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Celebrate Kong’s 5th Birthday!

Its Kong’s birthday, time to celebrate!!

Come celebrate Kong’s birthday at Macey’s from September 20-23. There will be fun activities daily, birthday cake samples and a Kong Kone eating contest.

Schedule

Saturday, September 23

  • 11:00-noon: Enjoy Kong birthday cake samples.
  • 2:00 pm: Kong Kone eating contest in the deli-win free Kong Kones for a year!

September 20-23

  • Doughnut walks at 3:00, 5:00 and 6:00 pm.
  • Kong stickers and coloring pages for kids.

We hope to see you there!

Macey’s Opens New Store in Murray

We’re so excited to announce the opening of our newest (and lucky 13th) Macey’s in Murray! This store is different than any other Macey’s with a variety of new offerings like an in-store restaurant and Wells Fargo along with Macey’s classics like the Kong Kone, Macey’s Anywhere online shopping, and tons of local products.

We’re going to start the weekend early with festivities kicking off on Wednesday, Aug. 16 at our 10 a.m. ribbon cutting ceremony. Following that, we’ll have samples, a trivia contest, and nutrition walks with our dietician nutritionist Ron Beckstrom. These walks will show you where to find the better-for-you and specialty items for any diet.

Saturday is the real party starting with our farmers market at 7 a.m. We’ll also have a cinnamon roll walk, trivia contest, samples, face painting, and a meet and greet with Kong and his princess and pirate friends. We’ll also have great deals and of course a Kong Kone eating contest! Check out the full list of activities and times below. We can’t wait to see you there!

Macey’s Murray Daily Giveaways

Celebrate the Macey’s Murray grand opening all week long! We want to thank you, our loyal shoppers, with daily giveaways starting Wednesday, August 16th. The first 200 customers  each day at Macey’s Murray will receive a select free item.

  • August 16: 2-liter Bottle Coca-Cola
  • August 17: Doritos 10-11 oz.
  • August 18: White or Wheat 24 oz. Farm Bread
  • August 19: Western Family Gallon 1%, 2% or Skim Milk
  • August 20: Macey’s 2 lb. pkg. Tortilla Chips
  • August 21: Cosset Large Bath Bomb
  • August 22: Nabisco 10-13 oz. Chips Ahoy

Macey’s Comes to Murray

We’re excited to bring Macey’s, Utah’s happiest store, to Murray. Macey’s has served the people of Utah since 1947 and are proud of our local heritage. We’re also proud of the spirit of innovation demonstrated throughout our new store.

Produce

Macey’s offers an amazing variety of organic and local produce, fresh-made salsa and a large selection of cut fruit and veggies. All our cut fruit and veggies are cut right in our store each morning, are preservative free and perfect for quick and healthy snacks.

In-store Restaurant

The in-store restaurant is home to Macey’s signature oven-baked pizza, a wok, tasty sandwiches, wraps, fresh-rolled sushi, crisp salads and the famous Kong Kone. It’s the perfect stop when you want delicious meals made incredibly easy.

Delicatessen

Macey’s deli provides an extensive array of delectable meats and cheeses. The store also gives you everything from quick and easy meal solutions to the finest party trays and more.

Meat

You deserve the best when it comes to the meat department and that’s why Macey’s has one of the finest butcher blocks in Utah. Building on their longtime heritage of superior service and products, Macey’s meat department offers you organic, grass-fed and “free-from” meat and poultry.

Bakery

Our oven-fresh bakery offers mouth-watering bread; eye-catching, colorful, hand-decorated doughnuts and cakes and delicious, all-natural artisan bread. We also have new CinnaYum cinnamon rolls and churro doughnuts that are sure to make you smile.

Pharmacy

Macey’s pharmacists combine expert advice with quick and friendly service to keep Macey’s shoppers healthy and happy. With drive-through convenience and a private consulting room, Macey’s gives you all you need to maintain and improve your healthy lifestyle.

Macey’s Anywhere

Sometimes your busy schedule makes grocery shopping a challenge. Macey’s Anywhere lets you shop online and schedule a convenient pick-up time. Macey’s personal shoppers do the rest. They’ll meet you at the pick-up area so you will never have to leave your car. Place your first order on August 16. Visit maceys.com/anywhere for additional information.

