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New Leaf Community Markets Celebrates its 30th Birthday this Month

Original post made by Patti Bond, another community, on Oct 14, 2015

New Leaf Community Markets, with a store at 3550 Bernal Ave, Pleasanton, has been rooted in the greater good for 30 years.

From its early days as a neighborhood co-op on the Westside of Santa Cruz to today, New Leaf has stayed true to its mission: to nourish and sustain the community. This has been achieved in many ways: from valuing and rewarding employees; to supporting local farmers and local nonprofits; to providing customers with the best quality foods; to educating the community about topics, including organic, sustainable seafood and GMOs; to protecting the environment.

To celebrate the milestone, for the week of October 19 – 25, all New Leaf stores will be featuring a special 30-themed sale with 30% off 30 different product lines every day. In addition, three limited edition, commemorative items will be available for sale.

30 Years of Giving Back, 30 Years of Firsts

One of New Leaf’s hallmarks is its commitment to supporting the community. “When I founded the company in 1985, the first thing I did was start a program to give 10% of profits to local nonprofits. I thought the store could be a model of how to do business,” said founder Scott Roseman. “This is something that has always made New Leaf stand out, and one of the things I am most proud of,” he added. Since 1985 New Leaf has donated over $1.7 million to nonprofit organizations in the communities it serves.

Since its founding, New Leaf has served as a model of innovation for local businesses and the grocery industry. New Leaf was the first grocer in the county to be certified a green business and the first grocer in the state to be certified a B Corporation, meaning it uses the power of business to solve social and economic problems. New Leaf was the first retailer to actively promote local farmers, to offer an all-natural meat counter in Santa Cruz, and to launch a program to reduce the use of shopping bags. New Leaf was also the first retailer in the country to make a very strong commitment to sustainable seafood. The grocer helped pioneer FishWise™, the most comprehensive sustainable seafood education and sourcing program used by retailers across the U.S., and is the only retailer on the Central Coast that carries only sustainable seafood.

30th Anniversary Sale

During the week of October 19 – 25, all New Leaf stores will be offering 30% off 30 different product lines each day. New Leaf will also sell three commemorative items created by local vendor partners while supplies last. The first is “Dirty 30,” a unique ice cream made by Mission Hill Creamery that blends their organic vanilla ice cream base with a caramel swirl, Black China Bakery deluxe chocolate cake, and chocolate Newman-Os, which are chocolate cream-filled cookies made with organic flour and organic sugar. The second is a canvas reusable bag made by local nonprofit Bagito, and the third is a special edition, stainless steel 16-oz drinking glass made by Klean Kanteen. These useful items are emblazoned with “30 Years Rooted in the Greater Good.”

For more information about the 30th anniversary celebration, visit Web Link

Comments (2)

Posted by eee
a resident of Birdland
on Oct 15, 2015 at 10:53 am

I love this store. Always fresh food and friendly employees.

Posted by [email protected]
a resident of Vineyard Avenue
on Oct 15, 2015 at 11:08 am

Thanks eee for taking the time to share how much you love New Leaf and what you love about it!

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