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Shamrock Foods’ 2020 Supplier of the Year Awards Recognize Industry Excellence

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2020 Supplier of the Year Awards

Shamrock Foods, the largest independent foodservice distributor in the West, announced its 6th Annual Supplier of the Year Awards at its virtual Supplier Summit event themed “Stronger Together.”

“While this year’s summit was virtual, it certainly didn’t stop us from working together to identify strategies and solutions to help our foodservice customers through this uniquely challenging time,” said John Roussel, Chief Operating Officer for Shamrock Foods. “Our supplier partnerships are the foundation of our success, and we’re proud to work with the best of the best.”

The big winner was Ajinomoto who was recognized as both Supplier of the Year as well as the winner of the Frozen Grocery Category. Ajinomoto, a leader in frozen food manufacturing, has shown a mindset of continuous operational improvement, and demonstrates the gold-standard of partnership and engagement with Shamrock Foods and our customers. With strong annual case growth and innovative marketing support, Ajinomoto achieved success in all key metrics with Shamrock Foods.

Ajinomoto with Sign

In all, 7 supplier partners were recognized in 9 categories including the overarching Supplier of the Year. The 2020 Supplier Awards winners are as follows:

Supplier of the Year

Ajinomoto Foods North America

Center of the Plate Category

Dan’s Prize

Frozen Grocery Category

Ajinomoto Foods North America

Dairy/Imports Category

Great Lakes Cheese

Non-Foods Category


Dry Grocery Category

Custom Culinary

Shamrock Foods Warehouse Supplier of the Year


Be Well Stocked

Great Lakes Cheese

Supply Chain Excellence

Hickman’s Family Farms

Best EXPO Experience

Shamrock Foods also recognized supplier partners with the Best EXPO Experience award.

“Strong engagement, messaging, and support from our supplier partners at all of the Shamrock Foods EXPOs are imperative to the foundation for our customers to have a great experience.  We’re thrilled to honor them with these annual awards,” said Ann Ocaña, Chief Marketing Officer, Shamrock Foods Company.

This year’s winners are:

Center of the Plate Category

Aqua Star

Dry Grocery Category


Frozen Grocery Category

Alpha Baking Co. Inc.

Non-Foods Category


Specialty Category


John and Ann

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