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Associated Wholesale Grocers: Investing in Growth

Associated Wholesale Grocers, Inc. (AWG) is the nation’s largest cooperative food wholesaler to independently owned supermarkets, serving over 1,100 member companies and over 3,400 locations throughout 31 states from 9 full-line wholesale divisions. In addition to its cooperative wholesale operations, the company also operates subsidiary companies that provide certain real estate and supermarket development services, health and beauty care, general merchandise, pharmaceutical products, specialty foods, and natural and organic products. 

“For AWG to continue its success, we need areas like Greater St. Cloud to experience stable economic growth. We want to contribute to that growth and provide good-paying jobs with benefits to help community residents provide for their growing families.” shared Cassie Littman, Sr. HR Manager – Upper Midwest Division.

AWG is a cooperative wholesaler supplying independent grocery supermarkets. “We serve more than 3,400 stores throughout the Midwest, South, East, and now the upper Midwest. Being a co-op, the member-retailers are owners of AWG, and our profits are distributed to the members. We are proud to serve local supermarkets like Coborn’s.”

Values that Resonate

This growth will increase the collective strength of the cooperative and allow AWG to better deliver on its mission of “providing member-retailers all of the tools, products, and services they need to compete favorably in all markets served at the lowest possible cost.

“We’re new to the area, and we are excited to be a part of the community and to provide potential employees with opportunities to grow with us as we experience growth driven by AWG Core Values. These include:

  • HUMILITY – We encourage and expect genuine collaboration, involvement, and teamwork. We are active listeners that embrace member, employee, and vendor feedback to continuously strengthen our service to all.
  • ACCOUNTABILITY – Together, we are unyielding in delivering on our commitments and achieving results. Our employees are innovators and solution-oriented; empowered to exceed member expectations.
  • TRANSPARENCY – Our members, employees, and vendors clearly know our business practices, and we insist on honesty, openness, consistency, and completely ethical dealings, even when it’s difficult.
  • SERVING – Our passion is to serve and continually improve our level of support to members, employees, and vendor partners.”

Grocers for Growth

“AWG is still relatively new to the community. We want to be an active part of Greater St. Cloud and there’s no better way to be part of something than getting involved in initiatives like St.Cloud Shines. This area is growing, and we want to contribute to that growth.”

“Our company believes that we are families feeding families. We’re proud that our AWG family supports local member-retailer stores that are feeding families in the communities they serve. Member-retailers like Coborn’s – and many others – have served their local markets successfully for many years. AWG will support these member-retailers’ success by providing the lowest cost of goods possible.”