Blueberry backgroundIn 2002, Sysco food service engaged us to develop a program for its processed fruit and vegetable supply chain. We surveyed suppliers to capture baseline data, and then worked with Sysco, its food processor suppliers and growers to create goals, criteria for a meaningful program, standards and procedures to achieve our goals.

We continue to maintain the standards, review supplier programs, coordinate annual reporting and a semi-annual supplier conference, and manage an advisory council including Sysco leadership, suppliers and independent scientists. The program has established Sysco as an industry leader and is a leading component of Sysco’s corporate sustainability portfolio.