Prepackaged Meat Update from President John T. Niccollai
November 18, 2016
As all our Brothers and Sisters know, UFCW Local 464A has not looked favorably on the introduction of prepackaged meat by Stop & Shop and others. Our experience has indicated that some companies, such as Pathmark, destroyed their business and ultimately went bankrupt, along with A&P, after the total introduction of prepackaged meat failed miserably.
Unfortunately our discussions with Stop & Shop concerning the perils of prepackaged meat has fallen on deaf ears, and they are continuing to move ahead with the project. Not only has history shown us that the sales fall off in Meat Departments, but also total store sales are reduced and shrink increases dramatically wherever the product is introduced.
Your Local Union was contacted by Inside Edition to garner our comments on a story that they’ve prepared and are scheduled to run Monday November 21, 2016. The program will run on Channel 5 at 1:30 PM and on Channel 9 at 10:30 PM. These are NY/NJ stations and people out of the area should check the listings for Inside Edition on Monday in the event the times and station are different. We would ask our Brothers & Sisters to make an attempt to view this program even if you are not a worker of Stop & Shop or a Meat Department employee. The reason is obvious since it could very well have an effect on your company or your store in the future.