Malinda Boothe Joins Wholesaler to Evolve Food Safety
Salt Lake City, UT (March 12, 2015) 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.”
Associated Food Stores signs partnership with Rosie to transform online/mobile grocery shopping
Salt Lake City, UT (January 29, 2015) – Associated Food Stores (AFS) is making grocery shopping more convenient through a partnership with Rosie, an integrated software company, which will provide online/mobile shopping opportunities to retailers. The new platform will enable participating AFS corporate and member stores to reach new customers, while providing consumer behavior analytics, data analysis and new marketing opportunities.
Saveway Market in Salmon, Idaho is the first AFS member retailer to launch the service. The new program called Saveway Swift will launch on February 2, 2015 with in-store pickup. A delivery option will be added shortly. Several other member retailers will launch Rosie during the next month, including Lee’s Marketplace in Logan, Utah, Winegars Supermarkets in Roy and Bountiful, Utah and Clark’s Market in Snowmass, Colorado. AFS expects more retailers to follow in the coming months.
“We are delighted to team with Rosie to bring a new shopping experience to our guests,” said Neal Berube, president and CEO of AFS. “This alliance will transform the way people shop throughout the Intermountain West, how AFS operates and how independent retailers serve their guests.”
The partnership with Rosie will provide a seamless online/mobile shopping experience by allowing guests to order their groceries online and pick up the order at their local grocer. Certain participating retailers will also provide a delivery option for online orders. The cloud-based software remembers consumer shopping habits, builds shopper specific grocery lists from frequently purchased items and provides product recommendations based on individual shopping habits. Rosie is designed to work with all point of sale systems and does not require retailers to download software, allowing them to launch the new service quickly. Rosie’s services will help participating members of Associated Food Stores reach more busy moms, professionals and home-bound guests.
“Rosie provides best-in-class online/mobile shopping experiences for independent grocers and has transformed the way that local stores delight their customers every day,” said Nick Nickitas, Rosie’s CEO. “For the first time ever we’re putting Rosie’s renowned platform at AFS member and corporate stores. This is a radical step for online/mobile grocery shopping and something that only Rosie and AFS can deliver.”
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:
LOCAL GROCERY STORES TO PRESENT OVER $72,000 TO MAKE-A-WISH® UTAH
SALT LAKE CITY— During their most recent Star Icon fundraising campaign, Associated Retail Operations (Macey’s, Fresh Market, Dan’s, Lin’s and Dick’s Markets) raised $72,334.20 to help make the dreams of Utah kids facing life-threatening medical conditions come true.
ARO stores rallied together to help make wishes a reality and will present a check to Make-A-Wish® Utah (MAWU) Wednesday, January 21 at 2:30 p.m. at MAWU’s A Wishing Place. Thanks to the dedication of each store, their team members, and considerate guests, the sincere wishes of 14 Utah children will be granted.
“Make-A-Wish Utah is honored to partner with Associated Retail Operations’ annual fundraiser,” said Jared Perry, CEO of Make-A-Wish® Utah. “It is wonderful to see local stores coming together to bring hope, strength and joy into the lives of children in our community who are battling life-threatening illnesses. Because of ARO’s generous support and partnership, many heartfelt wishes will come true.”
The Annual Star Icon campaign is MAWU’s largest external fundraising event. During the last four years, ARO stores have raised over $277,000 and have helped grant the wishes of approximately 53 Utah kids.
“Each year we look forward to working with Make-A-Wish. As a locally-owned business, we appreciate the opportunity to give back to the communities we serve and allow deserving children who face so many challenges to enjoy their precious childhood,” said Troy Thomas, vice president of Associated Retail Operations.
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, MAWU offers a quality wish experience. For more information about MAWU, visit http://www.utah.wish.org.
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Eight Associated Grocery Stores to Open February 2015
Salt Lake City, UT (December 19, 2014) – Associated Food Stores announced today that three of its member retailers have entered into agreements, subject to approval by the Federal Trade Commission, to purchase a total of eight stores in Montana and Wyoming. Stokes Market, Ridley’s Family Market and Missoula Fresh Market (owners of Orange Street Food Farm), will purchase the stores in both states. The stores are currently Albertsons and Safeway stores.
Stokes Market will open two new stores in Butte and Anaconda Montana, marking the first stores in the state for the Idaho-based grocer. The owners of Orange Street Food Farm are introducing Missoula Fresh Market in Montana with two locations. Ridley’s Family Market is expanding in Wyoming with stores in Casper, Laramie and Sheridan, Wyoming.
Each store is focused on providing a local touch, competitive pricing and fresh, quality products to the communities they serve. The pharmacies in seven of the purchased stores will continue to serve guests under new names. Store guests can expect to see many of the same products they love along with the addition of popular brands like Western Family and Full Circle. In an effort to make a smooth transition, each store will remain open during the change. The transitions are expected to be completed by February 2015.
“We are excited about the growth of these stores and the opportunities each of our members will have in the future,” said Neal Berube, president and CEO of Associated Food Stores. “The work we do allows family-owned stores to continue serving their communities and we look forward to the continued success of each of these 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. Associated can be found on the Internet at http://www.afstores.com.
Macey’s donates $8,000 in Ham to Local Food Pantries
Ogden, UT (December 17, 2014) – Macey’s grocery stores will donate approximately 1,395 pounds of Hormel Ham to Utah Food Bank and Joyce Hansen Hall Food Bank and Social Services on Friday, December 19, at 1:00 p.m. at Macey’s in Ogden. The donation, aimed to help aide locals in need, will serve as a reminder of the spirit of giving and helping your neighbors during the holiday season.
WHO: Macey’s Grocery Store
WHAT: Macey’s will donate 400 Hormel hams (1,395 pounds valued at $8,000 dollars) to Utah Food Bank and the Joyce Hansen Hall Food Bank and Social Services *Visual: Macey’s employees loading Utah Food Bank and Joyce Hansen Hall’s trucks with Hormel ham.
WHEN: Friday, December 19 at 1 p.m.
WHERE: Macey’s Ogden (325 36th Street, South Ogden) Utah
WHY: To raise awareness about food insecurity in Utah as well as a way to give during the holiday season.
In 1947, Walt Macey and Dale A. Jones started the “Save-A-Nickel-Market” in Rosepark, Utah. Macey’s grew from a small store into a multi-store chain by providing personalized old-fashioned service. Known for their famous doughnuts and Kong Kones, Macey’s grocery stores offer a made-from-scratch in-store bakery, delicatessen, full-service grocery, meat, produce and a non-foods department and above all, friendly service. For more information, visit maceys.com.
About Utah Food Bank:
Utah Food Bank provides food to a statewide network of 134 emergency food pantries and agencies. Last fiscal year, Utah Food Bank distributed 37.5 million pounds of food and goods, the equivalent of approximately 31.3 million meals, to families and individuals in need. Utah Food Bank also served just under 245,000 Kids Cafe meals, delivered almost 41,000 food boxes and filled more than 60,000 kids’ backpacks to ensure hunger-free weekends. For more information about Utah Food Bank, visit www.utahfoodbank.org. Find us on Facebook at www.facebook.com/UtahFoodBank and Twitter at www.twitter.com/UtahFoodBank.
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