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Kretschmar® Partners with Cub to Support Make-A-Wish® Minnesota

LISLE, III., Aug. 06, 2016 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Kretschmar® Premium Meats & Cheeses has partnered with Cub to donate $15,000 to Make-A-Wish® Minnesota. Kretschmar made the donation at the Make-A-Wish Walk for Wishes in Minneapolis, Minn. Saturday as part of its Legendary Wishes campaign, which helps Make-A-Wish grant wishes for children with life-threatening illnesses. The annual Walk for Wishes is a Make-A-Wish fundraiser that celebrates wishes that have already been granted, while raising funds for future wishes.





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As part of the event, the crowd was treated to a live performance by Kretschmar Country Artist Kelleigh Bannen, who played hits from her newly-released album “Cheap Sunglasses.” Bannen is one of CMT’s “Next Women of Country.” Walk for Wishes participants and guests also received delicious Kretschmar deli samples, coupons and giveaways from the Kretschmar mobile tour.

“Supporting Make-A-Wish and making wishes come true for children is something very gratifying for us,” said Michael J. Sargent, Senior Brand Manager, Kretschmar. “Our contribution can support Make-A-Wish throughout the year, and we’re thrilled to have the opportunity to continue to help fulfill special wishes for children.”

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.

Thanks to retail partners like Cub, Kretschmar has raised additional funding through employee donations and sandwich fundraisers. Cub locally raised $5,000 from July 3 through July 31 to help grant future wishes. These efforts have raised $75,000 locally which was given to local Make-A-Wish chapters to grant more wishes.

“Make-A-Wish Minnesota relies on the help of supporters such as Kretschmar, Cub and their customers to grant wishes for Minnesota children with life-threatening medical conditions,” said Mia Broos Hoagberg, Make-A-Wish Minnesota president and CEO. “We are grateful to Kretschmar and Cub for their support which allows Make-A-Wish Minnesota to provide life-changing experiences to kids, giving them hope as they return their focus to the future.”

For more information about Kretschmar Deli and its involvement with Make-A-Wish visit www.kretschmardeli.com or www.facebook.com/kretschmardeli.

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 www.facebook.com/kretschmardeli or visit our website at www.kretschmardeli.com.

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 www.smithfieldfoods.com.

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 www.facebook.com/Cub, or visit our website at www.Cub.com.

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 350,000 wishes since its inception in 1980; more than 14,800 in 2015 alone. Visit Make-A-Wish at www.wish.org to learn more.

Contact: Leah Rubertino Breaking Limits for Kretschmar (704) 766-9064 lrubertino@breakinglimits.net

Source:Smithfield Foods