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Locally Grown Produce is Now Easier to Buy

July 22, 2016

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Locally Grown Produce is Now Easier to Buy

Locally Owned Grocery Stores Partner with Local Farmers in 43 Utah locations

 

 

Salt Lake City, UT (July 22, 2016) Before the sun rises each morning, Alan Bangerter rolls out of bed, throws on his coveralls, pulls on his work gloves and heads to the fields with his family to harvest and pack. For over six generations the Bangerter family has sold fresh corn, radishes, zucchini and a variety of other fine vegetables to the people of Utah from their farm in Bountiful. Now, over 30 local Utah farmers, like the Bangerter’s, have teamed up with Associated Food Stores members Macey’s, Dan’s, Dick’s, Lin’s and Fresh Market to offer the freshest, locally grown produce throughout the state.

 

Each Saturday morning from 7a.m. to noon through September 3, Macey’s, Dan’s, Dicks, Lin’s and Fresh Market stores will feature farmer’s markets, proudly displaying local produce on the porch of their store fronts.  Guests will have the opportunity to meet some of the local farmers and will be able to sample the beehive state’s best produce. 

 

The Utah-grown fruits and vegetables will also be sold while supply is available inside the local grocery stores produce departments, clearly marked with the name, location of the farm and story of the grower—giving customers a glimpse of where their produce came from and more importantly, the local farms they’re supporting.

 

“Our guests can find a wide assortment of local produce—from watermelon to peaches, corn, zucchini—we have all the goodness,” said Danni Barnhart, produce merchandiser for Associated Retail Operations. “As a local grocery store, we find working with local farmers is a win-win for everyone. Our guests get the best produce available, local farmers are able to sell their crops—supplying our locally owned grocery stores, which ultimately strengthens Utah’s economy.”

 

Darin Worden, owner of Heirloom’s and More starts his day out like many other farmers. Lacing his boots on his porch while he watches the sun rise. Some days, he even works by the light of his headlamp to irrigate his fields. Worden’s farm specializes in unique produce items that are not typically commercially grown, like rainbow beets carrots, pink chiogga Italian beets, atomic red carrots, cosmic purple carrots and more.

 

“It’s challenging for small farms like ours to compete against large, traditional produce farms. I think the partnership we have with Associated Food Stores is amazing—I really take my hat off to them. These local grocery stores have placed orders with us that are not only helping us survive, but will one day help us to be even more successful,” said Worden. “It takes a lot of hard work to put a great local product on the table— a lot of our farming is actually done by hand—but it also provides a sense of satisfaction and accomplishment to see our customers enjoy fresh, healthy and delicious produce.” 

 

More than 30 local growers’ produce will be featured at Macey’s, Dan’s, Dick’s Market, Lin’s and Fresh Market stores throughout the summer while supplies last.

 

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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

 

 

Media Contacts:

Sarah Pettit

801.978.8948

Scpettit@afstores.com

 

Rachael Wabel

801.978.8913

rmwabel@afstores.com

Dan’s, Dick’s, Lin’s and Fresh Market Donate More than $30,000 to Cystic Fibrosis Foundation

July 15, 2016

 

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Rachael Wabel
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801-978-8913

Funds raised to benefit research for disease

 Salt Lake City, UT (July 15, 2016) 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.

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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.

 

 

Associated Food Stores Commits to Goal of Cage-Free Eggs

June 10, 2016

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801-978-8948

Utah-based grocery wholesaler plans to make transition by 2025

Salt Lake City, UT (June 10, 2016) 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

 

 

 

Red Button Vintage Creamery Takes Home Gold

May 31, 2016

Locally made ice cream recognized by Store Brands magazine for packaging 

Salt Lake City, UT (May 31, 2016) Red Button Vintage Creamery Ice Cream is getting national attention. Associated Food Stores’ exclusive, premium ice cream brand recently received the 2016 Store Brand Packaging Gold award in the Frozen and Refrigerated category from Store Brands magazine. Red Button Vintage Creamery ice cream will be recognized and honored in August at Store Brands’ 2016 Innovation & Collaboration Summit in Orlando, Florida.

Red Button Vintage Creamery ice cream’s packaging was recognized not only for the functionality of the cardboard container, but the overall appearance. The vintage-branded ice cream packages are instantly recognizable to shoppers with a large red, authentic button on the lid, mouthwatering product images on the front and each flavor’s unique story on the side panel.

“Our goal was to create a package that not only reflected the authentic quality of premium ice cream reminiscent of childhood but one that would also appeal to multiple generations of ice cream lovers,” said KC Carlson, art director for Red Button Vintage Creamery and Associated Food Stores. “Red Button Vintage Creamery ice cream packaging does just that and this award is validation.”

Red Button Vintage Creamery ice cream launched in July 2015 and was created through a partnership between Associated Food Stores and Casper’s Creamery. Available in 28 flavors, plus several seasonal varieties, the ice cream continues to be a top seller. The premium treat is available at more than 300 Associated Food Stores’ retailers including Macey’s, Lin’s, Dan’s, Dick’s, Fresh Market, Peterson’s and Stokes. For more information about Red Button Vintage Creamery ice cream and the new Red Button Vintage Creamery premium pies or to find a retailer near you, visit www.redbuttoncreamery.com.

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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

Fresh Market Sponsors Special Needs Fishing Day 2016

May 9, 2016

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Rachael Wabel
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Fresh Market Sponsors Special Needs Fishing Day 2016

Spanish Fork Fresh Market will provide lunch for more than 1,300 children at annual event

Spanish Fork, UT (May 9, 2016) For 26 years, special needs children across Utah County have flocked to Salem Pond for a day of fishing, food and friends. Fresh Market is proud to sponsor this community-favorite event, which will be held May 10, 2016. As part of the sponsorship, the local grocer provides lunch to more than 1,300 children, teachers and volunteers who attend the event each year.

Fresh Market partners with the Division of Wildlife Services, local police and emergency response teams and Utah County schools to make the event possible each year. The Division of Wildlife Services plants more than 1,500 rainbow trout in the pond and provides all the fishing equipment needed so that each child can catch a fish and take it home.

“We’ve been doing this for 26 years and each year it just gets better,” said Mark Levingston, Fresh Market Spanish Fork Store Director. “It’s a great way to give back to the community, and seeing the kids is the best part. They’re so excited and proud of catching their fish. Seeing them light up like that makes all the hard work pay off.”

While the event is sponsored by Fresh Market, volunteers from it’s sister stores, Dan’s, Dick’s Market and Macey’s also participate each year.

WHAT: Fresh Market Special Needs Fishing Day

WHERE: Salem Pond

200 West 300 South, Salem, UT

WHEN: Tuesday, May 10, 2016

Fishing: 9 a.m.

Lunch 11 a.m.

WHO: Fresh Market, Division of Wildlife Services, Utah County Schools, local police and

emergency services.

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About Fresh Market
Fresh Market opened in 2009 when Associated Food Stores acquired several stores from Albertsons and currently operates under the Associated Retail Operations banner of Associated Food Stores. With an emphasis on fresh and local products tied with exceptional customer service, Fresh Market serves multiple communities with more than 20 locations throughout Utah.  For more information about Fresh Market and to find the nearest location, visit freshmarketstores.com

 

 

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