Gordon Food Service Celebrates Supplier Partners with the 2019 North American Vendor Involvement Process (VIP) Awards


Gordon Food Service, North America’s largest privately held, family-managed broadline foodservice distribution company, yesterday evening celebrated its supplier partners with the 2019 Vendor Involvement Process (VIP) awards. The 122-year-old distributor relies on a network of more than 3,500 vendors, coupled with precision logistics, to service more than 100,000 restaurant, hospitality, healthcare, and education customers, as well as millions of consumers, in the U.S. and across Canada. The company’s VIP Awards are comprised of six distinct categories of recognition, honoring supplier partners for excellence in continuous improvement, service and strategic alignment, supply chain and customer relationship metrics, vision and branding, and commitment to inclusiveness and diversity.

“Each year we look forward to hosting the VIP awards program. It’s an opportunity to gather with our vendor partners and recognize their vital role in our success, as well as the remarkable accomplishments in their own businesses,” said Dean Noble, Chief Operating Officer, Gordon Food Service. “The close, collaborative relationships we enjoy with our vendors is critical to our ability to deliver excellent products and outstanding service to our customers. Our VIP event celebrates and strengthens those relationships and helps ensure our continued shared success.”

North American Cornerstone Partner Awards:

Alpha Baking Company
Cargill – Dressings, Sauces, & Oils
Sandridge Food Corporation
The Father’s Table
Bridor Inc
Richardson Oilseed
JBS Pork
Mar-jac Poultry
Michigan Turkey Producers
Pilgrim’s Pride
HFA Inc.
Monin Inc.
Desco Inc
Export Packers
Lakeside Foods
Lamb Weston Inc.
Masters Gallery
Ray & Mascari, Inc.
McCain Foods Canada
Saputo – Woolwich Dairy Inc.
Anchor Packaging
Club Coffee
US Chemical Corporation
De luxe Paper Products

North American VIP Partner Award Winners:

Arnie’s Bakery
Aunt Millie’s Bakeries
Azteca Foods
Bay State Milling Company
Ken’s Foods
Sweet Street Desserts
Aliments Luda Foods
Bäckerhaus Veit
Central Smith Creamery
O Sole Mio Inc
WOW Factor Desserts
Halpern’s – Baltimore
Kent Quality Foods Inc.
Olympia Foods Industries
Perdue Farms Inc
Sea Watch International
Vanee Company
Dunn-rite Food Products
Hallmark Poultry
Sofina Foods
Cheese Merchants
Furmano Foods
Highline Mushrooms
Leprino Foods
McCain Foods
Pacific Coast Producers
Burnbrae Farms
Cohn Produce
Gregory Packaging
Huhtamaki Foodservice Inc.
National Checking Co.
Red Diamond
Berry Plastics
HFA Inc.
Lassonde Beverages

Co-Creation of Value Award Winner:

US Chemical Corporation

North America Brand Partner Award Winner:

The Father’s Table

Diversity Supplier Award Winner:

Barilla Canada

Regional Supplier Partner Award Winner:

Esbenshade Farms

About Gordon Food Service

Since 1897, we have delivered uncompromising quality and heartfelt service to our customers. We began as a simple butter-and-egg delivery service, and have grown to become the largest family business in the foodservice industry by upholding the same approach for more than 120 years—remaining passionately committed to the people we serve. Today, we serve foodservice operators in the Midwest, Northeast, Southeast, and Southwest regions of the United States and coast-to-coast in Canada. We also operate more than 175 Gordon Food Service Store® locations in the U.S., which are open to the public and provide restaurant-quality products and friendly, knowledgeable service without a membership fee. By partnering with organizations from across industries—healthcare to education, independent and chain restaurants, and event planners—we help our customers create food experiences that people choose, enjoy, and remember.

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