Food solutions company SpartanNash is expanding its distribution footprint with new operations from a new distribution center in Stockton, California. The company said the expansion enhances coast-to-coast supply chain capabilities, in addition to supporting the company’s environmental, social, and governance (ESG) priority to reduce fleet mileage and greenhouse gas emissions.
The 500,000-square-foot multi-temperature distribution center is expected to begin serving SpartanNash’s existing and new customers beginning in March.
According to the company, the new facility will help drive supply chain efficiencies, saving an estimated one million gallons of diesel annually and representing the equivalent of more than 100 tankers of gasoline, energy for more than 1,000 homes for one year, or more than 20,000 barrels of oil. It is the carbon sequestered by more than 150,000 tree seedlings grown for 10 years.
“Many of the national food retailers we distribute to are experiencing tremendous growth, which has been further propelled over the last two years due to COVID,” said SpartanNash President and CEO Tony Sarsam. “We are proud of the essential role that SpartanNash plays in the nation’s food supply chain. Having a West Coast presence allows us to provide faster, fresher, and more cost-effective deliveries to our customers so they can ensure their shoppers have access to the critical food and household supplies they need.”
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SpartanNash offers distribution in all 50 states, supplying 145 Company-owned grocery stores, more than 2,100 independent grocery retailers, and key national accounts that serve thousands of additional retail locations across the country.
“In the past year, we have made significant progress implementing our network optimization plan, and those efforts have already driven notable productivity improvements while also enabling us to better meet our customers’ evolving demands,” said SpartanNash Senior Vice President and Chief Supply Chain Officer Dave Petko. “The extension of our partnership with CPFD is another important step to ensure we have the right capacity in the right places and further enhances our operations and processes. In addition to enabling us to better serve our customers, our partnership with CPFD will positively impact the environment by augmenting our commitment to reducing our carbon emissions in 2022.”
The company owns 145 supermarkets, primarily under the banners of Family Fare, Martin’s Super Markets, D&W Fresh Market, VG’s Grocery, and Dan’s Supermarket, and shares its operational insights to drive solutions for SpartanNash food retail customers.
The new distribution center was executed through SpartanNash’s long-standing partnership with Coastal Pacific Food Distributors, Inc.
“Our partnership with SpartanNash goes back 25 years and is one we are very proud of,” said CPFD President and CEO Jeff King. “We have developed and provided supply chain solutions for customers in all channels of our food distribution, including a worldwide network for our military service members and their families based around the globe. We are incredibly excited to expand our partnership with SpartanNash to help bring necessary solutions for some of our country’s largest online and brick-and-mortar retail businesses that rely now more than ever on grocery items through our distribution channels. We look forward to the next 25 years of partnership.”