Macey’s, Lin’s, Dan’s, Dick’s Market and Fresh Market raised more than $100,000 for Make-A-Wish® Utah

Salt Lake City, UT, 2016-Sep-26 — /EPR Retail News/ — The wishes of multiple Utah children will finally become a reality thanks to several local grocery stores. Macey’s, Lin’s, Dan’s, Dick’s Market and Fresh Market raised more than $100,000 for Make-A-Wish® Utah during the August star icon drive. The money raised will grant 20 wishes Utah children facing life-threatening medical conditions. As the top-selling store, Lin’s in Cedar City, Utah will host a wish proclamation (wish reveal) party in early 2017 for one child waiting to receive their wish.

From August 1-31, guests at all 42 Macey’s, Lin’s, Dan’s, Dick’s Market and Fresh Market locations were invited to purchase a star icon during checkout. Any amount could be donated for the star, allowing guests to help in whatever way they could with contributions ranging from pocket change to several dollars at a time.

“Our guests are amazing and really step up to help each other out. The Make-A-Wish drive is a guest favorite and we’re so honored to be able to work with an organization like Make-A-Wish Utah to make a difference in the lives of our community members,” said Darin Peirce, south district manager for Associated Retail Operations.

Associated Retail Operations has granted more than 95 wishes since partnering with Make-A-Wish® Utah in 2010.

“It’s inspiring to see this many community grocery stores participate in a statewide campaign to help grant wishes to local children,” said Jared Perry, Make-A-Wish® Utah CEO. “This annual fundraiser is successful because of the generosity of store employees and guests. Wishes could not be granted without the support of amazing individuals and organizations. Associated Retail Operations and their guests are true community partners.”

About Associated Retail Operations
Associated Retail Operations consists of five local grocery stores owned by Associated Food Stores, an independent, retailer-owned grocery wholesaler based in Salt Lake City, Utah. The stores operate under five different banners, Macey’s, Lin’s, Dan’s, Dick’s Market and Fresh Market. For more information, visit their websites at:

Macey’s—www.maceys.com
Lin’s—www.linsgrocery.com
Dan’s—www.dansfoods.com
Dick’s Market—www.dicksmarket.com
Fresh Market—www.freshmarketstores.com

About Make-A-Wish® Utah
Make-A-Wish® Utah 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, Make-A-Wish® Utah offers a life-affirming wish experience at a time of critical need. For more information, visit us online at www.utah.wish.org, on social @makeawishutah or give us a call at (801) 262-9474.

Make-A-Wish® Utah Media Contact:

Kelsey DiTommaso
Marketing Manager
kditommaso@utah.wish.org
(801) 305-1935 o
(972) 765-0325 c

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

Source: Associated Food Stores

Lin’s, Dan’s, Dick’s and Fresh Market raised more than $30,000 for the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation

Salt Lake City, UT, 2016-Jul-18 — /EPR Retail News/ — Thanks to the generosity of their guests, Lin’s, Dan’s, Dick’s and Fresh Market donated more than $30,000 to the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation. The funds were raised during an icon drive held June 3-27, 2016 at the 31 locations across Utah. Guests were invited to donate $1.00 to the foundation during checkout to further research for the genetic disease. This is the second year the locally-owned grocery stores have partnered with the Foundation for the drive. Great guest support made the drive a success and this year’s donation is nearly double what the stores donated in 2015.

“We are grateful for the generosity of Lin’s, Dan’s, Dick’s and Fresh Market’s guests,” said Laura Hadley, executive director of the Utah Idaho Cystic Fibrosis Foundation Chapter. “This donation not only allows us to continue our research, but also create new tomorrows for those individuals, including children, living with Cystic Fibrosis.”

The money raised during the drive will be used to fund cystic fibrosis research for new medications and treatment options. Cystic Fibrosis is a progressive, genetic disease that causes persistent lung infections and limits the ability to breathe over time. It is estimated that more than 30,000 people in the United States alone live with cystic fibrosis and many of these cases are children. For more information about the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation, visit www.cff.org.

