9) Ben E. Keith from Where Your Food Comes From: The 9 Corporations That Feed America Slideshow

Where Your Food Comes From: The 9 Corporations That Feed America Slideshow

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9) Ben E. Keith

The ninth-largest foodservice distributor in the U.S. as well as the fourth-largest beverage distributor, Ben E. Keith services 11 states, with Texas at the center. Their 2012 revenue clocked in at $3.08 billion, and they’re ranked by Forbes’ as the 139th largest private company in America. Offerings range from the lower-end Keith’s Choice (“Grade B [products that] usually have the greatest appeal among foodservice operators, as they are moderately priced and are adaptable to many applications”) to Keith’s Homestyle (“the answer for the value-conscious or bid customer”) to the higher-end Keith’s Premium (“packaged above top line specifications, and … superior quality products”) to Keith’s Exclusive, which includes their branded line of onion rings, cheese sauce, puddings, and corn dogs.