C&S Wholesale Grocers Inc has acquired FreshKO Produce Services Inc, based in Fresno CA. The addition of FreshKO and its 142 employees to the C&S family of companies is directly aligned with C&S’s commitment to expand its fresh and organic produce business and its continued emphasis on servicing independent retailers.
Founded in 2002 by Randal Shepherd and Manny Robles, who have each spent more than 35 years in the produce industry, FreshKO provides quality produce and customer support to approximately 650 customers throughout Central and Northern California. Renowned for its high level of service and end-to-end expertise in the produce business, FreshKO has been more than just a distribution company to its customers.
“FreshKO has built a highly successful service model that supports retailers in providing their customers with the best produce the region has to offer at competitive prices,” said Rick Cohen, C&S chairman and chief executive officer. “The FreshKO team’s deep customer relationships and level of expertise in this market make this partnership ideal.”
The business will continue to operate under the respected FreshKO brand as a wholly owned subsidiary of C&S Wholesale Grocers Inc.
Keene NH-based C&S Wholesale Grocers is the largest wholesale grocery supply company in the United States and an industry leader in supply chain innovation. Founded in 1918 as a supplier to independent grocery stores, the company now services customers of all sizes, supplying approximately 6,500 independent supermarkets, chain stores, military bases, and institutions with more than 170,000 different products.