McLane Co. Finalist for PHA’s Partner of the Year Award

McLane recognized as one of five finalists for PHA’s Partner of the Year Award, based on positive impact, innovation and reach of work.

McLane Co. Inc., a supply chain services company providing grocery and foodservice supply chain solutions, was selected as one of five finalists for the 2018 Partner for A Healthier America (PHA)’s Partner of the Year Award.

PHA’s Partner of the Year Award finalists are being recognized at the Innovating a Healthier Future Summit on May 2-4, 2018 in Washington, DC. The winner will be announced at the 2018 Fit to Celebrate Gala on Sept. 27, 2018, also taking place in Washington, D.C.

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PHA’s Partner of the Year Award nominees are evaluated on the reach, innovation and positive impact of their work in populations disproportionately impacted by childhood obesity. The nominees support PHA’s mission to ensure that children and families have the opportunity to live healthier lives wherever they are. The nominees also create a ripple effect, inspiring others in their industry to take action and make “the healthy choice the easy choice” while executing successful partner-to-partner opportunities.

McLane Co. partnered with PHA on May 16, 2016 and became the first grocery and foodservice supply chain distributor to do so. McLane’s commitment to PHA includes a wide range of supply chain solutions that make it easier for stores to stock fresh produce, private-label bottled water with the Drink Up logo (a PHA signature initiative encouraging people to drink more water more often) and products that meet PHA’s Healthier Food and Beverage Product Criteria.

In 2017 alone, McLane distributed 1.325 billion pounds of fruits and vegetables to foodservice and grocery retailers, modernizing the system in which fresh produce is accessed by the average American citizen. McLane supplies retailers with fruit and vegetable point-of-sale kits at no charge. The materials are designed to encourage consumers to purchase fresh produce while shopping.

Through its subsidiary, Consumer Value Products, McLane has created healthier new private-label products that meet PHA’s Healthier Food and Beverage Criteria or PHA’s Healthier Recipe Criteria. The products are promoted to retailers and priced competitively, making it easier for the consumers to identify healthier choices.

McLane also offers bundled discounts to retailers on a routine basis that align with seasonal themes. Additionally, McLane makes healthier choices easier for its teammates, offering free activity trackers, healthier catering options for corporate meetings and healthy lifestyle tips and recipes in its internal teammate magazine. As a Drink Up partner, McLane promotes Drink Up messaging to teammates with posters at water coolers and fountains at its headquarters, administrative offices and 80 distribution centers.