Rick Cohen, C&S Wholesale Grocers

2014 Power 50 Wholesalers: No. 2 Rick Cohen Chairman and CEO C&S Wholesale Grocers Key Development: Took over distribution for Piggly Wiggly Carolina. What’s Next: Continue growing the business.

Rick Cohen, CEO and chairman of C&S Wholesale Grocers, keeps his cards close to his chest.

“It’s the quietest $20 billion-plus business, not just in supermarket retail, but maybe in retailing period,” said Neil Stern, senior partner at McMillanDoolittle, Chicago, about the Keene, N.H.-based wholesaler.

Being quiet doesn’t prevent C&S from expanding its reach.

Earlier this fall C&S took over distribution for Piggly Wiggly Carolina’s 50 corporate and fran

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