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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Nebo Market Unveils New Look
Nephi Grocery Store to Re-Grand Open Following Remodel

Nephi, UT (August 29, 2017) Nebo Market has a new look in Nephi. The community-favorite grocery store recently underwent a major remodel to provide a better shopping experience. To celebrate the changes, Nebo Market will host a ribbon-cutting ceremony on August 30, 2017 at 10 a.m. Following the ceremony, guests will be invited into the store to check out the updates, sample product, and enter to win multiple giveaways throughout the day.

“This store badly needed an update to provide the great shopping experience our guests deserve,” said Scott Hymas, owner of Nebo Market. “Over the last year, we updated every department to make shopping at Nebo Market even better.”

Nebo Market has served the Nephi community for 26 years. The remodel of the 33,000 square-foot store was designed to provide a better shopping experience for guests and included adding a larger service deli, updating lighting and cases to be more energy efficient, and improving the overall look of the store. As a locally owned and operated retailer, Nebo Market is dedicated to providing friendly customer service and products guests love seven days a week. Part of this dedication includes operating an in-store scratch bakery, an excellent service deli, a wide variety of fresh produce, and an assortment of grocery and frozen items guests love.

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About Nebo Market
Nebo Market has been a staple in the Nephi community since 1991. Locally owned and operated, the store offers an in-store scratch bakery, large service deli, a wide variety of produce, and classic grocery and frozen items, along with friendly customer service. Nebo Market is part of the Terrel’s-Seeley organization, which also owns and operates Mt. Pleasant Market, Payson Market, and Gunnison Market.

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Macey’s Hits the East Side
Utah grocery chain opens new location in Murray

Salt Lake City, UT (August 16, 2017) Macey’s is bringing an all-new shopping experience to Murray. Utah’s favorite grocery store opened a new location on the East side of the valley today, replacing the Fresh Market that was previously in the 5600 south and 900 east location. Celebrations for the new store kicked off with a ribbon-cutting ceremony and will continue all week with trivia games, giveaways, and children’s activities wrapping up on Saturday.

“The Macey’s Murray shopping experience is unlike anything Macey’s has ever done and we can’t wait for guests to experience it. With a broader product selection, in-store restaurant, and more meal solutions than ever, we believe we’ve created a shopping experience guests will come back for over and over,” said Darin Peirce, district manager for Macey’s Murray.

The Murray location is unlike any other Macey’s and marks a transition for the brand. While guests can still get a classic Kong Kone, Macey’s in Murray includes a variety of new offerings including:

  • An in-store restaurant with oven-baked pizza, an Asian wok, sandwiches, wraps, salads, and more
  • An expanded produce section with more organic and local items, fresh salsa, and fresh cut fruits and vegetables
  • An increased dairy offering with more cage-free and organic items
  • A broad selection of grass-fed, free-from products, and Certified Angus Beef
  • New signage that calls out natural, organic, dietician and pharmacist preferred, and local items at the shelf
  • Macey’s Anywhere online shopping and curbside pickup
  • An indoor atrium and outside seating
  • Starbucks
  • Wells Fargo

The Murray store is the 13th Macey’s location in Northern Utah. The chain, owned and operated by Associated Retail Operations, a subsidiary of Associated Food Stores, has stores from Cache Valley to Utah County. To learn more about Macey’s and to find the location nearest you, visit www.maceys.com.

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About Macey’s

In 1947, Walt Macey and Dale A. Jones started the “Save-A-Nickle-Market” in Rose Park, Utah. Macey’s grew from a small store into a multi-store chain by providing personalized old-fashioned service. Known for their famous doughnuts and Kong Kones, Macey’s grocery stores offer an in-store bakery, delicatessen, full-service grocery, meat, produce and non-foods department and above all, friendly service. For more information visit maceys.com.

 

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801-978-8913

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Celebrate the end of summer with these delicious grilled pork chops.

Servings: 4
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 10 minutes

Ingredients

4 bone-in ¼ inch thick pork chops
1 tsp garlic powder
1 tsp onion powder
1 tsp paprika
1 tsp brown sugar
½ tsp chili powder
½ tsp cumin
½ tsp black pepper
½ tsp dried parsley
2 tbsp. olive oil

Directions

  1. Combine all seasoning together and set aside
  2. Rinse and dry pork chops and coat in olive oil
  3. Rub the seasoning onto both sides of the pork chops. Marinate in the refrigerator overnight.
  4. Bring pork to room temperature and grill for about 4-5 minutes per side.

