Leading Broadline & Systems Distributors, Gordon Food Service, Reinhart Foodservice, Shamrock Foods, and MBM Select Amphire Solutions As Their Exclusive Strategic E-Business Partner Amphire Solutions, Inc., the leading provider of business-to-business (B2B) e-commerce solutions for the foodservice industry, today announced significant strategic alliances with the foodservice industry's leading independent broadline distributors. Gordon Food Service, Reinhart Foodservice, Inc., and Shamrock Foods Co., have signed exclusive strategic distributor partnerships with Amphire Solutions, the only end-to-end supply chain solution that is currently processing transactions for the $150 billion foodservice industry.

In addition, MBM Foodservice, the nation's largest systems distributor, has signed agreements to offer Amphire as its exclusive solution for MBM's national chain operator customers. MBM will also use Amphire's distributor-supplier procurement platform to conduct business electronically with its foodservice suppliers.

Combined, these new partners represent over $10 billion in industry revenue and over $8 billion in industry purchasing volume.

Today's announcement follows three exclusive sales and marketing alliances formed in April with the industries' leading distributor buying groups -- Foresight Partners, Premier Foodservice Distributors of America, and Golbon to provide Amphire's internet-based supply chain solution to hundreds of the nation's independent distributors. Foresight, Premier and Golbon together represent $25 billion in distributor revenue and 535 independent distributors nationally. With the addition of these new distributor partners, Amphire has achieved resounding industry support, represented by over $35 billion in combined foodservice volume.

The three broadline distributors now join Amphire's Strategic Alliance Partner program. The Amphire Alliance is a cross-industry group of leaders in the foodservice industry participating in the strategic direction and on-going development of the company and its solution. These partners will utilize Amphire as their exclusive supply chain solution committing millions of dollars of transactions.

"We evaluated all of the business-to-business e-commerce companies in the foodservice industry over a period of eight months," said Dan Gordon, owner and CEO of Gordon Food Service. "Amphire leads all other companies because it has a working solution for the foodservice industry. In addition, Amphire is the only company with a management team experienced in both foodservice and technology, with a commitment to execution. We recognized that partnering with Amphire provides an overall lower cost of ownership for a proven, leading-edge solution and allows us to focus on our core competencies. With Amphire as our experienced technology provider, the distributor partners concluded it was the only company that would ultimately survive the current industry shakeout and succeed."

"We are delighted to partner with these highly respected leaders in the foodservice industry," said Mark Barnekow, President and CEO of Amphire Solutions. "Amphire supports a business model aimed at delivering value and execution. Through our recent work with existing customers, we have begun the process of demonstrating benefits and delivering return on a distributor's investment, including increased customer acquisition and sales and lower transaction costs. The commitments these industry-leaders have made demonstrate their confidence in Amphire's vision for the industry, its experienced management team and its proven technology, validated by Ventro's experience transacting business in its other vertical operating companies."

Amphire's supply chain solution is capable of uniting 3,600 distributors, 800,000 operators and 5,000 suppliers in the foodservice industry's first end-to-end e-commerce solution. Amphire provides distributors with distributor-branded storefronts for restaurant operators to easily and conveniently place their orders. Additionally, Amphire's distributor-supplier purchasing platform enables distributors to conduct business electronically with suppliers. The Amphire solution benefits all foodservice supply chain trading partners through more efficient communication, ease and convenience of use, and fewer errors. Amphire, a Ventro Corporation operating company, is powered by Ventro technology.

About Gordon Food Service

Gordon Food Service (GFS) (http://www.gfs.com), the 2nd largest independent broadline foodservice distributor nationally, offers more than 12,000 products carefully selected to provide the finest quality and value to compliment every customer's menu. Headquartered in Grand Rapids, Mich., Gordon Food Service also runs 75 GFS Marketplace stores in Michigan, Indiana, Illinois and Ohio.

About Reinhart Foodservice, Inc.

Established in 1972, Reinhart Foodservice (http://www.reinhartfoodservice.com), the 5th largest independent broadline foodservice distributor nationally, has grown from ground zero to become the fourth largest independent broadline distributor in the nation, serving more than 12,000 customers in a nine-state area with product offerings of more than 14,000 food and nonfood items. Reinhart operates out of eight branches and serves the upper Midwest region.

About Shamrock Foods Co.

Shamrock Foods Company (http://www.shamrockfoods.com), the 4th largest independent broadline foodservice distributor nationally, is a family-owned business established in 1922. Shamrock Foods, with corporate headquarters in Phoenix, AZ, also operates a branch in Denver, CO. Shamrock Foods services a full spectrum of the foodservice market in its Rocky Mountain and southwestern markets, offering a mix of 14,000 products per branch, 20,000 products system-wide.

About MBM Foodservice

MBM Foodservice, the nation's largest systems foodservice distributor, distributes to 32 of the nation's largest chain restaurants, serving over 17,000 individual foodservice locations. MBM is based in Rocky Mount, N.C. and operates 13 distribution centers.

About Amphire

Amphire's e-commerce solutions focus on streamlining the procurement of goods for the foodservice market. Amphire was formed in April 2000 by Ventro Corporation, a leading B2B e-commerce marketplace builder and operator, to target the unique dynamics of the industry's supply chain, in which distributors deliver food and supplies to restaurants and other foodservice operators. The industry is significant in size but highly fragmented, with thousands of suppliers, distributors and operators nationwide, making it an ideal target for the efficiencies of a B2B e-commerce solution.

For more information, visit www.amphire.com.

About Ventro

Ventro(TM) Corporation is focused on building and operating the next generation of business-to-business (B2B) companies. Ventro leverages the significant assets originally developed by Chemdex in the life sciences market across multiple industries. Ventro, a publicly traded company, incorporates all of the operations of Chemdex and Promedix. Fueled by its speed, scalability, technology architecture and operational expertise, Ventro is poised to capitalize on high-potential vertical markets within the broader B2B e-commerce industry. Ventro currently operates 7 vertical marketplace businesses with leading industry partners: Chemdex (VWR), Promedix (Tenet Healthcare), Broadlane (Tenet Healthcare), Industria (DuPont), Ventro Life Sciences Europe, Amphire, and Market Mile (American Express).

For more information, visit www.ventro.com.