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Panda Selects McLane Foodservice for Southwest Distribution

CARROLLTON, TX (Aug. 31)—Panda Restaurant Group Inc. (PRG) has selected McLane Foodservice, a division of McLane Company Inc., to provide food distribution services through its Phoenix and Arlington, Texas, facilities to more than 200 Panda stores in those regions.

McLane is providing Panda comprehensive supply chain services, including logistics, procurement and inventory management solutions. Distribution for these regions launched on August 10, 2009, reaching 202 Panda Express restaurants and five Hibachi-San restaurants. PRG has close to 1,300 restaurants in 38 States and Puerto Rico.

"McLane Foodservice not only understands our operational needs but they bring a wealth of knowledge about quality standards and supply chain efficiency," said Tom Davin, ceo of Panda Restaurant Group. "McLane's centralized functionality combined with a strong local presence makes them an ideal distribution partner for Panda."

"By focusing on food quality and customer service, the Panda team is taking convenient gourmet Chinese food to a new level," said Tom Zatina, president of McLane Foodservice. "Given our shared vision, we feel this partnership is a perfect fit and we're proud to be working with such a successful and innovative restaurant chain."

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