Issue 17, February 2016

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Mann Packing Company

Mann Packing Company, Inc. is a WBENC-certified, women-owned business that has been around for 76 years. It was 1939 when H.W. “Cy” Mann opened a fresh carrot packing operation in the Salinas Valley. Shortly thereafter, he found his claim to fame in the fresh vegetable industry with the production of broccoli, and it was in those early days that Mr. Mann built a reputation for honesty and integrity — one that remains with the company today. In 1976, Bill Ramsey and Don Nucci joined Mr. Mann as partners in the company, and today the Nucci and Ramsey families lead the company, which now spans three generations. Mann’s, which carries the distinguished Women’s Business Enterprise National Council certification, is a leading provider of innovative, pre-washed and ready to use fresh veggies and is one of the largest suppliers of fresh Broccoli and Sugar Snap Peas in North America.

In 1998, Mann Packing launched a “new to the world” vegetable called Broccolini® baby broccoli, a hybrid vegetable developed by Sakata Seed Corporation of Japan. The idea behind Broccolini’s development was to create a broccoli plant to grow in warmer climates. Over eight years of traditional seed breeding, they cross pollinated Gailan (Chinese broccoli/Chinese kale) and broccoli. During the later years of development, Mann Packing worked with Sakata Seed to trial the new broccoli variety in their home fields in Salinas, CA — a cooler, coastal climate where broccoli traditionally thrives. The new variety thrived, faring much better than trials in warmer tropical regions. So instead of throwing years of hard work and development out the window, Mann Packing thought the new product had potential on its own. It was sweeter and milder than traditional broccoli, and had a longer slender stalk that was completely edible. Now 18 years later, it’s still growing and available on menus and in grocery stores nationwide. (Sysco SUPC# 8647349).

Mann Packing Company grows and ships over 18 different field packed commodities, including many under the Sysco Natural® and Sysco Imperial® brands including, but not limited to, Iceberg, Romaine, Green Leaf and Red Leaf lettuces. We grow and harvest our products April — November from Salinas, CA and November — March from Yuma, AZ, following the sunshine with the changing seasons. We work very closely with Sysco’s Quality Assurance team, getting approval from strict quality standards before harvesting and packing into the Sysco brand cartons. In total, Mann Packing packages over 10 commodity products and 12 value-added and ready to eat products under the Sysco brand.

The company received the prestigious Gold Supplier Award from Sysco in 2015.

Annually, Mann Packing looks forward to Sysco Field Tours. Every Friday, usually from May through October, Mann Packing Company, Inc. hosts field tours for Sysco sales representatives and customers of our growing operations.

Additionally, Mann Packing has three sales representatives, along with Key Impact brokers in the North East, working coast to coast in North America every day with Sysco OpCo’s: food shows, sales trainings, business reviews, sales blitzes — you name it, we’re there side by side working to build Sysco Produce sales!


Sysco and the Mann Packing organization’s relationship spans decades. Throughout the years, the company’s leadership has remained consistent with the integrity in how they manage their business, their quality and food safety culture, cutting-edge innovation and an unwavering commitment to helping their customers succeed. Mann Packing routinely solicits insight on Sysco’s needs and those of our customers. This includes maintaining a close watch on culinary and cutting-edge foodservice trends while investing in new product R&D, capped off with outstanding field sales support. Mann is a “family” business who considers their customer an important part of “it.”         

Mike Hansen, Sr. Director Produce — Sysco Corporate

Mann Packing has been a great supplier for Sysco Charlotte over the past 20 years. Their team of Larry Narwold, Chip Callahan and Becky Colburn has been a tremendous help in growing sales. They have supported us over the years in sales meetings, food shows, blitzes and samples without hesitation. The professionalism, expertise and product knowledge is an asset that should be utilized by all. We are blessed to have them a part of our team in Charlotte!          

Gene Preston, Category Specialist — Sysco Charlotte

I will say as well Mann Packing has been a Great Supplier, and not only that, but when it comes to Street Support for Sales they have always gone above and beyond to do whatever they could to Support the Sales Team at Sysco Charlotte, even when we would throw out some of the craziest ideas, they would help walk us through the pros and cons of whatever project we were working on to make sure it was as successful as it could be. Again, great partner.

James Cowart, Product Specialist — Sysco Charlotte



For more information about Mann Packing Company, Inc. visit their website.

Mann Packing Company, Inc.
1333 Schilling Place
Salinas, CA 93901-4535



Recipe’s provided by Mann Packing Company, Inc.


Balsamic Glazed Broccolini®


Servings: 6

1 lb. Mann's Broccolini® Sysco SUPC# 8647349
2 c. Canola oil
1 T. Olive oil
2 T. Garlic, chopped
1/2 c. Balsamic glaze, (1/2 c. Balsamic Vinegar, 1 t. cornstarch w/ H20). Boil vinegar, add starch and stir until thickened. Cool.

1. In a large sauté pan, heat canola oil until hot.
2. Place another sauté pan on a separate burner.
3. Drop Broccolini into hot oil and quickly blanch for 30–40 sec.
4. Transfer Broccolini to other sauté pan and add olive oil, chopped garlic, Broccolini and balsamic glaze.
5. Toss to coat. Broccolini florets might get crunchy!
6. Add salt and pepper to taste. Serve immediately!


