Congratulations are in order for US Foods, as the foodservice distributor announced it was named a 2021 Chicago Innovation Award winner. The company was awarded the Accenture Corporate Innovator Award, which celebrates a large corporation for its commitment to innovation.
“It is an honor to be awarded with a Chicago Innovation Award for our approach to helping foodservice operators drive alternative revenue streams during one of the most challenging times in the restaurant industry,” said Jim Osborne, US Foods Senior Vice President of Customer Strategy and Innovation. “As part of our commitment to helping independent restaurant operators ‘Make It,’ our Ghost Kitchens Playbook was one of many programs we launched to help operators succeed during the pandemic and beyond. We are thrilled to be recognized for this work.”
US Foods was honored for its Ghost Kitchens Playbook, a free, first-to-market program that was launched in response to dine-in restrictions created by the pandemic to help guide restaurant operators through every step of launching a new ghost kitchen revenue stream within their existing brick-and-mortar location.
The program includes access to proprietary technology to identify the right ghost kitchen concept, marketing strategy support, and one-on-one consultations with US Foods experts. For its efforts, US Foods is one of 20 Chicago Innovation Award winners selected from more than 425 nominations.
“As a group, 2021 Chicago Innovation Award nominees are responsible for generating over $19 billion in new revenues, 22,807 new jobs, and 340 patents from their nominated new products and services. The winners represent the best from this very impressive group,” said Luke Tanen, President and Chief Executive Officer of Chicago Innovation.
The complete list of this year’s Chicago Innovation Award winners can be found here.
A warm congrats from us at Deli Market News on this amazing achievement and for US Foods’ efforts to support our industry!