Issue 11, April 2014

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MIC Food

MIC Food is a family-owned Minority Business Enterprise with headquarters in Miami, Florida. It is an integrated farm-to-distributor concept, with processing facilities in Central and South America.

For more than 25 years, MIC Food® has provided the foodservice industry, chefs and home cooks with easy-to-use, value-added tropical products. The brand pioneered the frozen plantain industry with the introduction of the pre-cooked, ready-to-fry frozen toston in 1987, and a new industry — that of the frozen, ready-to-heat plantain — was born.

Since then, MIC Food has introduced additional value-added tropical product offerings that include sweet plantain slices, baked plantains, yucca, yucca cups and yucca fries, boniato, malanga, pineapple and papaya chunks, and a line of fruit pulps and fruit concentrates, among others.

“The products we market are part of our heritage,” explained Alfredo Lardizabal, general manager of MIC Food. “We grew up with plantains and yucca as part of our daily meals, so we strive to deliver authentic, delicious products just like those we enjoy in our own homes.”

“From the beginning, we established unique and efficient operational standards in our company's procedures. We believe we can only guarantee quality by being involved in every step of the process of bringing our products to market,” explained Alfredo Lardizabal Sr., founder and CEO of MIC Food. “We follow HACCP and GFSI guidelines and are FSSC certified to ensure food safety.”*

From farming techniques to business practices to product concepts, MIC Food is constantly innovating and believes in focusing on customer and industry needs to continue evolving their line of products. “Our customers, from distributors and food manufacturers to executive chefs, count on us for quality, innovation, and our consistent supply of unique and authentic Latin-Caribbean flavors,” added sales director Maria Krogh.

MIC Food sources from plants in four different countries to ensure an uninterrupted supply of products to their clients. Year-round availability, despite seasonal impact, is one of the reasons why chefs in restaurants across the U.S. prefer to use MIC Food’s products. In addition, chefs are drawn to MIC Food’s consistently high-quality, 100% natural products and the convenience of a ready-to-use frozen product. “With MIC Food products, I no longer have to worry about messy produce in my kitchen that needs to be cleaned and peeled,” said Chef Arthur Artiles, owner of Miami's popular Cisca Catering. “I now take out only what I need and return the rest to the freezer, and with the same quality I would receive by using fresh produce.”

MIC Food’s relationship with Sysco spans over 20 years. “We are proud of our relationship with the Sysco family and look forward to continuing to help Sysco address the needs of its clients through high-quality, innovative, value-added products,” added Lardizabal.

For more information and exclusive recipes featuring MIC Food products, please visit the company’s website at

MIC Food
8701 SW 137 Avenue, Suite 308
Miami, Florida 33183

* HACCP: Hazard Analysis & Critical Control Point; GFSI: Global Food Safety Initiative; FSSC: Food Safety System Certification


Recipe Corner

Chorizo and Monterey Jack Cheese Stuffed Yucca Cups with Cilantro Lime Mojo
Yield: 4 servings

• 8 pre-fried TIO JORGE yucca cups
• 8 oz. fresh chorizo
• ¼ c. chopped cilantro
• ½ c. grated Monterey jack cheese

1. Combine chorizo, cilantro and cheese.
2. Place 1 oz. of the mixture into each yucca cup.
3. Place into a preheated 350°F oven.
4. Cook for 12-15 min or until the chorizo is at an internal temperature of 165°F.

• 1 c. fresh lime juice
• 1 T. lime zest
• ¼ c. Agave nectar
• 1 c. chopped cilantro
• 3 T. chopped garlic
• 1 tsp. cumin powder
• 1 tsp. kosher salt

1. Place all ingredients into a blender.
2. Puree for one minute.


Foods of the Month

• National BLT Sandwich Month
• National Florida Tomato Month
• National Garlic Month
• National Grilled Cheese Month
• National Soft Pretzel Month
• National Soy Foods Month

• National Asparagus Month
• National Barbecue Month
• National Chocolate Custard Month
• National Egg Month
• National Gazpacho Month
• National Hamburger Month
• National Mediterranean Diet Month
• National Salad Month
• National Salsa Month
• National Strawberry Month

• National Candy Month
• National Dairy Month
• National Fresh Fruit and Vegetable Month
• National Iced Tea Month
• National Papaya Month
• National Seafood Month
• National Steakhouse Month
• National Turkey Lovers’ Month


Supplier Diversity

In January, Sysco kicked off “The Town of Latin Flavors” for a Culinary Conference event focusing on Latin products. Several minority suppliers attended and served lunch to more than 80 Sysco chefs.

The suppliers that attended were:
MIC Food
V&V Supremo
La Patrona Salsas
Louisiana Seafood
Café H – Hormel
King Cheesecake Co.
Olé Mexican Foods
Topo Chico & Topo Sabores




Rachel vs. Guy Celebrity Cook-off: Food Network

In the January Sysco Supplier Highlights issue, we mentioned an event featuring one of our minority suppliers:

“One of Sysco’s minority suppliers is competing in Rachel vs. Guy Celebrity Cook-off. The 3rd season kicked off on Monday, January 6, 2014, 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 Walker will win the final challenge.”

And the winner of the celebrity cook-off was…Herschel Walker! His winning earned him a $50,000 donation to the charity of his choice, Patriot Support.

Herschel’s winning menu consisted of Shrimp & Grits Sweep, The Bomb Southern Chicken and Touchdown Peach Cobbler.

Shrimp & Grits Sweep
The Bomb Southern Chicken
Touchdown Peach Cobbler


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 2nd quarter of FY 2014 was $209 million, compared to the 2nd quarter of FY 2013 MWBE Spend of $199 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.

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.