Shop For Higher Education: Then & Now
As we kick off our annual Shop For Higher Education program this month, helping Hawaii’s students achieve their dreams of attending college couldn’t be easier. Stop by our store, select one of the 85 participating schools, and then shop with your Maika’i card. We’ll do the rest. Every time you shop through March 29th, your favorite school will earn points towards scholarships for their seniors. It’s all so simple today, but it wasn’t always this easy!
I can’t help think back to 1988 – the year of Foodland’s 40th anniversary – when we began working with Hawaii’s schools to help them earn much needed computer equipment. We had no Maika’i program back then, so schools would collect register receipts and total up the dollars spent. Customers who could not turn in receipts to their favorite school, would write the school name on the back of the receipt and deposit it in a bin in our stores. The receipts would come into the office and we would meticulously sort through them all, so we could send them to the schools. I remember having receipts spread all over the floor at home and covering the tables in our corporate office board room. The whole process took a lot of time, but we felt that if our customers made the extra effort to support a school, we had to do our part so the school could get credit for their purchases and earn much needed computer equipment.
Thankfully, we’ve come a long way since then! Not only are purchases designated by our customers for a particular school tracked electronically, most schools no longer have a pressing need for computer equipment. And yet, while there are no more receipts to count, the spirit of the original program remains alive – a spirit that stems from our strong desire to help our customers help the schools and students they care about. That’s why all of us at Foodland get excited about Shop For Education – because it is one important way we are working with all of you to ensure a better Hawaii.
Today's consumers are presented with more information than ever before about products available in grocery stores like ours. Signs and labels saying “local,” “organic,” “grass fed,” “gluten free,” and more help us choose what products we want to buy and eat, and they help us identify the foods we feel comfortable and safe serving to our families.
Introducing Eat Local Tuesdays!
Have you ever thought about how much locally grown or locally produced food you eat every week? If you are like many of us here in Hawaii, you probably don’t eat local food very much.” In fact, while most of us know that buying and eating local is important for our community and good for us, we continue to rely heavily—and spend the majority of our food budgets—on imported food.
"Wow! Woo Hoo! Thank you!" These are the first words that came to mind for all of us at Foodland as we learned that you had voted us "Hawaii's Best Grocery Store" in the Honolulu Star Advertiser's People's Choice Awards -- for the fourth year in a row and "Hawaii's Best Poke" for the fifth year in a row. To be recognized by the customers we work so hard to serve is a tremendous honor and we are grateful to all of you for the support and confidence you have in us.
May is always an exciting month here at Foodland because it is when we celebrate the anniversary of the opening of our company's first store at Market City Shopping Center on May 6, 1948. With 32 stores and 2,500 employees throughout the state today, we've come a long way over the last 66 years. And yet, while we are pleased that our company has grown its services, stores, and customers, what makes us especially proud are the things that remain the same here at Foodland today.
The countdown to Christmas is on and so is the scramble to find gifts for everyone on our lists. And while you may not typically think of our stores as a place to do your holiday gift shopping, we have some great offerings that are sure to be a hit. Here are some of my favorites this year:
1. For the traveler in your life -
Hawaiian Airlines Gift Cards are sure to bring a smile to the face of your favorite traveler! Available exclusively at Foodland for ... more »
If you’re out in our stores this week, you might notice our employees wearing new, bright green t-shirts announcing that Foodland was voted “Hawaii’s Best Grocery Store” for 2013 by readers of the Honolulu Star-Advertiser. Designed by Nelly Tang, a talented, young member of our creative team, the shirts are one of the ways we are celebrating and thanking our employees for the important role they all play in making this wonderful recognition possible. Foodland is a great place to shop ... more »
May 6 is a very special day here at Foodland as it marks the 65th anniversary of the opening of our first store – and Hawaii’s first supermarket – at Market City shopping center in Honolulu. The pride all of us who work here feel can be summed up in the words of Joanna Sullivan, wife of our late founder, Maurice J. “Sully” Sullivan who recently explained her excitement about our 65th anniversary saying, “I’m so proud that Foodland remains locally owned and operated and continues to ... more »
How excited all of us were to learn that we were voted “best grocery store” by the readers of Honolulu Magazine – for the second year in a row. This recognition means a great deal to us as it came not from a panel of editors or experts, but from the people who know us, our stores, and our employees best --- all of YOU!
For those of us who grew up in Hawaii, certain local foods always stir feelings of comfort. These are the foods we think about on a cold wintry day at college and the ones we long for after night upon night of eating out when traveling. Simple and unfussy, they are foods that make us feel good -- dishes we associate with the warmth and comfort of home.
All of us here at Foodland are excited to announce the arrival of the newest member of our family -- Foodland Kapolei. If this sounds a bit like a birth announcement, that's because opening a new store really is a bit like having a baby. Not only are there the months of preparation and planning of every last detail and the steps taken to ensure the new addition will be happy and healthy, but there's also the anxiousness, excitement, and ... more »