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Suppliers & Relevant Trade Associations


Grocery Wholesalers
Associated Wholesale Grocers Logo 

Associated Wholesale Grocers (AWG):  AWG is the nation's largest cooperative food wholesaler to independently owned supermarkets, serving over 1,100 member companies and over 3,000 locations throughout 28 states from 8 full-line wholesale divisions.

Several AWG warehouses distribute to Kansas stores including the following locations:

  • Kansas City, KS
  • Norfolk, NE
  • Oklahoma City, OK
  • Springfield, MO


         Affiliated Foods Amarillo Promotes Three

Affiliated Foods, Inc. - Amarillo, TX:  Affiliated Foods is a leading wholesale distribution cooperative that supplies grocery stores and restaurants in about a half a dozen states, including Texas, New Mexico, Oklahoma and Kansas.

Affiliated Foods distributes to stores in the Southwest and South-Central regions of Kansas.


 Nash Finch 

Spartan Nash: SpartanNash is a value-added wholesale grocery distributor — supplying more than 2,100 independent grocery retail locations throughout the United States — as well as a grocery retailer, with more than 155 company-owned stores in nine states.

Their Omaha, NE location distributes to stores in Northeast and North-Central regions of Kansas.


Convenience store distributors 
Cash-Wa Distributing - 401 West 4<sup>th</sup> Street, Nebraska 68845

Cash-Wa Distributing: Cash-Wa Distributing is a family-owned company with three distribution centers in Nebraska, South Dakota and North Dakota, a modern fleet of trucks and trailers, several sales offices within the 11 Great Plain States plus Cash & Carry stores. Cash-Wa is the 18th largest Broadline Foodservice Distributor in the nation, have an inventory of over 20,000 SKUs and deliver in all or part of the 11 states.

Cash-Wa's facility in Kearney, NE distributes to northern Kansas stores.

 EVCO Wholesale Food Corp.

EVCO Wholesale Food Corporation: Kansas' largest family owned and operated foodservice distribution company, EVCO proudly serves restaurants, schools, healthcare facilities....Everyone involved in the foodservice industry, with quality products and quality services.  Based in Emporia, KS.

 F&A Food Sales Inc. Logo F & A  Food Sales, Inc.: Provides distribution services to restaurants, schools, health care, state institutions and prisons, grocery and convenience stores, drug stores and more.
 St. Joe Distributing St. Joe Distributing is a full service convenience store supplier with additional line of groceries, concessions, and food service.
Natural and organic distributors 
 Azure Standard

Azure Standard: Azure Standard specializes in natural, organic, earth-friendly foods and products. It delivers directly to customers, buying clubs and retailers by semi truck and UPS.

Dutch Valley Foods

Dutch Valley Foods is a wholesale food distributor specializing in bulk foods to service country stores, bulk food stores, bakeries, farmers' markets, roadside stands, supermarkets, and the gift basket industry.

 KeHE Announces National Partnership Agreement With INFRA | Vending Market  WatchKeHe Distributors LLC: KeHE is an employee-owned company that distributes natural & organic, specialty and fresh products to retailers across the U.S. and Canada.  Kehe's distribution centers in Dallas, TX and Aurora, CO serve Kansas stores.

UNFI is a grocery industry leader and is known for being the premier wholesale food & meat distributor of wholesale bulk   food & products.  

Kansas Local Foods 
From the Land of KansasFrom the Land of Kansas™: Connects food producers, food businesses, farmers markets, and consumers in Kansas.



Relevant Grocery Trade Associations
Each of these associations have a membership component and they also a provide relevant education and training.  Whether you are a member or not, it can be helpful to keep an eye out on the information that these organizations are sharing. 
National Grocers Association
The National Grocers Association (NGA) is the national trade association representing the retail and wholesale grocers that comprise the independent sector of the food distribution industry.
Independent Grocer Association 
The Independent Grocer Association (IGA) is the national trade association representing the retail and wholesale grocers that comprise the independent sector of the food distribution industry.  
National Retail Federation
The National Retail Federation (NRF) is the world’s largest retail trade association. Every day, NRF stands up for, celebrates, educates and inspires the people who power the retail industry.


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