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Top 50 - 2008

13. AGAR Supply Co. Inc.

Taunton, MA
Year founded: 1940
Chairman: Alan Bressler
President/ceo: Karen Bressler
Website: www.agarsupply.com
1 distribution center
4,000 accounts
63% commercial, 37% noncommercial
8,000 SKUs
97.5% national brands
.5% private label
2% group label
49% street accounts sales ($1,400 average)
25% multiunit accounts (85% fast food)
COP & specialty products: Fresh meat (beef, lamb, veal, poultry) fresh fish, fresh produce, san-jan, packaging
Other news: Instituted warehouse re-slotting, re-structured sales management team, and installed new sales reporting technology.
Fuel prices: Watch market daily and buy contracts or options when applicable. Internally budget for high market. Incentive program for drivers to use fuel efficiently.
High-tech operations systems: PIR, voice selection and RF for put away.
Plans for human pandemic or other catastrophes: In process
Any "green" or environmentally-friendly projects: Working to be sure we select suppliers that are treating animals and seafood for consumption humanely.
Key issues this year: Succession planning, customer/item profitability enhancement, and dealing with space constraints.