Wilson Farms has selected Buffalo-based Tripifoods as its new wholesale distributor, a move that is expected to create 60 unionized jobs.
The convenience store chain, which operates 198 locations under the Wilson Farms, Wilson Farms Xpress and Sugar Creek banners, since 2005 has been supplied by McLane, which is based in Texas and has operations in the Syracuse area.
"What Tripifoods brings to the table is a lot more flexibility in meeting our needs," said Paul Nanula, president and chief executive officer of Wilson Farms. He said the agreement is a multiyear deal, but declined to be more specific.
The transition to Tripifoods is expected to be completed early next year, said Joshua Gregory, a Wilson Farms spokesman.
Tripifoods provides distribution services in eight states, delivering food and nonfood products to more than 3,400 locations.
Richard Lipsitz Jr. of Teamsters Local 264 hailed the addition of local jobs through the new deal. "It's going to mean more jobs in the Buffalo market -- really good, solid union jobs," he said.
Wilson Farms was sold by Ahold in 2005. The new owners of the chain subsequently switched to McLane from C&S Wholesale Grocers, which had supplied the stores out of its warehouse in Lancaster.
Nanula said Tripifoods was a "close second" back when it made the switch to McLane. "We're going to be a big customer for Tripifoods," he said.