AUGUSTA, MAINE – December 15, 2021 – The Maine Grocers & Food Producers Association (MGFPA) is proud to announce Tradewinds Market Place in Blue Hill and Tradewinds Shop ‘N Save in Calais owned by Chuck and Belinda Lawrence as the winners of the MGFPA 2021 Impact Award. Formerly titled the Grocer, Associate, and Food Producer of the Year Awards, this prestigious award is presented annually to a business who exemplifies excellence in the industry. Now exclusively awarded to one winner each year, the winner is chosen by meeting specific criteria including contributions to MFGPA’s advocacy mission, community service, business excellence through providing a positive workplace, increase in overall sales, and supporting the industry via legislative or educational activities. In addition, the annual award winner demonstrates a commitment to cultivating opportunities for other Maine businesses to grow.
A statement from the Maine Grocers & Food Producers Association opposing Question 3 Constitutional Amendment:
It is imperative to maintain the health and viability of Maine’s food industry by preserving the trust of the consuming public. The Maine Grocers & Food Producers Association Board of Directors opposes Question 3 and instead supports public policy that is well-vetted, purposeful and without unknown, future legal implications.
The Sales Tax Division has posted two bulletin updates to the MRS website: Bulletin No. 12 – Retailers of Food Products. The bulletin was updated to remove “menstrual products” from a chart of examples of taxable non-food products that may be sold by a retailer of food products. Menstrual products will be exempt from sales tax beginning on October 1, 2021.
REMINDER: The MaineDepartment of EnvironmentalProtection (DEP) is reminding retail stores, restaurants, and shoppers that the statewide ban on single-use plastic carry-out bags will go into effect on July 1, 2021.
Implementation of a state law that prohibits restaurants, stores, and a wide variety of other eating establishments from using polystyrene foam disposable food containers will take effect on July 1, 2021.
Family of four could pay more than $50 a month more for groceries
June 7, 2021 – Augusta, ME – A new study released last week estimates that a bill being considered by the Maine Legislature could increase the cost of consumer products by between $99 million and $134 million a year, leading to a potential cost increase for a family of four of between $32 per month and $59 per month.