Technomic and UniPro Foodservice announce strategic alliance

CHICAGO, July 16, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- Technomic, the foodservice industry's leading research and consulting firm, and UniPro Foodservice, the largest foodservice distributor cooperative, have created a multifaceted strategic alliance designed to enhance the competitive position and effectiveness of UniPro's 650 member companies in North America and abroad. The alliance will focus on developing and executing high-impact programs to demonstrably improve assortment, pricing, operating efficiency, vendor relationships and customer engagement. As part of this alliance, UniPro has joined the Steering Committee of Technomic's Foodservice Category Management Institute.

Bob Goldin, Executive Vice President of Technomic, strongly believes the alliance is timely and will deliver real value. "To survive and, in many cases flourish, in a very tough market environment, independent distributors have proven to be resilient and resourceful. Now that the market has stabilized, it is a great time for them to explore new growth initiatives, and we are delighted to be able to help UniPro members achieve meaningful and measurable profitable growth."

According to Roger Toomey, President and CEO of UniPro, "Technomic brings us a 360-degree perspective on the industry, vast practical experience, thought leadership and unique resources. While our initial efforts will be on optimizing the category management opportunity, we will also be focusing on other major identified business enrichment programs."

Contacts
Technomic: Bob Goldin, 312-506-3936 or bgoldin@technomic.com
UniPro Foodservice: Roger Toomey, 770-952-0871 or toomey@uniprofoodservice.com

About Technomic
Technomic provides clients with the facts, insights and consulting support they need to enhance their business strategies, decisions and results. Its services include numerous publications and digital products, as well as proprietary studies and ongoing research on all aspects of the food industry.

About UniPro Foodservice
UniPro Foodservice, Inc.® is the largest foodservice distribution cooperative in the United States. Comprising over 650 shareholder companies with over 900 locations, each distributor is independently owned, marketing the products and services provided by UniPro Foodservice. With a collective sales volume of over $60 billion, the buying power of UniPro enables its members to receive enhanced purchasing opportunities, thereby providing better pricing and a vast array of products and services to their customers.

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