Inc. magazine has included Halperns’ Purveyors of Steak and Seafood on its 28th annual Inc. 500, an exclusive ranking of the nation’s fastest-growing private companies. The list represents the most comprehensive look at the most important segment of the economy—America’s independent-minded entrepreneurs. Companies such as Microsoft, Zappos, Intuit, GoDaddy, Under Armour, Jamba Juice, American Apparel, Oracle, and hundreds of other powerhouses gained early exposure as members of the Inc. 500.

“If you want to know which companies are going to change the world, look at the Inc. 500,” said Inc. editor Jane Berentson. “These are the most dynamic, fast-growth companies in the nation, the ones finding innovative solutions to problems, creating smart systems, and inventing products we soon discover we can’t live without. The Inc. 500 list is Inc.magazine’s tribute to American business ingenuity and ambition.”

The legacy of Halperns’ Purveyors of Steak and Seafood began when Howard Halpern moved to Atlanta in 1966 and began servicing the foodservice industry; however, Halperns’ was officially founded in April of 2005 by Chief Executive Officer Kirk Halpern, Howard’s son.  Halperns’ mission is to be the premier purveyor of center-of-the-plate proteins, providing chef quality in a timely manner to food service operators who demand the best.  In addition to providing top-quality products, the company is founded on a dedication to exceptional customer service.  Halperns’ is committed to providing customer service that is unmatched in the meat distribution industry as a result of their belief that they are a partner in their customers’ businesses.  The customer’s reality is Halperns’ reality. Halperns’ remains committed to its tradition of excellence by housing a specialty meat and seafood experience within the safest environment possible while also seeking out green operational procedures.  At Halperns’ facility, four decades of experience and skill join the latest advances in quality assurance.  View the company’s Inc.

The 2009 Inc. 500, unveiled in the September issue of Inc. magazine (available on newsstands August 17 to November 15) and on Inc.com, reported aggregate revenue of $18.4 billion—up significantly from last year’s $13.7 billion—and a median three-year growth rate of 880.5 percent. The companies on this year’s list are also responsible for creating more than 55,000 jobs since their founding, making the Inc. 500 perhaps the best example of the impact private, fast-growing companies can have on the overall U.S. economy. The largest company on the list, flat-panel-TV maker Vizio, broke the $2 billion revenue mark. Complete results of the Inc. 500, including company profiles and an interactive database that can be sorted by industry, region, and other criteria, can be found on Inc.com.

The Inc. 500 at a Glance
Insurance was by far the fastest-growing industry on this year’s Inc. 500, with an average growth rate of 6,195 percent. Other strong performers include Logistics & Transportation (2,487 percent) and Food & Beverage (2,153 percent).

In total, the companies on the Inc. 500 have created more than 55,000 jobs. Government Services is the top employer with 6,895 jobs, followed by Telecommunications (6,338), Health (5,803), IT Services (5,179), and Energy (4,559).

Methodology
The 2009 Inc. 500 measures revenue growth from 2005 through 2008. To qualify, companies must have been founded and generating revenue by the first week of 2005, and therefore able to show four full calendar years of sales. Additionally, they had to be U.S.-based, privately held, for profit, and independent—not subsidiaries or divisions of other companies—as of December 31, 2008. (Since then, a number of companies on the list have gone public or been acquired.) The minimum revenue required for 2005 is $200,000; the minimum for 2008 is $2 million.

About Inc. Magazine
Founded in 1979 and acquired in 2005 by Mansueto Ventures LLC, Inc. is the only major business magazine dedicated exclusively to owners and managers of growing private companies that delivers real solutions for today’s innovative company builders. With a total paid circulation of 712,961, Inc. provides hands-on tools and market-tested strategies for managing people, finances, sales, marketing, and technology. Visit us online at Inc.com.

About the Inc. 500|5000 Conference
Each year, Inc. and Inc.com celebrate the remarkable achievements of today’s entrepreneurial superstars—the privately held small businesses that drive our economy. The Inc. 500|5000 Conference & Awards Ceremony brings together members of the Inc. 5000 community, both a new class of Inc. 5000 honorees and the list’s alumni, for three days of powerful networking, inspired learning, and momentous celebration. Please join us September 23–25, 2009, at the Gaylord National Resort and Convention Center in National Harbor, Maryland.

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