U.S. Foodservice Shares Best Practices to Control Trucking Fleet Fuel Costs and Improve Environmental Performance

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Food Distributor Presents at 16th Annual OPIS Fleet Fueling Conference

We are continually looking for ways to enhance the efficiency of our fleet and I'm pleased to share what we've learned with conference participants who are equally committed to sustainability.

U.S. Foodservice, one of America’s largest foodservice distributors, shared best practices to manage fleet fuel costs and improve environmental performance during the 16th Annual OPIS Fleet Fueling Conference & Exhibition September 28 in Atlanta.

Michael Frank, vice president, Operations Excellence and Strategy, U.S. Foodservice, was one of the keynote speakers. Frank, who manages U.S. Foodservice’s fleet, which is the nation’s fourth largest trucking fleet, opened the conference with a presentation on “Controlling Fuel Costs and Usage for a Greener Tomorrow.” Frank’s presentation included such topics as:

  •     Improving fuel efficiency
  •     Incorporating biodiesel technology
  •     Assessing annual fuel needs
  •     Managing the consumption of fuel
  •     Improving purchasing structures and fuel allocations
  •     Implementing trucking and fuel performance metrics

“Maximizing fuel efficiency is an important part of our environmental efforts,” Frank said. “We are continually looking for ways to enhance the efficiency of our fleet and I'm pleased to share what we've learned with conference participants who are equally committed to sustainability."

U.S. Foodservice saved $22 million in costs from 2007-2009 by implementing cost-saving initiatives, sustainability programs and converting a growing number of trucks to 10 percent biodiesel fuel. The Company is continuing to grow its sustainability and conservation efforts.

About U.S. Foodservice:
U.S. Foodservice is one of the country’s leading foodservice distributors, offering more than 43,000 national, private label and signature brand items and an array of services to its more than 250,000 customers. The company proudly employs 25,000 associates in more than 60 locations nationwide who are poised to serve customers beyond their expectations. As an industry leader, with access to resources beyond the ordinary, U.S. Foodservice provides the finest quality food and related products to neighborhood restaurants, hospitals, schools, colleges and universities, hotels, government entities and other eating establishments. With approximately $19 billion in annualized revenue, the company is headquartered in Rosemont, Ill., and jointly owned by funds managed by Clayton, Dubilier & Rice, LLC and Kohlberg Kravis Roberts & Co. Visit http://www.usfoodservice.com to discover how U.S. Foodservice can be Your partner beyond the plate®.

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