Abbey Group Contact:
Scott Choiniere, SNS
Executive Vice President
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
In an effort to provide healthier beverage alternatives to New England-based schools, The Abbey Group is partnering with Ocean Spray® to provide their new Growing Goodness™ 100 percent juice lineup to kids.
The Abbey Group is the first in the nation to commit to supplying their students Growing Goodness™ 100 percent Juice from Ocean Spray and have experienced success in schools around the region.
“We’re excited about this initiative because we place a lot of value on locally-produced products,” said Scott Choiniere, The Abbey Group’s executive vice president. “Other juice companies, as I understand it, may be headquartered locally but source ingredients around the world. Ocean Spray, on the other hand, sources locally from its 700 farmer-owners.”
Growing Goodness™ will roll out nationally at the School Nutrition Association’s 73rd National Conference in St. Louis, Missouri, July 14-16.
This first-in-the-nation platform represents Ocean Spray’s commitment to improving the health of the future generation, layering up to Ocean Spray’s purpose of connecting farms to families for a better life. Together with its farmer-owners, Ocean Spray is dedicated to the health of people, communities and the planet. The delicious and nutritious juice options from Ocean Spray® include: 100 percent Raspberry Watermelon flavor, 100 percent Pineapple Cherry Orange flavor and 100 percent Strawberry Lemonade flavor.
Along with Growing Goodness™, The Abbey Group will also provide students with Craisins® Dried Cranberries as a breakfast and lunch fruit option in all school programs.
Currently, The Abbey Group operates in Massachusetts, New Hampshire, New York and Vermont. This partnership with Ocean Spray is expected to be over 1,500,000 units annually.
About The Abbey Group: Founded in 1982, The Abbey Group is a family-owned food service management company specializing in handcrafted foods that use local ingredients. The philosophy of The Abbey Group is to provide the highest quality meals, utilize agricultural products from local growers, promote healthy choices and demonstrate a high level of customer service. For more information visit: www.abbeygroup.net.
About Ocean Spray: Founded in 1930, Ocean Spray is a vibrant agricultural cooperative owned by more than 700 cranberry farmers in the United States, Canada and Chile who have helped preserve the family farming way of life for generations. The cooperative’s cranberries are currently featured in more than a thousand great-tasting, good-for-you products in over 100 countries worldwide. Leading by purpose, Ocean Spray is committed to the health of people and planet. For more information visit: www.oceanspray.com.