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Top 50 - 2008

24. Merchants Foodservice

Hattiesburg, MI
Year founded: 1904
President/CEO: Andy Mercier
2 distribution centers
5,552 accounts
55% commercial, 45% noncommercial
4,655 SKUs
60% national brands
10% private label
30% group label
35% street accounts sales ($2,200 average)
15% multiunit accounts (100% fast food)
COP & specialty products: Fresh meat (beef, veal, lamb, poultry), fresh produce, E&S
News: Retirement of Don Suber as chairman after 50 years with distributorship, and hiring of Rick Leskovisek
Fuel prices: Implemented GPS system and on-board computer in fleet.
Plans for human pandemic or other catastrophes: Yes.
Any "green" or environmentally-friendly projects: Yes.
Key issues this year: The sales decline in 2006 was attributed to the lingering effects of Hurricane Katrina. This year the company will focus on profitability and offering innovative items for our customers.