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).
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 .
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