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UFPC Minority Spend Jumped 21% in 2008

Louisville, Ky. — May 8, 2009 —

Last year, the amount of money Unified Foodservice Purchasing Co-op, LLC (UFPC) spent with minority- and women-owned suppliers (M/WBEs) rose 21 percent from 2007, led in part by increases among Asian- and women-owned businesses.

Although M/WBEs account for a fraction of UFPC’s $5.4 billion total annual spend, their impact can be felt across a broad range of items purchased for concept co-op member stores.

Women-owned suppliers represent 15 percent of KFC’s total fresh poultry spend, including such high-profile menu items as the new Kentucky Grilled Chicken, as well as time-honored favorites like Original Recipe and Extra Crispy products.

Thanks to minority suppliers, Pizza Hut operators can serve a fresh, piping-hot product whether it’s for dine-in or delivery. A woman-owned business supplies pizza dough, while an African-American business supplies 25 percent of the total pizza box supply.

UFPC is the exclusive supply chain management organization for Yum! Brands, Inc. UFPC manages the supply chain for all corporate- and most franchise-owned A&W, KFC, Long John Silver’s, Pizza Hut and Taco Bell restaurant outlets in the United States. UFPC negotiates volume purchases of equipment, food, packaging and other supplies from manufacturers and suppliers for purchase by restaurant operators.

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