Birmingham, Ala. —The Alabama Grocers Association, the Alabama Department of Agriculture and Industries and the Alabama Food Manufacturers and Producers Association held a media briefing for the Buy Alabama’s Best campaign on Wed., Mar. 7.
The media briefing was held on the Alabama State Capital Lawn. Speakers included Agriculture Commissioner John McMillan, Secretary of State John Merrill, Speaker Mac McCutcheon, and Senate President Del Marsh.
The food retail industry in Alabama provides over 69,000 jobs with over $2.2 billion in annual wages paid. Grocers pay over $1.2 billion in state taxes and have a total economic impact on the state’s economy of over $12 billion dollars.
Retailers throughout Alabama will be supporting this campaign in their stores with Alabama product displays, ads, signage, special promotions and will sell Children’s of Alabama icons to support our fight to find a cure for pediatric cancer. When consumers shop in their local grocery store, they need to look for the Buy Alabama’s Best logo under products to ensure they are buying the best products made right here in Alabama.
“We hope that people will look for the Buy Alabama’s Best logo when they are shopping at their local grocery store,” said Ellie Taylor, President, Alabama Grocers Association. “Purchasing Alabama-made products supports both our local economy and Children’s of Alabama.”
The Buy Alabama’s Best campaign will run throughout the year and is designed to inform and educate consumers on what products are made, produced, manufactured and/or headquartered in the state of Alabama. A portion of the proceeds of the sales of these products will benefit Children’s of Alabama.
To date, the campaign’s efforts have raised $736,000.
“Children’s of Alabama is thankful for the community partners and the difference made through the Buy Alabama’s Best Campaign,” said Emily Hornak, Community Development and Cause Marketing manager at Children’s of Alabama. “By supporting the local economy and purchasing products made in our state, Alabamians can feel good about supporting both local businesses and helping families with children facing cancer.”
Since 1911, Children’s of Alabama has provided specialized medical care for ill and injured children. Ranked among the best pediatric medical centers in the nation by US News & World Report, Children’s provided care for youngsters from every county in Alabama, 42 other states and 10 foreign countries last year, representing more than 653,000 outpatient visits and nearly 14,000 inpatient admissions. With more than 2 million square feet, it is the third largest pediatric medical facility in the U.S. Children’s offers inpatient and outpatient services across its Russell Campus on Birmingham’s historic Southside with additional specialty services provided at Children’s South, Children’s on 3rd and in Huntsville and Montgomery. Primary care is provided at more than a dozen medical offices in communities across central Alabama. Children’s of Alabama is the only medical center in Alabama dedicated solely to the care and treatment of children. It is a private, not-for-profit medical center that serves as the primary site of the University of Alabama at Birmingham (UAB) pediatric medicine, surgery, psychiatry, research and residency programs. More information is available at www.childrensal.org.