Headquartered in Houston, Texas, Sysco Corporation is a $46 billion company, operating from 194 locations with over 50,000 employees throughout the U.S., Bahamas, Canada, and Ireland. Today, Sysco utilizes 7,500 trucks to make deliveries to over 425,000 customers in the food service industry.
To implement their corporate sustainability strategy, Sysco employed environmental consultants to reduce their energy consumption and carbon footprint. With respect to transportation, Sysco retires 10 to 12 percent of its fleet each year to improve emissions, and replaces them with more fuel efficient vehicles that include LNG, electric plug-ins and hybrid electrics, when possible.
This past year, Sysco added 16 low-emission LNG trucks to its fleet, bringing its total number to 126 units. LNG fueling infrastructure has been built at two distribution centers located in Walnut and Riverside, California, where these trucks operate. A mix of Cummins Westport 8.9L and 11.9L engines consume over 1.2 million gallons of LNG fuel since this fleet puts 4.3 million miles on the road annually.
What began as an innovative, experimental LNG dual-fuel pilot program in the late 90s has evolved to one of the largest private LNG fleets operating in the US today.