Shamrock Foods recognized its supplier partners' excellence with the 2016 Supplier of the Year Awards, presented during the company's annual Supplier Summit. The group also presented was a check for $50,000 to benefit the Navy-Marine Corps Relief Society.

"We at Shamrock Foods recognize that strong partnerships are the foundation of our success, and we pride ourselves on collaborating with our suppliers to provide the right products at the right price and with the right support to delight our foodservice customers," said Jody Wilmes, Vice President, Category Management and Purchasing for Shamrock Foods.

The supplier awards are based on criteria including growth, profitability, service level, marketing support and compliance to industry standards such as GS1 – a data and communication tool used for supply chain efficiency.

In all, 15 supplier partners were recognized in six categories including Center of Plate, Frozen Grocery, Dairy/Cheese, Dry Grocery, Non Foods/Beverage and the overarching Supplier of the Year category. The big winner was Alpha Baking Company, earning the honor of Supplier of the Year for the second year in a row.

The awards presentation was part of a four-day annual summit during which Shamrock Foods and its supplier partners identify new ways of working together to maximize continued growth. The complete list of 2016 Supplier Awards winners is as follows:

Center of the Plate
American Foods Group – Kings Command

Frozen Grocery
Alpha Baking Company

Franklin Foods

Dry Grocery
ACH Tone Brothers, Inc.

Non Foods/Beverage
Fabri-Kal Corporation

Supplier of the Year
Alpha Baking Company

A full list of winners including runner-ups is available at