The distributorship's Hanover Park, IL, unit was signled out by Darden because it received the highest satisfaction scores of all the company's distribution centers. Maines, located in Conklin, NY, is No. 7 in the 2006 ID Top 50 and is a member of DMA, IMA, Markon and SEFA.
"Darden is proud to have such outstanding companies as our strategic partners," said Barry Moullet, senior vice president of supply chain and development. "Suppliers who understand our business goals and bring us exciting products and ideas are integral to our company's continued success and growth."
Other recipients are: The Bama Companies, Colavita USA, Golden-Tech International, King & Prince Seafood Corp., Lotito Foods, Mullins Food Products, Palm Bay Imports, Inc., Shaw's Southern Belle, and T. Marzetti Co.