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   U.S. Foodservice Announces Winners Of First Annual Vendor Reception
by Christina Koliopoulos, U.S. Foodservice Inc.
Posted: Thursday, October 15, 2009 at 6:24PM EDT

During an award ceremony in Rosemont on September 30, Windsor Foods won top honors and was named U.S. Foodservice's 2009 Vendor of the Year outof more than 700 vendors.

"It is a real pleasure to recognize Windsor Foods and the 11 other greatsuppliers who in 2009 have shown U.S. Foodservice and our customersextraordinary support. Our recognition program honors exceptionalsuppliers who help U.S. Foodservice and our customers prosper in allaspects of our business," said Pat Mulhern, president, Monarch FoodGroup.

Vendors were evaluated by 60 U.S. Foodservice divisions and the MonarchFood Group support office on 10 criteria: food safety, product quality,sales growth in the independent sector, gross margin improvement,merchandising support, divisional sales support, logistics, nationalaccount support, USF-exclusive brands and business friendliness.

"These prestigious awards recognize the best vendors in the foodindustry," said Bob Aiken, Chief Executive Officer of U.S. Foodservice."We're proud to honor our vendors for their invaluable contributions tothe success of our customers and our company."

Six companies were recognized for their superior performance in thefollowing product categories:

  • -- Center of the Plate - Icelandic USA
  • Disposables - Georgia Pacific
  • Dry Groceries - ACH / Tone's
  • Frozen Groceries - Campbell's Soup Company
  • Produce - Reser's Fine Foods
  • Dairy - Michael Foods

The following companies also were awarded the Departmental Excellenceaward:

  • Food Safety and Quality Assurance - Tyson Foods
  • Sustainability - Trident Seafoods
  • Diversity - Windsor Foods
  • Logistics - Kraft Foodservice
  • Exclusive Brands Partnership - Campbell's Soup Company
  • Business Friendliness - Pilgrim's Pride

Caption: (Standing, from left) Lisa Russell, ACH Food Companies, Inc.; Dennis Bradshaw, Icelandic USA, Inc.; Ron Salzman, Reser's Fine Foods; Jeff Tassert, Windsor Foods; Michael Meador, Michael Foods; Sandi Ceragno, Georgia Pacific; Steve Scales, Campbell's Soup Company -- (Seated, from left) Clay Williamson, Tyson Foods, Inc.; Jamie Marshall, Trident Seafoods Corp.; Dave Sordo, Kraft Foodservice; Ginger Lowe-Smith, Windsor Foods; Bob Benson, Campbell's Soup Company; Tom Bell, Pilgrim's Pride.

Photo source: PRNewsFoto/U.S. Foodservice

Press release source: U.S. Foodservice Inc.

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