About Us

Our family-owned company was founded by Bud Ekren in 1972 and was originally named Bay Butcher Supply. Later the same year, the company incorporated as California Butcher Supply, Inc.

In 1977, California Butcher Supply acquired Carlson Butcher Supply and Seasonings. Carlson, an established company in San Francisco for 38 years, was known for its manufacturing of specialty blended seasonings for food processors and retail butchers. Carl’s Gourmet Seasonings is our signature retail seasonings which can be found in specialty markets across the country.

In the 1980’s, with the evolution of delis and bakeries within supermarkets, California Butcher Supply, Inc. began to provide complete deli and bakery design including blueprints and floor plans. Our factory-authorized service technicians provide support for the equipment we offer to our customers. Our expanded focus included a name change to California Butcher Supply, Inc. dba CBS Food Equipment.

Our forty years of growth and innovation is a result of our loyal customers, dedicated employees, and three locations — Milpitas, San Francisco, and Sacramento — which enable us to meet all of our customers’ needs. We proudly maintain the largest warehouse for the supermarket industry in Northern California.

Our Mission is to provide our clients with the proper equipment and merchandising ideas that will ensure our customers success.