Macey’s Lin’s, Dan’s, Dick’s Market and Fresh Market Raise $78,772 to Help Utah Families Fight Muscle-Debilitating Diseases

When: April 20, 2017 – 10:00 a.m.
Where: Dick’s Market 2280 S Orchard Drive, Bountiful Utah
What: MDA Summer Camp Ambassadors accept generous gift from Associated Food Stores

Salt Lake City, UT (April 19, 2017) Guests at 43 Macey’s, Lin’s, Dan’s, Dick’s Market and Fresh Market stores across Utah raised $78,772 to help free kids and adults from the harm of muscular dystrophy, ALS and related life-threatening diseases that limit strength and mobility during the 35th annual MDA Shamrocks program to benefit the Muscular Dystrophy Association (MDA). Funds raised during the drive will be used to send children to MDA summer camp later this year.

“We are grateful to our guests for their extreme generosity during the MDA shamrock drive,” said Troy Thomas, president of Associated Retail Operations. “We love working with organizations like MDA to make a difference in our communities. We are honored to help more than 20 children attend MDA summer camp this year and hope they have 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 can purchase an MDA Shamrock for a $1, $5 or a larger contribution during check-out. Each Shamrock was signed by the customer and prominently displayed in each store, symbolizing strength, independence and life for MDA families in the community.

Funds raised also make MDA Summer Camp possible for more than 100 Utah kids. During camp they experience the best week of the year at no cost to their families at Camp Kostoplous.

To learn more about the 2017 MDA Shamrocks program and how to get involved, contact Lisa Miller at MDA 801-278-6200 or lamiller@mdausa.org or visit mda.org/shamrocks. To learn more about Macey’s, Lin’s, Dan’s, Dick’s Market and Fresh Market, contact Rachael Wabel at 801-978-8913 or rmwabel@afstores.com

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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 kids 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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Associated Food Stores Donates Nearly 50,000 Pounds of Food to Utah Food Bank
Wholesaler partners with vendors for donation after annual FoodShow

Salt Lake City, UT (April 11, 2017) Multiple Utah families won’t have to worry about where their next meal is coming from thanks to Associated Food Stores. The grocery wholesaler and its vendor partners joined together to donate 49,689 pounds of food to Utah Food Bank last week following the annual AFS FoodShow. The donation will be distributed across the state to help families facing food insecurity in every community.

“We are humbled by the opportunity to help so many Utah families fight food insecurity. Our vendors are fantastic and really made this donation possible,” said Brian Duff, senior VP of supply chain at Associated Food Stores. “We appreciate Utah Food Bank and the work they do to serve our communities.”

This is the fifth year Associated Food Stores has made a large donation following FoodShow. Over the years, the wholesaler has donated more than 100,000 meals to families in need. The donation is made up of surplus products remaining after the show. This year, AFS’ donation is almost 14,000 pounds larger than 2016 and will benefit additional families, especially those with young children who struggle to have enough food during the summer months when school meal programs are on hold.

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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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Macey’s Brings Groceries to Your Door with FirstMile
Utah companies partner to bring grocery delivery to Sandy and Pleasant Grove shoppers

Salt Lake City, UT (April 3, 2017) Shoppers in Sandy and Pleasant Grove can now have their groceries delivered right to their door thanks to Macey’s and FirstMile. The Utah companies are partnering to add delivery to the grocer’s already-available online shopping service, Macey’s Anywhere, powered by Rosie. The delivery pilot program is designed to help those who are short on time or have limited mobility get the groceries they need in a quick and convenient way.

“We are so excited to bring home delivery to our Macey’s Anywhere shoppers in Sandy and Pleasant Grove with FirstMile. This pilot program is going to make grocery shopping at Macey’s even more convenient for our busy guests,” said Ashlee Johnstun, customer relations manager for Macey’s. “Partnering with FirstMile for delivery was a natural fit. As a Utah company, they understand our commitment to serving our communities and providing quality service.”

