1200 Pike Ave., North Little Rock, AR 72114
Assistant General Manager
Assistant General Manager
The Ben E. Keith Mid-South Division division was formerly known as the Dillaha Fruit Company, which was purchased in 1973. Dillaha was founded by Theo A Dillaha Sr, in 1929 and had operated in the downtown Little Rock area for over 44 years. Immediately after the purchase, Ben E. Keith began construction on a new, larger facility near the new Little Rock River port area. The company moved into their new facility in 1974 and continued to operate as the Dillaha Fruit Company for the next five years, at which time they officially became known as Ben E. Keith Arkansas. Over the next 33 years Ben E. Keith Arkansas continued to grow, and in 1985 the company acquired a local competitor, CMD Produce. In 1986, the company acquired another local company that specialized in seafood, Mid-South Seafood and incorporated both acquisitions into the Little Rock facility. This added to the Ben E. Keith’s portfolio of goods offered to its customers. In 2002, Ben E. Keith expanded into a newly reconstructed facility with approximately 50 trained sales personnel facilitating sales in street, national accounts and healthcare. At least one-fourth of the associates have been dedicated to the company for more than 10 years. In 2015 Ben E. Keith broke ground on their new 420,000 square foot facility in North Little Rock with an estimated completion date of Summer 2017. Ben E. Keith Arkansas covers the entire state of Arkansas and portions of Louisiana, Oklahoma, Mississippi, and Tennessee.
“Pioneering is Eternal”
In 2006, the Ben E. Keith Company commissioned a bronze statue to be placed in front of the Arkansas Division which would depict the essence and spirit of its people. Texas sculptor, Jack Bryant wanted to capture that culture which exemplifies the hard work and attitude of the Arkansas Division. What followed was the legendary pioneer “The Arkansas Traveler” whose image is peering across the horizon at the abundant good fortunes lying ahead in “The Land of Opportunity”.
The bronze was titled “Pioneering is Eternal” which was the personal motto of the company founder, Benjamin Ellington Keith. Today, Mr. Keith’s spirit, and the company’s enviable record of success, is an enduring testament to the basic principles of business— “perseverance and integrity are essential”.
Feb 17, 2017
Born in Memphis, raised in northeast Arkansas, Rusty Mathis learned career lessons the hard way, starting as a bellman in the hotel industry.
Jan 04, 2017
Check out the Keith Kitchen Essentials 2017 Equipment & Supplies catalog.
Oct 05, 2016
C. H. Guenther & Son was named Ben E. Keith Foods 2016 Supplier of the Year at the 33rd Annual Supplier Appreciation Dinner
Oct 04, 2016
Check out our forth quarter 2016 Equipment & Supplies catalog