B-O-F Corporation History

With over 60 years in business, B-O-F Corporation has become the undisputed market leader in gravity flow shelving.

Our Story

B-O-F Corporation has served the retail grocery industry since its founder, Edward Knorring, first began his entrepreneurial start in 1953. Mr. Knorring started as a manufacturer’s representative, offering merchandising products, including conveyors, shelving, and other material handling items, to the grocery industry.

With the emergence of the supermarket, Mr. Knorring saw a niche for better, more efficient, more attractive product delivery systems at the retail level.

Through acquisitions, the company continued to expand and acquire more knowledge about and access to a variety of products for the grocery industry, including carton cutters, glass doors, and gravity flow shelving.

By 1982, the company began manufacturing a gravity flow shelving product through a division named Bev-O-Flow. The success of the gravity flow shelving system was rapid.

The product alleviated labor pains associated with stocking shelves neatly and efficiently. It allowed retailers to put more products at the consumer’s fingertips with less labor. It also enabled retailers to enhance merchandising aesthetics which increased sales for retailers, leading to more growth for the company.

Our Focus

Today, B-O-F is a leading inventor, patent-holder, and designer of innovative gravity flow shelving products. We help grocery stores, drug stores, liquor stores, and convenience stores sell more dairy and beverages with fewer labor costs.

B-O-F Corporation adapts in response as the market continues to evolve and shift more towards single serve. Our new VersaSlide® product line is a direct response from retailers to today’s merchandising problems. VersaSlide is quickly becoming the go-to solution in convenience store chains across the U.S. for single serve.

VersaRack Shelving

Our Passion

The company is staffed and run by professional and dedicated employees, including members of the original Knorring family. B-O-F corporate leaders have in-depth consumer packaging and retail experience. Some employees have spent their entire careers at B-O-F, creating an unsurpassed knowledge stream in the industry.