AFS Recognized by Utah Worksite Wellness Council

Associated Food Stores was recently awarded the Gold Award from the Utah Worksite Wellness Council for its efforts in maintaining workplace wellness. Recipients of the award were scored against the CDC’s Worksite Health Scorecard that asks 122 questions about the health promotion strategies employers are using to prevent heart disease, stroke, and other related health conditions among employees.  AFS was one of 50 employers recognized.

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Associated Food Stores Donates More than 57,000 Pounds of Food

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Associated Food Stores Donates More than 57,000 Pounds of Food
Donation to Utah Food Bank is part of the annual FoodShow

Salt Lake City, UT (April 24, 2018) Associated Food Stores (AFS) is proving its commitment to enriching lives and serving the community. The grocery wholesaler recently donated 57,386 pounds of food to Utah Food Bank following the annual FoodShow. This year’s donation is the largest donation the wholesaler has made to date following the trade show.

The annual FoodShow was held April 11-12, 2018 at the Salt Palace Convention Center in downtown Salt Lake. Independent retailers from Utah, Idaho, Colorado, Montana, Wyoming, Nevada, Arizona, and Oregon were invited to the show to meet with vendors, learn about new programs and sample new offerings. When the show was over, the 423 vendors who participated boxed up their items and labeled each pallet and stack with a sticker that designated it was headed to Utah Food Bank. AFS delivered the 100 pallet donation shortly afterward.

This is the sixth post-FoodShow donation AFS has made to Utah Food Bank. The food is delivered to the food bank’s headquarters in Salt Lake City and then distributed to other food pantries across the state to help families in need.

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Rachael Wabel
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801-978-8913

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Happy Pi Day!

No matter how you slice it, Pi Day is the perfect excuse to have a delicious slice of pie tonight (as if you really needed an excuse). Why not pick up a Beehive Pastry Co. or Red Button Vintage Creamery Premium Pie for dessert? It could even be your reward for helping out with your kid’s math homework (because we all know that deserves a massive prize).

Fill your Pi Day celebrations with some of our award winning pies! Beehive Bread and Pastry Co. fresh made pies are available in a variety of flavors in the bakery. If Red Button pies (and the smell of fresh baked pie in your kitchen) are more your taste, check out our premium fruit pies or delicious cream pies in the freezer section.

No matter which one you choose, we know the whole family will love it. Each pie is made right here in Utah with the freshest ingredients and only sold at our stores.

How else are you celebrating Pi Day?

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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.

 

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Rachael Wabel
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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.

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Recipe: Chipotle Chili

Servings: 8
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 10 minutes

Ingredients
1 lb. ground beef
2 cans of petite diced tomatoes with chipotle chilies
1 can kidney beans, rinsed and drained
1 can black beans, rinsed and drained
Chili powder to taste

Directions

  1. In a large pot, cook ground beef until browned, drain fat.
  2. Add tomatoes and beans and season to taste with chili powder.
  3. Simmer over low heat for 10 minutes.
  4. Serve with your favorite chili toppings.

Tips for a Healthier Holiday Season

Cookies and the holidays go together like sleigh bells and reindeer, a fireplace and stockings, or mistletoe and kisses. Unfortunately, these sugary treats can also go together with overindulgence and an expanding waistline. But they don’t need to. Here are some tips for how to make your holiday cookies as healthy as possible.

Cut the sugar. In addition to sweetness, sugar contributes moisture, fluffiness, and that golden brown outside as well. You can usually get away with reducing sugar by ¼ to ½ in most recipes, however. If making cookies, like sugar cookies, which rely almost entirely on sugar for their flavor, consider switching to cookies that also use cinnamon, unsweetened chocolate, pumpkin, molasses or other ingredients to enhance their flavor.

Swap the fat. Butter or vegetable shortenings are higher in saturated fats. Using unsaturated fat instead of saturated fat is a great way to support your cardiovascular health. You can substitute oils like canola or grape seed for half the butter in most recipes with no change in the final product. Applesauce is also a common fat replacement but at ½ the calories, 3x the fiber, and 6x the protein, I prefer pumpkin puree. You’ll only need ¾ the amount of pumpkin as you would butter.

Boost the vitamins, minerals, and fiber. Sugar, refined flours, oil…there’s one thing missing in these key ingredients for cookies and that’s the nutrients your body needs most – vitamins, minerals, and fiber. Look for recipes that use fruits and vegetables (applesauce, apricot puree, raisins, carrot, zucchini, pumpkin…) along with whole grains and nuts (whole wheat, oats, quinoa, walnuts, almond flour, chia…)

Reduce your portions. Now that your cookies are lower in sugar, have healthy fats, and are richer in vitamins, minerals, and fiber, you’re allowed to eat as many of them as you like, right? Not exactly. Cut the recipe in half, make your cookies smaller, and eat them only after your meal so they don’t take the place of other healthier foods.

