Yearly Archives: 2017

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April is the month for jokesters. But did you know it’s the month for delicious artichoke recipes, too? This budding thistle is at its season’s peak right now, so grab your taste buds and check out some fun and exciting  reasons to enjoy artichokes this spring!

 

A Historic Plant

Many often wonder if an artichoke is a vegetable, a fruit, or something else. In fact, an artichoke is an immature thistle, also known as a prickly, flowering plant. Artichokes have been written about and eaten for 4.19_Produce_SW_Artichoke_image 2 resizethousands of years, dating back to as early as 371 B.C., when they were being grown in Italy and Sicily. Wealthy Romans used to enjoy this plant dipped in honey and vinegar. After the fall of Rome, the plant became scarce but reemerged during the Renaissance.

In 1806, artichokes were brought to the United States, where they were cultivated in Louisiana. Today, almost all artichokes in America are grown in California.

FUN FACT:

Mythology says the artichoke was once a beautiful girl who was seduced by Zeus and made into a goddess. After becoming homesick and returning to the mortal world to visit her family, Zeus scolded her for her “un-goddess-like” behavior and hurled her back to earth to live as this prickly plant forever.

 

Tasty and Versatile

Artichokes are not only scrumptious, they also provide important nutrients. A half cup serving of cooked artichoke hearts is a good source of vitamin C, vitamin K and folate. They also contain fiber, which helps support a healthy digestive system. Overall, artichokes are a great addition to your diet and are pretty tasty to boot!

FUN FACT:

Artichokes were illegal in New York for one week in the 1920s due to a member of the mafia monopolizing the market and causing “artichoke wars”.

 

Get Cookin’

Now that you know a little more about artichokes, try your hand at whipping up some recipes featuring this delicious thistle. Our Aprons Recipes are a great place to start!

What is your favorite way to enjoy this delectable plant? Share your ideas in the comments.

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This month, we’re honored to share with you a Mr. George Gold Coin story that comes to us all the way from Harvest, Alabama. Why Harvest, Alabama you ask? Well, because that’s where honorary Gold Coin recipient and store manager, Ben Robb, calls home.

 

For a recap on the history behind our Mr. George Gold Coin or to take a look at some of the past Gold Coin stories, check out this page on our site!

Ben first joined the Publix team in 2003 as a cashier and has held numerous positions throughout the store, working his way up to Store Manager. When 04_17_Customer Service_CM_GC_Image 2speaking with Ben, he told us that it didn’t even take him a month on the job to fall in love with Publix and decide that it was where he wanted to make a career. To him, the Publix culture of ownership and sense of family is what encouraged him every day to want to give his absolute best and to help others succeed.

In his role as Store Manager, Ben’s favorite part is being able to watch his associates grow. He explained that there’s nothing more rewarding than seeing someone you have invested in step into a successful and rewarding career at Publix. He went to the further explain that he feels very blessed to have worked under some great Publix leaders who took the time to share with him what it means to be an owner in our great company. As a store manager, he feels it is now his obligation to share that same culture of ownership and of growing leaders from within with his fellow associates.

In Ben’s job, no two days are quite the same and he never truly knows what opportunities or challenges lie ahead. With that in mind, Ben told us that one thing is for certain — it’s never boring. He attributes his success to his very high energy and strong work ethic and says that he uses them interchangeably to ensure every customer leaves with a smile on their face, knowing that Publix will always be a place where they’ll find the friendliest, most helpful staff and the best products available.

In his free time, Ben enjoys hiking, spending time with family, playing the guitar (which he does fairly well) and singing (which he fails at miserably). He told us that every time, he records himself playing/singing expecting by some miracle to become the next big YouTube sensation, only to find out upon playback that he’s quite tone deaf. We’ll be sure to keep a lookout for his first big hit.

 

The Story

The holiday season was in full swing and if you’ve ever been inside a grocery store during this time (which I’m sure you have) you’ll know that translates to B-U-S-Y. It was Christmas Eve morning and although Ben closed the store the night before, he was excited to get to work and arrived early. Not even an hour into the day, one of the customer service associates notified him that there was a customer who needed assistance in the parking lot. Once outside, Ben found an elderly lady with a flat tire who appeared to be very upset.

