US Foods announces the appointment of Harvard Business School professor Sunil Gupta to the Board of Directors

ROSEMONT, Ill., 2018-Mar-08 — /EPR Retail News/ — US Foods Holding Corp. (NYSE: USFD) announced today (March 06, 2018) that Sunil Gupta, the Edward W. Carter Professor of Business Administration at Harvard Business School, has been appointed to the Board of Directors effective March 1, 2018.

“Sunil is among the most sought-after experts in how technology is shaping business strategies in the digital era,” said Pietro Satriano, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of US Foods. “His experience working with companies across a variety of industries, in addition to the breadth and depth of his marketing insight, will bring a unique expertise to our board.”

“We’re excited to welcome Sunil to the board as an independent director,” said Robert Dutkowsky, Chairman of the Nominating and Corporate Governance Committee. “His leadership in digital strategy and marketing will be a tremendous asset.”

Gupta joined Harvard Business School in 2006. He has served as the Chair of the General Management Program for senior executives, Co-Chair of the Driving Digital Strategy executive program since 2013, and served as the Chair of the Marketing department from 2008 to 2013. He is the author of the forthcoming book, Driving Digital Strategy: A Guide to Reimagining Your Business.

Before joining Harvard Business School, Gupta held positions at the Columbia University Graduate School of Business, including serving as the Meyer Feldberg Professor of Business. He’s served on the advisory boards of several startups, as well as the board of the American Marketing Association.

He received his Bachelor of Technology in Mechanical Engineering from the Indian Institute of Technology, a Master of Business Administration from the Indian Institute of Management, and holds a doctorate in marketing from Columbia University.

About US Foods

US Foods is one of America’s great food companies and a leading foodservice distributor, partnering with approximately 250,000 restaurants and foodservice operators to help their businesses succeed. With 25,000 employees and more than 60 locations, US Foods provides its customers with a broad and innovative food offering and a comprehensive suite of e-commerce, technology and business solutions. US Foods is headquartered in Rosemont, Ill. and generates approximately $24 billion in annual revenue. Visit usfoods.com to learn more.

Contact:
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Director of Media Relations
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2018 Spring Scoop: US Foods highlights 26 new products from its Serve Good program

Company Grows Serve Good® Program to Help Independent Restaurants Meet Diner Demand for Sustainable Menu Options

ROSEMONT, Ill., 2018-Mar-02 — /EPR Retail News/ — US Foods Holding Corp. (NYSE: USFD) announced today (February 26, 2018) the launch of its 2018 Spring Scoop, dedicated to highlighting 26 new products from the company’s award-winning Serve Good program. Diners today care more than ever about the stories behind how their food is grown and raised. In fact, 67 percent of consumers state that they would have a better impression of a restaurant that offered sustainable foods and at least 80 percent of diners say they want to know more about their food source. As part of the company’s commitment to helping independent restaurants meet the growing demand for responsible menu options, all Serve Good products meet rigorous criteria for responsible sourcing or waste reduction. Additionally, all products are delivered in packaging developed according to strict packaging standards that help reduce waste and prioritize the use of recycled material.

Since launching with 24 products in 2016, the company’s Serve Good program now boasts more than 300 versatile products that fall into one of several categories including sustainable seafood, organic, non-GMO, animal care, responsible disposables or waste reduction, and many come with third-party certifications.

The portfolio is also supported with a pipeline of select seafood products within the company’s Progress Check™ initiative. Progress Check is a program that is designed specifically for the seafood category and highlights vendors that are on the path toward achieving the sustainable certifications required to be a part of the Serve Good program.

“Sustainable menu options are more than a trend, they’re a movement that’s here to stay. With Serve Good, we are committed to delivering a responsible approach to foodservice while equipping independent restaurants with high quality products diners will pay a premium for,” said Stacie Sopinka, vice president of product development and innovation, US Foods. “As we continue to deliver on our Great Food. Made Easy. strategy, our Serve Good portfolio empowers foodservice operators to source a wide variety of food and non-food items that have been carefully developed to help them succeed.”

Sustainable Seafood on the Menu

The term ‘sustainable’ has increased more than 300 percent on seafood menus in the past decadei.As the global demand for seafood continues to grow, responsibly sourced seafood is a key area of interest for diners and operators. Spring Scoop highlights several seafood offerings that meet leading third-party certifications, such as Best Aquaculture Practices (BAP) and Marine Stewardship Council (MSC):

  • Harbor Banks® Coho Salmon: Four-star BAP-certified, this salmon is fed fish protein combined with nutrient dense algae, so it produces more fish protein than it uses while retaining top-quality flavor, texture and nutrition.
  • Harbor Banks® Yellowfin Tuna Loin: MSC-certified, sashimi grade, ready to cut and serve with minimal prep required.

Continued Demand for Transparency

Increasingly, diners want to know more about how their food is made, and where it comes from. Over the past decade, the growth of non-GMO, organic and products that are raised without antibiotics have surged, and today, consumers are less willing to compromise these preferences when they dine out. For example, more than half of consumers are concerned about GMOs within their food and beveragesi while the term ‘organic’ has grown on menus by 130 percent over the last 10 yearsi. Spring Scoop highlights include:

  • Monarch® Non-GMO Ripened Sliced Sweet Plantains: Non-GMO Project Verified plantains imported from Ecuador that can be fried, pan-seared or baked.
  • Metro Deli® All Natural* Prosciutto Raised Without Antibiotics: An artisanal prosciutto made with only pork and Nova Scotian coarse salt and aged for nine months according to centuries-old Italian techniques. Perfect for charcuterie boards, sandwiches, salads, and pizzas.
  • Cross Valley Farms® Organic Fingerling Potato Blend: This first-to-market, versatile Fingerling Potato Blend is USDA-Certified Organic and includes colorful yellow, red and purple potatoes.

Beyond the Center-of-the-Plate

Responsibility comes in many forms beyond the center-of-the-plate, including beverages, disposables and desserts. Spring Scoop highlights several products that promote fair treatment of producers and the planet. Highlights include:

  • Devonshire® Premium Banana Chocolate Swirl Cake Made with Rainforest Alliance Certified™ Bananas and Fair Trade Certified™ Chocolate: Inspired by a Minnesota State Fair award-winning recipe, this cake is made with Fair Trade Certified semisweet chocolate and cocoa powder from Callebaut, Fair Trade Certified granulated and powdered sugar and Rainforest Alliance Certified banana purée.
  • Rituals® Moroccan Mint Iced Tea with Rainforest Alliance Certified Green Tea: No artificial colors, flavors or preservatives. Made from mint grown in Oregon, the tea is infused with spearmint, lemongrass and peppermint.
  • Monogram® Sustainable Cutlery Kit: A kit featuring a napkin and cutlery that are Biodegradable Products Institute (BPI)-certified compostable. The napkin and band are also Forest Stewardship Council® (FSC) Certified. This is a time-saving product that is ideal for to-go orders, catering, delivery and outdoor dining occasions.

Better Websites, More Business

Spring Scoop also features a new partnership with BentoBox, which is designed to help independent restaurants attract new customers with more functional mobile-ready restaurant websites. US Foods customers can now receive exclusive discounts and support from BentoBox. Learn more about this offering and other value added services here.

To learn more about the Spring Scoop 2018 lineup or to request a product demonstration visit www.usfoods.com/great-food/scoop_.

About US Foods

US Foods is one of America’s great food companies and a leading foodservice distributor, partnering with approximately 250,000 restaurants and foodservice operators to help their businesses succeed. With nearly 25,000 employees and more than 60 locations, US Foods provides its customers with a broad and innovative food offering and a comprehensive suite of e-commerce, technology and business solutions. US Foods is headquartered in Rosemont, Ill. and generates approximately $24 billion in annual revenue. Visit usfoods.com to learn more.

MEDIA CONTACT:

Sara Matheu
Director of Media Relations
847-720-2392
Sara.Matheu@usfoods.com

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US Foods welcomes David Works as Executive Vice President and Chief Human Resources Officer

ROSEMONT, Ill., 2018-Mar-02 — /EPR Retail News/ — US Foods Holding Corp. (NYSE: USFD) announced today (February 26, 2018) that David Works has joined the company as Executive Vice President and Chief Human Resources Officer, reporting to Chairman and Chief Executive Officer Pietro Satriano.

“I’m pleased to welcome David, a seasoned chief human resources officer and business executive, to our executive leadership team,” said US Foods Chairman and CEO Pietro Satriano. “Employees are the driving force behind our Great Food. Made Easy. strategy, and David’s leadership will be invaluable as we work to attract, develop and engage the right talent now and in the future.”

Works joins US Foods from Hackensack Meridian Health, where heserved as chief human resources officer for the not-for-profit health care organization. Previously, Works led the HR organizations at Windstream and Sears Holdings. He also served as the president of the Enterprise Business Unit at Windstream. Works spent the first seven years of his career as an officer in the U.S. Navy’s submarine force. He began his post-Navy career as an engineer at Motorola, followed by time at McKinsey & Company and ghSMART, a firm which specializes in talent assessment and leadership development.

Works holds degrees in Finance and Mechanical Engineering from the University of Pennsylvania, as well as a Master of Science in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Connecticut and a Master of Business Administration from the Kellogg School of Management at Northwestern University.

About US Foods

US Foods is one of America’s great food companies and a leading foodservice distributor, partnering with approximately 250,000 restaurants and foodservice operators to help their businesses succeed. With nearly 25,000 employees and more than 60 locations, US Foods provides its customers with a broad and innovative food offering and a comprehensive suite of e-commerce, technology and business solutions. US Foods is headquartered in Rosemont, Ill., and generates approximately $24 billion in annual revenue. Visit www.usfoods.com to learn more.

MEDIA CONTACT:

Sara Matheu
Director of Media Relations
847-720-2392
Sara.Matheu@usfoods.com

Source: US Foods

US Foods launches its Fall Scoop™ 2017 product lineup themed, “Make It Yours”

New Product Line Features 26 Products and Online Staffing Solution

ROSEMONT, Ill., 2017-Sep-20 — /EPR Retail News/ — US Foods (NYSE: USFD) is pleased to announce the launch of its Fall Scoop™ 2017 (Fall Scoop) product lineup themed, “Make It Yours.” The lineup features 26 products, six of which were developed in collaboration with award-winning chef, author and independent restaurateur, Chef Marcus Samuelsson. As operators strive to design the ideal menu and run an efficient kitchen and streamlined business, Fall Scoop helps provide the inspiration they need. The issue includes on-trend products inspired by Chef Samuelsson’s distinct global flavors, versatile items that maximize ingredients and help cut food costs and prepared foods that save chefs time in the kitchen.

“One of the most essential ingredients to succeeding in the restaurant industry is finding the perfect balance of products that not only inspire menus but offer easy alternatives, time savings and profit drivers,” said Stacie Sopinka, vice president of product development and innovation, US Foods. “For Fall Scoop, we partnered with Marcus to create a line that gives operators the inspiration they need to empower their success.”

Inspiration From a Culinary Genius

US Foods partnered with Chef Samuelsson to inspire the next wave of global cuisine. Together, US Foods and Chef Samuelsson developed six products that showcase Chef Samuelsson’s culinary expertise and highlight his re-imagined American soul food concept. The products, which are inspired by Chef Samuelsson’s Ethiopian and Swedish heritage and his roots in Harlem, New York, include:

  • Patuxent Farms® Uptown Par-Fried Chicken Thigh – inspired by Chef Samuelsson’s famous Yard Bird Chicken from Red Rooster Harlem, this dish is a cross between Grandma’s fried chicken and world cuisine. This product includes the crunch of traditional southern breading, along with buttermilk, coconut milk and a touch of Berbere seasoning cooked to perfection.
  • Molly’s Kitchen® Spicy Battered Cauliflower with Aleppo Pepper – easily deep-fried or baked in less than five minutes, Spicy Battered Cauliflower with Aleppo Pepper serves up a tender cauliflower floret in crispy batter, seasoned with a gentle, well-balanced Middle Eastern spice.
  • Monarch® Addis Style Spice Blend – inspired by the traditional Ethiopian Berbere spice blends, this version factors in cinnamon, cloves, cardamom and chile de árbol. This item can be used as a rub for meats, poultry and fish, and as a seasoning for stews, soups, grains and vegetables.
  • Chef’s Line® Cornbread Muffin – by adding big-city spice to down-home soul food, this collaboration has livened up traditional corn muffins with the warm red and gently sweet spice of Aleppo pepper. This product can be served as a sweet side dish or main plate breakfast item.
  • Harbor Banks® Smoked Norwegian Salmon – a staple in Sweden where Chef Samuelsson grew up, this Norwegian salmon is cold-smoked for 24 hours using Beechwood at a critical point in the process, which contributes to higher quality and sensory attributes.
  • Harbor Banks® Smoked Norwegian Trout – sometimes known as Norwegian Atlantic steelhead trout, this delicious dish has a rich red color and firm texture.

