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Minneapolis-based wholesaler Nash Finch is partnering with the Beef Checkoff for a huge education-driven promotion in Nash Finch's 47 corporate stores from May 1 through May 15. Among the promotion's highlights: Nash Finch will launch the Checkoff's Slice-n-Save program, and local cattle farmers will be featured.
The promotion will be featured in Nash Finch's multiple banners -- Econofoods, Sunmart, Family Fresh Market, and Pick n' Save -- in eight states.
The merchandising program will feature three sub-primal Angus Pride cuts: boneless beef ribeye, boneless beef top loin strip, and boneless beef top sirloin. As part of the promotion, cattle farmers from Iowa will be featured on posters, recipe brochures, and slice-n-save on-pack labels.
State beef councils in Nebraska, Wisconsin, Iowa, North Dakota, South Dakota, and Minnesota are furthering the national effort with radio spots, "meet the farmer" opportunities, cooking demos, and special in-store displays on beef production.
"We're using a two-prong approach to first of all, focus on the Slice-n-Save program, feature cutting videos on TV screens at the meat case, in-store demos, and cattle industry informational handouts," noted Adam Wegner, director of channel marketing for the Nebraska Beef Council. "Our Nebraska Cattlewomen will also be in the stores, answering questions about the land and their legacy, helping to bridge that gap in understanding about modern beef production.
"Even though some of our stores are in smaller communities and consumers aren't that far removed from the farm, we have heard from store managers that it's important for consumers to have a local connection to where their food comes from," said Wegner. "Extending the national program on a state level only helps us further communicate that we have a safe product that consumers can feel confident purchasing."
The result is an additional 233 independent retailers in 11 states have committed to launching the Slice-n-Save program during the Beef Roundup Promotion.
"The Slice-n-Save program provides consumers with the knowledge they need to buy boneless middle meat subprimals and cut the meat at home into steaks and roasts," said Laurie Bryant, importer from Reston, Va., and vice-chair of the Checkoff's global consumer marketing group. "The goal of the program is to give consumers the know-how to purchase tender and delicious middle meat cuts at a lower price per pound, take them home, cut them, and then properly freeze them."