Tobacco, candy, specialty foods and products are billion-dollar business for J. Polep Distribution Services

For more than 120 years, J. Polep Distribution Services has been distributing specialty foods, candy, tobacco products and groceries, from its start in 1898 as the Polep Tobacco Co. to its role today as one of the largest wholesalers to the convenience and grocery store industry. The Chicopee-based fifth-generation company, which began primarily as a candy and tobacco distributor, still distributes those items, but is following the trend toward healthier fare and also offers its customers fresh sandwiches and salads along with organic options.

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