Leading Chain Restaurants Recognize Supplier Partners With Cheers Supplier of the Year Awards
NORWALK, Conn., June 16 /PRNewswire/ -- "While we feel we are in partnership with all our suppliers, we wanted to publicly recognize those true partners who go above and beyond what is required of them in order to support and grow our businesses," said Stan Novack, Vice President, Concept Development, HMS Host Corp. and chairman of the Cheers Supplier of the Year Awards, in announcing the initial recipients of this annual award. There are hundreds, if not thousands, of companies that supply products and services to any successful restaurant. And while the restaurant may garner rave reviews, rarely is any recognition given to all of those suppliers who contribute to the success. With that in mind, a panel composed of food and beverage executives of some of the largest full-service and casual-theme restaurant chains in the world have pooled their collective experiences to recognize those suppliers who have gone the extra mile in their business relationships. Following much discussion and debate, the winners of the first annual Cheers Supplier of the Year Awards, sponsored by Cheers magazine and its Editorial Advisory Board were recently announced. In addition to Novack, the jury included Patrick Droesch, Vice President of Beverages, Brinker International; Bill Edwards, Director of Beverage Marketing, The Olive Garden, and Doug Jackson, Beverage Director, Rare Hospitality. After Novack and the members of the jury weighed and evaluated the various nominations, the final decision was placed in the hands of the 32 operator members of the Cheers Editorial Advisory Board, which includes representatives from such restaurant operators as Red Lobster, Chili's, Outback Steakhouse, Hard Rock Cafe, Morton's, Marriott Hotels and Rock Bottom Restaurants. There was no participation in the process by either non-operator members of the board or by any representative of Cheers magazine. "Cheers sponsors the award and acts as the facilitator of the process, but the award itself is truly recognition from the community of restaurant operators to suppliers for a job consistently well-done," noted Charles Forman, Vice President & Publisher of the Adams Beverage Group, parent of Cheers magazine. The winners of the 2003 Cheers Supplier of the Year Awards are: * Best Spirits Supplier (a tie) -- Allied Domecq Spirits & Wine, Westport, CT and Diageo North America, Stamford, CT. * Best Beer Supplier -- Anheuser-Busch, St. Louis, MO. * Best Wine Supplier -- E&J Gallo Winery, Modesto, CA. * Best Non-Alcohol Beverages & Mixers Supplier -- Monin, Inc., Clearwater, FL * Best Allied Product & Services Supplier -- ShowTenders, Inc., Orlando, FL. The Cheers Supplier of the Year Awards were presented for the first time at this year's Cheers Beverage Conference in New Orleans. The 2004 Supplier of the Year Awards will be presented at next year's Cheers Beverage Conference, scheduled for February 17-18,2004 at the Hyatt Regency Irvine, Irvine, CA. More information on the 2004 Cheers Beverage Conference can be obtained from Cheers Beverage Conference headquarters at 888-EVENT29 or on our website http://www.cheersconference.com. Press Contact: Bob Keane 908-352-1570
SOURCE Cheers Magazine
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