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DIAL SUBSIDIARY, DOBBS INTERNATIONAL, TO TAKE OVER FIRST FOUR KITCHENS PURCHASED FROM UNITED AIRLINES

 PHOENIX, Dec. 30 /PRNewswire/ -- Dobbs International Services Inc., a subsidiary of The Dial Corp (NYSE: DL), today will take over operation of the first four flight kitchens that the company purchased from United Airlines.
 The $119.4 million acquisition of 15 United flight kitchens was finalized Nov. 13, making Dobbs the largest domestic in-flight foodservice caterer.
 At midnight Dec. 30, Dobbs will take over operation of flight kitchens serving Boston; Detroit; Newark, N.J.; and Portland, Ore., said Fred J. Martin, Dobbs president.
 "We expect a smooth transition at each kitchen, thanks to extensive planning and employee training," he said. The four kitchens employ a total of approximately 650 people, who will prepare and deliver some 19,000 meals a day.
 On Jan. 22, Dobbs will begin operating the former United flight kitchen at Dulles International Airport in Washington, D.C. This will be followed in February by the start up of kitchens in San Francisco (two kitchens), Philadelphia and Los Angeles. Dobbs will take over the kitchens in Denver and Chicago (three kitchens) in March, and the remaining United kitchens, located in Honolulu and Seattle, will come on stream with Dobbs in May.
 Under the terms of the asset-purchase agreement, first announced on Sept. 13, Dobbs will become United's exclusive in-flight caterer at the 12 airports where the kitchens are located. First-year sales under the seven-year contract are projected at $271 million.
 Following completion of the acquisition, Dobbs International will operate 68 kitchens in 51 airports. In 1992, the Memphis-based firm produced 75 million meals for more than 60 domestic and international airlines.
 The Dial Corp is a $3.4 billion consumer products and services company headquartered in Phoenix.
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 /CONTACT: Ann Adams, 602-207-5121, Sherry Cox, 901-766-3721, or George Alvord, 901-766-3784/
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