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AFS and SelectHealth Bring Minions to Murray to Fight Food Insecurity

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SelectHealth and Associated Food Stores Bring Minions to Murray to Fight Food Insecurity
Utah companies donate more than $3,500 in food to benefit KidsEat! and Utah Food Bank

Salt Lake City, UT (August 20, 2018) Minions made out of nearly 4,000 lbs. of food recently took residence at the Murray library thanks to SelectHealth and Associated Food Stores. The companies participated in Salt Lake County Health Department’s 3rd annual Foodstruction program, which encourages companies to build creative displays out of healthy food items as a way to raise awareness of food insecurity. Following the event, SelectHealth and Associated Food Stores donated the used items, totally more than $3,500 worth of food, to KidsEat! and Utah Food Bank, making it the largest donation of the event.

“SelectHealth is proud to have won the prize for donating the most amount of food to help our community. 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, said Amber Greene, Community Relations representative for SelectHealth.

SelectHealth organized a 12-person team to participate in the event and coordinated with Associated Food Stores to get the 4,908 cans needed to complete the design. The project required two different builds—a test run and the final product. The food used in the test run build was donated to KidsEat!, an organization that provides weekend meal packs to at-risk kids to ensure they don’t go hungry while not at school. SelectHealth was able to pick which organization to donate the food to. The items used in the display built at Murray library were donated to Utah Food Bank.

“This is our 3rd year participating in this wonderful event. SelectHealth loves that this event really shines light on the food insecurities members of our communities face. We decided to build minions this year because we wanted something that was popular and would appeal to kids, said Greene.

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. SelectHealth and Associated Food Stores took third place.

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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.

Media Contact for Associated Food Stores
Rachael Wabel
801-978-8913
rmwabel@afstores.com

About SelectHealth
SelectHealth is a not-for-profit health insurance organization serving more than 850,000 members in Utah and southern Idaho. As a subsidiary of Intermountain Healthcare, SelectHealth is 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. SelectHealth is also a carrier for the state’s Children’s Health Insurance Program. For details, visit selecthealth.org.

Media Contact
Amber Greene
801-442-9956

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Slow Cooker Chicken Rice Bowls

Try these delicious rice bowls for a simple slow-cooker dinner.

Servings: 6
Prep Time: 20 minutes
Cook Time: 9 Hours

Ingredients
1 ½ lbs. chicken breasts
1 (16 oz.) jar salsa
1 (15 oz.) can black beans, drained
8 oz.  frozen corn
1 tbsp. chili powder
½ tbsp. cumin
½ tbsp. minced garlic
½ tsp dried oregano
¼ tsp cayenne pepper
½ tsp salt
Cracked pepper to taste
2 cups dry rice
8 oz. shredded cheddar cheese
½ bunch cilantro (optional)

Directions

  1. Add everything except the rice, cheese, and cilantro to the slow cooker along with ¼ cup of water. Stir everything and make sure the chicken is covered in the mixture.
  2. Secure the lid on your slow cooker and cook on low for 8 hours.
  3. Near the end of the cooking time, cook the two cups of rice.
  4. After 8 hours of cooking, carefully remove the lid of the slow cooker. Stir with a fork to shred the chicken (it should be super tender and will shred easily).
  5. Build the taco bowls by placing rice on the bottom, then the taco chicken mix, shredded cheese, and fresh cilantro before serving.
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Associated Food Stores Sponsors Second Taste of Utah

Annual event brings Utah products to the Nation’s capital

Salt Lake City, UT (July 30, 2018) Associated Food Stores (AFS) helped share a little taste of Utah with Washington D.C. at the second annual Taste of Utah. Held on July 25, Taste of Utah brings Utah-made products to state representatives and other officials at an evening reception that is  part of the Pioneer Day festivities. The event follows the truck send-off held at the Utah State Capitol on July 18. AFS partnered with Senator Mike Lee, Zions Bank, and Utah Food Industry Association to organize the event.

“Taste of Utah is a great way for us to show how amazing Utah products are and what our producers and growers are literally bringing to the table,” said Ryan Barnes, deli director for Associated Food Stores, and one of the organizers for the event. “We are grateful to Senator Lee and his staff for this opportunity and know that everyone there loved it.”

Started in 2017, Taste of Utah provides an opportunity to showcase the great items that come from the Beehive State on the national stage. Participation grew from approximately 15 vendors last year to more than 20 in 2018. This year’s event featured products from companies including Stone Ground Bakery, Heber Valley Artisan Cheese, Taffy Town, Beehive Cheese Company, Casper’s Creamery which produces local favorite Red Button Vintage Creamery ice cream, Wasatch Brewery, Rocky Mountain Pies, Dunford Bakers, and more. Entertainment was provided by Lincoln Highway, a folk ensemble from Utah.

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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.

