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BJ's Wholesale Club selects FoodLink platform to source fresh produce

FBR Staff Writer Published 16 May 2013

US-based BJ's Wholesale Club has selected FoodLink - a fresh food commerce and traceability platform, to assist in the sourcing and purchasing of fresh produce across BJ’s 15-state chain.

FoodLink connects the perishable goods supply chain from the farm to the customer with an online network representing more than 2,000 companies including growers, shippers, carriers, retail grocers and wholesalers.

The platform enables a true 'field to store' supply chain that helps reduce waste, improve freshness and enhance food safety.

BJ's Wholesale Club senior vice president, director of logistics Jeff Desroches said that produce is an increasingly important category for the club members, and the company is always looking for ways to provide high quality products at a value.

"FoodLink will help us improve supply chain visibility into market data and enable us to work closely with our suppliers to better meet the needs of our members," Desroches added.

Headquartered in Westborough, Massachusetts, BJ's is a leading operator of warehouse clubs in the eastern US. BJ's carries more than 7,000 items.

By placing all produce orders over FoodLink, BJ's adds a significant volume of business to a network that already includes all fresh food purchases by major retailers and wholesalers such as Ahold USA, C&S Wholesale Grocers, Associated Wholesale Grocers (AWG), Roundy's Supermarkets, among others.