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Supplier Diversity

Schnucks has been serving customers for more than 80 years, growing from a single, small confectionery to a leading regional supermarket chain. We still follow the same values we have since 1939: Friendliness, Service, Quality, Variety, Value, Integrity and Innovation. We started small, and we want to support small, diverse and local suppliers.

We launched a formal Supplier Diversity program in November 2020 in our efforts to better reflect the communities we serve, to promote opportunity and innovation, and to stimulate local economies.

"By aligning with diverse suppliers, we are strengthening both our business and our communities," said Todd Schnuck, Chairman and CEO. "We believe that this investment not only supports our diversity, equity and inclusion strategy, but it also enhances product offerings for our customers and bolsters our ability to do business in an ever-changing environment."

At Schnucks, we believe in nourishing people’s lives. We are committed to making a difference in the communities we serve, and to improving the lives of our teammates and customers. Through our Midwest family values, we celebrate diversity.

Shop through Instacart for your favorite products from diverse-owned suppliers.

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Certifications & Organizations

Schnucks strongly encourages all diverse vendors to get 3rd-party diverse-owned certifications. As many companies are starting supplier diversity programs, a 3rd-party certification provides proof that a company meets the requirements for classification as a diverse-owned business, and is helpful in getting visibility for the company. Diverse certifications can be issued at the federal, state or local level. The national organizations below also issue diversity certifications. If your diverse business is not 3rd-party certified, please reach out to one of the organizations listed below, or research diversity certification at the state level.

Disability:INhttps://disabilityin.org/what-we-do/supplier-diversity/get-certified/DOBEDisability-Owned Business EnterpriseCertifies disability-owned business enterprises, including service-disabled and veteran disability-owned businesses
Disability:INhttps://disabilityin.org/what-we-do/supplier-diversity/get-certified/SDV-DOBEService-Disabled Veteran Disability-Owned Business Enterprise51 percent owned, controlled, operated, and managed by a veteran, who sustained their disability during their time of service
Disability:INhttps://disabilityin.org/what-we-do/supplier-diversity/get-certified/V-DOBEVeteran Disability-Owned Business Enterprise51 percent owned, controlled, operated, and managed by a veteran, but disability was not incurred during their time of service
NaVOBAhttps://navoba.org/certification/SDVBEService-Disabled Veteran’s Business Enterprise
NaVOBAhttps://navoba.org/certification/VBEVeteran’s Business Enterprise
NVBDChttps://nvbdc.org/certification-landing-page/VOBVeteran-owned business
NGLCChttps://www.nglcc.org/get-certifiedNGLCC certifiedNational Gay & Lesbian Chamber of Commerce
NMSDChttps://nmsdc.org/mbes/mbe-certification/MBE CertifiedMinority Business EnterpriseMid-States Minority Supplier Development Council (Mid-States MSDC) is 1 of 23 regional affiliates of NMSDC
WBENChttps://www.wbenc.org/certification/WBEWomen Business EnterpriseAffiliate partner of NAWBO (National Association of Women Business Owners)
SBAhttps://beta.certify.sba.gov/WOSBWoman-owned Small Business51% Woman-owned and managed or owned and managed by socially and economically disadvantaged women
USPAACChttps://uspaacc.com/certification/asian-minority-businessesUSPAACCUS Pan Asian American Chamber of Commerce

Who Qualifies?

Our Supplier Diversity program focuses on businesses that are third-party certified as at least 51% owned, operated and managed by an individual or group that is a US citizen or permanent legal US resident, and fits in one or more of the categories below. In the case of a publicly owned business, at least 51% of the stock must be owned by one or more diverse owners that is a US citizen or permanent legal US resident, and fits in one or more of the categories below:

  • Disabled Person
  • LGBT Person
  • African American, Asian American, Hispanic/Latin American or Native American
  • U.S. Military Veteran
  • Woman

What is a MBE?

If you are chosen as a supplier for Schnucks, you will be required to verify your diversification status during your online registration process by filling out this form.

Find out more about becoming a supplier for Schnucks on our Supplier Central page.