Building customer relationships requires time, effort and sincerity.
For SYSCO, it began with a promise to assist foodservice operators in providing consumers with solutions for meals consumed away from home.

Since the initial public offering in 1970, when sales were $115 million, SYSCO - an acronym for Systems and Services Company - has grown to $26.1 billion in sales for fiscal year 2003.

Many solid customer relationships have been nurtured along the way, countless dining trends and meal alternatives have evolved, and today the decision to consume meals prepared away from home is as much necessity as choice.

In 1977 SYSCO surpassed its competitors to become the leading supplier to "meals-prepared-away-from-home" operations in North America. Since then, the industry it serves has expanded from $35 billion to approximately $200 billion.

Today, SYSCO has sales and service relationships with more than 420,000 customers and remains committed to helping them succeed in the foodservice industry and satisfy consumers' appetites.

Operating from 146 locations through the contiguous United States and portions of Alaska, Hawaii, and Canada, today SYSCO's product lines are as diverse as the 47,000 employees who support its daily operations. They include not only the ingredients needed to prepare meals, but also numerous ancillary preparation and serving items.

As a result, SYSCO can make a difference in its customers' lives and the success of their businesses.