Associated Food Stores implements two new systems to improve food safety at its Farr West Distribution Center

Associated Food Stores Distribution Center Takes a Step Forward in Food Safety New systems implemented to monitor temperatures

Salt Lake City, UT, 2016-Nov-04 — /EPR Retail News/ — Associated Food Stores (AFS) is making changes to improve food safety at its Farr West Distribution Center. The Utah-based wholesaler recently implemented two new systems, the AutoSense Inbound and AutoSense Real-Time logger to help monitor temperature and ensure products remain in compliance with food safety regulations during transport and storage. The new systems have been implemented over the last 12 months.

AutoSense InBound allows AFS to track the temperature of a pallet during transport from the vendor to the distribution center. Vendors purchase, program and set the chip on their pallets before they are shipped. When the pallet arrives at the distribution center it syncs with AFS’ iBrite monitoring system and provides a temperature report, allowing the receiving team to determine the safeness of the product before accepting the load.

“A few months ago we received a load of bananas that had basically cooked inside the trailer during transport. With the report from AutoSense Inbound we were able to show that it wasn’t safe and it saved us from losing the load,” said Terri Jensen, receiving manager at the distribution center. She and her team have spearheaded the effort to bring the AutoSense trackers to the facility.

AFS has also implemented the AutoSense Real-Time logger to help monitor the temperature of products stored in trailers when the distribution is in overflow. The system monitors the temperature inside each trailer and sends an alert to the receiving team if any go out of range, allowing them to quickly check it and make adjustments before the product is compromised.

“The AutoSense systems are basically insurance policies for us and our vendors,” Jensen said. “They allow us to ensure the products we receive and send to our stores are safe and prevent us from losing product.”

Associated Food Stores serves more than 400 independent retailers across eight Intermountain West states. For more information about AFS or to find a retailer near you, visit www.afstores.com

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.

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

Source:  Associated Food Stores

Associated Food Stores announces goal to source and provide exclusively cage-free eggs by 2025

Utah-based grocery wholesaler plans to make transition by 2025

Salt Lake City, UT, 2016-Jun-13 — /EPR Retail News/ — Associated Food Stores recently announced a goal to source and provide exclusively cage-free eggs. The Utah-based grocery wholesaler is working with suppliers to transition its egg selection to cage-free by 2025. The transition will be completed in stages to ensure there isn’t a disruption in egg supply at the stores.

“As a company, we believe the most humane living conditions for hens is a cage-free environment,” said Jason Sokol, marketing director for Associated Food Stores. “We are dedicated to working with responsible suppliers and currently offer cage-free eggs to all stores we supply.”

Associated Food Stores has heightened the focus with egg suppliers over the last several months to specifically address the goal of going cage-free. Similar to Kroger, Walmart, Safeway and many other grocery wholesalers and retailers, Associated Food Stores is working with suppliers toward a goal of converting all egg sales to be 100 percent cage-free by 2025. Timeline may vary based on availability and consumer demand.

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About Associated Food Stores
Associated Food Stores serves more than 400 independent retailers across Utah, Idaho, Wyoming, Colorado, Montana, Nevada, Arizona and Oregon. Based in Salt Lake City, UT, Associated Food Stores is committed to the success of local retailers and provides groceries, warehouse facilitates and other services to retailers. To learn more about Associated Food Stores or to find a retailer near you, visit www.afstores.com

 

Media Contact
Sarah Pettit
scpettit@afstores.com
801-978-8948

Naloxone opioid antidote now available without prescription at Associated Food Stores retailer’s pharmacies

Naloxone will be available to guests without a prescription

Salt Lake City, UT, 2016-Mar-30 — /EPR Retail News/ — Life saving medication is now available in your local grocery store’s pharmacy. Naloxone, an opioid antidote, will be available without a prescription to guests at participating Associated Food Stores retailer’s pharmacies. The medication is used to reverse the effects of opioid overdoses including heroin and painkillers through a nasal spray.

“Our pharmacies care for many patients and families who have been devastated by the unintended effects of opioid use. As pharmacists, we are trained to provide Naloxone, along with the necessary education and training that may save a life,” said Denise Kunkel, AFS Pharmacy Operations Manager. “We take this opportunity very seriously and are honored to better serve our communities.”

