Ventura Foods named Ben E. Keith’s Supplier of the Year

Ventura Foods was named Ben E. Keith Foods 2015 Supplier of the Year at their 32nd Annual Supplier Appreciation Dinner held at the Ridglea Country Club.

Ventura Foods named Ben E. Keith’s Supplier of the Year
Ventura Foods named Ben E. Keith’s Supplier of the Year



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Louisiana Food & Equipment Exposition 2016

February 17 2016 10:00 AM - 4:00 PM

Join us for a day that will feature our Solutions for Success seminar series, Chef Competition, over 200 vendors showcasing more than 6,000 items, Prizes, Big Savings, and Big Fun.

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Ben E. Keith San Antonio Food & Equipment Expo 2016

March 01 2016 9:00 AM - 3:00 PM

Join us for a day of information to help your business grow.

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Ben E. Keith New Mexico Division - Main Food Show

March 30 2016 10:00 AM - 4:00 PM

At the Ben E. Keith New Mexico, Southern Colorado & El Paso Division Food Show you will see that we are “All About the Customer!”  We kick it off with a party the night before and start the show day with keynote speaker, Gerry O’Brion, who will share with us “What Big Brands Know”.  Then it is on to the show floor filled with vendors and items you need to make 2016 a success.

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Dallas-Fort Worth Food & Equipment Exposition

April 05 2016 9:30 AM - 4:00 PM

Join us in the city where it all got started as we celebrate 110 years of Ben E. Keith. This is our biggest food show of the year and we’ve got a plethora of vendors to visit with, new items to try, and free stuff to give you…don’t miss it!

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2016 Ben E. Keith Oklahoma City Division Food and Equipment Exposition

April 12 2016 10:00 AM - 4:00 PM

Come join us on Tuesday April 12th to see new items, get great new ideas, and and find some culinary inspiration!  Don Yaeger will be delivering a keynote presentation beginning at 9 A.M.. followed by the opening of the show at 10 A.M..  Hope to see you there!


Ben E. Keith Awarded Raising Cane’s Chicken Fingers Distributor of the Year

Since 1906, Ben E. Keith has strived to earn the loyalty of our customers by handling only products of the highest quality and value, and by providing excellent service and responsiveness to customers’ needs. Among all of our brands and partners we serve, one is an industry leader – Raising Cane’s Chicken Fingers.

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#ICYMI @Raising_Canes named us their Distributor of the Year! #FridayFeeling #OneLove - 12 Feb ago

@CottonPatchCafe congrats on the win! - 11 Feb ago

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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 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. 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.

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.