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Celebrate National Banana Bread Day!

Do you have some ripe bananas you’re not sure what to do with? Why not make banana bread in honor of National Banana Bread Day! Banana bread might be one of the most versatile baked goods. It can be breakfast, a snack, or dessert. It’s also pretty easy to make.

Banana bread wasn’t always a classic in the United States, though. Bananas were introduced to the U.S. in 1870 and it took several more years before people started using them in baking. The Vienna Model Bakery in St. Louis became the first to produce banana bread in the United States in 1893. The recipe was much simpler than what you’ll find today, but it started the taste bud obsession with the sweet, yet slightly healthy, treat. Banana bread was also extremely popular during WWI when families in Hawaii made it to avoiding wasting the bananas that couldn’t be shipped out before they became overripe.

If we’ve got you craving a slice of banana bread, grab some fresh bananas from our produce department and try this simple recipe from allrecipes.com.

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Utah Grocery Stores Win Big at NGA Creative Choice Awards

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Utah Grocery Stores Win Big at NGA Creative Choice Awards
Macey’s and Honey Bee Produce Company recognized by National Grocers Association

Salt Lake City, UT (February 14, 2018) Macey’s and Honey Bee Produce Company received top honors from the grocery industry this week. The Utah-owned grocery stores were recognized with three National Grocers Association Creative Choice Awards at the association’s annual conference in Las Vegas, Nevada.

Macey’s was awarded the Best Connections Through TV Radio award for the Macey’s Moments commercial as well as top honors in the Grand Opening or Remodel category for Macey’s Murray which opened last August.

Honey Bee Produce Company was recognized in the Public Service or Charitable Cause Event category for the Bags for Bees program. Through the program, Honey Bee Produce company donates all proceeds from branded reusable bag sales to the Utah Beekeeping Association to assist with beekeeping efforts in the state.

“It is always an honor to be recognized by our peers and the industry for the work we’re doing to create unique shopping experiences in our stores,” said Jason Sokol, director of marketing for Associated Food Stores, which owns the stores. “We are thrilled by these recognitions and so proud of our teams for making the Macey’s Murray grand opening and Honey Bee Produce Company’s Bag for Bee’s program so successful.”

The Creative Choice Awards honors and recognizes the best marketing and merchandising programs in the grocery industry. Awards are presented during the annual NGA conference in Las Vegas Nevada February 11-14, 2018 and include a panel with the winners to discuss their entries, methods, and successes with the winning programs.

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About Associated Food Stores
Associated Food Stores was established in 1940 when 34 independent retailers joined together to battle high supplier costs and strong chain-store competition. The Utah-based wholesaler is the only independently-owned wholesaler in the Intermountain Wests and serves more than 400 independent retailers through multiple services beyond grocery including store engineering and development, financial services, insurance services, marketing, advertising, retail technology and more. For more information about Associated Food Stores, visit www.afstores.com.

 

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

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Three AFS Retailers Win Remarkable Independent Awards

Congratulations to Broulim’s, Clark’s Market, and Lee’s Marketplace. Our three retailers were honored with Remarkable Independent Awards from Winsight Grocery Business on Monday at the National Grocers Association conference in Las Vegas. This year’s inaugural class represents 16 retailers across the country who are making great strides in community stewardship, in-store experiences, customer engagement, and ecommerce/online shopping.

Broulim’s was recognized in the Customer Engagement category. With 10 locations across Idaho, Broulim’s stores are known for providing excellent service and quality products through a scratch bakery, wide selection of fresh produce and meat, and multiple prepared food options. The family-owned retailer proves it is dedicated to people by giving company ownership to more than 750 employees. Broulim’s is also active in the communities they serve. They frequently purchase livestock from youth auctions at the fair, sponsor local schools, donate to the food bank, and support local, regional, and national philanthropic organizations.

Clark’s Market took home honors for their community stewardship. They go beyond the traditional grocery store with an emphasis on natural, organic, and gourmet products in their eight locations. Rather than create a cookie cutter guest experience, each location has its own personality that matches the community they serve. Clark’s offers guests at all their stores signature deli items, artisan bread, pizza, scratch-made soup, homemade gelato, fresh juices, and smoothies, a coffee bar with lattes, espressos and other specialty drinks, and multiple meal options from lasagna to mac and cheese, and steak.

Lee’s Marketplace was named a Remarkable Independent in the Customer Engagement category. The family-owned stores strive to create a fun and relaxed shopping experience in their five locations. Building this experience includes adding a variety of offerings that guests want most. Lee’s provides clean, well-lit stores, a wide selection of fresh produce, a scratch bakery, full-service meat department with in-store butchers, floral designers, chef-inspired meal solutions, and fresh-made tortillas, salsa, soups, and sushi. They also offer fresh squeezed juice, gourmet popcorn, fudge, and daily lunch specials that bring guests in every day. Lee’s even makes shopping easy for busy individuals with Lee’s Online, powered by Rosie online shopping.

Congratulations everyone! We’re proud to work with you.