AFS has developed protocols and procedures to ensure Naloxone is available to guests 18 years old and older as part of a larger Opioid Overdose Rescue program. The program and newly available medication comes at a time when prescription drug abuse continues to be a public health and safety risk. According to the 2014 National Survey on Drug Use and Health, an estimated 6.5 million Americans misused a prescription drug in 2014. The Centers of Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) reported a total of 47,055 drug overdose deaths, which include prescription and illicit drugs, during the same year, a 6.5 percent increase from 2013. Utah ranks fifth in the nation in opioid related deaths, with 21 deaths each month.

Each pharmacist at participating pharmacies has been trained to provide medication counseling and guidance to patients. Naloxone is currently available at the following pharmacies: A&W, Bowman’s, Cecil’s, Dan’s, Davis Food & Drug, Day’s Market, Dick’s Market Centerville, Ephraim Market Fresh, Fresh Market, Harmon’s, Kamas Foodtown, Kent’s Market Brigham City, Kent’s Market Clearfield, Lee’s Marketplace, Lin’s Market, Macey’s, Payson Market, Peterson’s Fresh Market, Ridley’s, Stewarts Basin Family Pharmacy, and Winegar’s Bountiful.

 

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

Associated Food Stores launches Red Button Vintage Creamery premium pies

Local Associated Food Stores launches premium pies for Pi Day

Salt Lake City, Utah, 2016-Mar-14 — /EPR Retail News/ — Associated Food Stores is bringing back the sweet, classic taste of fresh- baked pie with the launch of Red Button Vintage Creamery premium pies. The exquisite pies are a whopping four pounds and rival a traditional 9” pie, coming in at 12” and are filled with Grade A fruit and all natural ingredients—showcasing hand-laid lattice and crumb tops made from scratch.  Red Button Vintage Creamery pies are available exclusively at Associated Food Stores local and independent retailers just in time for Pi Day.

Created through a partnership with Salt Lake-based Rocky Mountain Pies, Red Button Vintage Creamery Pies will retail at $12.99 and feature six classic and unique flavors like Cherry Almond Pralines, Apple Crumb, Peach Blueberry, Dazzleberry, Pineapple Upside Down and Sea Salt Caramel Crumb.

“We are thrilled to partner with Associated Food Stores to bring a new, premium pie to local grocery stores throughout the intermountain west,” said Mark Grandintti, President of Rocky Mountain Pies. “As a local company, it’s exciting to work with another Utah based company to make a quality product that we’re excited to share.”

Shoppers can find Red Button Vintage Creamery Pies at any Macey’s, Fresh Market, Dan’s, Dick’s Market, Lin’s, Peterson’s, Lee’s Market Place, Stokes and other participating Associated Food Stores retailers. For more information about Red Button Vintage Creamery pies and to find a local and independent Associated retailer near you, visit redbuttoncreamery.com

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Media interested in hosting a Red Button Vintage Creamery event for Pi Day should contact Sarah Pettit scpettit@afstores.com 801-978-8948 for samples.

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.

Contact:

Associated Food Stores
Sarah Pettit
Desk: 801.978.8948 / Cell: 801.916.1070

Red Button Vintage Creamery Premium Pies
Fact Sheet 

A Local Company:

  • Just in time for Pi Day, Utah-based Red Button Vintage Creamery—known for their famous ice cream has announced that the brand is now baking premium pies.
  • Red Button pies are made locally in Salt Lake City in partnership with Rocky Mountain Pies.
  • Red Button Vintage Creamery is an exclusive brand of Associated Food Stores and can be found in the frozen section of your local and independent Associated Grocer.
  • Learn more and where you can buy Red Button Vintage Creamery pies atRedButtonCreamery.com

 

Quality You Can Taste:

  • Red Button Vintage Creamery pies contain Grade a Fruit, creamery butter, and all-natural sugar.
  • Our crust is made from scratch and some flavors are infused with almond or vanilla for a truly phenomenal taste.
  • No trans fat is included in Red Button Vintage Creamery premium pies.
  • We intentionally use a slower baking process, including hand-laid lattice tops, to ensure you enjoy a home-style pie straight from your oven.

