Bashas’ Banner Included in First Impact Report for the Whole Raley’s Fleet

Since obtaining Bashas’ in late 2021, Raley’s has expanded its impact report to cover all its divisions’ initiatives over the past two years. The Raley’s Companies, encompassing more than just the Raley’s banner, now has a comprehensive impact report reflecting this broader scope.

For the first time, the regional grocery company evaluated its entire store fleet and operations portfolio, establishing benchmarks in sustainability, labor, and community impact. This expanded report includes Bashas’ family of brands – Bashas’, Food City, AJ’s Fine Foods, and Bashas’ Dine Markets – along with the FieldTrue family of brands, which includes Full Circle and Farm Fresh To You. Released in April, the report sets new benchmarks for team member commitments, sustainability efforts, and community influence.

Previously, the impact report only covered Raley’s Operating Company, which includes Raley’s, Raley’s O-N-E Market, Bel Air, and Nob Hill Foods brands. The July 2023 report documented the Raley’s division’s progress in 2021 but did not include Bashas’, which was acquired at the end of 2021.

Over the last two years, The Raley’s Companies gave 17.5 million pounds of food through its Food Rescue Program and recycled nearly 4.5 million pounds of packaging material, including plastic, film, and aluminum. The company used nearly 9% compostable packaging in fresh foods and deli services and is working to reduce cardboard usage, according to Chelsea Carbahal, Vice President of Community Impact and Public Affairs. These data points establish new, precise benchmarks for sustainability. While the 2021 report was based on broader sustainability markers like overall diverted waste, the latest report highlights each division’s unique successes: Bashas’ sustainable bagging solutions, FieldTrue’s support for regional farmers, and Raley’s efforts to reduce the global warming potential (GWP) of refrigeration equipment. Raley’s sustainable refrigeration system is currently operational at one store in Sacramento, California, serving as a model for future installations.

The Raley’s Companies invested $475,000 in leadership development and education programs throughout 2022 and 2023. This investment supports the Store Team Leader (STL) program, which boasts a 73% retention rate since its inception. “Our investment in our team members is all centered around learning development and helping them achieve their personal goals,” said Carbahal. Raley’s finds success in promoting from within, with 94% of store team leadership positions filled by internal candidates. The STL Leadership Track program and the Leader Launch program are recent educational courses available to employees. The Leader Launch program introduces employees to leadership roles, whether in the support center or within stores. Over the past two years, 1,100 team members have completed at least one leadership program, and 14 of the 22 STL Leadership Track participants have been promoted.

The company is also committed to diversity, with nearly 48% of team members, 41% of store team leaders, and 34% of director-level employees or above considered diverse based on EEOC categories. Additionally, 42% of director-level or above leaders are female, and 59% of the executive committee are women. Raley’s Companies continues to focus on internal promotion and providing tuition reimbursement for educational training, including programs by FMI – The Food Industry Association and the Retail Management Certification Program. Nearly 200 employees are currently enrolled in a college Retail Management Certificate program. This comprehensive approach underscores Raley’s commitment to sustainability, leadership development, and diversity, positioning the company for continued growth and community impact.