Versatile and Cost-Conscious

Sixty three percent of restaurant operators are concerned with managing food costs1, and 38 percent believe maximizing ingredients is one of the top ways to keep these costs low2. Fall Scoop features a variety of products that give operators the versatility they need for a wide range of dishes. Highlighted products include:

  • Patuxent Farms® Pepper Bacon Sausage – a smoky, peppery pork sausage that can be sliced and served or crumbled into a variety of different dishes.
  • Harbor Banks® Cape Shark Tenders – a first-to-market foodservice product, these Marine Stewardship Council™ (MSC)-Certified Cape Shark Tenders provide a distinctive white fish menu option that can be used as center-of-the-plate, taco topping or appetizer.
  • Chef’s Line® Pumpkin Spice Latte Ice Cream – a traditionally creamy ice cream featuring a classic autumnal flavor – real pumpkin. It goes perfectly with the season’s pumpkin craze and in a sundae, shake or affogato.

Tasteful Time Savers

Fall Scoop also offers products that provide invaluable back-of-house shortcuts that keep time and effort in the kitchen low. Product highlights include:

  • Cross Valley Farms® Veggie Crunch Salad Kit – an ultra-convenient mixture of texture, color and crunch, this gorgeous salad makes for the perfect side dish or main course. You simply open, toss and serve.
  • Glenview Farms® Premium Cage Free Pasteurized Liquid Whole Eggs – these cage free liquid eggs are from humanely raised hens and are perfect for essential egg dishes any time of the day. They are made without artificial colors, flavors and preservatives and come ready-to-use.
  • Patuxent Farms® All Natural* Chicken Breast Slices – versatile and pre-cut, this product can be used in multiple dishes to provide a flavorful meat addition to any menu offering.
  • Devonshire® Premium Belgian Waffle – baked in Belgium and true to the country’s original style, this premium waffle can used for breakfast or dessert topped with ice cream or fruit or as a handheld, on-the-go-item.

Must-Have Online Staffing Solution

In addition to these new products, Fall Scoop also features Homebase, a leading online labor management tool that enables paperless scheduling, time tracking, text and email messaging and reporting. Managing schedules and communicating with team members is now fast, efficient and cost-effective. Learn more about US Foods Online staffing solutions at usfvalueaddedservices.com/homebase.

For more on the full Fall Scoop lineup, visit usfoods.com/food/scoop and join the conversation on social media with #USFScoop. You can also like us on Facebook, follow us on Twitter and Instagram and watch our chefs in action on YouTube.

About US Foods

US Foods is one of America’s great food companies and a leading foodservice distributor, partnering with approximately 250,000 restaurants and foodservice operators to help their businesses succeed. With nearly 25,000 employees and more than 60 locations, US Foods provides its customers with a broad and innovative food offering and a comprehensive suite of e-commerce, technology and business solutions. US Foods is headquartered in Rosemont, Ill. and generates approximately $23 billion in annual revenue. Visit usfoods.com to learn more.

About Marcus Samuelsson

Chef Marcus Samuelsson is an award-winning chef and owner of Red Rooster Harlem, Streetbird Rotisserie and Red Rooster Shoreditch in London. The youngest person to receive a three-star review from The New York Times, Samuelsson has won multiple James Beard Foundation Awards including Best Chef: New York City. Samuelsson has appeared on “Top Chef Masters” and “Chopped All-Stars” and is the author of best-selling memoir “Yes, Chef” and multiple cook books, including “Marcus Off Duty: The Recipes I Cook At Home.” A committed philanthropist, Samuelsson co-produces Harlem EatUp!, a food and culture festival that launched in 2015, and is also the co-chair of the board of directors for Careers through Culinary Arts Program (C-CAP). Follow him on Instagram, Facebook, Pinterest and Twitter at @marcuscooks.

1 Pulse, 2017

2 Pulse, 2016

*Minimally processed, no artificial ingredients.

Contact:
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847-720-2392
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US Foods and Chef Marcus Samuelsson collaborate to bring menu inspiration to restaurant operators

US Foods and Chef Marcus Samuelsson collaborate to bring menu inspiration to restaurant operators

 

Company Unveils Product Collaboration with Renowned Restaurateur to Bring Menu Inspiration to Independent Restaurants Across the Country

ROSEMONT, Ill., 2017-Aug-24 — /EPR Retail News/ — US Foods (NYSE: USFD) is pleased to announce a new partnership with award-winning chef and restaurateur, Chef Marcus Samuelsson. Together, US Foods and Chef Samuelsson will introduce a line of new products aimed at bringing restaurant operators unique flavors to help inspire their menus.

showcase new product, Harbor Banks® Smoked Norwegian Salmon (Source: US Foods)

Through this partnership, the company is introducing six products as part of its 2017 Fall Scoop™ product lineup, launching on September 18. Developed in collaboration with Chef Samuelsson, the products offer operators flavor combinations inspired by Chef Samuelsson’s Ethiopian and Swedish heritage and his roots in Harlem, New York, home to three of his 11 restaurants: Red Rooster Harlem, Ginny’s Supper Club and Streetbird Rotisserie. As menu inspiration continues to challenge independent restaurant operators, the products strive to unleash menu creativity by bringing distinctive, global flavors to restaurant kitchens across the U.S.

“Chef Samuelsson’s passion and creativity have already made a significant impact on the restaurant industry and his community,” said Andrew Iacobucci, chief merchandising officer, US Foods. “By combining the scale of US Foods with Chef Samuelsson’s skills, this partnership is one of the many ways US Foods is redefining the foodservice industry and differentiating ourselves as a partner to independent restaurants.”

“One of the things I’m most excited about is creating items that are both on-trend and delicious,” said Chef Samuelsson. “This partnership with US Foods will bring unique ingredients and distinctive flavors to restaurants across the country. I can’t wait to see what chefs will do to make these products their own.”

The products include:

  • Patuxent Farms® Uptown Par-Fried Chicken Thigh – Inspired by Chef Samuelsson’s famous Yard Bird Chicken from Red Rooster Harlem, this dish is a cross between Grandma’s fried chicken and world cuisine. The item includes buttermilk, coconut milk, and a touch of Berbere seasoning along with the crunch of traditional southern breading.
  • Molly’s Kitchen® Spicy Battered Cauliflower with Aleppo Pepper – Easily deep-fried or baked, Molly’s Kitchen Spicy Battered Cauliflower with Aleppo Pepper serves up a tender cauliflower floret in crispy batter, seasoned with a gentle, well-balanced Middle Eastern spice.
  • Monarch® Addis Style Spice Blend – Inspired by the traditional Ethiopian Berbere spice blends, this version factors in cinnamon, cloves, cardamom and chile de árbol. This item can be used as a fiery rub for meat, poultry and fish, and seasoning for stews, soups, grains and vegetables.
  • Chef’s Line® Cornbread Muffin – By adding big-city spice to down-home soul food, this collaboration has livened up traditional corn muffins with the warm red and gently sweet spice of Aleppo pepper.
  • Harbor Banks® Smoked Norwegian Salmon – A staple in Sweden where Chef Samuelsson grew up, this Norwegian salmon is cold-smoked for 24 hours using Beechwood at a critical point in the process which contributes to higher quality and sensory attributes.
  • Harbor Banks® Smoked Norwegian Trout – Sometimes known as Norwegian Atlantic steelhead trout, this delicious dish has a rich red color and firm texture.

For more information on US Foods’ work with Chef Samuelsson, visit: usfoods.com/makeitwithmarcus or join the conversation on social media #makeitwithmarcus. You can also like us on Facebook, follow us on Twitter and Instagram and watch our chefs in action on YouTube.

About Marcus Samuelsson

Chef Marcus Samuelsson is an award-winning chef and owner of Red Rooster Harlem, Streetbird Rotisserie and Red Rooster Shoreditch in London. The youngest person to receive a three-star review from The New York Times, Samuelsson has won multiple James Beard Foundation Awards including Best Chef: New York City. Samuelsson has appeared on “Top Chef Masters” and “Chopped All-Stars” and is the author of best-selling memoir “Yes, Chef” and multiple cook books, including “Marcus Off Duty: The Recipes I Cook At Home.” He also co-produces Harlem EatUp!, a food and culture festival that launched in 2015. Follow him on Instagram, Facebook, Pinterest and Twitter at @marcuscooks.

About US Foods

US Foods is one of America’s great food companies and a leading foodservice distributor, partnering with approximately 250,000 restaurants and foodservice operators to help their businesses succeed. With nearly 25,000 employees and more than 60 locations, US Foods provides its customers with a broad and innovative food offering and a comprehensive suite of e-commerce, technology and business solutions. US Foods is headquartered in Rosemont, Ill. and generates approximately $23 billion in annual revenue. Visit usfoods.com to learn more.

Contact:
Sara Matheu
847-720-2392
Sara.Matheu@usfoods.com

Source: US Foods

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US Foods Q2 2017 financial results: Net sales increased 6.1% to $6.2 billion

ROSEMONT, Ill., 2017-Aug-10 — /EPR Retail News/ — US Foods Holding Corp. (NYSE: USFD), one of the largest foodservice distributors in the United States, today (August 09, 2017) announced results for the second quarter and first six months of fiscal 2017.

Second Quarter Highlights

  • Total case volume increased 3.6%; independent restaurant case volume increased 4.7%.
  • Net sales increased 6.1% to $6.2 billion.
  • Gross profit of $1.1 billion increased 1.9%.
  • Operating income of $126 million increased $28 million.
  • Net income of $65 million improved $78 million from a 2016 Net loss of $13 million.
  • Adjusted EBITDA increased 10.0% to $286 million.
  • Diluted EPS of $0.29; Adjusted Diluted EPS of $0.37.

Six Month Highlights

  • Total case volume increased 4.0%; independent restaurant case volume increased 4.3%.
  • Net sales increased 4.8% to $11.9 billion.
  • Gross profit of $2.0 billion increased 2.6%.
  • Operating income of $202 million increased $19 million.
  • Net income of $92 million exceeded prior year break-even.
  • Adjusted EBITDA increased 8.2% to $501 million.
  • Diluted EPS of $0.41; Adjusted Diluted EPS of $0.56.

CEO Perspective

“Strong Adjusted EBITDA growth of 10% and above-market independent restaurant case growth of 4.7% highlight another successful quarter for the company,” said President and CEO Pietro Satriano. “We have successfully closed five acquisitions this year as we continue to focus on accretive M&A opportunities. Continued growth with targeted customers, in combination with our portfolio of value-added services, innovative products and enhanced digital platform, position us for success in the second half of the year.”

Second Quarter Results

Total case volume increased 3.6% from prior year, of which 2.3% was organic growth, and independent restaurant case volume increased 4.7%, of which 3.7% was organic growth. The increase in total cases reflects growth with independent restaurants, healthcare and hospitality customers, and select national chain business.

Net sales of $6.2 billion represent a 6.1% increase from prior year, driven by total case volume growth, product mix changes and year-over-year inflation in grocery, produce, poultry and seafood. Sales from acquisitions completed in the last 12 months increased total Net sales by approximately 1.8%.

Gross profit of $1.1 billion increased $20 million, or 1.9% from prior year. The increase was driven by higher volume combined with margin expansion initiatives, partially offset by the year-over-year change in the Last-in, first-out (LIFO) inventory reserve. Gross profit as a percentage of Net sales was 17.1%. Adjusted Gross profit, which excludes the impact of LIFO, was $1.1 billion, a 5.6% increase from the prior year, driven by the Gross profit items discussed above. Adjusted Gross profit as a percentage of Net sales was 17.6%.

Operating expenses were $928 million, a decrease of 0.9% from prior year. Operating expenses benefitted from the non-recurrence of the prior year $31 million contract termination fee with our Sponsors, lower restructuring charges due to the completion of several initiatives in 2016, and ongoing efforts to reduce operating expenses. These decreases were partially offset by increased distribution costs related to higher volume combined with higher employee related costs. Adjusted Operating expenses for the quarter were $798 million, a 3.9% increase from prior year, primarily driven by higher volume and employee related costs.

Operating income was $126 million, a $28 million increase from prior year, driven by the Gross profit and Operating expense items discussed above.

