YOU CARE<br />

I believe that genuinely engaging in<br />

something is one of the best ways<br />

to show you care. I wrote on this<br />

concept in depth for my column<br />

in the last issue of iowa grocer<br />

magazine. I see this generosity of<br />

time and commitment across our<br />

association, spanning everything<br />

from individuals volunteering on<br />

committees to philanthropic endeavors<br />

led by our member organizations.<br />

I think this culture of caring extends<br />

to how our association, members<br />

and industry as a whole connect<br />

with policymaking. Members can get<br />

engaged in the legislative process in a<br />

variety of ways – providing feedback<br />

to the IGIA Government Relations<br />

Committee, staying plugged into<br />

weekly legislative updates from the<br />

IGIA staff or connecting directly with<br />

your local policymakers on issues<br />

of importance facing your business,<br />

employees and communities.<br />

No matter what shape your<br />

involvement takes, know that your<br />

engagement in policymaking has a<br />

valuable impact and is an extension<br />

of our industry’s culture of caring.<br />

SUPERMARKET<br />

EMPLOYEE DAY<br />

I’d like to remind our members that<br />

February 22 is officially designated<br />

as Supermarket Employee Day. This<br />

observance is a special reminder<br />

to recognize the many employees<br />

and frontline workers who make<br />

our industry shine. Their hard<br />

work, commitment to caring and<br />

dedication each day is critical to<br />

the impact our industry makes in<br />

communities across the state.<br />

Sincerely,<br />

David Ring, IGIA Chairman<br />

Community & Government<br />

Relations Manager<br />

Kwik Star<br />

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IGIA Board of Directors<br />

officers<br />

Chairman<br />

David Ring<br />

First Vice Chair<br />

Joel Allen<br />

Second Vice Chair<br />

Amy Thompson<br />

Treasurer<br />

Robert Feeney<br />

Past Chairman<br />

Tom Laven<br />

Exec At Large<br />

Andrea Chase<br />

Exec At Large<br />

Jill Eilderts<br />

Kwik Star<br />

Hy-Vee, Inc.<br />

PepsiCo<br />

Atlantic Coca-Cola<br />

Bottling Co.<br />

Fareway Stores, Inc.<br />

Fareway Stores, Inc.<br />

Hometown Foods<br />

directors<br />

Doug Beech<br />

Casey’s General<br />

Stores<br />

Randy Bender<br />

Bender’s Foods<br />

Ross Dean<br />

Versova<br />

Denny<br />

Dietrich<br />

Gary’s Foods<br />

Bob Gostomski<br />

Mueller Yurgae<br />

Associates<br />

Bev Jessen<br />

Cylinder Express<br />

Cortney<br />

Kallenbach<br />

SpartanNash<br />

Nick Kelso<br />

B & R Stores<br />

Brian Kessler<br />

Associated<br />

Wholesale Grocers<br />

Lisa Nelson<br />

Walmart Inc.<br />

Dave<br />

Osterman<br />

SHAZAM<br />

Jeremy<br />

Thompson<br />

Sazerac<br />

Zac Voss<br />

Voss<br />

Distributing<br />

Isaac Wiese<br />

Hy-Vee, Inc.<br />

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LEAD COUNCIL message<br />

The latest LEAD Council updates<br />

The Iowa Grocery Industry<br />

Association (IGIA)<br />

LEAD Council assists in<br />

determining what resources, events,<br />

networking, communications, etc.<br />

IGIA should look to provide to keep<br />

current members engaged with<br />

IGIA in the long-term while also<br />

bringing others into more active<br />

participation with the association.<br />

members<br />

In the coming year, you can expect<br />

the following from the council:<br />

• Hold a LEAD Conference in June<br />

<strong>2024</strong> to focus on networking and<br />

hear from industry speakers.<br />

This event will be open to<br />

all IGIA members. See more<br />

details on the next page.<br />

Elizabeth Baker<br />

Atlantic Coca-Cola<br />

Bottling Co.<br />

Todd Fox<br />

Hy-Vee, Inc.<br />

• Host a seminar with industry<br />

experts for specific learning<br />

opportunities (i.e., sales,<br />

negotiation, leadership) that<br />

Jacob Jessen<br />

Cylinder Express<br />

Wesson Kingma<br />

Fareway Stores, Inc.<br />

Kevin Paltz<br />

Fareway Stores, Inc.<br />

is open to all IGIA members.<br />

• Incorporate community service<br />

work into LEAD events or create<br />

a standalone volunteer event.<br />

Thank you to SHAZAM for sponsoring<br />

the LEAD Council in <strong>2024</strong>. This<br />

support will help ensure the success<br />

of the council and its mission.<br />

For more details, contact<br />

Annie Lallier, IGIA events and<br />

member programs specialist,<br />

at alallier@iowagrocers.com.<br />

Alex Smith<br />

American Pop<br />

Corn Company<br />

Board of<br />

Directors Liaison<br />

Amy Thompson<br />

PepsiCo<br />

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Save the Date!<br />

LEAD<br />

Conference<br />

June 6, <strong>2024</strong><br />

You won’t want to miss our brand-new, day-long conference on June 6!<br />

It will be open to all Iowa Grocery Industry Association members, led by<br />

the LEAD Council and sponsored by SHAZAM.<br />

If you’ve never taken part in the IGIA Leadership Institute, this one-day<br />

conference is a great glimpse into what you would gain from our foursession<br />

Leadership Institute. Already have attended our Leadership<br />

Institute? Connect with your past classmates and further your leadership<br />

skills while networking with new connections.<br />

You can expect speakers on topics relevant to the industry, lunch,<br />

networking activities to connect you with others in the industry and<br />

a community service project.<br />

Watch the weekly eScanner email and<br />

iowagrocers.com for more details.


MEET the team<br />

working<br />

for Iowa’s<br />

grocery industry<br />

Michelle Hurd, CAE<br />

PRESIDENT<br />

mhurd@iowagrocers.com<br />

Cara Corkrean, CAE<br />

VICE PRESIDENT OF MEMBERSHIP & OPERATIONS<br />

ccorkrean@iowagrocers.com<br />

dates<br />

<strong>2024</strong><br />

TUES. 5/21:<br />

IGEF SCHOLARSHIP<br />

GOLF CLASSIC<br />

Beaver Creek Golf Course, Grimes<br />

Annie Lallier<br />

EVENTS & MEMBER PROGRAMS SPECIALIST<br />

alallier@iowagrocers.com<br />

FRI. 8/9:<br />

IOWA BEST BAGGER<br />

CONTEST<br />

Susan Knapp Amphitheater,<br />

Iowa State Fair<br />

Audrey Comer<br />

MARKETING & COMMUNICATIONS SPECIALIST<br />

acomer@iowagrocers.com<br />

Becky Puckett<br />

ADMINISTRATIVE ASSISTANT<br />

bpuckett@iowagrocers.com<br />

WED. 8/14:<br />

IGIA GOLF CLASSIC<br />

Legacy Golf Course, Norwalk<br />

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EVENTS<br />

Mark your calendar for Iowa Grocery<br />

Industry Association’s events in <strong>2024</strong>! These<br />

educational, networking and promotional<br />

events are a great way to form connections,<br />

meet influential leaders in the grocery<br />

industry and gain visibility for your business.<br />

WED. 9/11 &<br />

THURS. 9/12:<br />

IGIA GET CONNECTED<br />

CONVENTION<br />

Hyatt Regency Hotel &<br />

Conference Center, Coralville<br />

TUES. 11/19:<br />

HALL OF FAME<br />

DINNER<br />

Sheraton Hotel, West Des Moines<br />

other<br />

events<br />

THU 2/29:<br />

Cocktails & Conversations,<br />

BeerStyles, West Des Moines<br />

WED. 3/6:<br />

Leadership Class Session 1<br />

WED. 4/3:<br />

Leadership Class Session 2<br />

THURS. 4/18:<br />

Cocktails & Conversations,<br />

Big Grove Brewery, Des Moines<br />

WED. 5/1:<br />

Leadership Class Session 3<br />

WED. 6/5:<br />

Leadership Class Session 4<br />

THU 6/6:<br />

LEAD Conference<br />

JUNE TBD:<br />

Membership Lunch<br />

SPONSOR AN IGIA EVENT!<br />

Sponsoring IGIA events is a great way to represent your brand and connect with key grocery industry professionals! Contact<br />

