Sysco Portland & our place in the market:
Consumers today want to know that their food comes from a safe, eco-friendly source. Sysco wants to help our customers reduce food miles by purchasing products from local suppliers; this helps promote freshness and sustainability. Sysco Portland is also committed to offering a vast selection of sustainable, natural, rBST free, biodegradable, renewable, compostable and organic products to provide our clients with the greatest variety of food products and business services in the industry.
Local foods help to reduce delivery miles, also called food miles. Local foods are expected to promote local economies, to be fresher and more flavorful while reducing handling issues, including lower transportation costs and using fewer natural resources. Sysco receives its local products from suppliers in Oregon, Washington, Idaho and Northern California (as far south as Monterey).
An alternative to goods usually purchased in most stores. These products are made with ecological and environmental impact in mind throughout harvest and/or production.
This is a comprehensive set of business plans and actions that can be taken to deliberately reduce and/or eliminate harmful effects on the environment, such as using bio-diesel or recycled truck wash water.
A guarantee by the producer as having met certain requirements to ensure their product is following the principle of sustainable agriculture and production. Sysco carries products with USDA organic certification as well as certified by the Food Alliance, which is a third party organization that upholds sustainable practices.
A US Department of Agriculture certification of the National Organic Program maintains that the products avoid the use of most artificial inputs, like synthetic pesticides and fertilizers, and bans the use of animal by-products, antibiotics and sewage sludge among other practices.
Natural foods are minimally processed. Natural foods do not include ingredients such as refined sugars, refined flours, milled grains, hydrogenated oils, sweeteners, food colors, or flavorings. In protein production, this also means no hormones, no antibiotics and 100% vegetarian fed diet.
A system of food producing that protects natural resources, safeguards the health and well being of workers and consumers, and enhances communities; this includes methods of harvesting or using a resource so that the resource is not depleted or permanently damaged and protects the future of the environment.
The principle that our company contributes to the welfare of society and is not solely devoted to maximizing profits.
Our commitment to providing safe, quality assured products to our customers. To ensure that our customers are being provided with the highest quality products Sysco requires our suppliers to sign a hold harmless agreement which states that they are responsible for the integrity of their product.
Made from nature and can be returned to nature fairly easily through a composting process.
A resource is considered renewable if it can be naturally replenished. Sometimes this refers to sources of electricity such as solar, wind, geothermal, biomass and hydroelectric. In food service, there are products made from corn, sugarcane, wheat, rice, potatoes, or bamboo that are replaced by new growth annually.
A product or material that can be converted back into material to be used again in manufacturing new goods is considered recyclable. Reusable products are ones that are used again after salvaging by special treatment or processing.
A diesel-equivalent, processed fuel derived from biological sources, such as vegetable oils, which can be used in unmodified diesel engine vehicles.
Sysco distributes dairy products that are r/BST (r/BGH) free. This means that our supplier will not treat any cows with r/BST, a synthetic growth hormone, for milk used in the products specifically labeled as r/BST Free.