Gordon Food Service Honours Suppliers for Excellence and Innovation at 2023 VIP Awards


Gordon Food Service, the largest privately owned and family-managed broadline foodservice distributor in North America, recently celebrated its supplier partners at the 2023 Vendor Involvement Process (VIP) Awards.

The company relies on an extensive network of more than 6,000 suppliers offering tens of thousands of products. This network enables the company to serve a wide range of foodservice operators including over 100,000 customers in the restaurant, hospitality, healthcare and education sectors across North America.

At the event, 72 suppliers were honored across six categories for their excellence in continuous improvement, service quality, alignment with the company’s strategic goals, effectiveness in managing the supply chain, vision and branding initiatives, and commitment to inclusivity and diversity.

This year’s event was especially noteworthy as the Gordon Food Service team announced a brand new award, the Platinum Partner Award. This prestigious recognition is reserved for suppliers who demonstrate transformation, foster innovative partnerships, excel in catalyzing change, and pave the way for future growth. 

‘VIP is our way of recognizing and rewarding excellence, innovation and the important role our suppliers play in our customer’s success,’ said Todd Baker, EVP NA Merchandising. ‘We believe in building strong partnerships with our suppliers, and these awards are one way we show our appreciation for their dedication and commitment to helping Gordon Food Service serve our customers.’

Award Categories and Winners:

North America Cornerstone Partner Award Winners:

  • Aspire Bakeries
  • Essity
  • Hallmark Farms
  • HFA Inc.
  • Lactalis
  • Leprino Foods
  • Mar-Jac Poultry
  • Masters Gallery Foods
  • McCain Foods
  • Monin
  • Olymel
  • Pactiv LLC
  • Pepsico- Frito Lay
  • Pilgrim’s Pride
  • Producers Rice Mill Inc.
  • Red Diamond Coffee & Tea
  • Request Foods Inc
  • Rich Products
  • Rise Baking Company
  • Sandridge Crafted Foods
  • Taylor Farms
  • Tip Top Poultry Inc
  • TNT Foods International
  • Vanee Foods
  • Windmill Farms

North America VIP Frontline Award Winners

  • Amick Farms
  • Anchor Packaging
  • Aunt Millie’s Bakeries
  • Berry Global
  • Beyond Meat
  • Burnbrae Farms
  • C H Guenther
  • Caito Foods
  • Cérélia
  • Cheese Merchants
  • Cherry Central
  • Club Coffee LP
  • Country Fresh Ice Cream
  • DESCO Inc
  • E.W. Grobbel Sons
  • Evergreen Herbs LTD
  • FGF Brands
  • Furlanis Food Corp
  • Gregory Packaging, Inc
  • Holly’s Custom Print
  • JTM Food Group Inc
  • Ken’s Foods
  • King Cole Ducks LTD
  • Lakeside Foods
  • Monterey Mushrooms, LLC
  • NCCO
  • Nortera Foods
  • O’Sole Mio
  • Olé Mexican Foods, Inc.
  • Ray & Mascari Inc.
  • Red Bull
  • Rosina Food Products
  • Saneck International
  • Schwan’s Food Service
  • Stanislaus
  • Sterno, LLC
  • Viau Foods
  • Volailles Regal Inc
  • Weaver Bros Inc

VIP Frontline Indirect Supplier Award Winners

  • Mechanical Systems of Dayton
  • W&B Service Company
  • M.C. Van Kampen Trucking, Inc.

Co-Creation of Value (Continuous Improvement) Award Winner

  • General Mills

North America Brand Partner Award Winner

  • Piu Che Dolci

Diversity and Inclusion Award Winner

  • Gojo Industries

Regional Supplier Partner Award Winner

  • Hudsonville Ice Cream 

NEW Platinum Partner Award Winner

  • Tyson Foods, Inc.

About Gordon Food Service:

For more than 125 years, Gordon Food Service has delivered uncompromising quality and heartfelt service for our customers. Beginning as a simple butter-and-egg delivery service, we’ve grown to become the largest family business in the foodservice industry by upholding the same approach since 1897—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. By partnering with organizations from across industries—healthcare to education, independent and chain restaurants and event planners— Gordon Food Service helps customers create food experiences that people choose, enjoy and remember. For more information, please visit www.gfs.ca.

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