Distribute Your Harvest with Us

The Co-op Partners Warehouse team is your partner in distributing your produce and product throughout the Midwest. We are committed to helping support and grow your business through our dependable service and expert guidance. We love and believe in great food, so you know your product is in good hands.

 
 

Bountiful Benefits

  • 7 state distribution area to restaurants, retailers and educational institutions

  • We do the leg work for you, sharing your product throughout the Midwest.

  • We believe in your product and will help it grow the best we can with marketing support (sell sheets, e-newsletters, catalog)

  • Join the best of the best. Currently we source from over 30 local farms, like: Featherstone Fruits & Vegetables (Rushford, MN), Harmony Valley Farms (Viroqua, WI), Driftless Organics (Soldiers Grove, WI), Keewaydin Organics (Viola, WI)
    View a list of the farms we source from >

Our Regional Reach

  • CPW distributes to some of the largest co-ops and natural food stores in the region, as well as some of the best restaurants who care deeply about sourcing and quality. By working with us, we’re able to distribute your produce into the hands of people like...

Linden Hills and Wedge Community Co-op (3 locations)
Seward Co-op (2 locations)
Mississippi Market (3 locations)
Lakewinds Co-op (3 locations)
Outpost Co-op (4 locations)
Agra Culture
Truce Juice
Birchwood Cafe
The Bachelor Farmer
Alma

Cross-docking

Not able to distribute with us? Consider our cross-docking opportunities. Find out more.

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 Rick Christianson, CPW Produce Guru and Buyer

Rick Christianson, CPW Produce Guru and Buyer

Contact Rick, Produce Buyer, for more information.

direct: 651-242-5152
email: rick@cpw.coop

Get to know Rick:

How many years have you been a produce buyer? Yikes, 28 years of experience as a buyer, 40 years total (including other roles) with co-op distributors. 

What makes working for CPW unique or special? We have a very unique, farmer friendly, truly alternative distribution system that CPW helped initiate and continues to develop. I see our mandate as both serving the retailers and food-service customers with great food AND serving conscientious farmers in innovative ways that benefit both. We partner with regional farmers and provide a means to market their product that includes, but also goes well beyond the usual “buy and resell” function of a traditional wholesaler. My job is to get the best produce from the best local farmers and farms a long ways away, and to make sure that the relationships are respectful and sustainable in all directions.

What are the most satisfying things about your role in the produce industry? When I take a step back from the circus that organic produce seems to put on every day, it is very gratifying to see the remarkable system that we have created for local farms. I am grateful that I had a chance to do what I could to make it happen. I think that being a stable, dependable player in the game has had a positive impact for small farms that I deal with, both regionally and beyond.

 

 
There’s just no way to overstate how completely unique and vital this warehouse is in providing a national model for food system change. And in particular, how the clear-eyed vision of CPW Produce Buyer Rick Christianson has led this industry forward for three decades, locally, regionally and even nationally. Rick’s steadfast commitment to seek out, develop and nurture long-term relationships with small and medium-sized family farmers from all parts of the country, has been a total inspiration to me and to so many others.
— Jack Hedin, founder and owner of Featherstone Farm
I often think of how critical our CPW driver, sales team and warehouse staff is to our community. Without every single person involved in the supply chain Marquette’s food landscape would be drastically different. We both appreciate and rely upon CPW to provide our community with the healthy food that is often so difficult to get in our far northern region.
Our sales representative is incredible. She is so personable, accommodating and friendly, it reminds me of a farmer to consumer connection. She really helps us feel connected to CPW and the food.
— Byron Fischer, Lead Produce Buyer at Marquette Food Co-op’s