Houston-based food distribution giant Sysco will send workers to Kroger distribution centres for temporary work.
In a press release, the restaurant supplier giant Sysco writes that under the agreement, its workers in the United States who have been temporarily furloughed due to the dramatic decline in foodservice demand from the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic will have the opportunity to work at Kroger locations for 30 days, or more, as agreed upon by both companies.
Kroger is the United States’ largest supermarket by revenue.
SalmonBusiness reported this month that Sysco announced that it is “actively pursuing new sources of revenue by leveraging its supply chain expertise to provide services to the retail grocery sector”.
“During these unprecedented times, we are pleased to partner with Kroger, as both of our companies work to respond in an agile manner to meet the rapidly evolving needs of our associates and our communities,” said Kevin Hourican, president and chief executive officer of Sysco. “This agreement will benefit many of Sysco’s associates by creating good work opportunities with a respected company, while at the same time helping to alleviate strain in the food supply chain due to a surge in demand at retail stores.
In the US, before the pandemic, it offered seafood products to foodservice operators through its Portico Bounty brand. In the UK, it did so through the food and distribution company Brakes in 2016, supplying M & J Seafood-sourced fish to the catering industry.