Avendra Announces Contract Renewal and Expanded Agreement

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                                                 Contact: Kathy Boyle
                                                          Sheila McGee

 Avendra Announces Contract Renewal and Expanded Agreement with
                HMSHost for Procurement Services
 HMSHost, One of Avendra’s Largest Customers, Signs Long-term Pact

ROCKVILLE, MD—JUNE 28, 2006 – Avendra, the hospitality industry’s largest

procurement services company with more than $2 billion in purchasing volume,

announced that HMSHost, the leading provider of food, beverage and retail

concessions to the travel industry, has renewed its contract for procurement

services with Avendra. The agreement between the two companies makes the

relationship, which will now extend at least through 2011, both broader and


Under the new agreement, Avendra will be used as a comprehensive outsource

procurement solution for HMSHost, adding new categories previously sourced

directly by HMSHost, and looking for additional opportunities. Avendra and

HMSHost will more tightly integrate their business processes, which will

streamline the relationship and drive further benefits.
―Our renewal agreement with Avendra represents a joint commitment to an even

stronger partnership for the future,‖ said Elie Maalouf, president and CEO of

HMSHost. ―Since its inception, Avendra has been a valued partner in helping us

optimize our food and beverage supply chain. This broader, long-term

agreement recognizes our successful past and outlines a framework to take our

relationship to another level.‖

"We are thrilled to extend and expand our agreement with HMSHost,‖ said

Dennis Baker, president and CEO of Avendra. ―HMSHost is a perfect fit with

Avendra’s strategy of partnering with dynamic, growing companies that are

leaders in their respective markets. Avendra focuses on great customer

relationships and at the same time works to improve our offerings, systems and

services to better meet customer needs. I think the renewed HMSHost

agreement is truly representative of the comprehensive, long-term relationships

we are striving to build with customers.‖

About HMSHost Corporation
HMSHost is world-renowned for creating innovative concession plans in travel
venues. The company operates in more than 70 airport locations around the
globe, including 18 of the 20 busiest airports in North America. HMSHost has
annual sales in excess of $2.0 billion and employs more than 26,000 associates
worldwide. A wholly-owned subsidiary of Autogrill S.p.A, HMSHost and the rest of
the Autogrill Group are recognized leaders in travel concessions. With sales
exceeding $4.0 billion, Autogrill is present in 29 countries with over 4,500 points
of sale in 979 locations (including 138 airports) where 51,000 employees serve
over 800 million customers every year.

About Avendra
Avendra is North America’s leading procurement services company serving
hospitality-related industries. Avendra customers gain access to contracts
leveraging $2 billion of annual purchases, expert advisory services and in-depth
purchasing data and analysis. Through Avendra, customers obtain substantial
savings on their purchases and other value added services to improve their
operations and bottom line results. Formed in 2001, the company is
headquartered in Rockville, MD and has regional offices throughout the United
States and Canada. For more information, please call toll free, (866) AVENDRA,
visit www.avendra.com, or email inquiries to info@avendra.com.
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