Associated Food Stores LLC has signed an agreement with New Hampshire-based C&S Wholesaler Grocers Inc to be its primary supplier. C&S will provide warehouse, transportation, and procurement services. Associated Food Stores licenses the names Associated, Compare, Met, Met Fresh, and Metropolitan City Markets to more than 350 independently owned and operated supermarkets.
“With the acquisition of the assets of our former supplier White Rose, C&S has demonstrated a strong commitment to servicing the New York metro market and the hundreds of independent stores we represent. We look forward to continuing to grow our business with C&S as our primary supplier,” said Bob Sigel, president of Associated Food Stores.
“C&S has admired Associated Food Stores and the impact it has had on the New York tri-state area for a long time, and we are delighted to have the opportunity to partner with this strong retail group to service the customers in this region,” said Rick Cohen, chairman and chief executive officer of C&S.
Associated Food Stores provides procurement, distribution, marketing, merchandising, advertising, and promotion services, as well as store financing.
Keene NH-based C&S is a leading US wholesale grocery supply company, supplying 5,000 independent supermarkets, chain stores, military bases, and institutions with more than 150,000 different products. Founded in 1918 as a supplier to independent grocery stores, C&S now services customers of all sizes, from independent retailers to large chains.