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UFPC Names New VP/GM of Taco Bell National Purchasing Co-op

Louisville, Ky. — May 25, 2009 —

Daniel E. Woodside, President and Chief Executive Officer of Unified Foodservice Purchasing Co-op, LLC (UFPC), announced the promotion of Ranga Damodaran to Vice President, General Manager of the Taco Bell National Purchasing Co-op, Inc. in Irvine, Calif.

Taco Bell LogoIn this critical role, Ranga will lead UFPC’s team with responsibility for sourcing beef and pork proteins and produce for Taco Bell and the other concepts. His leadership will also cover food, packaging and equipment program management for Taco Bell.

Ranga's career with the Taco Bell system began as a Buyer in 1993. Eventually working his way to Purchasing Director, his career path took him to UFPC's Dallas hub, where he led the wheat purchasing team for the Pizza Hut National Purchasing Co-op, Inc. for nearly eight years. He returned to Taco Bell in 2008, assuming the role of Senior Director, Purchasing.

“Ranga’s experience and sound business sense have made a strong impact on our board and supplier relationships,” Woodside said.

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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