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MINNEAPOLIS - Grocery distributor Supervalu on Friday confirmed it now supplies 31 SuperTarget stores located in Texas, Oklahoma and Louisiana, making it the primary food supplier for all 102 SuperTarget stores. Target recently canceled a distribution deal with one of its former food suppliers, Fleming Cos., which in April filed for bankruptcy.
Minneapolis-based Supervalu supplies grocery, meat, deli, frozen, dairy, bakery, produce, and Archer Farms private label products to the SuperTarget stores.
A Target spokeswoman told Reuters the retailer moved its contract to Supervalu effective June 6. She said Fleming's Core-Mark division would, however, continue distributing candy to the 31 SuperTarget outlets in Texas, Louisiana and Oklahoma.
Target's deal with Fleming represented under 2 percent of Target's total store supply purchases, Cathy Wright added. The news of the contract cancellation coincided with an announcement by Fleming that it is exploring a possible sale of its grocery wholesale division.