Guests can take advantage of the $10 delivery service by simply placing an order with Macey’s Anywhere. Instead of selecting a curbside pick-up time, they’ll choose a two-hour delivery window Monday through Saturday. Macey’s Sandy and Macey’s Pleasant Grove will make deliveries to homes within 10 miles of the stores using a dedicated FirstMile driver and truck to ensure each order is delivered on time and in top quality. To learn more about Macey’s Anywhere delivery and to place an order, visit maceys.com/delivery.

“This type of delivery is new for Utah and we are excited to be leading the innovation,” said Devin Johnson, Founder and CEO of FirstMile. “With the demand for grocery delivery and other same-day solutions growing exponentially, FirstMile is proud to already be in a position to leverage its existing technology and infrastructure to meet those needs.”

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About Macey’s
In 1947, Walt Macey and Dale A. Jones started the “Save-A-Nickel-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.

About FirstMile
FirstMile was established in 2012 in Salt Lake City, Utah by Devin Johnson to fill a need in the E-commerce logistics industry. FirstMile specializes in complete front-end solutions for domestic and international shippers in the E-commerce and other direct-to-consumer industries. With a wide array of products, FirstMile can provide everything from economy shipping solutions to overnight and even same day delivery options. FirstMile is continually evolving to not only meet the needs for their customers today but also ready to provide them answers to tomorrows challenges. Learn more at firstmile.com.

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St. George Residents Gets New Wheels Courtesy of Local Grocery Stores
Lin’s Partners with Coca-Cola© and Larry H. Miller Chrysler Jeep Sandy for Special Promotion

Salt Lake City, UT (March 29, 2017) Tasha and Jay Lovewell are getting a new Jeep thanks to Lin’s, Coca-Cola© and Larry H. Miller Chrysler Jeep Sandy. Lin’s, as well as other local stores including Macey’s, Dan’s, Dick’s Market and Fresh Market partnered with the beverage company and dealership to provide a once-in-a-lifetime promotion where customers were entered to win a Jeep when they purchased $15 in Coca-Cola© products using their PLUS or Perks rewards account. Tasha and Jay Lovewell were chosen from all eligible shoppers across 43 Lin’s, Macey’s, Dan’s, Dick’s Market and Fresh Market stores. The Lovewell’s will pick up their new ride at Larry H. Miller Chrysler Jeep Sandy during a special event March 29, 2017.

What: Lin’s Jeep Giveaway presentation.

Who: Lin’s, Coca-Cola© and Larry H. Miller Chrysler Jeep Sandy

Where: Larry H. Miller Chrysler Jeep Sandy
10905 South Auto Mall Drive
Sandy, Utah 84070

When: Wednesday, March 29, 2017
3 p.m.

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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 Larry H. Miller Dealerships
Larry H. Miller Dealerships operates 20 different automotive brands under 60 dealership locations in seven western states, and employees more than 5,000 individuals.

Larry H. Miller Dealerships has a strong legacy of giving back to communities where it conducts business. Through its charitable organization, Larry H. Miller Charities, more than $8 million dollars has been donated to qualified nonprofit organizations.

For more information about Larry H. Miller Dealerships, please visit www.lhmauto.com.

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801-978-8913

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Peterson’s Fresh Market Goes Digital with Peterson’s Personal Shopping
Local grocer brings online shopping and curbside pickup and delivery

Riverton, UT (March 1, 2017) Grocery shopping in Riverton is a little easier now thanks to Peterson’s Fresh Market. The community-favorite grocery store launched Peterson’s Personal Shopper powered by Rosie today. The service allows shoppers to order their groceries online and schedule a time to pick them up or have them delivered to their home or business. Peterson’s Personal Shopping is designed to offer convenience to time starved guests and give families the opportunity to spend more time doing what they love instead of grocery shopping. First time users can waive the convenience fee by using the promo code FREEPICKUP for curbside pickup or receive a discounted delivery rate by using promo code DELIVERYSAVE on their first order.

“We are excited to offer additional convenience and service to the friends and neighbors that shop our store and support our community,” said Monte Peterson, owner of Peterson’s Fresh Market. “This is a digital shopping experience, but we hope that it has the feeling of friends helping neighbors and that online shopping can be just one more personal touch that makes Peterson’s great.”

