KeHE Distributors plays a key role in getting food on grocery store shelves. It is a wholesale supplier of ethnic and gourmet foods, serving more than 33,000 food retailers across the US, Canada, Mexico, and the Caribbean. It distributes more than 60,000 items from 3,500 vendors and offers African-American, Asian, Latin American, Mediterranean, and kosher food products, as well as a wide variety of organic and natural food items. Additionally, the company provides e-commerce services through subsidiary Eye Level Solutions. The company's KeHE Direct unit provides online ordering services for its customers.
Peters Imports, a subsidiary of KeHE, is a B2B business which sells over 5,000 gourmet and specialty foods such as chocolate, confections, meat and cheese, pasta, and spices. Customers include owners of gift shops, florist, restaurants, and wine shops.
Another B2B business of KeHE's is The Source!, which sells over 10,000 vitamin, mineral, supplement, and personal care products to health practitioners, natural food retailers, and fitness and wellness centers.
The company supplies food retailers through its 12 warehouses (nine in the US and three in Canada), which are used to transport to retailers in Canada, Mexico, the Caribbean, Central and South American, and the US.
KeHE Distributors maintains a constant eye on expenses and is focused on improving efficiencies within its distribution operation. Like other wholesale distributors, the company's success depends on its ability to supply customers at a lower cost than its competitors. KeHE competes directly with suppliers in both the ethnic and gourmet foods segment, as well as with broadline grocery distributors.
In 2011 KeHE signed with Artisanal Brands to provide customers with free customized refrigerated cases to retailers that comes with over 16 retail cheeses from Artisanal. In exchange, retailers are committed to buy a monthly minimum of deli and dairy goods from KeHE.
Arthur Kehe founded the employee-owned company in 1952 in the basement of his home. – less