She explained that she lives alone and didn’t have anyone to call to come help her with the situation. Of course, Ben assured her that there was nothing to worry about and got to work on changing the tire. Once removed from the trunk and placed on the hub, he noticed the spare was flat and that there was no way the car would be able to make it home. Lucky for them, a gas station sits directly across the street from the store, so Ben took it over to fill up and see if it would hold air. To both their surprises, the tire was able to hold air and it got her home safely. After offering to pay Ben for his time and being refused, she now makes it a point each time she shops to seek him out so she can say hello and give a big hug.

Ben said that at the time, he didn’t think what he’d done was all that out of the ordinary, stating that he only did what he hoped someone would have done for his own mother in the same situation. He went on to say that it just goes to show you how much the little things we do for each other can make such a huge impact on someone’s life. He considers himself fortunate for the opportunity to be involved and says that he is truly humbled to be recognized for his experience.

He ended our chat by saying how proud he is to work for a company that holds to its core philosophy that we should be there in the moment to take care of our customers and fellow associates. We close this story by saying how proud we are to have such an exemplary manager in the Publix family and look forward to seeing what lies ahead for him.

 

Have you ever witnessed an associate truly going above and beyond at your local Publix? Share your story with us on Facebook, Twitter, via our Contact Us page, or give our Customer Care team a call at (800) 242-1227.

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Peanut butter and jelly is a beloved snack that satisfies your sweet tooth and your salty cravings all in one bite. Even better, it’s easy to make and is a favorite with children and adults alike. When it comes to this popular sandwich some like their peanut butter smooth while others like it crunchy ― everyone has a preference. However you like to eat your PB&J, we want to introduce you to a few new ways to enjoy this versatile snack on any day.

 

10 Twists on a Classic

1. Peanut butter is great, but have you ever tried an alternative like almond butter? Give it a shot, then try a few more like cashew and sunflower butters, too.

2. Grape jelly may be your go to, but why not try others like raspberry, blackberry, strawberry or apple? Marmalade flavors like orange and grapefruit are an appetizing change from your regular flavors. Take your taste buds on a new adventure.

3. Fresh fruit is a tasty alternative to jelly. Try cut bananas or apples, raisins, or berries of your choice on your sandwich. It’s delicious!

4. Adding honey or even marshmallow fluff is a sweet addition. Be sure to stop by the Publix Bakery to pick the perfect bread for your spread.

5. If you’re a fan of food from the county fair, think about frying your PB&J and sprinkling it with powdered sugar. For another sweet take, try our Peanut Butter and Jelly Pie. You’re sure to love it!

6. If frying is not for you, what about grilling your peanut butter and jelly? Warm, gooey peanut butter can’t be beat!

7. Use biscuits or crackers for miniature versions of this sandwich classic. English 04_12_Grocery_AJ_PBandJ_Image 2muffins make for a fun PB&J Snack Pizza that’s easy to travel with.

8. Waffles are a fun and scrumptious alternative to bread for your next PB&J.

9. Make a peanut butter and jelly roll. Flatten a piece of bread and spread jelly on one half and peanut butter on the other. Next, roll the bread like a wrap for an on-the go snack.

10. Add peanut butter to a berry smoothie to satisfy your next PB&J craving. This is a cool and refreshing post-workout treat.

 

Bonus: Last but not least, don’t forget the milk. While dairy milk is always a great choice to wash down that peanut butter, there are other types of milk you may be interested in trying. Next time you shop, think about picking up soy, almond, coconut, or even cashew milk to accompany your sandwich.

There you have it! 10 easy and tasty twists on the classic peanut butter and jelly sandwich. Do you have a twist of your own? Shout it out in the comments below.

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Imagine for a moment, the aroma of freshly baked bread in the air — some with hints of sweetness, others more savory. Visualize yourself biting into warm, baked bread as part of your favorite meal or even by itself. With the Publix Bakery, there’s no need to imagine. We offer a wide variety of breads to satisfy any craving, and whatever you make with our Bakery breads and rolls is bound to be good. Keep reading to see a few of our favorite items that are made from scratch and baked in store daily.