Peterson’s Personal Shopping makes grocery shopping simple with curbside pickup and delivery options. Shoppers can take advantage of the service in four easy steps:

1. Visit www.petersonsfreshmarket.com and click on Peterson’s Personal Shopper to create a free account.
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 or delivery time between 11 a.m. and 8 p.m. daily
4. Stop at the store, park in one of the curbside spots 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.

“Peterson’s Fresh Market has developed a completely unique online grocery shopping experience for the Riverton community,” said Nick Nickitas, Chief Executive Officer of Rosie. “Place an order on your mobile phone, tablet, or laptop and Peterson’s professional personal shoppers hand-select Certified Angus Beef and the best, farm-fresh produce according to each guest’s specifications. They will even load the groceries into your car or deliver them right to your home. Peterson’s is bringing their store to your door.”

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About Peterson’s Fresh Market
Peterson’s Fresh Market in Riverton, Utah has been family-owned and operated since 1938. Today the store is run by Monte Peterson and Jan Horrocks. Family oriented, the full service grocery store offers the finest fresh foods including USDA Certified Angus Beef, top quality produce, a scratch bakery, a unique deli with delicious ready to eat entrees and a compounding pharmacy. To learn more about Peterson’s Fresh Market, visit www.petersonsfreshmarket.com.

About Rosie
The industry leading online grocery shopping platform for mobile and web, Rosie launched in 2012 and today enables customers to shop online from their favorite local stores for same-day delivery or in-store pickup. 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 by a variety of wholesale cooperatives, such as Associated Wholesale Grocers (AWG), Associated Food Stores (AFS), CERTCO, Olean Wholesale Grocers, and Associated Grocers of New England, and 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 here. To see firsthand what retailers and their customers think about Rosie,  check out this video. Like us on facebook. Follow us on twitter.

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Lin’s Re-Grand Opens in Cedar City
Grocery store celebrates remodel and new addition with ribbon-cutting and special events

Cedar City, UT (February 13, 2017) After several months of renovations, Lin’s in Cedar City is welcoming guests to the revitalized store. To celebrate the remodel, the locally owned grocery store will host a ribbon-cutting ceremony on February 13 at 10 a.m. Afterwards, guests are invited to sample products and explore hundreds of new offerings including an expanded produce selection featuring dozens of organic items, more meal solutions like fresh-rolled sushi and Lin’s signature in-store butcher block and scratch bakery.

“We are excited to better serve the Cedar City community with a variety of new offerings including a drive-through pharmacy, online ordering and curbside pickup and much more,” said Steve Holm, Lin’s district manager. “We know our shoppers will love the improvements as much as we do.

The remodeled location uses the latest innovations to create a one-stop shopping experience for guests through various programs, products and services. Two of the most notable additions include the healthy attributes shelf tag program, which marks natural, organic, healthy and “good for you” products throughout the store. The second exciting addition is Lin’s to Go online shopping powered by Rosie, which allows shoppers to order their groceries online and then stop by the store for curbside pick-up. Other new additions include:

  • An expanded produce department with more than 400 new items including more local and organic products
  • Lin’s signature butcher block offers organic, grass-fed and “free-from” meat and poultry
  • Lin’s scratch bakery with artisan breads, hand-decorated cakes and Lin’s signature doughnuts
  • An expanded dairy selection including more natural and organic products and cage-free eggs
  • An extensive selection of bulk foods where shoppers can get the pinch or pound they need
  • Easy-access banking through an in-store America First Credit Union.
  • An in-store Starbucks—Coming this Spring

Guests are encouraged to stop by the store during the grand opening week for an extra surprise. Several hearts have been placed throughout the aisles for shoppers to find and redeem at the service desk for a special treat.

“We are pleased to introduce the new Cedar City Lin’s and all its new features and offerings,” said Store Director Rich Jensen. “I’m excited for everyone to see the store and enjoy the incredible Lin’s shopping experience we have worked so hard to create.”

