Top Privately-Held Food Brands, US


Gain a list of the top privately-held food brands in the United States, ranked by sales and distribution, with any available contact information included, in order to use for business development at Project Bionic.

Early Findings

As ranked by sales, we found that the following companies are top privately-held food brands in the United States; Cargill, Mars, Reyes Holdings, Southern Glazer's Wine & Spirits, Gordon Food Service, Republic National Distributing Company, and Perdue Farms.

We've provided details on each of these private companies in the following spreadsheet, for easy reference, as well as a brief summary below.


  • Cargill is an international producer and distributor of agricultural products such as sugar, refined oil, chocolate and turkey.
  • Mars has distribution and production in 80 countries globally. Brands under the Mars umbrella include M&Ms, Skittles, Snickers and Extra.
  • Reyes Holdings consists of Reyes Beer Division, The Martin-Brower Company, Reinhart Foodservice, Great Lakes Coca-Cola Bottling and Reyes Coca Cola Bottling.
  • Southern Glazer's Wine & Spirits is North America's largest wine and spirits distribution company. They have operations in 44 U.S. states, the District of Columbia, Canada and the Caribbean.
  • Gordon Food Service is North America's largest privately held food service distributor, and is family managed. They distribute in the Midwest, Northeast, Southeast, and Southwest United States and Canada, as well as operating over 175 Gordon Food Service Store locations in the U.S.
  • Republic National Distributing Company is the result of the merger of two food distributors, Republic Beverage and National Distributing Company, with brands under the umbrella including Banfi and Beam Suntory, as well as various wine, spirits and beer brands.
  • Perdue Farms sells chicken and turkey products to food retailers and food service companies. Their key operations are in the Eastern and Midwestern U.S. and they also export poultry products to over 70 foreign countries.

The attached spreadsheet also contains contact information, per your request.

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