Shop Your Way

Your life is busy and that’s why Macey’s makes it easy to shop regardless of your schedule. Macey’s Anywhere® lets you shop online and schedule convenient pick-up times. (No need to leave the car.) For those who come in the store, the Skip Checkout App lets you scan items with your phone and bypass the traditional checkout line. Visit goskip.com to learn more.

Starbucks

Our Murray location also offers the nation’s favorite coffee shop is now more convenient than ever. Whole-bean coffee, VIA, espresso and more are available from Macey’s in-store Starbucks.

To experience the progress for yourself, we encourage you to visit the store and experience the updates. If you need any help along the way, ask any Macey’s team member for assistance.

Happy Shopping®!

Utah’s 2017 Best Bagger

We are so proud to announce that Kaylee Hudson, a Spanish Fork Macey’s team member, was named “Best Bagger” at the Utah Food Industry Association’s state Best Bagger competition yesterday. The contest was held at Thanksgiving Point and brought the top baggers from 24 stores face to face to claim the title of Utah’s Best Bagger. Kaylee will have several months to prepare before they head to Las Vegas, Nevada in February to represent Utah in the National Best Bagger Competition.

“It’s great being able to represent my store and show how important baggers are for our guests. It’s important to make sure everything is bagged correctly so guests receive their items undamaged and in great condition,” said Kaylee Hudson.

The Best Bagger competition is sponsored by the National Grocers Association. The competition evaluates baggers on speed, how heavy each bag is, and how products are grouped and organized inside each sack. Baggers of any age can compete. The national winner is selected during a contest at the National Grocer Associations annual conference and receives a $10,000 cash prize.

“We are so proud of Kaylee and can’t wait to have her represent us and Utah at the National competition,” said Steve Holm, district manager for Macey’s. “Our teams really care about our guests and I think the way our baggers pack their groceries shows that too.”

All Things Fruit with Augason Farms

This month, Augason Farms is excited to dedicate this newsletter to all things fruit! Our fruit products are preserved at their prime with high-tech processes to retain flavor and important vitamins and nutrients. Fruit is a vital part of a healthy diet and is an important component to any emergency food supply.

This month only, buy 2 Augason Farms fruit products and save $1 on Ziploc bags.

How Can I Use Dried Fruit?

Here’s the great thing about Augason Farm’s freeze-dried fruit—it can be used for almost anything you’d use fresh fruit for. Our fruit can be blended into delicious smoothies, thrown into trail mixes, added to muffin or bread batters or simply snacked on directly out of the can. Additionally, you can just go to your pantry and pull out fruit that may be out of season, instead of worrying about paying outrageous prices for the fresh version.

Here are just a few of our most popular fruit products and ways to incorporate them into your diet:

Dehydrated Apple Slices

Our dehydrated apple slices are delicious right out of the can or add water to use in your favorite recipes. Ready to use—no washing, peeling or slicing needed. Apples are also known to have anti-inflammatory, anti-allergenic and anti-carcinogenic properties. Throw into your morning granola or oatmeal for some sweetness, or chop up and sprinkle over your favorite cinnamon rolls for the ultimate apple pie cinnamon rolls.

Freeze Dried Whole Blueberries

Often considered a “super food” because they’re high in antioxidants, blueberries are a delicious and nutritious snack right out of the can. The freshly picked blueberry taste means that they mix beautifully in pancakes, granola, muffins and cheesecake, when reconstituted.

Freeze Dried Sliced Strawberries

Naturally sweet, these freeze-dried strawberries can be reconstituted and used in any recipe that calls for fresh strawberries—they’re that good! Perfect straight from the can as a delicious way to get your daily Vitamin C and antioxidants, or sprinkle over a bowl of ice cream for a fruity crunch.

Freeze Dried Whole Raspberries

Whole, freeze-dried raspberries are deliciously tart and rich in antioxidants and Vitamin C. They are tasty on their own as a snack, or rehydrate with some water and sugar or honey for a topping on breakfast cereal, desserts and fruit dishes.

