UNO'S ANNOUNCES WINNERS OF 2011 VENDOR PARTNER AWARDS
Top brands win high honors
BOSTON, MASS., September 28, 2011 - Uno's, the casual dining restaurant with a deep focus on both indulgent and nutritious and delicious menu options, recently announced the winners of its 2011 Vendor Partner Awards.
The announcement was made at Uno's Annual Conference in Savannah, Georgia, which was attended by 400 vendor partners, franchisees, franchise operators, Uno's general managers and corporate executives.
"We consider our vendors to be partners in our success," stated Frank Guidara, chief executive officer of Uno's. "These annual awards are one way to demonstrate how important they are and to thank them for all they do to help us create outstanding dining experiences for our guests."
Uno's recognizes vendor partners who have provided the company with the highest level of customer service, along with superior quality products.
Winners were named the day after the announcement of the largest franchise deal in Uno's 68-year history for its new fast-casual concept, Uno Dué Go (pronounced Uno do-ay go). The deal with Dallas-based FGR Food Corporation will establish 30 locations for Uno Dué Go throughout Texas.
2011 Vendor Partner Awards Winners are:
Vendor of the Year - Hormel Foods
Hormel Foods Corporation is a multinational manufacturer and marketer of consumer-branded food and meat products.
Distributor of the Year - Perkins
Perkins is New England's largest independent wholesale distributor of foodservice and sanitary maintenance supplies.
Beverage Supplier of the Year - MillerCoors
MillerCoors is the second-largest beer company in America.
Spirit Supplier of the Year - Bacardi USA
Bacardi U.S.A., Inc., is the United States import and distribution arm of one of the world's leading spirits and wine producers.
Wine Supplier of the Year- DFV Wines
DFV wines are produced by the Indelicato family, which has been producing handcrafted wines for three generations.
Sales Person of the Year - Icelandic USA, Inc.
Icelandic Group provides high quality fresh and frozen seafood in North America, Europe and Asia.
Supportive Supplier of the Year - SLM Facility Solutions Nationwide
Facilities Solutions Nationwide provides facility service solutions in the fields of trash/recycling, composting, grease trap pumping/jetting, plumbing, cooking oil removal, kitchen exhaust cleaning, lawn care, snow plowing and janitorial services.
Uno Restaurant Holdings Corporation includes over 150 company-owned and franchised restaurants located in 24 states, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico, South Korea, the United Arab Emirates, Honduras, Kuwait and Saudi Arabia, and approximately 9,000 employees worldwide. Based in Boston, UNO's mission is to deliver intensely flavorful, delicious and nutritious food in an environment of heartfelt hospitality, and was named America's Healthiest Chain Restaurant by Health magazine. The Company also operates fast casual Uno Dué Go cafés, a quick service concept called Uno Express and a consumer packaged foods business which supplies airlines, movie theatres, hotels, airports, travel plazas, schools and supermarkets with both frozen and refrigerated private-label foods and Uno branded products. For more information, visit www.unos.com