C&S Wholesale Grocers

C&S Wholesale Grocers is one of the largest wholesale grocery supply companies in the US. It supplies more than 7,700 independent supermarkets, chain stores, military bases, and institutions with a portfolio of over 140,000 different products. It provides food and non-food items to customers, including produce, meat, dairy products, delicatessen products, fresh and frozen bakery items, health and beauty aids, candy and tobacco, with over 50 distribution centres across 16 US states.

Baseline assessment


Room for improvement


Room for improvement

Social inclusion

Room for improvement


Although providing some public disclosure, C&S Wholesale Grocers has significant room for improvement across the three dimensions. In the environment dimension, the company discloses data on food and packaging recycling but is yet to set time-bound targets to reduce food and packaging waste. Furthermore, no evidence was found of commitments in other key environmental areas, such as reducing GHG emissions, sustainably sourcing seafood products and high-risk commodities, minimising water use and improving animal welfare standards. As a large retailer, C&S Wholesale Grocers is well positioned to inform consumer choices on healthy and nutritious foods. However, no evidence was found of commitments to workforce nutrition, responsible marketing, clear labelling and improving the nutritional value of its products. Similarly, the company is yet to disclose relevant social inclusion commitments, such as eliminating child and forced labour, ensuring health and safety, promoting farmer productivity and paying a living wage.

Food and Agriculture Benchmark

The Food and Agriculture Benchmark will assess 350 keystone companies on the issues underpinning the food system transformation agenda. The benchmark’s aim is to stimulate companies to apply sustainable business practices throughout their operations as well as use their influence to encourage value chain partners to do the same. WBA has organised the food and agriculture value chain into six sub-sectors. These sub-sectors are also reflected in the methodology framework.

Food and agriculture revenue
USD 28,100,000,000
Major subsidiaries
Associated Wholesalers, Davidson Specialty Foods, Olean Wholesale Grocery, GU Markets
Consumer brands
Piggly Wiggly, Best Yet

Value chain sub-sectors

Other benchmarks

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