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ROSEMONT, IL., June 17, 2014 – Earlier this month at the Reinhart Traditions Sales & Merchandising conference’s Supplier of the Year Awards Show, Reinhart Foodservice, LLC® (Reinhart) named Mother Parkers Tea & Coffee® as the 2014 Supplier of the Year. In addition to the Supplier of the Year award, several awards were handed out to supplier partners in several categories. Supplier recipients were recognized for their commitment to quality, food safety and innovation, as well as value they bring to Reinhart and its customers.

Reinhart Supplier of the Year Awards were presented to winners across eight Category Awards, five Department Awards, and three Overall Award winners, including 2014 Supplier of the Year Award. From a pool of over 1,000 vendors, award-winning suppliers were selected based on performance key metrics, alignment with Reinhart strategy, and were ultimately chosen based on votes from Reinhart’s Division Leadership. The entire list of recipients is as follows:

Category Awards

  • Grocery – Ventura Foods, LLC
  • Beverage – Mother Parkers Tea & Coffee
  • Frozen – Norpac
  • Center of the Plate – John Morrell
  • Seafood – Trans Ocean
  • Non-Foods – Bunzl/R3
  • Produce – Maglio & Company
  • Dairy – Schreiber Foods

Departmental Awards

  • Logistics Support – Schreiber Foods
  • Business Friendliness – Michael Foods
  • FSQA – Windsor Foods
  • Marketing Partner – Sugar Foods Corporation
  • Division Sales Support – John Morrell

Overall Awards

  • E-Brands – Ventura Foods, LLC
  • Manufacturer Brand – Unilever Food Solutions
  • Supplier of the Year – Mother Parkers Tea & Coffee

Bob McGonigle, Chief Executive Officer of Reinhart, said, “Our supplier partners are crucial to our business, and we’re proud of the relationships we’ve built with our manufacturers. Engagement, communication, and collaboration are essential to bringing value to the relationship and our end customer. The Supplier Awards recognize vendors who have embraced and fulfilled that mentality in 2013.”