 

Serious in Size:

  • Red Button Vintage Creamery pies are a whopping 12 inches (other pies are typically 9) and weigh 4 pounds—making them perfect for family gatherings.

 

Delicious and Unique Flavors:

  • Six delicious and unique flavors
    • Cherry Almond Pralines Lattice
    • Apple Crumb
    • Peach Blueberry Lattice
    • Dazzleberry Lattice
    • Pineapple Upside Down Lattice
    • Sea Salt Caramel Crumb and Lattice

 

Savings to Celebrate Pi Day:

  • Red Button Vintage Creamery Pies are regularly priced at $12.99. During the week of Pi Day, they will be on sale through Associated Food Stores’ Plus and Perks Rewards programs for $5 off (see your local stores for details.)

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Associated Food Stores launches Red Button Vintage Creamery premium pies

Associated Food Stores launches Red Button Vintage Creamery premium pies

Fresh Market at Price River Drive will become Lin’s Fresh Market

Fresh Market to become Lin’s Fresh Market

Price, UT,  2015-12-10 — /EPR Retail News/ — On Wednesday, the Fresh Market in Price, located at  760 West Price River Drive will become Lin’s Fresh Market. The new Lin’s store has been completely updated with new décor, expanded fresh departments including a larger produce department, a fresh new butcher block and fish case, updated service deli with new menu options, a new doughnut recipe that’s made fresh daily in-store, self-checkout lanes and a Starbucks, opening in late January. The new store will combine the best of what both Lin’s and Fresh Market have to offer, including products, services and more. 

“We changed the name from Fresh Market to Lin’s Fresh Market because our Lin’s brand better fit the needs of the Price community,” said Darin Peirce, district manager for Associated Retail Operations. “Lin’s was first opened by Lin and Reva Orton in 1955 in Cedar City. It’s a Utah brand that is deeply-rooted in serving the community. We’re thrilled to introduce the Lin’s brand to Price and know the community will love it too,”

Lin’s Fresh Market will kick off the grand opening of their new store with a ribbon cutting ceremony on Wednesday at 1 p.m. where they will be joined by Mayor Joe Piccolo. The celebration will continue with a visit from Santa Claus and two of his reindeer from 4 p.m. – 7:30 p.m., where Lin’s famous glazed doughnuts and hot coco will be served.

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 In 1955, Lin’s Store opened on Main Street in Cedar City, Utah. Founded by Lin and Reva Orton, the first store was small, but became very popular with the local community due to the store’s friendly customer service and the high quality of the meat department. There are now five Lin’s stores in Utah located in Hurricane, Cedar City, St. George, Price, and Overton Nevada with the newest Lin’s opening Spring of 2016 in St. George off Mall Drive.

 Lin’s belongs to Associated Retail Operations, a group of corporate stores owned by Associated Food Stores. The corporate stores operate under five different banners and formats: Macey’s, Fresh Market, Dan’s, Lin’s and Dick’s Markets. Learn more about Associated Retail Operations by visiting their websites:  www.maceys.comwww.freshmarketstores.comwww.dansfoods.comwww.linsmarketplace.comwww.dicksmarket.com.

 Contact:

Sarah Pettit
scpettit@afstores.com
Cell: 801.916.1070
Desk: 801.978.8948 

SOURCE:  Associated Food Stores

43 local Associated Food Stores to donate the proceeds from their Star Icon Campaign to Make-A-Wish® Utah

43 local grocery stores rallied together to help wishes come true

CENTERVILLE2015-10-29 — /EPR Retail News/ — Associated Retail Operations: Macey’s, Fresh Market, Dan’s, Lin’s and Dick’s Markets,will be presenting Make-A-Wish® Utah with the proceeds from their Star Icon Campaign this week. Thanks to the dedication of each ARO store, their team members and considerate customers, over $67,000 was raised to help grant the heartfelt wishes of approximately 13 Utah children who are battling life-threatening medical conditions. Funds raised by purchasing a blue paper star for a $1.00 or more donation. Jared Perry, CEO of Make-A-Wish Utah and representatives from Associated Retail Operations will be present at the event.

