Avendra Adds 14 Minority And Women-Owned Suppliers To Its Procurement Programs

Avendra’s MWBE Suppliers Now Total Nearly 100

Avendra Avendra, the hospitality industry’s largest procurement services company with nearly $2 billion in purchasing volume, announced that it had signed or renewed contracts with 14 Minority and Women-Owned Business Enterprises (MWBE) since January 2004. In total, Avendra now boasts nearly 100 minority and women-owned suppliers.

“Avendra’s initiative to source and qualify minority and women-owned suppliers is a value-added service we offer to our hospitality customers,” said Scott Hollis, senior vice president, Strategic Contracting for Avendra. “Through our aggressive efforts to find qualified MWBE suppliers we are able to help many of our hotel customers meet their corporate and property level goals of commerce with minority and women-owned businesses.”

Ed Thompson, vice president, Quality Assurance and Supplier Diversity, works with Avendra’s procurement team to identify appropriate suppliers and help achieve success in this initiative. Thompson explains, “We proactively go out and find the best MWBE suppliers in each category. Then, Avendra’s Quality Assurance team screens potential suppliers, both at the national and regional level, to assure that they can offer the capacity, consistency, quality and safety our customers require. If necessary, we mentor them in the stringent standards they must meet in order to do business in the hospitality industry.”

“Earlier this year, when Avendra brought together their regional procurement people and a team of executive chefs from Orlando area hotels in order to find a new seafood supplier, our name surfaced,” said Mitchell Rice, general manager of Gary’s Seafood Specialties, Inc. in Orlando, Florida, one of Avendra’s newest MWBE suppliers. “Since signing our agreement to serve Avendra customers, we expanded our business more than $2 million in the Florida market. It has been a huge win for us.”

New and renewed suppliers in 2004 include:
Allied Steaks Inc.
Bren Products Company
Canelle Development Corp.
Frieling USA, Inc.
Gary’s Seafood Specialties, Inc.
Jamie Sadock LLC
June Jacobs Labs LLC
Kerstin Florian International
Mayorga Coffee
MD Skincare
Ole Tyme Produce, Inc.
Ozark Forest Mushroom Company
Tronex Healthcare Industries
Turner & Pease Sales, Inc.

About Avendra
Avendra is North America’s leading procurement services company serving hospitality-related industries. Avendra customers gain access to contracts leveraging $2 billion of annual purchases, expert advisory services and in-depth purchasing data and analysis. Through Avendra, customers obtain substantial savings on their purchases and other value added services to improve their operations and bottom line results. Formed in 2001, the company is headquartered in Rockville, MD and has regional offices throughout the United States and Canada. For more information, please call toll free, (866) AVENDRA, visit www.avendra.com, or email inquiries to info@avendra.com.

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