ABOUT US

Our Mission – “Associated Grocers, Inc. is dedicated to the support and success of the independent retail grocer.”

From our roots in 1950 with 17 founding member stores to our growing membership of over 220 independent retailers in Louisiana, Mississippi and Texas, Associated Grocers remains committed to its original goal of helping the independent grocer remain competitive.

The plans have expanded from the simple days of just providing combined buying power to member-retailers and now also include a full line of other services: retail accounting, advertising, engineering, marketing, retail technology, and merchandising.

The goal remains simply to become one of the finest Retail Operations Support Centers for our members so that they can operate efficient, customer-focused outlets in the marketplaces they serve.

FROM THE PRESIDENT

J. H. Campbell, Jr.

As President/CEO of Associated Grocer, Inc. (AG), I am pleased to introduce you to our company and its interactive website.

Founded in 1950 by 17 independent retail grocers, seeking to combine their “buying power” in order to remain competitive in the marketplace (while offering the customer a truly different and better shopping experience), AG has become the “Retail Operations Support Center” for its enterprising, motivated, and successful supermarket owner/operators.

AG utilizes various services, tools, and technologies that make it easier for our retail members to operate and manage their retail outlet(s) in today’s marketplace. We proudly embrace our mission of being: “Dedicated to the Support and Success of the Independent Retail Grocer.”

AG may never be the largest, as that is not our goal. We are, however, committed to being the BEST. We strive to be the “supplier of choice” while being an efficient distributor. AG is committed to providing the tools, products, and services necessary for independent grocers to efficiently and effectively operate and manage their businesses, and to assist them in becoming the alternative or preference for today’s consumer.

You will find a number of things that set AG apart from the others … Service, Pricing, Products, Access, and Experience – with our Service to You (the retailer) being our top priority.

Throughout this website, we will show you more about what our company has to offer the independent retail supermarket owner. For a personal discussion of your specific needs, please contact one of our Retail Support team members, or me, directly.

Our Best To You!

J.H. Campbell, Jr.

HISTORY

Associated Grocers, Inc. was organized on May 23, 1950 with 17 member stores. The original membership consisted of grocers from old and respected business families of Baton Rouge. From its humble beginnings in 1950, Associated Grocers, Inc. quickly developed into a success for Baton Rouge and eventually the southeastern region of the United States. The association’s marketing strategy was simple, but effective. Through association buying power, member-retailers decreased the cost of goods by purchasing directly from food manufacturers. The company began in a small 2,500 square foot warehouse located in downtown Baton Rouge near the mighty Mississippi River.

Re-locating in 1975 to its present site on Anselmo Lane, Associated Grocers has developed an impressive campus of warehouse and administrative buildings that total over 700,000 square feet. This growth has included a warehouse expansion to 530,000 square feet in 1996, completion of a 43,000 square foot administrative complex adjacent to the distribution center in 1999, an addition of 34,000 square feet to add freezer and dock space across the perishable warehouse in 2003, and an addition of approximately 108,000 square feet to the warehouse, establishing a new area for dairy products and expansion of grocery warehouse space.

Under the leadership of current president J. H. Campbell, Jr., the company is on the leading edge of technology, offering its retailers a full line of services including accounting, advertising, equipment & design services, marketing, retail technology, and procurement & merchandising.

With over 750 full-time employees and annual sales over $675 million, Associated Grocers, Inc. is a key player in the economy of Louisiana.

CORPORATE BRANDS

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At Associated Grocers, Inc., we strive to give our members the best quality and variety of products available. We do this by not only offering a wide range of national brands, but also our own corporate brands which you will not find in the national chain stores. These corporate brands are of the same quality as the national brands, however, by eliminating the “middle man” we are able to pass them on at a reduced cost to you.


Shurfine and Shurfresh products meet the highest quality standards insuring that our brands are “as good or better than the National Brand.” Each product is tested for taste, quality and consistency when compared with the leading National Brand equivalent. That means you are getting exceptional quality and great savings on these products!

To value-conscious consumers seeking low prices, ValuTime is the lowest priced national brand alternative. The ValuTime brand offers quality food, beverage, and household items at everyday low prices. You’ll save money every time you shop!