Annie Lallier, events and member programs specialist, at alallier@iowagrocers.com to discuss event sponsorship opportunities.<br />

Find event updates and additional details at iowagrocers.com.<br />

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MEMBERSHIP<br />

NEW<br />

MEMBER<br />

Oct. 14 - Dec. 31, 2023<br />

Welcome new IGIA members!<br />

Your membership in the Iowa Grocery Industry<br />

Association (IGIA) matters. It demonstrates<br />

your support of the association and industry,<br />

plus there are ample opportunities to see a<br />

return on your investment – whether that’s<br />

growing your network, gaining industry<br />

insights or raising your voice at the Capitol.<br />

Dot Foods<br />

Mt. Sterling, IL<br />

Dot Foods makes products more accessible<br />

to the food industry through our unique<br />

position between suppliers and customers.<br />

The largest food industry redistributor in<br />

North America, we carry 125,000+ products<br />

in our 15 distribution centers across the<br />

U.S. and Canada. Our dedicated fleet of Dot<br />

Transportation, Inc. drivers deliver consolidated<br />

orders in as little as two to four days.<br />

Imperial Dade<br />

Jersey City, NJ<br />

Imperial Dade is the leading<br />

independently owned and operated<br />

distributor of food packaging<br />

supplies, commercial cleaning<br />

supplies, paper products, commercial<br />

cleaning equipment and industrial<br />

packaging in the United States.<br />

USI Insurance Services<br />

Des Moines, IA<br />

USI is one of the largest insurance<br />

brokerage and consulting firms in the<br />

world, delivering property and casualty,<br />

employee benefits, personal risk,<br />

program and retirement solutions to<br />

large risk management clients,<br />

middle market companies,<br />

smaller firms and individuals.<br />

Could you or someone you know benefit from being an IGIA member?<br />

Send any questions or new member ideas to Cara Corkrean, vice president<br />

of membership and operations, at ccorkrean@iowagrocers.com.<br />

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LEGISLATIVE FEATURE<br />

90TH<br />

General<br />

ASSEMBLY<br />

<strong>2024</strong> IOWA LEGISLATIVE SESSION UNDERWAY<br />

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Your engagement matters<br />

The Iowa Grocery Industry<br />

Association (IGIA) has a long<br />

history of leadership at the<br />

statehouse. Over many decades,<br />

our members and advocates have<br />

engaged in the political process<br />

to advance and defend against<br />

issues that impact the grocery and<br />

convenience industry in the state.<br />

As this year’s IGIA Government Relations<br />

Committee chair, I’m honored to continue<br />

this tradition of leadership at the Capitol.<br />

In preparation for the legislative session,<br />

the committee began reviewing and<br />

discussing potential issues of importance<br />

midway through 2023. Following a<br />

tried-and-true process, we incorporated<br />

member feedback and instruction into<br />

our positioning, and then advanced a set<br />

of policy recommendations to the entire<br />

IGIA board of directors for approval.<br />

This proactive approach has resulted in a<br />

cohesive focus on three key areas –<br />

tax issues, labor issues and organized<br />

retail crime. More specifically, our<br />

highest priorities will be an interchange<br />

fee reform education campaign and<br />

advancing solutions to prevent and<br />

deter organized retail crime. You can<br />

expect the association, our staff and our<br />

lobbyists to take a lead role on these<br />

two specific issues, while we intend to<br />

lend our support on the remainder of<br />

the priorities outlined on Page 23.<br />

We believe making progress in these<br />

focus areas will help ensure our entire<br />

industry can operate more efficiently<br />

while reducing undue burden, attract<br />

and retain workforce, and foster a<br />

positive business environment.<br />

RAISING YOUR VOICE<br />

I invite all IGIA members to get involved<br />

in the legislative process. The entire<br />

Government Relations committee<br />

welcomes your feedback on the issues<br />

we’re advancing and watching this session.<br />

We want to hear your perspective and have<br />

an open dialogue about IGIA’s positions –<br />

after all, an ongoing transparent<br />

conversation among our membership is<br />

key to creating a united, cohesive force<br />

for our industry at the statehouse.<br />

In addition to your involvement with the<br />

association’s legislative priorities, I also<br />

encourage you to exercise grassroots<br />

advocacy and call upon your legislators<br />

directly. You have an important perspective<br />

to share with them that can impact our<br />

industry and communities for the better.<br />

With swipe fees negatively impacting Main<br />

Street and the consumer, lawmakers need<br />

to hear directly from their local trusted<br />

source on the chilling effect these fees<br />

have on our economy and communities.<br />

Remember, you know your business,<br />

your employees, your customers and<br />

your community best. Your firsthand<br />

account of what is working well and what<br />

isn’t working is incredibly important to<br />

share with local and state policymakers.<br />

Even one conversation can make an<br />

impact – never doubt the voice and<br />

influence you have in the political<br />

process. As we continue to advance<br />

our priorities, I hope you’ll be open to<br />

hearing from us on key officials that<br />

need to hear from you. Local matters<br />

and as a constituent, you are in the best<br />

position to deliver these messages.<br />

SUPPORTING GROPAC<br />

Another way you can help strengthen<br />

our industry’s voice at the Capitol is by<br />

supporting our political action committee,<br />

GroPAC. This fund directly helps IGIA<br />

develop relationships with lawmakers<br />

in Iowa and supports candidates who<br />

understand the importance of the<br />

grocery and c-store industries. Only<br />

personal contributions are allowed, and<br />

all donations are voluntary. You can learn<br />

more about supporting GroPAC on<br />

Page 26 or by calling the IGIA office directly.<br />

No matter how you choose to raise your<br />

voice and get involved in the political<br />

process this session, know that we<br />

appreciate your dedication to our industry.<br />

Your engagement makes a difference for<br />

our association today and in the future.<br />

Sincerely,<br />

Anne Roth,<br />

IGIA Government Relations<br />

Committee Chair, Assistant Vice<br />

President, Government Relations,<br />

Hy-Vee, Inc.<br />

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LEGISLATIVE FEATURE<br />

The Iowa Grocery Industry<br />

Association’s legislative process<br />

Efforts from IGIA, lobbyists and member grassroots come together for effective advocacy. There is<br />

strength in speaking with one unified voice. The cohesion of the association, its lobbyists and its members<br />

is central to that strength. Together, we work toward the success of your business and the entire industry.<br />

