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Associated Food Stores Recognized at Certified Angus Beef ® Awards

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

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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.

 

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Honey Bee Produce Company Flies into Draper

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

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Utah Grocery Stores Donate More than 285,800 Meals to Families in Need

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

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

 

 

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Macey’s Hits the East Side

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

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Utah Grocery Stores Help Save Summer Camp

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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.

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

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Spanish Fork Macey’s Bagger Named Utah’s Best

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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.

 

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

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Congratulations to Our Top Women in Grocery Recipients

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.

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Macey’s Helps Guests Skip the Checkout with New App

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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 rmwabel@afstores.com to schedule an appointment.

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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.

 

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