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Central Restaurant Products

As a distributor of commercial foodservice equipment, Central’s mission is to help foodservice professionals thrive. A company founded on the values of Customer First, Do the Right Thing, Operational Excellence, and Success Driven, we offer thousands of solutions spanning every angle of foodservice operations, whether tailoring to restaurants and bars, school and university cafeterias, catering and delivery services, government institutions, etc. Our product assortment is as expansive as our industry expertise, with a team of inside consultants ready to assist in curating the best solutions for unique foodservice product needs.

We’re also dedicated to educating operations to help them realize their full potential. Our Resource Center offers hundreds of resources from opening a restaurant, to food safety, buying guides, and so much more. We pride ourselves on being a company of choices, founded on values, built on service, and focused on our customers’ success – every step of the way.
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We equip people who feed the world! We provide all the foodservice equipment and supplies a foodservice establishment needs to thrive. Originally founded in 1981 as a 100%-based print catalog company, we’ve grown into a leading distributor. We still publish our print catalog, in addition to curating the best solutions for our customers with our user-friendly website and internal sales team to ensure our customers get personalized assistance to make the right decisions for their unique needs. We also stock thousands of our top-selling items in our onsite warehouse to provide same-day shipping to quickly meet customer needs, as well as working with our vendor partners to secure competitive pricing and promote emerging industry trends.

Our assortment spans both front- and back-of-house essentials, including cooking equipment like ranges, fryers, and ovens; refrigeration such as reach-in refrigerators and freezers, walk-in coolers, bottle coolers, draft beer dispensers, display merchandisers, prep tables; dining room furniture; shelving and storage solutions; dishwashers; drinkware; dinnerware; and so much more.

We tailor our assortment to meet key demands of all commercial foodservice operations. These include, but are not limited to, restaurants, K-12 school cafeterias, colleges and universities, correctional facilities, and government and military operations.

Our team operates with a unique set of customer-focused values that make us a leader in the foodservice industry.
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A company of choices, founded on values, built on service, and focused on your success – every step of the way.

Our driving values:

- Customer First
- Do the Right Thing
- Operational Excellence
- Success Driven
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Additional Culture Details

With our values as our guiding force, we promote a strong culture of trust and collaboration with fun events, charitable giving, and community involvement. These include, but are certainly not limited to:

Family events (in the past we’ve hosted tailgates at Colts football games, gone to the State Fair, Brickyard 400, catered onsite events, and more.)
Superbowl cornhole tournaments
Top Golf outings
Poker night
Organized internal recreational sport leagues
Bring Your Dog to Work Day
Bring Your Son or Daughter to Work Day
Video game tournament sponsoring Child’s Play Charity

Our Employee Engagement Committee organizes events for all employees and their families with the mission of promoting and encouraging cross-departmental engagement and team building to continue fostering Central’s culture. Ideas for new events are always welcomed!

In addition to regular events, we’re also a proud sponsor of the Make-A-Wish foundation, aiming to make a child’s wish come true every quarter. We also participate annually in the Toys for Tots drive and host onsite blood drives.

Central’s paid volunteer day enables all employees to give back to their community by taking the day to volunteer at their chosen charity, non-profit, etc.
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Customer First
Relentless pursuit of understanding and improving the customer experience.


Indianapolis, IN


142 US Employees


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