This is a huge honor and Copesan, Sprague's partner, could not be more thrilled to congratulate our entire Partner network on your hard work and commitment to quality that is clearly appreciated by one of our largest clients. Bravo Sprague employees!

As quoted from the letter received from Deni D. Naumann, President of Copesan:

This prestigious award represents the highest level of recognition YUM gives to suppliers - we are in the top 3% internationally which includes hundreds of companies. And, we are the first ever pest management company to earn this honor!

The award was presented during a black-tie gala event so exclusive that only 22 suppliers were invited to attend. 2011 marks the 12th year overall for the STAR, Supplier Tracking Assessment and Recognition, awards and the third year Food Safety has been recognized as an award category. Ellen Block, Director of Quality Assurance, and myself accepted the STAR award on behalf of the entire Partner network.

It was truly a privilege to see first-hand how much our clients value the extra effort we invest in quality each and every day. We stress its importance on a continual basis - now we see the pay-off in recognition from one of our largest clients, a foodservice power-house like YUM. We also spent the morning with all of YUM's leadership team - the CEO's of all brands as well as the Purchasing, Quality and Operations executives -and heard each present their brand's 2011 business focus and ongoing strategic direction. Really an amazing experience!

We are honored to be recognized by such a monumental brand. Thank you again!