SYSCO is the largest marketer and distributor of foodservice
products in North America, with a distribution network
that extends throughout the United States and Canada.
The company, headquartered in Houston, Texas, operates
more than 170 distribution facilities, serving approximately 400,000 customers
including restaurants, hotels, schools, hospitals, retirement
centers and other locations where meals are prepared
away from home. In Minnesota, the main warehouse and
operations center is located on County Road J in the
City of Mounds View.
During an average week, SYSCO Minnesota's truck drivers
will drive more than 65,000 miles. They deliver over
60,000 cases per day to hundreds of food service establishments
within the service territory. An interesting fact is
that the majority of business is done on a next-day
delivery system - the customer orders one day and SYSCO
delivers the next.
drivers have competed in a number of driving competitions
called "Roadeos." The trophies that they have
brought home from these competitions reflect the quality
of the drivers that SYSCO employs. Most recently, they
were awarded the 2006 Minnesota Truck Association Team
Trophy, and named SYSCO National Champions (Three drivers
won competing against the best of SYSCO Operating Companies.)
A full-time Quality Assurance Specialist inspects all
produce, dairy and fresh meat that come into our building.
He conducts visual checks, temperature checks, random
product cuttings, taste and weight checks so you can
be sure you are receiving the very best quality products
the foodservice industry has to offer.
SYSCO Minnesota employs rigorous sanitation standards
throughout our facility. The
American Institute of Baking conducts four random audits
per year to judge the sanitation levels in the warehouse.
SYSCO Minnesota has received a "Superior"
rating on every inspection since 1988. In order to maintain
the Superior rating, SYSCO staff completes self-audits
on their sanitation program. Activity sheets are completed
each day by sanitation staff. The entire warehouse is
completely swept, scrubbed and detailed twice a day
and pest control inspections are done weekly. Trucks
are also monitored by staff for cleanliness. SYSCO maintains
a truck washing facility on site.
SYSCO Minnesota has evolved
over the years as a number of companies merged
together to bring their expertise and resources
to form what is todays SYSCO Minnesota.
New York Tea
Established in 1882, New York Tea began as a coffee,
tea and spice company. In 1900, Leo Krumpelmann
joined New York Tea and eventually bought the
company. Throughout the years, New York Tea remained
a coffee roaster and packer while expanding into
foodservice distribution. In October of 1985,
New York Tea was acquired by SYSCO Corporation.
The CFS Continental story began in 1915, when
Jacob Cohen founded the Continental Coffee Company.
In 1967, a move to broad-line distribution was
initiated and the company progressed as a leading
supplier and innovator in the food service industry.
Continental Minnesota was formed over time by
acquiring and combining the companies of United
Foodservice of St. Paul, Oken Supreme, Inc., Golden
Valley, Gordon Jensen Equipment and Supply Company
of Minneapolis and Eibert Coffee Company of St.
Paul. In 1988, SYSCO acquired the food service
operating companies of Continental, which included
Food Services of Minnesota, Inc.
In 1989, New York Tea/SYSCO and SYSCO Continental
Minnesota combined and moved into a newly constructed,
efficient distribution center. The company became
SYSCO Food Services of Minnesota, Inc. better
known as SYSCO Minnesota.