Wholesale Grocery Distributors


Wholesale Grocery Distributors

Wholesale grocery distributors specialize in providing products to foodservice outlets and restaurants, as well as equipment like ice cream cups and spoons for use with frozen desserts. They may also supply cleaning supplies.

Food distributor Sysco operates over 170 distribution centers to supply restaurants, hotels and government establishments alike with food. Gordon Foodservice and US Foods are other large wholesale distributors.

C&S Wholesale Grocers

C&S Wholesale Grocers is one of the United States’ largest grocery wholesale suppliers, providing food and non-food items like dairy products, meats, fresh/frozen bakery goods, general merchandise items such as health and beauty aids as well as candy. Furthermore, they also provide private label products and specialty foods. Operating over 260 distribution centers serving more than 7500 supermarkets – C&S reported an impressive revenue of $30 billion during 2021!

Established in 1918 in Worcester, Massachusetts by Israel Cohen and Abraham Siegel, the company initially supplied small independent stores and military commissaries. By the 1950s, however, it had expanded significantly by acquiring larger supermarket chains to become a leading force in grocery wholesale distribution – an advantage which remains its core strength today.

C&S announced in 2019 that it will acquire eight Grand Union locations located in Cooperstown, Cortland, Norwich, Owego, Peru Rome Sherrill Warrensburg in New York as well as Rutland Vermont to expand their services over a larger regional footprint and assist customers navigate an evolving industry landscape.

Revenue at this company has steadily been on an upward trend and its current market capitalization stands at approximately $27 billion, making it the 10th largest privately-owned company in the US. Furthermore, employees can enjoy competitive salaries and paid vacations; tuition assistance, adoption assistance and employee perks are also among its benefits.

Recently, C&S joined forces with TCS to reinvent its operations platforms and customer experience. Utilizing TCS’s cloud-based supply chain platform will enable the company to streamline processes while cutting costs – keeping ahead of competitors while continuing to provide exceptional service for its customers.

C&S Grocery Stores (C&S) has focused its business efforts on expanding their grocery business as more consumers turn to online and discount retailing for grocery needs. C&S has expanded their product lineup while teaming with other distributors to share resources – which is encouraging news for the entire industry but will require further innovation if they wish to stay competitive.

Greg Patch is one of C&S Wholesale Grocers’s senior vice presidents for operations, responsible for all aspects of warehouse operations including network alignment, shrink and damage performance management, day-to-day execution and labor planning. Greg has over three decades of experience at C&S Wholesale Grocers serving in various leadership capacities.

Brenham Wholesale Grocery Co. Inc.

Brenham Wholesale Grocery Co. Inc is a wholesale distributor of grocery products in the United States, offering quick-frozen vegetables, juices, meats and fish packaged for quick-freezing for convenience stores, supermarkets, restaurants and other retail businesses across America. Their distribution center can be found in Brenham Texas with customers including local foodservice chains as well as convenience stores and e-commerce companies who rely on them. Having been operating for more than 100 years this company continues to service local communities as well as regional foodservice chains with quality quick frozen products at competitive prices for convenience stores as well.

Its facilities include a main office and dry warehouse with combined storage capacity of 140,000 square feet; as well as a refrigerated perishables cooler that holds over 45,400 cubic feet. A fleet of tractors are used to deliver products directly to customers daily – this allows drivers to make multiple deliveries per day using cell phone technology to communicate directly with customers.

GSC serves convenience stores, grocery stores, restaurants and institutional customers across Texas, Oklahoma, Arkansas Louisiana Kansas Missouri as well as offering tobacco and non-food and foodservice products. GSC customers include single store operators as well as large regional chains throughout these states; with Brenham Wholesale having recently acquired selected assets which granted GSC access to another distribution center and expanded service capabilities in Kansas and Missouri; both businesses share similar cultures and values making this acquisition the perfect partnership.