 

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Our Italian Five Grain Bread  contains cracked wheat, barley, oats, millet and sunflower and flax seeds. You can taste and see the difference with this bread’s soft texture, crunchy crust, toasted seeds and hearty grains. You’ll find this to be a scrumptious addition to pasta dinners and also a great sandwich bread. Try dipping it in a mixture of olive oil and balsamic vinegar as a flavorful appetizer.

Prepared using Publix’s original recipe, our bakers take pride in  bringing this bread to life.

 

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Baked fresh every day, with a perfect eggshell crust and moist interior, the tender texture of this bread will keep you coming back for more.  White Mountain Bread is versatile and works well with any meal. This bread is awesome for dipping and for making your favorite sandwich creations. For inspiration take a look at our Garden Grilled Cheese Sandwich and Turkey Apple Panini recipes.

 

Sourdough Round

With a delicate crust and an understated tangy flavor, our sourdough round tastes mildly tart, making it perfect for eating with jam, sweet butter, or just by itself.

 

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Our crusty French bread is oh so magnifique! Every day we make it from scratch and bake the loaves to perfection. Use as the base for a steak sandwich with au jus dipping sauce or  alongside artisan cheeses on a party platter or cheese plate.  Its versatility makes its uses plentiful.

 

 

 

 

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Prepared using Publix’s original recipe, deliciousness and freshness abound. These rolls are available plain, and are topped with sesame or poppy seeds. Grab your favorite lunchmeats and cheeses from the Deli and you have an easy lunch combo for the week.

 

 

Baguettes

Baguettes are soft on the inside with a crisp crust. This is  a versatile bread that lends  itself to a variety of uses, from sandwiches to  an accompaniment for your favorite soup or salad.

 

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From the Windy City, these light rolls have a nice, delicate crust and a delicious interior.  Don’t let these modest looking rolls fool you. They taste amazing!

 

 

 

So many choices, how do you decide? Take a look at these recipes that use our scratch-made breads and rolls for ideas.

We’d love to know how you like to eat our breads and rolls. Be sure to share in the comments.

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The new year doesn’t have to be the only time that brings a desire for change and new goals. Spring is a great time, too! While many of us probably already have goals to improve ourselves by vowing to eat better, lose weight, or maybe just take the steps toward exercising every day, what about exercising our sustainability muscles? This may not be something you think of when you start to write out your goals for the year, but we can provide some simple tips to help you reduce waste and support the environment. With Earth Day on April 22, this is the perfect month to get started.

1. Washing machines: To conserve water, be sure to only run your washing machine when you have a full load of laundry. This ensures that you are minimizing machine usage and reducing the amount of water used.

2. Composting: Reduce landfill waste by composting your kitchen scraps and other leftover food. Compost is organic material that can be used as an addition to soil or as a method to grow plants. The composting process occurs when this organic material is broken down by microorganisms, creating nourishment for your soil.

3. Reusable bags: Publix reusable bags are not only pretty, they’re also 04_05_Sustainability_AJ_Reduce Waste_Image 2purposeful.  To reduce the number of plastic bags used in our stores, we started offering reusable shopping bags to our customers more than 20 years ago. And guess what? One reusable bag can hold up to three regular plastic bags worth of groceries. Pick some up during your next shopping trip and see for yourself! If you already have a few, try keeping them in the car so you always have them when it’s time to shop.

4. Double-sided printing: Whether you’re at home or work, one way to reduce waste is to print documents double-sided to use less paper. You can also use discarded documents as scrap paper for notes and lists. Don’t forget to recycle them when you’re finished!

5. Electricity: This one may be a no-brainer, but turning off lights and unplugging electronics when not in use is a great way to save on your next electric bill while maintaining a green routine. According to the Department of Energy, leaving a computer on all day can cost about 21 cents per day, or about $75 per year. You can help yourself save money and energy with just the flip of a switch.

6. Heating and cooling efficiency: Close shades and curtains to keep cool air from escaping in 04_05_Sustainability_AJ_Reduce Waste_Image 3the summer, and warm air in the winter. Be sure to close vents and doors of rooms that are not in use to keep air flow localized.

7. Smart landscaping: When choosing the perfect flower bed or shrubs for your front yard, try picking foliage that doesn’t require much water. This is a great way to save not only water, but energy too!