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Joining the Club: Associated Food Stores Announces Food Club Transition

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Joining the Club: Associated Food Stores Announces Food Club Transition
Wholesaler introduces new exclusive brand offering.

Salt Lake City, UT (July 18, 2018) There’s a new member of the Associated Food Stores (AFS) exclusive brands family! The Utah-based wholesaler announced they are transitioning from Western Family to Food Club as their staple Exclusive Brand. The transition is expected to be completed by the end of 2018 and will bring a variety of shopper-favorite and new items to the more than 400 independent grocery stores it serves across the intermountain West.

“We are excited to bring Food Club to our shoppers. We know they will love it as much as they have loved Western Family,” said Boyd Irving, Director of Exclusive Brands for Associated Food Stores. “We believe in Food Club so much that we’re offering a double-money back guarantee if any guest is unsatisfied with the product.”

Food Club, sold by consortium Topco, focuses on staple categories in center store including canned fruits and vegetables, baking items like sugar and flour, condiments, cereal, crackers and other snacks, condiments, and frozen items including fruits, vegetables, ice cream, novelties, and potatoes. Along with the new Food Club items, AFS is introducing Buckley Farms into the meat category and Culinary Tours into specialty foods with flavors from around the world.

With more than 1,600 products, Food Club has items that will meet the needs of every guest. Many of the products are sourced from the same suppliers who brought Western Family to grocery stores, guaranteeing great taste and quality. In some cases, Food Club is even better than the Western Family offerings. Each Food Club item comes in clean label packaging with key information callouts on the front to make it easier for shoppers to find the items they need to match their diets.

For more information regarding Food Club, product images, or exclusive interviews with the transition team, please contact Rachael Wabel rmwabel@afstores.com.

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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.

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

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Associated Food Stores Bring a Taste of Utah to Washington

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

Associated Food Stores Bring a Taste of Utah to Washington
Grocery wholesaler partners with local businesses and Senator Mike Lee for second annual event.

Salt Lake City, UT (July 17, 2018) From the state capitol to the nation’s capital! Associated Food Stores is excited to partner with Senator Mike Lee, Utah Food Industry Association (UFIA), Zions Bank, and multiple Utah-based vendors to bring the second annual Taste of Utah Event to Washington D.C. on July 25, 2018. Taste of Utah showcases the best of Utah products on the national stage with items from more than 20 vendors and producers including Stone Ground Bakery, Heber Valley Artisan Cheese, Taffy Town, Beehive Cheese Company, Casper’s Creamery which produces local favorite Red Button Vintage Creamery ice cream, Brigham’s Brew, Rocky Mountain Pies, Dunford Bakers, and more.

AFS, UFIA, Senator Lee, and Zions Bank will host a send-off event at the Utah Capitol on July 18 before the truck departs for Washington D.C.

What: Taste of Utah truck send-off event

Where: Utah State Capitol steps

When: Wednesday July 18, 2018 at 12:30 p.m.

What: Governor Herbert, Dave Davis from UFIA, and Bob Obray from AFS will address the group before the final items are loaded into the truck and it makes its way to Washington D.C. for Taste of Utah. Representatives from the featured companies and event organizers from Associated Food Stores will also be on-site for interviews and photos.

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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.

78 Years of Enriching Lives

In 1940, 34 independent retailers joined together and established Associated Food Stores in an effort to combat the rising cost of goods. Large chains with increased buying power were driving up the cost of items, leaving many independently-owned grocery stores to close their doors. Donald P. Lloyd led the group of dedicated independent retailers against stiff competition and created the largest grocery co-op in the Intermountain West.

The determination our founding retailers displayed then has continued to drive our business decisions and goals. Since 1940 we have grown from 34 retailers in Utah to more than 300 independent grocers across Utah, Idaho, Colorado, Wyoming, Montana, Nevada, Arizona, and Oregon. Many of our retailers have multiple stores in various communities.

We’re proud of our retailers and the ways they serve their communities. Whether it be providing water and food during community emergencies to supporting local schools and community members. Our retailers truly understand what it means to be part of a community.

Thank you for a great 78 years! We’re looking forward to many more.

 

78 Years of Associated Food Stores

1940

Reliable Food Stores Inc. opened with 34 member retailers. Donald P. Lloyd was elected as the first manager. The name was later changed to Associated Food Stores Inc.   

July 1: The first Associated Food Stores warehouse opened.  

1942
Women began working in grocery stores.

 

 1945 
Associated Food Stores served 87 members in Utah and Nevada  

Associated Food Stores partnered with Royal Canning Company of Utah to provide canned fruits and vegetables to retailers. 

1946
The Pocatello Warehouse opened. 

1948
The Salt Lake Warehouse moved to a new building at the Remington Arms plant.  

1950
The Helena, Montana Warehouse opened.  

 

Associated Food Stores became the first Intermountain food merchant to use television advertising. 

1951
Associated Food Stores sponsored Utah Symphony Youth Concerts.  

The Salt Lake Warehouse was expanded to include a dock with railroad siding. 