In conjunction with the check presentation, ARO will be hosting a surprise Wish Reveal party for 9-year-old Wish Kid Cole. Cole believes he is coming to help Make-A-Wish Utah accept the check, little does he know that he will be told in a very special way that his wish to go to the Florida theme parks will be granted.

WHO: Make-A-Wish® Utah, Associated Retail Operations: Macey’s, Fresh Market, Dan’s, Lin’s and Dick’s Markets.

WHAT: A check presentation in honor of Make-A-Wish® Utah & a child’s wish reveal party.

WHERE: Dick’s Market, 84 W Parrish Ln., Centerville, UT 84014

WHEN: Wednesday, October 28, 2015 11:30 AM

About Make-A-Wish® Utah
Make-A-Wish® Utah (MAWU) 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, MAWU offers a life-affirming wish experience at a time of critical need. For more information about MAWU, visit http://www.utah.wish.org.

Media Contacts:

Kelly Wolfe | Communication Manager, Make-A-Wish

kwolfe@utah.wish.org | (201) 233-4645

Sarah Pettit | Retail PR & Social Media Manager, Associated Retail Operations

SCPettit@afstores.com | (801) 916-1070

SOURCE: Associated Food Stores

Associated Food Stores announced the launch of Shopper Radar, a new mobile app

New mobile app, Shopper Radar, rewards shoppers with store credit and digital coupons

Salt Lake City, Utah, 2015-10-29 — /EPR Retail News/ — While more retailers are turning to online and digital shopping, Associated Food Stores is giving shoppers another reason to visit the grocery store; Free money. The grocery wholesaler announced the launch of Shopper Radar, a new mobile app, which gives users access to store credits, special offers and digital coupons when they use the app at any of its participating retailers. The app is available for free in the Apple App Store and an Android version will be available soon.

Shopper Radar uses Bluetooth beacons to send alerts to shopper’s smart phones while they walk around the store. To receive the store credit or coupon, shoppers simply tap their screen to signal they have seen the offer. Once they tap the screen, they are rewarded with a store credit and digital coupon for that product. In order to keep the credits, shoppers must make a purchase before they leave the store. They can use the credits toward the sales total or save them for even greater savings later. Each digital coupon earned through the beacons can only be used the day they are earned. Shoppers can also clip additional digital coupons with the app. Credits and coupons vary in amount and must be used before the listed expiration date. Associated Food Stores’ retailers are the first in the country to partner with Shopper Radar to bring additional savings and store credit to shoppers.

The app is designed to engage shoppers during key purchase decision making times by providing offers directly to their smart phones. Users can earn up to four different wallet credits each day by visiting their local participating AFS retailer.

“We wanted a way to provide shoppers with great savings, coupons and other deals while they are in the store and making those decision,” said Heather Hall, AFS’ Rewards Marketing Manager. “Shopper Radar is great because it also integrates with each participating store’s customer rewards program, making it easy for shoppers and the store to manage.”

Once shoppers download the app, they will need to select their preferred store and connect their Rewards account phone number to earn wallet credits and save digital coupons. Shopper Radar can be used at multiple Associated Food Stores retailers including Macey’s, Dan’s, Dicks, Lin’s, Fresh Market, Blair’s Supermarkets, Broulim’s Fresh Foods, Peterson’s Fresh Market, Soelberg’s, Stewart’s, Bowman’s, Davis Food and Drug, Stokes Fresh Market and Prather’s Market.

Reporters interested in trying Shopper Radar should contact Heather Hall hnhall@afstores.com 801-978-8556 or Curtis Packer cgpacker@afstores.com 801-978-8466.

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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 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 afstores.com

MEDIA CONTACT:
Rachael Wabel
rmwabel@afstore.com
801-978-8913

SOURCE: Associated Food Stores

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Associated Food Stores announced the launch of Shopper Radar, a new mobile app

Associated Food Stores announced the launch of Shopper Radar, a new mobile app

Associated Food Stores: more than 200 independent and locally owned grocers now accept Android Pay

Contactless Pay Option Available at Macey’s, Dan’s, Dick’s, Lin’s, Fresh Market and other local grocery stores

Salt Lake City, Utah2015-9-21 — /EPR Retail News/ — Few shoppers leave home without their cell phone. Now their favorite device can help them pay for their groceries. Macey’s, Dan’s, Dick’s, Lin’s and Fresh Market, along with more than 200 independent and locally owned grocers now accept Android Pay—a simple way to pay in stores with your mobile device.

