C & S Wholesale Grocers Inc.: Full-Line Grocery Wholesalers

C & S Wholesale Grocers Inc.- Offering wholesale food distribution to both grocery chains as well as large independent stores throughout the United States. Headquartered in Brattleboro, Vermont. Visit: http://www.cswg.com


About C&S Wholesale Grocers

For over 85 years, C&S has provided first-class warehousing & distribution services to our customers. In 2007, Forbes magazine ranked C&S the 10th largest privately held company in the nation. From over 70 warehouse facilities throughout the United States, C&S Associates serve some of the largest supermarket chains in the nation.

C&S Wholesale Grocers ensures fair grocery prices for retailers and consumers by:

Purchasing goods directly from the manufacturer.
Storing stock in vast, secure warehouse facilities.
Distributing products to independent grocery stores, supermarkets & military bases.
Passing on great savings to consumers assuring quality products at the best prices.
Grocery retailers prefer C&S as their grocery wholesaler and distributor because we deliver results quickly and efficiently. By making volume purchases, we negotiate the best savings for supermarkets and independent grocers who buy from us.

Growth

Staff of nearly 20,000 Associates
Over 70 locations in 12 states.
Storage space of over 18 million square feet
In 2007, Forbes magazine ranked C&S the 10th largest privately owned company

Headquarters – The C&S corporate headquarters is located in Keene, NH, just several hours of driving time northwest from Boston and NYC. The hundreds of corporate C&S associates in Keene have the unique opportunity to enjoy the benefits of small town life while being part of a multi-billion dollar corporation.

Customers

C&S is an innovative, fast-paced company that:

Offers wholesale food distribution to grocery chains and large independent food stores throughout the United States.
Provides 53,000 food and nonfood items to 5,000 corporate customers, including produce, meat, dairy products, delicatessen products, fresh/frozen bakery items, health and beauty aids, candy and tobacco.
Our customers include such food giants as:
Pathmark, Safeway, Giant Food Stores, Shaw’s, Stop and Shop, A&P Food Mart, Big Y Foods, BJ’s Warehouse, Great American, SavMart/Foodmax, Demoulas and independent store/supermarket owner/operators.


Main Contact Info:
C&S Wholesale Grocers
7 Corporate Drive
Keene, NH 03431
Phone: 603-354-7000

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C&S Wholesale Grocers

From Wikipedia

C&S Wholesale Grocers is a wholesale distributor of food and grocery store items. With headquarters in Keene, New Hampshire, C&S is the twelfth-largest privately held company in the United States, as listed in 2008 by Forbes.[1] As of November 2009[update], they are the eighth-largest such company.[2]. Subsidiaries include Birmingham, Alabama based Bruno’s, Food World, Piggly Wiggly and Southern Family Markets.

C&S provides 53,000 food and nonfood items to 5,000 retail locations, including produce, meat, dairy products, delicatessen products, fresh/frozen bakery items, health and beauty aids, candy and tobacco.

C&S customers include Bruno’s, Food World, Piggly Wiggly, Southern Family Markets, Pathmark, Safeway Inc., Food Giant Stores, Shaw’s Supermarkets, Stop & Shop, A&P Supermarkets, Target Corporation, Tops Markets LLC, BiLo Foods, P&C Foods, Quality Markets, Great American, SavMart/Foodmax, DeMoulas and independent store/supermarket owner/operators. Plans to close a facility in western New York are still unconfirmed.

Additional facts taken from the company’s public profile include:

Sales for 2007 were approximately $19.45 billion
Staff of over 20,000 associates
Since its founding as a single warehouse in Massachusetts, C&S has broadened to over 70 facilities in 12 states
Storage space of over 18,000,000 square feet (1,700,000 m2)

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Wholesale –  From Wikipedia

Wholesaling, jobbing, or distributing is defined as the sale of goods or merchandise to retailers, to industrial, commercial, institutional, or other professional business users, or to other wholesalers and related subordinated services.  In general, it is the sale of goods to anyone other than a standard consumer.

According to the United Nations Statistics Division, “wholesale” is the resale (sale without transformation) of new and used goods to retailers, to industrial, commercial, institutional or professional users, or to other wholesalers, or involves acting as an agent or broker in buying merchandise for, or selling merchandise to, such persons or companies. Wholesalers frequently physically assemble, sort and grade goods in large lots, break bulk, repack and redistribute in smaller lots.  While wholesalers of most products usually operate from independent premises, wholesale marketing for foodstuffs can take place at specific wholesale markets where all traders are congregated.

Traditionally wholesalers were closer to the markets they supplied than the source they got the products from.

However, with the advent of the internet and E-procurement there are an increasing number of wholesalers located nearer manufacturing bases in Mainland China, Taiwan and South East Asia like Chinavasion, Ownta, Salehoo and Modbom, many of which offer drop shipping services to companies and individuals.

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The World Union of Wholesale Markets

The World Union of Wholesale Markets (WUWM) is a non-profit association that engages in all fields and activities related to the promotion, development and international exchange of expertise and information on food markets.

WUWM provides information on the important role and activity of the food market sector to both the general public and public authorities, and through its membership facilitates the exchange of professional knowledge and expertise to all food market managers who wish to improve the construction, organisation and/or management of their markets. WUWM also serves as a valuable tool for those policy-makers committed to improving the food security and food distribution services provided within their city and country.

By developing close relationships with other relevant market associations as well as with local and national government bodies, and by pooling the varied expertise that exists within its membership, WUWM is able provide all authorities and organisations responsible for the establishment and management of food wholesale and retail markets with valuable advice and experience related to the business and challenges of food markets, as well as production markets or markets at point of origin.

WUWM is active in supporting and collaborating with relevant food initiatives and projects of international organisations such as the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) as well as ensuring national decision-makers have an expert arena for acquiring detailed market information and experience.

Current issues of importance include areas such as waste management; food security and fresh produce distribution, and the associated marketing and logistical challenges; European Union enlargement and EC Directives; fair trade; identifying and exploring the socio-economic benefits of food markets; optimising efficiency and profitability; and the future development opportunities for food markets.

WUWM pursues knowledge exchange through the organisation of conferences and specialised meetings, as well as by the collection and registration of data on wholesale and retail markets in differing countries and economic regions. The Union seeks to interact with other food industry professionals and expert bodies offering a liaison point for distributors, producers, wholesalers and suppliers, and provides the leading international platform for debate on fresh produce food market issues.

Originally established in 1958 as an associated organisation of the International Union of Local Authorities (IULA), WUWM became an autonomous association domiciled in The Netherlands in June 2003.

WUWM currently has around 200 members in 44 countries.  Membership benefits include increasd profile, information access, experience exchange and networking.