VGA = Vermont Grocers Association
The Vermont Grocers' Association is a statewide trade association representing all sectors of the Vermont food industry. Approximately 670 stores belong to the organization, including supermarkets, superettes, convenience and country stores along with over 200 suppliers to the industry.. read more »
The Department of Vermont Health Access (DVHA) announced that premium processing and payment functions to allow individuals and families to enroll in coverage selected through Vermont Health Connect (VHC) were launched Tuesday. Because testing of those functions for small businesses is ongoing, current 2013 plans for employers that have signed up with VHC will be extended into 2014 to ensure there will be no lapse in coverage.
The deployment of premium processing and payment functions for individuals and families began this week. Once completed, invoices will be mailed beginning later this week to those individuals and families who have selected plans through VHC. Invoices will be sent in batches and those bills will need to be paid by check no later than January 7th for coverage beginning January 1st. VHC will not accept credit card payment until security testing of those specific functions is completed.
The Vermont Department of Labor announced that the STATE minimum wage rate will be increased to $8.73 per hour - from the current rate of $8.60 per hour - effective on January 1, 2014.
Under Vermont statute (21 VSA § 384), Vermont’s minimum wage increases each year at the same rate as the Consumer Price Index (as calculated in August for the preceding year, or at 5%, whichever is less). The same calculation increase applies to the basic wage rate for tipped employees and the maximum tip credit allowed, and for the permitted-deduction-rates for employer-provided rooms and meals.
Richard "Dick" Mazza, operator of Mazza's General Store and a Vermont state senator, was honored at the recent Vermont Food Industry Convention with the Vermont Grocers Association Person of the Year. Mazza began working with his father in 1954 when they opened a small market in Colchester at the ripe old age of 15. He purchased the store in 1965 and continues to own and operate the market today, some 59 years later, making him one of the longest serving grocers in Vermont.
Amanda Austin of the Shaw's Supermarket in Colchester, bested other competitors to become the 2013 Vermont "Best Bagger." The competition took place September 27 during the Vermont Food Industry's annual convention and expo at the Miller Expo Centre at the Champlain Valley Exposition.
The United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) issued final regulations that take final effect on November 23, 2014 to require revisions to Country of Origin labeling (COOL) requirements only for muscle cuts of beef (including veal), pork, lamb, chicken and goat meat.
The Vermont Grocers' Association released a report conducted by John Dunham & Associates, located in New York. The report finds that the food industry creates over 21,000 good paying jobs in the state when all of the economic lineages to suppliers are taken into account. The food sector provides both large and small communities with a wide array of good and products ranging from fresh produce to boxed cereals to other basic household necessities.
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Willoughby Lake Store
2003 VT RTE 5A
Westmore, VT 05860
Beverage Den, Inc
340 North St
Bennington, VT 05201
Vermont Kale Chips
1120 Ober Hill Rd
Johnson, VT 05656
263 South Main Street
Rutland, VT 05071
Arctic Air Refrigeration
1302 Lake Rd
Newport, VT 05855