Top 50 - 2007
22. Merchants Foodservice
Year founded: 1904
President/CEO: Andrew B. Mercier
2 distribution centers
57% commercial, 43% noncommercial
60% national brands
10% private label
30% group label
37% street accounts sales
25% multiunit accounts
COP & specialty products: Fresh meat, fresh produce, gourmet cheese, E&S.
Best innovation: Renewed focus on center of the plate.
Other news: Survived Hurricane Katrina; named one of the fastest growing companies in Mississippi, named Defense Logistics Agency supplier of the year; named one of the top 10 fastest growing foodservice distributorships by ID.
Fuel prices: Passing on increases to customer if contractually allowed.
High-tech operations systems: Using radio frequency systems.
Key issues this year: Hiring qualified drivers and DSR training.