Rutter's Forges Foodservice Partnership With US Foods

Published in CSP Daily News

Seeks to elevate menu to restaurant level, not be "constrained by convenience channel label"

YORK, Pa. -- Rutter's Farm Stores has entered into a three-year agreement with US Foods Inc., the nation's second-largest foodservice distributor, the retailer has announced.

Rutter's said it will tap US Foods' foodservice development specialists to improve on its foodservice program. Rutter's foodservice team will work with two chefs at US Foods to help stay ahead of industry trends and elevate the menu at Rutter's to the level of a restaurant and not be "constrained by the convenience channel label."

All 58 of Rutter's c-stores, located in central Pennsylvania, will be supplied by US Foods' distribution center located in Allentown, Pa.

With more than $21 billion in annual revenue, US Foods is the 10th largest private company in America. It has more than 250,000 customers, including independent and multi-unit restaurants, healthcare and hospitality entities, government and educational institutions. The company offers more than 350,000 products, including exclusive brands such as the Chef's Line, a time-saving, chef-inspired line of scratch-quality products, and Rykoff Sexton, a premium line of specialty ingredients sourced from around the world. The company employs approximately 25,000 people in more than 60 locations nationwide.

US Foods is based in Rosemont, Ill., and jointly owned by funds managed by Clayton, Dubilier & Rice Inc. and Kohlberg Kravis Roberts & Co.

As previously reported in CSP Daily News, Rutter's also announced a three-three-year agreement with Core-Mark, one of the largest supply-chain management companies in the convenience store industry.

York, Pa.-based Rutter's Farm Stores is a third-generation, family-owned business operating in central Pennsylvania with Scott Hartman as president and CEO, Todd Rutter as president of Rutter's Dairy and Tim Rutter as president of M&G Realty.