To shoppers responsible for taking care of their household’s health and beauty needs, TopCare provides a comprehensive range of products that meet national brand quality at a better price. Whether you are looking for rejuvenation, healing, trying to feel or look better, TopCare provides a comprehensive range of products that meetin national brand quality at a better price.


For families looking for high quality brands that deliver complete lifestyle solutions, X-Brands are the intelligent choice. Implied by the brand names, Academix offers a variety of office and school products while Domestix focuses on household needs, such as pots and pans.

For the pet owner looking to take care of their special family member, PAWS Premium provides a complete range of high quality pet food, treats, toys and accessories, with quality as good or better than national brands at a better price.

sweetps

Whether you are looking for an everyday dessert, a quick breakfast option, or maybe just a snack, our bakery department’s Sweet P’s Bake Shop brand will fill your needs.  These products are equal to the National Brand in quality and lower in cost!

ASSOCIATED FOOD STORES

The Associated Food Store program is the Associated Grocers, Inc. first effort in bannering. While the name has been in the market for many years, recent emphasis has been placed on developing a program to provide some mechanism for consumer recognition. The goal has been to create an image of a friendly, neighborhood market.

It is this platform that allows the many different retail member formats to fit under the Associated Food Store banner. Whether the store is big or small, urban or rural, new or old, an Associated Food Store retail member is the neighborhood market that offers service and convenience.

Retailers must meet qualification criteria to become members of the Associated Food Store program, and special benefits have been offered to assist the stores in affiliating themselves with the AFS program.

Live Local. Shop Local. At Your Neighborhood Supermarket

HOW TO JOIN

Associated Grocers, Inc. is a full service distribution center owned by its retail members. As a retailer-owned corporation, it exists for the purpose of supplying its members with the finest services and the highest quality products at the lowest possible cost. We are proud in doing so, to provide our members with the highest possible return on their invested funds.

Our programs and philosophies offer our members the advantage of working together with Associated Grocers, Inc. in a mutually beneficial partnership. As owners, our retail members are partners in profit and progress with us.

In order to become an active member of Associated Grocers, Inc., a retailer must be a retail food dealer who operates within the geographic area serviced by Associated Grocers, Inc. Weekly purchases must exceed $20,000. An active membership application must be submitted and, upon approval, the retailer is accepted for full service. Additionally, each member must comply with the class A stock requirement, and accumulate class B stock savings and deposit requirements as prescribed by the laws of the corporation.

If you would like more information about our programs or membership opportunities, please contact us.

TESTIMONIALS

Why should you join Associated Grocers, Inc.?

Just ask our Member-Retailers!


Shannon Bourque

Bourque’s SupermarketPort Barre, LA

 

“Bourque’s Supermarket has been with Associated Grocers for over 20 years. We count on AG for better service and timely deliveries, so we don’t have to keep our staff or our customers waiting!”


Randy LeBlanc and Marcy LeBlanc

LeBlanc’s Food Stores8 South Louisiana Locations

 

“Since our company began 50 years ago, AG has played an integral role in the success of our operation. From one store location in 1961 to eight stores in 2011, Associated Grocers has grown with our company and has continued to assist our team so that we can provide the best shopping experience for our customers.”


Melanie Robin

Russell’s Food CenterArnaudville, LA

 

“Russell’s Food Center has been a member of AG since 1986. We have been very pleased with their services and are proud to offer this same quality to our customers.”

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BATON ROUGE AREA FOUNDATION AND ASSOCIATED GROCERS, INC. ANNOUNCE 2015

AG – SAM S. POLITZ SCHOLARSHIP WINNERS

BATON ROUGE, LA – The Selection and Review Committee of the Associated Grocers – Sam S. Politz Scholarship Fund has announced the following three winners for 2015. These scholarships are valued at $1,000 per semester for up to eight semesters, to the graduating high school students who meet all the required criteria.

This year we congratulate the following three outstanding students:

Emily Patterson of Prairieville, LA

Emily is the daughter of Michael and Donna Patterson. She attended Dutchtown High School in Geismar, LA where she held a 4.68 GPA and ranked three out of 506 in her graduating class. Among her many awards, she was Dutchtown High School’s Most Intelligent Student in her sophomore, junior, and senior year’s. Emily has been active in many clubs including the National Honors Society of which she was President in her senior year, Interact Club, Beta Club, and Student Council.

