Consumer Product Distributors helps convenience stores provide convenient services to their customers. The company, which operates as J. Polep Distribution Services, is a leading wholesale supplier serving more than 4,000 convenience retailers in New York, Pennsylvania, and the New England states. J. Polep distributes a variety of products, including cigarettes and other tobacco items, candy, dairy products, frozen foods, snack items, and general merchandise, as well as alcohol and other beverages. As part of its business, J. Polep provides merchandising, sales and marketing, and technology services. The family-owned company was founded as Polep Tobacco in 1898 by Charles Polep.
The distribution company serves chain and independent retailers in six New England states, as well as New York, and Pennsylvania. Its distribution centers are located in Massachusetts, Rhode Island, and Connecticut.
Consumer Product Distributors ranks as one of the nation's top 12 convenience store distributors. To support its operations, the company supplies customers with products through distribution centers located in Massachusetts (in Chicopee and Woburn), in Rhode Island (in Providence), and in Connecticut (in West Haven).
Mergers and Acquisitions
Company subsidiary Rachael's Food Corporation, based in Chicopee, Massachusetts, entered the meat manufacturing business in late 2012 when the company acquired 122-year-old family-owned Grote and Weigel, a hot dog and meat processor based in Bloomfield, Connecticut. Soon after, Rachael's Food Corporation also purchased family-owned meat processor Mucke's and transferred its operations to the Grote and Weigel unit. The 2012 purchases followed the company's acquisition of Springfield Smoked Fish. The food corporation's facilities are USDA-inspected and HACCP-certified. – less