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Utah Grocery Stores Make Sure Kids Go Back to School with Full Tummies
Macey’s, Lin’s, Dan’s, Dick’s Market, Fresh Market and Honey Bee donate more than 285,000 meals to Mobile School Pantry Program

Salt Lake City, UT (September 7, 2018) Students and their families across the state can rest a little easier knowing they have food thanks to Macey’s, Lin’s, Dan’s, Dick’s Market, Fresh Market and Honey Bee Produce Company. The Utah-based grocery stores donated $150,622 worth of kid-friendly food to Utah Food Bank’s Mobile School Pantry Program. The donation took place at Edison Elementary School in Salt Lake City yesterday as a wrap up to the 2017 Season to Share food drive.

“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 six stores. “This donation wouldn’t be possible without the great support of our community and we’re so thankful for their generosity.”

Team members from Associated Retail Operations, which owns and operates the six stores that participated in the drive, partnered with Utah Food Bank to pass out food including peanut butter, tuna fish, fruits, vegetables, and other food items to students after school. The donation totaled over 340,000 lb and will provide around 285,000 meals to students and their families at risk of food insecurity across the state.

“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 President & CEO. “With 1 in 6 Utah children unsure of where their next meal will come from, these donations will truly impact these children and their families as we distribute the food through all 69 Mobile School pantries.”

    

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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

 

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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 149 emergency food pantries and agencies. Last fiscal year, Utah Food Bank distributed 39.2 million pounds of food and goods, the equivalent of approximately 32.7 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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Macey’s Sandy Employee Named Utah’s Best Bagger
Macey’s, Lin’s, and Dan’s sweep competition at Utah Food Industry Association annual conference

Salt Lake City, UT (August 23, 2018) If you’re searching for the best bagger in Utah, look no farther than the Macey’s in Sandy. Julina Call, a bagger from Macey’s, was named Utah’s Best Bagger yesterday at the 2018 competition held at Davis Conference Center in Layton, Utah. The competition was part of Utah Food Industry Association conference. She will represent Utah at the National competition next February during the National Grocer’s Association annual conference in San Diego.

“It’s awesome to have another state champion from our Sandy store, and hopefully a third national champion” said John Harris, the district manager at Macey’s Sandy. “We’re always excited for the competition. We’re proud of Julina and all of our team members.”

Macey’s wasn’t the only Associated Retail Operations store to take top honors at the event. Rachell Beagley from Lin’s in Hurricane, Utah, took the second place spot. Third place went to Jaxon Astill from the Dan’s on Foothill in Salt Lake City.

During the competition baggers from multiple grocery stores across the state went head to head in sets of three. Each bagger was given the same items to bag using reusable bags. They were judged not only on speed, but the weight of each bag and how items were placed.

Julina has worked at Macey’s for three and a half years and enjoys helping guests as their last point of contact before they leave the store. She is currently a nursing student.

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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. Macey’s currently operates 13 stores from Logan to Spanish Fork. For more information visit maceys.com.

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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.

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801-442-9956

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
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.

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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.

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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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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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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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Associated Food Stores Receives Green Business Award from Utah Business Magazine
Wholesale honored for saving energy in Utah Stores

SALT LAKE CITY, UT (October 20, 2017)—Associated Food Stores has made great strides in implementing energy efficient technologies in stores across Utah and the Intermountain West in an effort to be more sustainable and pass savings onto shoppers. The wholesaler’s efforts were recognized this week with the 2017 Green Business Award for energy conservation from Utah Business Magazine.

Associated Food Stores added LED lighting, updated lighting controls and refrigeration upgrades to stores in Salt Lake City, South Ogden, Park City, West Valley City, American Fork, Ogden and Taylorsville. The changes helped make lighting and cooling the stores more efficient and resulted in reducing energy use by nearly 3.9 million kilowatt-hours last year—-enough electricity to power 437 typical Utah homes for a year. AFS worked with Rocky Mountain Power to implement these changes and monitor energy use.

“We are honored to be recognized by Utah Business Magazine with a Green Business Award. AFS has always been committed to serving our communities, and using sustainable, energy efficient practices and equipment in our stores is just one way we do that,” said Steve Miner, President of Market Development for Associated Food Stores.

Associated Food Stores has headquarters in Salt Lake City and supplies nearly 400 independently owned retail supermarkets in eight states throughout the Intermountain West. The company also owns Macey’s, Lin’s, Dan’s, Dick’s Market, Fresh Market and Honey Bee Produce Company.

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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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