According to a press release, Standex International Corporation (NYSE:SXI) today announced that its Bakers Pride Oven Company has been named a winner of the annual “William B. Darden Distinguished Supplier Award” by Darden Restaurants, Inc.
Named for the company’s late founder, the award recognizes suppliers who go “above and beyond” to contribute to the success of Darden Restaurants, the world’s largest full-service restaurant company. Bakers Pride, a leading provider of high-quality commercial baking, cooking, and pizza equipment, is part of the Standex Food Service Equipment
Bakers Pride, one of 11 award recipients this year, was honored for supporting Red Lobster in the system-wide implementation and launch of its new Wood-Fire Grill cooking platform. Implementing the new platform required the design, development, manufacture and installation of a retrofit enabling the use of natural oak in wood-fire grilling at every Red Lobster restaurant across the country. As part of the installation process, Bakers Pride also supported a system-wide tune-up and maintenance review at Red Lobster that included the replacement of more than 200 broilers with new Bakers Pride wood-fire grills.
“Each individual at Standex’s Food Service Equipment Group is dedicated to providing innovative solutions and delivering high-quality service to our commercial customers worldwide,” said John Abbott, Group Vice President, Standex Food Service Equipment Group. “We are honored to be among a select group of vendors chosen from more than 1,500 suppliers worldwide to receive this prestigious award.”
“We are proud that Bakers Pride has become the first equipment manufacturer ever to receive the William B. Darden Distinguished Supplier Award,” said Standex International President and CEO Roger Fix. “Our relationship with Red Lobster and Darden, which extends back to the 1970s, is a testament to the tradition of innovation and quality for which our team at Bakers Pride has long been known around the world. We are delighted to have had the opportunity to help Red Lobster introduce a new way to create
fresh, delicious seafood for guests while also ensuring a smooth transition for their culinary staff.”
Standex International Corporation is a multi-industry manufacturer in five broad business segments: Food Service Equipment Group, Air Distribution Products Group, Engineered Products Group, Engraving Group and Hydraulics Products Group with operations in the United States, Europe, Canada, Australia, Singapore, Mexico, Brazil and China. For additional information, visit the company’s website at www.standex.com.