Published on: April 27, 2024

(Gonzales, LA) Associated Grocers, Inc. held its Spring Food Show for member retailers at the Lamar Dixon Expo Center in Gonzales, LA on Wednesday, April 24, 2024. Themed “King Sized Savings”, the event drew just over 1,300 vendors, manufacturers, retail members, and store representatives. Associated Grocers, Inc. (AG) hosted the event which featured new items, merchandising ideas, and current services available to its retailers.

The show kicked off with a Kick-off Cookout event the previous night, featuring local band The River City Hit Squad along with plenty of crawfish, charbroiled oysters, rib eye roast, Beef Tenderloin Sliders, Cheesy Chicken Pasta, and more!

Technology was at the forefront of this show. Associated Grocers introduced a new ordering platform, powered by Perenso, a software solution company, which served as the hub for both retailers and vendors for all food show information including registration, product information, pre-show and show sales experience as well as reporting. “By partnering with Perenso, we definitely brought our food show sales experience to the next level for our retail members and vendor partners,” stated Carrie Stanley, Sr. Director of Advertising and Marketing.  The Associated Grocers Food Show is held twice a year, and continues to offer retail members solutions, support and buying opportunities.

For Associated Grocers, this event was also a great opportunity in which the company was able to impact the community with bulk food, product, and floral donations. “Associated Grocers continues to show their commitment to helping the community through their generous support over many years,” said Mike Manning, President & CEO of the Greater Baton Rouge Food Bank. “The generous donations that we receive from the Spring Food Show will help us provide for the community as we face increased needs, especially as we move into the challenge of the Summer when children no longer have access to the school lunch program.” Through this single event donation, Associated Grocers was able to help provide over 51,000 meals on average to families in need.

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