Net income for the quarter was $65 million, up $78 million from a $13 million Net loss in the prior year. Adjusted EBITDA of $286 million increased $26 million, or 10.0% compared to prior year, driven by volume growth and the Adjusted Gross profit and Adjusted Operating expense factors discussed above. Diluted EPS was $0.29 and Adjusted Diluted EPS was $0.37.

Six Month Results

Total case volume increased 4.0% from prior year, of which 2.5% was organic growth, and independent restaurant case volume increased 4.3%, of which 3.2% was organic growth. The increase in total cases reflects growth with independent restaurants, healthcare and hospitality customers, and select national chain business.

Net sales of $11.9 billion represent a 4.8% increase from prior year, primarily driven by case volume growth and year-over-year inflation in grocery, seafood, poultry and cheese. Sales from acquisitions completed in the last 12 months increased total Net sales by approximately 1.6%.

Gross profit of $2.0 billion increased $51 million, or 2.6% from prior year. The increase was driven by higher volume combined with margin expansion initiatives, partially offset by the year-over-year change in the LIFO inventory reserve. Gross profit as a percentage of Net sales was 17.1%. Adjusted Gross profit, which excludes the impact of LIFO, was $2.1 billion, a 5.5% increase from the prior year, driven by the Gross profit items discussed above. Adjusted Gross profit as a percentage of Net sales was 17.5%.

Operating expenses were $1.8 billion, an increase of 1.8% from prior year, related to higher distribution costs from increased volume combined with higher employee related costs and insurance related charges. These increases were partially offset by the non-recurrence of the prior year $31 million contract termination fee with our Sponsors, lower restructuring charges due to the completion of several initiatives in 2016, and ongoing efforts to reduce operating expenses. Adjusted Operating expenses for the first six months were $1.6 billion, a 4.8% increase from prior year, driven by higher volume combined with higher employee related costs and insurance related charges.

Operating income was $202 million, a $19 million increase from prior year, driven by the Gross profit and Operating expense items discussed above.

Net income for the first six months was $92 million, up from break-even performance in the prior year. Adjusted EBITDA of $501 million increased $38 million, or 8.2% compared to prior year, driven by volume growth and the Adjusted Gross profit and Adjusted Operating expense factors discussed above. Diluted EPS was $0.41 and Adjusted Diluted EPS was $0.56.

Cash Flows and Capital Transactions

Net cash provided by operating activities for the first six months of fiscal 2017 was $368 million, an increase of $67 million from prior year related to our growth in net income which was driven by improved business performance and reduced interest expense. Cash capital expenditures for the first six months totaled $108 million, an increase of $41 million from prior year, due to the timing of payments made for assets acquired late in Q4 fiscal 2016 and increased capital spending, as planned.

Net Debt at the end of the quarter was $3.6 billion, a decrease of $172 million versus the same prior year period. The ratio of Net Debt to Adjusted EBITDA was 3.5x at the end of the quarter, down from 4.0x in the same prior year period.

Outlook for Fiscal 2017

The company is updating select elements of fiscal 2017 guidance. We now expect Net sales growth of 3-5%, interest expense of $175-$180 million, cash taxes of $20-$25 million and Adjusted Diluted EPS of $1.30-$1.40. All other elements of the company’s guidance provided during the Q4 fiscal 2016 earnings call on February 15, 2017, remain unchanged.

Please see the “Forward-Looking Statements” section in this release for a discussion of certain risks related to this outlook.

The company is not providing a reconciliation of our full year 2017 Adjusted EBITDA or Adjusted Diluted EPS outlook because we are not able to accurately estimate all of the adjustments on a forward-looking basis, and such items could have a significant impact on our GAAP financial results as a result of their variability.

Conference Call and Webcast Information

US Foods second quarter fiscal 2017 earnings call will be broadcast live via the Internet on August 9, 2017 at 9:00 a.m. CDT. The call can also be accessed live over the phone by dialing (855) 788-2805; the conference ID number is 35394300. The presentation slides reviewed during the webcast will be available shortly before that time. The webcast, slides, and a copy of this news release will be available in the Investor Relations section of our website for a limited period of time at www.usfoods.com/investors.

About US Foods

US Foods is one of America’s great food companies and a leading foodservice distributor, partnering with approximately 250,000 restaurants and foodservice operators to help their businesses succeed. With nearly 25,000 employees and more than 60 locations, US Foods provides its customers with a broad and innovative food offering and a comprehensive suite of e-commerce, technology and business solutions. US Foods is headquartered in Rosemont, Ill., and generates approximately $23 billion in annual revenue. Visit www.usfoods.com to learn more.

Forward-Looking Statements

This press release contains “forward-looking statements” within the meaning of the federal securities laws, including those statements under “Outlook for Fiscal 2017”. Forward-looking statements include information concerning our liquidity and our possible or assumed future results of operations, including descriptions of our business strategies. These statements often include words such as “believe,” “expect,” “project,” “anticipate,” “intend,” “plan,” “estimate,” “target,” “seek,” “will,” “may,” “would,” “should,” “could,” “forecasts,” “mission,” “strive,” “more,” “goal,” or similar expressions. The statements are based on assumptions that we have made, based on our experience in the industry as well as our perceptions of historical trends, current conditions, expected future developments, and other factors we think are appropriate. We believe these judgments are reasonable. However, you should understand that these statements are not guarantees of performance or results. Our actual results could differ materially from those expressed in the forward-looking statements. There are a number of risks, uncertainties, and other important factors, many of which are beyond our control, that could cause our actual results to differ materially from the forward-looking statements contained in this release. Such risks, uncertainties, and other important factors include, among others: our ability to remain profitable during times of cost inflation/deflation, commodity volatility, and other factors; industry competition and our ability to successfully compete; our reliance on third-party suppliers, including the impact of any interruption of supplies or increases in product costs; risks related to our indebtedness, including our substantial amount of debt, our ability to incur substantially more debt, and increases in interest rates; restrictions and limitations placed on us by agreements and instruments governing our debt; any change in our relationships with group purchasing organizations; any change in our relationships with long-term customers; our ability to increase sales to independent restaurant customers; our ability to successfully consummate and integrate acquisitions; our ability to achieve the benefits that we expect from our cost savings initiatives; shortages of fuel and increases or volatility in fuel costs; any declines in the consumption of food prepared away from home, including as a result of changes in the economy or other factors affecting consumer confidence; liability claims related to products we distribute; our ability to maintain a good reputation; costs and risks associated with labor relations and the availability of qualified labor; changes in industry pricing practices; changes in competitors’ cost structures; our ability to retain customers not obligated by long-term contracts to continue purchasing products from us; environmental, health and safety costs; costs and risks associated with government laws and regulations, including related to environmental, health, safety, food safety, transportation, labor and employment, and changes in existing laws or regulations; technology disruptions and our ability to implement new technologies; costs and risks associated with a potential cybersecurity incident; our ability to manage future expenses and liabilities associated with our retirement benefits and pension plans; disruptions to our business caused by extreme weather conditions; costs and risks associated with litigation; changes in consumer eating habits; costs and risks associated with our intellectual property protections; and risks associated with potential infringements of the intellectual property of others.

For a detailed discussion of these risks and uncertainties, see the section entitled “Risk Factors” in our Annual Report on Form 10-K for the year ended December 31, 2016, which was filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission (“SEC”) on February 28, 2017. All forward-looking statements made in this release are qualified by these cautionary statements. The forward-looking statements contained in this release speak only as of the date of this release. We undertake no obligation, other than as may be required by law, to update or revise any forward-looking or cautionary statements to reflect changes in assumptions, the occurrence of events, unanticipated or otherwise, or changes in future operating results over time or otherwise. Comparisons of results between current and prior periods are not intended to express any future trends, or indications of future performance, unless expressed as such, and should only be viewed as historical data.

Explanation of Non-GAAP Financial Measures

We provide Adjusted Gross profit, Adjusted Operating expenses, EBITDA, Adjusted EBITDA, Net Debt, Adjusted Net income and Adjusted Diluted Earnings Per Share (EPS) as supplemental measures to GAAP measures regarding our operational performance. These non-GAAP financial measures exclude the impact of certain items and, therefore, have not been calculated in accordance with GAAP.

We use Adjusted Gross profit and Adjusted Operating expenses to focus on period-over-period changes in our business and believe this information is helpful to investors. Adjusted Gross profit is Gross profit adjusted to remove the impact of Last-in, first-out (LIFO) inventory reserve changes. Adjusted Operating expenses are Operating expenses adjusted to exclude amounts that we do not consider part of our core operating results when assessing our performance, as well other items noted in our debt agreements.

We believe EBITDA and Adjusted EBITDA provide meaningful supplemental information about our operating performance because they exclude amounts that we do not consider part of our core operating results when assessing our performance. Examples of items excluded from Adjusted EBITDA include Restructuring charges, Loss on extinguishment of debt, Sponsor fees, Share-based compensation expense, Pension settlements, the non-cash impacts of LIFO reserve adjustments, Business transformation costs (business costs associated with the redesign of systems and processes), and other items as specified in our debt agreements.

We use Net Debt to review the liquidity of our operations. Net Debt is defined as long-term debt plus the current portion of long-term debt net of restricted cash held on deposit in accordance with our credit agreements, and total Cash and cash equivalents remaining on the balance sheet as of July 1, 2017. We believe that Net Debt is a useful financial metric to assess our ability to pursue business opportunities and investments. Net Debt is not a measure of our liquidity under GAAP and should not be considered as an alternative to Cash Flows From Operating or Financing Activities.

We believe that Adjusted Net income is a useful measure of operating performance for both management and investors because it excludes items that are not reflective of our core operating performance and provides an additional view of our operating performance including depreciation, amortization, interest expense, and Income taxes on a consistent basis from period to period. Adjusted Net income is Net income (loss) excluding such items as Restructuring charges, Loss on extinguishment of debt, Sponsor fees, Share-based compensation expense, Pension settlements, the non-cash impacts of LIFO reserve adjustments, Business transformation costs (business costs associated with the redesign of systems and processes), and other items, and adjusted for the tax effect of the exclusions and discrete tax items. We believe that Adjusted Net income is used by investors, analysts, and other interested parties to facilitate period-over-period comparisons and provides additional clarity as to how factors and trends impact our operating performance.

We use Adjusted Diluted EPS, which is calculated by adjusting the most directly comparable GAAP financial measure, Diluted Earnings per Share, by excluding the same items excluded in our calculation of Adjusted EBITDA to the extent that each such item was included in the applicable GAAP financial measure. We believe the presentation of Adjusted Diluted EPS is useful to investors because the measurement excludes amounts that we do not consider part of our core operating results when assessing our performance. We also believe that the presentation of Adjusted EBITDA and Adjusted Diluted Earnings per Share is useful to investors because these metrics are frequently used by securities analysts, investors and other interested parties in their evaluation of the operating performance of companies in our industry.

Management uses these non-GAAP financial measures (a) to evaluate our historical and prospective financial performance as well as our performance relative to our competitors as they assist in highlighting trends, (b) to set internal sales targets and spending budgets, (c) to measure operational profitability and the accuracy of forecasting, (d) to assess financial discipline over operational expenditures, and (e) as an important factor in determining variable compensation for management and employees. EBITDA and Adjusted EBITDA are also used for certain covenants and restricted activities under our debt agreements. We also believe these non-GAAP financial measures are frequently used by securities analysts, investors, and other interested parties to evaluate companies in our industry.

We caution readers that amounts presented in accordance with our definitions of Adjusted Gross profit, Adjusted Operating expense, EBITDA, Adjusted EBITDA, Net Debt, Adjusted Net Income and Adjusted Diluted EPS may not be the same as similar measures used by other companies. Not all companies and analysts calculate these measures in the same manner. We compensate for these limitations by using these non-GAAP financial measures as supplements to GAAP financial measures and by presenting the reconciliations of the non-GAAP financial measures to their most comparable GAAP financial measures.

INVESTOR CONTACT:
Melissa Napier
(847) 720-2767
Melissa.Napier@usfoods.com

MEDIA CONTACT:
Debra Ceffalio
(847) 720-1652
Debra.Ceffalio@usfoods.com

Source: US Foods

US Foods to participate at the Barclays Global Consumer Staples Conference in Boston on Thursday, September 7

ROSEMONT, Ill., 2017-Aug-07 — /EPR Retail News/ — US Foods Holding Corp. (NYSE: USFD) President and Chief Executive Officer Pietro Satriano and Chief Financial Officer Dirk Locascio will present at the Barclays Global Consumer Staples Conference in Boston on Thursday, September 7 at 12:45 p.m. EDT (11:45 a.m. CDT).

