Supervalu and The Fresh Market, Inc. today announced they have reached a long-term supply agreement for Supervalu to serve as a grocery wholesaler and distributor to The Fresh Market. Founded in 1982 and headquartered in Greensboro, North Carolina, The Fresh Market is a specialty retailer focused on providing delicious and healthy food and a high level of service to its customers.

“The Fresh Market is a terrific organization with a tremendous store base and a great consumer offering,” said Supervalu President and CEO Mark Gross. “The stores offer a great shopping experience. They are extremely well merchandised, meet customer demand with a keen focus on fresh, and provide a wonderful mix of traditional and specialty products. This is an excellent example of how our experience, strong distribution network and overall wholesale capabilities can serve larger grocery chains while also being flexible to the needs of specialty-focused retailers.”

“We are excited about this relationship with Supervalu,” said The Fresh Market President and CEO Rick Anicetti. “Supervalu’s experience in wholesale grocery and logistics capabilities aligns well with our strategic vision and will make them a valuable strategic partner for our future. This new relationship will be highly beneficial in enhancing our customer experience, with a focus on providing superior quality and freshness at a greater value.”

In its role as grocery wholesaler, Supervalu will supply The Fresh Market with traditional and signature grocery products across a range of categories including meat, deli, bakery, grocery, frozen foods and dairy. The parties intend for Supervalu to become The Fresh Market’s primary distributor upon the transition of The Fresh Market’s current distributor relationships. Supervalu anticipates it will begin serving some of The Fresh Market’s stores in the fall and will take on additional stores as the transition continues.

It should be interesting to see how this impacts The Fresh Market its private brand. They have done a great job of differentiating and creating compelling products that reinforce their positioning.

 

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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.