ROSEMONT, Ill. – National Beef and PepsiCo Foodservice took top honors as US Foodservice's 2011 Exclusive Brands (EB) Vendor of the Year and Manufacturer's Brand (MB) Vendor of the Year, respectively during a ceremony on the evening of Sept. 21 in Rosemont, Ill. Both companies were chosen out of more than 200 vendors. National Beef also won the 2011 Center of the Plate award, and PepsiCo earned the 2011 Beverage Award.

"These vendors are critical to our mission of providing the highest quality products and services to more than 250,000 customers around the country," said Pietro Satriano, chief merchandising officer, US Foodservice.

More than 60 US Foodservice divisions and support offices participated in the selection process. Vendors were evaluated on sales growth, gross margin improvement, divisional sales and merchandising support, food safety and product quality, logistics, national account support and business friendliness.

US Foodservice is one of America's leading foodservice distributors, offering more than 350,000 national brand products and its own private-label items, ranging from meats to produce to frozen foods. It employs approximately 25,000 associates in more than 60 locations nationwide.