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    FreshOne Partners with Gate Gourmet

    New agreement means freshly prepared, pre-packaged foods now will be available to convenience and other retailers on a national basis.

    Gate Gourmet Inc. and FreshOne LLC have entered into a catering services agreement whereby Gate Gourmet will prepare and package fresh, assembled food products such as sandwiches, salads and other ready-to-eat items that will then be marketed and distributed nationwide by FreshOne to select convenience, grocery and specialty retailers.

    Donald D. Janacek, CEO of FreshOne, said the new relationship with Gate Gourmet coupled with their existing expertise in design, development and distribution, means that FreshOne will be the first truly national provider of pre-packaged, fresh, ready-to-eat products to convenience stores, grocers and other food retailers.

    "Up until now, freshly prepared, pre-packaged foods have only been available to retailers on a local or regional basis using different suppliers," Janacek said.

    Gate Gourmet's executive vice president and president Division Americas, Ron Howard, said "this win-win partnership means new growth opportunities for both companies. As we continue building momentum with the restructuring efforts under way at Gate Gourmet, we are pleased to further expand the non-airline sector of our company with FreshOne."

    Gate Gourmet, based in Reston, Va. and Zurich, Switzerland, is the world's largest independent supplier of airline catering and logistics with 22,000 employees in 109 flight kitchens in 29 countries. FreshOne, based in Plano, Texas, provides innovative, fresh, convenient and healthy pre-packaged grab-n-go food products to retailers in order to meet the demands of today's lifestyles. Gate Gourmet and FreshOne share the same commitment to quality and customer service.

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