Multifoods Distribution Group (MDG), a subsidiary of International Multifoods (NYSE:IMC), recently secured two distribution contracts worth a combined $33 million annually with Noble Roman’s (OTC BB:NROM) and Blimpie International Inc. (AMEX:BLM).

MDG began servicing the Noble Roman’s business Dec. 4. The business will be serviced primarily out of MDG’s Indianapolis distribution center, as well as eight other facilities. The five-year contract covers 470-plus Noble Roman’s franchises located in 35 states.

The Blimpie International deal will cover a group of 165 BLIMPIE Subs & Salads franchisees in the Upper Midwest. It will be primarily serviced out of MDG’s distribution center in Rice, Minn. The business will begin in January 2001.

“We’re excited about our new business, which represents real momentum for MDG,” said Bob Wright, president of Multifoods Distribution Group. “Not surprisingly, both of these wins come in areas where we offer particularly strong solutions for clients. For sandwich shops and pizza restaurants, MDG can provide expertise that our competitors can’t match.”

Headquartered in New York, Blimpie International, Inc. (AMEX:BLM – news) franchises BLIMPIE® Subs & Salads and PASTA CENTRAL(TM) and is the majority owner of MAUI TACOS International, Inc., the franchisor of MAUI TACOS(TM) and SMOOTHIE ISLAND(TM). BLIMPIE Subs & Salads, a quick-service sandwich chain, has approximately 2,000 locations operating throughout the United States and in 13 other countries. The Company also owns the subsidiary B I Concept Systems, Inc., a professional design and equipment service company. For more company information, visit

Noble Roman’s Inc. sells and services franchises for nontraditional and co-branded foodservice operations under the trade name Noble Roman’s Pizza. The company franchises more than 470 shops across the United States.

Multifoods Distribution Group, a subsidiary of International Multifoods Corp., is a distributor and marketer of food and other products to the foodservice industry in the United States. Based in Denver, MDG is a leading distributor to sandwich shops, independent pizza restaurants, vending operators and the office coffee service market.

International Multifoods is a manufacturer for and distributor to the foodservice industry in North America. The company also is a leading manufacturer and marketer of consumer foods in Canada.