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A Group Buying Organization (GPO) is an organization that helps pool the buying power of members to help get the best possible prices and quality on products and services. In the consumer markets, these programs are comparable to Costco, Shoppers Warehouse, or insurance bundlers.
Food GPO’s have a much greater and more effective buying leverage because of their sheer size and collective power. This collective buying benefits the majority of the foodservice providers from multi-unit restaurants, emerging chains, lodging, education and healthcare, regardless of their individual size or internal organization.