For Immediate Release:

March 16, 2020

Contact:

Dave Davis

President

Utah Food Industry Association

Utah Retail Merchants Association

801-262-5001

ddavis@utfood.com

 

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.”

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About the Utah Food Industry Association:

The Utah Food Industry Association (www.utfood.com) 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 (www.utahretail.com) 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.

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ASSOCIATED FOOD STORES LAUNCHES PRIVATE LABEL BRAND CONTENT MARKETING PROGRAM WITH METRO DETROIT AGENCY

 

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.

 

ABOUT ASSOCIATED FOOD STORES:

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 www.afstores.com

 

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 http://vimaxmedia.com/, or call 1-800-940-4944.

 

 

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NEW MACEY’S GROCERY STORE OPENS IN OLYMPUS

 

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 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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NEW MACEY’S GROCERY STORE IS NOW OPEN IN HIGHLAND


SALT LAKE CITY 
(Sept. 18, 2019) A new Macey’s grocery store is now open in Highland, Utah; bringing all the signature offerings customers around the state have come to love from Macey’s.

The new location features an expanded delicatessen with various options for lunch, such as sushi, a salad bar and a hot buffet. There are also signature Macey’s items like Kong Kones®, doughnuts made fresh in the bakery, fresh-cut fruit and local produce. A new outdoor seating area has been added for guests to enjoy.

 

David Rice, president of Associated Retail Operations and senior vice president of Associated Food Stores, is thrilled to serve the Highland community. “Macey’s has been a local grocer for more than seven decades. We’re looking forward to becoming a support to the community in any way we can.”

 

Macey’s offers online shopping, curbside pickup, self-checkout options including Skip, which allows customers to scan items as they shop and checkout from their phone. This is the first Macey’s to offer a U.S. post office within the store.

 

The grand opening for the new Macey’s was held Sept, 18th at 10 a.m. and included a flag-raising ceremony. Community members were invited to attend.

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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 competition from large chain stores. That fighting spirit has continued to help the grocery wholesaler grow over the last 75 years. With a focus on independent retailers, AFS has changed the way these retailers operate and allowed them to prosper. AFS currently serves more than 400 retailers across the intermountain West. For more information about Associated Food Stores visit www.afstores.com

Teams from both AFS and Brookshire Brothers

Groundbreaking for Brookshire Brothers’ new store

Groundbreaking for Brookshire Brothers’ new store

Brookshire Brothers’ discussing their cut fruit program with AFS team members

 

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IN A COMPETITIVE RETAIL ENVIRONMENT, TWO MAJOR RETAILER-GROUPS 
COLLABORATE AND SHARE IDEAS FOR SUCCESS

 

SALT LAKE CITY (Aug. 28, 2019) A group of retailers from Salt Lake City based Associated Food Stores (AFS) recently spent a week in Texas, collaborating with executives from the regional retailer Brookshire Brothers, to share best practices, challenges and solutions. 

Roger White, senior VP of sales and category management at AFSshared, “The Brookshire Brothers team provided an indepth look at the organization. However, the process was much more of a collaboration between our retailers and their team members – everyone sharing ideas, asking questions and providing tips for how to compete in today’s hypercompetitive grocery space.” 

The trip was the result of a share group—a collection of AFS member-retailers that meet several times a year to problem solve and share ideas—AFS recently organized. In the initial share group meetings, participants expressed their desire to hold an annual out-of-market trip to learn from retailers in other parts of the country.  

Brookshire Brothers and AFS have collaborated on past projects and have built a trusted relationship. They were a natural choice for the share group’s first trip.  

AFS Retail-Member, Brandon Peterson from Peterson’s Fresh Market shared, “It was a great opportunity to associate with comparable retailers in a similarly competitive environment.”  

During their time in Texas the group toured the corporate offices and local stores, attended a ground-breaking event in College Station for Brookshire Brothers’ newest store that is a partnership with the Texas A & M University System and had meetings with executive staff members. 

The support provided by Brookshire Brothers executive staff members John Alston, president and CEO; Sally Alvis, Senior Director of Marketing and Community Relations; and Luke Gustafson, vice president of retail operations was key in making the experience a success for both groups.  

David Rice, president of Associated Retail Operations and senior vice president of Associated Food Stores, expressed, “We are truly appreciative of Brookshire Brothers hospitality and transparency. We are grateful for John Alston’s continued partnership and we look forward to finding additional ways to collaborate with one another to better the independent cause.” 

