HOUSTON, Nov. 02, 2018 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Sysco Corporation (NYSE:SYY), the leading global foodservice distribution company, today announced the winners of the 2018 Sysco Supplier Excellence Awards. This program recognizes the commitment, support and partnership of suppliers and brokers who help best deliver Sysco’s vision of being our customers’ most valued and trusted business partner.

The 2018 award recipients were selected based on sales growth and support, operational excellence and other key business performance metrics laid out by Sysco’s merchandising, quality assurance and supply chain departments. Winners are recognized as Gold, Silver or Bronze.

“Our customers are at the center of all that we do, so it’s important that we partner with suppliers and brokers who can help us improve our customers’ overall experience,” said Brian Todd, Sysco’s senior vice president of merchandising. “It’s equally important for us to recognize them for all the hard work and dedication they put forth to help us make our customers successful.”

Supplier of the Year, the highest honor, was awarded to General Mills Foodservice for their exceptional performance in sales growth, best in class service and overall support of Sysco customers. Broker of the Year was awarded to the CORE Group for their top performance in case growth, local market collaboration and overall support in bringing solutions to our customers.

Other notable specialty awards included:

Emerging Supplier - Dean Foods
Supply Chain - General Mills Foodservice
Corporate Social Responsibility - McCormick for Chefs
Cutting Edge Solutions - Beyond Meat

Gold Heritage - Sweet Street
Gold Supplies on the Fly – Welbilt
Silver Heritage - Badia Spices, Inc.
Silver Supplies on the Fly - Libbey Inc.
Bronze Heritage – County Fair Food Products, Sweet Endings
Bronze Supplies on the Fly - Honolulu Fish Company, Carlisle FoodService Products, Chef Works

Congratulations to all of the winners. The complete list of 2018 Top Supplier Awards (not in ranked order) is as follows:

Gold Supplier Award Recipients

Product CategoryCompany
Bakery, Convenience & PotatoesMcCain Foods USA
Beef & PorkCargill
BeveragePepsiCo Foodservice
DairyMichael Foods
Foodservice SuppliesGP PRO (Georgia-Pacific)
Frozen/Canned Fruits & VegetablesLakeside Foods, Inc.
Grocery & CommoditiesGeneral Mills Foodservice
PoultrySanderson Farms, Inc.
ProduceChurch Brothers Farms
SeafoodDevi Seafoods

Silver Supplier Award Recipients

Product CategoryCompany
Bakery, Convenience & PotatoesAlpha Baking Company, Inc. Chicago IL
Beef & PorkJBS Pork
BeverageRed Bull
DairySchreiber Foods, Inc.
Foodservice SuppliesEcolab
Frozen/Canned Fruits & VegetablesNeil Jones Food Company
Grocery & CommoditiesMcCormick For Chefs
PoultryTyson Foods, Inc.
ProduceD’Arrigo California
SeafoodKing and Prince Seafood

Bronze Supplier Award Recipients

Product CategoryCompany
Bakery, Convenience & PotatoesDavid’s Cookies
Sweet Street
FGF Brands Inc.
Dianne’s Fine Desserts
Rich Products Corporation
Beef & PorkTyson Fresh Meats
Lower Foods Inc.
John Soules Foods, Inc.
Fresh Mark, Inc.
Smithfield Foods
BeverageNiagara Bottling
Kerry Foodservice
Lyons Magnus
DairyDean Foods
Cheese Merchants
Saputo, Inc.
Eggs America, Inc.
Land O’Lakes
Foodservice SuppliesHoffmaster Group, Inc.
Dart Container Corporation
Pactiv, LLC
Inno-Pak LLC
Frozen/Canned Fruits & VegetablesPacific Coast Producers
Seneca Foods
J.R. Simplot Company
CN Frozen Foods, LLC.
Conagra Foodservice
Grocery & CommoditiesSovena USA
PepsiCo Foodservice
Kellogg’s Specialty Channels
Kraft Heinz Company
Ventura Foods
PoultryGeorge’s Inc.
Butterball, LLC
Renaissance Man Food Services
ProduceMann’s, a Del Monte Fresh Company
Driscoll’s
Onions 52, Inc.
SeafoodOre-Cal Corporation / Harvest Of The Sea
Eastern Fisheries,Inc.
Tampa Maid Foods, LLC
Shediac Lobster Shop
Great American Seafood Imports Company

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. With over 67,000 associates, the company operates approximately 330 distribution facilities worldwide and serves more than 600,000 customer locations. For fiscal 2018 that ended June 30, 2018, the company generated sales of more than $58 billion.

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