Media and investors can access a copy of the presentation slides and listen to a live audio webcast by visiting the Investor Relations page of the company’s website at www.usfoods.com. A replay of the presentation will be available later that same day.

About US Foods

US Foods is one of America’s great food companies and a leading foodservice distributor, partnering with approximately 250,000 restaurants and foodservice operators to help their businesses succeed. With nearly 25,000 employees and more than 60 locations, US Foods provides its customers with a broad and innovative food offering and a comprehensive suite of e-commerce, technology and business solutions. US Foods is headquartered in Rosemont, Ill. and generates approximately $23 billion in annual revenue. Visit usfoods.com to learn more.

INVESTOR CONTACT:
Melissa Napier
847.720.2767
melissa.napier@usfoods.com

MEDIA CONTACT:
Sara Matheu
847.720.2392
sara.matheu@usfoods.com

Source: US Foods

US Foods unveils its Summer Scoop™ 2017 product lineup

As diners take food choices more personally than ever, restaurants must keep up to win

ROSEMONT, Ill., 2017-Jun-14 — /EPR Retail News/ — Today (June 12, 2017) US Foods unveiled its Summer Scoop™ 2017 (Summer Scoop) product lineup entitled, “It’s a Matter of Choice.” Designed to help restaurants meet the evolving demands of the discerning diner, Summer Scoop features 24 versatile products that cater to a variety of opposing tastes.

Whether dining with family or a group of friends, the individual preferences of diners vary widely based on their ethics, lifestyle or personal approach. In fact, 44 percent of adults now say food restrictions, food allergies or avoidance of certain ingredients dictate what they eat.1

“From socially conscious consumers to the specialized diets of food tribes, it’s becoming harder for groups of diners to visit a restaurant and find something on the menu that appeals to each of them,” said Stacie Sopinka, vice president of product development and innovation, US Foods. “Within a party of four, it’s not uncommon to find at least one diner who is gluten-free or vegetarian while the others want to explore bolder, trending flavor combinations. When restaurants can expand the choices they offer consumers with a few simple additions to their existing menu, they win.”

Summer Scoop offers versatile, on-trend products that are the recipe for bringing people together and helping independent operators succeed.

Picking Your Protein

Summer Scoop features a variety of meat and meatless options to help operators deliver on protein trends:

  • Patuxent Farms® Chick-Arrones™ – a first-to-market appetizer or topper, this delicious protein dish is made from chicken thighs and chicken skin that is fried up to a crunchy perfection. Designed to soak up sauce, restaurants can use this product in a variety of menu options. Toss them in a Korean BBQ sauce over vegetable fried rice or in a buffalo wing sauce with a side of blue cheese for a cost-effective menu alternative to standard chicken wings.
  • Molly’s Kitchen® Meatless Breaded Boneless Wings – according to Datassential TIPS, 40 percent of consumers are likely to try alternative proteins.2 Molly’s Kitchen® meatless breaded boneless wings are 100 percent vegetarian and feature a meat-free protein that delivers the texture and flavor of real chicken.
  • Molly’s Kitchen® Meatless Crumbles – versatile and true to flavors of traditional ground beef – minus the meat – this product provides a flavorful substitute for vegetarian diners.

Choosing Sides

Designed for vegetarians, paleo diets or those looking for bolder flavor combinations, Summer Scoop offers restaurants simple sides or small dishes that appeal to a variety of tastes. Product highlights include:

  • Cross Valley Farms® Spiral Cut Kohlrabi – a hearty, spiralized vegetable noodle, Kohlrabi has grown 1,165 percent on menus in the past four years.3 Light and neutral in taste, Kohlrabi can take on the distinct flavors of any unique dish as a pasta substitute or cold vegetable dish addition.
  • Molly’s Kitchen® Battered Elote Corn Bites – a shareable appetizer or side dish inspired by authentic, Mexican street corn, Elotes has nearly doubled its presence on menus over the past four years.3 This product features charred corn kernels with lime, garlic, green onion, cilantro, chili and smoked paprika mixed with a blend of five cheeses and fried to perfection in corn masa batter.

Baked Expectations

As gluten-free offerings have grown 450 percent on menus over the past four years,3 gluten-free diners are seeking more authentic flavor experiences while indulgent diners are looking for rich, decadent desserts with authentic ingredients like real butter and sugar. Summer Scoop highlights include:

  • Chef’s Line® Gluten Free Italian Pizza Crust – made in Italy, this crust is completely gluten-free and is comparable in flavor and texture to traditional wheat-based pizza crusts. As gluten-free goes mainstream, 14 percent of pizza menus now feature a gluten-free option.3
  • Chef’s Line® Kouign Amann – a signature caramelized croissant rosette inspired by the hyper-regional specialty baked goods found in the Brittany region of France, this pastry is made with croissant dough laminated to 65 layers and filled with salted sugar and real butter. The pastry takes its cues from popular donut and croissant hybrids.

Enhanced Online Ordering Capabilities

In addition to these new products, Summer Scoop features enhancements to US Foods Online, an online platform designed to make ordering easy. Customers can now view personalized product recommendations, order status, details and history. Online ordering is fast, efficient and cost-effective. Learn more about US Foods Online at usfoods.com/order.

For more on the full Summer Scoop lineup, visit usfoods.com/food/scoop and join the conversation on social media with #USFScoop. You can also like us on Facebook, follow us on Twitter and Instagram and watch our chefs in action on YouTube.

About US Foods

US Foods is one of America’s great food companies and a leading foodservice distributor, partnering with approximately 250,000 chefs, restaurants and foodservice operators to help their businesses succeed. With nearly 25,000 employees and more than 60 locations, US Foods provides its customers with a broad and innovative food offering and a comprehensive suite of e-commerce, technology and business solutions. US Foods is headquartered in Rosemont, Ill. and generates approximately $23 billion in annual revenue. Discover more at www.usfoods.com.

1 Packaged Facts Report, 2014
2 Datassential TIPS, 2014
3 Datassential MenuTrends, 2016

Contact:
Sara Matheu
847-720-2392
Sara.Matheu@usfoods.com

Source: US Foods

US Foods to acquire food and food-related products distributor F. Christiana

ROSEMONT, Ill, 2017-Jun-05 — /EPR Retail News/ — US Foods announced today (June 02, 2017) that it has agreed to acquire F. Christiana, a broadline distributor of food and food-related products concentrating on the important center-of-the-plate categories as well as dairy and dry goods.

Family-owned for three generations, F. Christiana has nearly $100 million in annual sales and serves more than 1,800 independent restaurant, hotel, and independent deli/convenience store customers throughout Louisiana, southern Mississippi and parts of southern Alabama.

“F. Christiana has an excellent reputation in the independent operator space,” said Keith Knight, south region president, US Foods. “When combined with their success in key strategic markets such as New Orleans and Baton Rouge, this acquisition will further enhance our position with new and existing customers in Louisiana.”

“We see many similarities between US Foods and F. Christiana, most important of which is the passion for bringing value to its customers to help them succeed,” said Nick Christiana, general manager, F. Christiana. “With the size and scale of US Foods, our customers will have increased access to new and innovative products and business solutions to help them continue to grow their businesses profitably.”

F. Christiana will continue to operate under the F. Christiana name and will remain in the 70,000 square foot facility where it conducts business today.

The transaction is expected to close by mid-June. Terms of the transaction were not disclosed.

About US Foods

US Foods is one of America’s great food companies and a leading foodservice distributor, partnering with approximately 250,000 chefs, restaurants and foodservice operators to help their businesses succeed. With nearly 25,000 employees and more than 60 locations, US Foods provides its customers with a broad and innovative food offering and a comprehensive suite of e-commerce, technology and business solutions. US Foods is headquartered in Rosemont, Ill. and generates approximately $23 billion in annual revenue. Discover more at www.usfoods.com.

Media Contact:
Sara Matheu
(847) 720-2392
Sara.Matheu@usfoods.com

Investor Contact:
Main IR Contact
ir@usfoods.com
General IR Number: 1-847-720-2815

Source: US Foods

US Foods appoints Ty Gent as Chief Supply Chain Officer

ROSEMONT, Ill., 2017-Apr-12 — /EPR Retail News/ — US Foods Holding Corp. (NYSE: USFD) announced today (April 10, 2017) that Ty Gent has joined the company as Chief Supply Chain Officer, reporting to President and Chief Executive Officer Pietro Satriano. Gent will oversee all warehousing, transportation and supply chain strategy and operations on behalf of the company, as well as safety programs and real estate.

“Ty joins us with more than 30 years of supply chain leadership experience,” said US Foods President and CEO Pietro Satriano. “His reputation for delivering strong customer service, productivity improvements and an outstanding safety record will be instrumental in helping us continue to build a best-in-class supply chain.”

Prior to joining US Foods, Gent served as Senior Vice President of Operations for PepsiCo Central and South America regions. He previously served as Senior Vice President of Logistics for PepsiCo North America where he led the warehouse delivery network for Quaker, Gatorade and Tropicana, as well as the PepsiCo Transportation network for North America. Gent is a graduate of Kent State University where he received both his undergraduate degree in Economics as well as his Master of Business Administration.

About US Foods

US Foods is one of America’s great food companies and a leading foodservice distributor, partnering with approximately 250,000 chefs, restaurants and foodservice operators to help their businesses succeed. With nearly 25,000 employees and more than 60 locations, US Foods provides its customers with a broad and innovative food offering and a comprehensive suite of e-commerce, technology and business solutions. US Foods is headquartered in Rosemont, Ill., and generates approximately $23 billion in annual revenue. Discover more at www.usfoods.com.

Media Contact:
Sara Matheu
(847) 720-2392
Sara.Matheu@usfoods.com

Investor Contact:
Melissa Napier
(847) 720-2767
Melissa.Napier@usfoods.com

Source: US Foods

US Foods to acquire Italian specialty distributor Jeraci Foods

Rosemont, Ill., 2016-Oct-03 — /EPR Retail News/ — US Foods today (Sep 30, 2016) announced that it has agreed to acquire Jeraci Foods, an Italian specialty distributor based in Elmsford, New York.

Family owned since 1972, Jeraci Foods offers a complete line of authentic Italian and other imported and domestic food products to customers throughout the metro New York area. With more than $26 million in sales annually, Jeraci will enhance US Foods’ penetration in the Italian independent restaurant and pizzeria segment.

The Jeraci Foods location will remain open through the end of the year to ensure a smooth transition, after which the business will shift to the US Foods location in Perth Amboy, New Jersey.

“As a family owned business Jeraci Foods has built a strong reputation for great customer service and high quality food,” said Chuck Gannon, area president, US Foods. “At US Foods, we pride ourselves on those same characteristics and look forward to bringing an even more robust product offering to Jeraci customers.”

The transaction is expected to close on October 7. Terms of the acquisition were not disclosed.

About US Foods

US Foods is one of America’s great food companies and a leading foodservice distributor, partnering with approximately 250,000 chefs, restaurateurs and foodservice operators to help their businesses succeed. With nearly 25,000 employees and more than 60 locations, US Foods provides its customers with a broad and innovative food offering and a comprehensive suite of e-commerce, technology and business solutions. US Foods is headquartered in Rosemont, Ill. and generates approximately $23 billion in annual revenue. Discover more at www.usfoods.com.

Contact:

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

Source: US Foods

US Foods to host FY2016 3Q results conference call and webcast on November 8

Rosemont, Ill., 2016-Oct-03 — /EPR Retail News/ — US Foods Holding Corp. (NYSE: USFD) will host a live conference call and webcast to discuss Fiscal 2016 third quarter results on Tuesday, November 8 at 9:00 am CST.

The conference call can be accessed live over the phone by dialing (855) 788-2805; the conference ID number is 95119691.  Listeners are asked to please dial-in 10 minutes prior to the call start time and provide the conference ID number to be connected.

A replay will be available after the call beginning at noon on November 8, 2016 until November 18, 2016.  To listen to a replay of the conference call via telephone, please dial (855) 859-2056 and provide the conference ID number as listed above.

The conference call will also be webcast live from the company’s Investor Relations website at https://ir.usfoods.com. The presentation slides that will be reviewed during the webcast will be available on the Investor Relations website shortly before the webcast begins.  An archive of the webcast will be available at the same location beginning at noon on November 8, 2016.

About US Foods

US Foods is one of America’s great food companies and a leading foodservice distributor, partnering with approximately 250,000 chefs, restaurateurs and foodservice operators to help their businesses succeed. With nearly 25,000 employees and more than 60 locations, US Foods provides its customers with a broad and innovative food offering and a comprehensive suite of e-commerce, technology and business solutions. US Foods is headquartered in Rosemont, Ill. and generates approximately $23 billion in annual revenue. Discover more at www.usfoods.com.

