Bashas' and Hickman's Hatch Local Sourcing Partnership
Change is coming soon to the dairy case at Bashas’ Supermarkets, Arizona’s hometown grocer, that will transition all of its Bashas’-branded eggs to locally-sourced cage-free eggs starting this fall. “We are committed to being a good corporate citizen,” said Edward “Trey” Basha, CEO of Bashas’. “It’s important to us to offer local, responsibly-sourced foods at affordable prices. Bringing cage-free eggs to our customers is the right thing to do, and we are happy to be partnering with another local, family-owned business to make this happen.”
Bashas’ is teaming up with Arizona owned and operated Hickman’s Family Farms to source its Bashas’-branded eggs. This is a great example of two local businesses collaborating to meet a common goal of providing high quality, humanely raised eggs to Arizona communities. Local sourcing partnerships like this one keep about three times more revenue in Arizona when compared to contracts made with large national companies.
“We are especially proud to be making this momentous transition with one of our longest-standing customers,” said Glenn Hickman, CEO of Hickman’s Family Farms, which recently announced a major cage-free expansion at its facilities in Buckeye. “Supporting the cage-free movement means not only a high-quality egg production, but greater comfort for our hens.”
“Customers want more food traceability; they want to know exactly where their food is coming from,” Basha said. “We have a longstanding reputation as a company that cares about the community, and we’re always looking for new ways to better serve our customers.” It is difficult to get more traceable than to source from a farm based in the same state.
Bashas' Supermarkets and Hickman's Family Farms have been sustaining supporters of the Local First Arizona movement for a long time, and are legacy businesses here in Arizona. Hickman's Family Farms was founded in 1944 and Bashas' was founded in 1932, and throughout their long histories have become deeply rooted in the community. Hickman's regularly donates large quantities of eggs to local food banks and sponsors events around Arizona, and Bashas' has donated more than $100 million to charities since its inception. These are businesses that we are proud to call members of Local First Arizona.
Keep an eye out for the cage-free egg changeover starting this November, making Bashas’ Supermarkets the first larger-scale grocer in the state to make the transition with its own brand of eggs. Bashas’ cage-free egg changeover is expected to be complete in 2017.