Hannaford Supermarkets

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.

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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.

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Hannaford has recalled all white American cheese featuring the store’s brand that was sold from its delis over the past month, warning that it may contain metal fragments.

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.

The parent company of Hannaford has received a failing grade from a report that evaluates retailers’ policies on toxic chemicals.

Patrick MacRoy of the the Maine-based Environmental Health Strategy Center says its "Who's Minding the Store" report evaluated retailers on 14 criteria, including whether they have a public written policy about the chemicals allowed in the products they sell, and how they monitor their supply chain.

SOUTH PORTLAND, Maine - A warehouse fire that destroyed a tractor trailer has caused a shortage of produce for a Maine supermarket chain.
 
The Portland Press Herald reports that a fire at a Hannaford supermarket distribution center in South Portland destroyed one of the market's refrigerated tractor-trailers on Wednesday. Company spokesman Eric Bloom says there have been delays with fresh items and low inventories in stores.
 

Fruit and vegetable displays in most supermarkets contain produce that’s well-shaped and uniform in color without any scars or other blemishes. That doesn’t mean it’s more nutritious and tasty than products that are cosmetically less than perfect. In a pilot program Scarborough-based Hannaford Supermarkets is making misfit fruits and vegetables available at a discount in 15 of its midcoast and southern Maine stores. Hannaford spokesman Eric Bloom.

SOUTH PORTLAND, Maine - The Hannaford supermarket chain is settling a dispute with the federal Department of Labor with a promise to institute new worker protection standards at two distribution centers.

The labor department's Occupational Safety and Health Administration cited Hannaford for failing to keep distribution centers in Schodack Landing, New York, and South Portland, Maine, free from hazards that can cause disorders of the muscular and skeletal systems. The citation came after inspections in 2013 and 2014.

PORTLAND, Maine - Hannaford Supermarket's parent company Delhaize, based in Belgium, and Stop and Shop's owner, Ahold, based in the Netherlands, have announced that they intend to merge.

The companies say that the merger will create what they call a complementary base of more than 6,500 stores with 375,000 associates able to serve more than 50 million customers per week in the U.S. and Europe.

In addition to Hannaford, Delhaize owns the Food Lion grocery chain in the U.S. Royal Ahold owns the Stop&Shop and Giant food chains.