If you pay for your kids’ school lunches, dine out, or drop into coffee shops for a cup of joe, then UniPro Foodservice is part of your day-to-day life. Why are we so confident about this? Because UniPro Foodservice is the largest food distribution cooperative in the world, working with hundreds of members and suppliers to ensure the country gets only the best products. Here’s a snapshot of the organization:
- 850 member locations,
- Unique access to enhanced purchasing opportunities, products and services,
- Preeminent independent distributors,
- Collective sales volume more than $60 billion, and
- Unparalleled buying power.
Each year this distinguished organization recognizes key distributors and suppliers with a foodservice industry award at its annual Awards Luncheon held during its Spring Conference.
“This ceremony marks a very important event – a time to pause and recognize the numerous achievements of our UniPro Members, and our Supplier partners,” UniPro CEO, Bob Stewart said.
This year, the following five foodservice companies were recognized:
- BiRITE Foodservice, Brisbane, California
- Jake’s Finer Foods, Houston, Texas
- Martin Brothers Distributing Company, Cedar Falls, Iowa
- Brown Foodservice, Louisa, Kentuck
- Curtze Food Service, Erie, Pennsylvania
And the UniPro Member of the Year foodservice industry award for 2017 was presented to AFS customer, Van Eerden Foodservice, recognizing their UniPro commitment and dedicated participation and their overall impact on the foodservice industry.
A fourth-generation, Michigan based family-owned and operated company, Van Eerden’s goal is not to become the largest distributor, but to be the market’s preeminent distributor of choice. The company is dedicated to its customers by providing a unique combination of old-school customer service with relevant business solutions for individual business needs. Van Eerden’s commitment is to provide A Fresh Approach to Foodservice and aims to fulfill its mission of great people delivering a great experience, by consistently supplying customers with Fresh Ideas, Fresh Products, and Fresh Solutions.