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Neil Russell VP, Corporate Affairs
Kevin Hourican President and CEO
Joel Grade CFO
Chris Mandeville Jefferies
Judah Frommer Credit Suisse
Edward Kelly Wells Fargo
Jeffrey Bernstein Barclays
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Operator

Good morning and welcome to Sysco’s Third Quarter Fiscal 2020 Conference Call.

As a reminder, today’s conference is being recorded.

We will begin with opening remarks and introductions.

I would like to turn the call over to Neil Russell, Vice President of Corporate Affairs.

You may begin.

Neil Russell

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Joel Grade

you, morning, Good Kevin. everyone. Thank

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we now take to ready Operator, are questions.

Operator

of [Operator Our Instructions] you. Thank with Mandeville from comes first the question line Jefferies. Chris

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Chris Mandeville

Hey. the up there. just varied the profitability, the the can versus structure trends sales and performing remind of International business Good give you can in just us cost on Kevin, kind where us in some if decline in some the quickly, internationally is looking of at appreciate morning, guys. to But, in how perspective relative quarter are we U.S. color. recent performance everything U.S.? And weeks? I of material country-specific together, you light of bundled

Kevin Hourican

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I’ll expense toss the you the side to of So, question. on

Joel Grade

Yes. Yes, Kevin. Chris. Thanks,

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they’ve that than further and little a bit And a are on into so, been little deeper again, bit we here.

Chris Mandeville

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respect you you $XXX that? domestically? there you So, And is comfortable I can how respect million just any offer guess, color approach additional how guys with to are that to with

Joel Grade

Yes.

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Chris Mandeville

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Joel Grade

Thanks.

Kevin Hourican

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Operator

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Judah Frommer

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Judah Frommer

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Joel Grade

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Joel Grade

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Operator

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