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While most employers are struggling to find qualified labor, 80 year old family distributor Hardie's Fresh Foods boasts a 95% employee retention rate due in part to innovative family-friendly benefits. The company has a on-site health clinic in Dallas, mobile unit in Austin with plans to expand to its Houston location. Most recently, employees enjoyed getting back-to-school backpacks with school supplies for their kids. Hardie’s packed more than 1,000 colorful backpacks and distributed them free to employees for their families just in time for back to school.
“We’re a third generation family-owned business, so taking care of family is important to us”, said Jennifer Austin, VP of Benefits and granddaughter of the company’s founder. “For parents stretching budgets to pay for groceries and gasoline, stocking up on even basic school supplies like a new backpack can be a challenge. We wanted to say thank you to employees and their families and being part of the excitement of the new school year is a fun way to do it..”
Hardie’s refrigerated warehouses in Dallas, Austin and Houston operate 24/7, requiring more than 700 highly trained employees. The Texas fresh food distributor is no stranger to rising inflation and supply chain challenges, and realized the rush for back-to-school supplies hits many families hard. Innovative benefits like free back-to-school backpacks is one of the reasons Hardie’s employees stick around. Gartner predicts annual employee turnover will likely jump 20% in 2022 from pre-pandemic levels. Hardie’s employee retention rate has actually increased since then.
Hardie’s Fresh Foods has provided fresh ingredients to some of your favorite Texas restaurants for almost 80 years. Family owned and operated, Hardie’s Fresh Foods is the largest privately owned distributor in Texas providing fresh fruit, vegetables, dairy, meats and cheeses to restaurants, schools and hospitals across the state.