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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.

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Associated Food Stores Bring a Taste of Utah to Washington

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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.

Video Courtesy of Utah Business

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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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Honey Bee Produce Company Flies into Draper

New grocery store opens with a focus on produce, specialty items and local products

With a wide variety of Utah-grown produce, an extensive selection of specialty products, and a dedication to its community, Honey Bee Produce Company has opened its doors in Draper, Utah. The new, small-format store is the first of its kind in Utah and caters to shoppers looking for the freshest produce and investing in their community. The store celebrated the grand opening with a small ceremony and demonstration from a produce ninja this morning.

“We are excited to bring Honey Bee Produce Company to Draper. It’s the first store of its kind with a wide variety of excellent produce, natural and organic items, Utah products, specialty items, and other great offerings,” said Janel Grangroth, Honey Bee’s squad leader. “We can’t wait to get to know our guests and showcase the best we have to offer.”

Named after the honey bees that help pollinate and create great produce, Honey Bee Produce Company sits in the 31,000 square-foot space previously occupied by Fresh Market. Right next door is an ACE hardware, creating a unique shopping experience for guests.

Key features of the store include:

  • The best quality produce from around the state
  • Hundreds of Utah and nearby state products from more than 30 local farmers, producers, and artisans
  • A huge selection of organic, natural, specialty, and ethnic foods
  • The Hive Eatery with Mamachari kombucha and City Grounds nitro-infused lemonades on-tap, oven made pizzas, an Asian wok, sandwiches, hand-rolled sushi, smoked meats, and other great meal solutions
  • A fresh bakery full of artisan breads, specialty cakes, and high-end pastries
  • Fresh steak-house quality meat from Certified Angus Beef, Fog River, Laura’s Beef, and speciality Boss Burger gourmet patties full of cheese, herbs, and seasonings
  • Mountain Mix custom trail mix bar
  • A wide variety of bulk foods from Fresh Farms and Oliville
  • A beer cave
  • Honey Bee Online online shopping with same-day curbside pickup
  • Go Skip mobile checkout

For more information about Honey Bee Produce Company, visit honeybeeproducecompany.com

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Five Grocery Stores Ensure Kids Go Back to School with Full Tummies

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Five Grocery Stores Ensure Kids Go Back to School with Full Tummies
Macey’s, Lin’s, Dan’s, Dick’s Market, and Fresh Market donate more than $165,000 to Utah Food Bank

Salt Lake City, UT (September 6, 2017) Back to school signals a fresh start with new pencils, notebooks, and other school essentials and five community grocery stores are making sure everyone has the food fuel they need to succeed. Macey’s, Lin’s, Dan’s, Dick’s Market, and Fresh Market are donating $165,518 worth of product to Utah Food Bank’s Mobile School Pantry program, which provides a free monthly food distribution point for students and their families directly from the school playground. The donation will take place at Edison Elementary in Salt Lake City tomorrow.

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

“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 Chief Development Officer. “With one in five Utah children likely to miss a meal today due to lack of resources, their donation will have a great impact on those we serve through our Mobile School Pantry program.”

WHAT: Macey’s, Lin’s, Dan’s, Dick’s Market, and Fresh Market make $165,517.77 donation to Utah Food Bank to benefit the                     Mobile School Pantry and other programs.

WHEN: September 7, 2017
3 p.m.

WHERE: Edison Elementary School
466 South Cheyenne Street
Salt Lake City, UT 84104

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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

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 141 emergency food pantries and agencies. Last fiscal year, Utah Food Bank distributed 38.1 million pounds of food and goods, the equivalent of approximately 31.8 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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Spanish Fork Macey’s Bagger Named Utah’s Best

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Spanish Fork Macey’s Bagger Named Utah’s Best Bagger
Kaylee Hudson will compete at National Best Bagger Contest in 2018

Salt Lake City, Utah (August 3, 2017) Utah’s Best Bagger can be found a Spanish Fork Macey’s. Kaylee Hudson was named “Best Bagger” at the Utah Food Industry Association’s state Best Bagger competition yesterday. The contest was held at Thanksgiving Point and brought the top baggers from 24 stores face to face to claim the title of Utah’s Best Bagger. Kaylee will have several months to prepare before they head to Las Vegas, Nevada in February to represent Utah in the National Best Bagger Competition.

“It’s great being able to represent my store and show how important baggers are for our guests. It’s important to make sure everything is bagged correctly so guests receive their items undamaged and in great condition,” said Kaylee Hudson.

The Best Bagger competition is sponsored by the National Grocers Association. The competition evaluates baggers on speed, how heavy each bag is, and how products are grouped and organized inside each sack. Baggers of any age can compete. The national winner is selected during a contest at the National Grocer Associations annual conference and receives a $10,000 cash prize.

“We are so proud of Kaylee and can’t wait to have her represent us and Utah at the National competition,” said Steve Holm, district manager for Macey’s. “Our teams really care about our guests and I think the way our baggers pack their groceries shows that too.”

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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 a made-from-scratch 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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