Sanderson Farms, Mountaire Farms, Tyson Foods and Clemens Food Group were among the companies receiving top honors recently as part of the annual Sysco Supplier Excellence Awards program.

Sysco Corporation is a global leader in selling, marketing and distributing food products to restaurants, healthcare and educational facilities, lodging establishments and other customers who prepare meals away from home.

Poultry company Mountaire Farms was presented with the Emerging Supplier Award. The company was honored for making dramatic changes it its partnership with Sysco to significantly increase volume and have a positive impact on customers.

Sysco also presented gold, silver and bronze winners in various categories.

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Sanderson Farms won the gold award in the poultry category. Mar-Jac was the silver winner, while Mountaire Farms, Butterball and Renaissance Man were recipients of bronze awards.

In the pork category, Clemens Food Group earned the gold award, Fresh Mark Inc. earned the silver, and bronze awards were given to Smithfield Foods, Hormel Foods, Nathans Famous, JBS and Tyson Foodservice earned bronze awards.

Tyson Foods won the gold award in the beef category, with Cargill earning the silver award. JBS, John Soules, American Food Group, Lower Foods and Dan’s Prize earned bronze awards.

Tom Bené, executive vice president and president of foodservice operations at Sysco, stated:"We appreciate the commitment from our suppliers across the numerous product categories in doing their part to help our customers succeed and to help us be our customers' most trusted and valued business partner. We are fortunate to have such exceptional partners who understand what it takes to ultimately delight diners across the footprint that Sysco serves."