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About Us

Curtze is truly a full line food service distributor.  We offer a unique center of the plate program which includes fresh portion control aged meat in a custom cutting federally inspected meat facility, as well as a custom cut fresh seafood program. In addition to canned goods, frozen foods, paper products, chemicals, equipment, supplies, dairy and other staples, we offer temperature controlled fresh produce distribution. Our commitment to quality and customer satisfaction has earned us a reputation as the “Food Service Distributor of Choice”. For over 140 years we have been committed to this goal and it has been a key element of our continued growth. Today, we proudly serve eight states.

Curtze Food Service, Erie, Pennsylvania, received the UniPro Foodservice 2022 Key Distributor Award at UniPro’s Spring Conference. The award was presented at UniPro’s annual Awards Luncheon. The UniPro Key Distributor Award recognizes UniPro Member companies for their exceptional accomplishments and growth, their dedicated participation in UniPro Procurement, Logistics, Sales and Marketing programs, and their strong commitment to the UniPro organization.

About UniPro Foodservice:
Headquartered in Atlanta, UniPro Foodservice, with almost 400 members, is the nation’s largest network of independent foodservice distributors. UniPro distributor members service operators in all segments of the foodservice market.

What Does a Foodservice Distributor Do?

What does a foodservice distributor do? Who do we sell too? It takes a team of professionals working everyday to provide the highest level of service that our customers count on. Take a look at this brief video as an introduction to the industry.

World Class Drivers

We've got a Hall of Famer!

Gary Youngs, a CDL driver with the company for 38 years, was named to the 2020 International Foodservice Distributors Association (IFDA) Truck Driver Hall of Fame.

Company Driver Gary Youngs Named to the 2020 Class of the IFDA Truck Driver Hall of Fame This annual program casts a spotlight on the industry's top drivers for their outstanding records of service, safety and skill.

Erie, PA – Curtze Food Service today announced that Gary Youngs, a driver with the company for 38 years, was named to the 2020 International Foodservice Distributors Association (IFDA) Truck Driver Hall of Fame. There are over 130,000 foodservice distribution drivers currently on the road, but only those with the best safety records and longevity of service qualify for the IFDA Truck Driver Hall of Fame. To be eligible, the driver must have at least 25 years of employment with an IFDA member company with no chargeable accidents and may not have any moving violations within the last 5 years.

“Gary has always been committed to safety and to our customers.  His track record to these values speaks for itself.  We are proud to have Gary inducted to the 2020 IFDA Truck Driver Hall of Fame.”  
– Steve Gerg, Sr. Operations Manager Curtze Food Service. The 2020 class will be honored at the IFDA Distribution Solutions Conference on the morning of October 27 at the Tampa Convention Center in Tampa, Florida.

Our History

Over 140 years of service to our customers and the community.

Humble Beginnings

In 1878, Charles August Curtze opened his wholesale business, supplying food products and merchandise to general stores and a growing number of oil and lumber camps of the era. Change, progress and dedication to the needs of customers were the guiding principles of the C.A. Curtze Company in those days. That same philosophy has been carefully adhered to by the six generations that have followed.


From those humble beginnings - including gunpowder, barrels of flour, and the horse drawn wagon - the company has grown into a full line food service distributor that supplies over 12,000 items from four distribution centers, reaching an eight state area.

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Marketing Area

Curtze Food Service Market Coverage

We service a nine state geographical area including Pennsylvania, New York, Virginia, West Virginia, Ohio, Michigan, Indiana, Kentucky and Maryland. We offer next day delivery in all markets making your ordering process easy, and efficient while delivering you the freshest products available.

By the Numbers

Curtze Food Service Truck
  • Approx 425,000 square feet of warehouseing space
  • 170 refrigerated trucks
  • Over 140 years in business
  • 4 locations
  • Over 12,000 products
  • Over 200 sales consultants
  • Delivering to 9 states


We have developed strong relationships with the most influential groups in the food service industry. Our partnerships benefit our customers through shared knowledge and resources, creating a community of people committed to your success!

UniPro Foodservice

UniPro Foodservice, Inc.® is the largest food service distribution cooperative in the United States, with over 850 distribution locations to serve you. Our distributors provide quality food service products to over 800,000 customers just like you. This assures you the optimum variety of product at competitive prices. The UniPro network of distributors is dedicated to be your local market source for quality products and services.

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The International Foodservice Distributors Association

Working to help our food service distributor members succeed. Our primary constituents are food service distributors and are found across North America and internationally. They include leading broadline, system, and specialty distributors.

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North American Meat Institute

NAMI is a national trade association that represents companies that process 95 percent of red meat and 70 percent of turkey products in the US and their suppliers throughout America.

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The National Restaurant Association

The largest food service trade association in the world, supporting nearly 500,000 restaurant businesses. In partnership with our state restaurant associations (SRA), we have more than 750 staffers working to empower all restaurant owners and operators to achieve more than they thought possible.

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The American Culinary
Federation, Inc.

A professional organization for chefs and cooks. We are an organization based on promoting the professional image of American chefs worldwide through education of culinarians at all levels.

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Club Management Association of America

The Club Management Association of America (CMAA) is the largest professional association for managers of membership clubs with 6,800 members throughout the US and internationally.

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Pennsylvania Restaurant and Lodging Association

PRLA helps you solve problems in your business. Whether it's ​staffing,
certifications, a regulatory issue or more, PRLA is here to help you find a ​solution quickly and easily.

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New York State Restaurant Association

The New York State Restaurant Association is your partner in growing your business and shaping the future of the restaurant industry. We are here to help you navigate all areas of business - and to shield you from burdensome laws through effective lobbying and advocacy.

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Ohio Restaurant Association

Since 1920, the Ohio Restaurant Association has proudly served Ohio's restaurant, foodservice and hospitality industry, and our members have always been our number one priority. Founded on thought leadership and service, the ORA is focused on finding sound business solutions for our members.

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National Equipment and Supply Association

A leading member-owned cooperative comprised of 130 dealers and distributors across the country, offering the operator community valued business solutions.

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The PRO*ACT family is more than 50 members strong and using our collective power to procure the highest quality produce at the most competitive prices.

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Manufacturer & Business Association

A not-for-profit employers’ association whose focus is to help businesses succeed.

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Erie Regional Chamber and Growth Partnership

Including approximately 140 CEOs in the Erie area and led by a committee of 16 business and community leaders. Through the Growth Partnership, members become intimately engaged in strategic community initiatives that will make a long-term impact on the region's economic vitality.

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