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Jim Davis to Be Inducted into UFIA Hall of Fame

August 22, 2016


Jim Davis

Utah Food Industry Association to recognize seasoned retailer during August Conference

Salt Lake City, UT (August 22, 2016) Jim Davis, owner of Davis Food & Drug, will receive top recognition this week at the Utah Food Industry Association’s (UFIA) annual conference. The seasoned retailer will be inducted into the UFIA Hall of Fame for his contributions to the grocery industry and his community. The conference and award ceremony will be held at the Davis Conference Center in Layton, Utah on August 23, 2016.

Davis began his 46-year grocery career as a bagger at Safeway in 1970, working his way through various departments until he was made a store manager. In 1988, Davis became a store owner when he opened his first stores, Davis Food & Drug, in Vernal and Roosevelt, Utah. Today, Davis works with his son’s Lee and CJ to operate four stores in Vernal, LaVerkin, Roosevelt and West Valley, Utah. His commitment to the grocery industry has been strengthened by his participation and leadership in multiple Associated Food Stores committees as well as his time as Chairman of the Board for UFIA.

Davis understands the importance of community and giving back to those who have made his stores successful. He adopted the motto “Hometown Proud” for his stores and continues to support the theme. During his career, he has been a member of and served on multiple boards for the Tri-County Economic Development Board, Shriners Hospital for Children, Vernal Rotary and multiple other organizations.

“It is a very humbling, gratifying and surprising acknowledgement. For 46 years I have enjoyed being involved in the grocery business and to receive an award and recognition of this level is indeed flattering,” Davis said of the Hall of Fame induction.

Since 1980, UFIA has recognized the retailers and suppliers that make significant contributions to the grocery industry and community with Hall of Fame induction. Inductees are nominated and voted for by the Board of Directors. Davis joins fellow Associated Food Stores retailers Gerald Day, Stan Barrett and Ken Macey among others as members of the Hall of Fame.


About Associated Food Stores
Associated Food Stores was established in 1940 when 34 independent retailers joined together to battle high supplier costs and strong chain-store competition. The Utah-based wholesaler is the only independently-owned wholesaler in the Intermountain Wests and serves more than 400 independent retailers through multiple services beyond grocery including store engineering and development, financial services, insurance services, marketing, advertising, retail technology and more. For more information about Associated Food Stores, visit

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Rachael Wabel

Primary Children’s to Reopen Angel Garden

July 29, 2016

Primary Children’s to Reopen Angel Garden, Thanks to Donors

The Angel Garden at Primary Children’s Hospital on Monday will reopen as a redesigned refuge for patients, families and staff — thanks to generous gifts from the community.

WHEN: Monday, Aug. 1, 2016, at 11 a.m.

WHERE: Primary Children’s Hospital, 100 N. Mario Capecchi Drive in Salt Lake City (north entrance)

VISUALS: Four-year-old Dash Johnson, a patient at Primary Children’s whose family spearheaded the garden’s renewal project, will help cut the ribbon to open the garden. Dash will be joined by other patients as the garden’s first official visitors. Patients, donors, and hospital leaders will tour the garden, which includes more than 1,000 new plants and trees and legacy monuments, including the Butterfly Angel statue, a commissioned 5-foot bronze.

STORY OF THE ANGEL GARDEN: The garden renovation was funded by a generous gift from Macey’s Food Stores. Pendleton Design Management donated gardening design and labor, as well as future garden maintenance. Night Vision donated the lighting design and installation.

“We know miracles happen each day at Primary Children’s—and as your local grocer, we are humbled to help the children and families at Primary Children’s,” said Darin Peirce, division manager Associated Retail Operations.  “Macey’s Food Stores are happy to help make the renovation of the Angel Garden possible, as we know that some of the best medicine is found in nature where children can feel the sunshine, hear birds chirping, enjoy the beautiful pond and get a breath of fresh air.”

For nearly two decades, the Angel Garden has provided Primary Children’s patients, parents, and staff a place of solace, healing, and calm. Located near the hospital entrance, the garden includes lighting that can be programmed to change colors with holidays and seasons and a water feature mimicking a mountain stream and pond. The Angel Garden is medically safe, and includes wheelchair-accessible pathways and electrical outlets for medical devices. It also maintains its legacy monuments, including the Celebration of Life plaque, Memorial Tree, and centerpiece Butterfly Angel statue.

“We’ve all experienced the healing power of nature,” Primary Children’s CEO Katy Welkie said. “That’s why I’m so excited to be reopening the Angel Garden for our patients, parents, and staff to serve as a refuge in their individual storms of life.”

The original garden was created with support by donations from actress Roma Downey and the cast and crew of the 1990s TV program, “Touched By An Angel,” which was filmed in Utah and in which Downey starred. The garden’s renewal follows the reconstruction of the hospital entrance.


CONTACT:  Jennifer Toomer-Cook, Primary Children’s Hospital: 801-631-3484 or

Grocery Shopping Goes Digital at Fresh Market in Kaysville

July 27, 2016



Media Contact:
Rachael Wabel

 Salt Lake City, UT (July 25, 2016) Between long days at the pool, family get-togethers and vacations, there isn’t always enough time to grocery shop. Fresh Market in Kaysville is helping shoppers save time and make the most of their summer days with the launch of Fresh Market to Go, an online shopping and curbside pickup service. The program is part of a partnership with eCommerce company Rosie and available exclusively at the Kaysville location.

“Fresh Market to Go makes it possible to get the groceries you need, even when you don’t have a lot of time,” said Steve Bitter, Customer Service Operations Manager for Associated Retail Operations and Fresh Market. “We’ve trained our personal shoppers to shop for you the way you would shop for yourself. If they have any questions about your order, they’ll call or text you to make sure we provide exactly what you want.”

Fresh Market to Go makes grocery shopping simple with four easy steps. To get started, guests create a free Fresh Market to Go account on the store’s website. With their account, shoppers can select needed items and fill their cart. After they have everything they need, they can pay and select a time to pick up their order. When they arrive at the store, they park in one of the designated Fresh Market to Go stalls and text the Fresh Market to Go team to have their order brought out to their car.

There is a small convenience fee for the service, but Fresh Market to Go shoppers will benefit from all in-store ads, sales and promotions. Kaysville is the first Fresh Market location to launch the service. Guests have responded extremely well to similar programs at Fresh Market’s sister stores, Macey’s and Lin’s.

Reporters interested in trying Fresh Market to Go should contact Rachael Wabel at 801-978-8913 or



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

About Rosie
The industry leading online grocery shopping platform for mobile and web; Rosie launched in July 2013 and today enables customers to shop online from their favorite local stores for same-day delivery or in-store pickup. Rosie partners with leading local retailers and their wholesalers to provide e-commerce, delivery opportunities, omni-channel marketing and deep data services. IBM selected Rosie as the Top Startup in North America in its 2014 IBM Smartcamp Competition. Visit for company information and to sign up for a free account. Like us at Follow us on






Locally Grown Produce is Now Easier to Buy

July 22, 2016




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.




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:

Dick’s Market—
Fresh Market—



Media Contacts:

Sarah Pettit



Rachael Wabel


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

July 15, 2016



Rachael Wabel

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

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:

Dick’s Market—
Fresh Market—

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




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