For Immediate Release Contact: Brad Vassar
Executive Vice President, General Manager
Southern Wine & Spirits of America, Inc.
Telephone: (305) 625-4171
Outback steakhouse, Inc. honors Southern Wine & Spirits of America, Inc. As "International Purveyor of 2007”
Company’s national Accounts team commended by Outback’s 1,400+ Restuarant group - OUTBACK, Fleming’s, Roy’s, Bonefish Grill, Carrabba’s, Leroy Selmon’s, and Cheeseburger in Paradise
MIAMI - June 7, 2007 – Southern Wine & Spirits of America, Inc., the nation’s leading wine and spirits distributor with a tradition of delivering the highest levels of service excellence since 1968, today announced that the Company’s National Accounts Group has been honored as “International Purveyor of 2007” by OSI Restaurant Partners, Inc. (OSI), one of the world’s largest casual dining restaurant groups, which is based in Tampa, Florida, according to Brad Vassar, Executive Vice President, General Manager of Southern Wine & Spirits of America, Inc. OSI’s portfolio of restaurant brands consists of Outback Steakhouse units throughout the U.S., as well as Carrabba's Italian Grill, Bonefish Grill, Fleming’s Prime Steakhouse & Wine Bar, Roy’s, Lee Roy Selmon's, Cheeseburger in Paradise and Blue Coral Seafood & Spirits.
According to OSI, the criterion for this award, which was announced in late May at its annual global conference, is that: “A company….demonstrates consistent commitment to providing a high level of quality, food safety, value and service to our organization.” Previous international suppliers recognized by OSI, Inc., include: Fosters, Miller Brewing, and Anheuser-Busch are past beverage winners, according to OSI, Inc.
Mr. Vassar said on behalf of the Company’s National Accounts Team how honored it is be distinguished for its excellent service by OSI company. Mr. Vassar added, “On behalf of Wayne E. Chaplin, our President and Chief Operating Officer, and Harvey R. Chaplin, our Chairman and Chief Executive Officer, and our entire team at Southern, I want to recognize the hard work and high professional standards of our National Accounts Team. Their creative, unrelenting service to Outback is symbolic of our Company’s tradition of service excellence as well as our industry-leading innovative programs we execute for every sales channel and customer, both large and small, with which we are privileged to work. I would also like to congratulate Ken Kribel, Vice President, Director of National Accounts and Bill Edwards, Vice President, National Accounts Sales and their entire team at Southern Wine & Spirits across our states, for their work with Outback and all our on-premise national chain customers around the country. This is an honor we are all proud of receiving from Outback.”
Mr. Edwards said, “What made this achievement especially notable is that this marked the first time that the award was given to a distributor partner. This recognition would not have been possible without the leadership of Herman Fernandez, Vice President, National Accounts, Southern Wine & Spirits of Florida and our entire Florida National Accounts Team, all of whom have worked diligently over that past two years to meet the high standards and criteria that Outback sets for this award. This is just the latest example of SWS National Accounts adding value and driving results for both our top-level chain customers and key supplier partners.”
OSI, Inc. established seven criteria for the award, which are as follows:
1. A company/individual that demonstrates consistent commitment to providing a high level of quality, food safety, value and service to our organization.
• Gives special attention to us, above and beyond doing what is necessary.
• Responds quickly and with cooperative spirit to our requests.
• Is there for us when we need them
2. A company/individual that has great communication skills and a courteous and respectful relationship with you and your management team.
3. A company/individual that does business in accordance with our Principles & Beliefs.
4. A company/individual who makes an honest effort to resolve problems and is accountable for their actions.
5. A company/individual who does not merely do business with us but is a true partner, working toward both of our mutual goals.
6. A company/individual that has an ongoing positive impact on operations.
7. A company/individual that I am proud to do business with and call a Partner.
About OSI Restaurant Partners, Inc.:
OSI Restaurant Partners, Inc., headquartered in Tampa, Florida, was founded in 1988 by a group of people who believe in hospitality, sharing, quality, being courageous and having fun! Today, our portfolio of brands consists of Outback Steakhouse units throughout the U.S., as well as Carrabba's Italian Grill, Bonefish Grill, Fleming’s Prime
Steakhouse & Wine Bar, Roy’s, Lee Roy Selmon's, Cheeseburger in Paradise and Blue Coral Seafood & Spirits. We are now one of the largest casual dining restaurant
companies in the world. We operate in all 50 states and our Outback Steakhouse restaurants are also open in 21 countries around the world. For more information, log onto: www.osirestaurantpartners.com
About Southern Wine & Spirits of America, Inc.:
Southern Wine & Spirits of America, Inc., the nation’s leading wine and spirits distributor with a tradition of delivering the highest levels of service excellence since 1968, currently conducts business in 27 states. The Company operates in Alabama, Arizona, California, Colorado, Florida, Kentucky, Hawaii, Illinois, Maine, Mississippi, New Hampshire, New Jersey, Nevada, New Mexico, New York, North Carolina, Pennsylvania, South Carolina, Vermont, Virginia, and West Virginia. The Company has a strategic partnership with Alaska Distributors Co. of Seattle, Washington, called Southern Wine/Spirits West, a joint venture that has wine and spirits brokerage operations across the Northwest Control States of Idaho, Montana, Oregon, Utah, Washington, and Wyoming. On a national basis, Southern Wine & Spirits of America, Inc. employs more than 10,000 team members.
For more information, please log on to: www.southernwine.com