January 8, 2018
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WHY: Leads OC’s second-largest private company with about $7 billion annual sales; services 120,000 restaurants in 40 countries—McDonald’s, Chipotle, Starbucks, Chick-fil-A, Wendy’s and others. Go-to QSR/retail/convenient store foodstuffs manufacturer and distributor for 100-plus companies.
Leads, owns, largest food co., 2nd largest private company, in OC … $7B sales, 7K workers … sells meat, dairy, sauces, to McDonald’s Corp., Starbucks, Chipotle (see Brian Niccol), others … has $1B unit, QCD, growing with non-McD’s clients (see Ryan Hammer) … firm runs fleet of trucks … Wetterau family big: food, charity work, for generations … Oct. 2018 in talks to sell some distribution centers serving McD’s … Business Journal OC 50
Golden State Foods Corp. in Irvine said it’s talking with Rosemont, Ill.-based McDonald’s distribution and logistics firm Martin-Brower LLC to sell some distribution centers serving the Golden Arches and reinvest the proceeds to diversify operations.
Sells meat, dairy, produce to major food service cos., including McDonald’s Corp. … also logistics, trucking … $7B revenue, 7K workers … largest OC-based food distributor … second-largest OC private co. after Pacific Life … his hero-role model: father, Ted … his dog, Bodie, half black Lab, half German Shepherd … backs Second Harvest Food Bank, GSF Foundation … passion: ‘my family’ … three success words: ‘people, people, people’