TEMPLE, Texas– McLane Company, Inc., a leading supply chain services company providing grocery and foodservice supply chain solutions, announced that McLane Foodservice and Popeyes Louisiana Kitchen have mutually agreed to end their restaurant distribution relationship, effective July 2019.
McLane has been supplying the southern California, Arizona and southern Nevada geographies for Popeyes Louisiana Kitchen restaurants. While both entities appreciate their long-term relationship, each company believes this move will best serve its financial and operational needs in these geographic markets.
Despite this aspect of their relationship coming to an end, McLane will continue to play a part in Popeyes’ supply chain. KINEXO, a subsidiary of McLane that provides innovative supply chain solutions to respected brands in the foodservice industry, will continue to serve as Popeyes’ exclusive redistribution partner nationwide for numerous items from multiple suppliers used or sold in their restaurant outlets. Additionally, McLane will continue to serve as a primary distributor to Burger King, which along with Popeyes, is owned by Restaurant Brands International.
McLane Company, Inc. is one of the largest supply chain services leaders, providing grocery and foodservice supply chain solutions for convenience stores, mass merchants, drug stores and chain restaurants throughout the United States. McLane, through McLane Grocery and McLane Foodservice, operates over 80 distribution centers across the U.S. and one of the nation’s largest private fleets. The company buys, sells and delivers more than 50,000 different consumer products to nearly 110,000 locations across the U.S. In addition, McLane provides alcoholic beverage distribution through its wholly owned subsidiary, Empire Distributors, Inc. McLane is a wholly owned unit of Berkshire Hathaway Inc. (NYSE: BRK) and employs more than 20,000 teammates.
KINEXO is the premier provider of innovative supply chain solutions in North America and services some of the most well-known and respected brands in the foodservice, retail, hospitality and healthcare industries. KINEXO creates value for its customers and trading partners by implementing data-driven freight management, redistribution and supply chain engineering solutions customized to meet their needs. Using the industry’s most advanced technology, as well as an experienced team of network engineers, strategists, analysts and operations managers, KINEXO provides forward-thinking solutions that bring logistics and supply chain functions together for customer ease and increased profitability.
About Popeyes Louisiana Kitchen
Founded in New Orleans in 1972, Popeyes has more than 40 years of history and culinary tradition. Popeyes distinguishes itself with a unique New Orleans style menu featuring spicy chicken, chicken tenders, fried shrimp and other regional items. The chain’s passion for its Louisiana heritage and flavorful authentic food has allowed Popeyes to become one of the world’s largest quick service restaurant chicken concepts with over 2,600 restaurants in the U.S. and around the world.