Nugget Markets Press Releases http://www.nuggetmarket.com/ Nugget Market press releases. Tue, 19 Feb 2019 16:02:00 -0800 en <![CDATA[Nugget Markets Celebrates 14th Year on FORTUNE Magazine’s “100 Best Companies to Work for List”]]> https://www.nuggetmarket.com/press-release/179/ Tue, 19 Feb 2019 16:02:00 -0800 https://www.nuggetmarket.com/press-release/179/ Woodland, CA (February 14, 2019) – For the 14th year in a row, Nugget Markets has claimed a spot on FORTUNE Magazine’s “100 Best Companies to Work For” list, ranking #81 in 2019. Noted for its dynamic culture and work-life balance, the local, family-owned company has also earned recent recognition as a top workplace for women, millennials, parents and diversity.

“It’s truly an honor to have our family business recognized as one of the nation’s top workplaces for the last 14 years,” said Eric Stille, President and CEO of Nugget Markets. “Family and fun have always been two of our core values, especially when it comes to our amazing associates as they’re the ones who make Nugget Markets the company it is today.”

Dedicated to investing in their associates, Nugget Markets offers a variety of professional development opportunities including classes, field trips and college scholarships to help their team members reach their goals and grow in their career. Their company culture also focuses on positivity, camaraderie and fun with associate recognition, cash prizes and store-wide celebrations. They have never had a layoff in their 93-year history, and their industry-leading benefits include a 401k with company match, flexible work schedule and zero healthcare premiums for full and part-time associates.

With roughly 1,900 associates companywide, Nugget Markets is always looking to grow their world-class team. Entry level associates earn a minimum of $15 an hour with on-the-job training and opportunity for growth. As a specialty grocery store with gourmet offerings created in-house, Nugget Markets offers a variety of positions ranging from entry level roles to experienced chefs, bakers cheese specialists and more.

Family owned and operated since 1926, Nugget Markets is a full-line grocery store in Northern California that provides high-quality perishables and organics, chef-prepared foods, specialty grocery items and conventional goods in a European marketplace setting. The Nugget Market, Inc. family of stores includes 12 Nugget Markets in Northern California, Fork Lift by Nugget Markets in Cameron Park, Food 4 Less Woodland and Sonoma Market in Sonoma. For more information about Nugget Markets’ ranking, read the Great Place to Work review.

METHODOLOGY

To identify the 100 Best Companies to Work For, each year Fortune partners with Great Place to Work to conduct the most extensive employee survey in corporate America. Each company’s score is based on Trust Index survey feedback from a random sample of employees. People anonymously assess their workplace, including the quality of their leaders, support for their personal and professional lives, and their relationships with colleagues. Survey results are compared with peer organizations of like size and complexity and are highly reliable statistically. In addition, Great Place to Work scores a Culture Audit management questionnaire from each company, which reports details such as compensation and benefits, hiring practices, recognition, training, and diversity programs.

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<![CDATA[Nugget Markets Celebrates 13th Year on FORTUNE Magazine’s “100 Best Companies to Work For" List ]]> https://www.nuggetmarket.com/press-release/178/ Thu, 15 Feb 2018 09:00:00 -0800 https://www.nuggetmarket.com/press-release/178/ Woodland, CA (February 15, 2018) – For the 13th year in a row, Nugget Markets has claimed a spot on FORTUNE Magazine’s “100 Best Companies to Work For” list, ranking #70 in 2018. Noted for its dynamic culture and work-life balance, the local, family-owned company has also earned recent recognition as a top workplace for women, millennials, parents and diversity.

“The dynamic personalities and talents of our associates and leadership create our spirited culture of family and fun, and by extension, provide our guests an extraordinary grocery experience,” said Eric Stille, President and CEO of Nugget Markets. “We’re proud of our unique and diverse culture, and honored to be ranked among the best in the country.”

With roughly 1,900 associates companywide (a 5% increase in the past year), 28% of Nugget Markets’ new hires were referred by current associates in the past 12 months—further demonstrating the love that associates have for their company. As a specialty grocery store with gourmet offerings created in-house, Nugget Markets has a variety of positions ranging from entry level roles to experienced chefs and bakers, and is always looking to grow their world-class team.

Dedicated to investing in their associates, Nugget Markets offers a variety of professional development opportunities to help their team members reach their goals and grow in their career, along with fun celebrations and events like a companywide whitewater rafting trip. Their industry-leading benefits include a 401k with company match, flexible work schedule and zero healthcare premiums for full and part-time associates, and they’ve never had a layoff in their 90-year history.

Family owned and operated since 1926, Nugget Markets is a full-line grocery store in Northern California that provides high-quality perishables and organics, chef-prepared foods, specialty grocery items and conventional goods. The Nugget Market, Inc. family of stores includes 12 Nugget Markets in Northern California, Fork Lift by Nugget Markets in Cameron Park, Food 4 Less in Woodland and Sonoma Market and Glen Ellen Village Market in the Sonoma Valley. For more information about Nugget Markets’ ranking, read the Great Place to Work review.

METHODOLOGY

To identify the 100 Best Companies to Work For, each year Fortune partners with Great Place to Work to conduct the most extensive employee survey in corporate America. Each company’s score is based on Trust Index survey feedback from a random sample of employees. People anonymously assess their workplace, including the quality of their leaders, support for their personal and professional lives, and their relationships with colleagues. Survey results are compared with peer organizations of like size and complexity and are highly reliable statistically. In addition, Great Place to Work scores a Culture Audit management questionnaire from each company, which reports details such as compensation and benefits, hiring practices, recognition, training, and diversity programs.

