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Happy Pi Day!

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?

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Recipe: Game Day Nachos

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

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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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Pumpkin Oat Chocolate Chip Cookies

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.
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Macey’s Hits the East Side

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Macey’s Hits the East Side
Utah grocery chain opens new location in Murray

Salt Lake City, UT (August 16, 2017) Macey’s is bringing an all-new shopping experience to Murray. Utah’s favorite grocery store opened a new location on the East side of the valley today, replacing the Fresh Market that was previously in the 5600 south and 900 east location. Celebrations for the new store kicked off with a ribbon-cutting ceremony and will continue all week with trivia games, giveaways, and children’s activities wrapping up on Saturday.

“The Macey’s Murray shopping experience is unlike anything Macey’s has ever done and we can’t wait for guests to experience it. With a broader product selection, in-store restaurant, and more meal solutions than ever, we believe we’ve created a shopping experience guests will come back for over and over,” said Darin Peirce, district manager for Macey’s Murray.

The Murray location is unlike any other Macey’s and marks a transition for the brand. While guests can still get a classic Kong Kone, Macey’s in Murray includes a variety of new offerings including:

  • An in-store restaurant with oven-baked pizza, an Asian wok, sandwiches, wraps, salads, and more
  • An expanded produce section with more organic and local items, fresh salsa, and fresh cut fruits and vegetables
  • An increased dairy offering with more cage-free and organic items
  • A broad selection of grass-fed, free-from products, and Certified Angus Beef
  • New signage that calls out natural, organic, dietician and pharmacist preferred, and local items at the shelf
  • Macey’s Anywhere online shopping and curbside pickup
  • An indoor atrium and outside seating
  • Starbucks
  • Wells Fargo

The Murray store is the 13th Macey’s location in Northern Utah. The chain, owned and operated by Associated Retail Operations, a subsidiary of Associated Food Stores, has stores from Cache Valley to Utah County. To learn more about Macey’s and to find the location nearest you, visit www.maceys.com.

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About Macey’s

In 1947, Walt Macey and Dale A. Jones started the “Save-A-Nickle-Market” in Rose Park, Utah. Macey’s grew from a small store into a multi-store chain by providing personalized old-fashioned service. Known for their famous doughnuts and Kong Kones, Macey’s grocery stores offer an in-store bakery, delicatessen, full-service grocery, meat, produce and non-foods department and above all, friendly service. For more information visit maceys.com.

 

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Grilled Pork Chops

Celebrate the end of summer with these delicious grilled pork chops.

Servings: 4
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 10 minutes

Ingredients

4 bone-in ¼ inch thick pork chops
1 tsp garlic powder
1 tsp onion powder
1 tsp paprika
1 tsp brown sugar
½ tsp chili powder
½ tsp cumin
½ tsp black pepper
½ tsp dried parsley
2 tbsp. olive oil

Directions

  1. Combine all seasoning together and set aside
  2. Rinse and dry pork chops and coat in olive oil
  3. Rub the seasoning onto both sides of the pork chops. Marinate in the refrigerator overnight.
  4. Bring pork to room temperature and grill for about 4-5 minutes per side.

Associated Food Stores Goes to Washington

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Associated Food Stores Goes to Washington
Grocery Wholesaler brings Utah products to the Capital for a special Pioneer Day event

Salt Lake City, UT (July 28, 2017) Associated Food Stores shared a taste of Utah with representatives in Washington D.C on July 25. The grocery wholesaler teamed up with Zions Bank and Senator Mike Lee to host a special Pioneer Day Reception for state representatives and other officials in Washington D.C. The reception showcased the great products that come from the Beehive state including Beehive Cheese, Norbest turkey, Red Button Vintage Creamery ice cream and award-winning Beehive Bread and Pastry Co. galettes.

“The Pioneer Day Reception was 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.”

Associated Food Stores works with over 50 Utah vendors and farmers to bring Utah-made and grown products to grocery stores across eight Intermountain states. These products receive specific “local” tags and signs to make locating them in the aisles easier. To learn more about Associated Food Stores or to become a local vendor, visit www.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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Grilled BBQ Chicken

Grilled BBQ Chicken 

Servings: 6
Prep Time: 20 minutes
Cook Time: 15 minutes

Ingredients
3 cups of your favorite BBQ sauce
½ cup apricot preserves
1 clove garlic
12 whole bone-in chicken thighs

Directions

  1. In a small pan, saute garlic until cooked. Add BBQ sauce and apricot or peach preserves. Stir until combined.
  2. Split sauce in half and marinate chicken in half the sauce for up to 8 hours (at least 1 hour).
  3. Place chicken on grill at medium heat. Cook 6-8 minutes each side (or until no longer pink), brushing reserved marinade on chicken occasionally while cooking.
  4. Serve with a green salad or other fresh side.

5 Tips for a Safe 4th of July

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.

1. 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.

2. 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.

3. 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.

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

5. 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 Named Rocky Mountain Power wattsmart business Utah Partner of the Year

Associated Food Stores Named Rocky Mountain Power wattsmart business Utah Partner of the Year
Wholesale honored for saving energy in Utah Stores

SALT LAKE CITY, UT (June 29, 2017)—Associated Food Stores has made great strides in implementing energy efficient technologies in stores across Utah and the Intermountain West thanks to a partnership with Rocky Mountain Power. The wholesaler’s efforts were recognized today by Rocky Mountain Power with the 2017 wattsmart Business Utah Partner of the Year Award.

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.

“We are grateful for the opportunity to work with Rocky Mountain Power to bring energy efficient operations to our stores across Utah and the Intermountain West,” said Steve Miner, President of Market Development for Associated Food Stores. “We appreciate our partnership and look forward to working together in the future.”

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 and Fresh Market.

“Associated Food Stores worked hand in hand with our engineers to identify ways to reduce their electricity use,” said Chris Kanoff, Rocky Mountain Power wattsmart project manager. “They have been great partners to help save energy and protect the environment.”

Rocky Mountain Power’s wattsmart Business program offers technical expertise and cash incentives for improving the energy efficiency of businesses. More energy saving information for business and home owners can be found at wattsmart.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.

About Rocky Mountain Power
Rocky Mountain Power provides safe and reliable electric service to more than a million customers in Utah, Wyoming and Idaho. The company works to meet customers’ growing electricity needs while protecting and enhancing the environment. Rocky Mountain Power is part of PacifiCorp, one of the lowest-cost electricity providers in the United States. More information at rockymountainpower.net.

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