Top 50 - 2007
15. Clark Foodservice, Inc.
Elk Grove Village, IL
Year founded: 1912
President/ceo: Donald D. Hindman
13 distribution centers
25% commercial, 75% noncommercial
80% national brands
10% private label
10% group label
75% street accounts sales
25% multiunit accounts
COP & specialty products: Fresh meat, fresh produce, E&S, san-jan, packaging.
Best innovation: Installed product codes; re-launched HELP$; introduced Value-bundled program; commenced wait-staff training; and centralized purchasing of foodservice items.
Other news: Hired new management team, including vice president of sales, vice president of operations, vice president of purchasing and IT director.
Fuel prices: Instituting fuel surcharges and master routing and reducing idling time.
Key issues this year: Managing margins due to business mix changes and competition.