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UFCW members hard at work to make Valentine’s Day a little sweeter

February 14, 2020 Updated: September 8, 2020

UFCW Local 342 florist at Won's in Anaheim, CA

From flower arrangements to sparkling wines to hand-crafted chocolates, UFCW members have been hard at work to make sure you have what you need to celebrate with your sweetheart this Valentine’s Day.

The UFCW represents florists at union grocery stores like Kroger (including Fred Meyer, Ralphs and King Soopers), Albertsons (including Safeway, Vons, Tom Thumb, Randalls, Cars, Pavilion, Acme, Shaw’s, Star, Jewel-Osco and Lucky), and Supervalu (Cub Foods, Rainbow, and Shoppers Food) just to name a few. Michelle is a florist at Kroger in Texas, where she enjoys creating the perfect floral arrangements and bouquets to help brighten someone’s day. She recently shared how to properly arrange a bouquet in a vase, but if you still need some help, just ask your local union florist and they’ll be happy to share their expertise with you.

UFCW members also make Russell Stover, Ghiradelli and Hershey’s candies in preparation for Valentine’s Day. Members of UFCW Local 5 who make See’s Candies craft each chocolate confection by hand. The Food Network’s Tyler Florence visited UFCW Local 5 members at the See’s Candies factory in San Francisco and got a peek at how these Valentine’s Day treats are made. You can view the video here.

“Growing up with them was awesome,” said Sacramento customer Rachel Martini, who in town from the east coast visiting family. “Literally every time I eat See’s, it’s a little bite of nostalgia. Walking into the shops is a literal treat too. They’re always so kind and inviting and give you free chocolates to try while you walk around. It’s something that hasn’t changed a bit in the last 25 years.”

Young woman holding up a bag of See's candy outside of a See's candy store
“Walking into the shops is a literal treat too. They’re always so kind,” says Sacramento See’s candy customer Rachel Martini.

You can pair your chocolates with sparkling wines made by members of UFCW Local 186D, including Andre Champagne, JFJ Champagne, Tott’s Champagne and Wycliff Champagne.

UFCW members also have access to exclusive discounts for Valentine’s Day gifts and beyond, including 25 percent off on flowers and gift baskets. Register here for these discounts and make someone’s Valentine’s Day special.

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