Companies like C&S offer unique benefits for their employees, such as flexible work hours and weeks and generous vacation and paid time off benefits. Their average worker salary of $50,000 exceeds the national average of $45,317 and employees report being satisfied with its culture according to CareerBliss surveys. Furthermore, C&S prides itself on developing its People First philosophy which strives to ensure employees are happy in their jobs with ample opportunity for advancement – something CareerBliss surveys confirm as being part of its top employer status with an employee retention rate exceeding industry average at an impressive 6.2 years – testament of its dedication.


SpartanNash is a wholesale grocery distributor offering comprehensive business solutions to assist independent retail stores expand their businesses, such as marketing and merchandising expertise, pharmacy, asset protection, financial and retail technology support as well as award-winning OwnBrand products. In total the company operates 144 supermarkets under Family Fare, Martin’s Super Markets and D&W Fresh Market banners.

The company boasts an expansive global supply chain network, catering to wholesale customers such as independent and chain grocers, national retail brands, e-commerce platforms, U.S. military commissaries and exchanges. Established in 1917 and based out of Grand Rapids Michigan.

SpartanNash recently expanded its distribution footprint through the purchase of Great Lakes Foods. This acquisition brought with it several new independent retail customers as well as increased capacity in Michigan’s Upper Peninsula region. Furthermore, a 300,000-square-foot distribution center in Menominee will help the company better service both existing and new customers more efficiently.

SpartanNash reported in its second quarter earnings report a significant growth in both revenue and EBITDA over last year’s results, thanks to continued efforts at improving productivity, reducing costs, strengthening its balance sheet, as well as rolling out an enhanced customer-focused go-to-market strategy.

SpartanNash strives to become the go-to wholesale and retail grocery distributor, so to meet that goal they have created various programs tailored specifically for their customers’ needs. These services include private label and exclusive brand offerings, merchandising support services and an impressive set of digital and ecommerce tools that can meet them there.

The company has pledged its investment in its people, customers and communities by offering benefits to employees and the local economy. These programs aim to foster employee engagement and foster an optimal work environment for all its stakeholders.

Upshop has also joined with this company to streamline inventory management. Utilizing real-time data, Upshop uses planogram optimization technology to ensure merchandise in warehouse and store is accurate and effective; as well as helping reduce waste while improving inventory accuracy and guest experience.


SuperValu is one of the leading public company grocery wholesale distributors and hard discount grocery retailers, operating 2,012 stores. Their supermarkets provide consumers with an expansive selection of food and household products such as organic produce, meat, dairy and essentials from organic growers; online ordering services as well as delivery are also provided through this retailer. In addition to these stores they also operate an expansive network of convenience and specialty stores across North America.

SuperValu can be traced back to Minnesota at the turn of the 19th century when several small wholesale grocers joined together and formed Winston & Newell. Winston & Newell became one of the earliest members of Independent Grocers Alliance (IGA), providing numerous services including food processing and packaging as well as preparation of local newspaper advertising and store planning assistance – it even supplied much of its merchandise sold within its stores!

Winston & Newell transformed independent retail grocery chains into “virtual” chains under names such as Super Valu and U-Save during World War II, eventually becoming the nation’s leading food wholesaler and expanding to include over 560 retail locations nationwide.

As SuperValu entered the 1990s, its wholesale business was growing, but competition from grocery store chains had taken away customers from them. To respond to this threat, SuperValu launched Advantage as an initiative in 1995 in order to revitalize retail operations and strengthen wholesale business.

This included creating a more customer-friendly credit card, streamlining its distribution system to reduce costs for retailers, and developing “market driving capabilities” that would increase sales for its retailers. Furthermore, the company began selling off underperforming retail stores.

SuperValu has made several significant acquisitions over the past year. These acquisitions include Unified Grocers – an established West Coast wholesaler; Market Centre, an Florida specialty distributor; and Associate Grocers of Florida which expanded SuperValu’s presence in Florida. SuperValu has continued its focus on strengthening wholesale business while using retail stores as “laboratories” to test improvement of overall company operations.

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