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State Fair of Texas

Get your fair share of fun at the 2014 State Fair of Texas!

The Texas tradition is back for its annual 24-day run, bringing an all-star lineup of shows, rides, games, live music, exhibits and more.

For your convenience, the daily schedule is divided into individual days.  Select the day you plan to visit the State Fair and plan your adventure. Be sure to check out our “top ten” list for each day.  See you at the Fair!

Latest Food News

Ben E. Keith Mid-South Employees Collect School Supplies for Back to School Drive

Over the past four weeks Ben E. Keith employees have been collecting school supplies for the annual North Heights Elementary School “Back to School Drive.” On August 14, Pam Duncan and Veta Goree presented almost 2500 items to the North Little Rock school’s principal and counselor. Throughout the year these supplies will be provided to students who might not be able to purchase the materials needed to succeed in school.

Way to go Ben E. Keith employees!

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Budweiser’s Drinking and Driving PSA Hits Home Without Showing Any Alcohol

Budweiser’s latest ad, which promotes responsible drinking, will not only convince you to never drink and drive, but will also leave you clutching your pet as you weep.


Now in Stock Gran Sabor Tortillas and Chips
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Now in Stock Gran Sabor Tortillas and Chips

Introducing Gran Sabor Tortillas & Chips! Each product for this line is designed for great flavor and memorable taste. Earlier this year we introduced fresh Gran Sabor fajita products and and Gran Sabor precooked products. Now, we're pleased to present Gran Sabor Tortillas & Chips. A winning combination!



Ben E. Keith

The VISION

The evolution of Ben E. Keith Company has occurred through visionary management. No one knew our humble beginnings in 1906 as a produce company would lead to one of the nation’s largest broad line food service and beverage distributors. In 1906, Ben E. Keith was known as Harkrider-Morrison Company and was a wholesaler of groceries and sundries. Within a few years of its founding, Ben E. Keith’s knowledge of routing, operations, and sales pulled him into a leadership role, and, by 1931, the company was renamed after him.

While Keith accomplished many remarkable achievements, none are more valuable to the Beverage Division as his decision to venture into the selling of ice cream syrups to offset the summer loss of sales of vegetables and fruits. In 1928, Keith visited St. Louis and met with Adolphus Busch, whose brewery was making syrups, baker’s yeast and other products since it could not brew beer during Prohibition. When Prohibition ended, Ben E. Keith Company became a wholesaler of Anheuser Busch beers. Mr. Keith's assistant was also instrumental in creating the “Fresh From Keith’s” slogan. This slogan helped market and advertise the fresh fruits and vegetables sold by the company and the slogan is still used to this day. But Ben E. Keith will always stand out in his employees’ eyes for establishing the Company’s pension and profit-sharing plan. This was one of the first companies to establish an employee relations program in the 1940’s.

Then enters Gaston Hallam, the father of Robert and Howard, our current owners. Gaston began his career with the company in 1924 and later became a major stockholder, president and chairman. He was witness to the evolution of refrigerated, package trucks, the advent of frozen foods, which had been available on an institutional basis long before they came to the consumer market after World War II, and the creation of the first electronic fork lift. Gaston was also a player in the formation of the WBDT (wholesale beer distributor of Texas), this organization helped create the current standards for beverage regulation. When Gaston decided to step down from his Chairman position in 1979, he announced his son Robert as his successor.

It was under the leadership of Robert that many things began to change. Under Robert, the food division went from being a produce distributor to one of the largest full-service institutional distributors in the country. Ben E. Keith Foods reached over $100 million in sales. The Beverage Division achieved a milestone in December of 1982 when it was the second distributor in the country to sell a million barrels of beer in one calendar year. Both Food and Beverage continued to grow over the next several decades but the next large milestone for Food did not come until 2004, when the company reached over $1 billion in sales. Beverage experienced a similar milestone in 2007.

It was in that year that Ben E. Keith began distributing products outside the Anheuser-Busch portfolio. In 2008, the company purchased C.R. Goodman Company and picked up 60 import and craft brands. Later that same year the company acquired Authentic Distributing and added another 30 brewery partners. Again, in 2009, Ben E. Keith acquired 60 additional brands from Glazers Distributing. These three purchases brought the company to the forefront of the beverage industry and gave them the ability to sell many brands statewide.

Although the company has received many awards over the past century, the best award achieved has been the milestone of reaching 100 years in business. Successfully partnering with suppliers and employees to service wonderful customers and helping their business to grow and succeed. It is the continued vision of our leaders throughout the years that has made Ben E. Keith Company a success.