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When Albert’s first opened it’s doors in 1982, the organic and natural foods industry was still quite young and our customer base was comprised of independent natural foods stores, co-ops, and buying clubs. This group was instrumental, not only in bringing quality food into communities across the country, but in playing a key role in communicating the benefits of organic food, and helping shoppers across the country understand exactly what the organic food movement was all about.
30 years later much has changed... and yet much remains the same. No doubt, organic and natural foods are more commonplace as the industry has grown and larger retailers have become involved. Even some convenience stores now carry selected organic items. What hasn’t changed, at least for Albert’s, is our commitment to those who have supported us from the very beginning.
Even as we have grown to be the largest wholesale distributor of fresh organic produce in the country, we remain focused and engaged with our original customer base - as we all pioneered and innovated many of the changes in the industry that we now simply take for granted.
Today, over 70% of our customer base is still comprised of small independent natural foods retailers, co-ops, and buying clubs. We have remained loyal to those who were there in the beginning, as you have remained loyal to us, and together we have literally changed the way people eat in this country.
Many of the premiere organic farmers in the industry today are growers that we have worked with from the very beginning. Many growers were able to convert their farms over to organic because they saw with Albert’s an opportunity to have their crops distributed nationally. And because of you, these growers are now able to enjoy nationwide distribution helping us to provide our customers with over 350 fresh produce items regularly and year round, and over 1800 SKU’s of meat, poultry, seafood, dairy, prepared foods, and grocery items.
Even though we are a national company with 7 distribution centers throughout the U.S., we tend to think of each distribution point as its own local center working with local and regional growers and becoming a part of the community where we are located. We have a very strong turn-key local program that retailers have implemented with great success, and this program has been around for years - long before locally raised product suddenly became all the rage.
As we look forward, we wish to continue supporting and working with our natural foods customers. We would also like to do everything we can to help you grow your business. To that end, we have created a plethora of educational, merchandising, and marketing tools that can not only help you sell your products, but also help you become a leading voice in your community on organic and natural foods. Take advantage of our resources. Become a leader!