Alliant Foodservice, Inc., a subsidiary of Alliant Exchange, Inc. and one of the nation’s largest broadline distributors, has signed a long-term agreement to continue as primary supplier to 76 of the 150-plus nationwide units of longtime customer Houlihan’s Restaurant Group of Kansas City, Missouri.

The agreement is expected to initially generate $50 million or more of annual revenues for Alliant, and will involve 16 of Alliant’s 44 distribution and food processing centers.

“This agreement is a continuation of a more than 20-year relationship,” said Steve Patterson, vice president, national sales for Alliant. “With the launch of and its many value-added services, Alliant’s new Operational Excellence program, our warehouse network expansion and our substantial technology investments, we are in a better position than ever before to help these popular restaurants run their operations more efficiently and profitably.”

“We are pleased to continue with Alliant as our distribution partner because of their commitment to customer service and operational excellence, and their willingness to support our joint technologies,” said Stephen Kiel, Houlihan’s executive vice president. “Alliant has agreed to work with us to integrate our information systems with, and this will tremendously increase the flow of information and services between our two companies. It will make us both better business partners.”

Houlihan’s Restaurant Group, based in Kansas City, Missouri, was a pioneer in the full-service casual dining industry. Established in 1972, the privately owned company is the developer and owner more than 150 restaurants from coast to coast including Houlihan’s, The Bristol Bar & Grill, Chequer’s, J. Gilbert’s Wood-Fired Steaks, Darryl’s and others.

Alliant Exchange is one of the nation’s leading business-to-business e-commerce and information exchange companies, with total sales of more than $6 billion. The company, one of the largest privately held enterprises in the U.S., is the parent of Alliant Foodservice, Inc., one of the largest broadline foodservice distributors, and of, Inc., an Internet-based service that provides 24/7 access to a catalog of more than 180,000 foodservice products, supplies and value-added services.

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