ASSOCIATION<br />

Starting with the government relations<br />

committee, IGIA meets to review<br />

potential issues of importance during<br />

the upcoming sessions. The committee<br />

makes recommendations to the IGIA<br />

board of directors. The board approves<br />

legislative priorities which are then<br />

carried out by IGIA staff and lobbyists.<br />

Throughout this process, members’<br />

feedback and instruction is at the core.<br />

LOBBYISTS<br />

Lobbyists advocate IGIA’s position<br />

directly to legislators. In addition, they<br />

recommend strategy, draft proposed<br />

legislation, monitor and analyze bills,<br />

provide election advice and more.<br />

IGIA’s lobbyists are Brad Epperly<br />

and Dustin Miller from Nyemaster.<br />

Their expertise and commitment have<br />

contributed greatly to the strength<br />

of IGIA’s message at the capitol.<br />

MEMBER<br />

GRASSROOTS<br />

Constituent contact with<br />

legislators is vital. Even a<br />

single interaction is immensely<br />

important in establishing your<br />

goals and having an impact.<br />

Nobody knows your business<br />

better than you do, and<br />

therefore no voice is better than<br />

yours for speaking to your goals.<br />

Special IGIA legislative updates<br />

Stay up to date with the latest<br />

bills and legislative happenings!<br />

WEEKLY CALLS: Members<br />

can be a part of weekly legislative calls<br />

with IGIA President Michelle Hurd and<br />

lobbyist Brad Epperly. Contact Michelle<br />

Hurd at mhurd@iowagrocers.com to<br />

inquire about joining these calls.<br />

WEEKLY LEGISLATIVE<br />

REPORT EMAIL: Members<br />

can subscribe to a weekly report<br />

email with a full list of bills that IGIA<br />

is tracking and any action on those<br />

bills during the week. Contact Audrey<br />

Comer at acomer@iowagrocers.com to<br />

inquire about receiving the report.<br />

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IGIA legislative priorities<br />

and positions for <strong>2024</strong><br />

TOP PRIORITIES<br />

Interchange fees on sales<br />

tax collected. The association<br />

will proactively work to inform and<br />

educate legislators on the obligation<br />

and burden placed on retailers to<br />

pay interchange fees when collecting<br />

sales tax on behalf of the state.<br />

Organized Retail Crime. The<br />

association will advocate for and<br />

support efforts to strengthen laws and<br />

assist efforts to combat retail theft.<br />

ADDITIONAL FOCUS AREAS<br />

Commercial property tax reform. The association will<br />

seek and support efforts to reduce property taxes that ensure<br />

relief is felt by taxpayers. IGIA will seek opportunities to update<br />

and improve the process of property protests and valuations.<br />

Updating Iowa’s child labor laws. The<br />

association will support legislation to allow work<br />

driving permits, similar to school permits.<br />

Employer-provided benefits. IGIA will support<br />

legislative efforts to provide tax relief for employees on<br />

employer-provided benefits such as student loan repayment.<br />

Highlights from<br />

the <strong>2024</strong> condition<br />

of the state<br />

For the eighth session in a row, Republicans have control<br />

of the Governor’s office, House and Senate, and will set<br />

the legislative agenda for the 90th General Assembly.<br />

During the <strong>2024</strong> Condition of the State Address during the<br />

opening week of session, Gov. Kim Reynolds introduced<br />

her priorities for the year. She focused mainly on education<br />

but also spoke about health care and income tax cuts.<br />

See Reynolds’ full list of<br />

proposals and priorities for<br />

the year at https://governor.<br />

iowa.gov/vision-iowa-0<br />

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LEGISLATIVE FEATURE<br />

Balance of power<br />

34<br />

16<br />

Amy Sinclair<br />

PRESIDENT<br />

Jack Whitver<br />

MAJORITY LEADER<br />

Pam Jochum<br />

DEMOCRATIC LEADER<br />

Senate Leadership<br />

R<br />

D<br />

<strong>2024</strong> IOWA LEGISLATIVE SESSION TIMETABLE*<br />

JAN. 8 – First<br />

day of session<br />

(Iowa Code Sec. 2.1)<br />

JAN. 19 – Friday of<br />

the 2nd week: Final day<br />

for individual Senator<br />

and Representative<br />

requests for bill and<br />

joint resolution drafts<br />

to the <strong>Legislative</strong><br />

Services Agency<br />

(Senate Rule 27 and<br />

House Rule 29)<br />

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FEB. 16 – Friday<br />

of the 6th week:<br />

Senate bills and<br />

joint resolutions<br />

to be reported<br />

out of Senate<br />

committees and<br />

House bills and joint<br />

resolutions out of<br />

House committees<br />

(Joint Rule 20)**<br />

FEB. 19-23 –<br />

7th Week: Senate<br />

considers only<br />

Senate bills, Senate<br />

joint resolutions,<br />

and unfinished<br />

business; and House<br />

considers only<br />

House bills, House<br />

joint resolutions, and<br />

unfinished business<br />

(Joint Rule 20)<br />

Note: This timetable is subject to change. Visit legis.iowa.gov for updates.<br />

*See SCR4 and HR 3 (2023), SR 3 (2019) and SR 113 (2020)<br />

** The Feb. 16 and March 15 committee deadlines do not apply to Appropriations Bills, Ways and Means Bills, Government<br />

Oversight Bills, Legalizing Acts, Administrative Rules Review Committee Bills, Committee Bills related to delayed or<br />

suspended Administrative Rules [Iowa Code Sec. 17A.8(9)], Bills co-sponsored by Majority and Minority Leaders of one House,<br />

Conference Committee Reports, Companion Bills sponsored by the Majority Leaders of both Houses after consultation with<br />

the respective Minority Leaders, Concurrent or Simple Resolutions, and Joint Resolutions nullifying Administrative Rules.<br />

