US Foods Named Chicago Innovation Award Winner; Jim Osborne and Luke Tanen Comment
ROSEMONT, IL - US Foods is clearing room on its trophy case as the company has once again garnered attention for its commitment to innovation. The foodservice distributor recently nabbed the title of 2021 Chicago Innovation Award winner, taking home the Accenture Corporate Innovator Award for all of its inventive growth strategies.
“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, 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 spotlighted for its unique 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,” said Luke Tanen, President and Chief Executive Officer of Chicago Innovation. “The winners represent the best from this very impressive group.”
To view a complete list of this year’s Chicago Innovation Award winners, click here.
Congratulations to US Foods on marking another incredible achievement within the foodservice industry! ANUK will be here to report as the company employs more ambitious strategies for growth.