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<![CDATA[Unitrans and Nugget Markets partner to host “Stuff a Bus” Holiday Food Drive, benefiting the Yolo County Food Bank and UC Davis Food Pantry]]> https://www.nuggetmarket.com/press-release/177/ Fri, 01 Dec 2017 14:00:00 -0800 https://www.nuggetmarket.com/press-release/177/ Davis, California – (November 28, 2017) As the holiday season approaches, Unitrans and Nugget Markets are proud to host a “Stuff a Bus” holiday food drive to support the Yolo County Food Bank and UC Davis Food Pantry. A vintage Unitrans London double decker bus will be on display and receiving community food donations Saturday, December 9 from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. at Nugget Markets located at 1414 E. Covell Blvd. in Davis.

Children and adults alike are welcome to enjoy the view from the top deck as they drop off their food donations. Donors will also be invited to spin the wheel to win a prize provided by Unitrans and Nugget Markets. Plus, the first 50 donors will receive a free Nugget Markets canvas bag along with a free 10-ride Unitrans ticket.

All donations received will be delivered to the Yolo County Food Bank and the UC Davis Food Pantry to assist those in need in our local communities. Needed foods include canned vegetables, canned fruit, canned meat, low-sugar cereal, peanut butter, whole grain pasta, rice, canned or dry beans, 100% fruit juice and shelf-stable milk.

Unitrans, the public transit service for the City of Davis and UC Davis, operates the red double decker buses and has served the Davis community for almost 50 years. Nugget Markets, a family-owned-and-operated grocery store with roots in Yolo County, has provided high-quality, local, organic, specialty and conventional goods to the Davis community since 2000.

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<![CDATA[Nugget Markets and Armstrong Development Announce Campus Oaks Project in West Roseville]]> https://www.nuggetmarket.com/press-release/176/ Fri, 13 Oct 2017 15:51:00 -0700 https://www.nuggetmarket.com/press-release/176/ Woodland, CA – (October 13, 2017) Eric Stille, President/CEO of Nugget Markets, announced earlier this week that Nugget Market, Inc. and Armstrong Development are under contract to purchase 30 acres on the southeast corner of Blue Oaks Blvd. and Woodcreek Oaks Blvd. in West Roseville from local property and business owner, Stephen Des Jardin.

“We are thrilled to have the opportunity to expand our services into the West Roseville community,” Stille said. “We believe the expansion into the Campus Oaks development will be a perfect fit for both the community and our company.”

The Campus Oaks development will become West Roseville’s “new downtown,” housing a number of boutique retail shops, restaurants, a health club and a number of other services. An early education center will reside on the backside of the development.

Doug Kyle, President of Armstrong Development, and his team are responsible for vetting the diverse services that will occupy the center. Leasing activity was unveiled at the ICSC (International Council of Shopping Centers) convention in Los Angeles in early October. Leasing activity has been brisk and details will be announced in the very near future.

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<![CDATA[Nugget Markets, Center for Land-Based Learning Present Dinner on the Farm ]]> https://www.nuggetmarket.com/press-release/175/ Mon, 03 Jul 2017 06:00:00 -0700 https://www.nuggetmarket.com/press-release/175/ Woodland, CA (July 3, 2017) – In partnership with the Center for Land-Based Learning (CLBL), Nugget Markets is proud to present this year’s Dinner on the Farm. This annual fundraising event invites guests to share in some of the best food and drink the region has to offer at the Farm on Putah Creek. Home of CLBL, this idyllic setting is surrounded by walnut orchards, fields of specialty crops and a view of the Vaca Hills and Berryessa Gap. This year’s dinner will take place at 6 p.m. on Saturday, July 15, 2017.

“The Center for Land-Based Learning has always celebrated our region’s agricultural heritage at Dinner on the Farm,” said Mary Kimball, Executive Director of CLBL. "The majority of the produce comes from the beginning farmers in our farm business incubator program. It’s a chance for us to highlight what they are doing and celebrate their success.”

While sourcing local produce and protein is a hallmark of this event, the menu changes every year to reflect what’s locally available and in season. This year, Nugget Markets’ executive chef, Stazi Dulman, crafted the gourmet, multi-course menu featuring fresh seasonal dishes like grilled eggplant “caviar” crostini, chilled melon soup, grilled marinated leg of lamb and a seasonal berry trifle. Dulman will also lend his culinary talent in leading the preparation of the feast at the event. Additionally, the white tablecloth dinner for 200 guests will feature local wines, beer and custom cocktails.

“Nugget Markets is proud to partner with the Center for Land-Based Learning to present this fantastic event and support the nonprofit as a whole,” said Kate Stille, Vice President of Marketing and Communications for Nugget Markets. “Part of our key focus at Nugget Markets is to support those who produce the food that we then share with our guests, and this is a great way to do it.”

Family owned and operated since 1926, Nugget Markets is a full-line grocery store with roots in Yolo County. The family of stores provides high-quality perishables, organics and a variety of local options, chef-prepared foods, specialty grocery items and conventional goods in a European marketplace setting. The Nugget Market, Inc. family of stores includes 12 Nugget Markets in Northern California, Fork Lift by Nugget Markets in Cameron Park, Food 4 Less Woodland and Sonoma Market and Glen Ellen Village Market in Sonoma Valley.

Nugget Markets’ partnership with CLBL has extended for more than a decade, including a variety of event sponsorships and support for local urban farms. These and other programs help further CLBL’s mission to cultivate opportunity for the land, environment, youth, business and the future of agriculture through supporting beginning farmers and ranchers, and educating youth and exposing them to careers in agriculture and environmental science.