FEB. 26-<br />

MARCH 8 –<br />

8th and 9th<br />

weeks: Debate<br />

not limited by rule<br />

MARCH 15 –<br />

Friday of the 10th<br />

week: Final date<br />

for Senate bills and<br />

joint resolutions to<br />

be reported out of<br />

House committees<br />

and House bills and<br />

joint resolutions out<br />

of Senate committees<br />

(Joint Rule 20)**


64<br />

36<br />

R<br />

D<br />

Pat Grassley<br />

SPEAKER<br />

Matt W.<br />

Windschitl<br />

MAJORITY LEADER<br />

House Leadership<br />

Jennifer<br />

Konfrst<br />

MINORITY LEADER<br />

MARCH 18-22 – 11th week:<br />

Senate considers only House<br />

bills, House joint resolutions,<br />

and unfinished business; and<br />

House considers only Senate<br />

bills, Senate joint resolutions, and<br />

unfinished business (Joint Rule 20)<br />

APRIL 1 – Beginning<br />

of the 13th week: House<br />

amendments need not be<br />

filed on the day preceding<br />

floor debate (House Rule 31.8)<br />

MARCH 25 – Beginning of the 12th week: Only the following bills<br />

and resolutions are eligible for consideration: (Joint Rule 20)<br />

• Bills passed by both Houses<br />

• Appropriations Bills<br />

• Ways and Means Bills<br />

• Government Oversight Bills<br />

• Legalizing Acts<br />

• Administrative Rules Review<br />

Committee Bills<br />

• Committee Bills related to delayed<br />

or suspended Administrative<br />

Rules [Iowa Code Sec. 17A.8(9)]<br />

• Bills co-sponsored by Majority and<br />

Minority Leaders of one House<br />

• Conference Committee Reports<br />

• Companion Bills sponsored by Senate<br />

and House Majority Leaders<br />

• Concurrent or Simple Resolutions<br />

• Joint Resolutions nullifying<br />

Administrative Rules<br />

• Bills on the Veto Calendar (Joint Rule 23)<br />

• Unfinished Business<br />

APRIL 16 –<br />

100th calendar day<br />

of the session<br />

[Per diem expenses end -<br />

Iowa Code Sec. 2.10(1)]<br />

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LEGISLATIVE FEATURE<br />

Contribute<br />

to GroPAC<br />

Political action committee gives a voice to Iowa’s<br />

grocery, convenience and food industry<br />

The Iowa Grocery Industry Association’s (IGIA)<br />

GroPAC supports candidates for the Iowa<br />

legislature who understand the issues facing<br />

grocers and their critical importance for<br />

strong local communities and economies.<br />

GroPAC is<br />

critical to IGIA’s<br />

advocacy efforts.<br />

A strong PAC is<br />

an important tool<br />

for representing<br />

our industry’s<br />

goals in public<br />

policy discussions.<br />

GroPAC contributes<br />

on a bipartisan basis<br />

to legislators who<br />

support the grocery,<br />

convenience and<br />

food industries.<br />

Contribute today<br />

AND HELP US UNITE AND AMPLIFY<br />

THE VOICE OF IOWA’S GROCERY INDUSTRY!<br />

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Advocating<br />

for our<br />

industry<br />

Grocery stores are the backbone of Iowa<br />

communities, big and small. Across all 99<br />

counties, grocery and convenience stores<br />

provide food, goods, and necessities for strong<br />

communities and provide jobs for strong<br />

local economies. Legislation and public policy<br />

around business, labor, licensing, regulation,<br />

taxes and more affect grocers and impact<br />

the way they operate in their communities.<br />

IGIA’s retail and supplier members must<br />

be heard at the Iowa Capitol to continue<br />

to foster a positive environment where the<br />

grocery industry can grow and thrive.<br />

With a strong base of support from IGIA<br />

members through GroPAC, we can advocate<br />

to Iowa’s decision-makers about the<br />

importance of grocers’ issues and priorities.<br />

Why contribute?<br />

AMPLIFY YOUR VOICE.<br />

Giving to GroPAC helps IGIA members unite<br />

together with one voice to be heard loud<br />

and clear on the important issues<br />

impacting your businesses. GroPAC is<br />

essential for IGIA’s advocacy efforts.<br />

BE A LEADER. GroPAC helps IGIA<br />

develop relationships with lawmakers in Iowa.<br />

Contribute at a level that works best for you<br />

and signal to members, regulators and<br />

legislators that you’re a leader in the<br />

public policy conversation.<br />

INVEST IN YOUR SUCCESS.<br />

Contributing to GroPAC is an investment in<br />

your future and far less costly than legislation<br />

with unintended negative consequences<br />

for your business. GroPAC fosters a<br />

positive business environment that sets<br />

you up for success for years to come.<br />

WHO CAN CONTRIBUTE?<br />

• Any U.S. citizen may contribute<br />

• Only personal contributions<br />

• No dollar limit on personal contributions to a PAC<br />

• Other PACs may give to GroPAC<br />

• No corporate contributions<br />

Contributions to GroPAC are voluntary. They are not<br />

required for membership nor for leadership roles<br />

in IGIA. Contributions to a PAC are not deductible<br />

for federal or state income tax purposes.<br />

Contact the IGIA office<br />

at 515-270-2628 to make<br />

your commitment today!<br />

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Celebrating<br />

February 22<br />

The Iowa Grocery Industry Association (IGIA) is proud to proclaim February 22 as<br />

Supermarket Employee Day in Iowa to recognize supermarket employees, their hard work<br />

and dedication to powering communities across our state.<br />

Supermarket Employee Day is a time for the entire food industry to recognize employees<br />

at every level for the work they do feeding families and enriching lives.<br />

Ways to celebrate<br />

• Promote the day through your in-store promotions,<br />

social media, newsletters and website<br />

• Take time to acknowledge their hard work through<br />

a thank you note or shout out<br />

• Provide breakfast or lunch for employees<br />

• Provide extra paid time off<br />

• Find ongoing opportunities to celebrate employees<br />

and make it a part of your company culture<br />

For more information<br />

and resources<br />

about Supermarket<br />

Employee Day,<br />

visit our website<br />

at iowagrocers.<br />

com/supermarketemployee-day.html<br />

Share your Supermarket Employee Day celebration<br />

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HOMETOWN GROCER feature<br />

Super Saver:<br />

Council Bluffs<br />

Delivering value far beyond price<br />

For over 30 years, Super Saver<br />

has been an integral part of the<br />

Council Bluffs community. It<br />

serves a diverse customer base and has<br />

carved out a reputation for not only price<br />

savings but also going the extra mile to<br />

serve customers and the local community.<br />

“Our customers come from all walks<br />

of life,” explains store director Matt<br />

Morrison. “We’re located next to two<br />

hospitals and two schools, which bring<br />

a lot of traffic in addition to our regular<br />

neighborhood shoppers which represent<br />

all income levels and tend to skew more<br />

heavily to older, retired individuals.”<br />

As a price impact retailer, Super Saver is<br />

focused on offering customers highquality<br />

products and a large selection<br />

at everyday low prices. It works across<br />

the brand’s nine-store footprint to<br />

negotiate with vendors directly to<br />

maintain the best prices in the market.<br />

When customers enter the Council<br />

Bluffs store, they see a “Wall of Values”<br />

with the latest truckload buys and<br />

weekly ad specials – furthering the<br />

brand’s motto, “We Sell for Less.”<br />

VALUES BEYOND PRICE<br />

Beyond reliable deals, customers will<br />

also find a full-service pharmacy, deli,<br />

bakery and meat department – a unique<br />

model for traditional price impact<br />

retailers, which typically don’t offer<br />

specialty departments and amenities.<br />

“Offering both low prices and highquality<br />

fresh departments really sets<br />

us apart,” says Morrison. “It takes a<br />

lot of determination and hard work<br />

to have staff trained to run these<br />

departments and to do it well.”<br />

Super Saver’s deli fried chicken is a<br />

customer favorite. Known as the “best<br />

in town,” it is fresh, never frozen and<br />

hand battered. Donuts and custom<br />

cakes are made daily in the bakery, and<br />

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fresh beef and pork products are cut<br />

by hand in the meat department.<br />

With the store’s location next to<br />

two hospitals and generally older<br />

customer base, the pharmacy is a<br />

huge asset to both regular customers<br />

and the community. It manages a<br />

large volume of prescriptions and<br />

offers appointments for vaccines.<br />

“It would be easy to say I’m most proud<br />

of our fresh-cut meat counter or our<br />

deli’s fried chicken because those are<br />

tangibles that stand out, but the truth<br />

is I’m most proud of our employees,”<br />

explains Morrison, who has led the<br />

store for four years and worked for<br />

Super Saver’s parent company B&R<br />

Stores for 18 years. “They make it all<br />

possible by coming in, working hard<br />

and having a smile on their faces.”<br />

GOING THE DISTANCE TO<br />

SERVE CUSTOMERS<br />

Customer feedback is integral to<br />

helping propel the store’s high level of<br />

customer service. Feedback is collected<br />

using a survey on the receipt tape,<br />

and then shared with the retailer’s<br />

60 full- and part-time employees.<br />

“More often than not, I get to applaud<br />

examples of good work that we’re<br />

hearing from our customers and<br />

thank our teams for going the extra<br />

mile,” Morrison says. “We continually<br />

hear that we are a friendly store.”<br />

While the store doesn’t offer amenities<br />

such as grocery carryout or online<br />

ordering, Super Saver shines because<br />

of the values employees demonstrate<br />

each day. Employees across the<br />

entire store are expected to uphold<br />

B&R Stores’ six core values – value<br />

our people, improve continuously,<br />

care greatly, do things right, act with<br />

integrity and delight customers.<br />

“As a store leader, my priority is to lead<br />

by example and give our employees<br />

the tools and coaching they need to<br />

be successful in their jobs,” Morrison<br />

explains. “It all comes back to centering<br />

ourselves on those six core values.”<br />

CHARITABLE GIVING,<br />

COMMUNITY INVOLVEMENT<br />

Aligned with its value to care greatly,<br />

the Council Bluffs Super Saver<br />

is dedicated to supporting local<br />

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HOMETOWN GROCER feature<br />

