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Semi-truck headed to Washington D.C to share Flavors of Utah

Utah companies share pioneer spirit with Flavors of Utah send-off

 

WHAT: Flavors of Utah truck send-off event

WHERE: Utah State Capitol steps

WHEN: Friday, July 19, 12 p.m. noon

WHO: Dave Davis from Utah Food Industry Association (UFIA), Neal Berube from Associated Food Stores (AFS), Rob Brough from Zions Bank and Rowena Montoya owner of Julieann Caramels will address the group before the final items are loaded into a semi-truck that will make its way to Washington D.C.

WHY: Flavors of Utah, an annual Pioneer Day event shares the best Utah products and services on a national stage, celebrating Utah’s quality products and the beehive state’s industrial spirit. 

PHOTO OPPORTUNITIES: Representatives from the featured companies and event organizers will be on-site for interviews and photos.

Salt Lake City, UT (July 19, 2018) Senator Lee, AFS, UFIA, and Zions Bank will host a send-off event at the Utah Capitol July 19, with a semi-truck packed with Utah’s best foods to share at Flavors of Utah held in Washington D.C. The following vendors will join the celebration: Utah’s Own, Kodiak Cakes, Butcher’s Bunches, Pepperlane, Gusto Brazil, Julieann Caramels, Taffy Town, Lower Foods, Heber Valley Cheese, Creminelli Fine Meats, Madbrook Donuts and more. 

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FLAVORS OF UTAH: Flavors of Utah is an annual event that takes place in the Russell Senate Office Building in Washington D.C. that highlights Utah business and products on a national stage. Hosted by Senator Lee and the Utah Congressional Delegation, Associated Food Stores, Utah Food Industry Association and Zion’s Bank with over 20 local Utah food vendors, Flavors of Utah captures the incredible artisan craftsmanship and the spirit of the beehive state’s ingenuity: going the extra mile to humbly deliver the best products in the country. 2019 vendors include: Heber Valley Cheese, Lower Foods, Taffy Town, Gusto Brazil, Creminelli Fine Meats, Mtn Ops, Pepperlane, Julieann Caramels, Madbrook donuts, Kodiak Cakes, Houwelings Tomatoes, Squatters, Apple Beer, Beehive Cheese, Chef Shamy Butter, USU Aggie Ice Cream, Sweet Candy Company, Butcher’s Bunches, Rocky Mountain Pies, Utah’s Own with support from Harmon’s, Lifetime, Utah’s Credit Union, Walmart, Ski Utah, and the Utah Office of Tourism.

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(s)

Sarah Pettit 

Public Relations Manager – Associated Food Stores 
Scpettit@afstores.com 
801-978-8948

Erik Kujanpää

Press Assistant | Senator Mike Lee

361A Russell Senate Office Building

(w) [http://tel:202-224-3906]202-224-3906(c) [http://tel:202-658-8855]202-658-8855

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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

 

Media Contact
Rachael Wabel
rmwabel@afstores.com
801-978-8913

 

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.

 

 

Members of the leadership teams from Salt Lake and Farr West had an opportunity to visit United Way of Northern Utah last week. During their visit they assisted in building 200 back-to-school kits for children in need throughout our communities. The kits included a backpack and school supplies like notebooks, pencils, markers, and more.

The donation was made possible through team member contributions elected during open enrollment. AFS matched a percentage of the amount raised to provide even more school kits. Thanks for your generosity!

Try these delicious rice bowls for a simple slow-cooker dinner.

Servings: 6
Prep Time: 20 minutes
Cook Time: 9 Hours

Ingredients
1 ½ lbs. chicken breasts
1 (16 oz.) jar salsa
1 (15 oz.) can black beans, drained
8 oz.  frozen corn
1 tbsp. chili powder
½ tbsp. cumin
½ tbsp. minced garlic
½ tsp dried oregano
¼ tsp cayenne pepper
½ tsp salt
Cracked pepper to taste
2 cups dry rice
8 oz. shredded cheddar cheese
½ bunch cilantro (optional)

Directions

  1. Add everything except the rice, cheese, and cilantro to the slow cooker along with ¼ cup of water. Stir everything and make sure the chicken is covered in the mixture.
  2. Secure the lid on your slow cooker and cook on low for 8 hours.
  3. Near the end of the cooking time, cook the two cups of rice.
  4. After 8 hours of cooking, carefully remove the lid of the slow cooker. Stir with a fork to shred the chicken (it should be super tender and will shred easily).
  5. Build the taco bowls by placing rice on the bottom, then the taco chicken mix, shredded cheese, and fresh cilantro before serving.

