SOURCE: U.S. Foodservice

U.S. Foodservice

September 22, 2011 10:05 ET

U.S. Foodservice Announces 2011 Vendor of the Year Award Winners

Categories Include Product Quality, Food Safety, Business Friendliness and More

ROSEMONT, IL--(Marketwire - Sep 22, 2011) - U.S. Foodservice, one of the country's leading foodservice distributors, announces the winners of its third annual vendor recognition awards.

During a ceremony Wednesday evening in Rosemont, Ill., National Beef and PepsiCo Foodservice took top honors as U.S. Foodservice's 2011 Exclusive Brands (EB) Vendor of the Year and Manufacturer's Brand (MB) Vendor of the Year, respectively. The companies were chosen out of more than 200 vendors. National Beef also won the 2011 Center of the Plate award, and PepsiCo earned the 2011 Beverage Award.

"These vendors are critical to our mission of providing the highest quality products and services to more than 250,000 customers around the country," said Pietro Satriano, chief merchandising officer, U.S. Foodservice. "Congratulations to National Beef, PepsiCo and the other winning companies, who excel in all the qualities that are important to us and ultimately, our customers."

More than 60 U.S. Foodservice divisions and support offices participate in the selection process. Vendors were evaluated on seven important criteria: Sales Growth, Gross Margin Improvement, Divisional Sales and Merchandising Support, Food Safety and Product Quality, Logistics, National Account Support and Business Friendliness.

Nine companies were recognized for their superior performance in the following product categories:

  • Center of the Plate - National Beef
  • Beverage - PepsiCo Foodservice
  • Fruits and Vegetables - C&F Foods
  • Non-Foods - GenPak
  • Grocery - Dakota Growers Pasta
  • Frozen - Maple Leaf Bakery
  • Produce - Taylor Farms (third consecutive win)
  • Dairy - Dannon Company
  • Seafood - Aqua Star

Additionally, the following companies were recognized for functional excellence:

  • Logistics - Schwan Food Co.
  • Food Safety and Quality Assurance - Mariner Seafood
  • National Accounts - Red Gold
  • Business Friendliness - Trident Seafood
  • Exclusive Brands Partnership, Vendor of the Year - National Beef
  • Manufacturers Brands Partnership, Vendor of the Year - PepsiCo Foodservice

Pilgrim's Pride, Georgia-Pacific, Icelandic USA Inc., Alpha Baking, Wells Enterprises, Winona Foods, Campbell's, Red Gold and Pactiv took top honors in 2010.

"We congratulate every vendor nominated for their daily contributions and hard work," said Satriano. "Together we will continue to make it easy to do business with us and grow the value we bring to our customers."

About U.S. Foodservice
U.S. Foodservice is one of America's leading foodservice distributors, offering more than 350,000 national brand products and its own high-quality private label items, ranging from meats to produce to frozen foods. The company proudly employs approximately 25,000 associates in more than 60 locations nationwide. U.S. Foodservice provides the finest quality food and related products to more than 250,000 customers, including independent restaurants, government operations, health care and hospitality entities, educational institutions and prominent multi-unit restaurant companies. With approximately $19 billion in annualized revenue, the company is headquartered in Rosemont, Ill., and jointly owned by funds managed by Clayton, Dubilier & Rice Inc. and Kohlberg Kravis Roberts & Co. Discover more at

Contact Information

  • Contact:
    Lisa Lecas
    Corporate Communications Manager
    U.S. Foodservice, Inc.
    (847) 720-8243
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