What Are Some Wholesale Grocery Distributors?


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Some of the biggest wholesale grocery distributors include SpartanNash, Unified Grocers and Associated Wholesale Grocers. Additional grocery supplier listings are available in the supplier directory published by the Progressive Grocer.

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SpartanNash is a publicly traded, wholesale grocery distributor serving 44 states from Montana to Georgia. SpartanNash is the nation's largest grocery supplier of military commissaries and exchanges. SpartanNash was formed by the 2013 merger of Spartan Stores and Nash Finch Co. The combined skill sets of the resulting company provide consumers with the benefits of economic scaling along with an understanding of local independent food markets.

Unified Grocers is a wholesale grocery distributor that is also the largest retailer-owned grocery cooperative in the western United States. Member retailers pool their resources through Unified to gain broad product selection and low wholesale pricing. Unified also provides professional training and advice for member stores on topics such as store layout, retail pricing and point-of-sale systems. Associated Wholesale Grocers is another retailer-owned cooperative. AWG focuses its operations in the Midwest and, as of June 2015, has extended services to 30 states.

The Progressive Grocer is a grocery industry publication that provides information in print and online about grocery wholesale suppliers and other grocery industry news and resources. The magazine publishes a supplier directory with contact information for suppliers of groceries and store equipment.

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