PHOENIX, AZ--(Marketwire - Nov 16, 2011) - Continuing its long-held commitment to sustainability, US Foods today activated a 905 kilowatt, 3,934 photovoltaic solar panel system at its Phoenix division. The solar array is the company's third installation, including a panel in San Francisco and La Mirada, and one of the largest rooftop installations in Phoenix. It is expected to provide 15 percent of the division's power needs annually.

At its peak, the solar panel array will generate more than 1.5 million kilowatt hours annually, enough energy to power approximately 140 homes. The US Foods distribution center in Phoenix, a Certified Green Business facility, marked the event by hosting a celebration for local dignitaries, customers, employees and suppliers.

"US Foods is committed to reducing its environmental impact and taking steps to safeguard the environment," said Tom Kertis, Phoenix division president, US Foods. "Our new solar panel system will help us meet our goal of conserving resources while continuing to meet our customers' needs."

US Foods is leasing the solar system from Del Solar, a global provider of renewable energy solutions. Other sustainable actions taken at the Phoenix Division include installing energy-efficient lighting and implementing recycling, water and fuel reduction programs.

With nearly 600 employees, the Phoenix Division supplies the highest quality food and related products to more than 4,000 customers throughout Arizona.

About US Foods
With nearly $19 billion in annual revenue, US Foods is the 10th largest private company in America, and a leading foodservice distributor. Many of the entities that make up US Foods were founded in the 19th century, including one that sold provisions to travelers heading west during the 1850s gold rush. US Foods offers more than 350,000 national brand products and its own high-quality "exclusive brand" items, ranging from fresh meats and produce to prepared and frozen foods. The company proudly employs approximately 25,000 people in more than 60 locations nationwide, and provides the finest quality food and related products to more than 250,000 customers, including independent and multi-unit restaurants, healthcare and hospitality entities, government and educational institutions. The company is headquartered in Rosemont, Ill., and jointly owned by funds managed by Clayton, Dubilier & Rice Inc. and Kohlberg Kravis Roberts & Co. Discover more at

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