Labatt Food Service (Labatt) is a 111-year-old, family-owned business headquartered in San Antonio. The fourth generation is helping lead the way into 2021 with service and remedies that meet customers’ new demands. Labattserves 60 Choice Partners members at 380 different sites and is the 10th largest food distributor in the United States serving Texas, Oklahoma, New Mexico, Louisiana and Colorado. They offer 100 percent national brands across the board – no private labels.
Labatt’s focus is being the best: in people, products and service. Their broadline of products including food, chemicals and small wares allows them to meet the varied demands of their customers including school districts, healthcare, restaurants and non-profits.
“Being an awarded vendor with Choice Partners has allowed Labatt to open doors for small school districts to participate with better buying power and pricing to help sustain their school lunch program,” said Chad McGee, Labatt national account sales representative.
Due to COVID-19, the USDA put new requirements on entities serving “food away from home.” This in turn caused Labatt’s customers to serve their clientele in a new way. Labatt stepped up by finding products that fit the new demands including curbside meals and individually wrapped products. They were able to source 90 percent of the new products in large quantities. Despite the change in demand for new products in great quantities, Labatt never had to lay off any staff. They continue today adjusting to the new norm with their full fleet of trucks.