The AFS Annual Business Meeting and FoodShow are time-honored traditions of Associated Food Stores. For more than 80 years, retailers have gathered to learn about company progress, talk with vendors and interact with fellow retailers.  

The annual business meeting will kick off this year’s event on the evening of Tuesday, March 19 with a comprehensive report on financial results and exciting executive team presentations. FoodShow takes place at the Salt Palace Convention Center on March 20 and 21. 

This year’s theme is Built to Build, a celebration of the core purpose that drives the mission at Associated Food Stores. In constructing and fortifying phenomenal food experiences, AFS recognizes the collective mission shared by all AFS members and those who support them: strengthening local communities and creating thriving businesses, one step at a time, one brick at a time and one innovation upon another. 

The AFS FoodShow is a specialized event where manufacturers, suppliers and vendors showcase their products and services to retailers. These shows provide a platform for retailers, including owners, to explore a diverse range of food products, beverages and related services all in one location. The importance of attending these shows lies in the opportunity for retailers to discover new and innovative products, stay updated on emerging trends and establish valuable connections with AFS team members and other industry professionals.  

During the show, retail owners and employees engage directly with suppliers, negotiate deals and gather insights that enable them to enhance their store offerings, stay competitive and meet the evolving preferences of their customers. Additionally, attending FoodShow fosters a sense of community within the company, allowing participants to share knowledge, exchange best practices and gain a deeper understanding of the broader market landscape.  

Retailers enjoy uninterrupted buying and planning throughout the event and vendors will have the opportunity to showcase new products and offer great deals. Watch for more details about the annual meeting and FoodShow in coming issues of Team News and on StoreLink.  

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