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 www.usfoods.com.

Contact
Lisa Lecas, Manager
Corporate Communications, US Foods
Office: 847-720-8243
Lisa.Lecas@usfoods.com

SOURCE: US Foods, Inc.

US Foods announced certification to the Marine Stewardship Council (MSC) Chain of Custody Standard

Every US Foods Distribution Center is now certified to the global MSC Standard for sustainable, wild-caught seafood

Rosemont, Ill., 2015-10-1 — /EPR Retail News/ — US Foods, one of the country’s most innovative food companies and leading distributors today announced certification to the Marine Stewardship Council (MSC) Chain of Custody Standard. The MSC is recognized as the world’s leading certification program for sustainable, wild-caught seafood.

MSC Chain of Custody certification assures that in every step of the chain – from the fisherman, to the processor, to the distributor and the end user – MSC certified seafood is not mixed with or substituted for non-certified seafood. MSC Chain of Custody certification ensures that seafood products that carry the blue MSC ecolabel can be traced back to a fishery that has been certified as sustainable and well-managed against the global, science-based MSC Standard.

“Ensuring the integrity of the seafood we deliver is important to US Foods and to our customers,” said Steve Guberman, chief merchandising officer, US Foods. “We are pleased to be the first nationwide foodservice distributor to certify all our locations to the MSC Chain of Custody Standard. This certification is just another way to show our commitment to becoming a leader of sustainable foods in the industry.”

The MSC Chain of Custody certification underscores the company’s commitment to customers, to strengthening communities and helping to safeguard the environment. By offering certified sustainable foods and supplies with integrity, US Foods is helping customers to make easier and more sustainable menu choices. This certification along with additional internal programs is part of the company’s ongoing commitment to sustainability.

“The MSC congratulates US Foods, one of the leading foodservice distributors in North America, on the achievement of attaining MSC certification and offering sustainable, wild-caught seafood to consumers nationwide,” said Geoff Bolan, MSC’s U.S. Program Director. “Their commitment to sustainable seafood demonstrates US Foods’ leadership in the food service industry.”

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 www.usfoods.com.

Contact

Lisa Lecas, Manager
Corporate Communications, US Foods
Office: 847-720-8243
Lisa.Lecas@usfoods.com

US Foods announces the appointment of Steve Guberman as Chief Merchandising Officer

Rosemont, Ill., 2015-7-14 — /EPR Retail News/ — US Foods today announced Steve Guberman will take on the role of Chief Merchandising Officer, effective immediately. Guberman previously held the role of Senior Vice President, Merchandising and Marketing Operations for the company.

“Steve has played an integral role in the implementation of all nationally led merchandising strategies and initiatives, and he is very well positioned for success as our Chief Merchandising Officer,” said Pietro Satriano, president and chief executive officer, US Foods.  “Steve brings a unique customer-oriented perspective to his role, as he began his career in restaurant management.  His leadership as well as his passion for excellent customer service and innovation will undoubtedly help us to fully realize the potential of our Food. Food People. Easy. strategy.”

Guberman brings over 30 years of industry experience to this important role.  Holding the role of Senior Vice President, Merchandising and Marketing Operations since January 2012, Guberman was responsible for the deployment and adoption of a range of merchandising and marketing strategies designed to accelerate profitable sales growth and help customers win.

Steve joined US Foods as part of the Kraft/Alliant Foodservice organization in 1991, accumulating a wide breadth of leadership experience in sales, procurement, marketing, national accounts, and category management before taking on the role of president of the US Foods Houston Division in 2006.

“I am very pleased and excited to take on this role as we launch this next phase of US Foods as an even stronger force in the foodservice industry,” Guberman said.  “I’ve had the chance to meet and talk with our customers and I know they count on US Foods to provide innovative products and services that help their businesses succeed.  I’m grateful to work with such a talented team and am looking forward to building on the foundation of innovation that helps our customers win.”

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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 www.usfoods.com.

Contact
Lisa Lecas, Manager
Corporate Communications, US Foods
Office: 847-720-8243
Lisa.Lecas@usfoods.com