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LOCAL GROCERS HELP RAISE FUNDS FOR MAKE-A-WISH® UTAH

August 21, 2015

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: August 20, 2015

LOCAL GROCERY STORES TO HELP RAISE FUNDS FOR MAKE-A-WISH® UTAH

Macey’s, Fresh Market, Lin’s, Dan’s and Dick’s Market stores to help make wishes come true

SALT LAKE CITY— This year’s Star Icon fundraising campaign is in full swing and Associated Retail Operations (Macey’s, Fresh Market, Dan’s, Lin’s and Dick’s Markets) is aiming to help make the dreams of Utah kids facing life-threatening illnesses come true.

ARO stores will rally together to create a little “wish magic” as they raise funds by selling blue star icons for a $1 or more donation. Thanks to the dedication of each ARO store, their team members and considerate customers, the proceeds from each star icon donation will help grant the heartfelt wishes of Utah children.

“Fundraising for Make-A-Wish means so much to our store teams. There is a bit of competitive comradery that takes place— each store team tries to grant one more wish than the other, which is wonderful to see. Ultimately, we are thrilled to help make the wishes of local children come true, as we know that wishes provide needed joy and hope to wish families.,” said Sarah Pettit, Associated Retail Operations spokesperson.

“Over the past five years, Associated Retail Operations has been instrumental in helping raise funds to grant the wishes of our Utah kids”, says Jared Perry, Make-A-Wish Utah’s CEO. “The dedication and excitement of their team members and guests translates into a true community wide effort to bring hope, strength and joy into the lives of many. We are energized by their enthusiasm for sharing the power of a wish and are excited to be partnering with them again this year.”

The annual Star Icon Campaign is Make-A-Wish Utah’s largest external fundraising event. Over the last five years, ARO stores have raised more than $343,000 and have helped grant the wishes of approximately 68 Utah kids.

This year’s campaign will run from August 17, to September 5, 2015.

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 at 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

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 afstores.com.

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Media Contacts:

Sarah Pettit– Communication Manager

scpettit@afstores.com | (801) 978-8948 | (801) 916-1070

Kelly Wolfe – Communication Manager

kwolfe@utah.wish.org | (801) 305-1935 | (201) 233-4645

Macey’s Team Member Earns Title of Utah’s Top Bagger

August 12, 2015

Macey’s Team Member Earns Title of Utah’s Top Bagger 

Salt Lake City, UT (August 12, 2015) – Kaylee Hudson from Macey’s Spanish Fork has won the 2015 title of Utah’s Best Bagger at Utah Food Industry Association’s Annual Best Bagger Competition.

Hudson, a seventeen year-old senior at Spanish Fork High School will receive $500 and the opportunity to represent Utah at the National Grocers Association’s best bagger competition on March 1, 2016 in Las Vegas, Nevada.

“I’ve spent months practicing for the bag off, each day spending several hours perfecting my time and technique,” Hudson said.

Each year the Utah Food Industry Association hosts the competition for Utah’s Best Bagger. During the competition, baggers are judged and receive points in four areas: speed, proper bag building technique, distribution of weight between bags, style, attitude and appearance.

“I am thrilled to represent Macey’s and the great state of Utah at the national bagging championship. I am going to do my very best to make our state proud.” Hudson said.

The winner of the national bagging competition, sponsored by Pepsi Co. will win “bagging” rights and a $10,000 award.

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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 afstores.com.

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Local Lin’s Fresh Market to Open Fifth Location

August 7, 2015

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

St George, UT (August 7, 2015) – 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.

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Media Contact:
Sarah Pettit
801.916.1070
Scpettit@afstores.com

Healthy Check Stand Opens In Macey’s Tooele

July 22, 2015

For Immediate Release

Healthy Check Stand Opens In Macey’s Tooele

Macey’s Opens Healthy Check Stand in Partnership with Tooele County Health

Tooele, UT (July 20, 2015) – Tooele County Health Department and Macey’s Grocery Store have teamed up to help Tooele County residents make healthier choices. Macey’s first healthy check stand opened officially on Monday, offering fresh produce and healthy snacks to Macey’s guests rather than typical candies and snack foods.

“Tooele County has the highest obesity rate in Utah’s 13 local health districts, “ said Jeff Combs, Tooele County Health Executive Director. “Adults who are obese are at increased risk of health complications and dying from hypertension, high LDL cholesterol, type II diabetes, coronary heart disease, stroke and osteoarthritis. Obesity is the second leading cause of preventable death in the United States.  By providing a healthy checkout lane alternative, Macey’s is contributing to an environment that promotes healthier food choices and lifestyle,” Rice said.

The check stand features “healthy footprints” leading guests to the healthy lane and offers a variety of produce, nuts, protein bars and more.

“We’re thrilled to open a healthy check stand,” said Jeff Rice, store director of Macey’s Tooele. “We’ve always carried a great variety of healthy options like fresh local produce and Full Circle, our natural and organic line. I think this check stand gives Macey’s another way to call attention to the variety of nutritious options we carry—and that’s exciting.”

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Media Contact:

Sarah Pettit

Public Relations Manager

801.916.1070

Scpettit@afstores.com

 

Resources:

For more information about Tooele County health statistics, please visit:

http://tooelehealth.org/wp-content/uploads/Tooele%20County%20Community%20Health%20Profile%202011.pdf.

http://ibis.health.utah.gov/.

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Red Button Vintage Creamery Brings a Spoonful of Smiles

July 16, 2015

Associated Food Stores Launches Premium Ice Cream Brand

Salt Lake City, Utah (July 15, 2015) 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.

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