1952 
Associated Food Stores sponsored “My Favorite Story”, becoming the first food group to sponsor a television show.  

A Fresh Produce department was added. 

1953
A Non-Foods department was added, carrying toothpaste and razor blades. 

1955
The Frozen Food department was added. 

1956
The Gold Strike Stamp Company was created to provide trading stamps to AFS member stores. 

1957
The Store Development department was added. 

The first Gold Strike Stamps were issued to Associated Food Stores retailers. 

1959
Associated Food Stores serviced 380 retailers, 42 had multiple stores. 

Meat and Bakery departments were added. 

The Pocatello and Salt Lake Warehouses were expanded. 

1961
The Frozen Foods Warehouse was built in Salt Lake City.  

Associated Food Stores and Dependable Wholesale merged, bringing more than 100 stores to Associated Food Stores.  

1963
A 75,000 square foot warehouse was built in Helena, Montana 

1965
The Associated Food Stores logo featuring a shopper pushing a cart with an “a” in it debuted.  

1966
July 1: Associated Food Stores merged with San Francisco Grocery to create the California Division. 

Western Family Corporation was established as Associated Food Stores first exclusive brand. 

1968
A full-scale sign and print shop was added to the advertising department. 

1970
Associated Food Stores served 845 stores. 

The Thriftway, Foodtown and Bestway ad groups were created. 

1972 
Donald P. Lloyd retired. Gill Warner became President and CEO of Associated Food Stores.  

The Billings, Montana division opened.  

1973
March 30: The Universal Price Code (UPC) system was selected by a committee which included Donald P. Lloyd. 

The Boise Distribution Center opened.  

1974
The Gold Strike Stamp Company was sold to Gold Bond. 

1976
February 1: The California Division closed. 

1983
The Scanning Department started. 

1984
A new warehouse was built in Salt Lake to accommodate general merchandise, insurance and store engineering. 

1985
Associated Food Stores serviced 700 stores. 

A 27-bay truck garage and IMC terminal was added to the Salt Lake Warehouse. 

1986
Associated Food Stores began supplying convenience stores.   

1988
The first trade show was held for the Salt Lake and Pocatello divisions. 

1989
Associated Food Stores entered the Las Vegas market for the first time with three Food Giant stores.

1990
Associated Food Stores served 731 stores.  

1994 
Gill Warner retired and Richard Parkinson assumed the role of President and CEO of Associated Food Stores.

The Associated Food Stores general office was built in Salt Lake. 

1996
Category Management was established to determine and procure the products retailers wanted most. 

2001
April 29: The Farr West Distribution Center opened, totaling 1,000,000 square feet, or  approximately 21 football fields. 

 

1999 
Macey’s became Associated Food Stores’ first corporate-owned store. Lin’s, Dan’s, Dicks and Fresh Market soon followed.  

2008
The Farr West Distribution Center was expanded by 56,000 square feet. 

2009
Fresh Market stores opened in Utah 

2011 
Richard Parkinson retired from Associated Food Stores. Neal Berube succeeded him as President and CEO. 

2012
The Rewards department opened, allowing retailers to offer loyalty programs to shoppers.  

2013
Associated Food Stores expanded its exclusive brands offerings to include: Western Family, Full Circle, Chuck Wagon dog food, @ease, Wide Awake Coffee, Aura, b-leve, Tippy Toes,  Buckley Farms and Boulder Burger.  

2014
Associated Food Stores partnered with Rosie, an e-commerce company, to bring online shopping and delivery to retailers. 

2015
Red Button Vintage Creamery Ice Cream was introduced as our newest exclusive brand. It didn’t take long for it to become a shopper favorite. Birchberry Bistro and Beehive Bread and Pastry Co. were also added to our exclusive brands line-up. 

Our distribution center in Farr West, Utah was received the HPR Award from FM Global for our efforts to protect the warehouse from fire, natural hazards, and other property risks.  

2016
Several of our exclusive brands received national attention. Red Button won Best Packaging from Store Brands magazine. Our Red Button Vintage Creamery premium pies earned blue ribbons at the National Pie Championships. 

We added AutoSense temperature monitoring tools to the Farr West distribution center to improve food safety. 

2017
AFS received several awards and honors including: Rocky Mountain Power’s wattsmart Award for energy conservation and efficiency, eight blue ribbons at the National Pie Championships for Beehive Bread and Pastry Co. And Red Button Vintage Creamery premium pies, Topco’s Outstanding Item/Category Launch for Simply Done, and Intermountain Donor Services partnership award for AFS’ support of organ donation. 

We formed a partnership with Cosset bath products to add bath bombs and soaps to our stores. 

We implemented Skip checkout in several stores, allowing guests to checkout as they shop and skip the check stand. 

 

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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Media Contact
Rachael Wabel
rmwabel@afstores.com
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.