A Positive Impact

Committed to Social & Corporate Responsibility

At the heart of our organization is a widespread commitment to responsible drinking. We partner with our customers, suppliers, industry organizations and members of local legislatures to combat drunk driving and underage drinking. Our efforts help ensure that our products are used wisely and responsibly. It’s not just good business—it’s the right thing to do.


All of our sales associates and agency partners are TIPS certified, solidifying our commitment to responsible drinking and selling. TIPS has been a global leader in alcohol safety training for more than 35 years. Program participants receive training by a certified TIPS instructor on recognizing the signs of intoxication and strategies for intervening effectively to prevent alcohol related problems. For more information go to tipscertified.com.


As a company based in New York State, we are committed to doing our part for the communities around us. Our employees are always looking for new ways to make this a part of our everyday operations, from installing energy-efficient technologies in warehouses, to recycling and going paperless to foster sustainable business practices.

Giving Back

Empire Merchants takes pride in being an active community member, contributing products and monetary donations to many of our region’s non-profit organizations. Our employees and partners are also dedicated to improving the social well-being of the communities we serve through volunteer efforts and donations. Here are just a few of the organizations that we are proud to support:

American Cancer Society

The American Cancer Society is on a mission to free the world from cancer. Until then, this foundation will be funding and conducting research, sharing expert information, and spreading the word about prevention. All so those battling cancer can live longer – and better.

Boys’ Town of Italy

Boys’ and Girls’ Town of Italy was founded in Rome to provide a “chance in life” to vulnerable and orphaned children. These children lived on the streets without any supervision, and were completely on their own. Over the years, Boys’ and Girls’ Town of Italy shifted to being a community of Italian war orphans to helping thousands of young refugees and unaccompanied minors. This year, the organization will serve over 1,000 children living in marginalized and impoverished communities from Bolivia, Colombia, Guatemala, and Peru.

City Harvest

City Harvest is New York City’s largest food rescue organization, helping feed more than 1.2 million New Yorkers who are struggling to put meals on their tables. This year, the organization rescued and delivered 61 million pounds of food, free of charge, to food pantries, soup kitchens, and other communities across the five boroughs.

Cohen Children’s Medical Center

From premature babies to adolescents, Cohen Children Medical Center is dedicated to providing the utmost levels of care to meet the special needs of children. This organization is the largest provider of pediatric health services in New York State, serving 1.8 million children in Brooklyn, Queens, Nassau and Suffolk counties.

The LGBTQ Focus Foundation Corporation

The LGBTQ Foundation brings awareness and provides funds to support Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender and Questioning (LGBTQ) community organization and their partners. The organization works with gay and gay/straight alliances to fund innovative leaders and programs to promote equality, offer stability, educate and provide a safe environment.

Ronald McDonald House of NY

Since 1978, The Ronald McDonald House of New York has provided a temporary residence and care for more than 35,000 families while their child battles cancer. Families travel to New York City for the advanced cancer treatment that they can’t get anywhere else, and they can count on the Ronald McDonald House of New York for a loving place to stay.

St. Jude Children Research Center

In 1962, Danny Thomas founded St. Jude with the dream that “no child should die in the dawn of life.” St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital’s mission is to advance cures, and means of prevention, for pediatric catastrophic disease through research and treatment. No child is denied treatment based on race, religion, or a family’s ability to pay.

Stony Brook Southampton Hospital Foundation

Stony Brook Southampton Hospital offers a diverse array of clinical services, ranging from primary medical care to specialized surgical procedures, including orthopedics and bariatrics. As the sole provider of emergency care on Long Island’s South Fork, Stony Brook Southampton Hospital is a Level lll adult trauma center.

Dear Valued Customer,
The health and safety of our employees and customers continues to be our top priority every day, but especially during the COVID-19 Coronavirus. We are fortunate thus far to have been able to operate in this environment and continue to support our customers by taking orders and making deliveries.
We have taken some key steps to support the health and welfare of our customers and employees. These are just a few of them:
• We have enhanced our cleaning procedures in our offices and warehouses per the CDC guidelines.
• All delivery drivers and warehouse workers have been instructed to use gloves, masks and hand sanitizer.
• Our facilities managers are installing HEPA filters throughout our buildings to help reduce the presence of COVID-19 in the air.
• Daily screening, which includes a temperature check and a health screening assessment is a requirement for all associates and visitors
• Social distancing must be maintained between individuals at all times
• Face masks or an acceptable face covering must be worn in common areas including lobbies and when traveling around the office.
Due to the circumstances related to COVID-19, you may experience longer than expected wait times when reaching out to our Customer Service and COD departments. Additionally, there may be a possible delay in your deliveries. We are working diligently to handle your orders and customer service needs as quickly as possible.
Throughout this uncertain time, we are thinking about all of you and will keep you informed if anything should change in the upcoming days or weeks. You will find updates on our website.

Thank you for your patience and cooperation during this time.