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Top 50 - 2008

17. Perkins

Taunton, MA
Year founded: 1915
Chairman/ceo: Gary Perkins
President: Larry Perkins
3 distribution centers
12,000 accounts
80% commercial, 20% noncommercial
14,000 SKUs
95% national brands
2% private label
3% group label
70% street accounts sales
30% multiunit accounts (5% from fast food)
COP & specialty products: Fresh meat (beef, lamb, veal, poultry) fresh produce, gourmet cheese, E&S, san-jan, packaging
Best innovation: Introduced category management system that focuses on gross profit dollars per cube.
Other news: Two acquisitions.
Fuel prices: Adding surcharges.
High-tech operations systems: Using bar coding and radio frequency, setting labor standards and monitoring routes.
Plans for human pandemic or other catastrophes: Yes
Any "green" or environmentally-friendly projects: Yes
Key issues this year: Warehouse addition in Taunton and construction in New York as well as completed open projects.