C&S Wholesale Grocers has purchased the frozen service contract for Albertsons Cos.
As the frozen category continues on a hot trajectory – frozen food sales grew 21% in 2020, according to the most recent Power of Frozen report from the American Frozen Foods Institute and FMI, the Food Industry Association – C&S Wholesale Grocers, Inc. has purchased the frozen service contract for Albertsons Cos. from Burris Logistics. Following a definitive agreement reached earlier this year, the deal closed on July 18.
The move bolsters the wholesale grocery supplier’s collaboration with Albertsons, including a new relationship with Albertsons’ mid-Atlantic division, and tightens up the cold chain in an ever-evolving marketplace.
"We look forward to further strengthening our service in the important growing frozen segment and supporting the growth and continued success of our retail partner Albertsons. C&S is dedicated to remaining the industry leader by delivering exceptional value and service to our great retail partners," said Bob Palmer, CEO for C&S Wholesale Grocers.
Burris Logistics, for its part, will focus on its logistics, transportation and supply chain solutions. “Both Albertsons and our team members will benefit from C&S acquiring our Albertsons service contract. This will allow us to accelerate our growth as an end-to-end provider of high quality, customized supply chain solutions and e-commerce fulfillment offerings through Burris Logistics, Honor Foods, and Trinity Logistics," said Donnie Burris, CEO for Milford, Del.-based Burris Logistics.
C&S services customers of all sizes, supplying more than 7,700 independent supermarkets, chain stores, military bases and institutions with 137,000-plus products. The Keene, N.H.-based company is No. 16 on The PG 100, Progressive Grocer’s 2021 list of the top retailers of food and consumables in North America. Boise, Idaho-based Albertsons operates 2,277 retail stores with 1,725 pharmacies, 400 associated fuel centers, 22 dedicated distribution centers and 20 manufacturing facilities. Albertsons is No. 8 on The PG 100.