|Remembering the past
On May 1, 1978, Bill Redmond opened the doors of Okanagan HRI for the business of distributing dry groceries and frozen food with five team members, one truck, and only $18,000 in inventory. We specialized in serving hotel, restaurant, and the institutional foodservice trade in the Okanagan region. Due to the expansion in our geographical market coverage beyond the Okanagan area we changed our company name to HRI Supply Limited in 1991. Our continued business expansion has enabled us to relocate to our present state of the art warehouse facilities in 1996. On May 4, 2001 HRI Supply merged with Sysco corporation and became Sysco HRI Supply. As of January 2006, we dropped the HRI portion of the name and became strictly Sysco Kelowna.Moving into the Future
Today, we function as a major distribution link in bringing food and related products to the foodservice trade. We are proud to service British Columbia in the Thompson - Okanagan, as far north as Prince George, west to Merritt and Lilloett, and east to Revelstoke and Castlegar. We carry a full range of produce, dairy, dry groceries, meat, seafood, frozen foods, as well as paper goods and cleaning supplies. We also supply beverage dispensing systems and dishwashing systems. It is our policy to continually add to our product range and range of services in the future. Our warehouse receives bulk shipments from major manufacturers and packers and loads route vehicles for delivery to our customers. The warehouse is in operation seven days a week. Route and telephone sales personnel contact customers directly for their orders. Today, we handle more products, furnish more services, distribute to more areas, and satisfy more of our customers' needs than ever before. But despite our growth, the original Company philosophy of honesty and integrity in all our dealings, high operating standards, a dedication to improvement and a spirit of teamwork is still the foundation of our business. We continue to uphold our values and Company philosophy and hope to bring the customer a wider range of products that includes Sysco's product inventory.