Pate Dawson Company has been bringing food to Southern tables for over 100 years. The success of the company has been a classic tale of hard work, honesty and family values. Founded as a retail grocery operation, it is one of the largest and most progressive independent food service distributors in the Southeast United States. The company services customers in North Carolina, South Carolina and Virginia. In 2001, Pate Dawson Company won the Pocahontas Distributor of the Year award, which was more than the 15th time Pocahontas has recognized Pate Dawson Company s services. Pate Dawson Company, an employer of more than 250 people, is based in Goldsboro, N.C.