Contact:

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

Media Contact:
Debra Ceffalio
847.720.1652
Debra.Ceffalio@usfoods.com

Investor Relations Contact:
Melissa Napier
847.720.2767
Melissa.Napier@usfoods.com

Source: US Foods

Avero Food Cost Management: US Foods and Avero launch software solution to manage a restaurant kitchen

Rosemont, Ill., 2016-Sep-24 — /EPR Retail News/ — Today (Sep 22, 2016 ), US Foods and Avero introduced a revolutionary new product that makes the challenging job of running a restaurant kitchen easier – Avero Food Cost Management (FCM). Avero FCM easily integrates with a restaurant’s point of sale system to give a seamless, digital look into food cost data and real-time inventory information. It also provides predictive sales forecasts and purchase quantity suggestions that tell restaurant operators exactly what they need to order, and when they need to order it.

“No restaurateur gets into this business because they love managing inventory and food costs, but this is essential and important work and through our partnership with Avero we are making this work easier,” said Jim Osborne, Senior Vice President, E-Commerce and Business Solutions, US Foods. “We know how difficult running a restaurant can be and that’s why we’ve made bringing leading technology solutions to our customers a priority.”

The US Foods and Avero partnership means that US Foods customers’ product lists and purchase trends are automatically loaded into Avero FCM based on historical purchases and invoices. All new US Foods orders can be placed quickly through Avero FCM, and customers’ inventory is automatically updated with the new purchases once they are received, saving operators hours each week. Additionally, the new product streamlines inventory counting and waste tracking – two areas where operators say they need help.

“At Avero we pride ourselves on understanding what restaurateurs want before they even know they want it, and we’ve taken that to the next level with our new Food Cost Management solution,” said Damian Mogavero, CEO and Founder of Avero. “Avero FCM adds tremendous value to the Avero product set, and our integration with US Foods gives restaurant operators across the country the ability to revolutionize their purchasing and inventory, helping them get back to doing what they love.”

Avero Food Cost Management is an affordable solution that can benefit all US Foods customers and now it’s part of the Avero Gold package. To learn more visit www.usfoods.com/avero.

About US Foods

US Foods is one of America’s great food companies and a leading foodservice distributor, partnering with approximately 250,000 chefs, restaurateurs and foodservice operators to help their businesses succeed. With nearly 25,000 employees and more than 60 locations, US Foods provides its customers with a broad and innovative food offering and a comprehensive suite of e-commerce, technology and business solutions. US Foods is headquartered in Rosemont, Ill. and generates approximately $23 billion in annual revenue. Discover more at www.usfoods.com.

About Avero

Avero is the leading provider of web-based and mobile business intelligence and analytical applications for the hospitality industry. We help restaurateurs and finance operators drive revenue, improve profitability, provide a superior guest experience, and outperform the competition. Avero’s applications can be integrated seamlessly with 65+ POS, Time & Labor systems. We process $24 billion in annual F&B transactions and have over 34,000 users in 68 countries, including many of the most renowned restaurants, casinos, and hotels in the world. Headquartered in New York City with offices in Atlanta, Chicago, Dallas, Las Vegas, Washington D.C., and New Delhi, the company is led by former hospitality professionals including CFOs, chefs, owners, sommeliers, and operators.

About US Foods
US Foods is one of America’s great food companies and a leading foodservice distributor, partnering with approximately 250,000 chefs, restaurateurs and foodservice operators to help their businesses succeed. With nearly 25,000 employees and more than 60 locations, US Foods provides its customers with a broad and innovative food offering and a comprehensive suite of e-commerce, technology and business solutions. US Foods is headquartered in Rosemont, Ill. and generates approximately $23 billion in annual revenue. Discover more at www.usfoods.com.

Media Contacts:

US Foods
Lisa Lecas
847.720.8243
lisa.lecas@usfoods.com

Avero
Kate Gold
646.421.6239
kmgold@averoinc.com

Source: US Foods

US Foods unveiled its Fall Scoop lineup from all-natural items and grass fed beef to decadent desserts

Rosemont, Ill., 2016-Sep-20 — /EPR Retail News/ — Today (Sep 19, 2016 ), US Foods unveiled its Fall Scoop lineup featuring 25 items that will inspire chefs everywhere to reimagine classics and create new dishes this season. From all- natural items and grass fed beef to decadent desserts, the “Steak Your Claim” Scoop has something for every restaurant. This launch also signals the national rollout of US Foods Tipping Point™, a server training program designed to increase customer satisfaction, check averages and tips.

“Product innovation is at the core of our business and over the last 5 years, we’ve introduced more than 400 unique and high quality products to help chefs and restaurateurs create crave-worthy dishes while saving time and labor in the kitchen,” said Stacie Sopinka, vice president of product development and innovation, US Foods. “With this Fall Scoop, we continue this tradition with must order items like beef marrow bones and pumpkin spice latte ice cream, as well as business solutions that address everything from inventory management and food cost control to server training.”

The 25 items in the Fall Scoop lineup run the gamut from succulent entrée options and accompaniments to simple sides and seasonal desserts.

Center of the Plate Perfection

Of diners who eat beef and pork, 91 percent eat beef at least once a week. To satisfy this craving, US Foods is introducing three new items from its exclusive Stock Yards™ brand. The All Natural Canoe Cut Beef Marrow Bones are great for sharing as an appetizer over garlic crostini and are pre-brined and pre-cut to save chefs time and cut operator food costs. The additional Stock Yards newcomers will help meet the growing demand for grass fed beef, the All Natural Grass Fed Ribeye Steak and All Natural Grass Fed Sliders. Both are 100 percent domestic and grass fed and grass finished and carry the clean labels diners seek today.

Seafood lovers can choose from the Chef’s Line™ Seared Yellowfin Tuna Slices, which are rubbed with pepper and garlic and ready-to-eat, as well as two shrimp varieties from Harbor Banks™, the Breaded Stuffed Shrimp and Grits and the Breaded Stuffed Shrimp Southwest Style.

Showstopping Sides

The new product line has plenty to offer alongside, or on top of, all the season’s best foods. The Chef’s Line™ Parmesan Peppercorn Compound Butter can be used at any stage of cooking to elevate entrees and sides. Just like all Rykoff Sexton™ products, the new Fire Grilled Artichokes and Caramelized Sliced Onions are of the finest quality and versatile. Also versatile are the Chef’s Line™ Natural Chip and Natural Fry, which are made without artificial ingredients, flavors or colors and are ready to be customized.

Sweet Finishes

No fall menu would be complete without the seasonal flavors of pumpkin and sweet potato. The Chef’s Line™ Rustic Pumpkin Sweet Potato Tart is filled with candied orange zest, warm spices and topped with praline-pecan streusel. For those looking for something more indulgent, the Devonshire Premium Campfire S’More Lava Cake finished with a toasted marshmallow topping fits the bill.

Star Servers

Also making its debut in Fall Scoop is the national launch of Tipping Point™, a US Foods program that caters to the often under-recognized but highly critical restaurant employees: the wait staff.

Tipping Point is designed to empower restaurant servers by helping them with pointed sales techniques that increase check averages, raise overall tips and engagement among servers and ultimately help operators increase their restaurant sales.

The Tipping Point kits are paired with US Foods items that naturally increase check averages. With US Foods Tipping Point, independent restaurants across the country now have access to specialized server training that is typically only seen in chain restaurants. To learn more about tipping point, visit www.usftippingpoint.com.

For more on the full Fall Scoop lineup, visit www.usfoods.com and join the conversation on social media with #Scoop. You can also like us on Facebook, follow us on Twitter and Instagram and watch our chefs in action on YouTube.

About US Foods

US Foods is one of America’s great food companies and a leading foodservice distributor, partnering with approximately 250,000 chefs, restaurateurs and foodservice operators to help their businesses succeed. With nearly 25,000 employees and more than 60 locations, US Foods provides its customers with a broad and innovative food offering and a comprehensive suite of e-commerce, technology and business solutions. US Foods is headquartered in Rosemont, Ill. and generates approximately $23 billion in annual revenue. Discover more at www.usfoods.com.

Contact:

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

Source: US Foods

US Foods announces fall Food Fanatics Live™ tour schedule and launches latest issue of Food Fanatics magazine

Rosemont, Ill, 2016-Aug-09 — /EPR Retail News/ — Today (Aug 04, 2016 ), US Foods announced its fall Food Fanatics Live™ tour schedule, which will bring this one-of-a-kind culinary experience to ten new cities, including Cleveland, Denver, Memphis and Houston. This announcement coincides with the launch of the latest issue of Food Fanatics magazine which will soon be making its way into the hands of more than 130,000 chefs, restaurant owners and foodservice operators.

“More than 21,000 food and restaurant industry professionals attended a Food Fanatics LIVE event this year, taking with them inspiration, ideas and solutions for improving their business,” said Marshall Warkentin, senior vice president, Marketing, US Foods. “Whether it’s through the educational sessions and live demos at our events, working in the kitchen with our Food Fanatics Chefs or building off the ideas and insights in the Food Fanatics magazine, we have something to help all our customers inspire their menus, attract more diners and optimize their operations.”

Food Fanatics Live™
Beginning on August 10 in Daytona Beach, Fla, US Foods will bring its Food Fanatics Live™ event to ten new cities. Making a stop in Cleveland, St. Louis, Denver, Virginia, Memphis, Houston, Kansas City, Columbia and South Florida, the highly anticipated culinary showcase will feature live stage demos, industry leading technology solutions to help restaurant operators do everything from managing costs to placing orders, and US Foods’ Exclusive Brands products.  From Stock Yards® to Rykoff Sexton® and Metro Deli® to Chef’s Line®, attendees will discover fresh produce, the best equipment and supplies and more items to cover all of a restaurant’s front and back of the house needs.”

Every Food Fanatics Live™ event includes access to two key US Foods resources – the US Foods Restaurant Operations Consultants and the Food Fanatics Chefs. The Restaurant Operations Consultants are on-hand to talk about business solutions and the Food Fanatics Chefs can be found in the interactive kitchen showcasing the latest culinary trends and discussing how to keep menus fresh.

Attendees can download the new Food Fanatics Live app to view the stage schedule, scan QR codes at each booth, access recipes and product information, and enter to win prizes, post on social and more!  Registration for all events is now open on foodfanatics.com/events.

Food Fanatics Magazine
The fall edition of the Pearl Award winning magazine is available on August 15 and explores the most buzzworthy trends in the industry, such as the rise of meatless meals and the growing debate on tipping. Articles also highlight modern day culinary fusion, how better branding can help restaurants stand apart from the crowd and what a dream staff looks like in a restaurant and how readers can build theirs. All these articles and more can be found on the new and improved foodfanatics.com.

To learn more about the Food Fanatics events, chefs and magazine, visit foodfanatics.com. You can also join the Food Fanatics movement on social media. Like us on Facebook @usfoodfanatics, follow us on Twitter @foodfanatics and Instagram @food.fanatics and watch our chefs in action on YouTube.

About US Foods
US Foods is one of America’s great food companies and a leading foodservice distributor, partnering with approximately 250,000 chefs, restaurateurs and foodservice operators to help their businesses succeed. With nearly 25,000 employees and more than 60 locations, US Foods provides its customers with a broad and innovative food offering and a comprehensive suite of e-commerce, technology and business solutions. US Foods is headquartered in Rosemont, Ill. and generates approximately $23 billion in annual revenue. Discover more at www.usfoods.com.

Contact:

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

Source: US Foods

US Foods to host Q2-FY2016 live conference call and webcast on August 9

Rosemont, Ill., 2016-Aug-01 — /EPR Retail News/ — US Foods Holding Corp. (NYSE: USFD) will host a live conference call and webcast to discuss Fiscal 2016 second quarter results on Tuesday, August 9 at 9:00 am CDT.

The conference call can be accessed live over the phone by dialing (855) 788-2805; the conference ID number is 95116637.  Listeners are asked to please dial-in 10 minutes prior to the call start time and provide the conference ID number to be connected.

A replay will be available after the call beginning at noon on August 9, 2016 until August 19, 2016.  To listen to a replay of the conference call via telephone, please dial (855) 859-2056 and provide the conference ID number as listed above.

The conference call will also be webcast live from the company’s Investor Relations website at https://ir.usfoods.com. The presentation slides that will be reviewed during the webcast will be available on the Investor Relations website shortly before the webcast begins.  An archive of the webcast will be available at the same location beginning at noon on August 9, 2016.

