Wholesale Food Distributors

Wholesale Food Distributors


Top 5 Wholesale Food Distributors

Food wholesale distributors supply restaurants, convenience stores and other businesses with products such as food service supplies, ice cream, cooking equipment, beverage supplies and cleaning services. In addition, some may provide organics or environmentally-friendly items.

Food distributors that offer quality products at competitive pricing and regular deliveries to save time and money in inventory management will make an ideal partner.

KeHE Distributors

KeHE employees are passionate about the products they sell and eager to learn new things, encouraged to take initiative and collaborate as members of a team. In addition, they enjoy excellent benefits including health insurance and retirement plans – an affirmative action employer!

Distributors are an ideal partner for Paleo, Keto and grain-free food brands because they can connect them with major retailers. Their connections and networks also create opportunities for national recognition; additionally they can provide high-touch support to their customers while helping grow their business.

KeHE Distributors offers an expansive selection of natural and organic foods as well as high-quality supplements and personal care products, distributed throughout the US through over 12,000 retail customers. Recently acquired DPI will expand fresh food offerings further while solidifying KeHE’s position within c-store markets.

Refrigerated and frozen foods must be shipped according to their standard temperature range as stated on their product labels and accompanying bill of lading documents, both during warehousing and transit to retailers. This temperature must also be observed at retail locations.

Core-Mark Holding

Core-Mark International is an American company that distributes fresh, chilled and frozen merchandise primarily to convenience stores in the United States. Additionally, the company provides associated business services like category management and promotion management; competing against food wholesale suppliers like HT Hackney, Sysco McLane et al in this sector of food sales in America. Employing approximately 6,844 people directly or through alternative outlets; its revenue stems from product sales to traditional convenience stores as well as retailers selling consumer packaged goods (CPG).

Core-Mark offers more than distribution centers; in addition to having a central buying office and Center of Excellence that provide real-time data analytics and insights into convenience store trends, as well as various technology solutions such as an e-commerce platform and mobile app that enable customers to place orders from any location.

Core-Mark’s acquisition by PFG accelerates diversification efforts by adding highly complementary assets in the convenience store channel. It is anticipated to be accretive to PFG’s pro forma LTM net sales; however, there may be certain risks that need to be carefully considered.

H.T. Hackney Co

HT Hackney Co is a wholesale company that supplies tobacco products, grocery items, snacks and beverages to convenience stores, supermarkets, travel centers and smoke and gift shops across North America. Established in 1891 and with 3,400 employees today generating $3.9 billion in revenues; one of America’s top employers for diversity and inclusion with highly qualified employees working at their locations.

Foodservice Distributors Association membership and offers customers comprehensive foodservice solutions, such as store design, plan-o-grams, velocity and trend reporting and online purchasing of supplies. Their customer service is second to none with outstanding values provided with speed and quality in mind.

Gordon Food Service is an established foodservice distributor in the US, specialising in providing restaurants, educational institutions and healthcare facilities with superior-quality food products. Operating 28 distribution centers with expert employees who rely on them for superior service and value delivery; its customers trust in its dedication to sustainability; it’s 100% employee owned and operates offering competitive pay, health benefits and retirement plans to employees.

McLane Company

McLane Company is one of the nation’s premier supply chain service leaders, providing grocery and foodservice supplies to convenience stores, mass merchants, drug stores and chain restaurants across the United States. Operating 80 distribution centers with one of the nation’s largest private fleets. Their subsidiaries include McLane Grocery and McLane Foodservice as well as offering alcohol beverage distribution through Empire Distributors wholly-owned subsidiary.

McLane began in 1894 when its founder Robert McLane opened a small retail grocery store in Cameron, Texas. By 1903, however, wholesale trade had expanded and goods began being supplied via railroad and horse-drawn wagon to neighboring towns. Growth was further spurred during the 1920s through 1940s as both the economy improved as well as improvements to national highway systems made shipping goods on longer routes easier.

At first, sales lagged during the 1960s; however, two developments helped the company regain momentum: installing its first computer in 1962 and then creating its Voluntary Group Program that enabled independent retailers to band together for purchasing power and open new markets while decreasing dependency on major customers. By 1967, the company entered convenience store distribution by signing an agreement with Southland Corporation to distribute goods to 67 7-Eleven stores throughout central Texas.

Performance Food Group

Performance Food Group is a major food distributor headquartered in Richmond, Virginia that services restaurants, hospitals, health care facilities, schools/colleges/hotels as well as commercial businesses such as hotels. PFG prides itself on responsible sourcing as it services many independent restaurants as well as chains alike.

Vistar and PFG Customized Distribution divisions of the company specialize in large-scale dining and vending solutions for customers like universities, colleges, healthcare systems, hotels and continuing-care retirement communities. Utilizing time-tested expertise they strive to meet each individual customer’s specific requirements while upholding high standards.

PFG was established in 1885 and today employs over 12,000 workers in 150 locations nationwide, including its headquarters in Richmond, VA and foodservice distribution centers located throughout all 50 states. PFG offers both fresh and frozen seafood as well as national and proprietary-branded food products such as coffee/tea/cheese products; desserts; dressings/sauces/spices.

Customer-facing services offered by Performance Connection include PERFORMANCEconnect, which enables users to track deliveries, rebates and account information. In addition, its app features recipes and ideas, market trends information; building tips; news updates as well as videos covering new product releases as well as food shows.

Dot Foods

Dot Foods has evolved into one of the world’s premier food industry redistributors. Founded by its original three founders and with an environment focused on family values, Dot Foods boasts an ideal work culture where diversity and inclusion are strongly supported.

As the global economy evolved, Dot recognized an opportunity to seize. Instead of selling products alone, they shifted focus toward providing solutions for distributors. Today they work with thousands of customers delivering them their preferred selection with minimal ordering requirements and efficient delivery schedules while passing along manufacturers’ promotions directly to them.

Dot also provides comprehensive warehousing and transportation services through its facilities in Ardmore, Oklahoma; Liverpool, New York; Modesto, California; Williamsport Maryland. Their fleet of trucks are operated by Dot Transportation Inc.

Dot has prioritized technology since the early 1990s, leveraging EDI (electronic data interchange) to manage product movements before most of its competitors and using GDSN (Geographic Data Services Network) to synchronize core attributes between suppliers. This allows it to respond swiftly to changes in demand for its products. Optimizely is another digital experience platform used by Dot.

Reinhart Food Service

Reinhart Food Service stands out as one of the most innovative and efficient broadline foodservice distributors in the country, distributing fresh produce, protein ingredients and supplies to restaurants, schools, businesses and industries locations, healthcare facilities and office coffee service companies. Their innovative customer service includes menu planning assistance, nutrition services support, an extensive lending library with TRACS Direct order entry software training as well as weekly specials and educational seminars – an approach they pride themselves on taking a customer-first approach with innovative customer care practices like this one.

PFG anticipates approximately $50 million in annual run-rate cost synergies by the third full fiscal year following completion of its acquisition, scheduled to close later this month. This transaction will expand PFG’s footprint, strengthen market density and broaden product offering – Credit Suisse served as financial advisor while Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom LLP and Winston & Strawn LLP provided legal counsel services for PFG.

Reinhart Food Service employees in the top 10% earn over $67,000 annually on average. Based in Rosemont, Illinois, Reinhart Food Service offers comprehensive benefits packages including health and dental coverage as well as 401(k) plans and gym memberships – supporting charitable programs like American Red Cross and United Way as part of its employee perks package.

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