For more information, contact:

Sarah Buechler or Lori Willis or Laura Neuman

The Hauser Group, Inc. Schnuck Markets, Inc. CEE-GR

(314) 436-9090 (314) 994-4602 (314) 772-8787



ST. LOUIS, April 10, 2002... Thanks to efforts by both Schnuck Markets, Inc. and Choose Environmental Excellence-Gateway Region (CEE-GR), doing your part to save the earth is as close as your local grocery store.

Effective immediately, for just $3.49, customers at Schnucks can purchase a new reusable canvas bag designed by Schnucks and CEE-GR. CEE-GR's logo and Web site address ( are featured on every bag, with the Web site providing additional environmental information and tips. The new canvas bags could not have debuted at a better time, honoring Earth Day right around the corner on April 22.

"We are very excited to offer our customers this functional alternative to traditional paper and plastic grocery bags," stated Joanie Taylor, director of community and consumer affairs for Schnucks. "At a regular price of only $3.49 per bag, this is an inexpensive yet significant opportunity for customers to reduce waste by reusing these bags for groceries. They're durable enough for many other uses as well."

Another great reason to participate is that for every bag sold during the month of April, Schnucks will donate 50 cents to Choose Environmental Excellence-Gateway Region (CEE-GR). Funds raised for CEE-GR will be used to further the organization's efforts to encourage area businesses and residents to take simple steps toward choosing environmental excellence in their day-to-day lives. For an overview of the various ways CEE-GR is promoting environmental excellence, visit them online at

"Choose Environmental Excellence is very excited to be working with Schnucks in this way to help celebrate Earth Day, not just this month but on an ongoing basis," said Laura Neuman, executive director of CEE-GR.

The canvas bags are available at all Schnucks stores throughout Missouri and Illinois. Special displays can be found near the express checkout lanes, where the bags will be a logical choice over either paper or plastic. The bags feature a gusseted bottom and sturdy handles, making them ideal for groceries.

"Since we initially launched our EarthWise canvas bag almost a decade ago, we've seen a gradual increase in the number of customers willing to re-use durable bags. Many have even asked us to bring them back for sale. We can't think of a better way to satisfy our customers and promote a great organization at the same time," said Taylor. "We hope to see the canvas bags used again and again at our stores and all around the community."

Choose Environmental Excellence - Gateway Region is a partnership of local businesses, government, schools and private citizens acting together to raise environmental awareness in our region and encourage Simple Steps to help improve the environment. The organization serves St. Louis City and Warren, Lincoln, St. Louis, Jefferson, Franklin and St. Charles counties, as well as Madison, St. Clair, Monroe, Clinton and Jersey counties in Illinois.

Schnuck Markets, Inc. currently operates 90 stores and 81 in-store pharmacies in Missouri, Illinois and Indiana including a Sentry Drug Store in Illinois. The family-owned company was founded in St. Louis in 1939.

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