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    Strong Mother's Day Dining Gives SYSCO Record Sales Week

    HOUSTON -- If any supermarket operators are wondering why sales might not have been so hot in the first week of May, they need only look at SYSCO Corp.'s results.

    HOUSTON -- If any supermarket operators are wondering why sales might not have been so hot in the first week of May, they need only look at SYSCO Corp.'s results.

    The national foodservice marketer and distributor generated record sales of $672 million during the week ended May 7, 2005, leading up to Mother's Day, on the 8th. The figure eclipsed the previous record sales week of $636 million, which was attained in the week preceding Mother's Day last year.

    Richard J. Schnieders, SYSCO's chairman and c.e.o., said, "Every year since SYSCO began tracking sales [since] 1978, we have achieved record sales in the week leading up to the Mother's Day holiday. For Mother's Day 2005, when according to National Restaurant Association data nearly 40 percent of Americans dined out to recognize the special women in their lives, we once again posted a strong record sales week with half of our operating units posting individual record sales weeks for the week ended May 7, 2005."

    The implementation of business review and business development strategies at the foodservice distributor's operating companies is generating sound results for its customers and for his organization, said Schnieders. "By providing menu analysis, product recommendations and strategic suggestions, we position our customers and ourselves for success in our competitive and growing foodservice industry."

    SYSCO, the largest foodservice marketing and distribution organization in North America, provides food and related products and services to approximately 400,000 restaurants, healthcare and educational facilities, lodging establishments and other foodservice customers, generating sales of $30 billion for calendar year 2004.

    The company's operations, supported by approximately 46,000 associates, are located throughout the United States and Canada and include broadline foodservice distribution companies, specialty produce and custom-cut meat operations, Asian cuisine foodservice distributors, hotel supply operations and chain restaurant distribution subsidiaries.

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