Banana Chips

A family favorite, these banana chips are a sweet and delicious snack that add nutritious energy to trail mixes, baked goods or peanut butter sandwiches.

Back to School Snacks are Easy with Augason Farms

August means it’s time to start gearing up for school schedules and extracurricular activities. It also means that moms everywhere are bracing themselves for the daily complaints that there’s nothing to eat after school. But it doesn’t have to be difficult with Augason Farms! Here are a few tips and tricks for incorporating more fruit into your kids’ diets, as well as some simple and balanced recipes that will give your kids a healthy balance of carbs and protein for a filling snack that they’ll love.

  • On the weekends, help your kids create their own trail mix full of the ingredients that they love, using a variety of nuts and Augason Farm’s freeze-dried fruits. Let them divide up their trail mix into Ziploc bags and keep them in the pantry for a quick, grab-and-go snack.
  • Leave freeze-dried fruit in a container on the counter for them to sprinkle over their cereal or oatmeal, as a sweet and healthier substitute to sugar.

After School Toast

Toast is making a comeback in a big way as a quick and simple meal. It’s versatile and the perfect canvas for any flavors! It’s easy to customize this recipe for even the pickiest palate.

  • 1 piece of honey whole wheat bread
  • 1 Tbsp. cream cheese
  • Augason Farms Freeze Dried Sliced Strawberries
  • Honey, for drizzling
  • Slivered almonds

Toast bread to desired crispness. Spread with cream cheese and layer on freeze dried sliced strawberries. Drizzle the top with desired amount of honey and sprinkle with slivered almonds. Cut toast into two triangles and watch it disappear!

Variations: For a sweeter, classic favorite, top toast with peanut butter, Augason Farms Banana Chips (crushed) and a sprinkling of mini chocolate chips. Substitute your bread for a wheat English muffin and top with peanut butter, dehydrated apple slices and sprinkle the top with cinnamon sugar. Place under an over broil until cinnamon sugar caramelizes and the English muffin gets a little toasted. So tasty!

Make Dreams Come True

Make Dreams Come True for Utah Children August 1-31!

Starting August 1, we have the opportunity to help grant wishes for Utah children facing life-threatening and debilitating illnesses through our annual star icon drive for Make-A-Wish Utah. Every time you shop at our stores, you’ll be able to purchase a star and help grant a Utah child’s wish. Because of your generous support over the last ten years, we have been able to grant more than 115 wishes and make a difference for numerous children by providing experiences and adventures they otherwise might not get to participate in.

Wishes can range from travel opportunities to once in a lifetime experiences, but regardless of the nature of the wish, each one provides hope and smiles to children and their families. Most often, wishes are granted at a time that the child and their family need an extra boost to get through a difficult time.

We appreciate your support and can’t wait to help even more Utah children this year.

Happy July from Augason Farms

Happy July! It’s time for firecrackers and fireworks, gatherings with family and friends and delicious pancake breakfasts parties. To help you with all of your fun functions this month, Augason Farms is here to help you with all the food you’ll need to prepare.

For Your Breakfast Events

Pancake breakfasts are a popular event in Utah for both the Fourth of July and Pioneer Day. These are commonly bigger community gatherings, which means a lot of food is needed! Augason Farms has a number of delicious bakery mixes that can make your prep much easier. Here are a few of our most popular items and variations on how to prepare them.

  • Buttermilk Pancake Mix- Augason Farms Buttermilk Pancake Mix is made from high quality flours that are blended to perfection. All you need to do is add water to prepare them. Full of wholesome goodness and irresistible flavor, a plate of steaming hot buttermilk pancakes with your favorite fruit or syrup generously poured over the top makes a perfect breakfast.

Variations: Substitute water for sour cream to make a thick, tangy variation. Keep bowls of cut up fruit, like bananas, strawberries and blueberries, next to your griddles so anyone can easily customize their pancakes. Mix to easily and quickly make waffles, biscuits, muffins and scones. The possibilities are abundant!

