Associated Food Stores is taking major strides in the food safety movement. The grocery wholesaler, headquartered in Salt Lake, recently hired Malinda Boothe CP-FS, to fill the position of Director of Food Safety. Boothe will be responsible for developing and implementing a dynamic food safety and compliance program for Associated Food Stores’ more than 400 independent retailers, ensuring each one remains compliant with government food safety regulations.

“I am excited to be part of the team and want to make AFS the industry leader in food safety,” Boothe said. “Many changes are occurring within the food safety environment and my primary goal is to ensure our retail members are extremely progressive in protecting their customers and teams.”

Boothe previously served as the director of compliance for A&Z Produce in Salt Lake City and held several management positions in loss prevention and food safety at Supervalu stores throughout the Intermountain West. These experiences prepared her to assume the director of food safety position at AFS. 

“We are excited to welcome Malinda to the AFS team and know she will do great things with the food safety program,” said Bob King, VP of member retail operations and government affairs. “We are positive our retailers will find her expertise and knowledge incredibly valuable.”