Since 1946 we′ve also had the pleasure of building these clients and being associated with their success:
Brand awareness. Brand trial. Brand loyalty. Brand evangelism. Whether our clients are starting a brand from square one or galvanizing a dedicated following, we′re here to provide counsel, strategy and creative support to take the brand relationship to the next step. And it always begins with connecting, human-to-human, with their consumer. With resonant messages. In relevant places. At receptive times.
A group of animal protein businesses serving both the retail and foodservice industries, Cargill Meat Solutions is a leading processor and distributor of fresh beef, pork and turkey products, as well as cooked and marinated meats. Representing more than a dozen major brands, Cargill Meat Solutions is a division of Cargill, an international supplier and marketer of food, agricultural, financial and industrial products and services.
Business units and brands we’re Associated with:
Corporate branding and communications to support animal protein businesses
Branded and private label pork products for retail and foodservice
Cargill Regional Beef:
Branded beef programs for retail, foodservice and processing
Cargill Case Ready:
Branded and private label beef and pork products for retail and foodservice
Cargill′s Excel brand provides a wide range of beef and pork programs to the retail and foodservice industries. Supported by an ongoing commitment to living up to its genuinely better promise and a focus on customer support, the Excel brand delivers products that provide superior tenderness, rich flavor and exceptional shelf life. Excel has been an Associated client since 2008.
Produced and sold by Cargill exclusively in Texas for Texans, Genuine Texas Beef reflects the state′s heritage as a leading beef producer and appeals to Texans′ belief that beef from Texas delivers higher quality and better flavor. Sold in select Texas markets, the brand uses only cattle raised a minimum of 100 days in the state, and is produced exclusively at a Texas beef processing facility. Associated helped Cargill develop and launch the brand, providing marketing support and promotional materials using the tagline “A Better State of Flavor.”
An Associated client since 2010, Cargill′s Sterling Silver Premium Meats prides itself on delivering consistent, high-quality premium beef and pork products to discerning retail and foodservice customers throughout North America. Sterling Silver Premium Beef consists of only the top 12% of all beef, hand-selected, highly marbled and aged to perfection for optimal tenderness. Sterling Silver Premium Pork is hand-selected and color-graded to ensure premium quality and superior flavor.
An Associated client since 1982, Downing & Lahey Mortuaries has been helping Wichita area families celebrate the lives of loved ones for more than 100 years. As one of the few family-owned and operated funeral services providers remaining in Wichita, Downing & Lahey has been known for quality service, experience and personal attention for five generations. They were recently honored by the Wichita Eagle with a Readers′ Choice Award for the third year in a row.
Founded in 1919, Foulston Siefkin offers offers expertise in more than 40 specialized practice areas, including civil and complex litigation, business and tax matters, employment and labor, as well as healthcare law. With 90 attorneys and offices in Wichita, Topeka and Overland Park, Foulston Siefkin represents a wide variety of clients, from individuals and emerging businesses to industry leaders, to meet their legal challenges.
A manufacturer of professional-grade mowers, implements and accessories, The Grasshopper Company introduced the industry′s first commercially viable zero-radius mower in 1969. Since then, it has leveraged its expertise to create an impressive line of FrontMount and MidMount True ZeroTurn mowers preferred by commercial mowing contractors, government entities and smart consumers, sold through a nationwide network of select dealers. The Grasshopper Company has been an Associated client since 1982.
When the house lights dim, the magic begins at the Crown Uptown Dinner Theatre, the Wichita area′s most popular and only year round professional theatre. Featuring the finest professional talent from across the country, the Crown Uptown′s performances include Broadway-style musicals, comedies and celebrity guest artists. The Crown offers a fun and casual atmosphere and the best entertainment and dining in Wichita. Established in 1977, the Crown Uptown is located in a historic 1928 vaudeville theatre, designed by the famous Boller Brothers as Wichita′s first fully atmospheric theatre. The Crown Uptown Dinner Theatre has been an Associated client since May 2012.
With a robust line of herbicides, insecticides, plant growth regulators and other products, PBI–Gordon Corporation is a leader in the professional turf and ornamental management industry. The company also develops and markets products for the consumer lawn, garden, and farm and ranch markets, as well as animal health and grooming in the consumer and veterinary markets. Based in Kansas City, Mo., PBI–Gordon has been in business since 1947 and is 100% employee-owned.
