SpartanNash Company (together with its subsidiaries, "SpartanNash" or the "Company") is a Fortune 400 company whose core businesses include distributing grocery products to a diverse group of independent and chain retailers, its corporate owned retail stores, and military commissaries and exchanges. SpartanNash serves customer locations in all 50 United States ("U.S."), the District of Columbia, Europe, Cuba, Puerto Rico, Honduras, Bahrain, Djibouti and Egypt. Through its Military segment, the Company is the exclusive worldwide supplier of private brand products to U.S. military commissaries. The Company's Retail segment operates supermarkets that have a "neighborhood market" focus to distinguish them from supercenters and limited assortment stores. The Company operates three reportable business segments: Food Distribution, Military and Retail.
The Company's fiscal year end is the Saturday closest to December 31. The following discussion is as of and for the fiscal years ending or ended December 28, 2019 ("2019"), December 29, 2018 ("2018" or "current year"), December 30, 2017 ("2017" or "prior year") and December 31, 2016 ("2016"), all of which include 52 weeks. All fiscal quarters are 12 weeks, except for the Company's first quarter, which is 16 weeks and will generally include the Easter holiday. The fourth quarter includes the Thanksgiving and Christmas holidays, and depending on the fiscal year end, may include the New Year's holiday.
The Company's differentiated business model of Food Distribution, Military and Retail operations utilizes the complementary nature of each segment and enhances the ability of the Company's independent retailers to compete in the grocery industry long-term. The model produces operational efficiencies, helps stimulate distribution product demand, and provides sharper visibility and broader business growth options. In addition, the diversification of the Food Distribution, Military and Retail segments provides added flexibility to pursue the best long-term growth opportunities in each segment.