UW Grocers: Full-Line Grocery Wholesalers

UW Grocers – Retailer-owned grocery distributor in the Western United States. Formed as a result of the merger of Certified Grocers of California, Ltd. and United Grocers, Inc. Visit: http://www.uwgrocers.com


Unified Western Grocers, Inc. is the grocery company that resulted from the merger of United Grocers, Inc. Portland, Oregon and Certified Grocers of California, Ltd., Los Angeles in September of 1999. Unified Western Grocers is now, less than a decade after its creation, among the twenty largest grocery wholesalers in the United States of America. Before merging, both United Grocers, Inc. as well as Certified Grocers of California, Ltd. shared similar histories and showed progress and steady growth.

United Grocers, Inc. was formed in 1922 and seven decades later it had several different distribution centers. 1992 finds them expanding their most important one, the Portland Distribution Center. In 1995 United Grocers, Inc. acquire the Market Wholesale Company in Modesto, California and establish a part of their offices there as well as some warehouse spaces. The growing expansion forces United Grocers, Inc. to centralize their purchasing functions at the Portland facilities therefore giving the company added buying power in the marketplace and by the end of the twentieth century they had completed their strategic repositioning plan meant to strengthen the company.


Certified Grocers of California, Ltd. was created in 1915. In 1981 they find it necessary to create a subsidiary that would become an economical and convenient source of grocery for the small order buyers and thus the Grocers Specialty Company (GSC) subsidiary is formed. The Grocers Specialty Company also became a convenient and high quality supplier of health foods, ethnic foods, gourmet items and other special products that were previously available only through individual suppliers. The steady growth of Certified Grocers of California is continued in the late 1980s with the construction of the Stockton dry grocery distribution center, the opening of the Stockton refrigerated and frozen products warehouse and the opening of the Fresno general merchandise warehouse. 1996 marks the creation of the Single Point of Contact Customer Service Center (also known as SPOC) as well as the launch of the Apple Markets market program. By 1999 both United Grocers, Inc. as well as Certified Grocers of California, Ltd. were ready to merge and United Western Grocers, Inc. was created. After the national growth of Unified western Grocers there was a global growth to follow and now the company can pride itself with Unified International one of the largest providers of customer service and quality products in the grocery world.

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