ROCHESTER, NY—April 14, 2008–Dining Alliance, headquartered in Rochester, New York, recently announced that Sid Wainer & Son is the winner of a competitive bid to be Dining Alliance’s produce vendor in the Boston area. DA has entered into a 5 year agreement with Sid Wainer & Son Specialty Produce and Specialty Foods of New Bedford, MA.  With this agreement, Sid Wainer will provide produce and specialty food items to Dining Alliance’s 110 member locations in the Boston and surrounding areas.  They will also provide specialty items to all Dining Alliance members outside of the Boston area.  “This contract will give our members in Boston, MA peace of mind that they are getting the best quality produce for a great price.  The Dining Alliance contracts directly with the growers, and shippers will offer price protection and significantly improved quality” said John Davie, Dining Alliance founder and company president.

Sid Wainer & Sons feels that this agreement will further its strong position with the independent restaurants in the Boston area. “We are committed to supplying the Dining Alliance members the freshest, safest and most wholesome products.  We provide our customers with the highest quality produce from local growers in New England as well as specialty items from around the world.  We are pleased that we have won the vote and approval of the Dining Alliance Boston Board” stated Henry Wainer, President of Sid Wainer & Son. They anticipate that this contract will increase the availability of their products to independent restaurants in the North Eastern United States.

“Dining Alliance is very pleased that Sid Wainer & Son will be providing high quality produce and specialty foods to our members.” Davie said, “Our mission is to support the growth and profitability of independent restaurateurs and small multi-units.  The association with a company like Sid Wainer & Son furthers that goal.” Dining Alliance entered the Boston market only 6 months ago and already has over 130 member locations participating. “Dining Alliance, by the end of the year, will be one of the largest, if not the largest, purchasers of food and supplies in the local Boston area!” states Davie.

Sid Wainer & Son(, has been in business since 1914 and is the most prominent importer and distributor of specialty produce and specialty foods in the U.S.A. Sid Wainer & Son is committed to supplying only the freshest, safest and most wholesome products from around the globe. They are the international leader of spectacular specialty food gift baskets and are the only produce and specialty foods company of its kind throughout the United States to become HACCP certified. They have been recognized by the President of the United States, as well as the Secretary and Under Secretary of the United States Department of Agriculture for their success in promoting food safety.

Dining Alliance ( is a marketing and purchasing group for local, independent restaurants and small multi-units in the Albany, Buffalo, Rochester, Syracuse, NY, Boston, MA areas as well as Pittsburgh, PA and Miami, FL.  Dining Alliance’s mission is to preserve the diverse and unique culinary experiences that ONLY independent restaurants can offer. Hundreds of independents collectively leverage operational efficiencies, marketing resources and purchasing power making each member more profitable and better equipped to compete with the chains. Dining Alliance members enjoy the benefits of best volume-pricing, operational support, and joint marketing programs. 

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