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Americans eat outside of their homes with incredible frequency. The U.S. Department of Commerce, for instance, recently reported, for the first time since it began tracking such data, that Americans spent more money per month at restaurants and bars than in grocery stores. 1 Of course,
Americans eat out at many other places, too-sports arenas, school and workplace cafeterias, hotels and resorts, hospitals, and nursing homes, just to name a few. The foodservice distribution industry supplies food and related products to all of these locations. Foodservice distribution is
big business. In 2013, the market grew to $231 billion. By some estimates, there are over 16, 000 companies that compete in the foodservice distribution marketplace.
The two largest foodservice distribution companies in the country are Defendants Sysco
Corporation ("Sysco") and US Foods, Inc. ("USF"). Both are primarily "broadline" foodservice distributors. As the name implies, a broadline foodservice distributor sells and delivers a "broad" array of food and related products to just about anywhere food is consumed outside the home.
In 2013, Sysco's broadline sales were over 40 billion and USF's were over 20 billion.