July and fireworks go together like peanut butter and jelly. While the booms, bangs, and colors make for a great time, things can quickly turn dangerous if the fireworks aren’t handled properly. Check out the five tips below from the National Council on Fireworks Safety to make your 4th of July fun AND safe.

Supervise the Kiddos
Fireworks get HOT! Make sure an adult is the one lighting the fireworks and that kids are a safe distance away so that no one gets hurt. If children are going to use sparklers, make sure they are supervised the entire time so they don’t get burned.

One at a Time
Only light one firework at a time and NEVER try to re-light a “dud.” Fireworks are explosives and you never know what will happen.

Keep Water Around
Keep a bucket of water or connected hose nearby, just in case any of the fireworks go rogue. It’s also a good idea to wet down used fireworks before putting them in the trash can to ensure they are completely out and won’t start a fire.

Hide the Pets
The colors and loud noises may be fun for you, but your furry friends will think the sky is falling. Keep pets inside during firework shows so they don’t run away or get hurt.

Pay Attention to Your Surroundings
Never light fireworks near dry grass, gasoline or other things that burn easily. Keep your clothing choices in mind too. Fleece is extremely flammable, so it may be best to skip the jacket or pajama bottoms and opt for jeans.

For more firework tips, check out the National Council on Fireworks Safety at: http://www.fireworkssafety.org/safety-tips/

Happy Independence Day!

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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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Media Contact
Rachael Wabel
rmwabel@afstores.com
801-978-8913

No matter how you slice it, Pi Day is the perfect excuse to have a delicious slice of pie tonight (as if you really needed an excuse). Why not pick up a Beehive Pastry Co. or Red Button Vintage Creamery Premium Pie for dessert? It could even be your reward for helping out with your kid’s math homework (because we all know that deserves a massive prize).

Fill your Pi Day celebrations with some of our award winning pies! Beehive Bread and Pastry Co. fresh made pies are available in a variety of flavors in the bakery. If Red Button pies (and the smell of fresh baked pie in your kitchen) are more your taste, check out our premium fruit pies or delicious cream pies in the freezer section.

No matter which one you choose, we know the whole family will love it. Each pie is made right here in Utah with the freshest ingredients and only sold at our stores.

How else are you celebrating Pi Day?

The great thing about nachos is that you can throw everything together, head to your game-day party, and toss them in the oven for final perfection. They’re the classic finger food with a mix of all the best ingredients.

Servings: 4
Prep Time: 20 minutes
Cook Time: 10 minutes

Ingredients
6-8 large handfuls of Aubela’s Auténtico tortilla chips
1 ½ cups of shredded cheddar cheese
1 ½ cups of shredded pepper jack cheese
1 (15 oz) can of chili
½ cup sliced black olives
½ cup sliced pickled jalapeños
½ cup diced tomatoes
¾ cups sour cream
2 diced green onions
Salsa to taste

Directions

  1. Preheat the oven to 400 degrees F
  2. Spread half the bag of tortilla chips over an oven-safe baking sheet/pan. Cover the chips with half the can of chili, ½ the cheddar cheese, and ½ the pepper jack cheese. Repeat layering until all the ingredients have been used. Chips, chili, cheese.
  3. Bake for 5-10 minutes or until the cheese is melted and gooey.
  4. Quickly top with the black olives, jalapeños, diced tomatoes, sour cream, and green onions. Serve hot with a side of salsa.

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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.

 

Media Contact
Rachael Wabel
rmwabel@afstores.com
801-978-8913

Try this delicious spin on a Fall favorite.

Servings: 20
Prep Time: 30 minutes
Cook Time: 12-14 minutes

Ingredients
2 ½ cups flour
1 ½ cups quick oats
1 tsp baking soda
¾ tsp salt
1 ¾ ground cinnamon
¼ tsp ground nutmeg
¼ tsp ground ginger
1 cup unsalted butter, softened
1 1/3 cups packed brown sugar
2/3 cup granulated sugar
1 large egg
1 tsp vanilla extract
1 ¼ cups canned pumpkin
1 ¾ cup semi-sweet chocolate chips

Directions

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
  2. In a bowl, whisk together flour, oats, baking soda, salt, cinnamon, nutmeg, and ginger. Set aside.
  3. In another bowl, whip together butter, brown sugar, and granulated sugar until smooth
  4. Mix in egg, vanilla, and pumpkin.
  5. Slowly add dry ingredients until combined. Mix in chocolate chips gently.
  6. Scoop dough into 2 tbsp portions and drop onto baking sheet lined with parchment paper. Space cookies 2 inches apart.
  7. Bake for 12-14 minutes. Cool completely on wire rack before enjoying.