iFD’s List of 100-year-plus Distributors

Putting the Fortune 500 to Shame

Did you know that the average lifespan of a Fortune 500 company fell from 61 years a half century ago to just 18 years by 2010? That finding, reported by the magazine in 2014, came from research conducted by Richard Foster, a Yale School of Management professor and co-author of the book “Creative Destruction.”

Such findings make the fact that the foodservice distribution industry boasts several companies that have passed the 100-year mark impressive, indeed. Many are still family-owned and –operated and all have seen and contributed to amazing advancements in the industry.  Here’s our list of 13 companies that have passed the 100-year milestone.

  • A. Curtze, Erie, Pa. est. 1878
  • Performance Food Group, Richmond, Va., est. 1885
  • Pate Dawson-Southern Foods, Goldsboro, N.C., est. 1885
  • Gordon Food Service, Wyoming, Mich., est. 1897
  • Feesers, Inc., Harrisburg, Pa., est. 1901
  • Merchants Foodservice, Hattiesburg, Miss., est. 1904
  • Pocono ProFoods, Stroudsburg, Pa., est.1905
  • Ben E. Keith Foods, Fort Worth, Texas, est. 1906
  • Ginsberg’s Foods, Hudson, N.Y, est. 1909
  • Testa Produce, Chicago, est. 1912
  • Wood Fruitticher, Birmingham, Ala., est. 1913
  • Y. Hata & Company, Honolulu, est. 1913
  • Jordano’s Foodservice, Santa Barbara, Calif., est. 1915
  • Kuna Foodservice, Dupo, Ill., est. 1918

Do you know of another company that should be added to our 100-year-plus list? Let us know!