SYSCO: announces «2007 suppliers of the year»

Houston / TX. (sy) SYSCO Corporation is the largest foodservice distributor in North America. It distributes frozen foods, various canned and dry foods, fresh meats, imported specialties, and fresh produce. The company also supplies various non-food items.

Since the initial public offering in 1970, when sales were 115 million USD, SYSCO – an acronym for Systems and Services Company – has grown to 35 billion USD in sales for fiscal year 2007. The company services over 400.000 customers, which include restaurants, hospitals and nursing homes, schools and colleges, summer camps, hotels and motels, and industrial caterers, as well as regional and national chain restaurants.

Since 1994 SYSCO selects its «suppliers of the year» and – you guess it – this days the company announced its «2007 suppliers of the year». Better: The company announced that Campbell Soup Company (Camden / New Jersey) has been named as SYSCO´s 2007 Supplier of the Year. The award – won by Campbell´s for the second year in a row – was presented at SYSCO´s 13th Annual Supplier Recognition Awards Ceremony in Houston. This year´s honour also represents Campbell´s eighth appearance as a Top 10 Gold Partner and their tenth year as a Top 100 Supplier.

In addition to Campbell Soup Company, the additional 2007 Gold Partner suppliers, in order, include Advance Food Company (Oklahoma City/OK); Ventura Foods, LLC (Brea/CA); Lyons Magnus (Fresno/CA); ConAgra-Lamb Weston (Eagle/ID); McCormick + Company, Inc. (Hunt Valley/MD); SCA Tissue North America (Philadelphia/PA); Prairie Packaging Inc. (Chicago/IL); Tyson Foods, Inc. – Poultry (Springdale/AR); and Heinz North America (Pittsburgh/PA). The 2007 Supplier Recognition Awards Ceremony recipients were selected from a group of more than 2.000 eligible suppliers located across the world. All finalists were selected based on key business performance metrics with critical evaluation by SYSCO´s broadline distribution companies, SYSCO´s corporate Merchandising, Sourcing, Quality Assurance, and Supply Chain Services departments.

Three companies also received SYSCO´s Fourth Annual Heritage Award, which is presented to the top Women and Minority Owned Businesses that supply SYSCO Brand products. This year´s recipients include Gold Medallist Carla´s Pasta, Inc. (South Windsor/CT), Silver Medallist ABCO Cleaning Products (Miami/FL) and Bronze Medallist Windsor Foods (Houston/TX).

