We study the stochastic lot-sizing problem with service level constraints and propose an efficient mixed integer reformulation thereof. We use the formulation of the problem present in the literature as a benchmark, and prove that the reformulation has a stronger linear relaxation. Also, we numerically illustrate that it yields a superior computational performance. The results of our numerical study reveals that the reformulation can optimally solve problem instances with planning horizons over 200 periods in less than a minute. (C) 2014 Elsevier B.V. All rights reserved.