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US Foods announces the winners of its annual vendor recognition awards

Categories Include Innovation, Center of the Plate, Easy to do Business With and More

Rosemont, Ill., 2015-12-22 — /EPR Retail News/ — US Foods, one of America’s most innovative food companies and leading distributors, announces the winners of its annual vendor recognition awards. US Foods vendor partners share the company’s belief in Great Food. Made Easy. and consistently provide best-in-class service and innovative ideas.

“These vendors are critical to our mission of providing the highest quality products and business solutions to more than 250,000 customers around the country,” said Steve Guberman, chief merchandising officer, US Foods. “Congratulations to the winning companies, who excel in all the qualities that are important to us and most importantly, our customers.”

As in years past, vendor companies were recognized for their superior performance in the following categories: Innovation, Easy To Do Business With, and four product categories, Center of the Plate, Grocery, Non-Foods and Produce.  Seven companies were honored:

Innovation Award: ARYZTA has consistently provided US Foods with cutting-edge solutions. Whether it’s introducing the Croissant Donut to broadline distribution or a cinnamon roll with five centers, their committment to innovation is evident. We honor their continued creativity and commitment to joining US Foods in transforming the foodservice industry.

Easy to do Business With Award: tie between Strauss and Sugar Foods.  A valued partner to US Foods for more than 20 years, Strauss embodies the principle of “Easy” when it comes to vendor relationships, and Sugar Foods has delivered consistently high service in this highly collaborative partnership.  We appreciate that these vendors embrace our values while raising the bar every year to provide a competitive and “Easy” advantage for our business.

Center of the Plate Award: Butterball has proven itself to be a leader in poultry innovation and stepped up in an impressive way during a difficult time in the poultry industry this year, due to the Avian Influenza epidemic.

Grocery Award: From sugar and spice to butter and eggs, grocery products play a significant role in an operator’s menu.  Winona Foods provides competitive pricing, ranks top of class in FSQA compliance and maintains a strong focus on product development and innovation.

Non-Foods Award: Although food is so often the focus at US Foods, our key vendors of disposable products, such as this year’s winner Team 3 Group Limited, also play a vital role in customers’ operations.

Produce Award: Mann Packing Company has been a leader in innovation, continuously sustaining a full pipeline of great products, including the ever-popular Cross Valley Farms Superfood Slaw. They have supported US Foods in every aspect of the business, from on-the-ground support at the local level to strategic logistics solutions.

“Congratulations to all our vendors nominated for their daily contributions and hard work,” said Guberman. “Together we will continue to make it easy to do business with US Foods and build even more value for our customers.”

About US Foods
As one of America’s great food companies and leading distributors, US Foods is Keeping Kitchens Cooking™ and making life easier for customers, including independent and multi-unit restaurants, healthcare and hospitality entities, government and educational institutions. With approximately $22 billion in annual revenue, the company offers more than 350,000 products, including high-quality, exclusive brands such as the innovative Chef’s Line®, a time-saving, chef-inspired line of scratch-quality products, and Rykoff Sexton®, a premium line of specialty ingredients sourced from around the world. The company proudly employs approximately 25,000 people in more than 60 locations nationwide. US Foods is headquartered in Rosemont, Ill., and jointly owned by affiliates of Clayton, Dubilier & Rice LLC and Kohlberg Kravis Roberts & Co. L.P. Discover more at

Lisa Lecas, Manager
Corporate Communications, US Foods
Office: 847-720-8243

SOURCE: US Foods, Inc.

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