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The History of Federated Foods

Federated began in 1900 when Smith Michael Flickinger opened his very first grocery store in Buffalo, New York. From this store, our first Red & White brand product (coffee) was born. As Flickinger continued to expand with Red & White stores across the country, the Voluntary Group System was born to serve the growing needs of independent grocers and wholesalers. In 1968, due to FDA label regulations, Red & White prompted a corporate name change to Federated Group.

Our company has developed quite a bit over the last 95+ years. Since Federated was founded in 1943, we've grown to serve hundreds of grocery stores, foodservice members and suppliers around the world.​

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