March 23, 2017
Annual Membership Meeting at the Gala
All members of the Ohio Grocers Association are invited to attend the Annual Membership Meeting to be held at the OGA Trade Relations Gala on Saturday, April 1 at 7 p.m. An Association update will be given and new board members will be elected. As an additional reminder, registration deadline is tomorrow, March 24, 2017.
OGA Statehouse Day – Register Today – Register Today!
OGA’s 2017 Ohio Statehouse Day is scheduled for April 27, 2017. Each year, OGA offers grocers the unique opportunity to connect with lawmakers and learn about the issues that affect your business and the grocery industry that are currently being debated on within the State Legislature. We are eager for your participation and hope you will join us to make your voice heard! Register today!
To register for NGA’s Day in Washington, visit the sidebar link.
Lawsuit Challenging Min Wage Preemption Filed/New Concealed Carry Law Takes Effect
Lawsuits were recently filed in the counties of Summit, Lucas, Franklin, and Hamilton challenging Senate Bill 331, legislation passed late last year that among other things, successfully preempted municipal mandates regarding minimum wage and predictive scheduling. The brief was filed by various cities in the respective counties and in their claim they argue that the law should be declared unconstitutional on the grounds that it violates the single subject and home rule provisions in the State’s constitution. Furthermore, it argues that the specific language in the bill that speaks to limiting municipal authority over the placement and construction of cell towers be struck down or that the entire bill, SB 331, be struck down in its entirety. Meaning that specific provisions, including the minimum wage portions could be voided if the entire law is ruled unconstitutional. We will continue update membership as the case moves through the legal process.
In other legislative news, a new law took effect on Tuesday that states employers can no longer forbid workers from bringing guns on company property, as long as the weapon remains locked in vehicles. This marks a change from current law, which allowed private businesses the right to forbid employees or customers from carrying guns on the premises, including parking lots. The new law, would forbid both private and public employers from banning a person with a valid concealed-carry license from storing their firearm in the individual’s vehicle. Under Senate 199, guns could also be carried on college campuses and daycare centers, if trustees or center owners choose to allow them.
Department of Liquor Control Updates
(information provided by DOLC)
Last week, the DOLC began piloting Clover Stations for retail sales inside Agencies. The pilot was to bring attention to any issues that needed addressed. The issues are being resolved quickly in order to bring more Clover Stations to Agencies. In addition to the modernization, DOLC is consolidating from four warehouses to two. The new warehouse is in Groveport and currently scheduling appointments for inbound product. This process will make it easier for everyone to have their products visible and available, and can also be delivered to Agencies more quickly and easily. Here is the calendar of major deployment milestones to make it easy for all stakeholders to know what’s happening and when. Lastly, the DOLC would like to introduce Jim Canepa, interim superintendent for the Division. He joined the Division in February 2017 to provide project leadership for the Liquor Modernization Project (LMP). Prior to that, Jim served as Assistant Director, Chief of Staff and Legal Affairs, for the Ohio Environmental Protection Agency. Jim brings government experience and large project management expertise to the team.
Parents Who Host, Lose the Most Initiative
The Ohio Grocers Foundation is once again partnering with Drug-Free Action Alliance to promote Parents Who Host, Lose the Most, a statewide awareness campaign reminding us that it is illegal to provide alcoholic beverages to minors. With prom and graduation season here, it is important for parents to not only be aware that teen alcohol parties will increase, but that parents play a major role in the choices their children make when it comes to drinking, smoking and using other drugs. Retailers who sell alcoholic beverages can help educate customers by posting the Parents Who Host, Lose the Most poster.
2017 Ohio Grocers Foundation Scholarship Program
As our industry employs one of the highest percentages of college/high school age work-forces, OGF is pleased to once again announce the Ohio Grocers Foundation Scholarship Program. This program was established in 2015 to complement our Tuition Reimbursement Program and provides $1,000 scholarships to eligible OGA members’ employees and their dependents. The application process is easy and can either be submitted electronically or by mail. We will be accepting applications until April 1st.
OGA Participates in Day in Washington
Mark your calendars for May 2 – 4, 2017, OGA will participate in Day in Washington. Representatives and members from OGA will join retailers from all across the country in participating in the NGA/FMI/FIAE Day in Washington on Capitol Hill. We will have the opportunity to meet with Ohio members of Congress on the important issues facing our industry today including the Durbin Amendment, Menu Labeling, Labor and Tax Reform Issues, SNAP, and Health Care Reform. Click here for more detailed information.
Ohio Grocers Association Annual Golf Classic
Save The Date for the Ohio Grocers Association Annual Golf Classic at Pinnacle Golf Club on August 1, 2017. Stay tuned for more information on registration and sponsorship opportunities.
Various food recalls were announced this week, including:
- The Soynut Butter Co Expands Recall to Include Dixie U.S.A Products Because of Possible Health Risk– see article.
- Vulto Creamery Voluntarily Expands Their Recall of All Raw Milk Cheeses Because of Possible Listeria Monocytogenes Contamination- see article.
- Dolcetta Artisan Sweets Issues Allergy Alert on Undeclared Soy and Milk in Chocolate Confections- see article.
- Advanced Fresh Concepts Franchise Corp. Voluntarily Recalls Edamame Due to Potential Health Risk- see article.
- Aroma Imports Inc. Recalls Nabelsi brand Thyme Because of Possible Health Risk- see article.
- Wellpet Voluntarily Recalls a Limited Amount of One Recipe of Canned Topper For Dogs Due to Potential Elevated Levels of Naturally Occurring Beef Thyroid Hormone- see article.
- Blue Buffalo Voluntarily Recalls One Lot of BLUE Wilderness® Rocky Mountain Recipe TM Red Meat Dinner Wet Food For Adult DogsDue to Potential Health Risk- see article.
- Nutiva Voluntary Recall for Undeclared Peanuts Organic Plant Based Protein Superfood 30 Shake Vanilla Flavor- see article.
- Riviana Foods Inc. Voluntarily Recalls Certain Manufacturing Date And UPC Number Of Ronzoni® Thin Spaghetti Due To Possible Undeclared Egg Allergen- see article.
- EuroCan Manufacturing Voluntarily Recalling Barnsdale Farms® Pig Ears Because of Possible Salmonella Health Risk- see article.