Now is the time to step away and enjoy this well-deserved and long-awaited time with your friends and industry peers. Let’s celebrate and reenergize! Once again, the Maine Grocers and Food Producers Association & the Retail Association of Maine are joining forces to bring you The 2022 Summit. This unites Maine’s business community – retailers, grocers, food producers and industry partners – a not-to-be missed evening and full day of education, inspiration, Maine flavor and fun!
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 Maine Department of Environmental Protection (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.