Industry News | May 8, 2000

Chick-fil-A Will Move Distribution

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Chick-fil-A, Inc. announced May 8 that it plans an orderly transition of distribution services from AmeriServe Food Distribution, Inc. for its entire system of Chick-fil-A¨ restaurants.

"Chick-fil-A has already arranged for distribution services for our more than 900 locations as we leave the relationship with AmeriServe," said James L. S. Collins, president and chief operating officer of Atlanta-based Chick-fil-A, Inc. "Our distribution services will now be handled by MBM Corporation based in Rocky Mount, NC. They will service our entire system."

"We have agreement from AmeriServe to work with our food-service vendors and suppliers for a smooth transition to our new distributor that will be in place for all Chick-fil-A restaurants by the end of June," added Collins. "We do not expect interruptions in service to our restaurants during this transition period."

Privately-held MBM Corporation is based in Rocky Mount, NC with annual sales of $4 billion. The company currently operates 32 distribution centers with distribution capabilities throughout the U.S. and internationally. It also handles distribution services for other major quick-service chains.

As of May 1, 2000, Chick-fil-A had 914 locations in 35 states and South Africa. The Chick-fil-A chain serves nutritious food products in malls; free-standing units; drive-thru-only outlets; Chick-fil-A Dwarf House¨ and Truett's Grill¨ full-service restaurants; and through licensed outlets in college campuses, hospitals, airports, businesses and industrial sites.

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