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SelectHealth and Associated Food Stores

create can display that’s out of this world

Companies donate more than $1,617 in food to benefit Utah food insecurity

Salt Lake City, UT (July 12, 2019) A space ship made out of nearly 1,924 cans of food recently took residence at the SLC Library thanks to SelectHealth and Associated Food Stores. The companies participated in Salt Lake County Health Department’s 4th annual Foodstruction program, which encourages companies to build creative displays out of healthy food items to raise awareness of food insecurity. Following the event, SelectHealth and Associated Food Stores donated the used items, totaling more than $1,617 worth of food to Utah Food Bank.

“One in five children have no idea where their next meal is coming from,” said Emily Butlin, Associated Food Stores senior marketing specialist. “Food insecurity in Utah is real—and we believe we can all make a difference to help those who are in need.”

SelectHealth organized a team to participate in the event and coordinated with Associated Food Stores to get the 1,924 cans needed to complete the design. The project required two different builds—a test run and the final product. The test run was donated to For the Kids, a nonprofit that feeds hungry children over the weekend with community donations and volunteers.

“SelectHealth is proud to have won the prize for donating the most amount of food to help our community in previous years. With the help of Associated Foods, we hope to win it again this year. The staff that participates in this event have a lot of fun designing the project, and seeing it come to light. The fact that it does such great for the community is a bonus.”

“This is our 4th year participating in this wonderful event. SelectHealth loves that this event really shines a light on the food insecurities members of our communities’ face. We chose to do a spaceship this year in honor of the 50th anniversary of the moon landing.”

Foodstruction is part of Salt Lake County Health Department’s mission to fight food insecurity with Utah Food Bank. Each year several companies visit libraries across the county to build creative displays meant to educate the community about food insecurity. Community members are then invited to vote for their favorites.

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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.

About SelectHealth

SelectHealth is a not-for-profit health plan serving more than 850,000 members. Through a shared mission with Intermountain Healthcare®, we are committed to helping people live the healthiest lives possible®. In addition to medical plans, SelectHealth offers dental, vision, pharmacy benefit management, and life and disability coverage to its members. SelectHealth plans are available for Medicare and Medicaid enrollees, and we’re also a carrier for the state’s Children’s Health Insurance Program. For details, visit selecthealth.org.

Media Contacts

Sarah Pettit

Associated Food Stores

801-978-8948

Scpettit@afstores.com

Jamee Wright

SelectHealth

801-442-7962

Jamee.wright@selecthealth.org

New services will be available beginning April 1, 2019.

Salt Lake City, UT (March 28, 2019) Macey’s is making it easier for guests to take care of their health, in addition to their groceries. Starting April 1, 2019, select Macey’s pharmacies will be offering clinical consultations and prescriptive services for urinary tract infections (UTIs), yeast infections and cold sores.

“Anyone who has had to deal with things like a yeast infection or UTI knows how important it is to start treating it quickly,” said Denise Kunkle, pharmacy clinical services manager. “With these new services at our in-store pharmacies, our patients can get the treatment they need quickly and easily.”

No appointment is needed to take advantage of these new clinical services. For a low-cost consultation fee, shoppers can stop by the pharmacy, fill out a questionnaire, meet with a qualified pharmacist and receive a personal treatment plan.

The new prescriptive treatment for UTIs, yeast infections and cold sores will be available at Macey’s pharmacies in Draper, Murray, Lehi, Logan, Providence, Provo, Tooele and West Jordan. Each pharmacy provides extended business hours, making it convenient for patients to get the care they need when it works best for their schedule.

These new services are in addition to strep testing, immunizations, and flu shots that help ensure we provide high-quality care for patients. For more information about Macey’s and all the services available at our pharmacies, visit Maceys.com/pharmacy.

New Highland store will be Macey’s 15th location

Highland, UT (March 6, 2019) Macey’s is growing! We’re bringing our unbeatable shopping experience and competitive pricing to the Highland community with a new store at 5353 W 11000 N, replacing Ridley’s Family Market.

“We can’t wait to begin welcoming guests to our new Macey’s Highland store. Our increased product selection, meal solutions, and Perks rewards program will provide guests an outstanding shopping experience every time they walk in the door,” said Darin Peirce, director of retail operations for Macey’s.