Sysco Natural® Arcadian Harvest® Salad Blend with Roasted Pears, Bleu Cheese and Candied Pecans

 Servings: 12

For Salad
8 firm-ripe Bosc pears (4 lbs.), peeled, cored, and each cut lengthwise into 8 wedges
1 1/2 T. extra-virgin olive oil
1 lb. (16 c.) Sysco Natural® Arcadian Harvest® Salad Blend (SUPC# 1132050)
2 c. Bleu Cheese crumbles
2 c. Candied Pecans, recipe below

For Dressing
1 T. finely chopped shallot
2 1/2 T. cider vinegar
1/2 t. honey
1/4 t. salt
1/8 t. black pepper
1/4 c. and 1 T. extra-virgin olive oil

For Roasted Pears and Salad
1. Put oven rack in middle position and preheat oven to 425°F.
2. Toss pears with oil and spread in 1 layer in a 17- by 12-in. shallow baking pan.
3. Season with salt and pepper.
4. Roast pears, stirring and turning over twice, until pears are tender and beginning to brown, 20–30 min.
5. Cool about 15 min.
6. While pears are roasting and cooling, place 1 lb. Arcadian Harvest Salad Blend into a large bowl.

For Candied Pecans
Nonstick vegetable oil spray
1/2 c. sugar
2 T. wate
Pinch of cream of tartar
3/4 c. pecan halves (about 3 oz.)

1. Line baking sheet with foil; spray with nonstick spray.
2. Combine sugar, 2 T. water, and pinch of cream of tartar in heavy small saucepan.
3. Stir over medium-low heat until sugar dissolves. Increase heat.
4. Boil without stirring until syrup is deep amber color, occasionally brushing down sides of pan with pastry brush dipped in water and swirling pan, about 7 min.
5. Remove from heat. Immediately stir in pecans.
6. Quickly pour mixture out onto prepared baking sheet.
7. Working quickly and using 2 forks, separate pecans into individual halves. Cool completely.
8. Break candied pecans apart, leaving each pecan half intact with some candied caramel attached. (Can be made 1 week ahead if stored airtight at room temperature.)

For Dressing and Salad Assembly:
1. Whisk together shallot, vinegar, honey, salt and pepper.
2. Add oil in a slow stream, whisking until emulsified.
3. Just before serving, add roasted pears, candied pecans, bleu cheese and dressing to greens
4. Toss to combine well. 


Foods of the Month


Bread Machine Baking Month
National Candy Month
National Egg Month
National Hot Tea Month — Sysco WBE Supplier: Bigelow Tea
National Meat Month — Sysco MBE Supplier: Omni Custom Meats
National Oatmeal Month
National Soup Month
National Wheat Bread Month — Sysco MBE Supplier: Super Bakery
Prune Breakfast Month


Berry Fresh Month — Sysco WBE Supplier: Jasper Wyman & Sons
Canned Food Month
Celebration of Chocolate Month
Great American Pies Month
National Cherry Month
National Fiber Focus Month
National Fondue Month — Sysco WBE Supplier: Gossner Foods
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 — Sysco WBE Supplier: Mann Packing
National Flour Month
National Frozen Food Month
National Nutrition Month
National Noodle Month — Sysco MBE Supplier: Passport Food Group, LLC
National Peanut Month
National Sauce Month — Sysco MBE Supplier: Nippon Shokken USA, Inc.
National Caffeine Awareness Month — Sysco MBE Supplier: Greenberry’s Coffee

Try these Fun Kitchen Secrets


Keep Herbs Fresh
To keep herbs tasting fresh for up to a month, store whole bunches, washed and sealed in plastic bags, in the freezer. When you need them, they'll be easier to chop, and they'll defrost the minute they hit a hot pan.

Make Mushrooms Slime-Free
Prevent mushrooms from getting slimy by wrapping them in paper towels before refrigerating.

Make Veggies Crunchy
When radishes, celery or carrots have lost their crunch, simply pop them in a bowl of iced water along with a slice of raw potato and watch the limp vegetables freshen up right before your eyes.

Prevent Bananas from Browning
Avoid separating bananas until you plan to eat them — they spoil less quickly in a bunch.

Keep Butter Flavorful
Stock up on butter when it's on sale — you can store it in the freezer for up to six months. Pack the butter in an airtight container, so it doesn't take on the flavor of whatever else you're freezing.

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Sysco Supplier Diversity

Sysco recently hosted its first annual Supplier Diversity Product Showcase, “Around the World in a Day,” at the corporate office in Houston.  In attendance were eighteen minority- and/or women-owned suppliers from across the United States: Sysco corporate officers and select business units along with the president of the Houston Minority Supplier Development Council (HMSDC), Richard “Dick” Huebner.

Established in 1973, the HMSDC is a non-profit organization for minority businesses and major corporations interested in establishing relationships with minority entrepreneurs and helping them to successfully grow their businesses. Included in the membership of HMSDC are more than 220 major corporations and more than 1,000 minority businesses.

Participating suppliers at the showcase presented an array of food products from cheesecakes to seafood. It was an opportunity for them to meet with some of Sysco’s business centers to discuss their products and capabilities.

Attending Suppliers:

Aqua Star
ATK Foods
Bueno Foods
County Fair Pickles
Greenberry’s Coffee
Hick’s World Champion Smoked Meats
King Cheesecake
MIC Foods
Olé Mexican Foods
Omni Custom Meats
Renaissance Man International
Rowdydow bbQ
Ruiz Foods
Slade Gorton
Sweet Street Desserts
Teaspoon Willie’s
V&V Supremo

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

Sysco partners with over 500 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 purchases from MWBE suppliers in the second quarter of Fiscal 16 were $245 million, compared to the second quarter of Fiscal 15 of $247 million. MWBE purchases for Fiscal 16 YTD reached $512 million. We are proud of the relationships we have developed and are committed to growing our investment in these supplier’s products. 





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Sysco's Supplier Diversity Registration Portal



We encourage you to continue communicating to minority suppliers the importance of registering their company in the Sysco Supplier Diversity Registration Portal. There is a growing need to support Sysco’s valuable customers with products from minority suppliers. Some customers require minority suppliers to present their minority 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 via the website: Click Here

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, 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.
  • 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.