On July 26, 2015, US Foods officially accepted the 14th annual Food Quality & Safety Award during IAFP in Portland, Ore. This prestigious honor recognizes the dedication and achievement of an organization that has made significant improvements in its safety and quality assurance department or program.
US Foods is a food company and leading distributor, serving independent and multi-unit restaurants, healthcare and hospitality entities, government, and educational institutions. In addition to its more than 60 distribution locations and more than 6,000 refrigerated trucks nationwide, US Foods also operates 12 processing facilities, four culinary equipment and supplies distribution centers, and four chef’s retail outlets.
The organization was honored with the Food Safety & Quality Award for effectively demonstrating how food safety is a leading part of its corporate strategy to success. Examples of some of the company’s leadership include developing and requiring food safety training for every job function in its distribution centers; being the first broadline distributor to use DNA test to verify seafood species and prevent mislabeling; and being the first company in the U.S. to require a Global Food Safety Initiative (GFSI) recognized certification of all its 1,200 private label co-packers and the first to certify the food safety and quality systems of its distribution centers and processing facilities to the same.
US Foods has been a strong proponent of partnerships across the industry at GLOBALGAP, GFSI, the International Food Protection Institute, the Center for Produce Safety, Produce Marketing Association, Association of Food & Drug Officials, and the American National Standards Institute. The company has also been an advocate for sharing best practices amongst food companies throughout the country.
About Marian Zboraj
Marian Zboraj is the Professional Editor of Food Quality & Safety. She has worked on the publication since late 2012, working from the John Wiley & Sons corporate headquarters in Hoboken, N.J. Marian has extensive editorial experience, holding editorial positions in the B2B publishing industry since 2001 and working on a variety of topics such as nutracueticals, eyecare, and industrial manufacturing. She resides in northern New Jersey. Reach her at firstname.lastname@example.org.