Issue 3, March 2012

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Supplier Diversity Newsletter

Featured Supplier of the Month: Renaissance Man Food Services
























Herschel Walker, President



Herschel Walker founded Renaissance Man Food Services in 1999 and under his leadership; the company has grown to become one of the nation's most successful Minority-owned protein suppliers to the food service industry. After Herschel met former Sysco Executive Robert Thurber at an industry function and expressed an interest in selling further-processed poultry products based on Herschel's Moms' favorite recipes, the rest, as they say, is history.

*RMFS is a sourced supplier of Sysco Classic brand IF breast filets and sells additional further-processed poultry &
pork products to virtually every Sysco Operating Company nationwide.
*RMFS was chosen as Sysco's Heritage Supplier Diversity Award for multiple years since 2004.
*RMFS is a Sysco sourced supplier of Classic IF chicken breasts.
*RMFS developed the "MBE" logo & maintains exclusive use of the logo on SYSCO brand packaging.
*RMFS has offices in Savannah, Georgia & Siloam Springs, Arkansas.
*RMFS has consistently been chosen as a Sysco Top 100 supplier.
*RMFS has been a multi-year Sysco Heritage Award Winner (Gold & Silver).
*RMFS has supplier partnerships with:
• BAMA Foods (bakery) • Rupari (pork) • Smithfield (pork) • Simmons (poultry) • Richmond Foods (pizza)
*All of our items are centrally located in Springdale, Arkansas & are available to ship on the same truck to every
Sysco Operating Company.
*RMFS is managed by John Staples & our management team has over 55 years experience working with Sysco.
*RMFS is a Sysco corporate-billed supplier.
*RMFS is an authorized Sysco RDC supplier.

One of our key missions is to partner with Diversity Suppliers to take their unique products nationwide through Sysco's distribution network.

Long ago, we recognized a need to help Diversity Suppliers overcome the high costs associated with small product shipments and nationwide sales & marketing efforts. By combining all of our supplier partners’ products into one warehouse & shipping them nationwide from Springdale, we are able to avoid the high costs associated with LTL shipments.

Additionally, RMFS is able to "tap into" the relationships & experiences that we have gained in over 55 years with Sysco to allow our supplier partners to "showcase" their products nationwide.

For more information on RMFS products contact:


Renaissance Man Food Services, LLC
22 E. Montgomery Crossroads
Savannah, GA 31406

John F. Staples
General Manager
479-215-2581 (o)
479-899-2733 (c)
Charlie Weaver
Director of Sales (East)
678-432-0340 (o)
850-449-7681 (c)
Mark Scatamacchia
Director of Sales (West)
901-351-2856 (c)


Supplier Partners


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MWBE Recipe Corner

Chicken Cesár SaladChickenCesarSalad

3 cups Casa Solana Chicken Fajita Strips, thawed
1/2 cup Caesar salad dressing
8 cups Romaine lettuce, torn
1/2 cup red onion, thin sliced and cut in half
1 tablespoon Parmesan cheese, freshly grated
1/2 cup seasoned croutons

Cooking Instructions
1. Place chicken in medium bowl. Pour dressing over chicken; toss to coat. Set aside.
2. Divide lettuce among four salad plates. Top with onion slices and chicken. Sprinkle with Parmesan and croutons.

Serving 4

Total Time 15 min
Preparation 15 min
Marination 0 min
Cook 0 min

Nutrition Facts
Calories 388
Total Fat 21 g
Protein 35 g
Carbohydrate 14 g
Cholesterol 98 mg
Sodium 545 mg

Information for this recipe is approximate and derived by calculations based upon available reference data. These values may change based on your final product, substitution and or addition of ingredients, or use of a particular cooking technique.


Sysco Heritage Supplier Diversity Award

Sysco is pleased to recognize the suppliers who contribute so much in helping us meet the changing demands of the foodservice industry. To show our appreciation for the outstanding contributions of our diverse suppliers, Sysco presents the Heritage Supplier Diversity Award to three minority or woman-owned supplier partners each year.

Suppliers are judged for excellence across various service areas, including new products, sales growth, promotional support, service and administrative efficiencies. It’s our pleasure to recognize the suppliers who contribute so much in helping us meet the changing demands of the foodservice industry.

In February 2012, Sysco announced our 2011 Supplier Diversity Heritage Award winners:

Congratulations to Sysco’s 2011 Heritage Award Winners!


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Gold – Honolulu Fish Company

Silver – Velvet Ice Cream

Bronze – King Cheesecake Company



Sysco's Minority & Women-Owned (MWBE) Supplier Spend

Sysco partners with over 400 minority and women-owned suppliers, and each year this base continues to grow. Diverse suppliers help Sysco meet the changing demands of foodservice operators while supporting strategic alliances that enable the continued success of Sysco, our customers and our supplier partners.

It is important that Sysco continues to utilize minority and women-owned suppliers from a corporate and operating company position.

Sysco continues to grow its purchases (Spend) from minority and women-owned suppliers each year. Sysco's MWBE Spend for FY 2011 increased to $690 million, compared to FY 2010 MWBE Spend of $673 million. The MWBE Spend for FY 2012 (YTD) is $340 million.


MWBE Supplier Registration Portal


Sysco's Supplier Diversity Registration Portal—Has a New Look!

We have currently transformed Sysco’s Supplier Diversity Registration Portal to a new platform within CVM Solutions. We encourage you to communicate to your minority suppliers the importance of registering their company. The new platform requests some additional information that wasn’t in the old registration portal so, it is important to have your minority suppliers update their company profiles.

Please direct new and existing minority and women-owned suppliers to Sysco’s Minority Supplier Registration Portal via the website:

The registration portal allows Sysco to source various MWBE suppliers for products of interest, when the need arises. It also allows the supplier to upload MBE, MWBE, Hubzone or SBA (8A) certificates their company has acquired as well as create and/or update their company profile.

If you haven't done so, please encourage your suppliers to register their company as a minority and/or woman-owned supplier.

Why Supplier Diversity is Important to Sysco Operating Companies
  • Restaurant decision makers, with whom Sysco does business, are becoming increasingly multicultural, multilingual, and multifaceted and often require "Nitch" or unique products from minorities or women-owned companies.
  • Minorities and women represent the fastest growth to the consumer/business base, and contribute dramatically to the revenue stream that major corporations, including Sysco enjoy.
  • MWBEs can offer potentially a better price for Sysco and non-Sysco Brand products.
  • Sysco can potentially receive quicker turnaround and better or expanded levels of service from MWBEs.
  • Supporting MWBEs allows Sysco to give back to the communities where Sysco employees live, work and do business.
  • Helps M/WBEs grow and participate on a level playing field with other Sysco suppliers.
  • Many key customers, including the military, national accounts and gaming customers track and depend upon Sysco's Tier 1 purchases from minority and women-owned supplier partners.

For comments or questions regarding Supplier Diversity at Sysco, please contact:

Karen Lashley, Manager of Supplier Diversity
Sysco Corporation
1390 Enclave Parkway, Bldg. A
Houston, TX 77077
281.584.1484 (direct)