  • Honey White Bread, Scone & Roll Mix- Augason Farms Honey White Bread, Scone and Roll Mix is a delicious, nourishing mix that can be used in a variety of ways. It is simple to make—just add water, oil and yeast. Their satisfying flavor and texture is filling and nourishing.

Variations: Scones are a favorite breakfast dish! Simply deep-fry the dough in vegetable or canola oil and top with honey butter and powdered sugar. Follow the instructions for honey white bread, and add cinnamon chips to the dough for a spicy twist to your favorite French toast.

  • Blueberry Muffin Mix- Augason Farms Blueberry Muffin Mix is simple to make and full of flavorful blueberry bits. A baking classic with a touch of homemade goodness, these muffins are a welcome treat with the sweet taste of just picked blueberries.

Variations: For a zesty and tasty breakfast treat, bake the muffin mix in a doughnut pan. Mix up a glaze of powdered sugar, lemon zest and juice and a splash of milk and top with the doughnuts once they’re out of the oven.

Augason Farms is offering a special promotion this month only: Buy peanut butter and eggs and get buttermilk pancakes for free!

Keep Grains in Your Diet

Wheat and gluten have been getting a bad reputation lately, but unless you have celiac disease or gluten sensitivity, you don’t want to miss out on the benefits of whole grains. Here are a few benefits to including oats, wheat products and granola in your daily diet.

  1. Whole grains contain a lot of fiber, particularly oats. Because fiber digests slowly, fiber helps you feel fuller for longer. It can also help control blood sugar, lower cholesterol levels and reduce the risk of colon cancer.
  2. Whole grains promote heart health and lower the risk of heart disease. Not only can whole grains like wheat, oats and brown rice lower your “bad” cholesterol, it can also help lower triglycerides—both of which are major contributors to heart disease. It can also help lower your blood pressure.
  3. Whole grains can help you control your weight. One study revealed that women who consumed whole grains, versus refined grains, had a 49% lower risk of weight gain over a period of time.

It doesn’t have to be hard to find grains and oats to use in your meal planning. Augason Farms has a variety of delicious grain products that you can keep stocked in your pantry and food storage for your everyday and emergency needs, including:

  • Augason Farms Regular Rolled Oats– these make for a good hot or cold cereal that gives long lasting energy and can be added to many recipes, including protein bites, granola and smoothies.
  • Augason Farms Long Grain Brown Rice- Brown rice bran and germ layers contain more nutrients than white rice, making it a naturally healthy choice for your food storage supply and everyday use. And because it stays fluffy after cooking, it’s ideal for use in salads, casseroles and stir-fry dishes.
  • Augason Farms Hard White Wheat- When ground, hard white wheat produces light colored flour, while retaining its whole grain goodness and nutrition. It’s perfect for bread making, especially French bread and pizza crusts.

The best part is, when you buy Augason Farms’ products, you are choosing to purchase high quality products that you can feel good about. We are proud to provide our customers with solutions for long-term storage and short-term emergency preparedness.

 

Proudly Supporting Local Ranchers

At Macey’s we are committed to providing the freshest, highest quality meats to our shoppers. We are doing that by supporting local ranchers who provide Certified Angus Beef.  Angus is everywhere these days. Over the last couple of decades it’s even become a bit of a buzzword. It’s true. Angus beef is good. But Certified Angus Beef® is on an entirely different level. Certified Angus Beef has been the leader in premium beef since 1978 and it’s known for its great quality, marbling and tenderness. This beef is sourced from Angus cattle raised on family-owned ranches across the Intermountain West.

These are just a few of the local Certified Angus Beef ranchers we support:

  • Spring Cove Ranch, owned by Art and Stacy Butler, has been a family legacy since the first Angus cattle arrived in 1919. It is the oldest, continuously registered Angus cowherd west of the Rocky Mountains.

  • Jaca Land and Livestock Company, located in Nampa, Idaho, is home to more than 800 Angus cattle. Martin and Susan Jaca are raising the sixth generation of cattle at their thriving ranch.

  • A third-generation rancher, Travis Williams has raised Angus beef his entire life. Travis and his family are proud to provide our store with amazingly tender beef year round.

To learn more about Certified Angus Beef, visit their website at www.certifiedangusbeef.com.