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Sysco Corporation Announces 2013 Top Suppliers With Ecolab Inc. Earning Highest Honor

HOUSTON, Aug. 16, 2013 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Sysco Corporation (NYSE:SYY), North America's leading foodservice distribution company, recently honored its suppliers that met or exceeded the company's exacting standards as part of the 2013 Sysco Supplier Excellence Awards program.

The awards, presented at an industry dinner in Houston, recognize the commitment, support and partnership of suppliers by category and area of accomplishment. This marks the 19th year that Sysco has honored its top suppliers for continuing to help the company achieve its vision to be its customers' most valued and trusted business partner.

Ecolab Inc., headquartered in Minneapolis, Minn., was recognized as Supplier of the Year, Sysco's top supplier recognition, and awarded for the highest level of performance in areas such as sales growth, profitability, Sysco Brand sales and overall support of Sysco. Ecolab's Chairman of the Board and Chief Executive Officer, Doug Baker, accepted the award.

The complete list of 2013 Top Supplier Awards (not in ranked order):

Gold Supplier Award recipients:
Company: Product Category:
Devi Seafoods, Inc. Seafood
Ventura Foods Grocery
Sanderson Farms, Inc. Poultry
OSI Group, LLC Beef
Cargill (Pork) Pork
Ecolab, Inc. Foodservice supplies/ chemicals
Alpha Baking Company, Inc. Bakery/Convenience
PepsiCo Foodservice Beverage
ProSource Inc. Produce
Bonduelle Canada Inc. Frozen Veg & Potato
Saputo Dairy Foods Dairy
Pacific Coast Producers Canned

Other Gold level award categories:
  • Renaissance Man Food Services won the Heritage Gold Award, which goes to Sysco's top-performing women- and minority-owned suppliers who exhibit excellence in areas such as innovative products, sales growth and promotional support. Also honored at the Silver and Bronze levels, respectively, were Windsor Foods and Lemon-X.
  • Red Gold, Inc., a supplier of premium-quality canned tomatoes and tomato-based products for retail, foodservice, private brands and club stores, won the Supply Chain Partner Award for its ongoing collaborative efforts to improve Sysco's end-to-end supply chain.
  • Cardinal Meat Specialists Ltd., a Canadian meat company, won the 2013 Innovation Award for its "Revolution Burger," recognized by Sysco as the most innovative product developed and launched during Fiscal Year 2013.
  • Superior Foods Companies, a leading supplier for the retail, food manufacturing and foodservice private brand industries, won the inaugural Sysco Sustainability Excellence Award for its involvement with the Guatemala Highland Value Chain Development Alliance. The alliance, a collaboration among Sysco, Superior Foods, Oxfam, the Sustainable Food Lab and Guatemala's Organization for Agricultural and Microenterprise Development, hopes to reach more than 500 new farmers in the next two years and in the longer-term contribute to improved livelihoods of nearly 4,000 rural households. To date, more than 200 new family farms from one of the most vulnerable areas in Guatemala are now selling in this supply chain.

Silver Supplier Award recipients:
Company: Product Category:
Northern Wind Inc. Seafood
Stratas Foods Grocery
Renaissance Man Poultry
Cargill Beef
Sara Lee Foodservice (Pork) Pork
Pactiv LLC Foodservice supplies/ chemicals
McCain Foods Bakery/Convenience
Vitality(Nestle Professional Beverages) Beverage
Sigma Sales Inc. Produce
National Frozen Foods Corporation Frozen Veg & Potato
AMPI/Morning Glory Farms Dairy
Agro Sevilla – USA, Inc. Canned

Bronze Supplier Award recipients:
Beef Beverage Grocery
American Foods Group Island Oasis Cargill
IBP (Tyson) Lemon-X Corporation McCormick for Chefs
Holten Meat, Inc. Lyons Magnus Domino (American Sugar Refining)
Lower Foods Inc.   Sovena USA
Dan's Prize Inc. (Hormel Foods Group)   Red Gold, LLC
Bakery/Convenience Canned Dairy
Ralcorp Frozen Bakery Products Allens, Inc. Michael Foods, Inc.
Cuisine Innovations, LLC Azar Nut Company BelGioioso Cheese
Flowers Bakeries Foodservice John B. Sanfilippo and Son Emmi Roth USA
Windsor Foods Mitsui Foods National Pasteurized  Eggs, Inc.
United States Bakery Oregon Cherry Growers, Inc. Hillandale Farms
Pork Poultry Seafood
Tyson- TPFG Koch Foods, Inc. Arista Industries
Clemens Food Group Mar-Jac Poultry Inc. F.W. Bryce, Inc.
Smithfield Case Farms Great American Seafoods
Fresh Mark Inc. (Sugardale) Butterball Paul Piazza & Son, Inc.
JBS Pilgrim's Pride Shediac Lobster
Disp/Chem/S&E Frozen Produce
John Ritzenthaler Company RITZ Foodservice McCain Foods Taylor Farms
Libbey Inc. Expor San Antonio Tanimura and Antle
SCA Americas Superior Foods Companies Church Brothers, LLC
Handgards Inc.   GreenGate Fresh, LLLP
Heritage Bag Company   J&J Produce 

Recipients of Sysco's 2013 Supplier Excellence Awards were chosen from more than 1,200 eligible suppliers worldwide. Winners were selected based on key business performance measures as prescribed by Sysco's U.S.-based distribution companies and the company's corporate Merchandising, Sourcing, Quality Assurance and Supply Chain departments.

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