Dinner on the Farm is one of two annual fundraiser dinners that benefit CLBL and its many educational programs. For more information or to purchase tickets, visit www.landbasedlearning.org/dinner/dotf-events.

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<![CDATA[Nugget Markets Celebrates 12th Year on FORTUNE Magazine’s “100 Best Companies to Work For” List]]> https://www.nuggetmarket.com/press-release/172/ Thu, 09 Mar 2017 10:10:00 -0800 https://www.nuggetmarket.com/press-release/172/ Woodland, CA (March 9, 2017) – Already known as an extraordinary grocery experience, local, family-owned and -operated Nugget Markets just proved once again that it’s also an extraordinary place to work. For the 12th time in as many years, the local grocer has claimed a spot on FORTUNE Magazine’s “100 Best Companies to Work For” list. Consistently placing in the top 37 companies, Nugget Markets came in at #30 this year.

“Our associates make all the difference,” said CEO and President, Eric Stille. “At Nugget Markets, it’s not just a job. Our environment is like a family that has fun, and we all come together to create something very special.”

Now in its 90th year, Nugget Markets has built a strong reputation for extraordinary quality and service, both within the community and its own walls. In one of the anonymous surveys that went into this year’s ranking, an associate likened Nugget Markets to “the Disneyland of grocery stores,” where managers feel like "just another friend at work."

Along with a fun, family culture, generous benefits have helped earn Nugget Markets a place on FORTUNE’s list for more than a decade. The industry-leading benefits include a 4% 401k match and zero health premiums for full and part-time associates. In addition, the company has never had a layoff in its 90-year history. For more information about Nugget Markets’ ranking, read the Great Place to Work review.

Family owned and operated since 1926, Nugget Markets is a full-line grocery store in Northern California that provides high-quality perishables and organics, chef-prepared foods, specialty grocery items and conventional goods in a European marketplace setting. The Nugget Market, Inc. family of stores includes 12 Nugget Markets in Northern California, Fork Lift by Nugget Markets in Cameron Park, Food 4 Less Woodland and their most recent additions, Sonoma Market and Glen Ellen Village Market in the Sonoma Valley.

METHODOLOGY

To identify the 100 Best Companies to Work For, each year Fortune partners with Great Place to Work to conduct the most extensive employee survey in corporate America. Each company’s score is based on Trust Index survey feedback from a random sample of employees. People anonymously assess their workplace, including the quality of their leaders, support for their personal and professional lives, and their relationships with colleagues. Survey results are compared with peer organizations of like size and complexity and are highly reliable statistically. In addition, Great Place to Work scores a Culture Audit management questionnaire from each company, which reports details such as compensation and benefits, hiring practices, recognition, training, and diversity programs.

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<![CDATA[Nugget Markets Celebrates 90th Anniversary with Flash Mobs, Sweepstakes, Local Love Fairs and More]]> https://www.nuggetmarket.com/press-release/165/ Mon, 26 Sep 2016 08:00:00 -0700 https://www.nuggetmarket.com/press-release/165/ Woodland – Family owned and operated since 1926, local grocer Nugget Markets is celebrating a major milestone this year—its 90th anniversary. Wednesday, September 28 marks the official date, but celebrations including giveaways, Local Love Fairs, flash mobs and more started in September and will continue through the month of October.

To commemorate 90 years of partnering with and supporting the local community, Nugget Markets is hosting a series of Local Love Fairs at select stores. These demo fairs, held throughout the months of September and October, allow guests to meet local vendors, sample products and celebrate 90 years of extraordinary.

Guests also have a chance to win big through several commemorative sweepstakes. In stores, guests can enter a drawing to win an Electra Loft 7D Bicycle, a $90 Nugget Markets gift card and a bag of Fresh to Market groceries (Nugget Markets’ store brand). Online, guests can enter separate sweepstakes for gift cards, reusable bags and groceries through Facebook and Instagram. Full contest details are available at nuggetmarket.com/contests.

Within the company, associates had the chance to join the fun and win cash prizes by sharing favorite Nugget Markets memories and participating in storewide flash mobs. Each of Nugget Market, Inc.’s 16 stores were encouraged to choreograph their very own Flash Mob Dance Party, to be performed for guests in store during September.

“It’s the passion and energy that our talented associates bring to work each day that has made it possible for this company to successfully hit this 90th milestone. I’m proud of our associates and leadership team,” says Eric Stille, CEO of Nugget Markets, Inc. “and sincerely thank them, our vendors and neighborhood communities for their support throughout the years.”

Along with offering unparalleled quality, selection and service to guests, Nugget Markets has been dedicated to serving its communities since the very beginning. A special series of articles on Nugget Markets’ Daily Dish blog highlights just a few of the company’s many community partnerships through the years, supporting causes such as youth and education, nutrition, local agriculture, public safety and sustainability.

Built on a foundation of quality, innovation, respect, hard work and fun, the Nugget Markets team is proud to celebrate 90 years in Northern California and looks forward to many more years to come.

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<![CDATA[Yolo Farm to Fork announces recipients of Nugget Markets’ 2016 School Garden Grants]]> https://www.nuggetmarket.com/press-release/159/ Fri, 20 May 2016 11:23:00 -0700 https://www.nuggetmarket.com/press-release/159/ Woodland, CA – Yolo Farm to Fork announced the latest recipients of Nugget Markets’ annual school garden grants. In partnership with Yolo Farm to Fork, Nugget Markets works to support local school garden programs throughout Yolo County. In addition to Nugget Markets' donations, Yolo Farm to Fork offers competitive matching grants for school gardens, coordinators, supplies, volunteers, workshops and networking opportunities.

