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March 22, 2014

ALDI named a top-shelf retailer

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The Daily Star

---- — ALDI has been named 2014 Retailer of the Year by Private Label Store Brands magazine. 

ALDI has a store at 763 State Highway 28 on Southside Oneonta. More than 90 percent of products at ALDI are its own brand rather than national brand items, the retailer’s website said. 

The chain retailer was recognized for its “strong commitment to value and innovation-focused private brand product development,” according to Private Label Store Brands. Each year, the editors of the magazine recognize a retailer for achievement and contributions to the growth of store brand products. 

“ALDI’s fast and furious expansion across the United States can be attributed to the retailer’s unparalleled ability to deliver value — the highest-quality exclusive brands sold at the lowest possible price,” the Private Label Store Brands website said. The honor was reported in the magazines’ February cover story, which is available online at www.plstorebrands.com/article-ready__set__grow-6720.html. 

CHAMBER PLANS JOB FAIR IN APRIL

The Otsego County Chamber of Commerce will present the 2014 Job Fair in Oneonta from 1 to 4 p.m. April 2. 

The fair will be at the Holiday Inn on state Route 23. Employers and other presenters will set up from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. that day, organizers said. Registration is $60, or $40 for nonprofit groups. 

The deadline to register is Thursday. For more information, call Shelly Giangrant at the Chamber at 432- 4500, ext. 207. 

YOGURT PILOT PROGRAM TO EXPAND

The USDA’s Greek yogurt pilot program will expand to 12 states starting in September, U.S. Sen. Charles Schumer said earlier this month. 

New York, Arizona, Idaho, Tennessee, California, Iowa, Connecticut, Illinois, North Carolina, Vermont, Washington and Massachusetts will participate in the program from September to June, Schumer said in a media release. New York and three other states had been chosen for a previous pilot from September to November last year. 

The contract will be put out to bid for all Greek yogurt producers to compete. 

After news in January that children in participating schools in New York, Tennessee, Idaho and Arizona had consumed $300,000-worth of Greek yogurt in the early pilot, Schumer urged the USDA to expand the program to additional states, the release said. Schumer said he has been working to make the protein-rich food a permanent part of the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s School Lunch Program, in part to benefit the largely New York-based Greek yogurt industry. 

To share a business news item, contact Denise Richardson, staff writer, at (607) 432-1000, ext. 213, or at drichardson@thedailystar.com.