PLEASANTON, Calif. Health magazine has named Safeway to its list of “America’ Healthiest Grocery Stores” in this month’s issue. Safeway received second place out of 10 and was described by Health as one of the “standout supermarket chains…leading the way to healthier food shopping.”
Mike Minasi, president of marketing at Safeway said, “We are honored to be recognized for our commitment to providing the best food options at affordable prices, making organics accessible to everyone and helping to make health and wellness not just a catch phrase, but a way of life.”
A panel of six health and nutrition professionals, including dietiticians, a professor of pediatrics and community health experts, were selected to review and rank the top 10 out of the 35 largest food retailers in the United States. The “healthiest grocery stores” were selected based on the availability of nutritional information on packaging and in stores, the freshness of their produce, health attributes of packaged goods and prepared food quality.
Safeway was commended for its O Organics line of foods and noted for the roll out of its “Lifestyle “store remodeling program which has transformed stores to emphasize quality in bakery, deli, produce, meat and other departments. Safeway was also praised for its online FoodFlex program which helps customers plan meals and get nutritional information and recipes quickly and easily.