Sysco Develops 'Superior' Supply Chain

Author: Julie Fahnestock, Justmeans, Published on: 6 September 2013

In 2009, food giant Sysco [and] Vermont's Sustainable Food Lab...explore[d] how they might be able to partner together to promote the inclusion of small-scale family farms from high poverty areas into high value supply chains. Through collaboration with Superior Foods, Sysco is now purchasing from over 200 small farms in Guatemala. These small-scale farms have benefited through these investments in good agricultural practices, compost production, and business management skills...By the end of the project, the impact will reach over 4,000 individuals. But the impact doesn't end there. With the help of the Sustainable Food Lab, Sysco reevaluated its sustainability strategies. The following four commitments were developed: 1. We are committed to ensuring a reliable and safe supply of food that meets the evolving needs of our customers. 2. We are committed to creating positive change in our organization, the environment and the communities we serve, a commitment that ultimately enhances the value of our business. 3. We focus our sustainability efforts and community engagement to have a strategic and positive impact on the foodservice industry...4. We are committed to communicating our results.

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