MARKON ADDS FOUR TOP 50 BROADLINERSFills Southeastern Void, Enhances Penetration of Other Markets

Markon Cooperative, Inc., Salinas, CA, a broadliner produce marketing group, has added four new members, for a total of 12. All 12 distributors, with the exception of one that is Canadian, are among Top 50 U.S. houses. Their North American sales exceed $7 billion, of which approximately 6 to 7 percent is produce volume.

The new affiliates, representing more than $1 billion in overall business, include Allen Foods, Inc., St. Louis; Consolidated Companies, Inc. (CONCO), Metairie, LA; Institution Food House, Inc., Hickory, NC; and Nicholas & Co., Salt Lake City.

"As we sought continuity in the southeastern corridor previously served by PYA/Monarchnow part of U.S. Foodservicewe reevaluated other geographic areas as well," comments Tim York, Markon president. "We are still open to growth for further penetration."

Other members are Ben E. Keith Foods, Fort Worth, Texas; Bridge Brand Food Services, Ltd., Calgary, Alberta, Canada; Gordon Food Service, Inc., Grand Rapids, MI; IJ Co., Knoxville, TN; Maines Paper and Food Service, Inc., Conklin, NY; Reinhart FoodService, Inc., La Crosse, WI; Shamrock Foods Co., Phoenix, AZ; and Thoms Proestler Co., Rock Island, IL.

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