Our stores are pleased to partner with Intermountain Healthcare to help promote the use of face coverings.

See what Utah’s frontline healthcare nurses and doctors advise when it comes to mask use:

 

 

It is always tragic when we lose a member of law enforcement in the line of duty, but this loss has a significant personal impact for the team members of Fresh Market and Associated Food Stores.

Officer Nate Lyday, was a former team member that was respected and revered by those who interacted with him at the East Ogden location of Fresh Market. When he left Fresh Market, it was to assume his new role as an officer with the Ogden Police Department—a new chapter he was excited to start.

This tragic incident is also being felt at our South Ogden location of Fresh Market, where Officer Lyday’s wife is also a team member. We want her to know that the Associated Food Stores family is rallying around her to provide love and support as she faces this unimaginable heartbreak. We know there are no words that will reduce the pain this family is experiencing, but we are here to support however we can.

 

Is your pet an inspiration to you? Do you like to play with your food? We have the perfect challenge for you! Using Twizzlers, create your own piece of fine artwork for a chance to win a year-long supply of Twizzlers!

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Click here to submit your Twizzlers Artwork using this entry form. 

 

 

Here are some Frequently Asked Questions

  • What is Twizzlers Artwork?
    • Twizzlers artwork is whatever you want it to be! It can be any creation you make using Twizzlers. Be creative and have fun!
  • How do I submit my Twizzlers Artwork?
    • Click on the link above, fill out the form, and upload your artwork.
  • When will winners be picked?
    • Winners will be selected on June 11th and contacted using the information used when submitting your artwork.

Promotion ends 6/10/2020

 

Here are some thoughts on the opening of new Telluride store grand opening from Sr. Retail Counselor, Sheyn Love.

The Village Market at Mountain Village Telluride is now open! What these pictures don’t show is all the lack of sleep, throbbing muscles, swelling feet, and tears put into making this happen… especially considering the challenges we faced along the way.

A camera can’t convey the electric energy that was in the air as we opened and exhaled a collective sigh (there was also clapping, hooting, and hollering!)

There was a steady stream of curious locals who started to explore with a unanimous wonder and appreciation for what the Village Market “team”… no, “family,” has accomplished. They truly made me feel like I was a part of their family, despite having to remain 6’ apart.

Not only did I feel like part of the family, but they are first-class in giving that experience to their guests. Anyone with enough money can build a store and put products on shelves… but the Village Market family creates an environment that makes you want to be there with them.

We didn’t have a ribbon-cutting or big gathering of people. We wanted to respect the current state of affairs… but it still felt like a special day. The emotions were high (probably due to the lack of sleep, energy, and possibly oxygen from face masks and 9500’ elevation) as we could finally step back, breath, and admire the end result… which I would really call a beginning.

Although we couldn’t have the normal in-person support that we normally would, I want to thank the whole AFS-MRO team…. no, family, that helped in every way you could. Whether it was me constantly on the phone with you, texting you, or through the encouragement that was fed our way. *Sorry if I didn’t realize that it was late or a weekend!

I am truly proud to be a part of this team family.

Paul Gifford, adjusting your schedule to help us out was surely noticed and appreciated! Thank you so much!

A huge Thank you to the SAC team for the 4 Colorado brokers they were able to hire out (yes they were expensive…but less expensive than the standard 15 people…right?) – They all rose to the occasion with great heads on their shoulders. It got to the point where we started trusting them with custom sets!

I want to especially thank the other half of the “AFS Colorado Retail Services team:” Anthony Sandoval. Not only did he dive into all-things-not-produce with me, but when the time came, he REALLY dove into Fresh… leaving me not having to worry about whether we were going to be ready come opening day.

I couldn’t have physically, emotionally, or mentally survived the past few weeks without him. I thought we were pretty great friends before this, but mutual suffering definitely increases friendship bonds!

“Thank You” doesn’t do it justice, Anthony… but my sincerest “Thank You’s” will still flow your way…I can’t wait for us to be able to carpool again ; )  

 

As the meat-supply crunch hits grocery stores,
expect higher prices for burgers and steaks, purchase limits and smaller selection

Supermarket meat sales are up as consumers cook more at home. A grocery store in Brooklyn, N.Y., on May 5.
PHOTO: LUCAS JACKSON/REUTERS

By Jaewon Kang and Jacob Bunge
May 6, 2020 8:37 am ET

With meat shortages hitting burger chains like Wendy’s Co., what can shoppers expect at their grocery store’s meat counter?

The coronavirus pandemic has disrupted production at U.S. meatpacking plants, leading to higher prices and scarcity for popular items like ground beef and chicken breasts in supermarket meat cases. Grocers, seeking to head off panic buying, have begun limiting purchases and say they are preparing for intermittent shortages through May if not longer.

These shortages may intensify in the coming weeks given the lag between production at the slaughterhouses and distribution to stores. That means shoppers can expect higher prices, slimmed-down selections and nudges to choose plant-based meat alternatives or less popular cuts like sirloin steak.

