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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.

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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For Immediate Release:

March 16, 2020


Dave Davis


Utah Food Industry Association

Utah Retail Merchants Association



Utah Food Industry Urges Calm and Responsible Shopping in the Wake of the Emergence of the Coronavirus


The coronavirus (COVID-19) is impacting retailers, our customers and employees nationwide. Our members operate grocery, pharmacy, home improvement and convenience stores throughout the state. Utah retailers’ first priority is always the health and safety of our customers and employees. We urge consumers to shop responsibly during this public health event.


The underlying fundamentals of the retail supply chain remain strong and our retailers are working day and night to replenish inventories. Our member retailers are working closely with our food manufacturers and wholesale partners to ensure food, medicine and cleaning supplies continue to be readily available to consumers. We continue to be in close contact with government officials and will follow the lead of public health officials.


“We urge customers to be calm and to adhere to the commonsense guidance provided by state and local health officials. If a shopper does not need an item in the next two weeks, leave it for someone who does.” said Dave Davis, President of the Utah Food Industry Association. “Hoarding and stockpiling creates unnecessary fear and may create a situation where someone who truly needs a product may not be able to find it in a store. This has the potential to place in jeopardy the most vulnerable among us – the elderly and those with existing health issues. We are confident that if consumers will not panic and exercise some patience there will be an adequate amount of food and medicine available to take care of all consumers’ needs.”


About the Utah Food Industry Association:

The Utah Food Industry Association ( is an industry trade association that has represented the interest of grocery and convenience store retailers in Utah since 1924. Our members operate over 750 retail, manufacturing and distribution centers across the state of Utah and represent over $5.4 billion in sales annually in the State of Utah. Food and convenience store retailers employ over 46,000 Utah workers.

About the Utah Retail Merchants Association:

The Utah Retail Merchants Association ( was organized in 1955 for the purpose of uniting the retail industry and providing representation in regulatory and legislative issues. Utah Retail Merchants Association representatives have acted in behalf of the retail industry in a myriad of governmental and community issues. The Association continues to represent retailers in governmental and community relations. The Association strives to advance and serve the common business interest, efficiency and welfare of their members in the retail trade.

As Associated Retail Operations (Macey’s, Dan’s, Lin’s, Fresh Market and Dick’s Market), we do not have an official position on the tax reform package. We feel citizens, if they want, can have their voices heard on this matter and that is why, if asked, we’re allowing the collection of signatures in our stores.


December 11, 2019


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Sarah Pettit




SALT LAKE CITY, UT – Associated Food Stores (AFS) and Vimax Media have established a cooperative “Own Brands” content marketing program promoting Associated Retail Operations (Macey’s, Lin’s, Dan’s, Fresh Market and Dick’s Market), Brookshire Brothers, Stater Bros., Price Chopper and Roche Bros. private label branded products. The program includes custom branded recipes, images and video development designed for social and digital media and in-store marketing initiatives. These independent retailers and wholesalers understood the value of aggregating their efforts and wanted to find ways to bring efficiencies and cost savings to an important part of their businesses.


This program is a continuation of a previously established AFS and Vimax Media content subscription program consisting of aggregated weekly food-related content that is available to AFS corporate banner and independent member stores. This content is part of a growing partnership between these groups to provide omni-channel marketing solutions to both AFS wholesalers and retailers in efforts to boost customer engagement, drive in-store visits and build their brands, offering quality content at an affordable rate.



Associated Food Stores was established in 1940 when 34 independent retailers joined together to battle high supplier costs and competition from large chain stores. With a focus on independent retailers, AFS has changed the way these retailers operate and allowed them to prosper. Small or large, urban or city, AFS is committed to their retailer’s success and work to provide the tools and support they need to compete against national chains, service and strengthen their communities and operate successful businesses. AFS currently serves more than 400 retailers across the intermountain West. For more information about Associated Food Stores visit


ABOUT VIMAX MEDIA: Vimax Media is an industry-leading full-service marketing agency that specializes in creating compelling, custom-branded food content. Their experienced team of chefs, food stylists, visual artists, food writers and editors is passionate about everything culinary.


To learn more about Vimax Media and see how they transform food into brand-building, value-added assets, visit, or call 1-800-940-4944.






WHEN:       October 2, 2019, 10 a.m.

WHERE:    Macey’s Olympus Hills
3981 Wasatch Blvd.
SLC, UT 84124

WHAT:       Grand opening and flag-raising ceremony

WHO:         Macey’s store team; Associated Retail Operations leadership team, American Legion

VISUALS:  Flag-raising ceremony; ribbon cutting with military veterans


Utah Grocer Macey’s Opens 15th Location in Olympus
Macey’s Grocery opens new location in Millcreek

Salt Lake City, UT (October 1, 2019) Macey’s is opening its 15th location, Macey’s Olympus located in Millcreek at 3981 Wasatch Blvd. The new store will kick off with a ribbon-cutting ceremony on Wednesday, Oct 2 at 10 a.m., where the American legion, a veterans’ group, will fly a colossal 20’x30’ American flag in the Olympus Macey’s parking lot for the first time.

“We’re honored to open our new Macey’s Olympus location with a celebration that honors our great country,” said Jeff Rice, store director of Macey’s Olympus. “We know that our freedoms are not to be taken for granted and flying the American flag at our Macey’s locations is a nice reminder of the many privileges we have in our country.”

In addition to the breath-taking flag, the new Olympus location has many benefits to the community of Millcreek—featuring an upscale, yet affordable grocery shopping experience. Complete with classic Kong Kones and Macey’s famous doughnuts—the Olympus location touts a variety of high-end offerings that include an expanded produce section with fresh salsa, fresh-cut fruit and veggies, a variety of specialty cheeses and Columbus meats, a large selection of quality Certified Angus Beef, fresh seafood, a bakery filled with pastries and crusty breads. The store also offers Macey’s Anywhere, the store’s online shopping option with convenient curbside pickup and delivery.

The Olympus store is the 15th Macey’s location in Utah. Macey’s is owned and operated by Associated Retail Operations, a subsidiary of Associated Food Stores, and has stores from Providence to Utah County. Right next door to the new Macey’s store is an ACE Hardware Store, that is also locally owned and operated by Associated Food Stores.

To learn more about Macey’s and to find a location nearest you, visit


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