THE ONEIDA GROUP SELLS FOODSERVICE BUSINESS TO CROWN BRANDS

 

Sale to Foodservice Industry Leader Enables Company to Hone Focus on Retail and Specialty Divisions and Make Additional Growth-Oriented Investments in Operations
 
COLUMBUS, OH (January 28, 2019) – The Oneida Group, a global leader in tabletop and kitchen solutions, announced it has sold the majority of its foodservice business, which markets flatware, dinnerware and barware, to Crown Brands, a leading distributor of commercial grade smallware, bakeware, cookware, beverageware, and other products to the foodservice industry. The transaction was executed following a comprehensive sales process and closed on January 28, 2019. Terms were not disclosed.
 
The Oneida Group will continue to sell Anchor Hocking glassware to the foodservice industry and will increase sales support in this channel. The company, which is in the process of moving distribution from Savannah, GA back to Lancaster, OH, also plans to expand plant production capacity to better service and support growth.  
 
The transaction follows The Oneida Group’s recent announcement that the flagship Oneida retail flatware business would return to the company, ending a licensing arrangement that existed since 2009.  The company also plans to expand its specialty glass sales to meet growing demand in the wine and spirits industry.
 
“With our overall financial position continuing to strengthen, we have been exploring strategic initiatives to improve operations and position the company for future growth and success,” said Mark Eichhorn, Chief Executive Officer of The Oneida Group. “This transaction presented a tremendous opportunity for both The Oneida Group and Crown to play to our respective market strengths – enabling The Oneida Group to heighten our focus on re-igniting our retail flatware and glassware business and grow our specialty business-to-business glassware division, while allowing Crown to expand its already robust, industry-leading foodservice product offerings.”
 
“The brands and product categories associated with this acquisition align with our long-term strategic plan to offer the highest quality, most comprehensive product portfolio to satisfy operator needs in the front of the house, kitchen/food preparation areas and the back of the house from a single source,” said Tony Battaglia, Chief Executive Officer of Crown Brands, LLC.
 
Since being named CEO in October of 2018, Eichhorn has accelerated efforts to increase production capacity and drive new product innovation, development and marketing and heightening the company’s focus on customer service. The company also recently announced the appointment of Bert Filice as President and Chief Sales Officer, Mike Hanson as Senior Vice President of Supply Chain and Mark Cymanski as Vice President of Procurement. All three senior executives have prior experience with the company. 
 
About The Oneida Group
 
Driven by devotion to design, The Oneida Group is recognized for providing quality tabletop and kitchen solutions through its consumer, foodservice, and specialty channels. The company’s global platform allows it to market and distribute internationally its total portfolio of products including glass bakeware, beverageware, serveware, storageware, flatware, dinnerware, premium spirit bottles, candle and floral glass containers, and other kitchen products, all under a broad collection of widely-recognized brands, including Oneida, Anchor Hocking and Fire-King. Anchor Hocking, LLC is a subsidiary of The Oneida Group. Additional information can be found at www.theoneidagroup.com, www.anchorhocking.com, www.anchorhockingbottles.com, and www.oneida.com.
 
About Crown Brands
 
A leading provider of best in class products and service to the foodservice marketplace, Crown Brands LLC was founded in 2014 and has expanded through the acquisition and alignment of several highly regarded manufacturers in the commercial food service industry: Focus Foodservice, Update International, Johnson-Rose (US / Canada) and Co-Rect Products.  In October of 2018, the company further grew with the acquisition of Tomlinson Industries, a manufacturer of faucets and fittings for beverage and liquid dispensing.

 

 

 

THE ONEIDA GROUP APPOINTS THREE NEW EXECUTIVES
Bert Filice Returns to Company as President and Chief Sales Officer; Mike Hanson and Mark Cymanski Named SVP of Supply Chain and VP of Procurement


COLUMBUS, OH, DECEMBER 17, 2018 – Continuing to make growth-oriented investments in operations, The Oneida Group has expanded its leadership ranks with the appointment of three senior executives, all of whom have extensive prior experience with the company. Bert Filice has been named President and Chief Sales Officer. Mike Hanson and Mark Cymanski have been appointed Senior Vice President of Supply Chain and Vice President of Procurement, respectively.


“Expanding our bench of experienced operational leadership is a priority for us as we look to heighten our focus on glass sales and customer service; expand production capacity; enhance relationships with suppliers; and increase product innovation, development and marketing” said Mark Eichhorn, CEO of The Oneida Group. “Bert, Mike and Mark not only bring a depth and breadth of operational expertise, their prior experience with the company will enable them to seamlessly transition into these important roles and accelerate the pace of progress.”


A former long-time Oneida Group executive, Mr. Filice served from 2011-2015 as a Senior Vice President with the company (then known as EveryWare Global, Inc.), leading sales and marketing efforts for both the Anchor Hocking and Oneida brands across consumer, B2B and foodservice markets. Prior to that, he spent seven years as the Senior Vice President for Marketing and Sales for Anchor Hocking, directing all global sales and marketing efforts.