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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 competition from large chain stores. That fighting spirit has continued to help the grocery wholesaler grow over the last 75 years. With a focus on independent retailers, AFS has changed the way these retailers operate and allowed them to prosper. AFS currently serves more than 400 retailers across the intermountain West. For more information about Associated Food Stores visit www.afstores.com 

 

ABOUT BROOKSHIRE BROTHERS   
Brookshire Brothers is a 100 % employee-owned, community-centered grocer based in Lufkin, Texas. Founded in 1921, this regional grocery chain operates more than 115 retail locations that stretch west to the Texas Hill Country and east to Lake Charles, Louisiana. Though its focus remains on traditional grocery and pharmacy, Brookshire Brothers has complimentary formats that include fuel and tobacco operations. Brookshire Brothers is committed to quality and service in their stores and is known for its good food and good people doing good deeds in the communities they serve.  https://www.brookshirebrothers.com/ 

Associated Food Stores Loyalty Program Reports

Increased Basket Size and Digital Coupon Use

Accelitec and AFS partnership releases new loyalty features for AFS membership

Salt Lake City, UT (Aug. 7, 2019) Associated Food Stores (AFS) has renewed its loyalty program service contract with Accelitec – offering new digital features to AFS membership.

A partnership that began in 2012 with loyalty services has continued to scale with a significant number of new features and wide adoption by AFS retailers. Together, AFS and Accelitec have created a fully digital customer experience where customers can earn points with every purchase, save with digital coupons and track rewards online or through a mobile app.

In addition, a new “coupon limits” feature is set to be released this fall, giving retailers and vendors the ability to control limits with digital coupons, offering up to five redemptions per coupon.

“We are incredibly pleased with the partnership we’ve established with Accelitec. We have many progressive retailers and offering tools that allow them to take advantage of new technology helps us remain competitive. We look forward to continuing to innovate with Accelitec to deliver the best shopping experience possible to our guests,” said Jessica Cronin, shopper marketing manager at AFS.

AFS’ loyalty program has resulted in increased customer retention and sales, with AFS corporate stores reporting the average basket size of rewards members is $14.75 higher than non-rewards guests. Additionally, digital coupon use continues to increase each year—with a 34% increase in digital coupon redemptions and 20% increase in coupon clips compared to 2018.

The Accelitec loyalty offering also allows customization that’s attractive to independent retailers: members can execute a branded program where they can create unique offers and deals. Additional options include digital coupons, continuity programs that require action (like a digital clip) or instant offers, a mobile app and email marketing features to help AFS retailers meet the needs of their guests.

“We are very pleased to continue our partnership with AFS and their forward-thinking marketing team,” said Amy Iversen, director of customer experience of Accelitec. “They are consistently seeking new ways to enhance the shopping experience on behalf of their retailers, and we look forward to helping them build stronger connections with their guests through innovation.”

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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 Accelitec, Inc. Accelitec offers a  simple-to-sophisticated software suite that retailers to deliver digital communications and promotions that improve sales, enhance shopper relationships and increase brand funding. www.accelitec.com

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Macey’s Lin’s, Dan’s, Dick’s Market and Fresh Market raise $77,475 to send children to MDA Summer Camp

MDA and Associated Food Stores celebrate another year of sponsoring MDA Summer Camp

 

WHEN: July 19, 2019, 3 p.m.

WHERE: Lehi Macey’s, (760 E Main St, Lehi, UT)

WHAT: MDA Summer Camp Ambassadors accept check from Associated Retail Operations

WHO: Macey’s store team from the top-fundraising store, MDA Executive Director, Tracey Wilson, Hannah Carter, Cora and Romasi Toutai who recently came home from MDA summer camp and will share their camp experience and MDA’s support.

VISUALS: MDA children talking about their camp experience, MDA check presentation with large check with Macey’s team.

 

Salt Lake City, UT (July 19, 2019) Guests at 39 Macey’s, Lin’s, Dan’s, Dick’s Market and Fresh Market stores across Utah raised $77,475 to help send children affected by muscle disease to MDA summer camp held at Camp Kostopulos.

“We are grateful to our guests for their generosity during the MDA shamrock drive,” said Darin Peirce, Director of Associated Retail Operations. “We love working with organizations like MDA to make a difference in our communities. We were honored to help more than 20 children attend MDA summer camp this year and hope they had a wonderful time.”

Macey’s, Lin’s, Dan’s, Dick’s Market and Fresh Market participated in the nation’s largest St. Patrick’s Day fundraising program in which shoppers purchased MDA Shamrock’s during checkout. Each Shamrock was signed by the customer and prominently displayed in each store, symbolizing strength, independence and life for MDA families in the community.

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About Associated Retail Operations
Associated Retail Operations encompasses Macey’s, Lin’s, Dan’s, Dick’s Market and Fresh Market grocery stores in Utah. The stores are locally owned and operated under Associated Food Stores and strive to provide high quality products, competitive prices and top-notch customer service. Learn more about each store by visiting their websites:
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 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 children 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.

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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.

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Associated Food Stores

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Jamee Wright

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