Mt. Sterling, Ill. - Dot Foods, the nation's leading food redistributor, is proud to announce the 12 manufacturers honored with its 2012 Quality & Service Award. The award recognizes Dot's top-performing supplier partners in the areas of quality and service. The manufacturers honored for their 2012 excellence are:

-Bosco's Pizza Co. - The makers of premium quality Bosco Sticks stuffed breadsticks captured its seventh consecutive Quality & Service Award from Dot.

-Cargill Kitchen Solutions - Holding the longest current streak, Cargill Kitchen Solutions earned the Quality & Service Award for the 15th straight year for its high value, further processed egg products.

-Dr Pepper Snapple Group - The group delivered, winning its second-consecutive Quality & Service Award, while selling varying brands of juice, soft drinks, mixers and applesauce through Dot.

-Kent Precision Foods - The dry blending and packaging food company, featuring America's #1 salt-free seasoning, Mrs. Dash, captured the Quality & Service Award.

-Lawrence Foods - A returning Quality &Service Award winner, Lawrence Foods was recognized for its quality of service on its fruit fillings, icings, jellies and preserves, mixes, sauces, spreads and dips.

-Living Essentials - The producer of the popular 5-hour Energy shot achieved its first Dot Quality & Service Award.

-MOM Brand Sales, LLC - A two-time, consecutive Quality & Service Award winner, MOM Brand Sales, LLC produces popular cereal brands such as Malt-O-Meal.

-Signature Breads - A baker of premium breads and rolls, Signature Breads earned the Quality & Service Award for its outstanding service.

-Taste Traditions of Omaha - Taste Traditions of Omaha's entrees, premium pastas and gourmet soups were an exceptional performer in 2012, earning the company the Quality & Service Award.

-Trinidad Benham - The company earned the Quality & Service Award for outstanding service on its Jackrabbit brand dried beans and lentils through Dot.

-Upper Crust Enterprises, Inc. - Upper Crust Enterprises authentic Japanese panko bread crumbs and tempura batter mix helped the company achieve the Dot Quality & Service Award.

-Upstate Niagara Cooperative, Inc. - Producers of Upstate Farms dairy products, such as milk, cream, yogurt and dip, Upstate Niagara Cooperative, Inc. earned the Quality & Service Award for an outstanding year.

In order to qualify for the award, the manufacturers must achieve a number of criteria regarding inbound service levels, electronic data interchange implementation and loading efficiency, amongst other areas.

 "Quality and service are Dot's top priorities to our customers," said Joe Tracy, president and chief operating officer of Dot Foods. "Our supplier partners play a key role in us being able to provide top-notch customer service, and we recognize that. These are just a few of the suppliers who go above and beyond to make our jobs easier."

The winning manufacturers are presented with the awards during special presentations at their corporate facilities in front of their customer service, EDI, and operations employees.

About Dot Foods

Dot Foods and Dot Transportation continue to experience exceptional growth and are hiring in record numbers. Both companies are looking to fill several positions for full and part-time drivers and warehouse personnel in all eight locations. To learn more about careers at Dot Foods, visit www.dotfoods.com/careers and follow @DotFoodsCareers on Twitter.

Dot Foods Inc. carries 100,000 products from 600 food industry manufacturers and is the largest food redistributor in the United States. Dot Foods distributes foodservice, convenience, retail and vending food products to distributors in all 50 states. Dot Foods operates eight distribution centers in: Modesto, Calif.; Vidalia, Ga.; Burley, Idaho; Mt. Sterling, Ill.; Cambridge City, Ind.; Williamsport, Md.; Liverpool, N.Y.; and Ardmore, Okla. For information, visit www.dotfoods.com.