This year Yolo Farm to Fork and Nugget Markets awarded garden grants to five schools throughout Yolo County. The Nugget Markets grant recipients for 2016 are Marguerite Montgomery Elementary in Davis, Tafoya and Whitehead Elementary Schools in Woodland, and White Oaks and Riverbank Elementary Schools in West Sacramento.

Through the competitive grant process, these schools successfully demonstrated new and creative educational experiences through the garden program, offering a wide range of hands-on learning activities that incorporate different subjects and classes. Each school presented a unique and clear vision for their garden’s future and plans for its long-term sustainability.

Nugget Markets has committed to this grant effort to support and enrich local students through garden-based learning. “Yolo Farm to Fork and the children of Yolo County are lucky to have Nugget Markets’ continued support,” said Suzanne Falzone, Board President of Yolo Farm to Fork. “Nugget Markets recognizes the importance of garden-based learning in our schools, and the value it has to education and whole child enrichment.”

Locally family-owned and devoted to community since the first Nugget Market opened in 1926, Nugget Markets also remains committed to offering quality products and to supporting local area farmers, producers and local neighborhoods. For more information, visit www.nuggetmarket.com.

Yolo Farm to Fork, is a nonprofit dedicated to bringing locally grown farm-fresh food to school lunches, establishing recycling programs, supporting school and community gardens and helping Yolo County residents get to know where their food comes from and the farmers who grow it. For more information, visit www.yolofarmtofork.org.

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<![CDATA[Nugget Market ranks #13 on FORTUNE Magazine’s “100 Best Companies to Work For” List]]> https://www.nuggetmarket.com/press-release/148/ Thu, 03 Mar 2016 08:12:00 -0800 https://www.nuggetmarket.com/press-release/148/ For the 11th consecutive year, Nugget Market is named on FORTUNE’s national listing.

Woodland, CA (March 3, 2016) – For the eleventh consecutive year, local family-owned and operated grocer, Nugget Market, has been named on FORTUNE Magazine’s national listing of the “100 Best Companies to Work For”. Nugget Market ranks #13 amongst the country’s top 100 companies.

“Creating a happy workplace is key to providing our communities with an extraordinary grocery experience”, say CEO and President, Eric Stille. “Our associates bring positive energy and enthusiasm to work, and our leaders work hard to provide an environment where all associates are respected, appreciated, and valued everyday. Collectively, we’ve built a dynamic, family-like culture that has been recognized again by FORTUNE Magazine and the Great Place to Work Institute, and we’re extremely grateful for the recognition.”

FORTUNE Magazine has noted, “With a culture built on a positive, fun-loving team atmosphere, this family-owned grocery company offers its employees industry-leading wages and healthcare benefits, including 100% company-paid premiums. To qualify, employees are only required to work 22 hours a week. The company has taken their employees snowmobiling and whitewater rafting, and celebrations are an integral part of Nugget’s culture, including everyday recognitions for jobs well done and multiple annual parties at stores. It’s a testament to the company that during its 90-year history, Nugget has never had a single layoff.”

For more information read the Great Place to Work review.

Nugget Market is a family-owned and operated grocery chain offering Northern California a unique, down-home yet progressive shopping experience that focuses on natural, organic and local products displayed alongside conventional and ethnic items.

Celebrating their ninetieth anniversary, Nugget Market has nine Nugget Markets in the Sacramento Valley, three Nugget Markets in Marin County, one Fork Lift by Nugget Markets and two Food 4 Less stores. Later this month Nugget Markets will acquire Sonoma Market and Glen Ellen Village Market in the Sonoma Valley.

METHODOLOGY 

To identify the 100 Best Companies to Work For, each year Fortune partners with Great Place to Work to conduct the most extensive employee survey in corporate America. Two-thirds of a company’s survey score is based on the results of the Trust Index Employee Survey, which is sent to a random sample of employees from each company. This survey asks questions related to employees’ attitudes about management’s credibility, overall job satisfaction, and camaraderie. The other third is based on responses to the Culture Audit, which includes detailed questions about pay and benefit programs and a series of open-ended questions about hiring practices, methods of internal communication, training, recognition programs, and diversity efforts. 

 

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<![CDATA[Nugget Markets Acquires Sonoma Market and Glen Ellen Village Market of Sonoma Valley]]> https://www.nuggetmarket.com/press-release/147/ Thu, 25 Feb 2016 07:30:00 -0800 https://www.nuggetmarket.com/press-release/147/ Eric Stille, president and CEO of family-owned Nugget Markets, announced Wednesday the company’s upcoming acquisition of Sonoma Market and Glen Ellen Village Market. The purchase of these Sonoma Valley grocery stores is expected to close March 31, 2016.

Family-owned and operated, Sonoma Market and Glen Ellen Village Market offer the Sonoma community homegrown personal service, high-quality prepared foods and perishables, and a commitment to local growers, producers and their community. Recently recognized as “Best Grocery Store” and “Best Customer Service” by the Sonoma Index Tribune’s People’s Awards, this small grocery chain is a true Sonoma Valley destination that fosters and shares the same values and philosophies as Nugget Markets.

“It is an honor and a privilege to be given the opportunity to acquire Sonoma and Glen Ellen Village Markets,” Stille said. “Co-owners Don Shone and Dale Downing, and their entire team have built a fabulous brand. Our Core Values align nicely and I see both brands growing stronger with this acquisition!”

