New York State WIC Vendor Forum – January 23, 2018


January 11, 2018 –Please see NYC WIC Program’s Vendor Forum communication below:

The New York State Department of Health’s Division of Nutrition is conducting a WIC Vendor Forum (via webinar) to:

  • Provide general information regarding e-WIC implementation.
  • Share updates related to the WIC Vendor Agreement, NYWIC Project, and Approved Product List.
  • Share communication updates and strategies with vendors and program stakeholders.

Attached are instructions for pre-registering, if you are able to attend. Upon registering, you will receive a confirmation email from NYS ITS Enterprise Conferencing ( with instructions for logging into the webinar on January 23, 2018 at 2:00 PM.

New York State (NYS) is limited to 500 phone lines for this webinar. Lines will be assigned on a first come, first serve basis, so please register early. In order to accommodate as many vendors as possible, please consider having your staff share one phone line per store if possible.

The webinar will also be recorded.

We look forward to speaking with you on January 23, 2018.

Thank you,

NYS WIC Program.




Potential Romaine Lettuce Outbreak – E. coli O157:H7 Infections

January 9, 2018 – Please, be advised that there has been an outbreak of E. coli O157: H7 infections  confirmed in 13 states: California, Connecticut, Illinois, Indiana, Michigan, Nebraska, New Hampshire, New York, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Virginia, Vermont and Washington.

The CDC, along with the FDA and several states are currently investigating the causes of this outbreak. It is said that this might have been caused by a certain romaine lettuce but this is not confirmed and is still under investigation.

It is also important to keep in mind that this is a highly perishable product with a limited usable shelf-life and it’s highly unlikely a specific affected lot would still be available for sale or in a home refrigerator with the last illness onset date being reported in the United States on December 8, 2017.

For more information, please see extended communication below.

Se ha reportado un brote de infecciones de E. coli O157: H7 confirmados en 13 estados: California, Connecticut, Illinois, Indiana, Michigan, Nebraska, New Hampshire, New York, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Virginia, Vermont y Washington.

El CDC (Centro de Control y Prevención de Enfermedades), junto con el FDA varios estados, están actualmente investigando las causas de este brote. Se dice que pudo haber sido causado por cierta lechuga romana, aunque esto no está confirmado todavía y sigue bajo investigación.

Es también importante mantener en mente que este es un producto altamente perecedero con una vida de estante limitada y es altamente improbable que el lote potencialmente afectado esté aún disponible para la venta o en el refrigerador en un hogar, con el último brote registrado en Estados Unidos el 8 de Diciembre de 2017.

Para más información, por favor vea la comunicación detallada abajo.

Thank you.




Discontinued Item – Libby Vienna Sausage 8.05 oz

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December 8, 2017 – Please, see below a notification sent by ConAgra on the Libby Vienna Sausage 8.05 oz. being discontinued.

Effective immediately, to provide optimal service levels on Libby Vienna Sausage, the following items will be discontinued. They were available during the current allocation, but moving forward these items will no longer be available so emphasis can be placed on the production of the 4.6 oz items.

Promo Group Description Material Description EACH UPC CASE UPC/ GTIN
LIB VIENNA SAUSAGE CHICKEN 24/8.5Z LIB VIENNA SAUS CKN 24/8.5Z 00-0-39000-08671-4 20-0-39000-08671-8
LIB VIENNA SAUSAGE 24/8.5Z LIB VIENNA SAUS 24/8.6Z 00-0-39000-08662-2 20-0-39000-08662-6



Paul Buckley

Sales Director

ConAgra Brands




October 30, 2017 – Nature’s Touch Frozen Foods LLC. of Front Royal, Virginia is voluntary recalling one product, its Nature’s Touch Frozen Organic Fine Whole Green Beans, due to potential contamination with Listeria monocytogenes.

The product is listed below will be temporarily discontinued:

Brand: Nature’s Touch

Product: Organic Fine Whole Green Beans

Size: 10 oz (283g)

UPC: 8 73668 00141 8

Nature’s Touch is issuing this voluntary recall based on strict precautionary measures after a routine sampling program found one positive result in one sample bag of the product. Out of an abundance of caution, Nature’s Touch has immediately ceased the production and distribution of this product and is working in full collaboration with the FDA on this recall. To date, there have been no reported illnesses associated with the product that is the subject of this precautionary recall.

