In 1940 the grocery industry was a rough place for independent retailers. Strong competition from national chains, increased prices from wholesalers and low margins left many families and independently-owned businesses with boarded windows. Determined to succeed against the competition, 34 independent retailers and Donald P. Lloyd, the then president of the Utah Grocers Association, joined together to combine their buying power and open a warehouse, leading to the birth of AFS. Membership has since grown to more than 400 retailers in eight intermountain states. AFS continues to be committed to independent retailers by providing quality products, support, and exceptional service.
We have a history of unparalleled commitment to the independent grocer and are as dedicated to their success today as we were in 1940. AFS offers a broad array of solutions including warehouse, procurement, private label, transportation/logistics, retail technology, accounting, retail counseling, marketing, advertising, and much more. Our team is here to help you succeed and support your local communities.