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About Lin’s
Lin’s has been a community favorite since 1955 when Lin and Reva Orton opened their first store in Cedar City, Utah. Focused on first-rate customer service and fresh, quality products, Lin’s offers guests a one-stop shopping destination with each of their seven locations in Overton, Nevada, Santa Clara, St. George, Hurricane, Cedar City, Richfield and Price, Utah. Lin’s is locally owned and operated by Associated Food Stores. For more information about Lin’s, visit linsgrocery.com

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801-660-9849

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Macey’s Tooele to Host Wish Party for Utah Child
Event wraps up $100,000 icon drive

Salt Lake City, UT (February 8, 2017) Dreams are coming true for one Utah three-year-old thanks to Macey’s, Lin’s, Dan’s, Dick’s Market, Fresh Market and Make-A-Wish® Utah. The Associated Retail Operations grocery stores are celebrating the success of the August 2016 star icon drive with a Wish Proclamation Party at Macey’s Tooele. The summer drive raised more than $100,000 for Make-A-Wish® Utah. During the party, Madison, a three-year-old wish child, will find out that her wish to meet her favorite movie characters at the theme parks in Florida is coming true.

“Our guests are amazing and really step up to help each other out. The Make-A-Wish® drive is a guest favorite and we’re so honored to be able to work with an organization like Make-A-Wish® Utah to make a difference in the lives of our community members,” said Darin Peirce, district manager for Associated Retail Operations.

        What: Make-A-Wish® Utah Wish Proclamation party for a Utah child

        Where: Macey’s Tooele
972 North Main
Tooele, UT 84074

        When: Thursday, February 9, 2017
3 p.m.

Why: The Wish Proclamation party celebrates store team efforts during the drive and is another opportunity for team                              members to interact with the organization.

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About Associated Retail Operations
Associated Retail Operations consists of five local grocery stores owned by Associated Food Stores, an independent, retailer-owned grocery wholesaler based in Salt Lake City, Utah. The stores operate under five different banners, Macey’s, Lin’s, Dan’s, Dick’s Market and Fresh Market. For more information, visit their websites at:
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

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Rachael Wabel
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801-978-8913

About Make-A-Wish® Utah
Make-A-Wish® Utah grants the wishes of children with life-threatening medical conditions to enrich the human experience with hope, strength, and joy. Located in its facility in Murray, A Wishing Place, Make-A-Wish® Utah offers a life-affirming wish experience at a time of critical need. For more information, visit us online at www.utah.wish.org, on social @makeawishutah or give us a call at (801) 262-9474.

Make-A-Wish® Utah Media Contact:
Kelsey DiTommaso | Marketing Manager
kditommaso@utah.wish.org
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Associated Food Stores and eComSystems Work Together for Innovation
Grocery wholesaler and technology firm bring better programs to independent retailers

Salt Lake City, UT (February 6, 2017) With the goal of helping retailers succeed, Associated Food Stores (AFS) and eComSystems have joined together to make print advertising easier for independent grocers. The wholesaler and technology firm partnered in 2013 to create AFS AdStudio, a custom advertising development and production program that allows retailers to quickly and easily build beautiful custom weekly ads. Since then, the companies have worked together to develop industry-leading business solutions for more than 400 independent retailers AFS serves.

“AFS has always looked for ways to better serve our retailers and their customers. It’s one of the key convictions that sets us apart,” said Jason Sokol, AFS’ director of marketing. “Our partnership with eCom has served as a platform for AFS to lead our industry with technology that enhances the shopping experience.”

Over the last few months, AFS and eComSystems have worked on two major projects to enhance the functionality of two of their programs—AdViewer and AFS AdStudio. The mobile version of AdViewer, which allows guests to view retailer’s weekly ad on their mobile device, received an update to make the ads more responsive, quicker and easier to read on a mobile device. The update was driven by retailer feedback and the desire to better serve the growing number of guests in digital spaces.

Today, the companies announced that AFS AdStudio, the program designed to help retailers build and produce weekly print ads, has moved to HTML5. This move will increase program speeds while improving browser compatibility and enhancing features to make creating weekly ads even easier for retailers.

