Top 50 - 2007
10. Cheney Brothers, Inc.
Riviera Beach, FL
Year founded: 1925
President/ceo: Byron Russell
2 distribution centers
95% commercial, 5% noncommercial
70% national brands
25% private label
5% group label
65% street accounts sales
35% multiunit accounts
COP & specialty products: Fresh meat, fresh fish, fresh produce, gourmet cheese, E&S, san-jan, packaging.
Best innovation: Installed belt printers for warehouse selection process and Manhattan slotting system.
Other news: Opening of 480,000-sq.-ft. facility in Ocala, FL.
High-tech operations systems: Voice recognition, bar coding and Human Resources Information System.
Key issues this year: Disaster recovery, merging RF belt printers with voice recognition which will allow selectors to work hands free.