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UFPC and Yum! Brands Recognize Top Suppliers at Gala STAR Awards

Louisville, Ky. — June 11, 2007 —

Celebrating twenty-seven leading suppliers’ dazzling accomplishments, Yum! Brands, Inc. and Unified Foodservice Purchasing Co-op, LLC (UFPC) hosted their prestigious STAR Awards at the Marriott Legacy Town Center Hotel in Plano, Texas, April 26.

Commemorating the gala affair with forty-one statues for outstanding achievement, Yum! Brands and UFPC honored General Mills Bakeries and Foodservice with four awards, including the coveted U.S. Supplier of the Year STAR. Rainbow Chicken Farms (Pty.) Ltd. was named International Food Supplier of the Year, Paka Promotion (Hong Kong) Ltd. was named as the Global Premiums winner, and Franke Foodservice Systems GmbH received the 2006 Global Equipment Supplier of the Year. 

“We are proud to have these top-rated suppliers as partners to our system, and are thrilled with their high standards and dedication,” said Daniel E. Woodside, President and Chief Executive Officer of UFPC. “Their innovative solutions and global resources have established them as leaders in the foodservice industry.”

Four multiple-time invitees to STAR award ceremonies received special recognition as highly dedicated providers to Yum! Brands. Leprino Foods Co. has been recognized at five STAR Award ceremonies. APW Wyott has been a six-time STAR event invitee, while Griffith Laboratories and Unilever Foodsolutions have a record seven ceremonies under each of their belts.

Leprino Foods Co. was this year’s Pizza Hut Value and Service winner, while APW Wyott won the 2006 U.S. Taco Bell Equipment STAR. Griffith Laboratories received both the Caribbean Latin America STAR and the U.S. Long John Silver’s 2006 Food Quality Award. Unilever picked up three awards for 2006, receiving accolades for U.S. Taco Bell Food Value and Service and U.S. KFC Food Innovation. Unilever also achieved the U.S. KFC Food Supplier of the Year honor.

Leading this special ceremony were Chief Financial Officer and Senior Vice President of Yum! Restaurants International, Harmit Singh, and Daniel E. Woodside. Demonstrating Yum! Brands’ and UFPC’s appreciation of excellence in product development, innovation, quality assurance, value and customer service, the event included presenters Christian Campbell, Senior Vice President, General Counsel and Secretary and Chief Franchise Policy Officer, Yum! Brands; Emil Brolick, President, U.S. Brand Building for Yum! Brands; Scott Bergren, 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. is the world’s largest restaurant company in terms of system restaurants with over 34,000 restaurants in over 100 countries and territories, and is based in Louisville, Ky. Yum! Brands restaurants include A&W, KFC, Long John Silver’s, Pizza Hut and Taco Bell. KFC, Pizza Hut, Taco Bell and Long John Silver’s are global leaders in the chicken, pizza, Mexican-style food and quick-service seafood categories, respectively.

Yum! Brands is also the worldwide leader in multibranding, which offers consumers more choice and convenience at one restaurant location by combining A&W, KFC, Long John Silver’s, Pizza Hut and Taco Bell brands. Today the company and its franchisees operate more than 3,200 multibrand restaurants. During 2005, the Yum! Brands system opened approximately three new international restaurants each day, making it one of the fastest growing retailers in the world.

For the past three years, the Yum! Brands 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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