Use these tips in your next batch to ensure that they also support your health and wellbeing.

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Reynolds Market Goes Digital

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Reynolds Market Goes Digital
Locally owned retailer now offers online shopping

Miles City, MT (November 20, 2017) Reynold’s Market is making grocery shopping a little easier for guests at their Miles City store. The locally-owned grocery stores launched Reynolds Online Shopping Powered by Rosie, today. The service allows guests to order their groceries online and either pick them up at the store or have them delivered.

Reynolds Online Shopping is designed to give time back to time-starved shoppers to do more of what they love. There is a $30 minimum order to use the service and a small fee of $3 for pickup and $8 for delivery within five miles of the store.

“We’re excited to introduce Reynolds Online Shopping, Powered by Rosie to our guests. We’re always looking for ways to make shopping at Reynolds Market better and more convenient and offering online shopping and delivery is an easy way to do that,” said Jim Bastian, Reynolds Market store manager. “We know our guests have limited time. With Reynolds Online, they can still get the groceries they need and have time doing what they love with those they love.”

Using Reynolds Online Shopping is simple.

  1. Visit reynoldsmarket.com and click on Reynolds Online Shopping to create a free account. Shoppers can create shopping lists, save favorite items, and more with their profile.
  2. Select which groceries they’d like and leave special instructions for appropriate product substitutions (in the event of an out-of-stock) or produce quality (like green or extra ripe bananas).
  3. Pay online and choose a pickup time from 9 a.m.-7 p.m. or delivery time from 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Monday-Saturday.
  4. Stop at the store, park in the curbside spot and text the personal shoppers to bring the order out to the car—or wait for your order to be delivered right to your door.

“We look forward to serving even more of our community with Reynolds Online Shopping and can’t wait to get to know these guests,” said Bastian.

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About Reynolds Market
Reynolds Market has served shoppers in Montana since 1925 when Frank Reynolds opened his first store in Glendive. In the nearly 100 years since the first store opened, Reynolds has been committed to providing quality products at competitive prices across fresh produce, in-store bakery and deli, variety of grocery and frozen products, great seasonal and GM offerings, and multiple community events throughout the year. The grocery store is still family-owned today and has five locations in Glendive, Baker, Glasgow, Miles City, and Sidney, Montana. To learn more about Reynolds Market, visit www.reynoldsmarket.com.

About Rosie
Rosie is the most trusted, locally focused eCommerce company, where customers can find and discover anything they might want to buy online from local stores. Rosie partners with leading independent retailers and their wholesalers to provide eCommerce, delivery opportunities, omni-channel marketing and deep data services. Rosie serves as the preferred eCommerce partner to a variety of wholesale cooperatives, such as Associated Food Stores (AFS), Associated Grocers of New England, Associated Wholesale Grocers (AWG), Bozzuto’s, CERTCO, C&S Wholesale Grocers, and Olean Wholesale Grocers. Rosie powers the online shopping platforms of major local retailers like Niemann Foods Inc., Broulim’s, Macey’s, Clark’s Market, and Buehler’s Fresh Foods. IBM selected Rosie as the Top Startup in North America in its 2014 IBM Smartcamp Competition. Visit rosieapp.com for company information and to sign up for a free account. For Rosie news and downloadable media assets, visit http://mediakit.rosieapp.com. To see firsthand what retailers and their customers think about Rosie, check out this video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ncx49VUdDls.  Like us at fb.com/rosieapp. Follow us on twitter.com/rosieapp.

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Mini Caramel Apple Pies

Thanksgiving is just over a week away. Take the worry out of dessert with these delicious bite-sized treats.

Ingredients
2- 9 inch pie crusts
2 cups diced granny smith apples
2 Tbsp flour
1 tsp cinnamon
¼ cup sugar
10-15 wrapped caramels
½ lemon, juiced
1 egg
1 Tbsp water

Directions
1. Preheat oven to 425°.
2. In small bowl, mix apples, cinnamon, sugar, flour, and lemon juice. Set aside.
3. Unroll pie dough and cut 3 inch circles with cookie cutter or glass cup. Roll out scraps with a rolling pin and continue cutting circles.
4. Place 1 tablespoon of apple mixture in center of circle. Top with a few pieces of caramel.
5. Brush mixture of egg and water around the edge of circle. Top with another circle and seal edges shut with fork. Brush top with egg wash and cut two vents.
6. Repeat process with other circles.
7. Refrigerate for 30 minutes.
8. Bake for 15 minutes until golden brown.