Associated Food Stores Goes to Washington
Grocery Wholesaler brings Utah products to the Capital for a special Pioneer Day event

Salt Lake City, UT (July 28, 2017) Associated Food Stores shared a taste of Utah with representatives in Washington D.C on July 25. The grocery wholesaler teamed up with Zions Bank and Senator Mike Lee to host a special Pioneer Day Reception for state representatives and other officials in Washington D.C. The reception showcased the great products that come from the Beehive state including Beehive Cheese, Norbest turkey, Red Button Vintage Creamery ice cream and award-winning Beehive Bread and Pastry Co. galettes.

“The Pioneer Day Reception was a great way for us to show how amazing Utah products are and what our producers and growers are literally bringing to the table,” said Ryan Barnes, deli director for Associated Food Stores, and one of the organizers for the event. “We are grateful to Senator Lee and his staff for this opportunity and know that everyone there loved it.”

Associated Food Stores works with over 50 Utah vendors and farmers to bring Utah-made and grown products to grocery stores across eight Intermountain states. These products receive specific “local” tags and signs to make locating them in the aisles easier. To learn more about Associated Food Stores or to become a local vendor, visit


About Associated Food Stores
Associated Food Stores is an independent retailer-owned warehouse based in Salt Lake City, Utah, which provides complete warehouse facilities and services to over 400 grocers throughout the Intermountain West. To learn more about Associated Food Stores or to find a retailer near you, visit

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Grilled BBQ Chicken 

Servings: 6
Prep Time: 20 minutes
Cook Time: 15 minutes

3 cups of your favorite BBQ sauce
½ cup apricot preserves
1 clove garlic
12 whole bone-in chicken thighs


  1. In a small pan, saute garlic until cooked. Add BBQ sauce and apricot or peach preserves. Stir until combined.
  2. Split sauce in half and marinate chicken in half the sauce for up to 8 hours (at least 1 hour).
  3. Place chicken on grill at medium heat. Cook 6-8 minutes each side (or until no longer pink), brushing reserved marinade on chicken occasionally while cooking.
  4. Serve with a green salad or other fresh side.

Congratulations to Jan Whitely and Shawna Hanson on being named Top Women in Grocery by Progressive Grocer. Both women have worked tirelessly to bring new programs, new locations and better service to stores and pharmacies across Utah and the membership.

As the Perishable director for ARO, Jan works closely with vendors to oversee product price points and merchandising. She is a key player in store remodels and construction projects and worked extensively on the Lin’s Price, Richfield and Cedar City remodels as well as construction of Lin’s Washington Fields. Jan works closely with her team of 17 and other departments including procurement, marketing and pricing.

Shawna is our Director of Pharmacy Operations and oversees day-to-day operations and marketing for pharmacies in 42 ARO stores. She also works as a business consultant for 140 member stores across 9 western states and Guam. Shawna’s responsibilities allow her to manage 375 team members while working with multiple departments and serving as the Chairperson of the Pharmacy Advisory Committee. Last year, Shawna was instrumental in implementing a centralized pharmacy system and negotiating better costs for all AFS pharmacies.

We are so proud of them and honored to have them on our team. Congratulations ladies!

Click HERE to learn more about Progressive Grocer’s Top Women in Grocery Awards.

July and fireworks go together like peanut butter and jelly. While the booms, bangs, and colors make for a great time, things can quickly turn dangerous if the fireworks aren’t handled properly. Check out the five tips below from the National Council on Fireworks Safety to make your 4th of July fun AND safe.

1. Supervise the Kiddos
Fireworks get HOT! Make sure an adult is the one lighting the fireworks and that kids are a safe distance away so that no one gets hurt. If children are going to use sparklers, make sure they are supervised the entire time so they don’t get burned.

2. One at a Time
Only light one firework at a time and NEVER try to re-light a “dud.” Fireworks are explosives and you never know what will happen.

3. Keep Water Around
Keep a bucket of water or connected hose nearby, just in case any of the fireworks go rogue. It’s also a good idea to wet down used fireworks before putting them in the trash can to ensure they are completely out and won’t start a fire.

4. Hide the Pets
The colors and loud noises may be fun for you, but your furry friends will think the world is ending. Keep pets inside during firework shows so they don’t run away or get hurt.

5. Pay Attention to Your Surroundings
Never light fireworks near dry grass, gasoline or other things that burn easily. Keep your clothing choices in mind too. Fleece is extremely flammable, so it may be best to skip the jacket or pajama bottoms and opt for jeans.

For more firework tips, check out the National Council on Fireworks Safety at:

Happy Independence Day!