The Top Wholesale Grocery Wholesalers to the Supermarket and Convenience Store Industry
SuperValu – Sales from 1,607 corporate stores, encompassing 1,287 conventional supermarkets and 320 Save-A-Lots, account for 80% of total revenues. The company also licenses 858 Save-A-Lots and 31 Cub Foods stores
SUPERVALU® is a leader in the grocery retailing industry. We are a grocery and pharmacy company serving a wide range of customers in neighborhoods nationwide, through stores ranging from hard discount to traditional and premium grocery formats. SUPERVALU reaches millions of families with the products and services they need through owned, licensed, franchised and affiliated stores.
C&S Wholesale Grocers
C&S Wholesale Grocers – C&S supplies products to 10 Top 75 companies (A&P, Ahold USA, BJ’s, Big Y, Demoulas Market Basket, Kroger, Safeway, Save Mart, Supervalu-owned Shaw’s and Tops Markets) whose volume is reflected in the sales totals on this list for C&S and for each of those companies individually. C&S’ volume does not include retail sales from two of its subsidiaries: GU Family Markets, which operates 37 former Grand Union locations, and Southern Family Markets, which encompasses 42 supermarkets and 10 liquor stores.
C&S Wholesale Grocers of Keene, N.H. is the largest food wholesaler and according to Forbes magazine, the 10th largest privately held company in the United States. The company distributes food to supermarkets, retail stores and military bases across the country. Currently, C&S serves about 3,900 stores from more than 50 locations in 11 states.
Among our customers are many of America’s best known companies, including Stop & Shop, Giant of Carlisle, Giant of Landover, Shaw’s, Great Atlantic & Pacific Tea Co. (A&P), Ralphs, Safeway and Target.
Wakefern Food Corp
Wakefern Food Corp. – Wakefern supplies products to three Top 75 companies — Foodarama, Village Super Markets and Inserra Supermarke ts — and volume from those companies is reflected in the sales totals for Wakefern and for each of those retailers individually. Wakefern operates 28 corporate stores under the ShopRite banner and 31 under the PriceRite banner; it declined to indicate what percentage of total sales those stores do
Wakefern Food Corporation is the largest retailer-owned cooperative in the United States. Employing an innovative approach to wholesale business services, Wakefern focuses on helping the independent retailer compete in a big business world. Providing the tools entrepreneurs need to stay a step ahead of the competition, Wakefern’s wholesale client base benefits from the company’s extensive portfolio of services, including innovative technology, private label development, and best-in-class procurement practices.
Associated Wholesale Grocers
Associated Wholesale Grocers – Corporate stores at AWG account for 8% of total sales.
Associated Wholesale Grocers (AWG) is a retailer-owned cooperative serving over 1900 retail member stores with a complete assortment of grocery, fresh meat, fresh produce, specialty foods, health care, and general merchandise items.
Through an extensive distribution network and eight distribution centers, AWG and its subsidiaries deliver to over 2500 retail outlets in 24 states.
Nash Finch Co.
Nash Finch Co. – Corporate stores at Nash Finch account for 13.2% of total sales.
Originally established in 1885 and incorporated in 1921, Nash Finch Company, headquartered in Minneapolis, Minnesota, is the second largest publicly traded wholesale food distributor in the United States, in terms of revenue, serving the retail grocery industry and the military commissary and exchange systems. Annual sales are approximately $5.2 billion. The Company distributes food products and provides support services to a variety of retail formats including conventional supermarkets, military commissaries, multicultural stores and extreme value stores. Nash Finch Company’s core business, food distribution, serves independent retailers and military commissaries in 36 states, the District of Columbia, Europe, Cuba, Puerto Rico, the Azores and Egypt.
Unified Grocers – Sales total for Unified includes $900 million in volume from Associated Grocers, Seattle, which Unified acquired the day after its fiscal year ended.
•Location: Los Angeles
Having the right products in the right place at the right time is critical to ensuring success at retail. Unified’s category management programs help retailers find the optimal mix of products for their stores. We rely heavily on consumer insights gleaned from the trade areas around stores as well as category sales data to create schematics that meet consumer needs and drive sales. In addition to retail scan data and warehouse movement, we also use Nielsen, Spectra, SPINS, and other information.
Roundy’s Supermarkets – Headquartered in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, Roundy’s Supermarkets, Inc. is one of the Midwest’s oldest and largest grocers. The company owns and operates 154 retail grocery stores in Wisconsin and Minnesota under the Pick ‘n Save, Copps Food Center, and Rainbow Foods banners. In addition, Roundy’s operates three distribution centers, all in Wisconsin, including a 1.1 million square foot facility opened in April, 2005.
With historical roots in wholesale grocery, Roundy’s continues to supply a select group of independent retailers in the upper Midwest in addition to its company-owned stores. The Roundy’s private label brand encompasses more than 3,200 items and has been further enhanced by the opening of a new food processing plant in Kenosha, Wisconsin, in 2005. A company with annual revenue approaching $4 billion, Roundy’s employs more than 17,000 employees throughout its entire network.
United Natural Foods
United Natural Foods – UNFI is the leading independent national distributor of natural, organic and specialty foods and related products including nutritional supplements, personal care items and organic produce, in the United States. In addition to excellent distribution services, we provide a range of innovative, value-added services for our customers and suppliers, to foster mutual success and growth. Our services include marketing and promotional tools, merchandising, category management and store support services.
United Natural Foods
•Location: Dayville, Conn.
Our distribution operations are divided into six principal units: UNFI, Eastern Region; UNFI, Western Region; UNFI Canada; Albert’s Organics; Select Nutrition; and UNFI Specialty Distribution Services. In addition to distribution operations, UNFI’s divisions include Blue Marble Brands, the Natural Retail Group and Woodstock Farms Manufacturing. We distribute throughout the United States and to more than 40 other countries.