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Top 50 - 2008

36. Van Eerden Foodservice Co.

Grand Rapid, MI
Year founded: 1920
Chairman: Jack Van Eerden
President: Daniel Van Eerden
Website: www.vaneerden.com
1 distribution center
1,360 accounts
99.7% commercial, 0.3% noncommercial
4,200 SKUs
59% national brands
10% private label
31% group label
39.14% street accounts sales ($840 average)
59.68% multiunit accounts ($3,132 average, 8.05% fast food)
COP & specialty products: Fresh meat (beef, lamb, veal, poultry) fresh fish, fresh produce, gourmet cheese, E&S, san-jan, packaging
Fuel prices: Bulk fuel purchases, monitoring of MPG and drivers, daily review of fuel market costs, fuel surcharges.
High-tech operations systems: Computer-assisted picking technology used in warehouse; hand held computers used by drivers to verify orders at delivery.
Key issues this year: Business growth and cost reduction.