Founded in 1906, the Ben E. Keith Company started as a produce distributor under the name of Harkrider Morrison Company. Benjamin Ellington Keith was the first salesman hired. He built strong roots in the company and eventually took ownership in 1924. Today, the Ben E. Keith Company continues to thrive while staying true to the rich culture and mission statement established many years ago. From its humble beginnings as a produce distribution company to becoming a broadline foodservice distributor, Ben E. Keith has proudly offered quality products and service for over 100 years.