charities. All year long, individuals<br />

and organizations are invited to<br />

submit donation or fundraising<br />

requests directly to the store.<br />

“I evaluate requests based on how<br />

many families it will impact,” Morrison<br />

explains. “We consistently support<br />

the two schools in our neighborhood,<br />

various charities serving meals for<br />

those in need and countless others.”<br />

Morrison has the autonomy to<br />

coordinate with local groups to donate<br />

grocery items, provide products<br />

at-cost or fund local requests. This<br />

might look like donating cookies for<br />

a holiday party at the elementary<br />

school or providing ingredients for<br />

a church’s Thanksgiving meal.<br />

The store also works closely with<br />

the local Crescent Food Pantry<br />

to donate out-of-date products<br />

that are safe to be shared with<br />

community members in need.<br />

B&R STORES PROVIDES<br />

NETWORK OF SUPPORT<br />

The Council Bluffs Super Saver is one of<br />

nine across western Iowa and eastern<br />

Nebraska. Beyond the Super Saver<br />

banner, B&R Stores is home to a total<br />

34 retail stores including Russ’s Market,<br />

C&R Market, Allen’s, Cash Saver, Grand<br />

Central Apple Market, Joe’s Fresh<br />

Marketplace and Mason’s Supermarket.<br />

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These retail locations span a variety<br />

of concepts and models, employing<br />

more than 2,300 individuals.<br />

B&R Stores is dedicated to<br />

serving as a “support center” for<br />

its network of stores, providing<br />

the infrastructure for accounting,<br />

operations, marketing, training<br />

and IT support. Each store has the<br />

autonomy to merchandise, run<br />

specials, coordinate donations<br />

and establish employee kickbacks<br />

depending on their needs.<br />

“We’re here to be a resource for<br />

the stores, and it’s always been that<br />

way,” explains Marty Jarvis, director<br />

of marketing for B&R Stores. “Our<br />

goal is not to govern but to be<br />

fluid to their needs and look at<br />

the growth and success of our<br />

company from a bigger picture.”<br />

B&R Stores was founded by Russ<br />

Raybould and Clayton Burnett in<br />

1964 in Lincoln, Nebraska. Today,<br />

it is led by a second-generation<br />

of the Raybould family – Pat<br />

Raybould, CEO, and Jane Raybould,<br />

vice president of buildings and<br />

equipment – with a vision to remain<br />

family-owned and operated.<br />

B&R Store’s Values<br />

Value our people<br />

Improve continuously<br />

Care greatly<br />

Do things right<br />

Act with integrity<br />

Delight customers<br />

The Rayboulds and the entire<br />

company’s leadership are dedicated<br />

to upholding B&R Stores’ six core<br />

values and can often be found<br />

visiting stores to help solve problems<br />

and support employees.<br />

To learn more about<br />

Super Saver, visit super-saver.com.<br />

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PROGRAMS<br />

get to know<br />

Your committee chairs<br />

The Iowa Grocery Industry Association (IGIA) has many working committees that are essential to the success of the<br />

organization. Committees help advance the priorities of the grocery industry while offering leadership opportunities to<br />

volunteer. Our committees include Convention, Government Relations, Golf Classic, Women’s Network, Membership/<br />

Ambassador and Scholarship Golf. For a preview of what you can expect from volunteering on an IGIA committee, four<br />

committee chairs share their perspective on what the experience has meant for their careers and personal development.<br />

CONVENTION COMMITTEE<br />

Chairman Scott Barnard<br />

District Sales Manager, Hiland Dairy<br />

IGIA GOLF COMMITTEE<br />

Chairman Don Riley<br />

Account Executive, Mueller Yurgae Associates<br />

WHY DID YOU CHOOSE TO GET<br />

INVOLVED IN IGIA COMMITTEES?<br />

Serving on an IGIA committee opens the doors<br />

to meeting new people. I’ve also benefitted<br />

from learning about new challenges and<br />

opportunities within the industry.<br />

WHY DID YOU CHOOSE TO GET<br />

INVOLVED IN IGIA COMMITTEES?<br />

It’s always beneficial to meet others in your same market<br />

niche who you can talk to about the state of the industry,<br />

challenges and opportunities. Hopefully, I can contribute to<br />

making a difference in the areas that matter most to IGIA.<br />

HOW DOES THIS VOLUNTEER<br />

LEADERSHIP POSITION BENEFIT YOU?<br />

Volunteering is rewarding both personally and<br />

professionally. It positions me to continue to grow<br />

not only as a representative of Hiland Dairy, but<br />

also as a person who gives back to others.<br />

HOW DOES THIS VOLUNTEER LEADERSHIP<br />

POSITION BENEFIT YOU?<br />

Volunteering is great way to work on your leadership<br />

skills, gain new skills and make new friends. Also, it is an<br />

opportunity to give something back to an industry and<br />

organization that I’ve been a part of for most of my career.<br />

WHY IS IT IMPORTANT FOR MEMBERS<br />

TO GET INVOLVED IN A COMMITTEE?<br />

IGIA committees are a great opportunity to meet<br />

other leaders in the industry, plus it is rewarding to be<br />

a part of something that gives back to the community.<br />

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WHY IS IT IMPORTANT FOR MEMBERS<br />

TO GET INVOLVED IN A COMMITTEE?<br />

Getting involved allows members to volunteer their<br />

expertise and time to support the organization. It can<br />

also benefit them both personally and professionally<br />

by providing the opportunity to build skills in new<br />

areas, work on projects you ordinarily wouldn’t have a<br />

chance to and build new connections with others.


SCHOLARSHIP GOLF COMMITTEE<br />

Chairman Bob Gostomski<br />

Executive Vice President – Grocery,<br />

Mueller Yurgae Associates<br />

WHY DID YOU CHOOSE TO GET<br />

INVOLVED IN IGIA COMMITTEES?<br />

I’m involved to help ensure our industry and<br />

association continues to be the best it can<br />

be. In addition, the fun and camaraderie<br />

of spending time with other people in our<br />

industry to pull off a golf tournament to help<br />

grow the IGEF scholarship fund is the best!<br />

HOW DOES THIS VOLUNTEER<br />

LEADERSHIP POSITION BENEFIT YOU?<br />

Giving back to the industry that benefits so<br />

many people and my family is why I help<br />

lead this committee. The raising money<br />

to give out scholarships is something that<br />

lasts lifetimes for so many people.<br />

WHY IS IT IMPORTANT FOR MEMBERS<br />

TO GET INVOLVED IN A COMMITTEE?<br />

It is important to participate in committees<br />

as we need as many people as we can to<br />

continue our mission to better our industry<br />

and our members and their companies.<br />

You also get to know other people that<br />

can become friends for a lifetime and may<br />

also help in your everyday business.<br />

WOMEN’S NETWORK COMMITTEE<br />

Chairwoman Elizabeth<br />

(Liz) Baker<br />

Channel Director, Atlantic<br />

Coca-Cola Bottling Co.<br />

WHY DID YOU CHOOSE TO GET<br />

INVOLVED IN IGIA COMMITTEES?<br />

I love IGIA! The association is a vital<br />

support system for its members and the<br />

industry. I have met so many wonderful<br />

people and have enjoyed being able to<br />

get more involved over the years.<br />

HOW DOES THIS VOLUNTEER<br />

LEADERSHIP POSITION BENEFIT YOU?<br />

I am so excited to be working alongside the IGIA<br />

team and joining them in creating a meaningful<br />

impact. Taking on this volunteer leadership<br />

position offers me a chance to actively<br />

contribute to shaping the future direction of<br />

our organization. I look forward to helping build<br />

a path that leads to a stronger, more vibrant<br />

future for our organization and its members.<br />

WHY IS IT IMPORTANT FOR MEMBERS<br />

TO GET INVOLVED IN A COMMITTEE?<br />

Committee engagement is not just about<br />

participation; it is about forging meaningful<br />

connections and fostering a supportive<br />

community within the larger organization.<br />

IGIA is always looking for committee volunteers! For more information contact Annie<br />

Lallier, IGIA events and member programs specialist, at alallier@iowagrocers.com.<br />

