Best Grocery Wholesale

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Finding the Best Grocery Wholesale Distributors

Getting into grocery retail requires working with wholesale distributors that specialize in your type of food products and are interested in your product line. When starting up shop, finding an appropriate wholesale distributor should be your top priority.

Research the margins of wholesale distributors carefully and determine whether their business fits with yours, being open-minded about price concessions if needed.

C&S Wholesale Grocers

C&S Wholesale Grocers provide products and services to the grocery industry. Their offerings include dairy, meat, seafood, fruits & vegetables, general merchandise products such as health & beauty as well as catering and foodservice solutions. Furthermore, the company boasts excellent customer service while being at the forefront of supply chain innovation.

The company strives to make sure customers are completely satisfied with its service, and believes the most effective way of accomplishing this goal is through cultivating a culture of collaboration and teamwork among employees. They encourage employees to take initiative in striving for excellence while respecting diversity and celebrating diversity within their workplace.

C&S Wholesale Grocers offer their employees an array of special perks. These include flexible work hours and weeks, telecommuting options and generous vacation and paid time off benefits. In addition, competitive salaries – C&S employees on average receive an annual salary of $50,000 according to CareerBliss surveys – make life at C&S Wholesale Grocers more fulfilling; employee happiness rates at this company were 3.5 out of 5, 10% less than national average.

Brenham Wholesale Grocery Co. Inc.

GSC recently acquired some assets of Brenham Wholesale, a distributor to convenience and grocery stores in Texas. This acquisition gives GSC customers access to a second Texas distribution center while expanding service capabilities; both organizations share similar cultures and values, making this partnership ideal.

Brenham Wholesale Grocery Company was established in 1905 and provides food products and goods to convenience stores, grocery stores, restaurants and institutional customers throughout Washington County. Their central location allows them to easily reach many different clients; thus offering improved pricing as well as exceptional customer service.

The company also provides specialty foods, such as meat produce and frozen products, dry grocery items, candies and ice creams in their product lineup. Their warehouses carry brands like Better Value, Chef Antonio Island Trader & Fresh Harvest for ultimate customer convenience.

This company has an EIN of 2602997. Their current fax number is (713) 354-7777 and phone number (281) 861-28001. Located in Brenham, Texas and privately held.


SpartanNash is a food solutions company dedicated to creating better lives through food solutions. Committed to cultivating a People First culture, the Company operates two complementary business segments. Their global supply chain network serves wholesale customers such as independent grocers, national retail brands, e-commerce platforms and U.S. military commissaries and exchanges; products are distributed from fresh produce through household goods to Our Family products from every aisle in grocery stores – not forgetting 144 corporate-owned grocery stores under Family Fare, Martin’s Super Markets and D&W Fresh Market banners alone!

The Company’s corporate-owned stores provide a broad selection of both perishable and nonperishable food items, including dry groceries, meat, seafood, bakery goods, fresh produce, dairy products, floral products, beverage, general merchandise items and deli products. Some stores even feature pharmacies or full-service delis offering meal solutions and catering services.

SpartanNash, with headquarters in Grand Rapids, Michigan and approximately 11,950 Associates employed. On average, employees stay with the company for an average duration of 5.7 years.

F&A Food Sales

F&A Food Sales is a food distributor offering candy, snacks, disposables, grocery products, seafood, dairy, eggs and refrigerated food as well as cleaning and sanitation supplies. Established in 1970 and headquartered in Concordia, Kansas; F&A serves restaurants, schools, universities, hospitals and drug, convenience and grocery stores among others. Their extensive ice cream distribution fleet stocks more than 1,000 items while they employ over 3,000 people and have annual revenues exceeding $23,70,000. According to their website F&A has annual revenue exceeding $23,700,000.

Employees at F&A Food Sales rate the company as an employer on CareerBliss at 2.9, noting the benefits to working there include people you work with, how your employer treats employees, and your ability to make money. They cite cons as lack of advancement opportunities and low salaries – 26% below average rating across CareerBliss companies! F&A Food Sales is an equal opportunity employer who does not discriminate on grounds such as race, religion, gender age or national origin.

