Irving, Texas-based Epic Sales Partners has been established to become the largest independent, commonly-owned and -managed food sales agent in the U.S., focused on providing grocery retailers with fresh food and consumer-relevant brands.
The company brings together more than 35 years of experience as “fresh food catalysts” by combining the Premier Sales Solutions, Maher Marketing, Frontier Food Brokerage and MPF Sales and Marketing teams.
The combined group serves food manufacturers as a fresh-focused, national-selling partner as retailers look for partners with solutions to address rising costs, supply chain challenges, increased retail store support needs and greater consumer demand for fresh food and specialty products.
“Epic Sales Partners exists to help food retailers and manufacturers improve their go-to market strategies,” said David Huddle, president for Epic – Central. “We provide an intense focus on fresh food with integrated and impactful selling and retail solutions across multiple regions of the U.S. Epic provides a streamlined approach that ensures a consistent experience.”
Grocery retailers and manufacturers are working with multiple partners in order to meet the needs of their customers. This can result in a lack of overall strategy, reduced efficiency, inconsistent retail store service and can unintentionally limit the potential growth of the companies.
“We work with the biggest and best grocery retailers and manufacturers. They trust us to bring the products and the expertise on how to drive distribution, enhance competitiveness and increase retail sales,” said Mark Wilhelm, president of Epic – West.
Research shows that the presence of a grocery store with quality fresh food can create healthier communities. Epic Sales Partners is working with grocery retailers and manufacturers around the country to rethink fresh food and listen to customer needs, offering them quality products at competitive prices.
“Epic is looking ahead to the future of fresh food for our nation,” said Bart Thorne, president of Epic – East. “Consumers are buying more fresh and specialty foods and smart retailers and manufacturers are investing in this evolution. Epic is the sales agency best equipped to support this trend.”
Epic Sales Partners Inc. provides headquarter management, retail merchandising, sales administration, data analytics, retail technology and other selling services for the fresh, specialty, natural and organic departments. Epic serves around 100 retailers on behalf of more than 350 food manufacturers, generating retail sales of $1 billion annually.