“Our relationship with AFS is the model of what a partnership should be.  We’re focused supporting retailers and providing ways to help them grow and thrive, strengthening relationships with their customers while forging opportunities with new ones, all the while making it as easy as possible for them to do business better in their demanding retail environment,” said Jon Evans, president/CEO of eComSystems. “We look forward to continuing our partnership and appreciate the personal and professional interaction with the AFS team and the retailers we serve.”

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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 eComSystems
eComSystems, a technology firm based in Sarasota, Florida, provides proprietary programs that automate the creation and production of advertisements and marketing materials, both in print and electronically, for corporations and retailers by unifying data to make internal systems more efficient and cost effective. eCom’s programs provide proven cost savings, user flexibility and overall efficiencies. For more information about eCom, visit www.eComSystems.com.

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Fresh Market Brings Holiday Spirit to Families in Need
Local grocery partners with South Salt Lake Police Department to provide Thanksgiving meals

Salt Lake City, UT (November 22, 2016) Fresh Market is bringing Thanksgiving to 25 Utah families this week through a partnership with the South Salt Lake Police Department. The local grocery store donated turkeys to the department’s Team Pal Thanksgiving Service Project, which provides Thanksgiving dinner to families in need throughout Salt Lake City.

“One of our biggest focuses is supporting our communities and helping those in need,” said Ryan Woodfield, sales manager for Associated Retail Operations, which operates Fresh Market. “We are grateful for the opportunity to make Thanksgiving happen for many members of the community in partnership with the Salt Lake City police department.”

This is the third year Fresh Market has participated in the service project, which provides turkeys and a box of items for a complete Thanksgiving meal. The police department and members of their Police Athletic League after-school program organize and distribute the boxes to families in Salt Lake City.

“South Salt Lake Police Athletic/Activities League (PAL) is grateful to Fresh Market for partnering with us for the last three years. This partnership has been priceless,” said PAL Director, Officer Jerry Silvia. “We have been able to prepare Thanksgiving for multiple families and help the youth learn the true meaning of giving with this project.”

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About Fresh Market
Fresh Market opened in 2009 when Associated Food Stores acquired several stores from Albertsons and currently operates under the Associated Retail Operations banner of Associated Food Stores. With an emphasis on fresh and local products tied with exceptional customer service, Fresh Market serves multiple communities with more than 20 locations throughout Utah.  For more information about Fresh Market and to find the nearest location, visit freshmarketstores.com.

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Red Button Vintage Creamery Brings a Taste of Italy to Local Grocers
Utah company adds seven varieties of gelato to frozen dessert offerings

Salt Lake City, UT (November 14, 2016) Red Button Vintage Creamery is adding a taste of Italy to its product line with the launch of premium gelato this week. The Utah-based company, which also makes Red Button Vintage Creamery Ice Cream and Premium Pies, will introduce seven varieties of the decadent dessert to shoppers exclusively at more than 300 members of Associated Food Stores.

Red Button Vintage Creamery Premium Gelato is available in seven flavors including Bananas Foster, Vanilla Caramel Swirl, Southern Roasted Pecan, Creamy Coconut, White Chocolate Raspberry, Minto Chocolate Classic and Double Dark Chocolate. Each flavor is curated in small batches with the freshest ingredients including cane sugar, thick cream and all-natural flavors to ensure each spoonful is just as delicious as the first. Available in one-pint plastic containers with a re-sealable lid, Red Button Vintage Creamery Gelato is comparable to the best national brands and will retail for two for $7 with the ice cream throughout the holiday season.

Gelato is Red Button Vintage Creamery’s third product line, joining 28 flavors of ice cream and 13 premium pies currently available to shoppers at more than 300 retailers including Lin’s, Macey’s, Dan’s, Dick’s Market, Fresh Market, Peterson’s and Stokes. For more information about Red Button Vintage Creamery or to find a retailer near you, visit www.redbuttoncreamery.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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Rachael Wabel
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