Nature’s Touch requests that all distributors and retailers check the quantity of NATURE’S TOUCH FROZEN ORGANIC FINE WHOLE GREEN BEANS in their possession. Other products of NATURE’S TOUCH FROZEN FOODS LLC. are not affected.

Retailers: Please immediately remove products from retail shelves and storage, and discard or destroy all inventory in your possession. Please use the Retailer Product Destruction Log to report the amount of the inventory on hand and confirm that it has been discarded or otherwise destroyed.

Contact the Customer Service Department to get the Recall Notice File at 516-256-3100 or

Thank you.



October 30, 2017 – These New Lower Price overlay tags are now available for purchase. They are great for instore specials! The clear top label fits over your orange label.

For more information, please contact




October 30, 2017 – ASG has partnered with the National Grocers Association (NGA) on three exclusive opportunities to benefit your store and staff.

For over 30 years, NGA has served the interests of independent, community-focused retailers and their wholesaler and supplier partners. NGA’s goal is simple: to ensure continued success for the independent supermarket operator. NGA is an association devoted exclusively to our sector of the industry and as a result, the organization can provide you with numerous resources to improve your business, train your staff and better serve your customers.

Associated Supermarket Group has partnered with the National Grocers Association to provide your organization, including all employees, a 6-month complimentary retailer membership with NGA. Your membership will connect you to a network of over 1,500 companies representing over 7,500 stores across the country. Additional information on the many programs and services provided by NGA can be found on the attached sheet or on their website: To join, please fill out and return the application to by November 30, 2017.

As an additional incentive to help get your store involved with NGA, ASG has also secured a 20% discount to attend NGA’s annual event, The NGA Show in Las Vegas, February 11 – February 14, 2018. With over 75 independent-specific educational sessions; an EXPO with over 375 exhibitors; world-class speakers including former CIA and NSA Director, General Michael Hayden; entertainment; and an opportunity to network and learn from other grocers, it is truly a “can’t miss” event. To take advantage of the 2018 NGA Show discount opportunity, please register at and enter code ASG18 at check-out.

Lastly, ASG stores that sign up for the complimentary NGA membership will have access to the NGA Online Training and Education Center. It’s an online training platform used to provide grocery specific training for you and your employees. Courses include Customer Service, Category Management, and Promotions & Merchandising, just to name a few. Join the over 700 independent grocers in the U.S. already using the program to access all 130 courses, many available in Spanish. They can be purchased for an affordable yearly fee of $750/store, which includes unlimited employees.

ASG supports the NGA and its initiatives and strongly encourages you to take advantage of these opportunities.

There is strength in numbers and your participation as a member of the NGA helps their efforts to level the playing-field for our industry in Washington and beyond.

To get the NGA application please contact the Customer Service Department at 516-251-3100.



October 30, 2017 – Thanksgiving day is rapidly approaching! C&S has provided us with holiday schedules which moves your normal Thursday delivery to either Wednesday, November 22nd or Friday, November 24th.

If you receive grocery, frozen or dairy deliveries on Thursdays or Fridays, please contact the Customer Service Department at 516-256-3100 and we will review the Thanksgiving changes with you.



October 9, 2017– GENERAL MILLS announced today a voluntary recall involving Cascadian Farm Organic Cinnamon Raisin Granola. General Mills is recalling two days of production because of an undeclared nut allergen, almonds.

No other flavors of Cascadian Farm Organic Granola are impacted by this recall.

Recalled Sku :
Cascadian Farm Organic Cinnamon Raisin Granola
Case UPC 100-21908-74329-2
Package UPC 000-21908-74329-5
Recalled Better if Used by Dates 20MAR2018, 21MAR2018

We are asking your immediate help to do the following:

  1. Please review your inventory and communicate to your warehouses to place this item with these specific date codes on hold for destruction.
  2. Communicate to your retailers or stores to remove any Cascadian Farm Organic Cinnamon Raisin Granola with a best if used by date of : 20MAR2018 or 21MAR2018 from store shelves immediately.
  3. Please advise your stores to direct any consumer inquires to the special consumer hot line at 1 (800) 624-4123. We also realize that some consumers may return product directly to stores. Please have your retailers retain the upc code off the package. They can then contact General Mills at 1(800)-346-3351 for instructions on reimbursement.

We apologize for any inconvenience this situation may cause your organization. If you have any immediate questions, please contact your General Mills sales representative or your GMI customer service representative.

Thank you very much for your attention to this matter.