Food Distribution

Food distributors face fierce competition, commodity purchasing risks, pricing pressures from their customers, and many other daily challenges that result in razor-thin margins. Fort Dearborn’s breadth and depth of experience in this sector has helped clients identify key strengths and weaknesses and implement profit improvements, ranging from laser-focused price increase strategies to improving pick and pack efficiencies, and more.

Fort Dearborn has worked with clients from some of the largest distributors in their respective markets, to smaller operations carving a niche in their space. Our clients have had distribution footprints that span North America or serve local markets and have distributed into all channels, including large format grocers, specialty stores, food-service, hospitality & amusement, convenience stores, restaurants, and food processors. 

Highlighted Engagements


distributor of convenience store merchandise and sundries


distributor of ethnic and specialty foods


Distributor of ethnic foods to food-service customers


Distributor of natural and organic, specialty and gourmet, international and multicultural products


distributor of convenience store and grocery store merchandise and sundries


distributor of broadline grocery foodservice products, packaging, and paper


Distributor into fresh perimeter departments of deli, meats and cheeses


distributor of branded food products


multi plant bakery of bread, buns and sweet goods


Distribution of food service and janitorial/sanitation products


candy manufacturer


importer and producer of meditteranean foods and meats for distribution


beef & chicken distributor to restaurants and food-service


Branded ethnic food distributor


fresh fish distributor


prime and choice grade beef processor


fresh fish processor & distributor


processor and distributor of fruit and vegetable products


local, regional, natural and artisanal foods distribution

Experienced Professionals

FDP News

Feb - 21

2020 Year in Review

Chicago, IL - Despite the rollercoaster ride that was 2020, we at FDP are proud to say that, thanks to our resilient and trusting clients, hard-working and talented staff,... Read More

Sep - 20

Fort Dearborn Advises Motor Distributor

Fort Dearborn Partners served as a financial advisor for the refinancing of a $3.5M Line of Credit and $2.2M mortgage for a $20 million Illinois-based motor distributor coming... Read More

Jul - 20

Fort Dearborn Advises Private High School

Chicago, IL - Fort Dearborn Partners is pleased to announce that we served as exclusive financial advisor to a private high school for the refinancing of $13,000,000 in... Read More