Dollar General cares about, and is invested in, the well-being of the communities it serves, and it understands that millions of Americans and their families rely on DG to provide convenient, affordable and nutritious foods as well as health and wellness offerings.
With approximately 75% of the U.S. population living within five miles of a Dollar General, the Company recognizes the unique access it provides to often underserved communities. While Dollar General is not a grocer, many DG stores serve communities without other retail options, and the variety of foods in DG stores reflect customers’ demand . Today, all 18,000+ Dollar General stores offer components of a healthier diet, which includes assorted dairy items, frozen vegetables, proteins, canned fruits and vegetables, grains and more.
The Company continues to make strides to provide customers with affordable access to better-for-you food options, as well as health and wellness products and services through the expansion of fresh produce (including in many food deserts), commitments to address food insecurity, Better For You merchandise and recipes, the Good & Smart™ brand and health care product and services expansions.
Fresh Produce Offerings
In March 2022, Dollar General announced plans to add fresh produce to an additional 1,000 stores during its fiscal 2022 year, bringing the total number of stores offering fresh fruits and vegetables to more than 3,000 by the end of FY 2022. The Company also recently announced plans to offer this fresh fare in up to 10,000 total stores over the next several years, with a meaningful number of them in current United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) defined food deserts.
Dollar General’s produce set provides the top 20 items typically sold in traditional grocery stores and covers approximately 80 percent of produce categories most grocery stores carry. The curated assortment includes lettuce, tomatoes, onions, apples, strawberries, potatoes, sweet potatoes, lemons, limes, salad mixes, and more.
Dollar General’s Better For You recipes were developed as a series of DG Easy Meals through a partnership with Mary Alice Cain, registered dietician and nutritionist, to provide resources to customers on healthier meal options with products solely sourced from Dollar General stores.
With these recipes, customers can cook healthier meals at an affordable price, debunking the myth that healthier eating means spending more. The recipes are separated into a variety of categories including breakfast, entrees, sides, desserts, and drinks. Some examples involve a delicious and nutritious Sweet and Sour Chicken meal, Salmon Patties and sweet treats like Secret Ingredient Brownies.
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In 2018, Dollar General launched its Good & Smart™ private brand to give customers healthier snacking and beverage choices. Complete with a 100% satisfaction guarantee, shoppers can trust the line’s quality products when making healthier choices. From sweet to savory options, the product line offers a variety of tasty options like trail mix, nuts, coconut water, dried fruit and much more to help keep customers fueled through the day!
The complete line of Better For You brands which includes our Good & Smart™ line, can be found in approximately 8,200 Dollar General locations as of January 2022. Each of Dollar General’s more than 18,000 locations also carry a curated selection of the Good & Smart™ line for customers looking for mindful snacking.
Increased Healthcare Assortment
To continue to meet more of its customers’ needs and establish itself as a health destination, Dollar General recently announced plans to increase access to healthcare offerings through the planned expansion of its healthcare product assortment. The Company plans to add an increased assortment of cough and cold, dental, nutritional, medical, health aids and feminine hygiene products across many of its Dollar General stores.
The Company also announced the appointment of Vice President, Chief Medical Officer to Albert Wu, M.D. In this role, Dr. Wu helps to develop DG’s new health care services efforts by establishing and strengthening relationships with current and prospective healthcare products and service providers to build a comprehensive network of affordable services for DG customers.