Issue 10, January 2014


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It all began in 1960s by selling Lemon-X Sour Cocktail Mix to Manhattan bars and restaurants — we’ve come a long way!

Today, Lemon-X is a Certified Women-Owned Business Enterprise with owner Sonja Grassi and a workforce of 200+ employees. We also offer direct sales support nationwide. We’ve been producing bag-in-box cocktail mix for over 40 years and are proud to be recognized as the largest quality juice BiB manufacturer in the country. Our product line started with cocktail mix and grew to include a diverse line of juices, teas, healthcare specialty items and lemonades in numerous concentrations, offered in many different pack sizes to satisfy all foodservice segments.

Lemon-X is now in 50 states with a diverse workforce, including manufacturing, 25 sales representatives and 48 service technicians with nationwide service companies. We are committed to the principles of affirmative action and offer equal employment opportunities to all qualified individuals — regardless of race, creed, color or any other protected group under federal or state law.

Lemon-X began with a belief that quality ingredients create superior products. We’re proud to produce frozen concentrate under the Sysco brand — meeting the highest quality standards in the industry. Today, our belief is echoed by millions of satisfied customers stretching from coast to coast. As in the beginning, Lemon-X Corporation remains committed to only quality products. Our name — and our reputation — is on the line with each and every glass served.

For more information on Lemon-X, please contact:
168 Railroad St.
Huntington Station, NY 11746


Foods of the Month


  • Bread Machine Baking Month
  • National Candy Month
  • National Egg Month
  • National Hot Tea Month
  • National Meat Month
  • National Oatmeal Month
  • National Soup Month
  • National Wheat Bread Month
  • Prune Breakfast Month


  • Berry Fresh Month
  • Canned Food Month
  • Celebration of Chocolate Month
  • Great American Pies Month
  • National Cherry Month
  • National Fiber Focus Month
  • National Fondue Month
  • National Grapefruit Month
  • National Heart Healthy Month
  • National Hot Breakfast Month
  • National Snack Food Month
  • Potato Lover's Month
  • Sweet Potato Month


  • National Celery Month
  • National Flour Month
  • National Frozen Food Month
  • National Nutrition Month
  • National Noodle Month
  • National Peanut Month
  • National Sauce Month
  • National Caffeine Awareness Month


Supplier Diversity

In October 2013, Sysco attended the Houston Minority Supplier Diversity Council (HMSDC) EXPO at the George R. Brown Convention Center in Houston. Sysco has been a supporter and active member of the HMSDC for over 6 years. More than 50 companies in various industries stopped by our booth to inquire about a potential partnership with Sysco. If you have a potential opportunity for an MWBE supplier in any category, please contact the Supplier Diversity department at


L to R: Shante Daniels, Trisha Stacey and Karen Lashley (Not pictured: Kalinda Campbell and Larry Hardin)


Rachel vs. Guy Celebrity Cook-off: Food Network

One of Sysco’s minority suppliers is competing in Rachel vs. Guy Celebrity Cook-off! The 3rd season kicked off on Monday, January 6, and Herschel Walker, owner of Renaissance Man Food Service, made it through the first round challenge. Herschel’s apple tart was the crowd favorite! Stay tuned every Monday at 8pm (CST) for the outcome, and hopefully Herschel will win the final challenge.


Did you know?

97% of Fortune 500 companies have supplier diversity programs.












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 the 1st quarter of FY 2014 was $230 million, compared to the 1st quarter of FY 2013 MWBE Spend of $218 million.










Sysco's Supplier Diversity Registration Portal

Our new supplier diversity portal is now available for suppliers to register online.

We encourage you to continue communicating the importance of registering to your minority suppliers. Large customers are still requiring minority suppliers to present their certifications in order to count their purchases for contract purposes.

Please direct new and existing minority and women-owned suppliers to Sysco’s Minority Supplier Registration Portal . [LINK TO PORTAL]

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 their MBE, WBE, SBA, Hubzone and (8A) certificates so that we have them available when needed, as well as create and/or update their company profile.

Why Supplier Diversity is Important to Sysco Operating Companies

  • Restaurant decision makers are becoming increasingly multicultural, multilingual and multifaceted. They often require unique products we can source from minority or women-owned companies.
  • Minorities and women represent the fastest growth to the consumer/business base, and they make dramatic contributions to the revenue stream that major corporations, including Sysco, enjoy.
  • MWBEs can potentially offer a better price for Sysco Brand and non-Sysco Brand products.
  • Sysco can potentially receive quicker turnaround, as well as 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.
  • Our program helps MWBEs 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.