A grocery store is a retail shop that is involved, primarily, in the sales of food, either fresh or preserved. Large grocery stores stocks a notable number of nonfood products such as: household items, and general merchandise. These stores do not manufacture food products; hence, they have distribution centers where these food products are supplied from and then sold to the final consumers.
A grocery distribution center is regarded as a warehouse where food products are stocked to be distributed to grocery stores and retail traders or directly to customers. A grocery distribution center is often built with refrigeration or air conditioning to ensure the preservation of perishable food products.
There are various grocery distributors strategically building distribution centers all around the country to ensure the conveying of food products to grocery stores and retailers is made simplified. Below are some companies with distribution centers:
- C&S wholesale grocers
- Wegmans food markets
- Ben E. Keith company
#1: C&S Wholesale Grocers: C&S wholesale grocers is an American wholesale distributor and was founded in 1918. The company is the largest wholesale grocery supply company in the United States. With over 50 distribution centers in 16 states and storage space of more than 15million square feet, they distribute about 140,000 different products such as candy, meat, dairy products, fresh bakery items, and also nonfood items to over 7,700 independent and major supermarkets, chain stores and institutions.
#2: Wegmans Food Markets: Wegmans food markets is a privately held American supermarket chain founded in 1916 in Rochester, New York. The company owns and operates a chain of grocery stores offering products such as baked goods, seafood, meat, health supplements, wines, herbal remedies, and pharmacy products. With 101 stores, Wegmans food markets plan to construct a new full-service, a regional distribution center in Ashland.
#3: SpartanNash: SpartanNash is an American food distributor and grocery store retailer supplying products and services to help independent grocery retail customers operate efficiently. The company owns and operates over 155 grocery supermarkets and is headquartered in Byron Center, Michigan. In terms of revenue, SpartanNash is the largest food distributor serving military commissaries and exchanges in the U.S.
#4: Ben E. Keith Company: Ben E. Keith Company is a distributor of food products and beverages throughout the United States and is founded in 1906. The company has its headquarter in Fort Worth, Texas, and is the largest private company in Dallas-Fort Worth. Ben E. Keith company distributes through its two operating divisions that is, the food and the beverage division. The food division supplies a full line of produce, meat, frozen foods, dry groceries, paper goods, and supplies to restaurants, schools, and other institutions. The beverage division sells Bud Ice, Bud Light, energy drinks, spirits, and wine.
With grocery distribution centers strategically situated across the country, the cost of getting a product delivered to its final destination can be reduced.