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Grainger, Graybar Top Most Admired Diversified Wholesalers List

Fortune's annual list of Most Admired Companies announced.

Fortune’s annual list of the World’s Most Admired Companies has recently been released, and several distributors made the lists:

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In the electronics and office equipment wholesalers category, Avnet came out on top, with Arrow Electronics at No. 2 – those two are the largest distributors in electronics.

In health care wholesalers, Henry Schein was chosen as No. 1, with McKesson, AmerisourceBergan and Cardinal Health coming in at 2, 3 and 4 respectively. Sysco was tapped as No. 1 most admired company in the food and grocery wholesalers division. Sysco also appeared on Most Admired for people management and management quality.

The broadest category for distributors was diversified wholesalers. Grainger took the top spot again this year in the category. Graybar Electric was No. 2 (as it was last year); Airgas moved up a spot to No. 3; and Rexel jumped to No. 4 from No. 10 this year. Rounding out the top five in diversified wholesalers was Anixter.

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The lists were compiled by Fortune with Hay Group by polling executives, directors and analysts about the 15 largest international companies and 10 largest U.S. companies in each of 58 industry categories. The industry experts rated those companies in nine areas, from investment value to social responsibility. Only companies with scores ranking in the top half of their industries made the lists. A total of 698 companies from 32 countries were surveyed.

Here’s the full list of the Top 50 companies, led not surprisingly by Apple and Google.

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