Sysco (SYY - Get Report) is a food service company that supplies prepared, fresh and frozen food as well as supplies to restaurants, hotels, medical facilities and educational institutions. (The company is often confused with Cisco (CSCO), the technology communications equipment maker, which I addressed in my Stock Doppelgangers portfolio.)
Sysco is the largest publicly owned company in the wholesale food service business. Its nearest competitor, U.S. Foods (once known as U.S. Foodservice) is now owned by private equity investors. Sysco has enjoyed a slight yet stable trajectory of earnings and revenue growth for many years.
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