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Giant sets the table for success

giantableThe Giant Co. launched its new brand platform, For Today’s Table. Building on the new company name, logo and purpose launched earlier this year, For Today’s Table sets the course for the company’s continued growth, innovation, and investment for today and into the future. For Today’s Table represents the notion that the world is a better place when families come together at their table and connect over a meal, no matter where their table may be.

“For Today’s Table is grounded in our strong belief that gathering around the table for a meal with your family to make meaningful connections is now more important than ever,” said Nicholas Bertram, president of The Giant Co. “For almost 100 years, we have been entrusted to help families connectover food, at their table, no matter where or what the table may be. It sets the stage for our go-forward strategy, crystalizing our commitment to customers, team members and the community, inspiring us to double down on future growth and investment.”

For Today’s Table will be brought to life in creative and relevant ways that are authentic and real in message and tone for all who interact with the company’s local brands.  For Today’s Table will guide the company as it focuses on families and their need to connect around food — whether it’s planned ahead of time or a quick decision made after a long day of curveballs.

“For Today’s Table, the pinnacle in our evolution of The Giant Co.’s refreshed brand, is an external expression of what our brand is doing and what families can expect from us in the future,” said Matt Simon, chief marketing officer, The Giant Co. “While the wheels were in motion for our new brand platform pre-pandemic, the last several months has only reinforced the value of family connections and we believe food has a role to play in forging those connections and in making our communities stronger. The table, no matter where it may be, is the most obvious and best way for families to connect.”

Over the next several months, core elements of For Today’s Table will be brought to life for customers and team members through a multitude of channels including mass media, digital and social channels, modernized store décor, refreshed team member work wear and an update of all delivery and transport vehicles with family-focused graphics.

A new TV spot, launching Sept. 3, focuses on the power of the family unit and how families need to connect and the real way they do it. Over the past several weeks, The Giant Co. has been filming five real families for the spot to capture honest and heartfelt family moments to redefine what gathering at the table really means.

“This latest campaign brings For Today’s Table to life in an authentic way, showing what families go through and the real solutions The GIANT Company can offer,” continued Simon.

To give families more time to connect around the table, The GIANT Company is working to simplify the shopping experience. In the coming months, the company will be introducing convenient meal solutions, products, technologies and services to make it easier for families to gather together.

The Giant Co. will expand product assortment in key categories to better meet the needs and wants of its customers. It will also begin to test new in-store innovations like smoothie bars and kombucha taps anddebuting at its flagship store in Camp Hill, PA, this fall, made to order salads, wraps, soups and grain bowls through a new partnership with Saladworks.

Specifically, The Giant Co. is appealing to families seeking meal inspiration and savings by:

  • Introducing “All Set,” an easy way for customers to identify meal solutions including prepared, heat and eat, and more.
  • Expanding its Meal Deals program and Meal Kit assortments, offering additional protein choices, new flavor profiles and meal ideas.
  • Increasing shelf space for key categories including plant-based, global flavors, specialty foods like artisanal cheeses and meats, and health and beauty.
  • Investing in private brands through the launch of hundreds of new items over the next year, in response to growing demand for high-quality, affordable items. This month, the company introduced its new cook-in-bag line and is also currently rolling out a new item in its Nature’s Promise Kids line, Crustless Sandwiches. Available in grape and strawberry jelly, the sandwiches meet a need of customers by being dairy, peanut and tree nut free.

The Giant Co. was ready for the recent acceleration of online adoption, having made the necessary investments in a consumer-friendly user experience. These innovations included the recent redesign of its mobile app and website to easily serve families 24/7 throughout the pandemic. Through the introduction of new website technology, the company boasts faster shopping, from the comfort of their home, while making it easier than ever to build their cart for convenient pick up or delivery. While shopping, the new site provides personalized recommendations, savings and the ability to view the weekly circular. Customers can also use the new mobile app to fill their cart, access personalized savings and manage their CHOICE Rewards from their phone, combining great value with accessibility.

On the horizon, The Giant Co. remains focused on enhancing the online grocery experience by piloting geolocation technology that sends notifications to team members when customers have arrived at the store to pick up their grocery order, eliminating the need for customers to call the store upon arrival.

The company remains on track to complete the 35 store remodels that are either now under way or will begin in the coming months across the brand. Varying by store, these remodels include the addition of more Beer & Wine Eateries, new convenient amenities, refreshed departments, and updated modernized décor both inside and outside the stores.

In addition, the company will reveal plans for additional stores across Pennsylvania later this year, expanding its presence in key markets while also investing in its e-commerce business. The Giant Co. will expand its online grocery delivery and pick-up services by bringing Giant Direct and Martin’s Direct to 10 additional stores in Pennsylvania and West Virginia, bringing the service to a total of 158 stores across the company by the end of the year.

As part of the brand relaunch, the company will introduce new work wear for store team members as well as name badges inspired by the For Today’s Table branding. The new work look, versioned for the company’s Giant and Martin's brands, will consist of red t-shirts that highlight the brand’s passion for bringing fresh food to the table and the new name badges will also recognize team members who speak other languages or have served in the military. All stores are also in the process of refreshing their breakrooms to promote camaraderie among the store teams.

As part of its longstanding commitment to be a steward of the environment and sustainable retailer, The Giant Co. has its sights on:

  • Planting 1 million pollinator plants in 2020 and 100,000 trees by 2021.
  • Reducing plastics in its private brand packaging by 25 percent, reaching 25 percent post-consumer recycled materials in plastics in packaging and 100 percent reusable, recyclable or compostable packaging by 2025.
  • Reaching Zero Waste at all stores by 2025 through waste reduction and food donation efforts.

The Giant Co. will also continue its work with key partners such as regional food banks, Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals, Planet Bee Foundation, the Philadelphia 76ers and the Philadelphia Phillies on new initiatives to drive further awareness and engagement among customers, team members and communities.

“If families are strong, our communities are strong, and if our communities are strong, our world is strong. We believe that it all starts with those meaningful connections around today’s table, and that starts with us. Today, tomorrow and always, The GIANT Company continues to be inspired to grow inclusively, improving the lives of our neighbors and team members,” concluded Bertram.

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