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PROGRAMS<br />

Get involved with the<br />

IGIA Women’s Network<br />

The Iowa Grocery Industry<br />

Association (IGIA) Women’s<br />

Network focuses on uniting,<br />

representing and empowering women<br />

across the food industry. It has<br />

become a one-of-a-kind resource for<br />

professionals as it provides educational<br />

opportunities, mentor relationships,<br />

leadership skill building, networking<br />

and opportunities to give back.<br />

Established in 2014, the IGIA Women’s<br />

Network was created to represent women<br />

affiliated with the food industry. The vision<br />

and mission of the network are rooted in<br />

five key objectives: education, mentoring,<br />

leadership, networking and service.<br />

The IGIA Women's Network participated<br />

in a self defense workshop in 2023.<br />

“The Women’s Network events have<br />

been instrumental in fostering my<br />

professional growth, offering a<br />

platform for networking, mentorship<br />

and skill development. I’ve honed<br />

invaluable leadership skills, gained<br />

insights into industry trends and built a<br />

supportive community of like-minded<br />

individuals,” says Liz Baker, committee<br />

chairwoman and channel director<br />

for Atlantic Coca-Cola Bottling Co.<br />

The network partners with IGIA<br />

member organizations to host a<br />

variety of events throughout the<br />

year. Events are complimentary<br />

or kept low-cost for members.<br />

Women’s<br />

Network<br />

Committee<br />

Members<br />

• Erin Demichelis<br />

Hy-Vee, Inc.<br />

• Liz Baker<br />

Atlantic Coca-Cola Bottling<br />

Company (Chairwoman)<br />

• Shelli Bice<br />

Acosta<br />

• Tania Bowman<br />

Dean Snyder Construction<br />

• Erin Butler<br />

Casey’s General Stores<br />

• Abby Byers<br />

Hy-Vee, Inc.<br />

• Kara Clark<br />

Kum & Go<br />

• Andrea Chase<br />

Fareway Stores, Inc.<br />

• Rose Hanke<br />

Pepsi Beverages<br />

• Roxanne Kanne-Roush<br />

Fareway Stores, Inc.<br />

• Danielle Snook<br />

Fareway Stores, Inc.<br />

• Amy Thompson<br />

PepsiCo<br />

• Erin Wisecup<br />

Fareway Stores, Inc.<br />

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Quarterly<br />

Events<br />

Health and<br />

Wellness for <strong>2024</strong><br />

Thursday, February 22,<br />

8-9 a.m.<br />

Start your year off on the right foot by<br />

learning how to manage stress as well as<br />

understanding the environmental, physical,<br />

developmental, behavioral, emotional and<br />

spiritual influences on your personal wellness.<br />

This session’s community service activity will<br />

be a donation drive for Dress for Success.<br />

Women in the<br />

Industry Panel<br />

Tuesday, July 16,<br />

9-10 a.m.<br />

A panel of women in the grocery industry<br />

will give tips on work-life balance, why<br />

mentorship is so important, what they wish<br />

they knew along the way and more.<br />

This session’s community service activity<br />

will be creating door decorations for<br />

the Ronald McDonald House.<br />

Annual Half-Day<br />

Conference<br />

Wednesday, April 17<br />

9:30 a.m.-3 p.m.<br />

Enjoy a networking activity to get to<br />

know others in the industry better, hear<br />

knowledge from an industry leader,<br />

learn from a speaker about change<br />

management and participate in a<br />

hands-on community service project.<br />

Grocers Government<br />

Relations 101<br />

Tuesday, October 15<br />

8:30-10 a.m.<br />

Learn more about the government relations process,<br />

hear about what policies the industry monitored in<br />

<strong>2024</strong> and what they are looking at for 2025. Become<br />

familiar with what a PAC is and why it’s important.<br />

This session’s community service activity will be<br />

a food drive for the Food Bank of Iowa.<br />

To learn more about the IGIA Women’s Network opportunities or register<br />

for upcoming events, visit iowagrocers.com/womens-network.<br />

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Highlights from<br />

2023 Hall of Fame Dinner<br />

Celebrating Iowa’s grocery, convenience and food industries<br />

Hundreds of leaders<br />

in the state’s grocery,<br />

convenience and food<br />

industries gathered for the<br />

2023 Hall of Fame Dinner on<br />

Nov. 6 in West Des Moines.<br />

The annual awards are<br />

an important opportunity<br />

to recognize individuals<br />

who have demonstrated<br />

extraordinary commitment<br />

and service to the industry.<br />

Congratulations again to our<br />

2023 Hall of Fame<br />

Award winners!<br />

GARRETT PIKLAPP<br />

Fareway Stores, Inc.<br />

Retail Leader of the<br />

Year Award<br />

SPEED HERRIG<br />

Cookies Food Products<br />

Lifetime Achievement Award<br />

BRETT SPIKER<br />

Hy-Vee, Inc.<br />

Volunteer of the Year Award<br />

DOUG BEECH<br />

Casey’s General Stores<br />

<strong>Legislative</strong> Leadership<br />

Award<br />

MUELLER YURGAE<br />

ASSOCIATES<br />

Supplier of the Year Award<br />

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It is a proud tradition to formally<br />

