Manitowoc-based food processor earns top award in frozen/canned fruit & vegetable category
Manitowoc, Wis. (Nov. 2, 2018) – Lakeside Foods Inc. won Sysco’s Gold Supplier Excellence Award in the frozen/canned fruit & vegetable category at the food service giant’s supplier recognition event in Houston this week.
Sysco annually recognizes suppliers who meet or exceed its exacting standards and demonstrate a spirit of partnership and innovation. Criteria for the awards include sales, margin/case growth and quality assurance, as well as subjective factors like customer insights, sales support, category management and execution.
“We are pleased to be recognized by Sysco as its gold-level supplier in our food category,” said Mark Leibham, vice president of foodservice sales at Lakeside Foods. “It’s our goal to surpass customer expectations for food safety, product quality and delivery timeliness, so we are thrilled to receive this top award.”
Lakeside Foods is one of the largest U.S. suppliers of canned and frozen vegetables and whipped topping for the private label and food service markets. The company has grown recently with two acquisitions in adjacent food categories and begun construction on a 100,000-square-foot expansion of its frozen packaging facility in Wisconsin.
Lakeside Foods is a premier supplier of high-quality frozen and canned foods to the retail, food service and industrial sectors. Since its beginning in 1887 as a small pea-canning plant, Lakeside Foods has expanded to 13 processing facilities, producing canned and frozen vegetables, frozen desserts, appetizers and canned pet food that are distributed in 14 countries. Lakeside Foods oversees growing and harvesting operations for its vegetable business through a network of regional farmers, ensuring food quality and freshness from farm to table. The company is family-owned and based in Manitowoc, Wis.