Top 50 - 2008
46. Jordano's. Inc.
Santa Barbara, CA
Year founded: 1915
Chairman/president/ceo: Peter Jordano
1 distribution center
75% commercial, 25% noncommercial
70% national brands
30% group label
65% street accounts sales ($901 average order size)
35% multiunit accounts ($1,740 average order size and 10% comes from fast food)
COP & specialty products: Fresh meat (beef, lamb, veal, poultry) fresh fish, fresh produce, gourmet cheese, E&S, san-jan, packaging
Best innovation: Implemented automated warehouse system, GPS tracking system, and Pro-Vision value-added operator program from Progressive Group Alliance.
Other news: Expanded geographic coverage from seven to nine Central and Southern California counties.
Fuel prices: Reducing over servicing and enhancing drop-size incentives.
High-tech operations systems: Installing bar coding for automated warehouse and implementing voice-activated picking this year.
Plans for human pandemic or other catastrophes: Company has disaster recovery plans in place or in development.
Any "green" or environmentally-friendly projects: Yes.
Key issues this year: Installing voice-activated automated picking, expanding freezer and cooler, and implementing EFS I-Trade.