Americold announced that its key quick-service restaurant (QSR) partner, Domino’s Pizza Enterprises Ltd (DPE), has awarded it the Business Partner of the Year–Supply Chain 2016 award in recognition of Americold’s levels of service for the organization.

“It’s fitting that we can celebrate 20 years of partnership with an award,” said Jeff Hogarth, senior vice-president–International, Americold. “I’m thrilled that the dedication and hard work of our entire team in Australia and New Zealand has again been recognized by one of our top customers.”

Americold services more than 50% of Domino’s franchise locations, along with its corporate office. Americold’s rebuyers work closely with Domino’s procurement teams to maintain optimal stock levels that ensure no out-of-stocks on perishable and dry products. Delivery teams place stock in-situ on shelves directly in the restaurants, ready for immediate use. This white glove, final yard delivery service seeds mutually respectful and influential relationships between the franchisees and their supplier.

“I’m very proud that Americold has received this external validation, and I thank Domino’s for appreciating our commitment and dedication,” said Fred Boehler, president and CEO of Americold.

“Americold has been a key supply chain partner for Domino’s Australia for 20 years. A business relationship does not last this long if there is not a shared set of values, a shared desire to grow and transparency,” said John Harney, group chief procurement officer, Domino’s Pizza Enterprises Ltd.  “Americold understands that security of supply is paramount, and it requires all elements of its business, from the PO to the pick, to be flawless. They have managed this against a backdrop of our growth and continue to support us as we intend to grow even more.”

Domino’s presented the award at its annual rally, where the company showcases successful franchise owners, new business processes, and the latest technology.  Americold was invited to the supplier breakfast, along with other shortlist hopefuls, before being recognized for support it has been providing to Domino’s.

Based in Atlanta GA, Americold owns and operates more than 165 temperature-controlled warehouses, with more than one billion cubic feet of storage, in the United States, Australia, New Zealand, China, Argentina and Canada. Its facilities are an integral component of the supply chain connecting food producers, processors, distributors and retailers to consumers. Americold serves more than 3,000 customers and employs 11,000 associates worldwide.

More information is at www.americold.com.