Top 50 - 2008
21. C.A. Curtze Co.
Year founded: 1878
Owner: The Kern family Co-ceos: Bruce Kern Sr. and Doug Kern
President: Bruce Kern II
3 distribution centers
99% commercial, 1% noncommercial
93% street accounts sales
7% multiunit accounts
COP & specialty products: Fresh meat (beef, lamb, veal, poultry) fresh fish, fresh produce, gourmet cheese, E&S, san-jan, packaging
Best innovation: Improved on-line order entry with "Order Pro Web" and automated catch weight system for meat processing plant.
Other news: Completed warehouse expansion and fresh seafood processing rooms.
Fuel prices: Routing improvements and fleet management system.
High-tech operations systems: Installing warehouse management system (WMS) in 2007
Any "green" or environmentally-friendly projects: Starting to investigate
Key issues this year: Controlling costs with WMS installation and fleet management upgrade.