From: Paul Geary, ENN
Published March 31, 2005 12:00 AM

SYSCO's Earth Plus Product Line Recognized by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency

HOUSTON — SYSCO Corporation (NYSE:SYY), North America's largest foodservice distributor to restaurants, schools, and institutions, today announced that 16 of its Earth Plus(R) cleaning products have been recognized by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency's Design for the Environment (DfE) program.

The DfE program is a voluntary standards program of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). For a product to receive DfE recognition, it must meet standards for biodegradability, aquatic toxicity and human toxicity. The DfE-recognized SYSCO Brand products meet or exceed the performance levels of the original formulations and are available for use in government and institutional settings that must comply with stringent requirements for use of environmentally preferable cleaning products.

Clive Davies, chief of the EPA's DfE program, said, "The purpose of the Design for the Environment program is to recognize and encourage cleaning products with environmentally preferable chemistry. The successful formulation of SYSCO's 16 recognized products is the most comprehensive to date in the cleaning product arena. We are excited about SYSCO's environmental stewardship, dedication to continuous product improvement and their role in leading change in the cleaning industry's products."

Richard J. Schnieders, SYSCO's chairman and chief executive officer, stated, "As the leading distributor to foodservice operators throughout North America, it is imperative that we recognize the impact our company's actions can have and act in a socially responsible manner to become the benchmark for others. The development of our DfE Earth Plus(R) products is an important milestone for the industry we serve and for the progression of SYSCO Brand items."

SYSCO, with revenues of about $30 billion provides food and related products and services to approximately 400,000 restaurants, healthcare and educational facilities, lodging establishments and other foodservice customers. SYSCO's operations are located throughout the United States and Canada.

Source: SYSCO, US Environmental Protection Agency,

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