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Top 50 - 2008

29. Banta Foods, Inc.

Springfield, MO
Year founded: 1895
Chairman/president/ceo: Chuck Banta
Website: www.bantafoods.com
1 distribution center
3,700 accounts
100% commercial
9,000 SKUs
60% national brands
6% private label
34% group label
40% street accounts sales ($600 average order size)
60% multiunit accounts ($3,400 average order size)
COP & specialty products: Fresh meat (beef, veal, poultry), fresh produce, gourmet cheese, E&S, san-jan, packaging
Fuel prices: More aggressiveness in future bookings and customer fuel surcharges.
High-tech operations systems: In the process of upgrading our software to the newest Retalix software and warehousing software as well as voice picking.
Key issues this year: Profitable growth