Monthly Archives: December 2016

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We at Publix pride ourselves on providing customers with premier service each and every day. Because of this, it should come as no surprise to you that we love to hear stories from our customers as well as other associates when someone really goes above and beyond his or her job expectations. Since we so often receive these kinds of praises from all over the company, our late founder George Jenkins, affectionately known as Mr. George, decided to design a recognition program that acknowledges those associates who step past the call of duty to really make a customer feel valued.


The program was first introduced by Mr. George in 1955 to recognize the exceptional examples of outstanding service by presenting them with what back then was a silver 25th anniversary coin. Over the years, the silver service coin has gone through many versions. One of the biggest changes occurred when the coin was switched from silver to gold to emphasize the importance and honor an associate should feel when presented with the award.

This year, the Gold Coin Award takes on a new design and  packaging that will act as a keepsake for the associates being honored. As an added thank you, not only do award recipients receive the Gold Coin, they also get a message from our CEO, Todd Jones, and a Publix gift card.

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Recipients of the Gold Coin should feel like they’re being recognized directly by our CEO, because that’s exactly who has final approval over each and every award given. This coin represents the associate who truly embraces the Publix culture and provides premier service just like Mr. George himself would have. To receive this award means you’ve done something pretty special and special is exactly how you should feel.

Although we’ve gone through many versions of the coin since the program’s inception, the meaning behind it has remained the same and is still very much alive today.

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Now that you have a firm understanding of what the Gold Coin Award Recognition program is and how it all began, I bet you’re eager to read some awesome stories about our associates. In the past, these stories have been kept internal, only being shared with other associates through our monthly newsletter.

Today we are excited to announce that we will begin featuring a new Gold Coin Award story with you, our readers, every month right here on our blog!


Have you ever witnessed an associate truly going above and beyond at your local Publix? You better believe we’d love to hear about it! Share your story with us on Facebook, Twitter, via our contact us page, or give our Customer Care department a call at 1-800-242-1227. No matter which method you choose, your story will be reviewed by our executives and taken into consideration for a Gold Coin Award.

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When it comes to entertaining, some of us have our tried and true recipes and hosting ideas. Why not switch up your go-to appetizers with a different approach — a cheese plate? It’s easy to add something everyone will love and a cheese plate lends a sophisticated touch to any party. Keep reading for more … (Read the full story)

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Dogs sure have a way of melting our hearts, especially when their sweet puppy eyes are begging for a nibble underneath the dinner table. As much as you’d love to give in and share what’s on your plate, that might not be the safest option for your furry friend.

This holiday season, don’t forget your pets. We’ve teamed up with our Aprons Chefs to bring you some treats that are sure to have their tails wagging!


Basic Dog Biscuits

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  • 1 cup pumpkin puree
  • 2½ cups whole wheat flour
  • 2 eggs
  • 2 tablespoons all-natural peanut butter
  • ¾ teaspoon cinnamon
  • Water as needed


Heat oven to 350°F.

Combine all ingredients in a stand mixer with dough hook attachment. Mix until dry, stiff dough forms. Place dough on floured work surface and roll out to ½-inch thick. Cut out using a dog-bone-shaped cookie cutter and place on a parchment lined baking sheet. Pierce the center of each biscuit with a fork lengthwise, one time. Bake 45 minutes or until hard. Cool on rack.


Peanut Butter Bacon Treats

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  • 1 cup whole wheat flour
  • ½ cup quick cooking oats
  • ½ cup all-natural peanut butter
  • 1 egg
  • 3 pieces bacon, cooked and chopped
  • 1 tablespoon honey


Heat oven to 300°F.

Combine all ingredients in a food processor and mix until dough forms.

Transfer dough to floured work surface and roll out to ¼-inch thick.

Using a pizza cutter, cut dough into 1×3-inch strips. Transfer strips to a parchment lined baking sheet. Pinch strips to raise center to create a wavy bacon effect. Bake 25 minutes. Cool on rack.


Apple Cracker Treats

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  • 2 Gala apples, chopped into 1-inch squares
  • 1½ cups quick cooking oats
  • ½ cup whole wheat flour
  • 1 egg
  • ¼ cup water
  • 1 tablespoon honey
  • ½ teaspoon cinnamon


Heat oven to 350°F.

Place apples in food processor and pulse until apples are in small pieces. Add remaining ingredients and pulse until well mixed. Spoon mixture by the tablespoon onto parchment lined baking sheet. Press dollops down with finger tips to make thin crackers. Bake 30 minutes or until browned and crispy. Cool on rack.


Banana Carrot Bars

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  • 1 banana
  • 2 carrots
  • 1 cup whole wheat flour
  • 1 cup quick cooking oats
  • 2 tablespoons coconut oil
  • 1 tablespoon brown sugar
  • 1 tablespoon chopped flat leaf parsley
  • 1 egg


Heat oven to 350°F.

Cut carrots and banana into 1-inch pieces. Place in food processor and pulse until carrots are finely chopped. Add remaining ingredients and process until dough is formed. Transfer dough to floured work surface and roll out dough to ¼-inch thick. Cut dough with cookie cutter and place on a parchment lined baking sheet. Bake 30 minutes, turn off oven and let sit with door cracked open for 20 minutes.



 *Before getting creative in the kitchen, consult with your vet about adding any new ingredients to your pet’s diet.

We know they’ll be drooling over these goodies, and we won’t blame you if you take a bite, too! Snap a picture of your pet enjoying these sweet treats underneath the Christmas tree to share with us on Facebook or Twitter!