SUPERVALU® Discovers the Value of Beef Training Camp
Shortly after the release of the brand new Beef Training Camp on September 30, 2008, SUPERVALU® held a training session for meat associates in its SUPPLY CHAIN SERVICES Midwest region. SUPERVALU is one of the largest companies in the U.S. grocery channel, with a national retail network of more than 2,500 stores, and serving more than 2,500 independent retailers and other grocery endpoints. The Midwest region's marketing team decided to use Beef Training Camp as a tool to discuss current trends and continue to educate Wisconsin-area meat personnel on cooking and safe-handling practices. They believe that it is important to help keep staff up-to-date on the latest trends and reinforce time-tested practices. Beef Training Camp was the perfect resource to accomplish that.
Highlights from the day-long seminar included:
Nearly 40 independent retailers who are served by the Midwest region, attended the day-long seminar, taught by members of the Channel Marketing Team, the Wisconsin Beef Council and SUPERVALU meat specialists. Most attendees were meat managers, but some store owners, assistant meat managers, a Midwest region area sales director and retail business consultants also attended.
"One of the most relevant lessons," according to Dave Hecht, Meat Specialist for SUPERVALU, "was the cooking instruction, where meat managers learned how to prepare different cuts with different cooking methods while providing the opportunity for them to ask questions and taste the results." Consumer trends was also a popular topic, as it shared relevant and timely information. Having the data presented by the Channel Marketing Team reinforced the need for retailers to stay ahead of the curve and be a leader in the marketplace.
To top it all off, attendees were sent home with beef-related prizes and a binder that included print outs of all the presentations as well as cooking and recipe brochures and fact sheets.
This winter, cozy up to the new Beef Training Camp. It's a fully customizable program, so your meat associates can receive training on topics relevant to their needs. Popular sections include Consumer Trends, Beef Basics for Retailers and Nutrition. And don't forget to check out the videos that are included for some sections. SUPERVALU had such success with their September session that they have scheduled additional sessions for January. Contact us for more information.
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