NGA announces the appointment of Elizabeth Crocker as VP and Executive Director for NGA Foundation

Arlington, VA, 2017-Jan-04 — /EPR Retail News/ — The National Grocers Association (NGA), the national trade association representing the independent supermarket industry, today (Jan 3, 2017) announced the appointment of Elizabeth Crocker as Vice President and Executive Director for the NGA Research and Education Foundation (NGA Foundation).

“On behalf of NGA, we are thrilled to be expanding the NGA Foundation under the leadership of Elizabeth. She joins us during a very exciting time of growth for our organization and the foundation, said NGA President and CEO Peter J. Larkin. “With an impressive background in development, outreach, and non-profit work, Elizabeth will be a valuable asset to the foundation. We welcome Elizabeth to the team,” said NGA President and CEO Peter J. Larkin.

“The hiring of an executive director for the NGA Foundation is a part of NGA’s continued commitment to strengthen the independent supermarket industry through research, education, and training,” said Neal Berube, Chairman of the NGA Foundation Board of Directors.

Before joining the NGA Foundation, Crocker served as senior director of development and outreach for SHAPE America, where she led all corporate sponsorship, outreach, fundraising, partnerships, and business development for the organization. Prior to her role at SHAPE America, Crocker was the Executive Director of the Foundation for Rural Service, a national non-profit that serves as the philanthropic arm of NTCA-The Rural Broadband Association for nearly eight years. She has held staff positions in the U.S. Senate and federal agencies.

As executive director, Crocker will be responsible for developing the strategy and managing the day-to-day operations for the NGA Foundation.

The NGA Foundation provides independent retailers with tools to develop more effective recruiting programs, enhance retention efforts, and bolster professional and leadership development opportunities for employees.

Contact:

Tel: (703) 516-0700
Fax: (703) 516-0115

Source: NGA

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.