Top 50 - 2007
41. Jose Santiago, Inc.
San Juan, PR
Year founded: 1902
President/CEO: Jose E. Santiago
1 distribution center
83% national brands
2% private label
15% group label
78% street accounts sales
15% multiunit accounts
COP & specialty products: Fresh produce, gourmet cheese, san-jan, packaging
Best innovation: Completed electronic order-entry project.
Other news: Set up redistribution in U.S. mainland and increased sales and purchasing staffs.
Fuel prices: Purchase bulk fuel.
High-tech operations systems: Researching new warehouse management and transportation logistics systems.
Key issues this year: Operational costs, mostly fuel and labor.