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Member Services

The Carolinas Food Industry Council provides its members with a variety of valuable programs and services specifically chosen to help grocers save money and streamline their operations.  CFIC is committed to providing members with valuable services that far exceed membership costs!

Employee Background Check Services

Background Direct powered by First Advantage

Background Direct’s comprehensive employment screening system is a simple-to-use tool designed specifically to meet the hiring needs of smaller companies. CFIC members receive a 75% discount on their set-up fee.

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Banking Services

Coastal Federal Credit Union

CFIC members are eligible to join Coastal Federal Credit Union. Coastal offers a full range of banking services, from checking and savings accounts to auto loans, credit cards, mortgages, and much more. Because Coastal is a member-owned cooperative, they can offer better rates, fewer and lower fees and several unique programs that traditional banks simply don’t.

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Insurance Services

First Benefits Insurance Mutual

North Carolina Members Only.

First Benefits Insurance Mutual, Inc.  – The First Benefit is Customer Service

For over 25 years, First Benefits Insurance Mutual, Inc. has delivered the personalized customer service, professional underwriting, competitive pricing and efficient claims management needed to help injured workers return to work quickly. Today, as North Carolina’s 16th  largest workers’ compensation company, First Benefits insures 2,200+ businesses and is proud to partner with CFIC to provide quality service to grocers, wholesalers and distributors across North Carolina. What sets us apart is our ability to deliver superior workers’ compensation coverage with a local, hands-on feel. First Benefits’ underwriters and claims adjustors are accessible, easy to work with and go above and beyond.

The grocery industry is one of First Benefits’ preferred classes so, please call your insurance agent to request a quote or contact First Benefits for an agent near you at (888) 393-2667.

*If you have 3 or more employees you are required by law to carry workers’ comp insurance.

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Payroll Services

Flexpay Payroll Services

Flex-Pay Payroll Services offers a complete payroll processing service and human resources database to employers of all sizes, with the flexibility to meet each business’s needs. They specialize in discovering improved processes for each client to provide the necessary employee wage payments, tax remittance, report creation, customer support, etc. All Flex-Pay clients receive unlimited training and support. CFIC members receive a waived setup fee, free first payroll process, discount in the standard payroll base fee, and free direct deposit.

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Credit Card Processing

Heritage Payment Solutions

Heritage Payment Solutions serves thousands of merchants in the Carolinas. Heritage leverages their experience to maximize the solutions that best meet retailers’ payment processing needs.

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Insurance Provider

Hodges Insurance Agency

Hodges Insurance Agency, Inc. was founded in 1951 and is a full service Employee Benefits Firm. Hodges has a dedicated, experienced staff to assist with all administration and serves over 250 group insurance clients and more than 1,000 individual clients. Hodges has been a member of CFIC for over 10 years and works with small- to medium-sized businesses.

Carriers available: Aetna, Assurant, BlueCross BlueShield, Cigna, Coventry, Guardian, Humana, MetLife, Principal, United Healthcare, and Unum.

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Coupon Processing

Redemption Processing Representatives, Inc.

Redemption Processing Representatives, Inc., (RPR) has 20+ years of experience in all aspects of the coupon industry: Retail Clearing Services, Chargeback Management, Manufacturer Coupon Deduction Management, Coupon Program Development, and Electronic Processing. RPR’s President, Ron Fischer, is a veteran of Coupon Operations at Unilever, Ocean Spray, and several other major manufacturers, and has continuous involvement with several industry groups, including the Association of Coupon Professionals (ACP) and the Food Industry Association Executives (FIAE). RPR believes in an ethical process and has developed a fee-free program which benefits both retailers and manufacturers.

If you are interested please contact CFIC staff.

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Commercial Security

Sonitrol Security Solutions

10% off of equipment and installation, and two months free monitoring and maintenance for members.

If you are interested please contact Jeff Debonzo (919) 848-3611.

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Conference Rooms

CFIC Headquarters

Conference Rooms Available to All Member Companies.

CFIC’s headquarters is located conveniently between the State Capitol Building and the Convention Center in downtown Raleigh, and is a great spot to conduct meetings or training sessions.  All members are welcome to utilize any one of three meeting rooms equipped to handle meetings from 10-36 people.

For more information on any of our member services, please contact CFIC staff at (919) 832-0811.

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