Sysco Corporation (NYSE: SYY) is involved in marketing and distributing food products to restaurants, healthcare and educational facilities, hotels and inns, and other foodservice and hospitality businesses. The company is headquartered in the Energy Corridor district of Houston, Texas.
Sysco, an acronym for Systems and Services Company, is the world's largest broadline food distributor; it has more than 400,000 clients in a wide array of fields. Management consulting is also an integral part of their services. As of July 2, 2005, the company operated 170 facilities throughout the United States and Canada. Most recently, Sysco expanded its operation into Ireland with the purchase of a local food distribution firm. The company was founded by Herbert Irving and John F. Baugh in 1969. The company became public on March 3, 1970. On July 20, 2009, Fortune magazine ranked Sysco #204 in the annual Fortune 500 companies in world based on sales volume. On May 3, 2010, Fortune Magazine ranked Sysco as the 7th largest Fortune 500 Company in Texas and 55th largest in the US by total revenue.
Sysco competes with national distributors US Foods, Performance Food Group, and Edward Don and Company, as well as regional companies such as Gordon Food Service, Ben E. Keith, Maines Food and Paper, and local foodservice distributors.
Sysco is also the largest non-oil related company in Houston and the 3rd largest non-oil related company in Texas (Behind AT&T and Dell).
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