To use Android Pay, shoppers can download Android Pay in the Play store and add their preferred credit and debit cards. Users can make purchases by unlocking their phones and holding it near the contactless terminal. Android Pay works even if the app isn’t open.  To keep card information secure, payment information is encrypted and constantly monitored for fraud. Instead, Android Pay uses a virtual account number for transactions and does not share the actual 16-digit card number with merchants or store it on the device.

“We want to make grocery shopping as easy as possible for our guests. That includes offering a variety of options when it comes to payment, from traditional choices like cash and cards, to mobile payments,” said Jason Sokol, Director of Marketing for Associated Food Stores.

Android Pay is also available at multiple participating Associated Food Stores retailers including Broulim’s, Blairs, Bowmans, Davis Food & Drug, Kent’s Marketplace, Lee’s MarketPlace and Stokes Market. For more information about Android Pay, visit https://www.android.com/pay/

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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 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 afstores.com

Associated Food Stores participate in Pandemic Preparedness Exercise with CDC and NACCHO

Salt Lake City Based Grocer Participates in Pandemic Preparedness Exercise with CDC and NACCHO

Salt Lake City, UT, 2015-9-4 — /EPR Retail News/ — Associated Food Stores is improving their emergency preparedness procedures in its pharmacies. The Salt Lake City based grocer partnered with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and National Association of County and City Health Officials (NACCHO) to participate in a pandemic flu exercise on August 30. Results from the exercise will be used to create national plans including pharmacies as strategic health care providers in administering influenza vaccines in the event of a pandemic.

Associated Food Stores was one of two pharmacies in the U.S. who participated in the 2015 Scripted Surge Pandemic Influenza Pharmacy Exercise. The exercise was designed to assess how a pharmacy would handle an increase in patients seeking pandemic influenza vaccines and routine health and prescription drug services during a pandemic emergency, with the objective of increasing points of access beyond health departments and hospitals during a real emergency. More than 60 people from Associated Food Stores, the CDC, NACCHO, Salt Lake County and Utah Health Departments and other local agencies participated in the exercise at the West Jordan Macey’s.

As part of the exercise, Associated Food Stores created an emergency preparedness plan that determined waiting areas, staffing and workflows. The plans and procedures developed for the exercise will be implemented in each of Associated Food Stores corporately owned pharmacies and shared with their member stores to prepare them to better serve their guests and communities in the event of a real emergency.

“Participating in the pandemic flu pharmacy exercise with the CDC and NACCHO has helped prepare us for future emergencies. We were able to identify potential areas in pharmacy workflows that could be improved to support the surge in patients we could see during a flu emergency,” said Denise Kunkel, Member Pharmacy Operations Manager at Associated Food Stores. “We were able to create action plans to ensure we continue to provide the care our communities have come to know and expect from our pharmacies.”

Final results from the exercise will not be available for several months, but Associated Food Stores will continue to work closely with the CDC, NACCHO and the Salt Lake County and Utah health departments to develop new plans and policies for their pharmacies.

Photos from the event for media use can be found below.

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Associated Food Stores participate in Pandemic Preparedness Exercise with CDC and NACCHO

Associated Food Stores participate in Pandemic Preparedness Exercise with CDC and NACCHO

Associated Food Stores’ grocery store Lin’s Fresh Market to open its 5th location, Lin’s Fields on Mall Drive in St. George Utah

Lin’s Fields on Mall Drive to open in early 2016

St George, UT, 2015-8-10— /EPR Retail News/ — Associated Food Stores’ retail-owned grocery store, Lin’s Fresh Market, will open their fifth location, Lin’s Fields on Mall Drive (2928 E Mall Drive) in St. George Utah. The new location, a 52,300 square foot store, is tentatively set to open in early 2016.

A ground-breaking celebration took place with representatives from Associated Food Stores, America First Credit Union, St George City officials and multiple construction/planning companies Friday morning at the site location.

“The groundbreaking ceremony allows us to celebrate the beginning of our development and the start of construction, as well as thank many of our partners for their assistance in making the dream of this new Lin’s Fresh Market a reality, “said Bill Walley, director of construction, Associated Food Stores.

