NECS, Inc.

About NECS, Inc.

Innovation in Food Distribution Software


Who We Are

NECS began in 1987 with its sole mission to produce top quality software for foodservice distributors. At that time, company president, Chris Anatra had determined that the software market was severely lacking in specialized software to address the needs of wholesale food distributors, especially those dealing with meat, seafood, produce, cheese as well as full line distributors.

The only products available at that time were needlessly complex, difficult to use, required expensive computer hardware costing into the six figures, and still did not meet all the needs of the foodservice distributor.

During this time period, the computer industry was beginning its move from large mainframe and mini computer systems, to the more economical personal computer such, as the IBM PC. Chris Anatra, president of NECS and the original developer of the NECS software, saw the opportunity to design a system based on the Microsoft and networking technologies available at that time. By adapting to this new technology early, it turned out to be a brilliant move that set NECS to become the leader in food distribution software. NECS was able to provide a comprehensive, easy-to-use software package, at an economical price.

Adapting to new technology early, and constantly providing new features for our user base, continues to be our company mission.

Over the years, the system has evolved into entrée, a comprehensive Windows application with more than 3 million lines of programming source code.

To date, almost 1,500 wholesale food distributors have decided that the NECS entrée system is the best product to meet their demanding needs. Our large network of satisfied customers makes this decision even easier.

Foodservice distributors which run their operations on NECS computer software are more profitable and operate more efficiently on reduced staffs. This leaves NECS with an enthusiastic user base, who readily recommend NECS software to other wholesale food distributors.

NECS customers range in size from smaller distributors with sales revenues of a few million per year, up to distributors with sales exceeding $500 million per year. The average size NECS customer has sales of $25-50 million/year, and requires 20-30 workstations.



After 25 years of creating innovations in food distribution software and the supply chain, NECS President, Chris Anatra was voted by his peers in 2016 via the March issue of Food Logistics Magazine, to be a "Rock Star of the Supply Chain".  

“I am honored to be recognized for my efforts and achievements to the food supply chain which started for me in 1987 and has been a passion ever since. I want to share this recognition with my staff of creative and hardworking professionals who truly care about our customers’ success and go the extra mile without hesitation. Here at NECS we are all Rock Stars of the Food Supply Chain as we continue to produce innovative ERP software for food distribution, which drives our customers’ success and efficiency.”
– Chris Anatra, President, NECS, Inc.

The award was conceived as a way to recognize influential individuals and organizations in the food/beverage industry whose achievements, hard work, and vision have shaped and continue to attain milestones in safety, efficiency, productivity and innovation throughout the global food supply chain. You can click here for the full article.



Chris Anatra in 1987 when he began coding the software and learning the food distribution business.




Chris Anatra in 2016 who oversees the development of entrée and company operations.