lift up those who are moving our both<br />

our association and industry forward.<br />

Each of these winners are outstanding<br />

examples of the values and hard work<br />

our members stand for.<br />

”<br />

– Michelle Hurd, IGIA president<br />

Save the date!<br />

The <strong>2024</strong> Hall of<br />

Fame Dinner will<br />

be held Nov. 19 in<br />

West Des Moines.<br />

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Lifetime Achievement,<br />

Speed Herrig, Cookies Food Products<br />

Retail Leader of the Year,<br />

Garrett Piklapp, Fareway Stores<br />

Supplier of the Year Award,<br />

Mueller Yurgae Associates<br />

Volunteer of the Year,<br />

Brett Spiker, Hy-Vee, Inc.<br />

<strong>Legislative</strong> Leadership,<br />

Doug Beech, Casey’s General Stores<br />

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AE Dairy<br />

Atlantic Coca-Cola Bottling<br />

Company<br />

Bender’s Foods<br />

Body Armor<br />

Capital City Fruit<br />

Countryside BBQ<br />

Cruise Marketing<br />

Crystal Farms<br />

Dole Fresh Vegetables<br />

Dreyer Marketing, Inc.<br />

Early Morning Harvest<br />

Edgewood Locker<br />

Farmers Co-op - Comart<br />

Convenience Store<br />

General Mills<br />

Holmes Murphy & Associates<br />

Hy-Vee, Inc.<br />

Iowa Pharmacy Association<br />

KPI Concepts<br />

Kwik Trip, Inc.<br />

Mahaska Bottling Company<br />

MolsonCoors<br />

Mrs. B’s<br />

Next Step Advertising<br />

North Country Business<br />

Products<br />

Old Dutch Foods<br />

Pepsi Beverages Company<br />

Performance Display<br />

Prophet Mini Mart, Inc.<br />

Randy’s Neighborhood Market<br />

- Dyersville<br />

StoneRidge Wholesale LLC<br />

Tim’s Amoco Service<br />

Ulrich Meat Market<br />

Vanscoy Industries<br />

West Bank<br />

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MEMBERSHIP<br />

IGIA Supplier<br />

MEMBER<br />

DIRECTORY<br />

BAKERY<br />

Bimbo Bakeries USA<br />

(515) 963-8746<br />

Flowers Bakery<br />

(859) 801-8829<br />

Pan-O-Gold Baking Co.<br />

(515) 289-4502<br />

BEER<br />

Anheuser-Busch<br />

(314) 577-2000<br />

Boulevard Brewing<br />

(816) 474-7095<br />

FIFCO USA<br />

(585) 546-1030<br />

Mike’s Hard Lemonade<br />

(515) 444-3851<br />

Molson Coors Beverage<br />

Company<br />

(513) 571-4536<br />

Pabst Brewing<br />

(515) 344-9138<br />

Summit Brewing<br />

(651) 265-7800<br />

The Boston Beer Company<br />

(515) 322-7898<br />

BEVERAGE<br />

Atlantic Coca-Cola Bottling<br />

(515) 987-1931<br />

Beliv<br />

(646) 477-1126<br />

BlueTriton Brands<br />

(774) 573-8142<br />

Body Armor<br />

(718) 357-7402<br />

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Coca-Cola<br />

(515) 657-2882<br />

Crystal Clear Water<br />

(515) 265-2324<br />

Fairlife, LLC<br />

(312) 624-9444<br />

Harvest Roasting<br />

(Scooter’s Coffee)<br />

(877) 494-7004<br />

Iowa Beverage Systems<br />

(515) 266-2274<br />

Keurig Dr Pepper<br />

(515) 447-9385<br />

Mahaska Bottling Co.<br />

(641) 573-3481<br />

Midwest Best Water<br />

(651) 291-7244<br />

Monster Energy Company<br />

(612) 251-0426<br />

Pepsi Beverages<br />

(515) 270-1332<br />

Premium Waters<br />

(612) 379-4141<br />

Red Bull<br />

(417) 766-2834<br />

Shasta Beverages<br />

(225) 806-0367<br />

The Roasterie<br />

816-931-4000<br />

Verena Street Coffee<br />

(563) 556-3931<br />

Voss Distributing<br />

(515) 263-1777<br />

Welch’s<br />

(612) 386-2141<br />

Zevia<br />

(855) 469-3842<br />

BROKER<br />

Acosta Integrated Sales &<br />

Marketing Services<br />

(515) 278-2040<br />

Advantage Solutions<br />

(515) 278-1223<br />

CA Carlin<br />

(515) 314-0913<br />

CROSSMARK Sales<br />

& Marketing<br />

(515) 285-1101<br />

Cruise Marketing<br />

(515) 564-0990<br />

Daymon<br />

(515) 707-4078<br />

Dreyer Marketing<br />

(515) 986-5957<br />

Mueller Yurgae Associates<br />

(515) 986-0491<br />

R.G. Sales and Marketing<br />

(515) 556-8018<br />

Schraad & Associates<br />

(515) 400-3535<br />

TMZ Brokerage<br />

(515) 556-6260<br />

Topco<br />

(515) 267-7750<br />

CANDY<br />

Ferrero<br />

(616) 916-6046<br />

Palmer Candy<br />

(712) 258-5543<br />

Siegert Enterprises dba<br />

Betty Jane Candies<br />

(563) 582-4668<br />

The Hershey Company<br />

(616) 254-9380<br />

DAIRY/EGGS<br />

AE Dairy<br />

(515) 265-2521<br />

Crystal Farms<br />

(515) 669-6062<br />

Farmers Hen House<br />

(844) 304-9424<br />

Hiland Dairy<br />

(402) 344-4321<br />

Kemps Dairy<br />

(608) 832-1313<br />

Prairie Farms<br />

(563) 391-3341<br />

Rose Acre Farms<br />

(812) 497-2557<br />

Sparboe Companies<br />

(952) 475-0100<br />

Versova<br />

(515) 532-2240<br />

FINANCIAL SERVICES<br />

Wells Fargo Commercial Banking<br />

(515) 237-5100<br />

West Bank<br />

(515) 222-2300<br />

FLORAL/GARDEN<br />

Plantpeddler Inc.<br />

(800) 827-1654<br />

FOOD MANUFACTURING<br />

Campbells Soup Company<br />

(612) 206-4717<br />

Cookies Food Products<br />

(712) 664-2683<br />

Countryside BBQ Sauce<br />

(515) 295-3583<br />

Dot Foods<br />

(800) 366-3687<br />

Early Morning Harvest<br />

(641) 757-2620<br />

Famous Dave’s Products<br />

(952) 746-8800<br />

General Mills<br />

(952) 913-7395<br />

Gilster-Mary Lee Corp.<br />

(618) 826-2361<br />

Hain Celestial<br />

(763) 242-0768<br />

Hometown Food Company<br />

(262) 349-1384<br />

Hostess Brands<br />

(816) 701-4600<br />

Jimmy’s Dressings & Dips<br />

(507) 533-7786<br />

J.M. Smucker<br />

(888) 550-9555<br />

Kellogg Company<br />

(641) 259-2136<br />

Ken’s Foods<br />

(515) 707-7258<br />

KENT Corporation<br />

(563) 264-4211<br />

King Arthur Flour<br />

(901) 351-4751<br />

Klondike Cheese<br />

(608) 325-3021<br />

Midwest Foods, LLC dba Gino’s<br />

Food Products<br />

(515) 240-4698<br />

Milton Creamery<br />

(641) 656-4094


molly&you<br />

(712) 662-7577<br />

Mrs. Gerry’s Kitchens<br />

(800) 642-9662<br />

Nestle USA<br />

(515) 289-1197<br />

Reser’s Fine Foods<br />

(816) 834-9472<br />

Simek’s<br />

(763) 442-6865<br />

Sioux Honey Association<br />

(712) 233-9175<br />

Tasty Toppings<br />

(800) 228-4148<br />

The Kraft Heinz Company<br />

(608) 628-1061<br />

Trilliant Food &<br />

Nutrition LLC<br />

(800) 415-7500<br />

Vanscoy Industries<br />

(319) 560-7459<br />

X-Tra Touch Products<br />

(712) 246-4376<br />

FROZEN<br />

Arctic Glacier U.S.A.<br />

(316) 529-2173<br />

Wells Enterprises<br />

(800) 942-3800<br />

GENERAL<br />

MERCHANDISE<br />

Cylinder Express<br />

(712) 365-4740<br />

Designer Greetings<br />

732) 662-6700<br />

Grizzly Coolers<br />

(563) 202-9199<br />

Handi-Foil Corp<br />

(847) 353-1225<br />

Unilever<br />

(630) 339-7672<br />

GOURMET/<br />

SPECIALTY/SPICES<br />

B & G Foods<br />

(973) 401-6500<br />

Death Wish Coffee<br />

(518) 400-1050<br />

Frontier Co-op<br />

(319) 321-3524<br />

Lola’s Fine Hot Sauce<br />

(515) 776-0086<br />

GOVERNMENT<br />

AGENCY<br />

Iowa Alcoholic Beverages<br />

Division<br />

(515) 281-7402<br />

Iowa Lottery<br />

(515) 725-7900<br />

WIC<br />

(800) 532-1579<br />

