Nash Finch Company (Nasdaq: NAFC - news), a Minneapolis-based food retailer and distributor, today announced the company has earned the business of several significant new customers. These new accounts include conventional supermarkets, discount stores and military business, representing more than $120 million annualized.

Significant independent supermarket operators that recently selected NFC as the food distributor for their stores include:

Kuhn's Markets, a six-store supermarket retailer in the Pittsburgh, Pa., area.
Feist Stores, a seven-store supermarket retailer in South Dakota.
Remke's Markets, a seven-store supermarket retailer in the Cincinnati, Ohio, area.

Additionally, NFC has been awarded the following significant new business:

-- Ten former Fairway Foods customers recently chose NFC as their primary food distributor.

-- Procter & Gamble awarded NFC additional military supply business in Europe and North Carolina.

-- Shopko Stores, Inc., a discount chain with stores in 22 states, recently chose NFC to supply a new pantry format with an extended grocery presentation. Their first store opened in Lincoln, Neb., in April.

-- Gibson's, a 19-store discount chain based in Kansas, has entered into a supply agreement with NFC to provide grocery and related products.

"We are excited to attract these new customers due to our strong efficiency improvements, value-added services and first-rate food distribution network," stated Ron Marshall, president and CEO. "I want to welcome all of our new customers and appreciate their choosing Nash Finch Company as the best food distributor to service their needs."

Nash Finch Company is one of the largest food distribution companies in the country with $4.1 billion in annual sales. The company owns and operates a growing retail store base of 127 supermarkets, principally under the Econofoods, Sun Mart and Family Thrift Center trade names. Independent retailers and military commissaries in approximately 30 states are key customers of food and related products from Nash Finch. Further information is available on the company's Web site at