The City of Portland’s ordinance to charge a 5 cent fee on paper and plastic bags at grocery stores, convenience stores, and pharmacies goes into effect in April 2015. In addition to the 5 cent fee which the retailer gets to keep, Maine Revenue Services has ruled that the 5 cent fee is subject to the state sales of 5.5 percent and therefore must be collected and then remitted to the state. We have asked the City of Portland for further guidance on this ordinance as well as the second ordinance to ban certain polystyrene food containers.
As the holiday season nears, we want to remind you that state law prohibits stores with 5,000 s.f. or more of retail sales space to be open on Thanksgiving, Thursday, November 27, 2014 and Christmas Day, Thursday, December 25, 2014. The fines for being open are stiff and we expect state enforcers to be on the lookout given the heightened interest in this law in recent past.
The Maine Grocers & Food Producers Association announced their prestigious annual awards at the Maine Food Means Business 2014 Summit held at the Hilton Garden Inn Freeport Downtown.
Janessa Plummer of Plummer’s Shop’n Save located in Buxton, Maine took home first place in the Maine Grocers & Food Producers Association 2014 Best Bagger Championship.