Shone and Downing agree Nugget Markets’ good standing with its community, associates and guests played a large part in their decision. “A big factor in deciding to sell to the Nugget Markets and the Stille family is their dedication and commitment to their employees and customers. Though we have been sought after by many companies over the years, only now do we feel we have the perfect fit for our market family,” Shone said. “Dale and I can rest assured that our employees, who have helped build this company and are loved by the community, will be well taken care of.”

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<![CDATA[Nugget Markets Associates Receive Educational Scholarships]]> https://www.nuggetmarket.com/press-release/146/ Sat, 15 Aug 2015 15:00:00 -0700 https://www.nuggetmarket.com/press-release/146/ Woodland CA - Local students Gerald Shearman and Anthony Wong have each been awarded the Eugene and Joan Stille Educational Scholarship. Shearman (a Nugget Markets associate for eight years), and Wong (his mother is a Nugget Markets associate in Elk Grove) will each receive a $1,000 scholarship to further their studies.

 “We’re so proud of Gerald and Anthony,” says Eric Stille, president and CEO of Nugget Markets, Inc. “These hardworking gentlemen, with their strong work ethic and commitment to their education, will no doubt be successful in their chosen career paths.”

Shearman is currently working on a bachelor’s degree in biblical and theological studies, and he plans to go into church ministry. Future goals include acquiring his doctorate in the same field.   A graduate of John F. Kennedy High School in Sacramento, Wong will attend UC Berkeley with plans to major in economics and ultimately attend graduate school.

Two Eugene and Joan Stille Educational Scholarships ($1,000 each) are available to high school seniors or undergraduate students employed by Nugget Markets, Food 4 Less or Fork Lift by Nugget Markets or to a student who is a dependent of an associate. Dependents of Nugget Markets, Food 4 Less or Fork Lift executives, store directors and corporate directors are not eligible and only one recipient per family is awarded.

 

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<![CDATA[Nugget Markets Celebrates 10 Years on FORTUNE’s List of “100 Best Companies to Work For”]]> https://www.nuggetmarket.com/press-release/145/ Thu, 05 Mar 2015 09:45:00 -0800 https://www.nuggetmarket.com/press-release/145/ Associates cite company’s commitment to providing a family-friendly work environment as key ingredient in creating a great place to work.

Thanks to Nugget Markets’ associate responses, the local, family-owned-and-operated grocer has ranked #26 on FORTUNE Magazine’s 2015 national list of “100 Best Companies to Work For” marking a 10-year milestone.

“Our company’s success is fueled by every associate’s passion and commitment to providing outstanding guest service and quality products. Together with my family and leadership team, I thank every associate and leader within the company for creating a dynamic, family-friendly work environment that supports the health and well-being of every associate’s professional and personal life,” says Eric Stille, CEO and president of Nugget Markets.

Over the past 10 years, associates have consistently expressed that they are welcomed and embraced by the real “family” feel at Nugget Markets, where fun and a positive attitude are built into the everyday culture.

“Everyone here is a family and a team. I love coming to work and being able to have so much fun while on the job,” quotes an anonymous associate on FORTUNE’s Great Rated site.

“The fun factor and positive attitude brought to work by every associate provides the basis of our energetic culture. Each associate’s attitude and eagerness to have fun on the job translates into a unique shopping experience for our guests. Encouraging our extended family to enjoy their time at work naturally creates a win-win for everyone; associates and guests alike,” says Stille.

For more information, contact Nugget Markets COO Chris Carpenter at (530) 304-5803.

Nugget Markets is a family owned and operated grocery chain serving the greater Sacramento Valley since 1926 with nine Nugget Markets, one Fork Lift by Nugget Markets and two Food 4 Less stores. Later this month, Nugget Markets will acquire three stores in Marin County.

Methodology:
FORTUNE Magazine partners annually with Great Place to Work® to conduct the most extensive employee survey in corporate America to identify the 100 Best Companies to Work For ®. Two-thirds of a company's survey score is based on the results of the Trust Index © Employee Survey, which is sent to a random sample of employees from each company. This survey asks questions related to employees' attitudes about management's credibility, overall job satisfaction, and camaraderie. The other third is based on responses to the Culture Audit ©, which includes detailed questionnaires about pay and benefit programs and a series of open-ended questions about hiring practices, methods of internal communication, training, recognition programs and diversity efforts.

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<![CDATA[Nugget Markets Acquires Paradise Foods in Marin County]]> https://www.nuggetmarket.com/press-release/144/ Wed, 28 Jan 2015 08:22:00 -0800 https://www.nuggetmarket.com/press-release/144/ Eric Stille, CEO and owner of Nugget Markets, announced on Wednesday, January 28th that Nugget Markets is acquiring Paradise Foods in Novato, Corte Madera and Tiburon, CA.

Paradise Foods’ three neighborhood markets offer an extensive selection of natural, organic and local products, as well as a full line of prepared foods that include modern trend dishes and Old World classic favorites. Paradise Foods also offers full-service catering. Serving the Marin County for 14 years, Paradise Foods is a strong community supporter.

“I am thrilled to have found a solid retailer (Nugget Markets) that will continue to offer my employees a dynamic culture and a secure work environment, while maintaining a strong focus on quality perishables, local and organic groceries, and our community,” says David Gilmour, owner of Paradise Foods.

Nugget Markets was founded 88 years ago by the grandfather and great-grandfather of today’s CEO/President, Eric Stille. Nugget Markets offers a unique down-home yet progressive shopping experience that focuses on natural, organic and local products that are displayed alongside conventional and ethnic items, offering the best of all worlds. Nugget Markets is known regionally for its high quality perishables – produce, meat and seafood, bakery, specialty cheese and delicatessen offerings.

