Photograph courtesy of Core-Mark
WESTLAKE, Texas – In an effort to improve its reach to its more than 41,000 retailers in North America, Core-Mark International is partnering with take-out supplier Fresh & Ready Foods.
Under the exclusive agreement, Core-Mark, which supplies fresh, frozen and chilled merchandise to convenience stores, will offer its customers Fresh & Ready sandwiches, salads, wraps, snacks and more.
Items will be prepared in Fresh & Ready commercial kitchens and processing facilities in California, Illinois and Texas. Core-Mark will use the newly installed refrigerated infrastructure at its regional redistribution facilities to optimize the freshness and shelf life of Fresh & Ready products.
“Core-Mark is committed to being the undisputed industry leader in providing modern and relevant fresh food solutions to the convenience retail channel,” said Chris Murray, executive vice president of marketing. “We know that two-thirds of American consumers would buy their favorite convenience store more often if it offered quality, fresh food.–and our customers recognize it too. Our partnership with Fresh & Ready Foods–a premier supplier – allows Core-Mark customers exclusive access to a leading US fresh food manufacturer.
The partnership will unfold in phases throughout 2021, starting with the western United States. All Core-Mark regions plan to offer Fresh & Ready products by the end of the year.
The partnership will provide both companies with significant growth opportunities in the convenience store market, which has seen increased consumer demand for high-quality, fresh food in recent years, said Scott Jacobson, CEO of Fresh & Ready.
“As interest in fresh produce for convenience has grown, we have been eager to forge an alliance with a like-minded organization in this industry,” said Jacobson. “We have found such a partner in Core-Mark and look forward to a long and mutually productive relationship in bringing fresh, high quality food to this market. “
Core-Mark also recently entered into a five-year supply agreement to continue serving as the primary wholesale distributor for Murphy USA, based in El Dorado, Ark., Delivering more than 75% of the merchandise sold to its convenience stores.
For more than 25 years, Fresh & Ready, based in San Fernando, California, has prepared and distributed a full line of fresh food products. It has operating facilities in San Francisco, San Fernando, Las Vegas, Dallas, Franklin Park, Ill., And Schiller Park, Ill.
Core-Mark, based in Westlake, TX, is a leading distributor of fresh food and wide-range sourcing solutions for the convenience retail industry in North America. Founded in 1888, it offers a range of products, marketing programs and technological solutions at approximately 41,000 customer sites in the United States and Canada through 32 distribution centers. Core-Mark serves traditional convenience stores, grocery stores, drug stores, liquor and specialty stores and other stores that sell convenience products.
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