Participating in the drive is part of Lin’s, Dan’s, Dick’s Market and Fresh Market’s commitment to serving and giving back to the communities they serve.

About Associated Retail Operations
Associated Retail Operations consists of five local grocery stores owned by Associated Food Stores, an independent, retailer-owned grocery wholesaler based in Salt Lake City, Utah. The stores operate under five different banners, Macey’s, Lin’s, Dan’s, Dick’s Market and Fresh Market. For more information, visit their websites at:

Lin’s—www.linsgrocery.com
Dan’s—www.dansfoods.com
Dick’s Market—www.dicksmarket.com
Fresh Market—www.freshmarketstores.com

About Cystic Fibrosis Foundation
The Cystic Fibrosis Foundation is the world’s leader in the search for a cure for cystic fibrosis. The Foundation funds more cystic fibrosis research than any other organization, and nearly every CF drug available today was made possible in part through Foundation support. Based in Bethesda, Md., the Foundation also supports and accredits a national care center network that has been recognized by the National Institutes of Health as a model of care for a chronic disease. The Cystic Fibrosis Foundation is a donor-supported nonprofit organization. For more information, go to www.cff.org.

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

Source: AFS

Odd and misshapen produce now available for Halloween at select Fresh Market, Dan’s and Macey’s locations

  • Celebrate Halloween with Strange and Disfigured Produce
  • Unusually-shaped “Misfit” produce now sold in local grocery stores

Salt Lake City, Utah2015-9-29 — /EPR Retail News/ Available now and just in time for Halloween, select Fresh Market, Dan’s and Macey’s locations will sell produce that’s best described as odd or misshapen—Robinson Fresh and local grocers endearingly refer to this bizarre selection of produce as “Misfits™.”

Misfit produce will be sold with an attractive discount, an incentive for guests who care less about looks and more about value. The pros of buying misfit produce go beyond cost—it’s also more sustainable. In the past, unusually shaped produce was typically thrown away, contributing to food waste.

“Robinson Fresh is proud to collaborate with retailers who are helping to combat food waste and raise awareness about this growing issue,” said Drew Schwartzhoff, director of marketing at Robinson Fresh. “Our hope is that through Misfits we can change the way that the world views imperfect fruits and vegetables.”

Several different factors affect the appearance of fruits and vegetables. Inconsistent variables during growth like weather, temperature, water amounts and sunlight can change the appearance of produce. And while the appearance may be strange, the taste and quality of the produce is not compromised.

The Misfit™ produce program will be offered to guests year-round although the variety of produce will vary depending on the season and availability. Leigh Vaughn, senior produce category manager with Associated Food Stores encourages guests to check the Misfit produce area often as the variety will change frequently.

“The Misfit produce area will be a treasure hunt for guests. This week we have six Misfit produce items all at an incredible price—red and green bell peppers, yellow squash, zucchini, mandarins and navel oranges. Next week we’ll be adding avocados and limes into the mix,” said Vaughn.

Misfit™ produce will be available at the following Associated Retail Operations locations: Fresh Market Park City and South Ogden, Dan’s Foothill and Olympus and Macey’s Provo.

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About Robison Fresh
Robinson Fresh got its start in the produce industry over 100 years ago, providing fresh fruits and vegetables to the settlers of North America. Today, Robinson Fresh is one of the largest produce companies in the world and offers the highest quality of products. Robinson Fresh packs in many well-known private label and consumer brands as well as a full line of conventional and organic produce through a worldwide network or regional and local growers. For more information about Robinson Fresh, visit www.robinsonfresh.com.

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. The corporate stores operate under five different banners: 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, dicksmarket.com. Associated Food Stores can be found at www.afstores.com

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Media Contacts

Associated Food Stores
Public Relations Manager
Sarah Pettit
801.978.8948 desk 801.916.1070 cell
Scpettit@afstores.com

 

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Odd and misshapen produce now available for Halloween at select Fresh Market, Dan’s and Macey’s locations

Odd and misshapen produce now available for Halloween at select Fresh Market, Dan’s and Macey’s locations