Eric Stille is ecstatic about the opportunity to acquire Paradise Foods. “We’ve been looking to expand into the Marin community for a number of years and when David approached us, I knew it was a perfect fit. Paradise Foods and Nugget Markets share similar goals and values, and we both have built our businesses on quality, selection and service,” says Stille.

Nugget Markets has occupied a place on FORTUNE Magazine’s list of “100 Best Companies to Work For” for nine consecutive years and Stille attributes the honor to Nugget’s dedicated associates, leaders and loyal guests. One step inside any Nugget Market, and you’ll immediately sense each associate’s up-beat energy, positive outlook and dedication to world-class service.

“It’s been a pleasure to serve and support Marin County for the past 14 years,” says Gilmour. I thank my friends and the Marin community for supporting my business, Paradise Foods, and welcome Eric and the Nugget Markets family to Marin County.” With the sale of Paradise Foods, Gilmour will be turning his energy toward establishing the Marin office for Awareness Foundation America.

Nugget Markets currently operates nine Nugget Markets in the greater Sacramento Valley along with two Food 4 Less stores in Woodland and Vallejo, and one Fork Lift by Nugget Markets store in Cameron Park.

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<![CDATA[Nugget Markets to Sponsor Sacramento Speaker Series]]> https://www.nuggetmarket.com/press-release/143/ Mon, 08 Sep 2014 15:50:00 -0700 https://www.nuggetmarket.com/press-release/143/ Sacramento, CA - September 8, 2014 –Sacramento Speakers Series announced today that Nugget Markets has again agreed to sponsor the upcoming 2014-2015 season. This exciting season starts during Sacramento’s own Farm to Fork week with food pioneer Alice Waters speaking on Tuesday, September 23, 2014. The series lineup also features former Secretary of Defense Robert M. Gates, world renowned cellist Yo-Yo Ma, television journalist Anderson Cooper, long-distance swimmer Diana Nyad and New York Times columnist David Brooks.

Managing principal and attorney Mitchell Ostwald describes the partnership with Nugget Markets as “a great benefit for Series subscribers. Nugget is a local, family-owned business known for its exceptional service, huge selection, high quality, and beautiful displays of meat, produce and deli items. Last season Nugget created a stunning food display in the theater, and we are excited for their upcoming efforts at the Alice Waters event.” 

Celebrating its 10th anniversary season, Sacramento Speakers Series offers an impressive list of leaders, authors, scientists, and visionaries, each chosen on the basis of career achievements, unique expertise in a particular field of endeavor, and ability to communicate their particular passion to the audience. The Sacramento Speakers Series is a community lecture series that providesan open forum for a free discussion of timely and important issues by nationally acclaimed speakers. Ostwald described the series as “an extraordinary community experience that gives our patrons an opportunity to hear about and question renowned and influential people from a wide variety of backgrounds on an even wider variety of topics.”

 WHERE:        

Sacramento Community Center Theater, 1301 ‘L’ Street, Sacramento CAMemorial Auditorium, 1515 J Street, Sacramento, CA

PRESENTER: Sacramento Speakers Series

TICKETS:  Sold online at www.sacramentospeakers.com or by phone 916-388-1100

 

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<![CDATA[Nugget Markets’ Cheese Specialists Achieve ACS Certified Cheese Professional ™ Status]]> https://www.nuggetmarket.com/press-release/141/ Fri, 05 Sep 2014 13:44:00 -0700 https://www.nuggetmarket.com/press-release/141/ Nugget Markets, family owned and operated local grocer since 1926, presents specialty cheese executive buyer Rebekah Baker and cheese specialists Jeremy Patin (Covell Blvd. in Davis) and Reed Pattison (El Dorado Hills) as Certified Cheese Professionals ™. Baker, Patin, and Pattison are part of an elite group of 153 individuals from 32 different companies who passed the 3rdannual ACS Certified Cheese Professional exam, held on July 29thin Sacramento CA.

The ACS Certified Cheese Professional exam is the first and only exam of its kind and was established by the American Cheese Society to encourage high standards of comprehensive cheese knowledge and professional service. The exam tests participants on their knowledge and skills required to successfully perform cheese-related tasks in jobs throughout the industry. The broad range of testing topics encompass raw ingredients, the cheese-making process, storing and handling cheese, selecting distributors, marketing and communicating information about cheese, nutrition, regulations, and sanitation.

“We couldn’t be more thrilled for Rebekah, Jeremy, and Reed on passing this challenging exam with flying colors,” said Eric Stille, Nugget Markets president and CEO. “Their dedication, professionalism, and expertise in their field are evident in this fine achievement.”    

All ACS Certified Cheese Professionals ™ are required to demonstrate continued active participation and professional development within the industry to maintain their credentials and they must recertify every three years.  With 61% passing rate this year, there are 52 CCPs in California and 406 globally. 

 

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<![CDATA[Nugget Markets Associates Receive Educational Scholarships]]> https://www.nuggetmarket.com/press-release/140/ Thu, 10 Jul 2014 13:41:00 -0700 https://www.nuggetmarket.com/press-release/140/ Woodland  CA -   Four local students and Nugget Markets associates have been named the recipients of scholarships from the California Grocer Association (CGA) and from Nugget Market, Inc. Samuel England and Harmen Kaur each received a $1,000 Eugene and Joan Stille Educational Scholarship; Alyssa Thompson received the $2,500 Bristol Farms Industry educational scholarship from the CGA, and Sarah Engstrom received a $2,000 Don Beaver Memorial Scholarship from the CGA.

 The grocery industry offers more than 200 grocery industry scholarships. High school seniors or undergraduate students who are employed by a CGA member (like Nugget Markets or Food 4 Less) or whose parent is employed by a CGA member are eligible for scholarship awards. Graduate students pursuing a grocery industry career and who are employed by a CGA member are also eligible.