About US Foods
US Foods is one of America’s great food companies and a leading foodservice distributor, partnering with approximately 250,000 chefs, restaurateurs and foodservice operators to help their businesses succeed. With nearly 25,000 employees and more than 60 locations, US Foods provides its customers with a broad and innovative food offering and a comprehensive suite of e-commerce, technology and business solutions. US Foods is headquartered in Rosemont, Ill., and generates approximately $23 billion in annual revenue. Discover more at www.usfoods.com.

Contact:

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

Source: US Foods Holding Corp.

US Foods introduces new “Serve Good” product line to help chefs and foodservice operators meet demand for responsible dishes

Rosemont, Ill, 2016-Jun-19 — /EPR Retail News/ — As consumers are becoming increasingly interested in the source of their food they are relying on restaurants now more than ever to deliver the flavorful yet responsible dishes they crave. To help chefs and food service operators meet this growing diner demand, US Foods introduces its “Serve Good” line featuring a wide range of products including cage-free eggs, organic bread, non-GMO oils and sustainable seafood.

“The demand for sustainable options when dining out continues to grow,” said Stacie Sopinka, vice president, Product Development and Innovation, US Foods. “In fact, nearly 70 percent of diners say they would have a better impression of a restaurant that offered sustainable foods. With the high-quality, on-trend and sustainable items in Serve Good, we can help our customers deliver what their diners want and stay competitive in this changing marketplace.”

Each of the 21 Serve Good products are responsibly sourced or contribute to waste reduction while also bringing the benefits of versatility and time and labor savings in the kitchen.

Sustainably and Responsibly Sourced.

Eighty two percent of consumers want meat and poultry raised without antibiotics. Sustainable seafood ranked ninth in the top 20 food trends for 2016. Among the Serve Good items that are in line with these preferences:

  • Chef’s Line® All Natural Turkey Breast Roast: This tender, skin-on turkey roast is made from turkeys that are vegetarian-fed and raised without antibiotics.
  • Harbor Banks® Barramundi: This sustainably sourced, ocean-farmed whitefish is on its way to earning four-star certification under the Best Aquaculture Practices (BAP) standards.
  • Rykoff Sexton® Non-GMO Canola Oil: This Non-GMO Project Verified oil is expeller-pressed, without the use of chemicals, has zero grams trans fats per serving and is low in saturated fat.

Reduces Waste.

Nearly 40 percent of the US food supply is wasted annually, and about $218 billion a year is spent growing, processing, transporting and disposing of food that is never eaten. These Serve Good products are fresh, efficient and contribute to waste reduction, as well as responsible disposables.

  • Cross Valley Farms® Chopped Broccoli Leaves: Broccoli leaves are the latest superfood discovery, and because these leaves capture more goodness from one plant, it minimizes water usage and yields an additional 2,640 pounds of additional product harvested per acre.
  • Monarch® Eggless Spread: Also known as the miracle mayonnaise alternative, this spread is made with vegetable protein, which when compared to animal protein, uses five to ten times less water and requires one tenth of the land.
  • Monogram® Reusable Travel Cups: Approximately 14 billion paper coffee cups are thrown away every year. While most paper cups may be called recyclable, the majority are still lined with polyethylene, a non-recyclable material that ends up in landfills. Monogram Reusable Travel Cups cut down on both environmental waste and costs because they live long after the first beverage and are made with polypropylene, a truly recyclable material, which is BPA-free.

For more on the Serve Good Program and full Summer Scoop lineup, visit www.usfoods.com and join the conversation on social media with #ScoopTalk. You can also like us on Facebook, follow us on Twitter and Instagram and watch our chefs in action on YouTube.

Foodservice operators interested in learning more about Scoop can also request a product demonstration at: http://www.usfoods.com/scoopdemo.

About US Foods

US Foods, Inc. is a large foodservice distributor serving chefs and foodservice operators across the country. Its customers include independent and multi-unit restaurants, healthcare and hospitality entities, government and educational institutions. The company employs approximately 25,000 people in 61 locations nationwide. US Foods is headquartered in Rosemont, Ill.

Contact:

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

Source: US foods

Sidney, Ohio based Freshway Foods acquired by US Foods

Rosemont, Ill., 2016-May-24 — /EPR Retail News/ — US Foods today announced it has agreed to acquire Freshway Foods, a fresh fruit and vegetable processor, repacker and distributor serving customers throughout the eastern half of the United States

Established in 1988, Freshway Foods is owned by brothers Phil and Frank Gilardi and is based in Sidney, Ohio. The company has built a strong reputation for providing value-added fresh cut produce that includes the cutting, cleaning, chopping and packaging of raw produce resulting in a product that can be customized to meet any customer’s preferences and delivered ready for immediate use. In addition, Freshway Foods has established a robust farm-to-fork food safety approach that ensures food safety compliance from the grower through consumption.

US Foods will be keeping the Freshway Foods building open and is pleased to welcome its employees to US Foods.

“We are very excited about this new partnership with US Foods,” said Phil Gilardi and Frank Gilardi, the two owners of Freshway Foods. “Since we started this business, our success has been built upon our commitment to our associates and our customers and we are looking forward to the next chapter for Freshway Foods as part of a well established and reputable company like US Foods.”

The transaction is expected to close on June 10, 2016.  Terms of the transaction were not disclosed.

About US Foods
US Foods, Inc. is a large foodservice distributor serving chefs and foodservice operators across the country. Its customers include independent and multi-unit restaurants, healthcare and hospitality entities, government and educational institutions. The company employs approximately 25,000 people in 61 locations nationwide. US Foods is headquartered in Rosemont, Ill.

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

Foodservice data and analytics provider Food Genius acquired by US Foods

Chicago-based Food Genius is a leading technology provider of foodservice data and analytics

Rosemont, Ill, 2016-Apr-14 — /EPR Retail News/ — US Foods today announced it has acquired Food Genius, a leading provider of foodservice data and analytics. The Food Genius team members will join US Foods.

Focused exclusively on foodservice, Food Genius offers a suite of technology applications which simplify the interactions needed to transform large-scale unstructured data into application-ready datasets and actionable insights.

“Our core technologies are built for a single purpose, providing consistent and predictable structure on top of what is normally inconsistent datasets in foodservice,” said Jason Felger, CEO, Food Genius. “We’re all very excited to be a part of US Foods mission of being first in food!”

Terms of the acquisition were not disclosed.

About US Foods
US Foods, Inc. is a large foodservice distributor serving chefs and foodservice operators across the country. Its customers include independent and multi-unit restaurants, healthcare and hospitality entities, government and educational institutions. The company employs approximately 25,000 people in 61 locations nationwide. US Foods is headquartered in Rosemont, Ill.

Contact

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

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 to acquire family owned Dierks Waukesha in Waukesha, Wisconsin

With an expanded footprint, the company will now bring its differentiated products and business solutions to more independent restaurants throughout Wisconsin

Rosemont, Ill., 2015-12-22 — /EPR Retail News/ — US Foods, one of the country’s most innovative food companies and leading distributors, today announced it has agreed to acquire Dierks Waukesha in Waukesha, Wis. This acquisition underscores the company’s commitment to growth and mergers and acquisitions as a key path to continued growth. With this acquisition, US Foods substantially strengthens its presence in the Upper Midwest.

Family owned for three generations, Dierks Waukesha serves more than 3,500 customers throughout Wisconsin, Northern Illinois, Upper Michigan, and Eastern Minnesota from fine dining restaurants and caterers to schools and institutional organizations. Known as “The Fresh Guys,” the Dierks name has become synonymous with providing the freshest center of the plate items, produce and vegetables in the area. With approximately $120 million in annual sales, Dierks is one of the leading independent foodservice distributors in the region.

“Dierks has been a top foodservice provider for restaurants throughout the area since 1963 and you don’t stay in business that long without doing things right,” said Russell Scott, Midwest region president, US Foods.  “We are excited to build on the great reputation of Dierks and introduce its customers to the innovative products and best-in-class marketing, technology and business solutions that have made US Foods an industry leader.”

US Foods will service customers throughout the region from both its distribution center in Menomonee Falls, Wis. and the Dierks distribution center in Waukesha. The Dierks employees will be joining US Foods and will continue servicing customers throughout the area.

“We are excited to welcome the very talented Dierks team to the US Foods family,” said Pietro Satriano, president and CEO, US Foods. “The addition of this great team and the new distribution center will allow us to better serve our customers throughout the area and positions us for continued growth throughout the region.”

Thomas Muehl, one of the owners of Dierks, and Kevin Musser, CEO of Dierks, will also be joining US Foods.  Both will play integral roles in the transition of the business so that it is as seamless as possible for customers.

“US Foods has a lot to offer both our customers and our employees,” said Muehl. “I’m excited that the Dierks team will now be a part of this great company and for our customers to gain access to the expanded offering from US Foods that is sure to help them be even more successful.”

The transaction is expected to close on December 31, 2015.  Terms of the transaction were not disclosed.

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 to expand its distribution center in Fife, Washington

New facility will be more efficient and offer an expanded product offering for its customers

Rosemont, Ill., 2015-12-17 — /EPR Retail News/ — US Foods today announced plans to expand its distribution center in Fife, Washington. The expansion project kicks off in late January 2016 and will nearly double the size of its current facility, allowing the company to expand its customer base and better serve chefs, restaurateurs and foodservice operators throughout the Seattle area.

“As the vibrant culinary market in Seattle continues to grow, US Foods is positioning itself to continue to be a significant player in the area,” said Matt Reynolds, president, Mountain West Area, US Foods. “Once complete, our expanded facility will allow us to double our capacity for product storage making it easier for us to bring our innovative, on-trend products and tried and true favorites to more customers throughout Seattle and beyond.”

US Foods has operated out of its 123,000 square foot facility since 1998. The planned expansion will increase the size to more than 216,000. The majority of additional space will be used for increased product storage to offer customers an expanded product offering and more readily meet their needs.

Among the many improvements to the distribution center, will be a state-of-the art kitchen and training center that can be used for product demonstrations and customer ideation and a technology center where US Foods customers can learn about the company’s industry-leading mobile apps and web-based business solutions.

The expansion project will also incorporate many energy and environmental improvements, such as a highly efficient cascade refrigeration system and energy saving high-output fluorescent and LED lighting. The company is also making every effort to use locally sourced and recycled content furnishings and building materials. The project is expected to be complete in fall 2016.

The Seattle distribution center is home to more than 300 employees and serves thousands of customers throughout the Seattle market and surrounding area, including independent restaurants, healthcare and hospitality entities, government and educational institutions.

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 recognized zpizza as the first Ultimate Food Fanatic Award winner for its innovative Nice zSlice anti-bullying program

A Public Vote Decides Top Winner of First Food Fanatics Awards Program; Recipient Announced at The Culinary Institute of America’s reThink Food Conference

Rosemont, Ill., 2015-11-10 — /EPR Retail News/ — Proving a kid’s favorite food can make the school playground a kinder, gentler place, US Foods recognized zpizza as the first Ultimate Food Fanatic Award winner for the restaurant’s innovative Nice zSlice anti-bullying program. The top award was announced at reThink Food®, a conference co-presented by The Culinary Institute of America and the MIT Media Lab at the CIA’s Greystone campus in Napa Valley over the weekend.

“Being a Food Fanatic is so much more than having a love of food, it’s about having passion and drive to do something greater for the industry and our communities,” said Marshall Warkentin, SVP, Marketing, US Foods. “The way zpizza is tackling a big issue like bullying shows they not only have a Big Heart, but deserve the Ultimate Food Fanatic Award and the public clearly agrees.”

The Food Fanatics Awards program, designed to shine the spotlight on the heart and soul of the food and restaurant industry, received nearly 1,000 entries.  These inspiring stories were then narrowed by regions among six creative categories: Best Bite, Culinary Genius, Hero, Epic Turnaround, Top Crew, and Big Heart.  From there, an esteemed panel of judges chose the Category Winners and the public then voted online to select the one Ultimate Food Fanatic Award winner. zpizza prevailed as the Food Fanatics Awards Big Heart winner.

The artisan pizza chain recently launched Nice zSlice in recognition of October’s National Bullying Prevention month. Teachers from more than 200 schools nationwide partnered with local zpizza restaurants, rewarding student kindness with a complimentary slice of pizza. zpizza also hosted pizza parties and provided materials for the educators.