The Highland location will feature a wide selection of offerings and amenities, including:

  • An expanded delicatessen with smoked meats, sushi, hot food buffet, salad bars, sandwiches, wraps and more
  • Extensive bakery offerings such as artisan bread, bagels, fresh pastries, donuts and cakes
  • A larger produce section with organic and local items, fresh salsa, and fresh 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
  • A specialty cheese island with enhanced cheese offerings

Our guests will also enjoy:

  • Macey’s Anywhere online shopping and curbside pickup
  • Self-checkout options including Skip, which allows guests to scan items as they shop and checkout from their phone
  • A clean, bright store with new signage highlighting natural, organic, dietician and pharmacist preferred, and local items at the shelf
  • Enhanced pharmacy options
  • Easy access to U.S. post office services
  • Expanded indoor and outdoor seating
  • A more convenient store entrance and updated décor throughout the store

Crews will begin remodeling the existing store soon with a grand opening expected later this year. The store will remain open during construction.

The Highland store is the 15th Macey’s location. Macey’s has stores from Cache Valley to Utah County. To learn more about Macey’s and to find the location nearest you, visit Macey’s.com.

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Utah Grocery Stores Make Sure Kids Go Back to School with Full Tummies
Macey’s, Lin’s, Dan’s, Dick’s Market, Fresh Market and Honey Bee donate more than 285,000 meals to Mobile School Pantry Program

Salt Lake City, UT (September 7, 2018) Students and their families across the state can rest a little easier knowing they have food thanks to Macey’s, Lin’s, Dan’s, Dick’s Market, Fresh Market and Honey Bee Produce Company. The Utah-based grocery stores donated $150,622 worth of kid-friendly food to Utah Food Bank’s Mobile School Pantry Program. The donation took place at Edison Elementary School in Salt Lake City yesterday as a wrap up to the 2017 Season to Share food drive.

“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 six stores. “This donation wouldn’t be possible without the great support of our community and we’re so thankful for their generosity.”

Team members from Associated Retail Operations, which owns and operates the six stores that participated in the drive, partnered with Utah Food Bank to pass out food including peanut butter, tuna fish, fruits, vegetables, and other food items to students after school. The donation totaled over 340,000 lb and will provide around 285,000 meals to students and their families at risk of food insecurity across the state.

“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 President & CEO. “With 1 in 6 Utah children unsure of where their next meal will come from, these donations will truly impact these children and their families as we distribute the food through all 69 Mobile School pantries.”

    

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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

 

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

 

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 149 emergency food pantries and agencies. Last fiscal year, Utah Food Bank distributed 39.2 million pounds of food and goods, the equivalent of approximately 32.7 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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Macey’s Sandy Employee Named Utah’s Best Bagger
Macey’s, Lin’s, and Dan’s sweep competition at Utah Food Industry Association annual conference

Salt Lake City, UT (August 23, 2018) If you’re searching for the best bagger in Utah, look no farther than the Macey’s in Sandy. Julina Call, a bagger from Macey’s, was named Utah’s Best Bagger yesterday at the 2018 competition held at Davis Conference Center in Layton, Utah. The competition was part of Utah Food Industry Association conference. She will represent Utah at the National competition next February during the National Grocer’s Association annual conference in San Diego.

“It’s awesome to have another state champion from our Sandy store, and hopefully a third national champion” said John Harris, the district manager at Macey’s Sandy. “We’re always excited for the competition. We’re proud of Julina and all of our team members.”

Macey’s wasn’t the only Associated Retail Operations store to take top honors at the event. Rachell Beagley from Lin’s in Hurricane, Utah, took the second place spot. Third place went to Jaxon Astill from the Dan’s on Foothill in Salt Lake City.

During the competition baggers from multiple grocery stores across the state went head to head in sets of three. Each bagger was given the same items to bag using reusable bags. They were judged not only on speed, but the weight of each bag and how items were placed.

Julina has worked at Macey’s for three and a half years and enjoys helping guests as their last point of contact before they leave the store. She is currently a nursing student.

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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. Macey’s currently operates 13 stores from Logan to Spanish Fork. For more information visit maceys.com.

Associated Food Stores and Associated Retail Operations were recognized for their leadership in product quality, marketing, and sales efforts with Certified Angus Beef ® during the 2017 Certified Angus Beef ® Annual Conference last week.

