The food service industry is made up of restaurants, catering companies and food distributors. Essentially, the industry encompasses any meal made outside of the home. Since the industry has such a variety of companies, the three largest companies (by revenue) in the industry are highlighted in this article.
The Sysco Corporation is the largest food service distributor in the world. The company's revenue is about $37 billion, and it has more than 100 different distribution centers in the world. Sysco distributes food and equipment to colleges, hospitals, schools and restaurants around the world. In fact, Sysco was ranked the No. 1 company in the Wholesale Food and Grocery Division by "Fortune" magazine in 2006.
Sysco Corporation Headquarters 1390 Enclave Parkway Houston, TX 77077-2099 281-584-1390 sysco.com
U.S. Foodservice is the second-largest food service distributor in the world. The company distributes food and utensils to restaurants, health care facilities and educational institutions. In addition, the company also works with managers of the companies it distributes to on a number of things such as food safety, promotions and trends in the food industry.
U.S. Foodservice Headquarters 9755 Patuxent Woods Drive Columbia, MD 21046-2286 United States 410-312-7100 usfoodservice.com
Yum Brands is the largest restaurant company in the world. The company has more than 37,000 restaurants in 110 countries. In 2009, Yum Brands had revenues exceeding $11 billion. The company's restaurant brands include Taco Bell, Kentucky Fried Chicken, Long John Silver's, Pizza Hut, A&W Restaurants and Wing Street.
Yum Brands Headquarters 1441 Gardiner Lane Louisville, KY 40213 502-874-8300 yum.com