2007 Gold Award Winners:
01. Campbell Soup Company (Camden/NJ)
02. Advance Food Company (Oklahoma City/OK)
03. Ventura Foods LLC (Brea/CA)
04. Lyons Magnus (Fresno/CA)
05. ConAgra – Lamb Weston (Eagle/ID)
06. McCormick + Company Inc. (Hunt Valley/MD)
07. SCA Tissue North America (Philadelphia/PA)
08. Prairie Packaging Inc. (Chicago/IL)
09. Tyson Foods Inc. – Poultry (Springdale/AR)
10. Heinz North America (Pittsburgh/PA)
2007 Silver Award Winners:
11. Tyson Foods Inc. – Prepared + Proteins (Springdale/AR)
12. McCain Foods USA (Lisle/IL)
13. General Mills Foodservice (Minneapolis/MN)
14. PACTIV Corporation (Lake Forest/IL)
15. H.J. Heinz Co. – Menu Inspirations (Pittsburgh/PA)
16. Sara Lee Foodservice (Downers Grove/IL)
17. Rich Products Corporation (Buffalo/NY)
18. Heritage Bag Company (Carrollton/TX)
19. Pilgrim´s Pride (Pittsburg/TX)
20. Windsor Foods (Houston/TX)
21. Cottage Bakery Inc. (Lodi/CA)
22. Basic American Foods (Walnut Creek/CA)
23. Carla´s Pasta Inc. (South Windsor/CT)
24. American Italian Pasta Company (Kansas City/MO)
25. Cargill Dressing Sauces and Oils (Wayzata/MN)
26. Starbucks Coffee Company (Seattle/WA)
27. Michael Foods Inc. (Minnetonka/MN)
28. Pacific Coast Producers (Lodi/CA)
29. ConAgra Foodservice (Omaha/NE)
30. 20/20 Produce (Paul/ID)
31. Azar Nut Company (El Paso/TX)
32. Fresherized Foods (Fort Worth/TX)
33. Mitsui Foods Inc. (Norwood NJ)
34. Italian Rose Gourmet Food Products (Riviera Beach/FL)
35. Dairy Farmers of America Inc. (Kansas City/MO)
36. The Schwan Food Company (Marshall/MN)
37. Sugar Foods Corporation (Sun Valley/CA)
38. Otis Spunkmeyer (San Leandro/CA)
39. C.H. Guenther + Son Inc. (San Antonio/TX)
40. Ecolab (St. Paul/MN)
2007 Bronze Award Winners:
ABCO Cleaning Products (Miami/FL)
Alpha Baking Company (Chicago/IL)
Archer Daniels Midland (Decatur/IL)
Arista Industries Inc. (Wilton/CT)
Arthur Schuman Inc. (Fairfield/NJ)
Bake´n Joy Foods Inc. (North Andover/MA)
BelGioioso Cheese (Denmark/WI)
Best Maid Cookie Company (River Falls/WI)
Border Foods Inc. (Farmers Branch/TX)
Brooklace Inc. (West Haven/CT)
Camerican International Inc. (Paramus/NJ)
Cargill Pork (Wayzata/MN)
The Cheesecake Factory Bakery Inc. (Calabasas Hills/CA)
Darik Enterprises Inc. (Woodside/NY)
Dean Foods – Morningstar (Dallas/TX)
Dole Packaged Foods Company (Westlake Village/CA)
Domino Foods Inc. (Iselin/NJ)
Eggs America Inc. (Flatonia/TX)
Flowers Foods (Thomasville/GA)
Foremost Farms USA (Baraboo/WI)
Furmano Foods (Northumberland/PA)
Georgia-Pacific Foodservice Solutions (Atlanta/GA)
Golden Heritage Foods LLC (Hillsboro/KS)
Grecian Delight Foods Inc. (Elk Grove Village/IL)
American Foods Group-Green Bay Dressed Beef (Alexandria/MN)
Handguards Inc. (El Paso/TX)
Handy Wacks Corp. (Sparta/MI)
Holten Meat Company (Sauget/IL)
House of Raeford (Raeford/NC)
Kellogg´s Food Away From Home (Elmhurst/IL)
Kerry Inc. (Waukesha/WI)
Knouse Foods Inc. (Peach Glen/PA)
Lakeside Foods Inc. (Manitowoc/WI)
Libbey Inc. (Toledo/OH)
Marcho Farms (Harleysville/PA)
Moody Dunbar Inc. (Johnson City/TN)
National Beef Packing Company (Kansas City/MO)
National Frozen Foods Corp. (Seattle/WA)
National Deli (Miami/FL)
Northwest Packing Co. (Vancouver/WA)
Orca Bay Seafoods Inc. (Renton/WA)
PanaPesca USA Corporation (Pembroke/MA)
Pennant Foods (Itasaca/IL)
Potandon Produce L.L.C. (Idaho Falls/ID)
Producers Rice Mill Inc. (Stuttgart/AR)
French´s Foodservice (Parsippany/NJ)
Reser´s Food Service (Beaverton/OR)
Rotella´s Italian Bakery Inc. (LaVista/NE)
Sanderson Farms Inc. (Laurel/MS)
Schreiber Foods Inc. (Green Bay/WI)
Seneca Foods Corporation (Janesville/WI)
Sun Orchard Inc. (Tempe/AZ)
Sun Rich Fresh Foods Inc. (Richmond/BC/Canada)
Superior Foods Companies (Watsonville/CA)
Trident Seafoods Corporation (Seattle/WA)
Truitt Brothers (Salem/OR)
Vanee Foods Company Inc. (Berkeley/IL)
Vie de France Yamazaki Inc. (Vienna/VA)
Vitality Foodservice Inc. (Tampa/FL)
W.W. Johnson Meat Company (Minneapolis/MN)
2007 Heritage Award Winners:
Gold Carla´s Pasta Inc. (South Windsor/CT)
Silver ABCO Cleaning Products (Miami/FL)
Bronze Windsor Foods (Houston/TX)