Kretschmar® Teams Up With Cub to Help Make-A-Wish® Minnesota Grant Children’s Wishes

LISLE, III., July 19, 2016 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- One sandwich is all it takes to help Cub and Kretschmar Premium Deli Meats and Cheeses make the wishes of Minnesota children come true. Now through July 31, shoppers at participating Cub stores in the Minneapolis, Minn. area can buy a specially marked deli sandwich to donate 50 cents that will benefit Make-A-Wish Minnesota and help grant the wishes of children battling life-threatening illnesses.

“As a proud Minnesota company, we’ve made it a top priority to give back and improve the quality of life for our customers and our neighbors,” said Eric Hymas, President, CUB. “We are proud to join forces with one of our valued suppliers to help make a difference in children’s lives, and I believe many of our customers also appreciate the opportunity to easily contribute to a great cause while they are doing their grocery shopping with us.”

On August 6, Kretschmar and Cub will present Make-A-Wish Minnesota with the funds raised during a presentation at “Walk for Wishes.” The annual event is a Make-A-Wish fundraiser that celebrates wishes that have already been granted, while raising funds for future wishes at the same time.

"Kretschmar is committed to supporting the important efforts of Make-A-Wish and helping to make wishes come true for children with life-threatening medical conditions," said Michael J. Sargent, Senior Brand Manager, Kretschmar. "We are privileged to have the opportunity to make unforgettable experiences possible with help from Make-A-Wish and Cub."

Since 2012, Kretschmar has contributed over $515,000 to Make-A-Wish nationally and sponsored more than twelve wishes with local chapters through its “Legendary Wishes” campaign, which helps Make-A-Wish grant wishes for children with life-threatening illnesses.

Along with retail partners like Cub, Kretschmar has raised additional funding through sales of Make-A-Wish paper stars sold at stores' registers for $1 donations, employee donations and sandwich fundraisers. These efforts have raised $75,000 locally, which was given to local Make-A-Wish chapters to grant more wishes.

Most recently, Kretschmar helped send a young country music fan to the CMA Music Festival in Nashville. 17-year-old Kelley experienced the country music trip of her dreams, which included four days of VIP treatment in Music City.

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Kretschmar is a brand of Smithfield Foods.

About Kretschmar
Kretschmar® Premium Deli Meats & Cheeses has meant quality since 1883. Our hams are made with a unique hardwood smoking process. Kretschmar poultry and beef are hand-trimmed using the finest cuts. Our full line of Off-The-Bone deli meats are delicately sliced from the leanest, most tender cuts. And our premium Wisconsin cheeses repeatedly win in competitions world-wide. Try the Legendary Taste of Kretschmar today. For great recipes and more, like us on Facebook or visit our website at

About Smithfield Foods
Smithfield Foods is a $14 billion global food company and the world's largest pork processor and hog producer. In the United States, the company is also the leader in numerous packaged meats categories with popular brands including Smithfield®, Eckrich®, Nathan's Famous®, Farmland®, Armour®, John Morrell®, Cook's®, Kretschmar®, Gwaltney®, Curly's®, Margherita®, Carando®, Healthy Ones®, Krakus®, Morliny®, and Berlinki®. Smithfield Foods is committed to providing good food in a responsible way and maintains robust animal care, community involvement, employee safety, environmental and food safety and quality programs. For more information, visit

About CUB
CUB, based in Stillwater, Minn., was established in 1968 as one of the nation’s first discount grocery stores. The
organization was purchased in 1980 by SUPERVALU and currently operates 79 stores in Minnesota and Illinois that offer customers fresh produce, a wide selection, and food expertise throughout the stores to meet their everyday grocery needs. As the hometown grocer for over 48 years, CUB has made it a priority to be a good corporate citizen by helping to create healthy and thriving communities that enhance the quality of life for its customers, employees, and neighbors. For company news and information, follow us on Twitter at @CubFoods and Facebook at, or visit our website at

About Make-A-Wish
Make-A-Wish grants the wishes of children with life-threatening medical conditions to enrich the human experience with hope, strength and joy. According to a 2011 U.S. study of wish impact, most health professionals surveyed believe a wish-come-true has positive impacts on the health of children. Kids say wishes give them renewed strength to fight their illness, and their parents say these experiences help strengthen the entire family. Headquartered in Phoenix, Make-A-Wish is one of the world's leading children's charities, serving children in every community in the United States and its territories. With the help of generous donors and more than 28,000 volunteers, Make-A-Wish grants a wish somewhere in the country every 35 minutes. It has granted more than 270,000 wishes since its inception in 1980; more than 14,800 in 2015 alone. Visit Make-A-Wish at to learn more.

Contact: Leah Rubertino Breaking Limits for Kretschmar (704) 766-9064

Source:Smithfield Foods