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!

Associated Food Stores Named Rocky Mountain Power wattsmart business Utah Partner of the Year
Wholesale honored for saving energy in Utah Stores

SALT LAKE CITY, UT (June 29, 2017)—Associated Food Stores has made great strides in implementing energy efficient technologies in stores across Utah and the Intermountain West thanks to a partnership with Rocky Mountain Power. The wholesaler’s efforts were recognized today by Rocky Mountain Power with the 2017 wattsmart Business Utah Partner of the Year Award.

Associated Food Stores added LED lighting, updated lighting controls and refrigeration upgrades to stores in Salt Lake City, South Ogden, Park City, West Valley City, American Fork, Ogden and Taylorsville. The changes helped make lighting and cooling the stores more efficient and resulted in reducing energy use by nearly 3.9 million kilowatt-hours last year—-enough electricity to power 437 typical Utah homes for a year.

“We are grateful for the opportunity to work with Rocky Mountain Power to bring energy efficient operations to our stores across Utah and the Intermountain West,” said Steve Miner, President of Market Development for Associated Food Stores. “We appreciate our partnership and look forward to working together in the future.”

Associated Food Stores has headquarters in Salt Lake City and supplies nearly 400 independently owned retail supermarkets in eight states throughout the Intermountain West. The company also owns Macey’s, Lin’s, Dan’s, Dick’s Market and Fresh Market.

“Associated Food Stores worked hand in hand with our engineers to identify ways to reduce their electricity use,” said Chris Kanoff, Rocky Mountain Power wattsmart project manager. “They have been great partners to help save energy and protect the environment.”

Rocky Mountain Power’s wattsmart Business program offers technical expertise and cash incentives for improving the energy efficiency of businesses. More energy saving information for business and home owners can be found at


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

About Rocky Mountain Power
Rocky Mountain Power provides safe and reliable electric service to more than a million customers in Utah, Wyoming and Idaho. The company works to meet customers’ growing electricity needs while protecting and enhancing the environment. Rocky Mountain Power is part of PacifiCorp, one of the lowest-cost electricity providers in the United States. More information at

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Rachael Wabel

Fresh Berry Breakfast Pizza

Start your morning off right with this delicious breakfast pizza.

Cook Time: 20 minutes


1 can Western Family Jumbo Butter Biscuits
2 cups sliced fresh berries (blueberries, raspberries, strawberries or blackberries)
3 tbsp. sugar


  1. Heat oven to 375 degrees.
  2. Open can of Western Family biscuits and separate 8 biscuits.
  3. Flatten biscuits into a 5-inch round circle.
  4. Place berries on top of the biscuits, leaving ½ inch crust.
  5. Dust sugar on top of the pizza and bake until golden brown and the berry’s natural juice bubbles.
  6. Cool and serve warm.



Macey’s Helps Guests Skip the Checkout with New App
Utah County Stores allow guests to checkout while they shop

Salt Lake City, UT (May 23, 2017) Macey’s is giving busy shoppers another time-saving option: the ability to checkout with their phone. The company’s five Utah County stores have partnered with the Skip Checkout app to create an exciting additional choice as guests shop the store.. The service allows guests to scan their items as they place them in the cart and quickly pay, and bypass the traditional checkout line.

Skip Checkout is easy to use. Guests simply download the app from the App Store or Google Play Store and set up a free account. During their Macey’s visit, shoppers scan their items as they place them in the cart. Once they have everything they need, they pay directly from their phone using a linked debit or credit card, Apple Pay or Android Pay and exit through the Skip Checkout lane, where they can bag their groceries.

“We’re excited to offer Skip Checkout and know that it will make shopping at Macey’s even happier,” said Ashlee Johnstun, customer relations manager for Macey’s. “It’s going to save time and free up the team to better serve our guests.”

Macey’s currently offers Skip Checkout at locations in Lehi, Orem, Provo, Spanish Fork and Pleasant Grove. The service is part of Macey’s commitment to create a Happy Shopping ® experience. The retailer also offers Macey’s Anywhere, online shopping and curbside pick-up, at all 12 locations across Northern Utah.

Reporters interested in trying Skip Checkout should contact Rachael Wabel to schedule an appointment.


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


Media Contact
Rachael Wabel


Fresh Market to Feed more than 1,300 at Special Needs Fishing Day
Community grocery store to sponsor annual event

Spanish Fork, UT (May 8, 2017) A day of fishing, friends and food is the highlight of the school year for many special needs students in Utah County. The Spanish Fork Fresh Market will provide the food for the day at the community-favorite event by serving lunch to more than 1,300 students, teachers and volunteers.

Now in its 27th year, Special Needs Fishing Day brings together Fresh Market, the Division of Wildlife Services, Utah County police and emergency response teams and schools. The Division of Wildlife Services plants more than 1,500 rainbow trout in the pond and provides all the fishing equipment needed so each child can catch a fish and take it home.

“We love sponsoring Special Needs Fishing Day,” said Justin Darington, store director at Fresh Market in Spanish Fork. “Seeing the kids so excited about catching a fish and out having fun makes all the hard work worth it. We’re grateful for the opportunity to give back to our community and love every minute of it.”

While the event is sponsored by Fresh Market, volunteers from its sister stores, Dan’s, Dick’s Market and Macey’s also participate each year.

