KeHE Distributors said last week that it has completed a national secondary distribution agreement with National Co+Op Grocers (NCG) on behalf of its 147 member retail food co-ops. The supplementary supply agreement fortifies NCG’s supply chain capability and provides its members with an alternate source for natural, organic, specialty and fresh products.
“Our partnership with KeHE will support new growth opportunities for our members and secure an alternative source of supply to support high in-stock levels,” said C.E. Pugh, CEO of Iowa City, Iowa-based NCG. “KeHE has demonstrated the ability to enable independent natural retailers of all sizes to thrive and grow, and our members are excited to have access to KeHE’s support and portfolio of unique, innovative and regional items.”
Brandon Barnholt, CEO of Naperville, Ill.-based KeHE Distributors added, “Since its founding 21 years ago, NCG has been a pioneer in the natural food industry and a leader in natural food retailing. Our companies are both B Corps and share many of the same values, including a commitment to serve customers and feed communities across the nation. We are honored NCG has chosen KeHE to help them build on their success."