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CALIFORNIA AVOCADOS WORK WELL WITH HEALTH AND WELLNESS PROGRAMS
Supermarket Dietitians and California Avocado Commission Build Creative Outreach
IRVINE, Calif. (July 13, 2018) - Nutrition and wellness are playing an important role in a variety of creative California avocado retail promotions this year. Working with supermarket dietitians (SD), nutritionists and wellness advisors, the California Avocado Commission (CAC) supplements some traditional marketing tactics, such as brand-specific ads, displays and demo promotions with customized health and wellness initiatives.
"Supermarket dietitians play a vital role in communicating avocado nutrition news in a way that is credible to shoppers," said Jan DeLyser, CAC vice president marketing. "The Commission works closely with dietitians to tailor programs that support the California avocado season and disseminate powerful messages about avocado nutrition."
Men's Health Month takes place in June, the same as California Avocado Month, so it was natural for CAC to participate in a month-long men's health initiative promotion with Midwest grocery retailer Hy-Vee. Working with Julie McMillin, RD, LD, assistant vice president, retail dietetics, northern region and Stacey Loftus, RD, LD, assistant vice president, retail dietetics, southern region, the Commission sponsored Hy-Vee's Healthy You Mobile program. Nine Healthy You Mobiles went to multiple Hy-Vee locations in June and conducted PSA screening tests. California avocado videos ran on monitors on the mobiles throughout the program, and promotional material was distributed to shoppers. Digital and social support, as well as in-store signage and other SD activities rounded out the promotion.
Also in June, Gelson's Staff Nutritionist, Sarah Wright, joined the Commission for their California Avocado Grove Tour weekend. The tour included visits to a California avocado grove, a state-of-the-art packing house and samplings of myriadCalifornia avocado recipes created by local chefs. Wright's blog about the event was shared on multiple Gelson's social platforms and on the company website.
At Raley's, California avocados were part of a month-long wellness focus for all Raley's team members, designed by Raley's Wellbeing Ambassador Jennifer Hood. Nutritional education focused on gut health and California avocados being a good source of fiber. CAC recipe booklets featuring recipes certified by the American Heart Association were distributed along with other material.
A CAC program at Albertsons stores in California, Idaho and Montana was developed in cooperation with Elaine Magee, MPH, RD, Wellness Services Corporate Dietitian for Albertsons. The program featured in-store demonstrations with recipes developed by Magee as well as giveaways and California avocado handouts with recipes, tips and nutrition messaging. The in-store activity was supported by an Albertsons blog post and a live social event featuring the demo program recipes is scheduled.
"With a lot of promotional activity and warmer weather than expected for July, California avocado harvesting is going at full speed," said DeLyser.
About the California Avocado Commission
Created in 1978, the California Avocado Commission strives to enhance the premium positioning of California avocados through advertising, promotion and public relations, and engages in related industry activities. California avocados are commercially cultivated with uncompromising dedication to quality and freshness, by more than 2,000 growers in the Golden State. The California Avocado Commission serves as the official information source for California avocados and the California avocado industry. Visit CaliforniaAvocado.com,or join us on Facebook at Facebook.com/CaliforniaAvocados and @CA_Avocados on Twitter, Pinterest and Instagram for updates.
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