Nash Finch & Co.

Nash Finch & Co supplies food products and support services to a variety of merchandising formats including extreme value stores, supermarkets, multicultural stores, and military commissaries. Their core business of food distribution serves military commissaries, and independent retailers in 36 states. They also serve the Azores, Cuba, the District of Columbia in the U.S., Egypt, Europe, and Puerto Rico.

About Nash Finch & Co

Nash Finch & Co has been in business for over 125 years. Fred Nash opened his first small store in Devil’s Lake, North Dakota back in 1885. His store was a success and within a year, he purchased a second store in Park River, and soon a third, again in Devil’s Lake.

The first opportunity for expansion really came in 1904, when the Nash brothers Edgar and Willis decided to buy a wholesale house, Minot Grocery Company. In 1912, the Nash brothers also purchased White Brothers & Crumb Company, which included vast orchards and ranches for fruit production. This purchase is what allowed them to enter into the business of growing, packing and shipping their own fruit.

Even now, the business is still growing and continuing to be innovative with their business decisions. For example, the first Family Fresh Market opened in Hudson, Wisconsin in 2008. This store features premium organic and natural products, service meat, and high-end produce. They also acquired three more distribution centers in 2009.

Brands

Our Family – this is an extensive line of high quality products.

Nash Brothers Trading Company – this line features organic, natural, and premium products. To produce these products the company utilizes sustainable and healthy farming practices. They also carry strict guidelines for their natural products.

Value Choice – this product line offers an economical alternative that is comparable to other regional products.

Our Family Labels for Learning – this is a program designed to help students in the region to receive additional funding for their schools. The UPC bar codes on certain products can be redeemed by the schools in the area for funds.

Stats

Annual Sales – by the end of the fiscal year 2010, the company reached $5.2 billion in total sales. That is $572 million in retail, $2,655 million in wholesale, and $1,985 million in military distributions.

States Serviced – Nash Finch & Co currently operates in eight states.

  • Colorado
  • Nebraska
  • Iowa
  • Ohio
  • Wisconsin
  • Minnesota
  • North Dakota
  • South Dakota

Stores

Currently the company has 54 stores total.

Community

Nash Finch & Co operates the NFC Foundation, which supports nonprofit organizations in the areas in which the associates of the company live and work. The foundation is most concerned with serving the hungry. Every month Nash Finch volunteers serve meals through Loaves & Fishes, which is a local hunger relief agency located in the Twin Cities, Minnesota. Another main focus of NFC is assisting organizations that provide shelter to homeless. The foundation also supports the Special Olympics of Minnesota and its Feeding Imagination program that has resulted in the donation of more than 115,000 K-6 books to schools and nonprofit organizations.

Banners: AVANZA, Buy ‘n Save, Econofoods, Sun Mart, Family Thrift Center, and Wholesale Food Outlet