The new, upscale store will offer the finest fresh produce, meats prepared from a butcher block, a scratch bakery and state-of-the-art meal solutions. A fresh food kiosk will feature sandwiches and pizza cooked to order, a Starbucks and a Dairy Queen. Guests will have the opportunity to enjoy all of these options in a  beautifully decorated glass atrium with abundant seating, USB power outlets and wi-fi access.

“Our vision for Lin’s Fields on Mall Drive is simple. We want to provide the best shopping experience around. Just as in our other Lin’s locations—we are most pleased to offer the best, good old-fashioned customer service that you’d expect from your local neighborhood grocery store. We are thrilled about the opportunity to serve St. George and Washington City and look forward to opening the store in early 2016,” said Associated Retail Operations Vice President Troy Thomas.

The first Lin’s grocery store opened in 1955 in Cedar City. The opening of the Mall Drive Lin’s will bring the store total to five locations: Cedar City, St. George, Hurricane and Overton, Nevada.

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About Associated Retail Operations

Associated Retail Operations is a group of corporate stores owned by Associated Food Stores, an independent retailer-owned warehouse based in Salt Lake City, Utah, which provides products and services to more than 400 grocers throughout the Intermountain West. The corporate stores operate under five different banners and formats: Macey’s, Fresh Market, Dan’s, Lin’s and Dick’s Markets. Learn more about Associated Retail Operations by visiting their websites: maceys.com,freshmarketstores.com, dansfoods.com, linsmarketplace.com and dicksmarket.com. Associated Foods can be found at afstores.com

*Images from the event as well as a site mockup are available for media and can be found below.

Media Contact:
Sarah Pettit
801.916.1070
Scpettit@afstores.com

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Associated Food Stores’ grocery store Lin’s Fresh Market to open its 5th location, Lin’s Fields on Mall Drive in St. George Utah

Associated Food Stores’ grocery store Lin’s Fresh Market to open its 5th location, Lin’s Fields on Mall Drive in St. George Utah

 

Associated Food Stores brings back the classic taste of childhood with the launch of Red Button Vintage Creamery Ice Cream

Associated Food Stores Launches Premium Ice Cream Brand

Salt Lake City, Utah, 2015-7-20 — /EPR Retail News/ — Associated Food Stores is bringing back the classic taste of childhood with the launch of Red Button Vintage Creamery Ice Cream. The premium desert, which was created through a partnership with Cache Valley, Utah based Casper’s, the parent company of Fat Boy, is available exclusively at Associated Food Stores.

Red Button Vintage Creamery Ice Cream is made with the freshest ingredients including whole milk and all-natural sugar to provide a consistently smooth and rich treat. Each of the 18 different flavors, which include classics like Vanilla Bean and Mint Chocolate Chip as well as unique choices including Black Licorice, Raspberry Lemonade sherbet and Sprinkled Animal Cookie, are curated in small batches to ensure each is rich and creamy. Red Button Vintage Creamery Ice Cream is comparable to other premium ice creams, and the 56 oz carton has an average retail price of $4.99, a dollar less than competitors like Tillamook.

“We are pleased to announce the addition of Red Button Vintage Creamery Ice Cream, exclusively available at independent retailers supplied by Associated Food Stores,” said Neal Berube, CEO of Associated Food Stores. “We love the rich, creamy, premium taste and are certain our guests will too.”

The new brand enters the frozen market just in time for National Ice Cream Day (July 19). Despite the recent stronger healthy lifestyles push, the ice cream industry continues to grow. Last year, ice cream sales totaled approximately $13.7 billion and according to Mintel Research the average American eats ice cream 28.5 times each year. The growth reflects ice cream’s position as a household staple as more families use it for celebrations, rewards or as a substitute treat for dining out.

“We are thrilled to partner with Associated Food Stores to bring the quality consumers have come to expect from Casper’s to Red Button Vintage Creamery,” said Keith Lawes, vice president of Casper’s. “It’s always great when two local companies can work together to create a quality product like Red Button Vintage Creamery Ice Cream and we look forward to a long relationship.”