“We truly value our relationship with Certified Angus Beef ® and appreciate their support in helping us reach these milestones with the brand. CAB is a real differentiator for us and gives a strong quality advantage in our markets. Our retailers have embraced it as their own and have been rewarded with increased sales and a quality image that will only continue to grow. Our guests have also warmly received it and really appreciate the consistent, high-quality eating experience it provides. When it comes to beef, nobody does it better,” said Marty Berlin, director of meat for Associated Food Stores.

Associated Retail Operations, which includes Macey’s, Lin’s, Dan’s, Dick’s Market, and Fresh Market, was named the Rookie of the Year. The award is given to one retailer who is new to Certified Angus Beef ® and excels in marketing efforts and sales. Part of the stores’ marketing plan included social media giveaways of various Certified Angus Beef ® products, in-store events, and other offers. Only one store each year is awarded the Rookie of the Year award.

Associated Food Stores was recognized for sales efforts as a Top Three Sales Volume Retail Distributor. The award is based on the total pounds of Certified Angus Beef ® products sold from June 2016-May 2017. Associated Food Stores supplied Certified Angus Beef ® products to retailers across eight intermountain West states including Utah, Idaho, Montana, Nevada, Colorado, Wyoming, and Oregon.

The stores and wholesaler began offering Certified Angus Beef ® last May in an effort to bring fresh, high-quality, locally sourced beef products to shoppers. To learn more about our Certified Angus Beef ® offerings, visit one of our many locations.

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Five Utah Grocery Stores Donate $114,412.61 to Make-A-Wish® Utah
Funds will help grant 23 wishes for Utah Children

Salt Lake City, Utah (October 5, 2017) The wishes of 23 Utah children will come true thanks to Macey’s, Lin’s, Dan’s, Dick’s Market, and Fresh Market. The stores donated $114,412.61 to Make-A-Wish® Utah yesterday during a special check presentation at Lin’s in Cedar City. It wasn’t just an average check presentation. During the celebration, four year-old Ryder learned his wish to visit the Florida theme parks and meet his favorite characters was being granted. Members of the Cedar City police and fire departments as well as the Lin’s store team participated in the surprise.

“We have the most generous guests and are floored by the amount they helped us raise for Make-A-Wish® Utah! We wouldn’t be able to help so many children without them,” said Steve Holm, district manager for Lin’s. “They always step up to make the star icon drive a huge success and we’re so grateful to them.”

From August 1-31, guests at all 42 Macey’s, Lin’s, Dan’s, Dick’s Market and Fresh Market locations were invited to purchase a star icon during checkout. Any amount could be donated for the star, allowing guests to help in whatever way possible with contributions ranging from pocket change to several dollars at a time. The donations quickly added up, surpassing last year’s donation of $100,000.

“We are grateful for the support of every store that participated in this campaign, and for the generosity of the community of customers that helped to raise these funds,” said Jared Perry, Chief Executive Officer of Make-A-Wish Utah. “Wishes are life-changing experiences for the families that we serve, and it is our vision to grant the wish of every eligible child in the state. The funding we receive from the Associated Retail Operations team and outpour of support generated by our community takes us one encouraging step closer toward accomplishing this goal.”

Macey’s, Lin’s, Dan’s, Dick’s Market, and Fresh Market have partnered with Make-A-Wish® Utah since 2010 to raise money to grant wishes for children facing life-threatening illnesses. Over the last seven years the stores have helped grant over 100 wishes. Make-A-Wish® Utah works with families to grant a wish when they need it most—after things have been exceptionally difficult and they need a little fun and hope in their lives.

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About Associated Retail Operations
Associated Retail Operations consists of five local grocery stores owned by Associated Food Stores, an independent, retailer-owned grocery wholesaler based in Salt Lake City, Utah. The stores operate under five different banners, Macey’s, Lin’s, Dan’s, Dick’s Market and Fresh Market. For more information, visit their websites at:

Macey’s—www.maceys.com
Lin’s—www.linsgrocery.com
Dan’s—www.dansfoods.com
Dick’s Market—www.dicksmarket.com
Fresh Market—www.freshmarketstores.com

About Make-A-Wish® Utah
Make-A-Wish® Utah grants the wishes of children with life-threatening medical conditions to enrich the human experience with hope, strength, and joy. Located in its facility in Murray, A Wishing Place, Make-A-Wish® Utah offers a life-affirming wish experience at a time of critical need. For more information, visit us online at www.utah.wish.org, on social @makeawishutah or give us a call at (801) 262-9474.

 

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

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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