 Two Eugene and Joan Stille Educational Scholarships ($1,000 each) are available to high school seniors or undergraduate students employed by Nugget Markets or Food 4 Less or is a dependent of an associate. Dependents of Nugget Markets or Food 4 Less executives, store directors and corporate directors are not eligible and only one recipient per family is awarded.

 “Samuel, Harmen, Alyssa and Sarah are valuable and hardworking member of the Nugget family, and we’re delighted that they’ve been awarded these scholarships as they pursue their educational goals.” says Eric Stille, president and CEO of Nugget Markets, Inc. 

England plans to pursue a degree in entomology at UC Davis; Kaur is attending California State University, Sacramento in the Business Honors Program; Thompson’s major is biomedical engineering at UC Davis; and Engstrom attends California State University, Chico majoring in business and management.

 Family owned and operated since 1926, Nugget Markets Inc. has nine Northern California Nugget Markets stores, located in Davis, Woodland, Roseville, El Dorado Hills, Vacaville, Elk Grove, Sacramento, and West Sacramento. The company also has three Food 4 Less stores located in Woodland, Cameron Park, and Vallejo. 

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<![CDATA[Nugget Markets Announces 2014 School Garden Grant Recipients]]> https://www.nuggetmarket.com/press-release/142/ Thu, 08 May 2014 06:00:00 -0700 https://www.nuggetmarket.com/press-release/142/ Woodland, CA - Nugget Markets partners with Davis Farm to School and Yolo Farm to Fork in support of school garden programs throughout Yolo County. Yolo Farm to Fork offers competitive matching grants for school gardens, coordinators, supplies, volunteers, workshops, and networking opportunities.

This year, Davis Farm to School, a program of Yolo Farm to Fork, awarded 13 schools with garden grants, and Nugget Markets is providing an additional $250 matching grant to five of those schools that demonstrated new, innovative and creative educational experiences through the garden program, offered a wide range of hands-on multi-grade learning activities involving many subjects and classes, and presented a unique and clear vision for the garden’s future and plans for sustainability.

The Nugget Markets grant recipients for the 2014 school year are Holmes Jr. High, Davis School for Independent Study, and King High School in Davis, and Plainfield Elementary and Dingle Elementary in Woodland. Nugget Markets has committed to this matching grant effort to support and enrich local students through garden-based learning.

“Coming alongside Davis Farm to School and Yolo Farm to Fork in support of local schools and their gardens is a natural fit for Nugget Markets,” Kate Stille of Nugget Markets.“These school gardens are vital in providing our kids and our community with a wide range of grade-level appropriate academic and educational experiences, and solid and engaging lessons in nutrition, sustainability, and community awareness that last a lifetime.” 

“This takes best practices of a successful school garden program to another dimension as Nugget Markets enhances efforts to create sustainable gardens at school sites,” says Beth Harrison, executive director of Yolo Farm to Fork. “It’s a pleasure to partner with Nugget Markets for these valuable Yolo County school projects.”

Family-owned locally and devoted to community since the first Nugget Market opened in 1926, Nugget Markets also remains committed to offering quality products and to supporting local area farmers, producers, and local neighborhoods.  For more information, visit www.nuggetmarket.com.

Davis Farm to School is a program of Yolo Farm to Fork, a nonprofit dedicated to bringing locally grown farm-fresh food to school lunches, establishing recycling programs, supporting school and community gardens, and helping Yolo County residents get to know where their food comes from and the farmers who grow it.  For more information, visit www.davisfarmtoschool.org.

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<![CDATA[Nugget Markets Named in FORTUNE Magazine’s “100 Best Companies to Work For”]]> https://www.nuggetmarket.com/press-release/139/ Thu, 16 Jan 2014 13:47:00 -0800 https://www.nuggetmarket.com/press-release/139/ Nugget Markets Named in FORTUNE Magazine’s “100 Best Companies to Work For”

For the 9th consecutive year, Nugget Markets rank amongst the best, ranking #36.

Woodland, CA – For the 9th year running, local, family-owned-and-operated Nugget Markets has made FORTUNE Magazine’s national listing of the “100 Best Companies to Work For.” Nugget Markets ranks #36 among the country’s top 100 companies.

“Our associates and leadership team work hard every day to provide outstanding guest service and quality products.  Building creativity, humor and hard work into every day, the team has created a spirited culture where camaraderie and teamwork reign. Together with my family and leadership team, I thank every associate for making Nugget Markets and Food 4 Less the stores they are today,” says Eric Stille, CEO and President of Nugget Market, Inc.

Stille’s leadership places a high value on the family-oriented work environment that supports the health and well-being of every associates’ professional and personal life.  While 90% of associates believe there is a real “family” or “team” feeling at Nugget, 83% feel that they are encouraged to balance their work and personal life, and this same percentage states that their leaders recognize their needs as people, not just employees, according to the audit conducted by the Great Place to Work Institute that supports FORTUNE Magazine’s ranking of “100 Best Companies to Work For” list.

“Our associates are the difference maker, and it is they who separate us from our competition.  At Nugget Markets, we take every opportunity to reward and celebrate our people.  We believe that when our associates are having fun and feeling valued, there is an energy and enthusiasm that is created—and it transcends right through the guest ” says Chris Carpenter, COO and Vice President of Nugget Markets, Inc.

Nugget Markets and Food 4 Less hire associates for their passion for food and guest service, positive mindset, desire to work as a team, commitment to constant improvement and interest in working in a retail environment. It is these associate attributes that help deliver outstanding service, support, and quality products to guests and associates alike.

