press release

January 30, 2015

Christopher Brand
[email protected]


Carlisle, PA – GIANT Food Stores and MARTIN’S Food Markets will celebrate Black History Month this February with the release of its annual Profiles in Excellence brochure celebrating significant contributions to society made by Africans Americans. This year’s brochure highlights African American inventors and innovators who changed the food industry. This marks the 23rd year the grocer has published its Profiles in Excellence brochures.

Profiles in Excellence will be available in all GIANT/MARTIN’S stores, while supplies last, beginning February 1, 2015. The inventors and innovators featured in this year’s brochure include George Washington Carver, who developed innovative new agricultural methods for a variety of plants, peanuts being the most famous; George Crum, inventor of the first potato chips; Augustus Jackson known as the “father of ice cream;” Alfred L. Cralle, inventor of the ice cream scoop; and Frederick Jones who developed a portable unit for cooling the air in trucks carrying perishables. These innovators exemplify excellence, and their personal stories are filled with perseverance and inspiration.

Free copies of GIANT/MARTIN’S Profiles in Excellence brochures have been provided to local schools and community organizations to be used as an educational tool to increase awareness about the achievements and contributions that African Americans have made throughout history.

This February, join GIANT/MARTIN’S in celebrating the African American inventors and innovators that have made an impact on the food industry as we know it today!


Headquartered in Carlisle, Pennsylvania, GIANT/MARTIN’S operates nearly 200 grocery stores in Pennsylvania, Maryland, Virginia and West Virginia, under the names of GIANT Food Stores and MARTIN’S Food Markets. GIANT/MARTIN’S employs more than 31,000 associates. Founded in 1923, GIANT and MARTIN’S have a long-standing commitment to eradicate hunger and improve the quality of life for children in addition to working with hundreds of local organizations annually. The company was recognized for its leadership in the fight against hunger with the Golden Grocer Award by the U.S. Department of Agriculture. In addition, GIANT/MARTIN’S is one of the top ten fund-raisers in the country for local Children’s Miracle Network hospitals. GIANT and MARTIN’S are Ahold companies. For more information visit and Find us on Facebook at and and on Twitter @GiantFoodStores or @MartinsFoodMkts.