Quality Custom Distribution (QCD), part of the Golden State Foods (GSF) family of companies, has acquired four distribution centers from Dedicated Logistics Inc. (DPI) in Chicago, Indianapolis, Boston and Washington, D.C., as well as a satellite depot in St. Louis. This acquisition expands QCD’s national footprint to 30 locations across the U.S.
“This growth enables QCD to better service all of our customers by optimizing our total distribution network throughout the United States,” said Mark Wetterau, chairman and chief executive offcer, Golden State Foods. “We will continue to build upon the relationships established by DPI in the Midwest and Northeast, as we deepen our partnership with Starbucks’ operators and suppliers in these regions.”
Since its start in 2006, Frisco, Texas-based QCD has grown with Starbucks from just one route and a few stores in the Northwest to serving thousands of locations across the country. These acquisitions allow QCD to service an additional 2,100 Starbucks stores—more than 7,500 in total—across 20 states. Serving a variety of foodservice industry icons, QCD drives more than 35 million miles each year, distributing a half billion products and making more than a million deliveries annually from its distribution centers strategically located throughout the United States.
“With excellent customer collaboration and a dedicated team, all of us here at QCD strive to support Starbucks’ growth in the markets where they need us, and our growth is a reflection of their continued success and our longstanding partnership,” said QCD president Ryan Hammer. “As we go forward, we have the privilege of welcoming new associates to our QCD family and maintaining the highest standards with their valued expertise in the Midwest and Northeast markets.”
QCD’s new Midwest and Northeast locations collectively employ more than 600 associates, which increases GSF’s total associate count to more than 6,000 worldwide.