This business makes sure there's plenty of grub for the wild west. associated food stores is a leading regional cooperative wholesale distributor that supplies groceries and other products to more than 500 independent supermarkets in about eight western states. it also offers support services for its member-owners, including market research, real estate analysis, store design, technology procurement, and training. in addition, associated food stores owns a stake in western family foods, a grocery wholesalers' partnership that produces western family private-label goods. the co-op was formed in 1940 by donald lloyd, then president of the utah retail grocers association, and 34 other retailers.