SEATTLE — PCC Natural Markets here Monday began accepting what are being called the first mobile coupons from natural and organic brands via an app developed by Celilo Group Media, Portland, Ore., creators of the Chinook Book guide healthy living.
Available in the Chinook Book mobile app, the coupons are initially redeemable through Aug. 31 only at all nine PCC Natural Markets stores in the Seattle/Puget Sound area. Additional grocers will begin accepting Chinook Book mobile manufacturer coupons in late summer. The app can be used on Android, iPhone, iPod touch or iPad devices but not currently for Windows or BlackBerry devices.
"PCC is happy to support our long-time partner Chinook Book on their launch of a mobile coupon program for manufacturers,” said Laurie Albrecht, director ofat PCC Natural Markets, in a statement. “We believe Chinook Book has created a mobile platform that will make this process much easier for consumers, and we are happy to be the test retailer,"
Initially launched in 2010, the mobile Chinook Book was built off its print edition and contains several hundred retail coupons for green and local businesses, but no manufacturer coupons until now. The app has more than 100,000 users in five metro areas — Seattle/Puget Sound, Portland, the San Francisco Bay Area, Denver and Minneapolis.
Natural and organic product brands participating in the mobile app include Caffe Ladro ($1 off one bag of coffee), Choice Organic Tea ($1 off any boxed product), Coconut Bliss ($1 off any product), Dave's Killer Bread ($1 off any product), Evolution Fresh ($1 off any bottle of fresh cold-pressed juice), Lundberg Family Farms ($1 off any package of organic rice cakes), Mary's Gone Crackers ($1 off any product), Mrs. Meyer's Clean Day ($1 off any product), Theo Chocolate (75 cents off any product), Woodstock ( $1 off any frozen fruit or vegetable) and Zevia ($1 off a 6 pack of cans or 4 pack of glass bottles, any flavor).
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