Irving’s Epic Sales Partners Launches Largest Independent Fresh Food Sales Agency in the U.S.

Epic Sales Partners has launched by unifying Premier Sales Solutions, Maher Marketing, Frontier Food Brokerage, and MPF Sales and Marketing into a single top "fresh food catalyst" with more than 35 years of experience as a group.

Premier Sales Solutions, Maher Marketing, Frontier Food Brokerage, and MPF Sales and Marketing have unified their operations and branding to become Irving-based Epic Sales Partners—a top “fresh food catalyst” for food manufacturers and retailers.

Epic Sales Partners brings together more than 35 years of experience as a group and is the largest independent, commonly owned and managed, food sales agent in the United States focused on providing grocery retailers with fresh food and consumer-relevant brands.

“Epic Sales Partners exists to help food retailers and manufacturers improve their go-to-market strategies,” David Huddle, president for Epic (Central), said in a statement. “We provide an intense focus on fresh food with integrated and impactful selling and retail solutions across multiple regions of the United States. Our streamlined approach ensures a consistent experience.”

Epic Sales Partners provides headquarters management, retail merchandising, sales administration, data analytics, retail technology, and other selling services for the fresh, specialty, natural, and organic departments, the company said.

It serves nearly 100 retailers on behalf of over 350 food manufacturers generating retail sales of $1 billion annually.

Increasing access to fresh food while reining in costs

Epic said it serves food manufacturers as a fresh-focused, sophisticated and 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 that are healthy and convenient.

Most sales agents are localized or siloed, Epic said, and grocery retailers and manufacturers are forced to work with multiple partners in order to meet their customers’ needs. That can result in a lack of overall strategy, reduced efficiency, and inconsistent retail store service, and it may unintentionally limit the potential growth of the companies, according to Epic.

“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,” Mark Wilhelm, president of Epic (West), said in a statement.

Focus on fresh and specialty foods

Grocery retailers continue to focus on and feature more fresh food and specialty product options. Research shows that the presence of a grocery store with quality fresh food can create healthier communities. That is why Epic Sales Partners is working with the top grocery retailers and manufacturers around the country to rethink fresh food and to listen to customer needs, offering them quality products at competitive prices.

“Epic is looking ahead to the future of fresh food for our nation,” Bart Thorne, president of Epic (East), said in a statement. “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.”

While headquartered in Irving, Epic has nine more sales offices across the United States.

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