Clanton DC Earns ‘Excellent’ Score on Inspection

The Merchants Foodservice distribution center in Clanton, Alabama, received an “excellent” score on a recent inspection by ASI Food Safety, an expert food safety auditing company based out of St. Louis, Missouri.

The distribution center was also recognized as a “superior” facility by the auditing company. The “superior” distinction is earned by having an “excellent” score for two consecutive years.

The inspection includes a thorough examination of food safety procedures, pest control, operational methods and personnel practice, maintenance and repair schedules, cleaning programs, allergen management and hazard analysis. A mock recall and traceability exercise is also conducted during the inspection.

To earn an “excellent” score, a distribution center must earn between 95100 percent on a 100 percent scale.

The Clanton center was constructed in 1999 with a fourth expansion completed in 2016. The 200,000-square-foot facility includes 8 million cubic feet of storage space for dry, refrigerated and frozen goods. The center serves approximately 2,000 customers in Alabama, Florida, Georgia and Tennessee.

Headquartered in Hattiesburg, Mississippi, Merchants Foodservice is ranked 12th in sales volume among the approximately 2,600 food distribution companies in the United States with 2015 sales of nearly $650 million. In addition to the facility in Clanton, other distribution centers are located in Jackson, Mississippi; Newberry, South Carolina; and Tifton, Georgia.

Merchants Foodservice Certificate of Superior