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{mosimage}North Star Foodservice has been reorganized to operate separately of U.S. Foodservice, Columbia, MD, the second largest distributorship according to the 2006 ID Top 50 Report. Since being embroiled in the well-known accounting scandal that cost several U.S. Foodservice and its Netherlands-based owner Royal Ahold's executives their jobs, the world and U.S. headquarters have spoken about the possibility of spinning off the chain distribution company in order to recoup its losses.

Patrick M. Mulhern, president of the distributorship, was quoted as saying in a press release that the distributorship will build its business around a unique customer-centric model. Though the company did not offer any revenue expectations, the press material said U.S. Foodservice's chain business in 2005 amounted to $2.8 billion in sales, some 13.5% of total revenue.

"When we were preparing to launch this new brand, we went directly to our customers and got their input on how we could be structured to add maximum value to their businesses." Mulhern said. "The result is a company positioned to deliver best-in-class service to the largest multi-unit foodservice companies."

Mulhern explained that the company's slogan, "Making Your Business Ours," reflects the North Star's philosophy to become a valued partner with multi-unit businesses.

"Our mission is to provide best-in-class service, where we know our customer's business as well as we know our own, and become long-term partners in their success," he said.

North Star employs 2,100 associates in 12 locations throughout the United States. With more than 750 tractors and 1,100 trailers, North Star intends to move more than 114 million cases per year.

"Our single-point-of-contact managers are some of the most experienced in the industry," stated Mulhern. "They are supported by a full team of procurement, operations, food safety, logistics, customer service and administrative professionals. North Star will provide value to our customers every day."

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