BREAKING NEWS: Ben E. Keith Foods Announces Acquisition of Kelley Foods of Alabama. Read full press release here.


What’s New

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What’s New

Invested

OUR PEOPLE ARE
OUR GREATEST ASSETS.

We are a company that strives to
invest in their future and their success.

Invested

Innovation

IT IS MORE THAN TECHNOLOGY!

It’s a mindset and willingness to explore
beyond normal foodservice channels.

Innovation

Partnering

QUALITY
CUSTOMER
SERVICE
EVERYDAY!

Partnering

Choices

QUALITY PRODUCTS SINCE 1906

Ben E. Keith Foods offers customers
more than 35,000 products

Choices

We Are…

Sustainability

Ben E. Keith Company is committed to being a respected corporate citizen within the communities which we operate.

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Food Safety

Products.
Resources. People.

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Healthcare

Be More Effective
and More Efficient

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What's Happening

2016 Ben E. Keith Oklahoma City Holiday Food Festivals

October 05 2016 5:00 PM - October 13 2016 8:00 PM8:00 PM

Come join us for an evening of food and fun while checking out great new items for the Holiday Season!  All of our Food Festivals are from 5 P.M. to 8 P.M. and you must be 21 to enter.

What's Happening

Ben E. Keith Foods Amarillo Division Holiday Food Shows

October 05 2016 5:00 PM - 8:00 PM

We’re Coming To A Location Near You!

Join us for some old fashioned holiday cheer while planning your menu for new Ben E. Keith products and tasty trends!

What's Happening

Dallas Food & Equipment Expo

October 12 2016 9:30 AM - 4:00 PM

See new items, get new ideas, take advantage of show day deals, speak directly with manufacturer representatives, and visit with industry professionals all in one day!

News

Amarillo Division Hosts VIP Tasting Party

Let Us Introduce You To Our Full Line of Premium Cheeses!

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Ben E. Keith Food

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 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 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.