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Hannaford is planning to hire more than 2,000 workers across New England and New York to keep up with increased demand caused by COVID-19.

Robbie Feinberg / Maine Public

The Hannaford Supermarket chain says it is taking several new steps to protect customers and employees from the spread of COVID-19, including the installation of Plexiglass barriers in front of cash registers.

Robbie Feinberg / Maine Public

In response to Gov. Janet Mills' new directives for retail stores across the state to limit the spread of COVID-19, supermarkets, pharmacies and other "essential businesses" in Maine are taking steps to protect their customers and their employees. That has meant physical changes at the check-out and, in some cases, limiting the number of shoppers in the store at any one time.


Hannaford Supermarkets says it is joining with hunger relief organizations in Maine and other states in the Northeast to establish 90 school food pantries. The company says it is committing $1 million, about $300,000 of which will go to Maine.

The company that owns Hannaford and several other major grocery chains in the United States says it is phasing out certain harmful chemicals in the packaging of its store brand foods.

Two large Maine companies are included in a national list that ranks how well they promote equality for LGBTQ workers and their families.

Willis Arnold / Maine Public

More than 70 union members have gathered for a 24 hour strike outside the South Portland Distribution Center.

PORTLAND, Maine - A food workers union and the owner of a distributor in Maine say they will meet to try to avert a strike that was authorized by union members.
More than 200 members of United Food and Commercial Workers Local 1445 who work at the Hannaford Distribution Center in South Portland announced on Sunday that they had authorized a strike. Hannaford's owner, Belgium-owned Delhaize America Distribution, says it will meet with the union to mediate on Feb. 26.

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Workers at Hannaford’s South Portland distribution center could soon go on strike after more than 200 members of the United Food and Commercial Workers union overwhelmingly authorized a strike last weekend.