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Small Players, Big Opportunities
Midwest Distributors


Reinhart FoodService

HQ: LaCrosse, Wisconsin

Sales: $3.6B

Service areas: WI, IL, GA, OH, IA, MI, MN, KY, NE, TN, VA, MO, FL, MA, PA, VT

Reinhart, one of the largest privately held foodservice distribution companies, is owned by Reyes Holdings of Illinois. Through its affiliation with the Independent Marketing Alliance and recent acquisitions, its coverage areas extend well beyond the Midwest, where its roots were established more than 35 years ago. Nearly half of its business is done with multiunit operators.

Cash-Wa Distributing

HQ: Kearney, Nebraska

Sales: $343M

Service area: SD, NE

Cash-Wa was founded in 1934 as a candy and tobacco wholesaler and continues to have a robust convenience-store business. Cash-Wa is a member of the UniPro Foodservice Multi-Unit Group. It serves customers from three distribution centers. Twenty-one percent of its business is with multiunit chains; 39 percent of chain business is with quick serves. The company is expanding its headquarters’ distribution center with a 70,000-square-foot

Gordon Food Service

HQ: Grand Rapids, Michigan

Sales: $6.8B

Service areas: FL, IN, IL, KY, MI, MO, OH, PA, TN, WV, southern WI, parts of AL, AR, and MS and 9 locations in Canada

Gordon Food Service is the largest privately owned and operated broadline distributor in the U.S. and is in its 112th year of business. Gordon has 10 distribution centers in the U.S. and nine in Canada. An estimated 35 percent of sales are in Canada. The company operates 115 GFS Marketplace stores throughout the U.S. It is also a member of Markon and Distribution Market Advantage. National chains make up 35 percent of business, while local and regional chains account for 10 percent.

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