Burger King Corporation (BKC) and Restaurant Services, Inc. (RSI), the supply chain manager for the BURGER KING® system in the United States, honored two of their minority-owned suppliers, Original Impressions and Union Packaging, with the prestigious BKC-RSI 2007 Supplier-of-the-Year Award. These companies join an elite group of eight distinguished honorees nationwide.

Accepting the award on behalf of Original Impressions (OI) was Founder and CEO Roland Garcia and Vice President Mike Mesgleski, who manages the BURGER KING® account. “We are both pleased and honored to be recognized as an important and integral supplier to the BURGER KING® system,” Garcia said. “We will continue to provide the BURGER KING® system with the exceptional service and high quality marketing communications services they have come to expect over the years.”

OI has managed, produced and shipped a vital operational and informational resource, The Restaurant Daily Planner, to BURGER KING® restaurants in the United States and Canada for the past eight years. Last year, OI created a Web-based, record-keeping solution to organize the documents and materials included in The Restaurant Daily Planner.

President Michael Pearson accepted the award on behalf of Union Packaging, which provided critical manufacturing support for the introduction of the FRYPODTM (a French fry container designed to fit a car’s drink holder), thus enabling the U.S. BURGER KING® system to effectively meet increased consumer demand for these cartons.

“On behalf of the great team of people that compose Union Packaging, I want to thank BKC for showing true commitment to diversity,” said Michael Pearson, president of Union Packaging. “With the support of BKC over the last six years, my employees have been able to buy homes and send children to college—often they are the first in their families to do so. Well managed supplier diversity programs develop excellent vendors that positively impact lives along the way.”

“As a global corporation, BKC is committed to maintaining a diverse portfolio of suppliers,” said Cirabel Lardizabal Olson, director, inclusion and external affairs, at BKC. “In concert with RSI, BKC seeks out qualified minority and women-owned suppliers to enhance our BURGER KING® system. We salute Original Impressions and Union Packaging for the exceptional service and quality products they have provided to receive our coveted Supplier of the Year Awards.”

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