As the Ultimate Food Fanatic Award winner, zpizza will receive a $10,000 credit for US Foods Culinary Equipment and Supplies for a pantry or kitchen makeover. Other Food Fanatics Awards Category Winners recognized at The Culinary Institute of America reThink Food conference, include:

  • Food Fanatics Best Bite Award Winner Chef Ken Tominaga of PABU in San Francisco.  His “Happy Spoon” is a delicate balance of raw oyster, uni, ikura, and tobiko mingle with a light ponzu creme fraiche. Chef Tominaga served his “Happy Spoon” at the reThink Conference where he was joined by his son, also a student at The Culinary Institute of America.
  • Food Fanatics Hero Award Winner Robert Vick of Vick’s Vittles in Albuquerque, N. M. Even though Vick has been legally blind for 30 years, it hasn’t stopped him from using food as a way to work with charities, military and service organizations. After starting a blind feeder program for the Los Alamos Labs, he opened Vick’s Vittles. Despite three robberies and an assault that left him with 27 stitches and 12 staples in his head, Vick has never given up on his dedication to the business or the community.
  • Food Fanatics Culinary Genius Award Winner Chef Manuel Verney-Carron of Manuel’s Bread Café in North Augusta, S.C. Chef Verney-Carron has recreated the essence of his birthplace, Lyon, France, in his local restaurant. But Verney is so much more than a chef and owner—he’s also a farmer, baker, and entrepreneur. His passion for the business also launched a bottled sauce that originated from the restaurant called “The Furious Frenchman.”
  • Food Fanatics Epic Turnaround Award Winner Alex Pozantidis of Zoe Restaurant, East Amherst, N.Y.Pozantidis opened his first successful restaurant in 2006 with his two brothers before deciding to branch out on his own. Starting out was hard—Pozantidis lost his first restaurant to a devastating fire and a second to the recession. Never one to throw in the towel, he has since re-opened his third restaurant, Zoe.
  • Food Fanatics Top Crew Award Winner Willy Carroll and team of Tahoe Mountain Club, Truckee, Calif. Chef Willy Carroll and his team at Tahoe Mountain Club split time between two golf course restaurants each summer and two restaurants at NorthStar Ski Resort each winter. The crew has no room for error thanks to the resort rules, such as transporting ingredients by snowmobile before dawn since they don’t have access to the ski lifts. And the team is not allowed to stay late to prep since all personnel must be off of the mountain by 5 p.m. These kinds of parameters can be challenging, but a top crew like Carroll’s gets the job done.

“The Food Fanatics Awards program generated impressive entries that reinforce the dedication it takes to succeed in the industry, said Toni Sakaguchi, CEC, CHE, executive chef of the Strategic Initiatives Group at The Culinary Institute of America, who served as a judge. “It’s a privilege to be involved in such a great program that features outstanding food people across the country.”

The judging panel also included Sue Zelickson, Minnesota foodie, columnist, radio host, entrepreneur, and community volunteer; and Thomas J. Macrina CEC, CCA, DFS, AAC, president, American Culinary Federation and a US Foods Food Fanatics Chef.

The Ultimate Food Fanatic Award winner and all of the Food Fanatics Category Winners will be highlighted in an upcoming issue of Food Fanatics magazine.

“We know any successful food business starts with passionate people,” said Warkentin. “All of us at US Foods congratulate the Winners and Finalists who are truly Food Fanatics – some of the most dedicated, creative and skilled professionals in the industry.”

For more information about the Food Fanatics Awards and the winners, visit: foodfanatics.com/awards

To learn more about US Foods and its Food Fanatics, visit www.usfoods.com or www.foodfanatics.com. You can also like us on Facebook, follow us on Twitter and watch our chefs in action on YouTube.

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 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 brings more than 20 new innovative Items to customers with the newest edition of The Scoop

Grass-Fed Burgers, Cuban Pork Roast and Iced Latte Concentrate Among the More than 20 New, Innovative Items in the Fall Scoop

Rosemont, Ill., 2015-9-16 — /EPR Retail News/ — US Foods brings bold flavors and delivers insights from its own back of the house operations straight to customers with the newest edition of The Scoop. From unique items and new features to the unprecedented look at its product development process, the latest lineup reinforces how the company’s product innovation continues to lead the industry and helps chefs and restaurateurs across the country create delicious menus.

“This is truly a special issue of The Scoop that not only showcases our high-quality products but offers solutions for back-of-the-house challenges that foodservice professionals face every day,” said Steve Guberman, chief merchandising officer, US Foods. “At US Foods, we’re dedicated to bringing first-to-market products that benefit chefs and restaurants and delight diners nationwide.”

In this edition, US Foods makes it easy to identify key product attributes with the new Benefit Indicators. Located throughout The Scoop, the Benefit Indicators identify important features of each product, including unique flavors, time or cost savings, first-to-market, healthy ingredients and versatility. This edition also introduces Menu Profit Pro®, a costing tool included on the package of select Scoop products, making it quick and easy to calculate cost per serving. Another new feature gives customers a closer look at how US Foods creates its exclusive products, taking readers inside the inspiration and development behind five innovative items.

“We have an entire team devoted to product development, which is unique among foodservice distributors. They spot food trends before they even hit the hot lists,” Guberman said.  “This issue of The Scoop allows our customers to see the journey we undertake to create the exceptional products that they have come to expect from US Foods.”

This fall there are more than 20 new items, including back-of-the-house heroes such as Monarch® Mirepoix Blend, a pre-chopped blend of onions, carrots and celery, Rykoff Sexton® Grilled Mixed Vegetables and Cross Valley Farms® Fresh Diced Mangoes. They are on the cutting edge of convenience and help chefs significantly chop down prep time. The versatile and delicious Rituals® Iced Latte Concentrate, made from 100 percent Arabica beans, also provides a fast, no-hassle delivery system.

The Scoop continues to deliver the bold, mouth-watering flavors operators and their customers have come to expect. Chef’s Line takes the beloved burger to the next level with its All Natural Grass Fed Burger. This juicy patty, antibiotic-free and minimally processed, is the first-to-market nationally in foodservice, giving diners the same beefy flavor with improved sustainability. Combine it with Molly’s Kitchen’s® Shot and a Beer Battered Onion Rings, which offer a twist on the classic appetizer with a satisfying Irish stout and whiskey battered crunch.

The weather might be cooling down, but spice is coming in hot. Patuxent Farms® is heating up menus this fall with Nashville Brand Hot Chicken Wings, bringing a sizzling southern favorite to menus nationwide. The popular dish features a bone-in wing and crispy breading, tossed in a spicy, cayenne pepper sauce.

Cuban-inspired dishes have made their mark on American menus over the past nine years, with a market presence increased by 155 percent. Metro Deli® All Natural Cuban Seasoned Pork Roast was developed in partnership with US Foods Food Fanatics Chef Jeffrey Schlissel, who drew inspiration from South Florida, a region heavily influenced by Cuban fare. The end product is a savory roast hand-rubbed with authentic Cuban spices.

Chef’s Line rounds out the fall Scoop lineup by making sure diners save room to indulge in decadent fall treats. The Rustic Pumpkin Sweet Potato Tart is filled with warm flavors like candied orange peel and praline pecans then glazed and topped with coarse sugar. Cinnamon & Brown Sugar Ice Cream, another sweet delight, is the ideal complement to other desserts or a complete star on its own.

US Foods continues to encourage its customers to share their Scoop-based concepts and successes by posting pictures to social media using the #ScoopTalk hashtag. Restaurateurs can visit usfoods.com/ScoopTalk to see other chefs’ creations.

To see the full fall Scoop edition and learn more about the product offerings from US Foods, visit www.usfoods.com. You can also like us on Facebook, follow us on Twitter and watch our chefs in action on YouTube. Foodservice operators interested in learning more about Scoop can also request a product demonstration at:http://www.usfoods.com/content/www/home/food/scoop/scoop-demonstration-request-form.html

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 kicks off its first annual Food Fanatics Awards to recognize the heart and soul of the $709 billion restaurant industry

New Contest Recognizes Most Dedicated and Passionate People in the Restaurant Industry

Rosemont, Ill., 2015-9-11 — /EPR Retail News/ — Today (Sep 09, 2015), US Foods kicks off its first annual Food Fanatics Awards, a one-of-a-kind program that recognizes the heart and soul of the $709 billion restaurant industry.  The Awards program launched this week with a national call for entries in six unique categories.

“This isn’t your average contest; we created the Food Fanatics Awards to recognize those at the heart of the foodservice industry who are doing amazing – even fanatical – things,” said Marshall Warkentin, vice president of marketing, US Foods. “We understand the dedication it takes to succeed in this industry and these awards give us the opportunity to celebrate accomplishments large and small and shine a spotlight on the passionate few that go above and beyond.”

The six creative categories that make up the Food Fanatics Awards are:

  • Best Bite: One bite is all you need to call this dish a blockbuster. Sometimes your gut tells you that it will floor everyone. Other times, it’s the unexpected runaway hit of the season. Nearly everyone orders it, whether they’re regulars or have come out of the way just for this dish. It’s worth standing in the long line or waiting months for a reservation just to be blown away by this one bite.
  • Culinary Genius: Who always has the Next Big Thing? A culinary genius, industry influencer or menu mastermind, of course. Often copied and revered, this individual always stirs up buzz before the restaurant ever opens. Best of all, the culinary genius knows what diners want before they do.
  • Big Heart: The food industry is all about passion, but for some, their love for the business turns into a powerful way of doing good for all. This person thinks large, whether it’s helping the staff in a big way or galvanizing an entire community to jump in. The award salutes the Food Fanatic who best exemplifies the culinary love that makes neighborhoods and our world better places to live.
  • Hero: Heroes are admired and idealized for their courage, outstanding achievements and noble qualities. And it’s Fanaticism at its finest. This person never lets you down. They’ll always take one for the team, working tirelessly without credit. Everyone thinks they must have superpowers, but it’s natural for them to go above and beyond without question.
  • Epic Turnaround: Just when it seems all hope is lost, there’s an epic turnaround in the business. That’s because when the going gets tough, the tough become Food Fanatics. The ability to conquer rough patches and evolve into something even better is truly the mark of success. Perseverance and smarts, along with an unwavering determination to beat the odds, make this the most epic story.
  • Top Crew: Restaurateurs, servers, bartenders, cooks and dishwashers. Each one needs the other and when everyone is at the top of their game, look out. This team believes no one is more important than the other because they’re in it together. Success requires both sides of the house to work in sync, especially when the wait is long, tables are filled and the kitchen is in the weeds. This team truly has each other’s backs.

Anyone in the industry can nominate themselves, or someone else, at the Food Fanatics Awards website, www.FoodFanatics.com/Awards, now through September 25.  Applicants must submit a short essay, nomination information and photo.

Winners will be selected from each category, six in total. Each of the national Category Finalists will receive a $5,000 credit for US Foods/Culinary Equipment and Supplies for a pantry or kitchen makeover.

We want to public to get involved in the voting so we also have the Ultimate Food Fanatic award, the people’s choice.  When the nominations are in and judges determine the winners of each category, the public will have a chance to vote on who will be crowned the Ultimate Food Fanatic. The public voting period will be held from Oct. 19 – 30, 2015. The Ultimate Food Fanatic Award winner will receive an additional $5,000 prize credit.  All will be highlighted in an upcoming issue of Food Fanatics magazine.

Complete eligibility requirements and contest rules can be seen at the awards website.

“We started Food Fanatics in 2012, bringing together our Food Fanatics Chefs with other chefs and restaurateurs to help their businesses succeed,” Warkentin continued. “Now, we’re recognizing the efforts of others who are using their love for food to make businesses and our communities even better.”

With more than 150 years of experience, US Foods blends its expertise from working with more than 250,000 restaurants and foodservice operators with a passion for great food, making it easy for its customers every step of the way.  To learn more about US Foods and its Food Fanatic, visit www.usfoods.com or www.foodfanatics.com. You can also like us on Facebook, follow us on Twitter and watch our chefs in action on YouTube.

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.

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

US Foods announces that 11 US Foods chefs have joined the elite team of Food Fanatics Chefs

11 Culinary Experts Join the Food Fanatics Movement; Will Share Their Passion and Expertise with Restaurateurs Across the Country

Rosemont, Ill., 2015-8-18— /EPR Retail News/ — As one of the nation’s most innovative food companies and leading distributors, US Foods is continuing to set the stage for the future of the food service industry. Today, the company announced that 11 US Foods chefs have joined the elite team of Food Fanatics Chefs focused on sharing culinary expertise and industry insights that will help chefs and restaurateurs take their businesses to the next level.

The new Food Fanatic Chefs were carefully chosen for their rich, culinary backgrounds, deep knowledge of the restaurant industry and love of all things food. They join US Foods’ esteemed group of more than 25 Food Fanatics Chefs in local markets across the country. All Food Fanatics Chefs complete a rigorous university program that focuses on testing and expanding their skills to ensure they meet the Food Fanatics designation.