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Utah Grocery Stores Help Save Summer Camp
Macey’s and Harmons Donate Items to MDA Summer Camp after Theft

Salt Lake City, UT (August 11, 2017) Macey’s and Harmons are making sure campers at MDA Summer Camp have a great time. Just days before camp, the Muscular Dystrophy Association in Utah experienced a robbery that left the non-profit organization without many of the supplies needed for camp. After hearing about the situation, Macey’s and Harmons stepped in and donated the needed replacement items including goldfish crackers, fruit snacks, juice, paper products, coloring books, laundry detergent, and more for the excepted 200 campers this week and next.

“We heard about MDA’s situation and immediately wanted to help. It wasn’t even a thought, just a question ‘how can we help?’” said Amy Street, store director at West Jordan Macey’s. “We work with MDA every year during the annual shamrock drive and know how much of an impact they make on these kids. We couldn’t let them not have a great summer camp.”

“We are thrilled to team up with the Muscular Dystrophy Association and bring a little joy to those at summer camp. I know how it affects daily life, and know that these small acts of kindness can impact many for good. Together we can make life a little better,” said Jeff Payne, store director at Harmon’s South Jordan.

For many kids with muscular dystrophy and related neuromuscular diseases, summer camp is the most exciting part of the summer. The camp gives them the chance to see old friends and make new ones, participate in camp activities, and play in a barrier-free environment. Camp is held at Camp K in Emigration Canyon.

“We are extremely grateful to Macey’s and Harmons for reaching out and replacing our lost summer camp items immediately,” said MDA Utah Executive Director Lisa Miller. “They both have been valuable partners to us and amazing supporters of MDA families in Utah for many years.”

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About Macey’s
In 1947, Walt Macey and Dale A. Jones started the “Save-A-Nickle-Market” in Rose Park, Utah. Macey’s grew from a small store into a multi-store chain by providing personalized old-fashioned service. Known for their famous doughnuts and Kong Kones, Macey’s grocery stores offer a made-from-scratch in-store bakery, delicatessen, full-service grocery, meat, produce and non-foods department and above all, friendly service. For more information visit maceys.com.

About Harmons
Since 1932 Harmons passion for learning, growth and innovation have been the building blocks to help the company expand from a single fruit stand to 17 thriving locations. Harmons Grocery Store is known for its unique grocery industry approach, which provides true value to its customers through fresh foods prepared in-store by chefs, artisans and experts; local Utah products; and an aggressive sustainability program. For more information about our stores, please visit harmonsgrocery.com.

About MDA
MDA is leading the fight to free individuals—and the families who love them—from the harm of muscular dystrophy, ALS, and related muscle-debilitating diseases that take away physical strength, independence, and life. We use our collective strength to help kids and adults live longer and grow stronger by finding research breakthroughs across diseases, caring for individuals from day one, and empowering families with services and support in hometowns across America. Learn how you can fund cures, find care, and champion the cause at mda.org.

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Spanish Fork Macey’s Bagger Named Utah’s Best Bagger
Kaylee Hudson will compete at National Best Bagger Contest in 2018

Salt Lake City, Utah (August 3, 2017) Utah’s Best Bagger can be found a Spanish Fork Macey’s. Kaylee Hudson was named “Best Bagger” at the Utah Food Industry Association’s state Best Bagger competition yesterday. The contest was held at Thanksgiving Point and brought the top baggers from 24 stores face to face to claim the title of Utah’s Best Bagger. Kaylee will have several months to prepare before they head to Las Vegas, Nevada in February to represent Utah in the National Best Bagger Competition.

“It’s great being able to represent my store and show how important baggers are for our guests. It’s important to make sure everything is bagged correctly so guests receive their items undamaged and in great condition,” said Kaylee Hudson.

The Best Bagger competition is sponsored by the National Grocers Association. The competition evaluates baggers on speed, how heavy each bag is, and how products are grouped and organized inside each sack. Baggers of any age can compete. The national winner is selected during a contest at the National Grocer Associations annual conference and receives a $10,000 cash prize.

“We are so proud of Kaylee and can’t wait to have her represent us and Utah at the National competition,” said Steve Holm, district manager for Macey’s. “Our teams really care about our guests and I think the way our baggers pack their groceries shows that too.”

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About Macey’s
In 1947, Walt Macey and Dale A. Jones started the “Save-A-Nickle-Market” in Rose Park, Utah. Macey’s grew from a small store into a multi-store chain by providing personalized old-fashioned service. Known for their famous doughnuts and Kong Kones, Macey’s grocery stores offer a made-from-scratch in-store bakery, delicatessen, full-service grocery, meat, produce and non-foods department and above all, friendly service. For more information visit maceys.com.

 

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Rachael Wabel
rmwabel@afstores.com
801-978-8913

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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 www.afstores.com.

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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 www.afstores.com.

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