INDUSTRY SERVICES<br />

Associated Computer<br />

Systems (ACS)<br />

(515) 233-0078<br />

Backes Commercial<br />

Auctions<br />

(800) 876-8070<br />

CW Sales & Service<br />

(319) 931-8118<br />

Dean Snyder Construction<br />

(515) 289-0720<br />

Diversey<br />

(303) 910-5571<br />

E.T. Video<br />

(712) 999-2229<br />

Evolving Edge<br />

(515) 777-3638<br />

Federated Insurance<br />

(507) 444-6503<br />

FUELIowa<br />

(515) 224-7545<br />

Grolmus Business<br />

Consulting<br />

Harms Oil Company<br />

(605) 696-5000<br />

Holmes Murphy &<br />

Associates<br />

(515) 223-6800<br />

Iowa Beef Industry Council<br />

(515) 296-2305<br />

Iowa Pork Producers<br />

(515) 225-7657<br />

Larry Elias Consulting<br />

(402) 499-9083<br />

Midwest Dairy Association<br />

(515) 964-0696<br />

North Risk Partners<br />

(515) 327-8464<br />

Pharmacists Mutual<br />

(515) 295-2461<br />

Presence Marketing<br />

(847) 277-9500<br />

RSM US LLP<br />

(515) 558-6646<br />

Ruan Transportation<br />

(515) 245-5464<br />

Rug Doctor<br />

(630) 430-9054<br />

Semiotic Marketing<br />

International, LLC.<br />

(312) 802-5877<br />

Seneca<br />

(515) 262-5000<br />

SHAZAM<br />

(515) 288-2828<br />

Tarbell<br />

(515) 282-0200<br />

Tomra of North America<br />

(203) 447-8748<br />

Truno<br />

(800) 415-7500<br />

Upside<br />

(800) 741-6726<br />

USI Insurance Services<br />

(515) 608-0660<br />

MEAT/POULTRY/<br />

SEAFOOD<br />

Amana Meat Shop &<br />

Smokehouse<br />

(319) 622-7500<br />

Double Dutch Meat<br />

(641) 628-2771<br />

Edgewood Locker<br />

(563) 928-6814<br />

Hormel Foods<br />

(515) 276-8808<br />

Kretschmar Deli<br />

(314) 625-9626<br />

Land O’ Frost<br />

(952) 270-2208<br />

Pilgrim’s<br />

(320) 493-3633<br />

Stone Ridge Wholesale<br />

(920) 539-2862<br />

Tyson Foods<br />

(515) 270-1739<br />

West Liberty Foods<br />

(888) 511-4500<br />

MEDIA/ADVERTISING<br />

Next Step Advertising<br />

(515) 327-1133<br />

Rock Communications<br />

(641) 792-8334<br />

PACKAGING &<br />

SUPPLIES<br />

Bunzl<br />

(314) 997-5959<br />

Imperial Dade<br />

(973) 769-8171<br />

International Paper<br />

(515) 635-6185<br />

Midwest Packaging<br />

(515) 778-8731<br />

Placon Corp.<br />

(608) 422-1606<br />

The Brenmar Company<br />

(402) 592-3303<br />

PASTA/PIZZA<br />

8th Avenue Pasta<br />

(612) 396-5651<br />

Barilla America<br />

(515) 278-2040<br />

Bernatello’s Pizza<br />

(715) 590-2626<br />

Neva’s Noodles, LLC<br />

(641) 203-1860<br />

PHARMACY<br />

21st Century Healthcare<br />

(480) 966-8201<br />

Lil’ Drug Store Products<br />

(319) 393-0454<br />

PRODUCE<br />

Capital City Fruit<br />

(515) 981-5111<br />

Dole Fresh Vegetables<br />

(515) 630-4612<br />

Loffredo Fresh Produce<br />

(515) 285-3367<br />

PAT Brokerage<br />

(515) 278-5517<br />

Russ Davis Wholesale<br />

(800) 214-4981<br />

Summertime Potato<br />

(515) 265-9865<br />

RECYCLING<br />

CRINC<br />

(515) 265-4275<br />

Green RU<br />

(855) 788-8733<br />

SNACKS<br />

American Pop Corn<br />

(712) 239-1232<br />

Blue Diamond<br />

(847) 980-6118<br />

Frito-Lay<br />

(314) 583-7992<br />

Herr Foods<br />

(800) 344-3777<br />

Iowa Smokehouse<br />

(800) 434-7695<br />

Jack Link’s Beef Jerky<br />

(715) 262-2055<br />

Kickass Snacks<br />

(507) 961-1180<br />

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MEMBERSHIP<br />

Old Dutch Foods<br />

(651) 633-8810<br />

Old Trapper Smoked<br />

Meat Snacks<br />

(913) 481-4666<br />

North Country Business<br />

Products<br />

(218) 751-4140<br />

Performance Display<br />

(515) 986-0156<br />

Associated Wholesale<br />

Grocers<br />

(913) 288-1510<br />

CERTCO<br />

(608) 278-2213<br />

Cedar Ridge Winery<br />

& Distillery<br />

(319) 350-9237<br />

Constellation Brands, U.S.<br />

(515) 289-6506<br />

PIM Brands, Inc.<br />

(201) 784-5800<br />

Retail Data Systems<br />

(605) 310-4452<br />

Fareway Stores<br />

(515) 432-2623<br />

Deutsch Family<br />

Wine & Spirits<br />

Second Nature Brands<br />

(248) 588-1903<br />

RollSeal, Inc<br />

(256) 287-7000<br />

Farner-Bocken<br />

(800) 274-8692<br />

Diageo<br />

(847) 275-8880<br />

Shearer’s Snacks<br />

(614) 553-7584<br />

Tidel<br />

(972) 484-3358<br />

Hy-Vee<br />

(515) 267-2800<br />

E & J Gallo Winery<br />

(515) 987-3935<br />

Sterzing Food Company<br />

(319) 754-8467<br />

Utz Quality Foods<br />

(630) 723-1192<br />

STORE FIXTURES<br />

& EQUIPMENT<br />

Dupey Equipment<br />

(515) 223-0700<br />

Hussmann<br />

(515) 262-8221<br />

KPI Concepts<br />

(319) 754-5922<br />

Marick<br />

(515) 243-8288<br />

TOBACCO<br />

Altria Sales & Distribution<br />

(608) 251-0815<br />

ITG Brands<br />

(515) 254-0629<br />

Liggett Vector Brands<br />

(262) 844-8204<br />

Reynolds American<br />

(336) 741-1486<br />

Swisher International<br />

(904) 598-4643<br />

WHOLESALER/<br />

DISTRIBUTION<br />

CENTER<br />

Aldi, Inc.<br />

(507) 333-9460<br />

McCormack Distributing<br />

(712) 546-5133<br />

SpartanNash<br />

(319) 855-2742<br />

UNFI<br />

(715) 262-8634<br />

WINE & SPIRITS<br />

American Beverage<br />

Marketers<br />

(816) 777-7159<br />

Bacardi USA<br />

(614) 403-1410<br />

Banfi Vinters/Excelsior<br />

Wines<br />

(913) 208-9702<br />

Foundry Distilling Company<br />

(515) 822-7545<br />

Johnson Brothers of Iowa<br />

(515) 262-1199<br />

Luxco<br />

(313) 333-4637<br />

Phillips Distilling<br />

(612) 362-7500<br />

Sazerac<br />

(515) 202-1661<br />

Southern Glazer’s Wine<br />

& Spirits<br />

(515) 252-7173<br />

Trinchero Family Estates/<br />

Sutter Home Winery<br />

(414) 313-7919<br />

THANK YOU AGAIN TO OUR <strong>2024</strong> PREMIER SPONSORS<br />

PLATINUM<br />

Coca-Cola<br />

E & J Gallo Winery<br />

Fareway Stores<br />

Hy-Vee<br />

PepsiCo<br />

SHAZAM<br />

GOLD<br />

Associated Wholesale<br />

Grocers<br />

Bernatello’s Pizza<br />

Cylinder Express<br />

Federated Insurance<br />

Hiland Dairy<br />

Kemps/DFA Dairy Brands<br />

SpartanNash<br />

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SILVER<br />

Advantage Solutions<br />

AE Dairy<br />

Anheuser Busch<br />

Bimbo Bakeries USA<br />

CA Carlin<br />

Casey’s General Stores<br />

Certco<br />

Constellation Brands<br />

Frontier Co-op<br />

Keurig Dr Pepper<br />

Kraft Heinz<br />

Kwik Star<br />

Mueller Yurgae Associates<br />

Old Dutch Foods<br />

Rose Acre Farms<br />

Russ Davis Wholesale<br />

Sazerac<br />

Versova Eggs<br />

Wells Enterprises<br />

White Claw Hard Seltzer<br />

BRONZE<br />

American Pop Corn Company<br />

Barilla<br />

The Boston Beer Company<br />

Cookies Food Products<br />

Crystal Farms<br />

Holmes Murphy & Associates<br />

Hormel Foods Corporation<br />

Hussmann<br />

Iowa Lottery<br />

Luxco<br />

Pan-O-Gold Baking Company<br />

Pilgrim’s Pride<br />

Reynolds American<br />

RollSeal<br />

Ruan Transportation<br />

Schraad Sales & Marketing<br />

Sparboe Companies<br />

Tyson Foods<br />

Upside<br />

Voss Distributing/Red Bull


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