Focusing on quality products, unparalleled service

2013-03-03T00:00:00Z Focusing on quality products, unparalleled service nwitimes.com
March 03, 2013 12:00 am

“We’re Built Around You!”

The Strack & Van Til full-service grocery and fresh food chain – that includes Strack & Van Til Food Markets, Ultra Foods and Town & Country Food Markets in Northwest Indiana and Chicagoland – puts that motto into practice every day.

Each of the 36 stores under the Strack & Van Til umbrella features five distinctive deparments that are focused on quality products and unparalleled service.

Customers, in fact, suggested upgrades and expansions to the fresh fruit and fresh vegetable department as well as changes to the meat and seafood departments that the corporate office made part of recent remodeling projects.

“Our customers wanted us to provide more variety and larger departments,” says Jeff Strack, vice president vice president of operations for Strack & Van Til.

“The Highland Strack & Van Til store, for example, had small departments in what we call the perishable areas. The suggestions from our customers were right in line with what we were thinking,” he says.

“Throughout every department, our friendly associates are happy to help, to give you the level of personalized service you deserve – from opening up new checkout lanes if you’re ever waiting to carrying your groceries to your car for you,” says Strack.

THE MEAT DEPARTMENTS

Beef remains the “hallmark” of the meat departments in the Strack & Van Til chain of stores.

Certified Angus Beef is the only beef sold in these stores, Strack says.

“We do not purchase any ground beef that contain fresh, lean finely textured beef trimmings – described as "pink slime" in the media reports – from any of our suppliers,” he says. “Recently, we added Smithfield Lean Generation pork items. There is no finer pork available.

Grade A poultry, veal and lamb round out the unparalleled variety of meats available for shoppers.

“All Strack and Van Til meats are offered with a 200% guarantee of satisfaction,” says Strack, a descendant of Ernie Strack, who in 1930 began managing a meat department at a friend’s grocery store and soon after became a partner in the store.

THE PRODUCE DEPARTMENT

Produce – both fruits and vegetables – have become very important to consumers of all ages.

“Produce quality and availability varies with seasons and growing conditions,” Jeff Strack says. “Freshness is critical with most produce items. We use a number of suppliers and because of our volume.”

Whether you’re seeking organically-grown, locally-grown or exotic produce from foreign lands, you’ll find the best possible selection at the Strack & Van Til chain of stores. And freshness is always guaranteed 200%.

THE DELICATESSEN

Meats, cheeses, salads and much more await customers in the Delicatessen Department.

Busy lifestyles demand convenience. Yet nutritious, well-prepared, home-style cooking is also a must for today’s consumers.

“Shoppers want convenience and good eating in ready-to-serve foods, and our delis offer just that,” agrees Strack.

“From processed meats and cheese to salads and Country Style Chicken, you'll find all of your favorites in our deli departments, ready to serve and enjoy,” he says.

THE BAKERIES

Handmade, homemade edible creations from The Bakeries at the Strack & Van Til food markets will please the most discriminating sweet tooth.

From custom-designed wedding cakes to breads, cakes, brownies, donuts and cookies, expert bakers create delectable goodies that are perfect for any occasion, to share with family and friends or just to enjoy yourself.

“All our Bakery goods are made with the finest ‘scratch’ ingredients available,” says Strack. “We offer a host of specialties all prepared and baked on location in each of our stores.”

THE SEAFOOD DEPARTMENT

Shrimp seems to be on everyone’s list of favorites, and has long been the most popular of seafood offerings at the Strack and Van Til Seafood Departments.

“We have a great variety of shrimp available at all times, along with a variety of fish and other seafood,” says Strack.

CATERING FOR EVERY OCCASION

All the Strack and Van Til Departments contribute to the innovative party platters and catering favorites that help you set a distinctive table for any event.

“Strack & Van Til has been your fresh neighborhood catering store for over 25 years, offering award-winning catering services for everything from graduation parties to family picnics,” says Strack. “Our Kitchen Fresh Catering helps make your entertaining effortless.”

Among the huge selection of party favorites are deluxe appetizers platters, including Taco Fiesta, Cheese & Fruit, Meat & Cheese Snacker, Cubed Cheese, Fresh Fruit & Dip, Fruit & Vegetable, Garden Vegetable and Vegetable Relish.

Serving sandwiches? The Kitchen Fresh Catering sandwich platters are overflowing with the most succulent meat varieties, freshest garnishes and finest cheeses available. They are beautifully arranged and ready to serve.

Savor the flavor of the most popular party platters of all – the Land and Sea Assortments. Choose from such offerings as the Chicken Wing Platter, the Deluxe Shrimp Platter, the Seafood Combo Platter and the Sub Sandwich Platter to add elegance and great taste to your table.

Choose a party theme that brings together an array of sides, Strack & Van Til’s Famous Country Style Chicken and other meats. Among the eight “parties” are the All-American Picnic, American Favorites, the Taste of Italy and the Contemporary Menu. There’s also a Breakfast Menu party that features egg casserole with sausage, bacon, hash brown potatoes, bagels and cream cheese, cake donuts, Danish rolls and fruit juice.

Kitchen Fresh Catering packages start at $6.99 per person.

HELP IS JUST A CLICK AWAY

Whether you’re looking for menu idea, recipes, coupons or “how to” cooking videos, help is just a click away at the web sites for Strack & Van Til, Ultra Foods and Town and Country stores

“Customers can use these web sites to shop for groceries with our meal planning solutions, save hundreds of dollars with printable coupons and find all recipes and meal ideas,” Strack says.

Go to www.strackandvantil.com, www.ultra-foods.com/ and www.town-country-market.com/.

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