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Top 50 - 2008

15. Consolidated Companies, Inc.

Metairie, LA
Year founded: 1901
CEO: Victor J. Kurzweg III
President: Winslow J. Chadwick
3 distribution centers
2,700 accounts
10,000 SKUs
55% national brands
45% private and group labels
75% street accounts sales
25% multiunit accounts
COP & specialty products: Fresh meat (beef, lamb, veal, poultry) fresh fish, fresh produce, gourmet cheese, E&S, san-jan, packaging
Best innovation: Upgraded warehouse management systems (WMS).
Fuel prices: Raising minimum orders.
High-tech operations systems: Installing sophisticated supply-chain management, logistics, warehousing technology including bar coding and voice.
Key issues this year: Managing fuel and labor costs.