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UFPC and Yum! Brands Recognize Unilever Foodsolutions and Others at Annual STAR Awards 

Louisville, Ky. — May 11, 2006 — 

Welcoming thirty-one of its top suppliers to the annual STAR Awards ceremony, Yum! Brands, Inc. and Unified Foodservice Purchasing Co-op, LLC (UFPC) hosted their April 13 gala event at the Marriott Legacy Town Center Hotel in Plano, Texas. Forty awards were given for outstanding achievement, with Unilever Foodsolutions receiving the most prestigious award.

Yum! Brands and UFPC honored Unilever with three of its most esteemed awards: U.S. Supplier of the Year, International Food Supplier of the Year and Global Food Supplier of the Year. Unilever’s worldwide operations supply glazes, sauces and seasonings to the Yum! Brands system each year.

“We are very supportive of Unilever and fully support their winning of our top three supplier awards,” said Daniel E. Woodside, President and Chief Executive Officer of UFPC.

Leading the ceremony was a special recognition honoring four of Yum! Brands’ strongest partners as the first five-time invitees to the STAR Award ceremonies. They include APW Wyott, Griffith Laboratories, Paradise Tomato Kitchens, Inc. and Unilever Foodsolutions. APW Wyott was also named Global Equipment Supplier of the Year for 2005, while Paradise Tomato Kitchens earned Pizza Hut’s U.S. Food Supplier of the Year award. 

Unilever’s run continued with a win as Taco Bell’s U.S. Food Supplier of the Year. George’s, Inc. proudly picked up the award for KFC Food Supplier of the Year. Griffith Laboratories received Long John Silver’s 2005 Food Supplier of the Year award, while A&W’s Food Supplier of the Year award went to Riverside Foods, a winner two years in row.

Hosting the festive occasion were Chief Financial Officer and Senior Vice President of Yum! Restaurants International, Harmit Singh, and Daniel E. Woodside. Commemorating excellence in product development, innovation, quality assurance, value and customer service to Yum! Brands, the event included presenters Christian Campbell, Senior Vice President, General Counsel and Chief Franchise Policy Officer, Yum! Brands; Andrew Partridge, Chief Operating Officer of Yum! Restaurants International; Peter Hearl, President and Chief Concept Officer, Pizza Hut; and Leah Evans, Chief Food Innovation and Technology Officer, Yum! Restaurants International.

UFPC is the exclusive supply chain management organization for Yum! Brands’ domestic restaurants. Yum! Brands and UFPC selected their winners through the STAR program. Named for Supplier Tracking, Assessment and Recognition, STAR uses audits and surveys to rate performance levels. 

Yum! Brands Inc., based in Louisville, Ky., is the world's largest restaurant company in terms of system restaurants, with over 34,000 restaurants in more than 100 countries and territories. Four of the company's restaurant brands — KFC, Pizza Hut, Taco Bell and Long John Silver's — are the global leaders of the chicken, pizza, Mexican-style food and quick-service seafood categories, respectively. Yum! Brands is the worldwide leader in multibranding, which offers consumers more choice and convenience at one restaurant location from a combination of A&W, KFC, Long John Silver’s, Pizza Hut and Taco Bell brands. The company and its franchisees today operate over 3,200 multibrand restaurants. Outside the United States in 2005, the Yum! Brands' system opened about three new restaurants each day of the year, making it one of the fastest growing retailers in the world. For the past three years, the company has been recognized as one of Fortune magazine's “Top 50 Employers for Minorities.” It also has been recognized as one of the “Top 50 Employers for Women” by Fortune, one of the “Top 30 Best Companies for Diversity” by Black Enterprise Magazine, one of the “Corporate 100 Companies Providing Opportunities for Hispanics” by Hispanic Magazine, one of the “Top 50 Corporations for Supplier Diversity” by Hispanic Trends Magazine and by BusinessWeek as one of the “Top 15 Companies for In-kind Corporate Philanthropy.”

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