New grocery store opens with a focus on produce, specialty items and local products

With a wide variety of Utah-grown produce, an extensive selection of specialty products, and a dedication to its community, Honey Bee Produce Company has opened its doors in Draper, Utah. The new, small-format store is the first of its kind in Utah and caters to shoppers looking for the freshest produce and investing in their community. The store celebrated the grand opening with a small ceremony and demonstration from a produce ninja this morning.

“We are excited to bring Honey Bee Produce Company to Draper. It’s the first store of its kind with a wide variety of excellent produce, natural and organic items, Utah products, specialty items, and other great offerings,” said Janel Grangroth, Honey Bee’s squad leader. “We can’t wait to get to know our guests and showcase the best we have to offer.”

Named after the honey bees that help pollinate and create great produce, Honey Bee Produce Company sits in the 31,000 square-foot space previously occupied by Fresh Market. Right next door is an ACE hardware, creating a unique shopping experience for guests.

Key features of the store include:

  • The best quality produce from around the state
  • Hundreds of Utah and nearby state products from more than 30 local farmers, producers, and artisans
  • A huge selection of organic, natural, specialty, and ethnic foods
  • The Hive Eatery with Mamachari kombucha and City Grounds nitro-infused lemonades on-tap, oven made pizzas, an Asian wok, sandwiches, hand-rolled sushi, smoked meats, and other great meal solutions
  • A fresh bakery full of artisan breads, specialty cakes, and high-end pastries
  • Fresh steak-house quality meat from Certified Angus Beef, Fog River, Laura’s Beef, and speciality Boss Burger gourmet patties full of cheese, herbs, and seasonings
  • Mountain Mix custom trail mix bar
  • A wide variety of bulk foods from Fresh Farms and Oliville
  • A beer cave
  • Honey Bee Online online shopping with same-day curbside pickup
  • Go Skip mobile checkout

For more information about Honey Bee Produce Company, visit honeybeeproducecompany.com

Spice up your last summer BBQs with a Mango Tango Salad.

Servings: 6
Prep Time: 10 minutes

Ingredients
3 ripe mangos, pitted and cubed
Juice of one lime
1 tablespoon red onion, minced
¼ cup fresh cilantro leaves
½ jalapeno pepper, seeded and minced

Directions

  1. Pit mango. Place it stem side up with the narrow side facing you. Make a vertical slice starting at ¼:” to the right of the stem. Repeat on the other side. Lightly score the flesh of the mango into diamonds. Buckle the skin, pushing the flesh outward so that it resembles a porcupine. Slice off the cubes.
  2. Combine all ingredients. Let stand for 10 minutes. Toss before serving.
  3. Serve with grilled fish, chicken, or pork.

Macey’s, Lin’s, Dan’s, Dick’s Market, and Fresh Market Donate to Utah Food Bank

There are a lot of questions at the beginning of the school year, but Macey’s, Lin’s, Dan’s, Dick’s Market, and Fresh Market are making sure that where food will come from isn’t one of them. The Utah-owned grocery stores donated $165,518 worth of food to Utah Food Bank’s Mobile School Pantry program Thursday to help fight food insecurity, especially among children.

“We’re grateful for the opportunity to help the youngest members of our community have a great school year by providing nutritious to the Mobile School Pantry program,” said Gary McCloud, operations manager for Associated Retail Operations, which owns the five stores. “This donation wouldn’t be possible without the great support of our community and we’re so thankful for their generosity.”

On Thursday, 10 members of the Associated Retail Operations team, which owns the five grocery banners, visited Edison Elementary in Salt Lake City to staff the Mobile School Pantry for the afternoon. Utah Food Bank’s Mobile School Pantry program provides a free monthly food distribution point for students and their families directly from the school playground. More than 65 schools across Utah participate in the program. During Thursday’s donation event, ARO helped 160 families.

“Utah Food Bank is incredibly grateful to Associated Retail Operations and their customers for taking such a stand against hunger,” said Ginette Bott, Utah Food Bank Chief Development Officer. “With one in five Utah children likely to miss a meal today due to lack of resources, their donation will have a great impact on those we serve through our Mobile School Pantry program.”

Macey’s, Lin’s, Dan’s, Dick’s Market, and Fresh Market have partnered with Utah Food Bank since 2009 to provide food to families in need. Over the last seven years, the stores have provided 285,801 meals to families in need through the yearly Season to Share donation and other activities. The 2017 Season to Share drive to benefit the Mobile School Pantry program will begin November 1 at all locations.

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Five Grocery Stores Ensure Kids Go Back to School with Full Tummies
Macey’s, Lin’s, Dan’s, Dick’s Market, and Fresh Market donate more than $165,000 to Utah Food Bank

Salt Lake City, UT (September 6, 2017) Back to school signals a fresh start with new pencils, notebooks, and other school essentials and five community grocery stores are making sure everyone has the food fuel they need to succeed. Macey’s, Lin’s, Dan’s, Dick’s Market, and Fresh Market are donating $165,518 worth of product to Utah Food Bank’s Mobile School Pantry program, which provides a free monthly food distribution point for students and their families directly from the school playground. The donation will take place at Edison Elementary in Salt Lake City tomorrow.

“We’re grateful for the opportunity to help the youngest members of our community have a great school year by providing nutritious to the Mobile School Pantry program,” said Gary McCloud, operations manager for Associated Retail Operations, which owns the five stores. “This donation wouldn’t be possible without the great support of our community and we’re so thankful for their generosity.”

“Utah Food Bank is incredibly grateful to Associated Retail Operations and their customers for taking such a stand against hunger,” said Ginette Bott, Utah Food Bank Chief Development Officer. “With one in five Utah children likely to miss a meal today due to lack of resources, their donation will have a great impact on those we serve through our Mobile School Pantry program.”

WHAT: Macey’s, Lin’s, Dan’s, Dick’s Market, and Fresh Market make $165,517.77 donation to Utah Food Bank to benefit the                     Mobile School Pantry and other programs.

WHEN: September 7, 2017
3 p.m.

WHERE: Edison Elementary School
466 South Cheyenne Street
Salt Lake City, UT 84104

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About Associated Retail Operations
Started in 1999, Associated Retail Operations (ARO) consists of five independent grocery banners based out of Salt Lake City, Utah. ARO operates 42 stores across Utah under the Macey’s, Lin’s, Dan’s, Dick’s Market, and Fresh Market banners. ARO is a subsidiary of Associated Food Stores, an independent, retailer-owned wholesaler also based in Salt Lake City. To learn more about the stores visit:

www.maceys.com
www.linsgrocery.com
www.dansfoods.com
www.dicksmarket.com
www.freshmarketstores.com

About Utah Food Bank

Founded in 1904, Utah Food Bank has operated under various names but remains true to its mission of Fighting Hunger Statewide by providing food to a statewide network of 141 emergency food pantries and agencies. Last fiscal year, Utah Food Bank distributed 38.1 million pounds of food and goods, the equivalent of approximately 31.8 million meals, to families and individuals in need.  For more information about Utah Food Bank, visit www.utahfoodbank.org. Find us on Facebook at www.facebook.com/UtahFoodBank and Twitter at www.twitter.com/UtahFoodBank.

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