The Cooperative

Since our founding in 1946, Wakefern has provided its cooperative members with exceptional services and outstanding value, building trust and loyalty among the retail entities it serves. Our mission statement — Helping Small Business Succeed in a Big Business World® — means providing entrepreneurs and independent retailers with the necessary tools to thrive in a competitive market. This goal is especially vital to the independent grocer as it becomes increasingly difficult to compete with multinational chains.

Members of the Wakefern cooperative benefit from the company’s purchasing power of more than $10 billion and unmatched support services, including:


From supplying virtually everything in center store, from general merchandise to beauty aids, along with produce, frozen foods, meats, and dairy – Wakefern continuously scales its business and emphasizes teamwork to provide outstanding service that enables its wholesale customers to deliver constant value to consumers.

Wholesale customers benefit from a wide range of capabilities offered through Wakefern, including:

  • Transportation
  • Quality assurance
  • Category management
  • Merchandising support services
  • Store development
  • Technical support

For more information on Wakefern’s wholesale services, please contact the Wholesale division at (732) 491-4705.