Ohio-Based Distributor Recognized with Two Supplier Awards

Yum! Brands, the parent company of Pizza Hut, Taco Bell, and KFC, honored FEDA member Wasserstrom with two awards during its annual Supplier Tracking, Assessment & Recognition (STAR) Awards last month.

Wasserstrom, an Ohio-based distributor of foodservice equipment and supplies, was recognized as the Supplier of the Year across all Yum! Brands and also received the company’s COVID Crisis Collaboration Award. “We are so honored to receive these awards from an organization that we respect so much,” said Cathy King, executive vice president of sales for Wasserstrom. “To be recognized for a job well done is made even more special when we consider the challenging year that we all experienced.”

“It is our great pleasure to recognize you, Wasserstrom team, with the 2020 Yum! Supplier of the Year Award,” said Steve McCormick, president and CEO, Restaurant Supply Chain Solutions (RSCS), the exclusive supply chain management organization for Yum! Brands. “Our relationship [with Wasserstrom] runs deep, and the respect is very mutual. There is a high level of trust established with Wasserstrom and for that we are grateful. Grateful for their leadership, for Kathy [Cianflona] and for Kevin [Simmons] and the entire Wasserstrom leadership team for the support of our business this past year.”

The COVID Crisis Collaboration Award recognized Wasserstrom’s work with Yum! Brands during the pandemic.

“The Wasserstrom Company has done phenomenal work,” said Todd Silberg, chief procurement officer for RSCS. “We have asked a lot of them over the course of the last year. They were able to help us in a lot of different ways with personal protective equipment [and] sanitizers, and they did it all without a blink. And they always asked ‘What more can we do?’”

Wasserstrom was honored to be recognized with these two prestigious awards. “We strive to be a trusted advisor to our customers and help them achieve their goals. In light of the difficult year we have all experienced, these awards let us know that our efforts were truly appreciated by our customers as we strive to always exceed expectations,” the company said.