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Ingles Renews Commitment to Local Farms for 2012

Monday, April 9th, 2012

ASHEVILLE NC – In 2012, Ingles’ shoppers can once again be sure that locally grown produce will be abundant at Ingles stores. The Buncombe County, NC, based grocer recently renewed their local food buying commitment through ASAP’s Appalachian Grown™ branding and certification program. The renewed partnership says not only that Ingles will continue to purchase products from area farms for the seventh year in a row, but that they’ll also continue to increase their local food buying.

“Ingles’ founder, Bob Ingle, had a deep commitment to local farms, and we continue that tradition today,” says Ron Freeman, the grocer’s CFO. “We’ve been an Appalachian Grown partner since ASAP began the program in late 2006, and our commitment has only grown over the years.”

Through ASAP’s Appalachian Grown program, area farms become certified as local family-owned operations. Businesses like Ingles become Appalachian Grown partner retailers to assure their customers that they buy fresh foods that support family farms, strengthen the local economy, preserve rural culture, and protect the region’s natural beauty.

“It’s important today as local becomes more and more popular—and often removed from its original meaning—to note that Ingles is committed  to buying ‘certified local’ Appalachian Grown products. ASAP started Appalachian Grown so that Ingles’ customers and other area shoppers could be sure that ‘local’ food does in fact come from a local farm in WNC and the Southern Appalachian Mountains,” says Charlie Jackson, ASAP’s executive director.

In addition to the local food on shelves, Ingles’ relationship with ASAP and area farmers can be seen in farmer profiles created by the grocer and nonprofit. The profiles help shoppers “meet” the face behind their food. “Profiles hanging in the produce department speak to Ingles’ longtime dedication to local, and some even note that the farmers have been selling to Ingles for decades,” Jackson says.

ASAP’s 2011 consumer survey shows that shoppers care about that relationship—both with their food and that their grocer has with area farmers. Seventy-seven percent of respondents deemed local food an important consideration in choosing a grocery store, with over 55 percent mentioning Ingles as their grocery store of choice for locally grown food. The nonprofit estimates $62 million of local food was sold in the area in 2010. Says Jackson, “It’s clear that Ingles is a large contributor to that figure.”

ABOUT INGLES

Ingles Markets, Incorporated is a leading supermarket chain with operations in six southeastern states. Headquartered in Asheville, North Carolina, the Company operates 203 supermarkets. In conjunction with its supermarket operations, the Company also operates 70 neighborhood shopping centers, all but 12 of which contain an Ingles supermarket. The Company’s Class A Common Stock is traded on The NASDAQ Stock Market’s Global Select Market under the symbol IMKTA. For more information about the Company, visit Ingles’ website at www.ingles-markets.com.


ABOUT ASAP (APPALACHIAN SUSTAINABLE AGRICULTURE PROJECT)

ASAP’s mission is to help local farms thrive, link farmers to markets and supporters, and build healthy communities through connections to local food. To learn more about ASAP’s work, visit asapconnections.org, or call (828) 236-1282. Browse their online Local Food Guide, in which Ingles is included, at buyappalachian.org.

Downtown Market Celebrates Expansion this Weekend with Opening of Amazing Savings

Tuesday, March 23rd, 2010

ASHEVILLE, NC – The Market invites everyone to celebrate this Saturday, March 27th as Amazing Savings Grocery re-opens in the Market’s 6,000 sq ft warehouse becoming downtown Asheville’s only FULL-sized grocery store. You are cordially invited to join them as they grill (FREE) hot dogs and hamburgers for the masses from Noon to 3pm on Saturday.

We have another exciting project that will be completed in time for this weekend’s festivities. Focal Points, the Market’s new consignment gallery for fine arts & antiques, will celebrate their Grand Opening featuring 18 new merchant booths. Enjoy live music from great local musicians all weekend long — well-knowns including local River 98.1 morning radio host and singer Aaron Lafalce, Lindsey Liden and his Chompin’ at the Bit String Band, Black Mountain vocalist Valorie Miller, American Folk Singer & songwriter Matt VandeBurgh, Accordion player Brett Brothwell, and singer/guitarist Jimmy Jeff, among others. Our talented artists & crafters and our amazing merchants will offer sweet weekend deals on art and treasures! Enjoy delicious foods, sampling, children’s activities, our own Robo the Clown (alias Jesse Cowan), and an open-invitation Sat/Sun chess tournament. Come on down and celebrate all weekend long!

Asheville Doctors to Support Haitian Disaster Relief Drive

Tuesday, February 23rd, 2010

ASHEVILLE, NC – As recovery efforts continue in the wake of Haiti’s most destructive natural disaster, Asheville doctors are participating in recovery relief efforts by supporting a medical supply drive, from Feb. 13 to Feb. 27.

The medical supply drive will aid in the disaster relief efforts of a team of doctors, nurses, and therapists from Mission Hospital and the Batey Relief Alliance and its NY-based partner medical group, the Association of Haitian Physicians Abroad (AMHE), who will be headed to Haiti on a mission trip from March 27th through April 5th to provide medical assistance to thousands of Haitians who are in desperate need.

“As rescue and recovery efforts come to a close and people’s attention may be waning, providing continuing medical assistance is of paramount importance to combat the spread of disease and to bolster the overall well-being of Haitians who will prepare to rebuild their community,” said the American-trained Haitian physician, Dr. Raymond Thertulien, a MD with Cancer Centers of North Carolina-Asheville medical practice and volunteer international medical director of the humanitarian aid organization, Batey Relief Alliance. “As a new resident to Asheville, I’m humbled by the outpouring of support and look forward to working together to make a difference in the lives of the people in Haiti.”

DONATIONS: Donation barrels will be placed at the front of the stores from Feb. 13 to Feb 27 at the Ingles Markets at 29 Tunnel Rd. in Asheville and at 140 Weaver Blvd. in Weaverville.

Medical supplies needed are:

– Alcohol Bandages

– Gauze Pain relievers (Tylenol, Ibuprofen/Advil, Aleve)

– Band-aid Soft casts (Wrists, Elbow, Arms, Knees)

– Topical antibiotics Antibiotics

– Antifugal creams

– Antifungals

– Antimalarials

– Antiparasitics

– Antihypertensives

– Steroid creams

– Antiacids Diabetic medications

– Rehydration salts

– Antidiarrheal IV sets

For those of you, who wish to make a cash donation to support the travel and shipment costs of the mission, please mail your tax-deductible checks payable to Batey Relief Alliance, P.O. Box 300565, Brooklyn, N.Y. 11230.

,p>Donations can also be made securely at the website: www.bateyrelief.org with the subtext: Haiti Relief Campaign.