Associated Wholesalers To Be Acquired by C&S Wholesale Grocers

C&S WholesaleAssociated Wholesalers, a regional cooperative food distributor, today announced that it has obtained Court approval for the acquisition of AWI by C&S Wholesale Grocers, the largest wholesale grocery supply company in the U.S. Under the terms of the approved agreement, C&S will purchase AWI and substantially all of its subsidiaries, including its White Rose distribution business. The Company expects to close the transaction in early November.

Matt Saunders, President and Chief Executive Officer of AWI said, “We are pleased to receive Court approval for the sale of AWI and White Rose to C&S. The auction process was robust and competitive and we believe that the winning bid from C&S is in the best interest of AWI and its stakeholders.   C&S shares AWI’s commitment to providing customers and independent stores great deals on products and on helping them grow their businesses.  AWI will further enhance C&S’s position as the leading wholesale grocery supply company and we look forward to completing the sale.  I would like to thank AWI and White Rose employees whose continued hard work and dedication enabled us to move through this process.”

Until the transaction closes, AWI and White Rose will continue to operate independently of C&S.  AWI and White Rose intend to continue operating in the ordinary course and to continue providing customers with the lowest cost goods and services.



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Christopher Durham

Christopher Durham is the president of My Private Brand and the co-founder of The Vertex Awards. He is a strategist, author, consultant and retailer who built brands at Delhaize-owned Food Lion, and lead strategy and brand development for Lowe’s Home Improvement. He has consulted with retailers around the world on their private brand portfolios including: Family Dollar, Petco, Staples, Office Depot, Best Buy, Metro (Canada), TLW (Taiwan) and Hola (Taiwan).

Durham has published five definitive books on private brands, including his first book, Fifty2: The My Private Brand Project. In 2017, he will debut his newest book, Vanguard: Vintage Originals, a visual tour of innovation and disruption in private brand going back to the mid-1800’s.
Dynamic in his presentation while down to earth and frank in his opinions, he has presented at numerous conferences, including FUSE, The Dieline Conference, Packaging that Sells, Omnishopper and PLMA’a annual trade show in Chicago.

Durham lives in Charlotte, NC with his wife, Laraine, and two daughters, Olivia and Sarah.