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Top 50 - 2008

45. Costa Fruit & Produce Co.

Boston, Mass.
Year founded: 1953
President: Manuel R. Costa
1 distribution centers
2,500 accounts
30% commercial, 30% noncommercial
2,500 SKUs
80% national brands
15% private label
5% group label
25% street accounts sales ($650 average order size)
40% multiunit accounts ($950 average order size)
COP & specialty products: Fresh fish, fresh produce, gourmet cheese, E&S, san-jan, packaging.
Best innovation: Installed "safetynet" - food safety alert program, RF warehouse scanning program, and launched I-move school anti-obesity program.
Other news: Organized food safety symposium.
Fuel prices: Modified fuel consumption and reviewed routes.
High-tech operations systems: Currently using RF scanning, Roadnet GPS and traceability systems.
Plans for human pandemic or other catastrophes: Yes.
Any "green" or environmentally-friendly projects: Initiated extensive companywide environmental policy and president serves on Boston Green Convention Bureau.
Key issues this year: Dealing with rising costs and fuel though it's not as crucial as last year.