DALLAS, SEPTEMBER 18, 2023 – Ben E. Keith Beverages will celebrate its over 450 driver and service team employees throughout the week of September 17th. With fourteen distribution and sales centers in Texas, these hard-working men and women are responsible for delivering and merchandising over 40 million cases of product per year. From offloading trucks to inventory to merchandising, our drivers and service team members are one of the most essential components of the beverage industry. The drivers average over 600,000 deliveries to over 18,000 Texas accounts annually. Restaurants, bars, and shelves are stocked with various products and brands to provide consumers with abundant beverage choices.
While employee appreciation and recognition are at the forefront of Ben E. Keith's culture, "this week is dedicated to our service team, drivers, and assistants that keep the world turning and the beverages rolling for Ben E. Keith. We appreciate everyone's hard work and perseverance through this hot summer," explains Abilene's Service Manager, Justin Owen. In addition to the standard waters and rehydration beverages provided daily, each branch will conduct a week of fun activities, prizes, and cookouts. In addition to extra attention, drivers will get extra help from members of the executive and leadership teams accompanying them on routes throughout the week. Over 80 employees will help service over 1000 accounts across the state. This collaborative approach allows for a better understanding of our customers' needs, learning more about our employees, and logging their feedback. Austin Driver Walter Rivera says, "Appreciation weeks are great, and having our company's leaders ride with us shows how much they care and that time and acknowledgment goes a long way with us."