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SYSCO Corporation                                                   NEWS RELEASE
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Houston, Texas 77077-2099               FOR MORE INFORMATION
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                           SYSCO'S BOARD OF DIRECTORS

     HOUSTON, SEPTEMBER 28, 2004 - SYSCO Corporation (NYSE: SYY) today announced
that  John  M.  Cassaday,   president  and  chief  executive  officer  of  Corus
Entertainment Inc. of Toronto, Canada (TSX: CJR.B; NYSE: CJR) has been nominated
for election to serve on SYSCO's Board of Directors. Mr. Cassaday will stand for
election at SYSCO's Annual Meeting on November 12, 2004.

     Richard J. Schnieders,  SYSCO's chairman and chief executive officer, said,
"Mr.  Cassaday's  more  than 30  years  of  business  experience  will add a new
perspective to our Board, expanding our leadership  capabilities.  His wealth of
expertise,  not only from his media affiliations,  but also from his tenure with
several leading packaged goods companies, will make him an excellent addition."

     Mr. Cassaday,  51, has been president and chief executive  officer of Corus
Entertainment  Inc.  since  its  inception  in  September  1999 and he served as
president and chief executive  officer of CTV Television  Network Ltd. from 1990
to 1997.  Prior to becoming  associated  with CTV, his career  included  various
executive  positions with leading packaged goods companies,  including  Campbell
Soup Company, General Foods and RJR-MacDonald Inc.

     Mr.  Cassaday  earned a bachelor  of arts  degree  from the  University  of
Western   Ontario  in  1976.   In  1981  he  received  his  master  of  business
administration  degree with Dean's List honors from the  University of Toronto's
Rotman  School  of  Management,  where  he was  honored  in 1998 as  their  most
distinguished  alumni.  Mr.  Cassaday and his wife Mary have three  children and
reside in Toronto.

     SYSCO is the largest foodservice marketing and distribution organization in
North America. For the fiscal year ended July 3, 2004 the company reported sales
of $29.3  billion.  SYSCO  provides  food and related  products  and services to
approximately  400,000  restaurants,   healthcare  and  educational  facilities,
lodging  establishments  and other foodservice  customers  throughout the United
States and Canada. For more information about SYSCO visit the company's Internet
home page at

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