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American Blue Ribbon Holdings, LLC Selects ArrowStream OnDemand Supply Chain Solution to Gain Operational Efficiencies.

Family dining operator expects to automate processes, reduce man hours, improve inventory, manage pricing with new solution

CHICAGO -- ArrowStream, a leading provider of supply chain solutions for the foodservice industry, announced today an agreement with American Blue Ribbon Holdings (ABRH) to enhance supply chain management across its 219 Village Inn and 45 Bakers Square locations.

ABRH chose the ArrowStream OnDemand solution to eliminate manual processes, achieve streamlined and efficient order and price management processes, and deliver real-time inventory visibility.

Powered by the ArrowStream Network of more than 4,000 restaurant chains, manufacturers and distributors, OnDemand will provide ABRH with a vast and constantly updated repository of critical food purchase data. The system will enable ABRH to synchronize and aggregate supply chain information easily from ABRH's restaurants and its trading partners.

"We look forward to improving our operational efficiencies and gaining greater visibility into the health of our supply chain. With ArrowStream's OnDemand, we will expect to reach our goal of a 90 percent reduction in man hours and improved spend rationalization on more than 500 line-item contracts," said Mark Hampton, Vice President Supply Chain, ABRH.

Steven LaVoie, CEO and Chairman of ArrowStream said, "For many casual dining operators, improving operational efficiency is the key to effectively competing with larger chains. ArrowStream is excited for ABRH to join in the Network to strengthen its competitive position and the bottom line."

About ArrowStream

ArrowStream is committed to helping customers and their supply chain partners improve operations and the bottom line. ArrowStream transforms the food supply chain through patented, innovative solutions that help trading partners achieve results collectively that they could not reach individually. The company's Network is the largest, most extensive collection of restaurant chains, distributors and manufacturers in the food industry. More than $15 billion of product moves through and is tracked in the ArrowStream Network providing operational efficiencies, economies of scale and financial benefits to all trading partners in it.

Founded in 2000, ArrowStream quickly earned a reputation as a premier provider of supply chain solutions for the foodservice industry serving blue-chip customers such as Wendy's, Church's Chicken, Steak n Shake, and ARCOP, Arby's purchasing cooperative group. ArrowStream customers represent nearly 20 percent of the top 50 U.S. chains in Nation's Restaurant News 2009 Top 200 chains by sales.

About American Blue Ribbon Holdings, LLC

American Blue Ribbon Holdings, LLC of Denver, Colorado owns and operates the Village Inn and Bakers Square restaurants brands as well as the commercial baking subsidiary, Legendary Baking. Since 1958 when the first Village Inn Pancake House opened, families have known they can expect their favorite home-style meals from extra-friendly servers in a sparkling clean and comfortable setting. Today corporate and franchise Village Inn locations are concentrated in the Rocky Mountain region, the Midwest, Arizona and Florida. With locations in the Upper Midwest, Bakers Square is the destination for guests who wish to enjoy everyday occasions, creative and unique fare such as focaccia sandwiches and stir-fry pitas or a slice of award winning blue-ribbon pie. Legendary Baking ABR's pie production facilities, bakes nearly 12 million pies a year for Village Inn, Bakers Square and J. Horner's, a frozen pie line for outside sales.
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Date:May 18, 2010
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