Nugget Market, Inc. has been owned and operated by the Stille family since 1926, and has nine Northern California locations in Davis, El Dorado Hills, Elk Grove, Roseville, Sacramento, West Sacramento, Vacaville and Woodland.  The company’s three Food 4 Less stores are located in Cameron Park, Vallejo and Woodland.

Methodology:

To pick the 100 Best Companies to Work For, FORTUNE partners with the Great Place to Work Institute to conduct the most extensive employee survey in corporate America. Two-thirds of a company’s score is based on the results of the Institute’s Trust Index survey, which is sent to a random sample of employees from each company.  The survey asks questions related to their attitudes about management credibility, job satisfaction, and camaraderie.  The other third of the scoring is based on the company’s responses to the Institute’s Culture Audit, which includes detailed questions about pay and benefit programs and a series of open-ended questions about hiring practices, internal communications, training, recognition programs and diversity efforts. Any company that is at least seven years old with more than 1,000 U.S. employees is eligible.

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<![CDATA[Nugget Markets’ ‘The Palate Project’ Benefits Local Non-Profits]]> https://www.nuggetmarket.com/press-release/138/ Tue, 10 Sep 2013 16:07:00 -0700 https://www.nuggetmarket.com/press-release/138/ Nugget Markets, in partnership with the Robert Mondavi Institute for Wine and Food Science (RMI), celebrates the world of great food, wine and beer while raising funds for two local causes: The Center for Land-Based Learning and the Yolo Food Bank.  Formerly known as The Best of the Barrel, The Palate Project is scheduled for Friday October 4, 2013, 5pm – 8pm, at the Robert Mondavi Institute (RMI) for Wine and Food Science Good Life Garden.  Tickets are $40 and can be purchased online at the Center for Land-Based Learning and RMI.  Tickets are also available at any Nugget Market location. Guests must be at least 21years of age to purchase tickets and attend the event. Parking at the event is $8.

Guests attending The Palate Project will indulge in a wide range of signature dishes from Nugget Markets kitchens, as well as a variety of meats, seafood and vegetables, all freshly grilled on-site. Beer and cheese pairings, chocolate and wine pairings and at least 100 wine tastings from more than 40 wineries include local, organic and imported offerings; many of which are from UCD alumni winemakers.

This year, guests can also participate in the “Bid to Build Your Cellar” wine auction, to support programmatic activities at the Robert Mondavi Institute for Wine and Food Science.  Auction items can be viewed on RMI’s website.

“Those attending The Palate Project will be supporting two great local non-profit organizations that truly resonate with Nugget Markets and our community - The Center for Land-Based Learning (CLBL) and the Yolo Food Bank (YFB), and specifically their collaborative partnership, the Food Bank Farmers Project,” says Eric Stille, president and CEO of Nugget Markets.

Food Bank Farmers offers beginning farmers, students in CLBL’s California Farm Academy, the opportunity to learn their trade with hands-on farm management, crop planning and fieldwork at a 1.5 acre farm plot near Davis. All of the food grown by these new farmers is harvested by volunteers and donated to the YFB for their Kids Farmers Market and the Children’s Harvest programs.

"Locally grown, fresh food for all is an achievable goal. We’re very proud that the Center for Land-Based Learning and Yolo Food Bank are working together to reach that goal,” says Mary Kimball, executive director of the Center for Land-Based Learning. She added, “We’re growing farmers too. It’s a win-win!”

The Palate Project is a fundraising event that originally began in Davis in the early 1990s as Nugget Market’s Best of the Barrel, which raised thousands of dollars for a large number of local non-profit organizations throughout the Sacramento Valley. 

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<![CDATA[Nugget Markets Associates Receive Educational Scholarships ]]> https://www.nuggetmarket.com/press-release/135/ Mon, 12 Aug 2013 09:16:00 -0700 https://www.nuggetmarket.com/press-release/135/

Local students and Nugget Markets associates are awarded CGA and the Eugene and Joan Stille educational scholarships

Woodland  CA -   Four local students and Nugget Markets associates have been named the recipients of scholarships from the California Grocer Association (CGA) and from Nugget Market, Inc.  Samuel England and Harmen Kaur each received a $1,000 Eugene and Joan Stille Educational Scholarship; Alyssa Thompson received the $2,500 Bristol Farms Industry educational scholarship from the CGA, and Sarah Engstrom received a $2,000 Don Beaver Memorial Scholarship from the CGA.

The grocery industry offers more than 200 grocery industry scholarships.  High school seniors or undergraduate students who are employed by a CGA member (like Nugget Markets or Food 4 Less) or whose parent is employed by a CGA member are eligible for scholarship awards.  Graduate students pursuing a grocery industry career and who are employed by a CGA member are also eligible.

Two Eugene and Joan Stille Educational Scholarships ($1,000 each) are available to high school seniors or undergraduate students employed by Nugget Markets or Food 4 Less or is a dependent of an associate.  Dependents of Nugget Markets or Food 4 Less executives, store directors and corporate directors are not eligible and only one recipient per family is awarded.

“Samuel, Harmen, Alyssa and Sarah are valuable and hardworking member of the Nugget family, and we’re delighted that they’ve been awarded these scholarships as they pursue their educational goals,” says Eric Stille, president and CEO of Nugget Markets, Inc. 

England plans to pursue a degree in entomology at UC Davis; Kaur is attending California State University, Sacramento in the Business Honors Program; Thompson’s major is biomedical engineering at UC Davis; and Engstrom will attend California State University, Chico majoring in business and management. 

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