Buying Limits

As consumers cook more at home, they are buying more protein. Supermarket meat sales are up about 41% year-over-year for the week ended April 25, according to research firm Nielsen.

Alicia Bedard, a 35-year-old mother of four boys, said her local Market Basket store in Royalston, Mass., had placed purchase limits for meat and was out of chicken when she went over the weekend.

“I felt like I was being punished because I have six people in the family,” said Ms. Bedard, who bought beef patties and pork chops. Unable to buy steak for her husband’s birthday, Ms. Bedard tried to buy meat from a local farm, but was told she would have to wait until the end of May.

Customers at ShopRite and Price Rite chains, owned by Wakefern Food Corp., are allotted two items each of beef, ground beef, pork and chicken. In-store butchers are cutting larger-size meat meant for restaurant sales, weighing and repackaging for shoppers.

“We’ve been adapting and adjusting on a week-to-week basis,” said Karen Meleta, vice president of consumer and corporate communications for the supermarket chain.

Kroger Co., Costco Wholesale Corp. and Albertsons Cos. have also limited fresh meat purchases in some stores. New York-based Gristedes Supermarkets urged consumers to stock up on meat in a promotion sent to customers Tuesday, with photos touting fully stocked cases of beef and pork.

Around 20 major meatpacking plants have temporarily closed during the past several weeks due to Covid-19 outbreaks among employees, cutting U.S. beef and pork production last week by about 35% from the same period last year, according to the U.S. Department of Agriculture. Agricultural lender CoBank estimated chicken production fell 7%.

Last week, President Trump issued an executive order that gave the U.S. Department of Agriculture greater discretion over meatpacking plants, allowing them to continue operating and shielding them from state and local pressure to shut down due to Covid-19 outbreaks among workers. Some plants remain closed and others only partially staffed, industry officials said, reducing overall meat production.

 

Higher Prices, Less Selection

Grocers expect to have fewer offerings of beef in the weeks ahead, a challenge given the approach of grilling season when consumers typically spend more on meat. Processed cuts, such as prime beef and boneless pork loin, will be less available because they require more manual labor at a time meat suppliers are looking to speed the packing process. Whole chickens, for example, might be easier to find, they say.

The supply chain disruptions are driving meat prices higher, costs that many grocers are passing on to consumers. Discounts will be scarce.

Forecasting levels of meat supply beyond the next month or so will be tough, said Roger White, senior vice president of sales and merchandising at Associated Food Stores, an association of more than 400 independent retailers.

Consumers are “going to find meat on the shelves,” he added. “They might not find every single item they’re used to seeing.”

Midwest chain B&R Stores Inc. is selling more round and T-bone steaks, cuts that are less popular but more easily stocked, said President Mark Griffin. He said the chain isn’t highlighting any cuts after a promotion for rib-eye last week resulted in a rapid sellout.

The value of choice-graded beef carcasses, a source of burgers and steaks, hit a record $422.57 on May 5, surging 63% over the past two weeks. Wholesale ground beef prices have climbed about 40% over the past two weeks, and researchers at CoBank project retail beef prices by July to be 20% higher than last year’s level.

Hugo Morales, who runs a printing business and lives in Ontario, Calif., said he has noticed higher beef and pork prices at his local supermarkets. He estimates he is spending about 25% more on grocery trips to feed his family of five.

“We’re pretty dependent upon meat. We have it with almost every meal,” said Mr. Morales. The 39-year-old said he bought strip steak instead of rib-eye to save money.

Overall retail prices of fresh meat, including beef, pork and poultry, have increased about 8.1% year-over-year for the week ended April 25, according to Nielsen. For the week ended Jan. 4, meat prices had been up 2.2% year-over-year.

Mark Skogen, chief executive of Skogen’s Foodliner Inc., which operates as Festival Foods, said he is working with any suppliers it can find to load up on meat.

“As long as you can limit hoarding, there’s going to be protein to be eaten,” he said, adding that seafood sales are rising, too. Festival Foods is expecting to have fewer promotions and sales on meat.

Going Beyond Burgers

This week, Kroger will start selling plant-based meat products from Impossible Foods Inc. at 1,700 of its stores. A company spokeswoman said the partnership was arranged before the pandemic and that plant-based food is among Kroger’s fastest-growing categories.

Rival Beyond Meat Inc. is beginning to sell packs of its pea protein-based burger patties to more grocery chains, including warehouse stores like Walmart Inc.’s Sam’s Club and BJ’s Wholesale Club.

Beyond Meat Chief Executive Ethan Brown said the company over the next few months plans to discount its products and sell bulk packages to be more cost-competitive with pricier ground beef, and capture new customers.

 

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Utah state officials recently announced the “Mask for Every Utahn” program for those who would like a mask but haven’t been able to get one.  

Here is the link to a news article the discusses the announcement 

Here is the link to the state website where citizens may submit a request.  

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