Mark Allen, IFDA president, presented the award to Bill Lovett, Tyson's senior group vice president, poultry and prepared foods, who accepted it on behalf of the company.
Each calendar year, IFDA conducts a survey of its distributor membership to rate the effectiveness and performance of foodservice supplier companies in five key business areas. The suppliers are rated on how effectively they convey product information, how they work with the distributor sales force, how effectively they communicate advertising and promotional information, the availability of company representatives for handling account issues, and the quality of sales training material.
"These are fundamentals that affect the day-to-day operations and sales efforts of the distributor and take a great deal of energy by suppliers," said Mark Allen. "Our goal in presenting this award is to recognize truly exceptional manufacturer performance in working with their distributor customers."
Tyson Foods received the highest score in the survey with a cumulative rating of 15.1. IFDA also recognized the second and third ranking companies from the survey. These included McCain Foods, USA, which ranked second with a rating of 11.8, and SCA Tissue North America, which ranked third with a rating of 11.6.