WHAT: Fresh Market Special Needs Fishing Day

WHERE: Salem Pond

200 West 300 South, Salem, UT

WHEN: Tuesday, May 9, 2017

Fishing: 9 a.m.

Lunch 11 a.m.

WHO: Fresh Market, Division of Wildlife Services, Utah County Schools, local police and

emergency services.


About Fresh Market
Fresh Market opened in 2009 when Associated Food Stores acquired several stores from Albertsons and currently operates under the Associated Retail Operations banner of Associated Food Stores. With an emphasis on fresh and local products tied with exceptional customer service, Fresh Market serves multiple communities with more than 20 locations throughout Utah.  For more information about Fresh Market and to find the nearest location, visit

Rachael Wabel

Utah Grocery Stores Donate Nearly $60,000 to Area Schools
Macey’s, Lin’s, Dan’s, Dick’s Market and Fresh Market Offer Support Through School Cents Program

Salt Lake City, UT (May 3, 2017) Many Utah schools recently received an extra boost to end the school year with donations from Macey’s, Lin’s, Dan’s, Dick’s Market and Fresh Market. The Utah-owned grocery stores donated $59,600 to elementary schools as part of the School Cents Program. Donated funds will be used to purchase a variety of items from classroom supplies to new tablets and computers, depending on the school’s needs.

“We are grateful for the opportunity to support schools in our community through School Cents. A large number of classroom supplies and items are paid for out of our teachers’ own pockets and we’re honored to work with our guests to raise money to help our schools get the items they need,” said Ashlee Johnstun, customer relations manager for Associated Retail Operations.

This is the seventeenth year the stores have run the School Cents program, which allows guests to donate a portion of their shopping spend to the school of their choice when they shop with their Macey’s Perk’s or PLUS rewards account. Schools earn money from August-March before recieving a check during a special presentation at the school with store team members. School Cents has donated more than $624,000 over the last five years to elementary schools across the state. To learn more about the School Cents program, register a school or link a Macey’s Perk’s or PLUS rewards account, visit:


About Associated Retail Operations
Associated Retail Operations encompasses Macey’s, Lin’s, Dan’s, Dick’s Market and Fresh Market grocery stores in Utah. The stores are locally owned and operated under Associated Food Stores and strive to provide high quality products, competitive prices and top-notch customer service. Learn more about each store by visiting their websites:
Dick’s Market:
Fresh Market:

Media Contact
Rachael Wabel

Make a delicious, quick, healthy organic meal made with fresh zucchini and Full Circle products.

Servings: 6
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 30 Minutes

1 12 oz. package Full Circle Penne Rigate
2 tbsp Full Circle Extra Virgin Olive Oil
1 cup diced onion
2 cups sliced zucchini
1 26 oz. jar Full Circle Roasted Garlic Pasta Sauce


  1. Prepare pasta according to the package directions. Keep warm.
  2. In a large non-stick skillet, heat olive oil over medium-high heat.
  3. Cook onion until translucent, 3-4 minutes.
  4. Add zucchini and cook until tender, 3-4 minutes more, stirring frequently.
  5. Add pasta sauce and heat until warm, toss with warm pasta and serve.

Macey’s Lin’s, Dan’s, Dick’s Market and Fresh Market Raise $78,772 to Help Utah Families Fight Muscle-Debilitating Diseases

When: April 20, 2017 – 10:00 a.m.
Where: Dick’s Market 2280 S Orchard Drive, Bountiful Utah
What: MDA Summer Camp Ambassadors accept generous gift from Associated Food Stores

Salt Lake City, UT (April 19, 2017) Guests at 43 Macey’s, Lin’s, Dan’s, Dick’s Market and Fresh Market stores across Utah raised $78,772 to help free kids and adults from the harm of muscular dystrophy, ALS and related life-threatening diseases that limit strength and mobility during the 35th annual MDA Shamrocks program to benefit the Muscular Dystrophy Association (MDA). Funds raised during the drive will be used to send children to MDA summer camp later this year.

“We are grateful to our guests for their extreme generosity during the MDA shamrock drive,” said Troy Thomas, president of Associated Retail Operations. “We love working with organizations like MDA to make a difference in our communities. We are honored to help more than 20 children attend MDA summer camp this year and hope they have a wonderful time.”

Macey’s, Lin’s, Dan’s, Dick’s Market and Fresh Market participated in the nation’s largest St. Patrick’s Day fundraising program in which shoppers can purchase an MDA Shamrock for a $1, $5 or a larger contribution during check-out. Each Shamrock was signed by the customer and prominently displayed in each store, symbolizing strength, independence and life for MDA families in the community.

Funds raised also make MDA Summer Camp possible for more than 100 Utah kids. During camp they experience the best week of the year at no cost to their families at Camp Kostoplous.

To learn more about the 2017 MDA Shamrocks program and how to get involved, contact Lisa Miller at MDA 801-278-6200 or or visit To learn more about Macey’s, Lin’s, Dan’s, Dick’s Market and Fresh Market, contact Rachael Wabel at 801-978-8913 or


About Associated Retail Operations
Associated Retail Operations encompasses Macey’s, Lin’s, Dan’s, Dick’s Market and Fresh Market grocery stores in Utah. The stores are locally owned and operated under Associated Food Stores and strive to provide high quality products, competitive prices and top-notch customer service. Learn more about each store by visiting their websites:
Dick’s Market:
Fresh Market:

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