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

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.

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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 2014

AG – SAM S. POLITZ SCHOLARSHIP WINNERS

BATON ROUGE, LA – An Independent Selection and Review Committee (appointed by the Baton Rouge Area Foundation) has announced three winners of the 2014 Associated Grocers – Sam S. Politz Scholarship. These scholarships are valued at $1,000 per semester for eight semesters to graduating high school students who meet all the required criteria.

This year we congratulate the following three outstanding students:

Hira Hasan of Geismar, LA

Hira is the daughter of Azeem and Farhana Hasan. She attended Dutchtown High School in Geismar, LA where she held a 4.73 GPA and ranked first in her graduating class of 441. Among her many awards, she was Dutchtown High School Student of the Year in 2013 and Ascension Parish Student of the Year in 2014.  Hira has been active in many clubs including: the Interact Club, National Beta Club, Mu Alpha Theta, Student Council, National Honors Society, and Louisiana Youth Advisory Council.

Her leadership skills have been exhibited through her many community service and extra-curricular activities at Dutchtown, including her participation in the National Art Honors Society and volunteering at local medical facilities and businesses with the Volunteer Ascension “ConnecTeens” program.

Hira will be attending Louisiana State University this fall majoring in Biology, with a career goal of becoming a health professional.

Jacqueline Odom of Zachary, LA

Jackie is the daughter of James and Kelley Odom. She graduated from Zachary High School with a 4.60 cumulative GPA and ranked 6th in her graduating class of 349. She excelled in Honors and Advanced Placement classes and has a long list of academic accolades including honor roll and principal’s list membership each of her four years at ZHS, two academic letters (the maximum that a student may receive), and this year she was chosen to represent ZHS in the Louisiana Student of the Year competition.

Jackie has been very active in the Beta Club and her speaking skills led her to finish second in the oratory completion at the 2013 National Beta Convention. She was a four-year member of the Student Government Association and was President her senior year.  She served as captain of the 2013 Mock Trial Team which competed in the National High School Mock Trial Championship. Her performance was so impressive during this competition she was nominated as a top ten student attorney in the nation.  In addition to her academic extra-curricular activities, Jackie has also been a member of the varsity volleyball and golf teams.

As a participant in the Louisiana Girls’ State during the summer of 2013 she experienced what would determine her plans for the future.  At Girls State, Jackie was awarded the Dr. A.R. Choppin Award for Outstanding Citizenship and has been invited to apply to become a counselor at the 2014 Girls State. Her interest in law and government has led her to attend Louisiana State University in the fall where she will pursue a degree in Political Science, followed by law school.

Peyton Joffrion of Donaldsonville, LA

Peyton is the son of Thomas and Holly Joffrion.  He graduated from Ascension Catholic High School at the top of his class with a GPA of 4.20. Peyton’s achievements and honors include being President of the National Honor Society, Honor Roll of Excellence, Individual Subject Awards throughout his high school years, St. Michael’s College Book Award, and Cross Country Academic All-State Team.

Athletics are a big part of Payton’s life and he has enjoyed the challenge of baseball, basketball, golf, and cross country. His community involvement has included Alter Server at St. Jules Catholic Church, annually volunteering at St. Jules Catholic Church Allons Manger Food Festival, preparing Thanksgiving baskets for the needy, and Eucharistic Minister at Ascension Catholic Church.

Peyton has chosen to attend Louisiana Tech University in the fall and plans to major in Engineering.  He would like to own his own business one day.

                                                                                                                                                          

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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