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Our Mission

Hoelting Food Service will continue to grow in bringing new and innovative ideas to our customer base while maintaining high standards and integrity with old- fashioned family tradition. We focus on long term personalized customer attention and relationships, making customers our lifetime business partners. Our customers always receive the detailed attention of doing business with a local independent distributor.


Our History


Hoelting Food Service began in 1925 as Hoelting Brothers Produce, when three brothers—Henry, John, and August Hoelting— bought out a produce wholesaler in Carlinville, Illinois. August past away shortly after, but Henry and John continued to grow their business.

In the mid-1930s, Hoelting Brothers Produce began supplying Fischer Grocery Company, who sold produce to Piggly Wiggly’s. John gave his share of the business to Henry in 1943. John’s son Joe took over the business from Henry in 1946.

In 1953, Jerald, another of John’s sons, took over the recently acquired Candioto Produce in Taylorsville, Illinois. In the mid-1970s, Jerald bought David H. Bender Produce in Decatur, Illinois, and changed the company’s name to J. Hoelting Produce. In 1979, J. Hoelting Produce sold the Taylorville location and moved the operation to Decatur. In the early 1980s, J. Hoelting Produce began diversifying the product mix to include dry, frozen, perishables, disposables, and janitorial items. Jerald retired in 1996 and sold the company to Bob Tipsword, an employee of 20 plus years. In 2005, J. Hoelting Produce became Hoelting Foodservice and two years later expanded the dry, cooler, and frozen facility. Today, the Tipsword family are all active in operating the business on a day-to-day basis.

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Based out of Decatur, Illinois, we service the Midwest and beyond. We stock more than 3,500 items, which are available for immediate delivery. We have the opportunity to get over 109,000 items via our new Dot Foods "Virtual Warehouse" program. Among the items we stock are fresh proteins, produce, dry goods, frozen goods, dairy, disposables, chemicals, and equipment and supply items. Hoelting Food sServices your choice for local, quality service with competitive pricing. We take great pride in our service levels, which extends from our warehouse, customer service, sales force, and drivers.

At Hoelting Food Services, we specialize in servicing the independent operator. We also provide superior service to a variety of other market segments, including concessionaires, caterer's, healthcare, institutions, churches, deli's, and national chains. If you are interested in learning more about Hoelting Food Service, please call us at 1-800-752-1083, or refer to our contact page for more information. Someone from our customer service or sales department will contact you promptly.