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Associated Food: Farr West distribution center awarded Highly Protected Risk Award from FM Global

Farr West Facility Awarded HPR Award from FM Global

Salt Lake City, UT, 2015-10-20 — /EPR Retail News/ — Associated Food Stores has consistently been recognized as an industry leader in many initiatives, including safety. The grocery wholesaler’s Farr West distribution center was recently awarded a Highly Protected Risk Award from FM Global, the largest commercial property insurer. The award recognizes AFS’ dedication and efforts to protect the distribution center from fire, natural hazards and other property risks while meeting the highest standards for loss prevention. AFS was also presented a special award, honoring its 30 year partnership with FM Global.

“Organizations that earn an HPR award are to be applauded for taking steps to safeguard their property, instilling a high-quality risk management culture and enhancing their overall resilience,” said Tom Lawson, president of FM Global.

Each year the Farr West distribution center undergoes a comprehensive audit. FM Global compares the facility to similar structures and examines policies and procedures against safety and risk management best practices to determine an insurance ranking. Each FM Global audit usually includes recommendations for improvements. The Farr West distribution center’s audit was returned with zero recommendations for improvement for the second year in a row, marking their leadership status in the industry.

“Our success is due to the initial engineering of the facility, the support from our Executive Staff and Board of Directors, the excellent team at FM Global, our maintenance technicians and Safety team in Farr West,” said Carl Jensen, Director of Facilities Maintenance at the distribution center. “We couldn’t do it without everyone’s help.”


About Associated Food Stores
Associated Food Stores was established in 1940 when 34 independent retailers joined together to battle high supplier costs and competition from large chain stores. That fighting spirit has continued to help the grocery wholesaler grow over the last 75 years. With a focus on the little guy, AFS has changed the way independent retailers operate and allowed them to prosper and currently serves more than 500 retailers across the intermountain West. For more information about Associated Food Stores visit

About FM Global
Established in 183, FM Global is a mutual insurance company whose capital, scientific research capability and engineering expertise are solely dedicated to property risk management. Its client-owners, who share the belief that the majority of property loss is preventable, represent many of the world’s largest organizations, including one of every three FORTUNE 1000 companies. They work with FM Global to better understand the key property hazards that can impact their business continuity to make cost-effective risk management decisions combining property loss prevention with insurance protection. FM Global is rated A+ (Superior) by A.M. Best and AA (Very Strong) by Fitch.

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