Otis McAllister Wins President's E Award For Exports

Nov 12, 2009, 06:09 ET from Vittles

SAN FRANCISCO, Nov. 12 /PRNewswire/ -- Otis McAllister has received the prestigious 2009 President's "E" Award for Exports. The "E" Award is the highest U.S. Government recognition any U.S. entity may receive for supporting export activity. Everett C Golden, COO and Royce A Nicolaisen, CEO accepted the award from Secretary Gary Locke during the November 5 ceremony at the U.S. Department Of Commerce.

"Otis McAllister has demonstrated sustained commitment to export expansion. Your increase in export sales is impressive," commented Secretary Lock, adding, "Otis McAllister's achievements undoubtedly have contributed to national export expansion efforts that support the US economy and create jobs."

Otis McAllister was established in 1892 in San Francisco and today operates on six continents and over 100 countries from their San Francisco headquarters. They manage dozens of US brands for export sales. In addition they own their own brands, including Angelita, La Sirena canned fish, Village Harvest Rice, Super Lucky Elephant and Himalayan Pride specialty imported rices.

Acknowledging that their export sales had increased over 22% between 2005 and 2008, COO Everett Golden said, "Our mission has always been to provide our global customers with the widest breadth of high quality brands and reasonably priced food and ingredients. It is deeply gratifying that our approach is successful for our business, our customers, and our country."

Otis McAllister is also known for the humanitarian work they do across the globe. In 2009 this has included sponsoring orphanages in India, supporting "Saving Girls" programs and sustainability programs, and leading corporate social responsibility programs overseas and in the US.

"Our humanitarian work is integral to both our philosophy and our success," said CEO Royce Nicolaisen. There is great emotional satisfaction in supporting the communities in which we do business, and we know from experience that when contribute to their success, they contribute to ours."

"The Presidential "E" Award was created by President John F. Kennedy in 1961, to recognize persons, firms, or organizations that contribute significantly to increasing United States exports. Otis McAllister was honored during a ceremony at the National District Export Council Conference. The International Trade Administration, which seeks to improve the global business environment and help U.S. firms to compete and win both at home and abroad, manages the award program that has recognized more than 2,500 firms since its inception.

More information about Otis McAllister is at: /www.otismcallister.com

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