Top 10 Food Distributors

According to U.S. Industry and Trade Outlook, published by The McGraw-Hill Companies and the U.S. Department of Commerce/International Trade Administration, wholesale trade includes establishments that sell products to retailers, merchants, contractors and/or industrial, institutional and commercial users. Wholesale distribution firms, which sell both durable goods (furniture, office equipment, industrial supplies and other goods that can be used repeatedly) and nondurable goods (printing and writing paper, groceries, chemicals and periodicals), don’t sell to ultimate household consumers.

Three types of operations can perform the functions of wholesale trade: wholesale distributors; manufacturers’ sales branches and offices; and agents, brokers and commission agents. As a wholesale distributor, you will probably run an independently owned and operated firm that buys and sells products of which you have taken ownership. Generally, such operations are run from one or more warehouses where inventory goods are received and later shipped to customers.

Company City State Distribution Centers Phone
SYSCO Houston TX 125 (281) 584-1390
U.S. FOODSERVICE Columbia MD 100 1-847-720-8000
PERFORMANCE FOOD GROUP Richmond VA 25 (804) 484-7700
GORDON FOOD SERVICE Grand Rapids MI 12 (888) 437-3663
FOOD SERVICES OF AMERICA Seattle WA 11 (206) 933-5000
REINHART FOODSERVICE, INC. La Crosse WI 9 (800) 332-8170
SHAMROCK FOODS CO. Phoenix AZ 2 (602) 233-6400
MAINES PAPER & FOOD SERVICE, INC. Conklin NY 5 (607) 779-1200
BEN E. KEITH FOODS Fort Worth TX 6 (817) 759-6000
THE IJ COMPANY Knoxville TN 3 (865) 970-7800