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Libbey Inc. Named Best in Class for Tabletop Suppliers; Also Named as Supplier of the Year by Allied Buying Corporation

Post Time:Oct 29,2008Classify:Company NewsView:332

TOLEDO, Ohio, Oct 28, 2008 /PRNewswire-FirstCall via COMTEX/ -- In its annual survey, Foodservice Equipment & Supplies magazine (FE&S) has once again named Libbey Inc. as "Best in Class" for tabletop suppliers. FE&S's "Best in Class" survey asked subscribers to determine who they perceive to be the best manufacturer for key foodservice categories. As reported in its October 2008 edition, FE&S's eighth annual "Best in Class" survey shines the industry spotlight on those manufacturers, which were named by subscribing dealers, broadliners, and operators, as the ones that help them best meet customer needs. Libbey has been named "Best in Class" in all eight surveys conducted by FE&S magazine.

Supplier of the Year Award from Allied Buying Corporation

The Company also announced that Allied Buying Corporation, one of the largest buying groups in the equipment and supply sector of the U.S.A. foodservice industry, has named Libbey as its "Supplier of the Year." This customer award is the latest of many that Libbey has received in 2008. Earlier in the year, Libbey Inc. was recognized by:
    -- Darden Restaurants Inc. as a "Supplier of the Year"
    -- Edward Don and Company as a "Gold Supplier of the Year"
    -- Next Day Gourmet as "Smallwares Vendor of the Year"
    -- OSI Restaurant Partners, LLC (the parent company of Outback
       Steakhouses) as a "Purveyor of the Year"
    -- Target Corporation with their "Partner Award of Excellence"

Commenting on these achievements, John F. Meier, chairman and chief executive officer said, "We are pleased to once again be recognized as best in class by our customers. With ever-increasing competitive pressures in this difficult economic environment, this recognition confirms the strength of our brands and the quality of the service we provide our customers."
   
Libbey Inc.:

    -- is the largest manufacturer of glass tableware in the western
       hemisphere and one of the largest glass tableware manufacturers in the
       world;
    -- is expanding its international presence with facilities in China,
       Mexico, the Netherlands and Portugal;
    -- is the leading manufacturer of  tabletop products for the U.S.
       foodservice industry; and
    -- supplies products to foodservice, retail, industrial and
       business-to-business customers in over 100 countries.

Based in Toledo, Ohio, for 120 years, Libbey operates glass tableware manufacturing plants in the United States in Louisiana and Ohio, as well as in Mexico, China, Portugal and the Netherlands. Its Crisa subsidiary, located in Monterrey, Mexico, is the leading producer of glass tableware in Mexico and Latin America. Its Royal Leerdam subsidiary, located in Leerdam, Netherlands, is among the world leaders in producing and selling glass stemware to retail, foodservice and industrial clients. Its Crisal subsidiary, located in Portugal, provides an expanded presence in Europe. Its Syracuse China subsidiary designs, manufactures and distributes an extensive line of high-quality ceramic dinnerware, principally for foodservice establishments in the United States. Its World Tableware subsidiary imports and sells a full-line of metal flatware and holloware and an assortment of ceramic dinnerware and other tabletop items principally for foodservice establishments in the United States. Its Traex subsidiary, located in Wisconsin, designs, manufactures and distributes an extensive line of plastic items for the foodservice industry. In 2007, Libbey Inc.'s net sales totaled $814.2 million.

Source: Libbey Inc.Author: shangyi

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