From left to right: Joe Richardson, Business Development, McCormick For Chefs; Phil Kafarakis, Vice President, McCormick Food Away From Home; Mike Roach, President, Ben E. Keith Foods; Mark Graff, Regional Manager, McCormick For Chefs; and Andy McCaskill, Vice President Purchasing, Ben E. Keith Foods.
McCormick For Chefs™–Food Away From Home division of McCormick & Company has earned the overall 2010 Supplier of the Year Award from Ben E. Keith Foods, a leading broadline foodservice distributor.
Criteria established for the award is based on how a company works with Ben E. Keith to support its marketing efforts and all six company divisions, solid broker representation, participation in food shows and sales meetings, training and tools for the sales force, on-time delivery of products, ability to drive overall performance and results, and other key factors.
For 27 years Ben E. Keith has recognized its supplier partners with a top overall award and category awards. McCormick also won the 2010 Grocery Supplier of the Year category, marking the fifth year in a row.
“McCormick Foodservice has been a strategic partner with Ben E. Keith for over 20 years. Their unique approach to consultative selling is what we have leveraged in our sales plans over the years. They align their marketing resources with our teams and develop selling solutions for our customers. They are on the street with us, selling our programs. Their ability to consistently invest in our business makes them the model of our supplier excellence awards,” says Mike Roach, president of Ben K. Keith.
Phil Kafarakis, vice president of McCormick Food Away From Home, who accepted the award, says, “Our entire organization is very honored to be recognized as Ben E. Keith’s 2010 Supplier of the Year. To be seen in the eyes of one of our most influential customers as the ‘best of the best’ demonstrates the success of our strategic interdependency. The ability to mutually grow in this challenging environment comes from the trust, passion and confidence our teams share. This award reflects their mutual commitment to excellence.”
Ben E. Keith, the nation’s eighth largest broadline foodservice distributor with 4,000 employees, chose nine winners in six categories from among its top suppliers. Eligible suppliers are qualified by a scorecard based on past year performance and winners are chosen by divisional and corporate management. Previous honorees include Tyson Foods, Ventura Foods and Georgia-Pacific.