HOUSTON, Nov. 17, 2017 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Sysco Corporation (NYSE:SYY) today announced that the board of directors has approved a 9 percent increase in the quarterly cash dividend to $0.36 per share from the current $0.33 per share. The new dividend is payable on Jan. 26, 2018, to common stockholders of record at the close of business on Jan. 5, 2018.

"Sysco is committed to returning value to our stockholders," said Bill DeLaney, Sysco's chief executive officer. "Sysco has paid a cash dividend every quarter since our founding as a public company in 1970. Since then, the dividend has increased 49 times."

About Sysco

Sysco is the global leader in selling, marketing and distributing food products to restaurants, healthcare and educational facilities, lodging establishments and other customers who prepare meals away from home. Its family of products also includes equipment and supplies for the foodservice and hospitality industries. With over 65,000 associates, the company operates approximately 300 distribution facilities worldwide and serves more than 500,000 customer locations. For fiscal 2017 that ended July 1, 2017, the company generated sales of more than $55 billion.

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