Need crackers in Caracas or vanilla in Manila? Grocers Supply Co. distributes groceries near and far. The company (not to be confused with fellow Texas distributor GSC Enterprises) supplies food, health and beauty items, household products, and school and office supplies to about 1,850 convenience stores and supermarkets, as well as 200 schools, within a 350-mile radius of Houston. The international division ships supplies to oil company operations, US embassies, and other customers around the world. Grocers Supply also owns Fiesta Mart, an operator of ethnic food and liquor stores in Texas. Grocers Supply was founded by Joe Levit in 1923; his family, led by president Max Levit, owns the company.
The Houston-based grocery wholesaler supplies independent grocery stores across much of Texas and as far north as Oklahoma City. Its international distribution arm, Grocers Supply International, ships food and household items to customers on every continent.
Grocers Supply Co's. export business supplies retailers worldwide with American food products. The company operates 15 distribution facilities and runs one of the nation's largest private fleets. Its retail grocery business, Latin-flavored Fiesta, operates about 60 supermarkets in the Houston, Dallas-Fort Worth, and Austin areas.
One of Houston's largest private companies, Grocers Supply Co. rang up about $3.2 billion in sales in 2011, down slightly from $3.3 billion in 2010.
To provide one-stop shopping for its wholesale customers, Grocers Supply Co. recently added general merchandise, including kitchen gadgets, pots and pans, shoe care products, and auto accessories to its offering. Previously, the company added fresh meats and health-and-beauty products.
Grocers Supply became a member of the private-label cooperative Topco Associates in 2010. Topco supplies it with dairy and bakery goods, health and beauty aids, general merchandise, pharmacy, processed meat, produce and floral, and fresh meat, among other goods and services. Private brands include Better Valu, Good Sense, Parade, and Paws Premium (for pets). – less