Estimated annual sales in foodservice industry in the United States is roughly $160-170 Billion, depending on which source you're reading. SYSCO's share (including the Canadian Operations) is roughly $17 Billion, with projections that SYSCO will reach $20 Billion with in just a few years.
Next closest competitors in terms of annual sales volume are US Foodservice and Alliant, both sitting at about $6 Billion and some change.
Market is highly fragmented with over 3000 companies falling under the foodservice distributor umbrella. Most belong to "buying groups" which attempt to pool the purchasing power of smaller companies to obtain more favorable pricing. Examples of buying groups are Nugget, Pocohantas, Uni-Pro. The largest buying group, Uni-Pro, represents companies whose combined purchasing power in about $20 Billion (according to Uni-Pro).
The three largest distributors -- SYSCO, US Foodservice, and Alliant -- operate nearly nationwide. SYSCO is active in all states but Hawaii, as well as parts of Canada. Of these three, only SYSCO and US Foodservice are publicly traded. Alliant, formerly the foodservice distribution wing of Kraft Foods, was taken private a few years ago by an investment group. They've recently hired the former Compaq Computer CFO to be their new president (or CEO, I'm not sure which). SYSCO and US Foodservice differ in their philosophies on the use of debt to finance operations and expansions. Consequently, US Foodservice is more vulnerable to fluctuations in the debt rate. Most of their debt is tied to LIBOR, not the US rate. SYSCO pays dividends, US Foodservice does not. US Foodservice is aggressively purchasing other distributors, SYSCO seems more selective in its purchases.
There are dozens of sizable distributors throughout the country. I'm not sure which of them are publicly traded.
Do you get a choice when they cut your territory, Whether or not you want it to happen. I have been very fortunate to work for a company that truly cares about there employees WHITE SWAN now U, S. Foodservice.......... GOOD LUCK
I work for SYSCO in Chicago and i can tell you first hand it is a good company and they treat there people pretty good.We are getting bigger all the time.We are very good money makers and we have 130 trucks will 170 drivers.They picked up Wendy`s Int. not to long ago and it is valued at $900,000 not bad.IF YOU HAVE ANY SERIOUS ? JUST ASK.