Central Illinois Produce What Chefs Want!

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CENTRAL ILLINOIS PRODUCE is one of Illinois' largest wholesale produce distributors south of Chicago!

We started out as Central Illinois Produce with one goal in mind...to be the best produce company in Central Illinois. Offering the best available quality, at a fair price, backed by exceptional service.

Through your loyalty, chefs like you have let us know that we are succeeding in that arena.

Now, in our efforts to be more of What Chefs Want, while maintaining our same independent ownership, we have partnered with What Chefs Want, a full service food service company based in Louisville KY, which services 12000 chefs in 8 states to bring you everything you need to run your restaurant on your CIP truck order. Order cutoff is still 4pm cst for next day delivery, only now you have over 6000 items to choose from with our CIP-WHAT CHEFS WANT model.

CIP-WHAT CHEFS WANT offers full product lines, from a full service/state of the art/USDA inspected butchery, Bluefin Seafoods offering the highest quality fresh fish, oysters, mussels, fresh scallops, and other super fresh seafoods (as well as every size of frozen shrimp, scallops, fish, etc) We also now offer full lines of dairy, gourmet, kitchen staples, coffee shop,to go and paper products, in addition to a full eco friendly line of products. Whenever possible we purchase locally grown produce from right here in the Midwest! Did I mention that we break cases on most items, so if you don’t need a case, order just what you need?

Simply put, It’s our job to make your job easier, and our team of experts at CIP-WHAT CHEFS WANT stand at the ready to show you how to best utilize our new partnership with What Chefs Want in order to save you time & money, giving you more of what you need, on one truck, up to 5 days a week, depending on your location, with a 4pm cutoff for next day.

We are excited for both of us.

***Due to COVID Central Illinois Produce is currently operating Monday through Friday at all of our locations. Many of our routes have reduced days of service. If you are not sure what days your location has available for delivery, especially as you reopen, please contact customer service for assistance. As demand has increased we are now offering pick ups in Urbana only on Saturday's from 7:00 AM- 11:00 AM. Email orders need to be placed by 4:00 PM the day before and call in orders are accepted up until 10:00 AM that day. We will continue to monitor the demand from our customers and we will continue to expand our days and routes as needed. Thank you. ***

We also offer an array of non-produce items from companies throughout the state of Illinois. More information is available under the Products List page.

We invite you to look around our web site and learn more about our companies and how we can be of service to you!

See our COVID-19 response.

Central Illinois Produce is proud to be a member of
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Produce Alliance is a GPO Alliance made up of the best distributors utilizing fifty-plus distribution centers around the country including Hawaii, Canada, and The Bahamas that service the foodservice industry. PA has an annual combined sales in the billions of dollars and we are aligned with the top grower/shippers around the world.
  • Regional and National Programs
  • Long Term Contract Pricing
  • Consistent Product Specifications throughout Distribution Area
  • Strict Adherence to Food Safety and Sanitation Standards
Champaign Chamber of Commerce Vermilion Advantage

Founded in 2008, College Chefs provides food service for Fraternities, Sororities, and Student Housing Facilities across the United States. Working with College Chefs since their inception, we are proud to provide them with fresh produce and spices for their operations at the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign campus and many other university communities across the Midwest. Learn more about this organization by visiting www.collegechefs.com.

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