Emily also participates in many church and community activities including Volunteer Ascension, Stuff the Bus campaigns, C.A.R.A. pet adoptions, St. John Catholic Church food drive, and as an extended session worker with Broadmoor Baptist Church. Gymnastics is a major interest of Emily’s. She was a competitive gymnast for 11 years, and for the past two years has been teaching gymnastics to children.

Emily will be attending Louisiana State University enrolled in Honors College this fall, majoring in Engineering.

 
 
 


Christian Logarbo of Geismar, LA

Christian is the son of Rodney and Jill Logarbo. He attended Dutchtown High School in Geismar, LA where he held a 4.38 GPA and ranked 12 in his graduating class of 506. He excelled in Honors and Advanced Placement classes and has a long list of accolades including being designated as an AP Scholar with Distinction. Christian has also maintained a perfect attendance record throughout his entire scholastic career.

Among many school and community organizations, Christian has been active in National Honor Society, Mu Alpha Theta, Volunteer Ascension, Special Olympics of Louisiana, School Tools, Rotary Club Food Bank Drive, St. Vincent de Paul Thrift Store in Gonzales, COEA which helps handicap residents in his community, and Boy Scouts of America, earning the rank of Eagle Scout in 2013. Christian is a member of St. John the Evangelist Church in Prairieville where he is an usher, volunteer with the annual fair, food bank volunteer, and other volunteer projects with St. John’s Youth Group. Throughout high school, Christian has participated in football, track and field, and wrestling. In 2011, he was a member of the Louisiana High School Class 5A State Championship Track Team.

Christian has chosen to pursue a doctorate degree in Biomedical Engineering at Tulane University.

Adam Strickland of Metairie, LA

Adam is the son of Adam Strickland and Tara Zaabel. He graduated from Haynes Academy for Advanced Studies with a GPA of 4.8824 and ranked 2 out of 70 in his graduating class. Adam’s achievements and honors include President of Robotics in his senior year, and induction into three National Honor Societies his junior year – Science Honor, National Honor, and National English Honor. Last summer he participated in the Tulane Emerging Scholars Program. Adam has also worked part-time for Langenstein’s Supermarket since June 2013.

Running has been a passion of Adam’s, prior to, and throughout his high school years. He has run for the Haynes Cross Country Team since 7th grade and was the Team Captain in his junior and senior years. Adam excels at cross country and track and has held Haynes Academy’s three mile record for the last three years, as well as the two mile record.

Adam has chosen to attend the University of Alabama at Birmingham and plans on pursuing a five year combined bachelors-master’s degree, followed by a combined MD-PhD program. He plans on becoming a professor at a university so he can research and teach as a profession, and specifically he would like to research oncology.

                                                                                                                                                          

The Sam S. Politz Scholarship Fund was established by the generous retail members of Associated Grocers and is dedicated to the memory of Sam S. Politz, a former President and Chief Executive Officer of Associated Grocers, Inc.

The Associated Grocers – Sam S. Politz Scholarship applications may be obtained online at www.braf.org.

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Civic and Charitable Organizations Request

Requests are reviewed monthly. Unfortunately we cannot honor every request, but we will lend our support when we can. Thank you for the work that you are doing in your community. You will be contacted in reference to your request.

Guidelines to submit a request on behalf of your civic or charitable organization is as follows:

  1. Requests must be made 30 Days in advance
  2. All submissions should include a letter addressed to the attention of: Donations and Sponsorships Committee explaining your need, or how Associated Grocers, Inc. or our retailers can assist you.
  3. All submissions should provide the name of your organization.
  4. Mission Statement if available
  5. Federal ID Number or 501 C3 Status Letter
  6. Contact Information (Name, Phone and Email)
  7. Send any supporting documents for your request, such as a flyer or informational sheet of the event or project you are seeking assistance with.

How to submit your request

By Email: Email all information, as stated in the guidelines to   donations@agbr.com

By Fax: You can fax all information, as stated in the guidelines to:

Attention: Donations and Sponsorship Committee

Fax: (225) 768-7377

 

By Mail:         Associated Grocers, Inc.

c/o Marketing Department

Donations and Sponsorship Committee

Post Office Box 261748       Baton Rouge, Louisiana 70826