Recognized for award-winning small-lot coffees, PT′s Coffee roasts more than 100 tons of premium, specialty coffee each year. From its headquarters in Topeka, Kansas,
PT′s staff regularly travels the world in search of the finest beans in pursuit of its mission: “Exceptional Coffee, Lifelong Friendships, and the Wisdom to Appreciate Both.” Found at fine coffee shops and restaurants nationwide and in select Whole Foods locations, PT′s Coffee uses only direct trade beans and continues to spread its passion for great coffee to coffee lovers everywhere.
Combining innovative engineering, modern manufacturing technology and expert craftsmanship, KMW manufactures a complete line of frontend loaders designed to fit virtually any tractor make or model built today, as well as for OEM use. A line of backhoes is also produced for OEM use. Headquartered in Sterling, Kan., KMW has manufacturing facilities in Sterling and Great Bend, Kansas.
As one of the biggest makers of dry pasta in North America, by volume, American Italian Pasta Company offers some 300 different pasta shapes and 3,100 SKUs, from angel hair to ziti. The company′s regional private label customers include most major U.S. grocers and club stores. It also serves the institutional market, comprising foodservice operators that supply restaurants and schools, and food manufacturers that use pasta as an ingredient.
Associated has been working with AIPC since 2011 on their control brand, Heartland. Heartland is considered their “better for you” pasta brand with the greatest variety to meet the healthy pasta needs for a broad range of consumers. They are dedicated to making pasta that helps families live a healthy lifestyle, with a wide variety of affordable Traditional, Whole Wheat, Gluten Free and Hidden Vegetable pasta products that deliver great flavor, texture and performance. Our primary focus has been on social media with emphasis on Facebook with an ongoing goal to individually establish each variety of Heartland pasta products as an ideal part of a healthy diet and to encourage product trial and loyalty.
For more than 100 years, Ralston Foods has been making private brand cereals. Today, they are the nation′s leading manufacturer of private brand ready–to–eat cereals, hot breakfast cereals and SnackMix products. Ralston currently supplies more than 50 varieties of private label cereals that are comparable to the national brands in terms of taste, appearance and nutrition. Their products, many of which are WIC approved, are traditionally sold under the respective retailer′s private brand name in grocery stores throughout the country.
Since 2011, Associated has been working with Ralston to create digital programs for their various retailer partners. Ranging from digital advertising and social media to an array of online games, we work together to create customizable and flexible programs to educate and drive purchase.
For nearly two decades, more than 350 commercial truck and trailer dealerships have partnered with KEA Advisors to improve their operational performance, financial results, strategic planning and leadership effectiveness. Based in Lawrence, Kan., KEA Advisors provides a variety of advisory and management consulting services, including its signature PROFIT Transformation Path, which provides the blueprint to successfully transition dealerships from entrepreneurial-driven businesses to professionally led enterprises.
Executive Women International (EWI) is an organization assembling key individuals from diverse businesses to promote member firms, encourage community involvement and enhance personal and professional development among its members. There are currently more than 2,500 member firms and 2,800 representatives in 65 EWI chapters throughout the United States and Canada, making it the premier organization for networking and leadership development for today′s business professionals. Membership is by invitation. The Wichita Chapter was chartered on January 5, 1970, and has 46 member firms.
The International Association of Fire Fighters (IAFF) Local 135 represents full-time professional fire fighters and paramedics in the Wichita, Kan. area. The IAFF-135 is the local chapter of the IAFF, North America′s leading advocate for the health and safety of fire fighters. The chapter also promotes community awareness of Wichita area fire department resources and fire safety at WichitaFireSafety.org.
Cargill′s Tender Choice pork products set a new standard in the industry, offering versatile dinner solutions that are delicious and easy to prepare. Made with its proprietary marinade, Tender Choice pork products deliver tender, flavorful meals that are the choice of households across the country. With the Tender Sure guarantee, each cut is guaranteed to turn out delicious, tender and juicy every time.
The Turf and Ornamental Communicators Association (TOCA) is an organization of editors, writers, publishers, photographers, public relations/advertising practitioners, industry association leaders, manufacturers and others involved in green industry communications. Founded in 1990, the organization serves industry communications professionals through an open exchange of information on the issues that impact how they communicate with their audiences. Each year, TOCA members participate in professional improvement seminars, field tours and other development opportunities. A scholarship program for aspiring green industry communicators and a writing, design, photography and new media awards program are also highlights for members.