Jerry Garland, Associated Wholesale Grocers

2014 Power 50 Wholesalers: No. 4 Jerry Garland President and CEO Associated Wholesale Grocers Key Development: Adding new members in the Southeast when it acquired stores from Belle Foods. What’s Next: Continuing to seek growth opportunities to enhance all members.

Associated Wholesale Grocers just keeps growing.

Member growth has been a big part of AWG’s focus since Jerry Garland became president and CEO in 2009. “He’s really propelled the company forward,” one observer told SN. “He’s a very aggressive leader, and he certainly has been active in growing the company.”

The cooperative added 30 more stores in the Southeast last fall when it acquired 43  locations from Belle Foods,  Birmingham, Ala., to help boost distribution from its

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