NAPERVILLE, Ill., Dec. 20, 2016 /PRNewswire/ -- KeHE Distributors, LLC (KeHE) celebrates a year of growth and achievements in 2016. In addition to a rewarding first year as a Certified B Corp, the company advanced on its strategic growth plan with the acquisition of Monterrey Provision Company, the addition of a new distribution center in Colorado, and through various leadership initiatives.
"Our achievements in 2016 are a testament to our motto: Where KeHE Goes, Goodness Follows™," said Brandon Barnholt, president and CEO, KeHE. "This has been a memorable year for KeHE, and we look forward to building on this momentum in the exciting year ahead."
Certified B Corp Status
KeHE formally announced its B Corp certification at Natural Products Expo West 2016. Mr. Barnholt led a signing of The B Corp Declaration of Interdependence with representatives of the B Corp community. In October, the nonprofit B Lab named KeHE a B Corp "2016 Rookie of the Year" for its outstanding commitment to the movement: using business as a force for good.
In February, KeHE acquired Monterrey Provision Company, a San Diego-based distributor of fresh perimeter products. The Monterrey acquisition aligned two companies with complementary assets and skills, advancing on KeHE's vision to expand its footprint in this cool growth category.
KeHE broadened its reach with the arrival of its 17th distribution center. Located in Aurora, Colo., near Denver, this state-of-the-art 270,000-square-foot facility was built from the ground up to meet LEED Gold certification for energy-efficient practices. KeHE celebrated the opening of the site in August with a philanthropic activity that provided 1,000 boxes of food to area families in need.
KeHE experienced double-digit growth across its award-winning trade shows. The Natural Spring Show saw a 27% increase in attendance from 2015, and the Natural Fall Show saw 35% attendance growth since 2014. KeHE looks forward to welcoming suppliers and retailers to the Summer Selling Show in New Orleans on Feb. 7-8, 2017.
KeHE also expanded its leadership team with the appointment of Timothy J. Wiggins as chief financial officer in July. In his role, Mr. Wiggins leads all aspects of KeHE's finance function and strategic planning, as well as business unit and subsidiary performance.
KeHE Distributors, LLC (KeHE) provides Natural & Organic, Specialty and Fresh products to natural food stores, chain grocery stores, independent grocery stores and other specialty product retailers throughout North America. KeHE is the trusted B Corp Certified and employee-owned company with over 4000 Careholders™ in the U.S. and Canada. For more about KeHE, visit KeHE.com.