McDonald's recognizes Dean as supplier of the year

by Eric Schroeder
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OAK BROOK, ILL. — McDonald’s USA has selected Dallas-based Dean Foods Co. as its 2011 U.S. Supplier of the Year. The award was presented at the U.S. Supplier Summit, an annual gathering of key U.S. McDonald’s suppliers and distributors, held in Schaumburg, Ill., near its Oak Brook headquarters.

McDonald’s said Dean was recognized for “implementing innovative products, initiating management programs, including playing a leading role in corporate quality assurance, and the development of long-term sustainability technologies.”

This is the first time Dean Foods has been honored as McDonald’s Supplier of the Year.

“Dean Foods is a dedicated provider to the McDonald’s brand and our franchisee community,” said Dan Gorsky Sr., vice-president of McDonald’s North America Supply Chain. “Their continuous efforts to improve productivity and create alignment between our two businesses make Dean Foods one of our most valued suppliers.”

The McDonald’s U.S. Supplier of the Year Award is presented annually to the food, paper or product supplier that makes the most significant impact on, and contribution to, McDonald’s U.S. business results from the previous year. The award criteria include commitment to quality and food safety, product, equipment and process innovation, exemplary customer service and value.

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