A nationwide natural food cooperative, INFRA has more than 236 members representing 385 stores in 40 states and the District of Columbia. The long-term National Supply Agreement builds on several regional agreements KeHE currently holds with INFRA, including the Midwest, Northeast and Southwest.
Brandon Barnholt, president and CEO of KeHE said, “INFRA and KeHE bring out the best in each other. Our cultures are similar, and we share a passion for healthy food and making a positive impact on the world. We are thrilled to expand our partnership with INFRA, and to serve their members across the country.”
INFRA’s president and CEO, Corinne Shindelar, has led the cooperative since its inception in 2005. She said of the agreement: “One thing that makes independent natural food retailers so special is their commitment to making our world a better place. Financial terms are always very important in these decisions, and ultimately, we are excited to have a partner who shares our values and vision. We are thrilled to focus our work with KeHE as our primary distribution partner nationwide.”
Naperville, Illinois-based KeHE provides natural, organic, specialty and fresh products to chain and independent retailers throughout North America. KeHE is an employee-owned, B Corp-certified company with more than 5,000 employees in the U.S. and Canada.
St. Paul, Minnesota-based INFRA is a purchasing cooperative owned and governed by natural and organic food retailers. It facilitates member collaboration with programs, tools, and in-person events to strengthen independents’ position in the marketplace.