updated 2/15/2011 10:16:28 AM ET 2011-02-15T15:16:28

HOUSTON, Feb. 15, 2011 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Sysco Corporation (NYSE:SYY) announced today that Sanderson Farms, Inc. (Laurel, MS) has been named Sysco's 2010 Supplier of the Year. The award was presented at Sysco's Super Regional Conference held in Houston, Texas, February 1, 2011. This is the 16th year that Sysco has annually recognized its top performing suppliers. 

In addition to Sanderson Farms, the remaining Gold Suppliers include, in order: Pacific Coast Producers (Lodi, CA ); Arista Foods (Wilton, CT); Dean Foods/Morningstar (Dallas, TX); Pactiv Corporation (Lake Forrest, IL) JBS Pork (Greeley, CO); National Beef Packing Company, LLC (Kansas City, MO); Taylor Farms (Salinas, CA); Ventura Foods, LLC (Brea, CA); and Ralcorp Holdings, Inc. (Downers Grove, IL). The 2010 Supplier Recognition recipients were selected from over 2,000 eligible suppliers located across the world. The top 100 were selected based on key business performance metrics with critical evaluation by Sysco's U.S. broadline distribution companies and Sysco's corporate merchandising, sourcing, quality assurance, and supply chain departments.

Also announced today are the winner's of Sysco's Seventh Annual Heritage Awards. The Heritage Awards are presented to Sysco's top women and minority owned businesses that supply food and food service supply products through Sysco. This year's recipients include Gold Medalist Renaissance Man Food Services (Savannah, GA); Silver Medalist Signature Breads, Inc. (Chelsea, MA); and Bronze Medalist Carla's Pasta, Inc. (South Windsor, CT).

About Sysco

Sysco is the global leader in selling, marketing and distributing food products to restaurants, healthcare and educational facilities, lodging establishments and other customers who prepare meals away from home. Its family of products also includes equipment and supplies for the foodservice and hospitality industries. The company operates 180 distribution facilities serving approximately 400,000 customers. For the fiscal year 2010 that ended July 3, 2010 the company generated more than $37 billion in sales. For more information about Sysco visit the company's Internet home page at www.sysco.com .

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Gold Award Winners
1 Sanderson Farms, Inc. Laurel, MS
2 Pacific Coast Producers Lodi, CA 
3 Arista Foods Wilton, CT
4 Dean Foods/Morningstar Dallas, TX
5 Pactiv Corporation Lake Forrest, IL
6 JBS Pork Greeley, CO
7 National Beef Packing Company, LLC Kansas City, MO
8 Taylor Farms Salinas, CA
9 Ventura Foods, LLC Brea, CA
10 Ralcorp Holdings, Inc. Downers Grove, IL
Silver Award Winners
AdvancePierre Foods Cincinnati, OH
Alpha Baking Co., Inc. Chicago, IL
AMPI/Morning Glory Farms New Ulm, MN
Cargill Minneapolis, MN
Case Farms Troutman, NC
C.H. Guenther & Son, Inc. San Antonio, TX
Devi Seafoods Inc. Perth Amboy, NJ
Ecolab Saint Paul, MN
Fishery Products International Danvers, MA
Fresh Mark Foods (Sugardale) Canton, OH
General Mills, Inc. Minneapolis, MN
Handgards, Inc. El Paso, TX
Heritage Bag Co. Carrollton, TX
Holten Meat, Inc. Sauget, IL
Hormel Foods Corp. Austin, MN
Lamb Weston Boise, ID
Lyons Magnus Fresno, CA
McCain Foods USA, Inc. Lisle, IL
McCormick & Company, Inc. Hunt Valley, MD
National Provisions, Inc. (Deli) Miami, FL
Nestle Professional Vitality Tampa, FL
Otis Spunkmeyer, Inc. San Leandro, CA,
Perdue Farms, Inc. Salisbury, MD
Pilgrim's Pride Poultry Company Greeley, CO
Roth Kase USA Ltd. Monroe, WI
Sara Lee Corporation Downers Grove, IL
SCA Tissue Philadelphia, PA
Schreiber Foods, Inc. Green Bay, WI
Tanimura & Antle Salinas, CA
Wells' Dairy, Inc. Le Mars, IA
   
Bronze Award Winners
Allen's Inc. Siloam Springs, AR
American Italian Pasta Co. Kansas City, MO
Azar Nut Company El Paso, TX
Basic American Foods Walnut Creek, CA
Belgioioso Cheese Inc. Green Bay, WI
Burger Maker Inc. Carlstadt, NJ
California Dairies Visalia, CA
Camerican International, Inc. Paramus, NJ
Campbell Soup Co. Camden, NJ
Carla's Pasta Inc. South Windsor, CT
Church Brothers, LLC Salinas, CA
Clement Pappas & Co., Inc. Carneys Point, NJ
Coleman Natural Foods Golden, CO
Dart Container Mason, MI
Deb-El Food Products, LLC Elizabeth, NJ
Flowers Foods Thomasville, GA
Georgia-Pacific North America Atlanta GA
Great American Seafood Imports Co. Vernon, CA
Grecian Delight Elk Grove Village, IL
Harvest Select Tuscaloosa, Al
H.J. Heinz Pittsburgh,PA
Hoffmaster Group, Inc. Oshkosh, WI
HP Hood, LLC Lynnfield, MA
J&J Produce, Inc. Loxahatchee, FL
Jasper Wyman & Son Milbridge, ME
John B. Sanfilippo & Son, Inc. Elgin, IL
J.R. Simplot Co.  Boise, ID
Kellogg Co. Battle Creek, MI
Kraft Foods, Inc. Northfield, IL
Libbey Foodservice Toledo, OH
Lodi Canning Co., Inc. Lodi, WI
Mann Packing Salinas, CA
Marcho Farms Souderton, PA
Mar-Jac Poultry, Inc. Gainesville, GA
Michael Foods, Inc. Minnetonka, MN
National Pasteurized Eggs, Inc. Lansing, IL
Northern Wind, Inc. New Bedford, MA
Pacific Cheese Co., Inc. Hayward, CA
PepsiCo Inc. Purchase, NY
Phillips Foods, Inc. Baltimore, MD
Pietro Coricelli Tenafly, NJ
Potandon Produce, LLC Idaho Falls, ID
Red Gold, Inc. Orestes, IN
Renaissance Man Food Services Savannah, GA
Rich Products Corporation Buffalo, NY
Saputo Cheese USA, Inc. Lincolnshire, IL
Sigma Sales, Inc. Nogales, AZ
Signature Breads, Inc. Chelsea, MA
Slade Gorton & Co. Boston, MA
Smithfield Foods, Inc. Smithfield, VA
Southern Specialties Pompano Beach, FL
Stratas Foods Memphis, TN
Sugar Foods Corporation New York, NY
Sunkist Growers, Inc. Sherman Oaks, CA
Superior Foods, Inc. Watsonville, CA
Treehouse Foods, Inc. (Bay Valley) Oakbrook, Il
Trident Seafoods Corporation Seattle, WA
Tyson Foods, Inc. Springdale, AR
Windsor Foods Houston, TX
Wolverine Packing Co. Detroit, MI
2010 Heritage Award Winners
 
Gold
Renaissance Man Food Services (Savannah, GA)
 
Silver
Signature Breads, Inc. (Chelsea, MA)
 
Bronze
Carla's Pasta, Inc. (South Windsor, CT)
CONTACT:  Tammy McElroy
          Senior Director, Product Marketing
          T  281-584-4127

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