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Gordon Food Service

For over 115 years, we’ve delivered the excellence, expertise, and quality products our customers need to design successful food operations and experiences. We’ve grown to become the largest family-operated broadline food service distributor in North America by upholding the same business approach since 1897—being passionately committed to the people we serve. We believe in the power of good food—to bring people together and make moments special. Every product, every order, and every decision we make is inspired by the people on the other side of the plate. We distribute to foodservice operators throughout the Midwest, Northeast, Southeast and Southwest regions of the U.S. and coast to coast in Canada. Our company also operates more than 170 Gordon Food Service Stores, which are open to the public and provide the benefits of restaurant-quality products and friendly, knowledgeable service. Gordon Food Service Stores do not charge a membership fee. Gordon Food Service Stores are the primary supplier for many small foodservice operators, including: restaurants, churches, daycare providers, caterers, event planners, and other small businesses. We offer a broad range of employment opportunities throughout our corporate offices, distribution centers, and retail stores. We have a strong commitment to our employees and foster an environment that promotes internal growth, training, and career development opportunities. Gordon Food Service is an Equal Opportunity Employer and does not discriminate against any person on the basis of age, sex, race, religion, national origin, disability, or veteran status.
Grand Rapids, Michigan
Food & Beverages
10,000+ employees
Founded 1897


Our purpose is to serve our customers with the highest quality foodservice products and services. We achieve this purpose through innovative systems and the spirit and integrity of our people.

Our Cornerstone Values are the principles that guide every interaction, and how we evaluate our performance and measure our success. 


Customer Is King


Philosophy of Sharing

War Room Mentality

Rewards for Performance

Everyone is Important

Networking Organization

Diversity & Inclusion

We embrace diversity and leverage inclusion because we believe it strengthens our workforce, maximizing our ability to serve our customers and be a leader in our industry.

At Gordon Food Service, our goal is to develop a community of leaders and employees alike that organically and enthusiastically influence with their D&I lens firmly in place.


We take care of you as if you were part of our family by providing benefits that give choice and flexibility for what matters most to you. We aim to deliver a competitive package that not only supports you but also your family. Benefits vary based on your employment status with the company.

Full-time employees are provided benefit options to support work-life and your need to take care of yourself and those close to you.

Part-time employees enjoy many company benefits including the retirement plan, profit sharing, company note program, paid holidays, work/life services, EAP, Care Partners, and discounts.


Ours is truly a people-focused culture, forged through camaraderie, teamwork, and inclusion. Our business model is one of servant leadership. We best serve the customer by serving with great care those who serve our customers. We are what we say we are. Be part of it.

We feel the culture when we work together, and when we serve together. As a team, we tackle our challenges, celebrate our successes, and have fun on the journey.


We strive to maintain a culture where all employees feel valued, respected and empowered to contribute, while providing a safe environment and opportunities to learn and grow.

Social impact

We understand that stewardship is a journey, not a destination. Our Annual Stewardship Report is a progress report - it holds us accountable and helps us strive to do more and do it better.   We focus our efforts in four areas: Sustainable Operations, Responsible Sourcing, Empowering People and Supporting Community. We’re committed to continuous improvement and responsible growth and are excited to share our progress in our 2019 Annual Stewardship Report.


We strive to minimize the environmental impact of our facilities and fleet, effectively utilize renewable resources, and minimize operational waste throughout our business.


We are proud to partner with suppliers who share our commitment to conducting business in a responsible manner and who offer a wide range of products and services that meet our high quality and safety standards.


We believe being in business is about more than making a profit. Caring for people and contributing to both local and international communities continues to be integral to who we are.

Opportunities at Gordon Food Service