Business updates: Atlanta Know Your Market

03/22/2010 02:05:48 PM
Doug Ohlemeier

J.J. Jardina Co. Inc., Atlanta, is upgrading its inventory management system.

The distributor in March installed an inventory management system designed to help improve Jardina’s food safety accounting, product tracking, country of origin and other issues, said Mike Jardina, president.

“This is a very large investment, which should pay itself back very quickly, especially with inventories,” he said. “We can track inventories down to the package with this system.”

Nickey Gregory moves into new building

The Nickey Gregory Co. Inc., Forest Park, Ga., has expanded operations.  

In September, the wholesaler  moved into a 58,000 square foot warehouse formerly occupied by Taylor Farms, Salinas, Calif. 

Nickey Gregory’s older operation was 23,000 square feet ,and the move gives the firm two facilities on the Atlanta State Farmers Market.

“We were doing more business out of our old building than we had room to handle,” said Andrew Moste, sales manager.

“We are more organized and are receiving and shipping much easier now.  We are able to get product out to customers quicker and are able to slot more items.”

Nickey Gregory, president and owner, said the new warehouse allows the company to carry more specialty items it wasn’t physically able to handle.

Phoenix Wholesale improves online ordering

Collins Bros. Corp., Forest Park, Ga., sister company to Phoenix Wholesale Foodservice Inc., is expanding its online retail ordering services.

Collins in January installed a new online entry order program that allows retail customers to more efficiently order their produce through a customized system, said David Collins III, Phoenix’s president.

Instead of having to view 20 sizes of apples, the service shows customers the sizes they regularly order and allows regimented and seasonal program customers to adjust their orders to meet their needs, he said.

Sutherland’s acquires specialties overnight

Sutherland’s Foodservice Inc., Atlanta, now receives high-end specialty produce through RP Gourmet, a part of Frosty Acres broadline buying group.

Though the broadline foodservice distributor has always sourced specialty produce for its customers, Diana Earwood, Sutherland’s vice president, said the RP Gourmet service provides overnight deliveries.

“This is a brand new way for our customers in case they need something sourced quickly,” she said.


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