Anderson-DuBose Earns Top Honor from McDonald’s USA

LORDSTOWN, Ohio – The Anderson-DuBose Co. has been named U.S. Supplier of the Year by McDonald’s USA.

The Black-owned distributer has provided paper and food supplies to over 450 McDonald’s restaurants in Ohio, Pennsylvania, New York and West Virginia for 30 years.

“Anderson-DuBose went so far above and beyond in its support of the McDonald’s system that it is nearly impossible to quantify the full extent of their impact,” said Joe Erlinger, president, McDonald’s USA, in a press release. “They were involved in nearly every aspect of the COVID-19 crisis and recovery, coped with a record year of natural disasters, and continuously supplied our U.S. restaurants. They saw opportunities to work systematically for improvement and mutual benefit, and they reflect the epitome of what it truly means to be the supplier of the year.” 

The award is presented every two years to the food, paper or product supplier that makes the most significant impact on, and contribution to, McDonald’s U.S. business results. Criteria include commitment to quality and food safety; product, equipment and process innovation; exemplary customer service; and value.

Founded in Cleveland in 1991, Anderson-DuBose is a full-service, family-owned food distribution company that handles a variety of products related to the industry, including packaged goods, produce, dairy, frozen and promotional products. 

It operates facilities on Tod Avenue in Lordstown, where it employs more than 200, and Rochester, N.Y. 

“To be named one of the top supply chain partners in the U.S. by McDonald’s is a tremendous honor,” said Warren Anderson, founder and CEO. “We are elated to be part of the McDonald’s family, and we are grateful to all of our associates who make Anderson-DuBose synonymous with excellence, dedication and quality.  

“This accomplishment is even more meaningful because of the commitment, grit and loyalty our team demonstrated in overcoming the many challenges that the COVID-19 pandemic presented during the year.” 

Long recognized as an industry innovator, the company is particularly proud of its sustainability initiatives. In recent years, its facilities have maintained a zero-waste status by diverting more than 90% of its waste, while the recent installation of solar panels offsets 21% of its electricity needs.

In addition, the company has invested in clean-burning CNG tractors and an electric yard tractor. Anderson-DuBose’s reputation for diversity, empowerment and best-in-class pay and benefits consistently earns the company awards as an outstanding employer.  

Among recent honors is the No. 1 Midsize Workplace award from Plain Dealer, which it received last year.

Anderson-DuBose also distributes restaurant supplies to Chipotle stores in the region.

Published by The Business Journal, Youngstown, Ohio.