8. Dishwasher loads: Similar to our tip on washing machines, it is best to use your dishwasher only when it is full for the most efficient water use.

 

Making small changes now can make a big difference when it comes to sustainability efforts for our future. Start with one thing on the list and work your way down. You can do it!

Do you have any sustainability tips of your own? We’d love to hear from you.

 

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At Publix, the value of being involved as responsible citizens in our communities is one we all have in common. George Jenkins, our founder, helped us understand the importance of giving back. When asked how much he thought he would be worth if he hadn’t given so much away, he humbly answered, “probably nothing.” To this day, we’re committed to finding opportunities to help our communities grow and thrive by engaging the hearts and minds of our associates and customers ― hence Publix Serves Day was born!

 

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Publix Serves Day is an annual company tradition that began in 2015. As a company, we wanted to foster the passion for giving back that comes naturally to our associates. We set out to organize a day in which we bring together our time and talents to help locally in ways that align with our passion for improving our communities with a focus on youth, education, and the plight of the hungry and homeless.

Partners and Volunteers

Last year, over 4,500 Publix associates volunteered to serve our communities on this special day, working with organizations in each community that needed our help and aligned with our pillars. We teamed up with more than 135 different organizations in the southeast. Whether they needed help adding a fresh coat of paint, cleaning up a landscape, or stocking shelves in a food pantry, our associates spent the day working to meet the needs of these incredible nonprofit organizations.

 

This year, Publix Serves Day was held on Tuesday, April 4. We invite you to stay tuned to our Facebook  page to see pictures of the amazing efforts of our associates!

Are you a part of an organization that has received the help of Publix associates? We would love to hear from you! Share your experience below.

 

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Did you know there are many ways Publix can help you succeed during college? From tuition reimbursement for our associates, a paid summer internship program, and special career events for students, Publix wants to help you succeed during your college career.

 

Tuition Reimbursement

The Publix tuition reimbursement program can help cover the cost of college classes. This program is available to our part-time and ThinkstockPhotos-639820410resizefull-time associates who are seeking graduate or undergraduate degrees. In addition, some individual courses, online programs, and technical training in appropriate areas of study can also be covered.  As long as an associate has six months of continuous service and works an average of 10 hours per week (which leaves plenty of time for studies!), they can be covered in this program. The areas of study which are covered, as well as reimbursement limits and other information, can be found here: http://corporate.publix.com/careers/why-publix/tuition-reimbursement. If you are an associate, you can also ask your manager for more details as well.

 

Summer Internship Program

Are you a college student looking for a summer internship? How does  a paid, full time summer internship with a growing and reputable Fortune 500 company sound? Well, Publix has the opportunity you are looking for! Summer internships with Publix last 10 to 12 weeks between May and August, at our company blog pic 2resizefacilities in Lakeland, Florida. Our interns won’t be stuck fetching coffee, but will gain valuable hands-on experience, work on challenging projects, and network with professionals to develop valuable skills beyond what they can learn in a classroom. We also partner with Florida Southern College to provide dorm housing for our out-of-town interns. You can find more details on our summer internships here: http://corporate.publix.com/careers/support-areas/internships.

 

Career Events

Through partnerships with many colleges and universities, Publix often invites students to our corporate offices for the opportunity to meet with department College blog pic 1leaders and executives. Most recently, select students from a number of universities were invited to our corporate offices in Lakeland, Florida for our Real Estate Student Event. Department representatives and executives from  Real Estate, Legal, Business Analysis and Reporting BAR, Public Affairs, Construction, Environmental, and Facilities Design were in attendance to meet with students and hold round table meetings. Students were able to converse and learn from these professionals. John Harmon, the organizer of the Real Estate Student Event, explains that “..this event allows for us to be an example of Mr. George’s values of investing in others and giving back.  It provides an opportunity for students to network with Publix executives while also learning more about our great company.  Our associates have the chance to learn more about potential candidates for future job openings.”

 

Our founder, George Jenkins, believed in investing in others and giving back to his associates and the community. What better way to invest in our associates and community than investing in higher education? We encourage you to look into these opportunities, and once you graduate, come visit our Facebook careers page https://www.facebook.com/publixcareers/ for exciting career prospects!