McLane Food Service

McLane Food Service is one of the nation’s premier providers of supply chain services, providing grocery and foodservice solutions to convenience stores, mass merchants, drug stores and chain restaurants. They operate 80 distribution centers and boast one of the country’s largest private fleets – plus alcohol distribution through Empire Distributors as one of their subsidiaries.

Central Eats, Choice Chicken and JAVAPERKS are among the many specialty divisions of this company offering tailored products and services, such as Central Eats providing refrigerated and hot food options specifically for convenience stores; Choice Chicken offering products from some of the top names in foodservice/retail; JAVAPERKS being an innovative program which allows convenience stores to serve coffee or hot beverages in-store.

Salado Sales provides branded products to convenience stores while Frontier Distributors specializes in alcohol distribution. Furthermore, the company employs account managers who assist customers with inventory purchasing and promotional activities.

KeHE Distributors

KeHE Distributors is an employee-owned distributor of natural, organic and specialty food products across North America. Serving over 30,000 retailers ranging from natural food retailers, supermarket chains, independent grocery stores and online e-commerce retailers alike; products include fresh produce, seafood, meat, dairy products, bakery items and culinary dishes – in addition to marketing services and data analysis services.

KeHE recently expanded their distribution capabilities with the launch of KeHE CONNECT Direct digital fulfillment service for retailers, making retailer procurement simpler than ever with over 4,000 new product options available to meet consumer demands and remain competitive. They have also opened a 124,000 square-foot expansion in Aurora Colorado.

KeHE Distributors boasts an amazing workplace culture and pays its employees well, while striving to continually innovate processes and find ways to enhance diversity and inclusion in the workplace. KeHE does not discriminate on any basis including race, color, religion or faith, gender, age, national origin/ancestry/ancestry status/ancestry information/ disability sexual orientation marital status genetic information veteran status etc. They encourage employees to express themselves freely while sharing unique perspectives and experiences within the workforce.

Core-Mark Holding

Core-Mark International provides fresh and broad-line supply solutions to the convenience retail industry, such as food, candy, snacks, beverages, dairy products, bread and general merchandise. In addition, Core-Mark provides sales marketing distribution logistics services to over 43,000 customer locations in both North America and Mexico.

Core-Mark is dedicated to giving back to the communities it serves, contributing money and supplies to local organizations while its employees donate their time by packing and delivering meals directly. In 2019, they gave over 20,000 meals directly to Texas families in need.

Core-Mark also contributes to other organizations that support healthy lifestyles, giving back to employees by offering health and wellness education programs and encouraging healthy lifestyle choices. Furthermore, its commitment to environmental sustainability includes offering recycling programs to customers – helping save them money on energy while decreasing carbon footprints.

H.T. Hackney Co.

H.T. Hackney was established in Knoxville, Tennessee, as a wholesale food company in 1891 and offers tobacco products, grocery items, confectionery snacks and beverages to convenience and gas stations, drug stores, supermarkets restaurants travel centers smoke shops among others. Through subsidiaries they also provide oil distribution furniture manufacturing assembling retail automation systems as well as natural spring water.

Entrepreneurs must first gain an in-depth knowledge of H.T. Hackney’s customers before trying to sell any product to them. These highly competitive businesses will only be interested in products with a viable profit margin – ensure your price reflects this by including packaging costs, shipping expenses and wholesale distribution commissions when pricing your item for distribution.

Tri Star Energy’s Twice Daily convenience store chain will pilot MamaMancini’s frozen foods, meatballs and meatloaf as well as other delicious products in select locations, with the ultimate goal of placing these products throughout thousands of Hackney customer locations across Eastern United States. Tri Star also owns White Bison Coffee; an innovative beverage and specialty retail chain combining traditional offerings with unique handcrafted items.

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