Shoppers can find Red Button Vintage Creamery at any Macey’s, Fresh Market, Dan’s, Dick’s Market, Lin’s, Peterson’s, Lee’s MarketPlace, Stokes and other participating Associated Food Stores retailers. For more information about Red Button Vintage Ice Cream and to find a retailer near you, visit redbuttoncreamery.com

Media interested in hosting a Red Button Vintage Creamery ice cream event for National Ice Cream Day should contact Sarah Pettit (scpettit@afstores.com 801-978-8948) for samples.

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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.

Associated Food Stores brings back the classic taste of childhood with the launch of Red Button Vintage Creamery Ice Cream

Associated Food Stores brings back the classic taste of childhood with the launch of Red Button Vintage Creamery Ice Cream

Associated Food Stores celebrates 75 years and is committed to strengthening the grocery experience for independent retailers

Local Wholesaler Has Served Independent Retailers since 1940

Salt Lake City, Utah, 2015-7-15 — /EPR Retail News/ — For Associated Food Stores 75 years is just the beginning. The Salt Lake City based grocery wholesaler recently celebrated the milestone anniversary and is committed to strengthening the grocery experience for independent retailers. The company supplies groceries and other goods to more than 400 independent retailers throughout the Intermountain West and continues to grow its membership with new stores and retailers each year.

Associated Food Stores was established in 1940 during a time when competition from large chain stores and unfair and inconsistent supplier costs drove many smaller grocers out of business. To fight the challenge, 34 independent Utah grocers joined together to create a warehouse that would enable them to survive the competitive nature of the grocery industry. They understood that the only way to survive was to combine their buying power and opened a warehouse that would allow them to benefit from lower costs while maintaining their independence. That same fighting spirit continues to drive Associated Food Stores 75 years later and has enabled the company to grow and serve retailers in Utah, Idaho, Montana, Colorado, Wyoming, Nevada, Arizona and Oregon.

Members of the grocery wholesaler benefit from more than just combined buying power. Member stores have access to store development, retail technology and marketing assistance among other resources through the company. Associated Food Stores entered into retail operations in 1999 and operates 42 stores under the Macey’s, Dan’s, Dick’s Market, Lin’s and Fresh Market banners. With more than 5,500 employees in their corporate offices, distribution center and retail stores, they are one of the largest employers in Utah.

The grocery wholesaler is committed to giving back to the communities they serve in more ways than simply supporting the “little guy.” AFS works to fight food insecurity with regular donations to Utah Food Bank and Catholic Community services. They also support American Heart Association, Muscular Dystrophy Association and United Way and many other local charities. As part of the 75th anniversary celebration, they worked with their vendors to donate 750 personal care kits to Volunteers of America Utah’s homeless youth unit.

“We have had an incredible past and look forward to a bright future filled with many more opportunities to serve our retailers and communities,” Said Neal Berube, President and CEO of Associated Food Stores.

For more information about Associated Food Stores, visit www.afstores.com.

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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. Visit www.afstores.com to learn more about Associated and the retailers they serve.

 

Associated Food Stores appointed Malinda Boothe CP-FS as Director of Food Safety

Malinda Boothe Joins Wholesaler to Evolve Food Safety

Salt Lake City, UT, 2015-3-16 — /EPR Retail News/ — Associated Food Stores is taking major strides in the food safety movement. The grocery wholesaler, headquartered in Salt Lake, recently hired Malinda Boothe CP-FS, to fill the position of Director of Food Safety. Boothe will be responsible for developing and implementing a dynamic food safety and compliance program for Associated Food Stores’ more than 400 independent retailers, ensuring each one remains compliant with government food safety regulations.

“I am excited to be part of the team and want to make AFS the industry leader in food safety,” Boothe said. “Many changes are occurring within the food safety environment and my primary goal is to ensure our retail members are extremely progressive in protecting their customers and teams.”

Boothe previously served as the director of compliance for A&Z Produce in Salt Lake City and held several management positions in loss prevention and food safety at Supervalu stores throughout the Intermountain West. These experiences prepared her to assume the director of food safety position at AFS.

“We are excited to welcome Malinda to the AFS team and know she will do great things with the food safety program,” said Bob King, VP of member retail operations and government affairs. “We are positive our retailers will find her expertise and knowledge incredibly valuable.”

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