Premier Healthcare Alliance Announces New Foodservice Distribution Contract

CHARLOTTE, N.C. (Nov. 18, 2009 - Business Wire)—The Premier healthcare alliance today announced a new five-year contract with U.S. Foodservice for food service distribution. The new, sole source contract will provide significant savings opportunities to the Premier members. The agreement will take effect on July 1, 2010.

“We look forward to continuing the association with U.S. Foodservice for the next five years,” said Joan Ralph, vice president, Continuum of Care and Food Service. “The Premier Food Service program is realizing exceptional growth and U.S. Foodservice is a large part of that success. This new contract will provide even greater value to our membership.”

U.S. Foodservice has held contracts with Premier since 1996. The company is the second largest broadline food distributor in the United States, with sales exceeding $20 billion.

We are privileged to extend our partnership with Premier to continue serving its members around America,” said Robert Aiken, president and CEO, U.S. Foodservice. "Our goal is to align our resources with Premier’s needs to help its members achieve an even higher level of success in the future.”



About Premier Inc., 2006 Malcolm Baldrige National Quality Award recipient

The Premier healthcare alliance is more than 2,200 U.S. hospitals and 63,000-plus other healthcare sites working together to improve healthcare quality and affordability. Premier maintains the nation's most comprehensive repository of clinical, financial and outcomes information and operates a leading healthcare purchasing network. A world leader in helping deliver measurable improvements in care, Premier works with the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services and the United Kingdom's National Health Service North West to improve hospital performance. Headquartered in Charlotte, N.C., Premier also has offices in San Diego, Philadelphia and Washington. Follow Premier on Twitter.


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