“We are always looking for new ways to bring value to our customers and our Food Fanatics Chefs are great examples of how we do just that,” said Marshall Warkentin, vice president of marketing, US Foods. “The Food Fanatics Chefs’ blend of culinary skills and business acumen provides our customers with someone they can turn to when they have a problem or want to explore new ways to reach greater success. We’re thrilled to add these new chefs to the program and continue to grow the ranks so that our customers everywhere can benefit from a Food Fanatics partnership.”

Using their own culinary expertise, as well as insights from the company’s work with more than 250,000 restaurants and foodservice operations, the Food Fanatics Chefs collaborate with chefs and restaurateurs across the country. Their responsibilities include introducing the latest US Foods products and innovations to local chefs, offering in-depth menu and recipe analysis for restaurateurs and consulting with operators on enhancements they can make to help their businesses succeed. The newest Food Fanatic Chefs include:

  • Chef Stephen Afflixio / Tampa, Fla. – Through his more than 25 years of experience in the foodservice industry, Chef Afflixio has gained extensive knowledge in consulting, menu development and food distribution. For the past 20 years, Chef Afflixio has served as a board member for the Tampa Bay chapter of the American Culinary Federation; most recently, he was inducted into the prestigious American Academy of Chefs.
  • Chef Jeff Bland/Roanoke, Va. – Chef Bland is an award-winning chef with more 34 years of food service experience.  He began his culinary career at the age of 14 and has since gained valuable knowledge working in restaurants and foodservice facilities across the country, including Walt Disney World and La Petite France. Chef Bland is also an esteemed culinary arts educator who has taught at both the high school and college levels.
  • Chef Ed Butler/ Knoxville, Tenn. – Chef Butler began his culinary career in Nashville, Tenn. at the age of 16. He quickly discovered his love of the culinary arts and devoted himself to learning from anyone and everyone. Since then, he’s held various leadership positions at restaurants, country clubs and banquet halls. Given the opportunity to sink or swim, Chef Butler dove in head first and found his true calling – sharing his passion for food and cooking. His enthusiasm is contagious, and he brings his excitement and knowledge about food to restaurants all over the state.
  • Chef Foster Deadman/Milwaukee – With more than 19 years of experience in the culinary and hospitality industry, Chef Deadman came to US Foods after serving as the Corporate Chef for Supple Restaurant Group in Wisconsin, as well as extensive work with high-volume catering and events for notable hotels and restaurants. Always energetic and a great team-builder, his culinary philosophy is to take an innovative approach to his culinary creations, which he achieves by making “retro relevant and the ordinary extraordinary.”
  • Chef Rahm Fama/Los Angeles – A former Food Network personality, Chef Fama has roamed the country sharing his love of food. He served as the host of the Food Network series, Meat & Potatoes, where he traveled around the U.S. seeking out the best spots for mouthwatering, meaty dishes. Chef Fama discovered his love of food and appreciation for meat growing up on his mother’s cattle ranch in Santa Fe, N.M. Since beginning his culinary career at the age of 15, he’s taken his chops to restaurants and hotels in Austin, Tex., Phoenix, New York, Colorado Springs, Colo. and St. Lucia. Now this meat-loving chef has landed at US Foods, bringing his carnivorous expertise to chefs around the Los Angeles area.
  • Chef Cory Guyer/Omaha, Neb. – Hailing from Mississippi, with a brief stop in Okinawa, Japan, Chef Guyer has been exposed to his fair share of different cuisines. After settling in Omaha, he cut his teeth in the restaurant industry at 14 years old, working his way up through the ranks at some of Omaha’s finest establishments. Following culinary school, he served as room chef for Jack Binion’s Prime Steakhouse at Horseshoe Casino and 360 at Harrah’s Casino, before finally landing at US Foods.
  • Chef Don Price/Lubbock, Tex. – With more than 28 years of experience in the restaurant industry, Chef Price knows all about the obstacles and decisions chefs and restaurateurs face every day. He got his start washing dishes for a local steakhouse and worked his way up to executive chef at a French Brasserie before attending the Culinary Institute of America. After graduating, he spent time as banquet chef at Waldorf Astoria and running dining facilities for the Compass Group in New York City, ultimately joining the US Foods team.
  • Chef Charles Ramseyer/Seattle – A native of Switzerland, Chef Ramseyer discovered his love of the kitchen as a teenager and soon afterward became an apprentice at the exclusive Hotel Vorderen Sternen in Zurich.  Chef Ramseyer’s knowledge of all things seafood is unmatched and his passion for the sea is evident in his culinary creations. Prior to joining US Foods, he spent 15 years at Ray’s Boathouse in Puget Sound, where he co-authored the Ray’s Boathouse cookbook titled “Ray’s Boathouse: Seafood Secrets of the Pacific Northwest,” and was invited to be a guest chef of the James Beard Foundation.
  • Chef Jeffrey Schlissel/ Boca Raton, Fla. – Chef Schlissel has more than 30 years of experience in the culinary field.  A native of South Florida, Chef Schlissel has amassed extensive knowledge for cooking all types of cuisines, but is best known for his Pan Asian Floribbean signature style. Chef Schlissel has a strong track record of helping restaurateurs increase profitability by using local resources and sustainable products in his dishes and is well respected by his peers as an efficient restaurant consultant and creative menu designer.
  • Chef Jaci Shelby/Kansas City – Originally from Milwaukee, Chef Shelby’s culinary roots span from Wisconsin to New Orleans to South Carolina to Kansas City. Her first culinary adventure was learning how to peel shrimp in New Orleans. Intrigued with the quality level of the food, she jumped into the pastry world at Restaurant August. She completed additional stints at The Windsor Court Hotel in New Orleans and the Embassy Suites Greenville, S.C. before switching gears to work on the savory side at The Biltmore Estate in North Carolina. Chef Shelby brings a varied background to US Foods, using both her pastry and savory skills to help restaurants successfully create menu concepts.
  • Chef Melissa Trimmer/Chicago – Chef Trimmer has a passion for the sweeter things in life, and infuses that into every dish she creates. She graduated Johnson & Wales University with an Associate degree in Baking and Pastry Arts then took an internship at Confiseur Bachmann’s in Luzern, Switzerland. Since then, she has utilized her Swiss training and techniques in many roles throughout the Midwest, including bringing the pastry kitchen at Carnivale in Chicago to life and leading the pastry department as Executive Pastry Chef when both Lula Café and Nightwood restaurants received the Bib Gourmand rating from The Chicago Michelin Guide’s inaugural edition in 2010. Chef Trimmer is a Certified Executive Pastry Chef from the American Culinary Federation and led the team at Le Cordon Bleu through first-time programmatic accreditation by the American Culinary Federation Education Foundation.

In addition, the Fall 2015 issue of the Food Fanatics magazine launches today.  The publication, which regularly draws from the expertise of the Food Fanatics Chefs, puts chefs, restaurateurs and foodservice operators in the know with what’s happening in the industry.  Like the chefs, the magazine is all about “sharing the love of food and inspiring business success.”  This edition explores land-raised seafood as the next farm-to-table trend, the nose-to-tail pork movement, the rapidly growing fast casual segment, and more.

To learn more about US Foods and its Food Fanatics Chefs or to find a digital version of the Food Fanaticsmagazine, visit www.usfoods.com or www.foodfanatics.com. You can also like us on Facebook, follow us on Twitterand watch our chefs in action on YouTube.

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 unveiled a special edition of The Scoop

Special Edition Scoop with a Twist Puts Focus on Bold Flavors and Tried and True Favorites

Rosemont, Ill., 2015-8-11— /EPR Retail News/ — Continuing its focus on product innovation, US Foods today unveiled a special edition of The Scoop, featuring a blend of favorite products from prior Scoop launches and a sampling of new items perfect for summer dining. Calling it Scoop with a Twist, the special edition lineup was inspired from the company’s brand colors, tangerine and citrus, and the refreshing allure of summer.

“This is an exciting time for US Foods and we wanted to share our excitement and reiterate our commitment to our customers’ success by introducing this special edition of Scoop,” said Steve Guberman, chief merchandising officer, US Foods. “As we move forward into the future, we will continue to break ground in innovative products improving operator efficiency and expert support to keep kitchens cooking across America.”

The lineup features three new items, including Devonshire® Premium Mini Key Lime Tarts.  Made with real key-lime juice, a sweet graham cracker cookie crust and a streusel topping, it’s the perfect tangy bite in a mini-dessert.  Monarch® Chimichurri Aioli blends flavors from rich culinary hotspots around the world.  This adaptable, flavorful sauce is made with traditional Argentinian chimichurri, luscious Provençal aioli, fresh herbs, and yuzu – a Japanese citrus flavor.  Rounding out the delicious array of new Scoop items is the Chef’s Line® All Natural Ground Chorizo.  Spicy, simple, and extremely versatile, this chorizo is made with coarsely ground pork, paprika, cumin and more flavorful spices.

In addition to the new items, the company is bringing back favorites from each year, including Chef’s Line® Coffee Ice Cream, Cross Valley Farms® Mini Heirloom Tomatoes and Cross Valley Farms® Baby Kale Trio, made up of baby black kale, baby scarlet kale and wild arugula.

Also making a comeback is the Chef’s Line® Pat Lafrieda Angus Chopped Beef Patty. Crafted from short rib and chuck, these patties are chopped in small batches to yield the finest Angus burgers.  Pair it with the Chef’s Line® All-Butter Croissant Bun and Monarch® House Fry or Sweet Potato House Fry.  Closing out the selection of past Scoop favorites is one of the very first and most popular Metro Deli® items, the Uncured Gourmet Ham.

US Foods continues to invite customers to share their Scoop-based concepts and successes by posting pictures to social media using the #ScoopTalk hashtag. Restaurateurs can then visit usfoods.com/ScoopTalk to see other chefs’ creations.

To see the full Scoop with a Twist edition and learn more about the product offerings from US Foods, visitwww.usfoods.com. You can also like us on Facebook, follow us on Twitter and watch our chefs in action onYouTube.

Foodservice operators interested in learning more about Scoop can also request a product demonstration at:http://www.usfoods.com/scoopdemo

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 celebrates the opening of its newest 272,000 square foot distribution center in Flowood, Mississippi

The new facility will serve chefs and operators throughout Mississippi and Louisiana

Flowood, Miss., 2015-7-17 — /EPR Retail News/ — US Foods is celebrating the opening of its newest distribution center in Flowood, Miss. with a grand opening event for employees, customers and stakeholders on Friday, July 17. The new 272,000 square foot facility will service more than 4000 chefs, restaurant owners and foodservice operators throughout Mississippi and Louisiana.  It is also the company’s 6th LEED-certified facility, featuring an environmentally conscious design maximized for energy efficiency.

“This is an exciting day for US Foods and for our customers throughout Mississippi as this new facility allows us to more efficiently service our customers and provides our employees with an exceptional working environment,” said Gil Smith, division president, US Foods. “This new building has everything we need to be able to keep kitchens cooking for our customers for many years to come.”

A highlight of the new building is its state-of-the-art kitchen. Across the country, US Foods Kitchens welcome more than 10,000 restaurateurs each year who visit to collaborate on developing new menu items so they can ensure profitability and popularity for their own diners.  This facility, known as the Jackson Division, features a demonstration kitchen stocked with culinary tools, the latest A/V equipment and menu development software, allowing for training and product testing. Other notable facility features include temperature-controlled zones for optimal food safety, a significantly increased selection of fresh produce and products and two produce ripening rooms.

The new distribution center was built after the original location was destroyed by a tornado last April.  Now, more than a year later, US Foods has reconstructed a bigger and better facility that allows them to continue to support and service its Jackson and New Orleans area customers.

“This past year has been all about rebuilding, and we couldn’t have done it without help from our community,” said Smith. “The support that we’ve received just reinforces what we already knew – Flowood is one of the best business communities in the country.”

US Foods is also bringing its expertise from working with more than 250,000 restaurants and foodservice operators across the country to its customers in the Jackson and New Orleans areas.  With more than 150 years of experience in the foodservice industry, US Foods has a unique understanding of the needs of today’s chefs and restaurateurs. The company’s vision and passion for innovation drives some of the most popular items on menus today and technology applications that have pioneered in the industry. To learn more about US Foods and its product offerings, visit www.usfoods.com. You can also like us on Facebook, follow us on Twitter and watch our chefs in action on YouTube.

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.”

Discover innovative US Foods products and business solutions at www.usfoods.com. Friend us on Facebook, follow us on Twitter and watch our chefs in action on YouTube.

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