Sysco ( SYY) Company Profile: Sysco is a North America distributor of food-service products with approximately 400,000 customers. Current Share Price: $28.06 (Nov. 29) Dividend Yield: 3.8% Platte's Take: Sysco may be off the beaten path for some dividend investors when compared to Exxon, which is one of the reasons Platte likes the stock so much. Shares of Sysco are down 4.5% this year and more than 10% since September 2008, before the financial crisis kept diners at home as they tightened the belt and saved money. Platte says that while he waits for foodservice companies to see their business pick up, he's happy to receive a dividend payment of nearly 4%. "Their business has been a well-run company historically," Platte says of Sysco. "Their business has been affected negatively because of food distribution. If people don't eat out, that's less demand for their products. They've also been hurt by food inflation. But Sysco is getting more share in this market and the dividend keeps increasing. I'm getting paid a pretty nice yield to sit and wait."