The company's priority was to make sure its top-selling items were available.
"They haven't missed a beat," said Mary Washinko, Acme Markets' service deli sales manager. "I know they are going 24/7, so they are doing an absolutely wonderful job, considering the constraints they are under."
Many of Dietz & Watson's commercial customers had offered to help the company recover, Eni said, declining to provide details.
Acme offered refrigerated warehouse space in Lancaster County and refrigerated trailers, said Dennis Clark, vice president of marketing and merchandising for the supermarket chain.
Dietz & Watson is using the trailers at its plant in Philadelphia's Wissinoming neighborhood as mini-refrigerated warehouses. In the short term, those trailers are helping rebuild Dietz & Watson's distribution system.
Before the company opened its 260,000-foot warehouse in Delanco in 2007, the Philadelphia plant served as Dietz & Watson's main distribution center.
The Burlington County site also handled logistics for other food companies, including Keller's Creamery, because there was more space than Dietz & Watson needed, Eni said. Dietz & Watson had about 130 workers there, including those who handled distribution for other companies.
Eni declined to estimate the value of the loss.
Dietz & Watson management spent Friday, Saturday, and Sunday visiting refrigerated sites to develop a new distribution plan.
"That plan won't be finalized and implemented until the end of this month," Eni said. He expected the "temporarily permanent plan" will "be in place for the next year and a half to two years, until we have a permanent fix."
On Tuesday, the company planned to start shipping out of a Preferred Freezer Services location in South Philadelphia.
The family has already started to think about rebuilding. "It's not a possibility that we won't," Eni said. "The possibility is that it might look different."
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