 

Most recently, he was President of Magnotta Wine Corporation, Canada’s third largest and most award-winning winery.
Mr. Hanson, another Oneida Group veteran, has served since 2016 as Senior Vice President of Hollander Sleep Products, the largest supplier of bed pillows in North America. Prior to that he was an executive consultant focused on leveraging lean operations and supply chain leadership
into a primary driver of financial performance. He also previously served as Senior Vice
President of Operations at Hoffmaster Group Inc.

 

Earlier in his career he was Vice President,
Supply Chain for EveryWare Global Inc., where he directed global supply chain, sales and
operations planning, production and inventory control, distribution, transportation, forecasting
and maintenance, repair and operations purchasing.
Mr. Cymanski previously served as Director of Global Purchasing for Anchor Hocking,
responsible for generating cost improvements and managing enterprise-wide inventory to
budgeted levels while improving customer service levels. Between joining Anchor Hocking
originally in 2004 as a Global Sourcing Manager and returning in 2009 as a Sourcing and
Procurement Manager, he was a Planning Manager for Elmer’s Products, which produces a line
of adhesive, craft, home repair and office supply products.

 

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About The Oneida Group
Driven by devotion to design, The Oneida Group is recognized for providing quality tabletop and
kitchen solutions through its consumer, foodservice, and specialty channels. The company’s
global platform allows it to market and distribute internationally its total portfolio of products
including bakeware, beverageware, serveware, storageware, flatware, dinnerware, crystal,
buffetware and hollowware; premium spirit bottles; cookware; gadgets; candle and floral glass
containers; and other kitchen products, all under a broad collection of widely-recognized brands,
including Oneida, Anchor Hocking, Sant’Andrea, Buffalo, Delco, Fire-King, Noritake and
Buffet Euro. Anchor Hocking, LLC and Oneida Ltd. are subsidiaries of The Oneida Group.
Additional information can be found at

www.theoneidagroup.com,

www.anchorhocking.com,
www.anchorhockingbottles.com,

www.oneida.com, 

www.foodservice.oneida.com

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COLUMBUS, OHIO, APRIL 23, 2018

ONEIDA HOSTS INAUGURAL HOSPITALITY SUMMIT

Impressive Line Up of Industry Experts Advise Restaurant Owners & Operators on How to Disrupt…or Be Disrupted

Oneida surprised the hospitality industry, hosting their first-ever Hospitality Summit in Miami Beach, Florida at the Loews Hotel. Created for restaurant owners and operators, the Summit brought operators together to discuss reclaiming hospitality by being the disruptors in the industry, rather than the disrupted. Content and discussion focused on trends, design and innovations disrupting the hospitality industry, providing solutions on how to both overcome and leverage change to propel businesses.

“We exist to serve our customers,” said Lisa Tecklenburg, SVP of the Commercial Business Unit of The Oneida Group. “Because our customers are our number one priority, we are committed to understanding what challenges they are facing and how we may partner to deliver the solutions they need. Our customers know that in today’s world, great food simply is not enough – quickly responding to trends in technology and innovation is crucial, and we set out to provide customers with the tools to do just that through our annual Hospitality Summit.”

An array of featured presenters included Terry Frishman, culinary business expert and Principal Consultant of The Culinest; Charles Spence, psychologist and author of The Perfect Meal; Paul Gebhardt, Senior Vice President of Design and Creative Director for The Oneida Group; Jill Brandt, of Amazon Business; and Karen MacNeil, Wine Sommelier & author of The Wine Bible.

“With the excellent line up of speakers not only did the Oneida Hospitality Summit encourage me to think outside of the box on how to run my business, but it also provided thought-provoking solutions to today's ever- changing customer and digital landscape.” said Ruth Goldwait, Food and Beverage Director with ClubCorp. (Commerce Club, Atlanta). “My eyes were also opened from learning about the trends impacting the hospitality industry. Who would have thought crickets would be on the menu?”

Terry Frishman of the Culinest presented her 12 Megatrends, boiling them down to current food trends, including vegetarian sushi, nut-based cheese and cricket snacks. According to Frishman, consumers are demanding more from foodservice providers; they want meaning, transparency, safety and interaction. This, according to Frishman, creates an opportunity for operators to make consumers feel cared for and connected with curated offerings and experiences.

Professor Charles Spence shared salient examples of how food is in the mind and not in the mouth. According to Spence, flatware weight may positively impact guest experience . . . and the price the customer is willing to pay for it. Another example – dessert eaten on white dinnerware is perceived as 10% sweeter than when served on non-white dinnerware. Even the name of a dish and the sounds in a restaurant can affect taste and overall customer satisfaction. Can you imagine what sweetness sounds like?

Karen MacNeil revealed that in an industry of relentless change and disruption, wine has been a calming constant. Still, while wine is a constant, the way we serve or think about wine has changed and developed over the years. She led the audience through an enlightening, entertaining and empowering wine tasting.

Oneida will now turn to the National Restaurant Association show in May to reveal their own industry disruptors, including a new digital tool that will transform the way operators set their tabletop vision on the table.

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About The Oneida Group

Driven by devotion to design, The Oneida Group (formerly EveryWare Global) is recognized for providing quality tabletop and kitchen solutions through its consumer, foodservice, and specialty channels. The company’s global platform allows it to market and distribute internationally its total portfolio of products including bakeware, beverageware, serveware, storageware, flatware, dinnerware, crystal, buffetware and hollowware; premium spirit bottles; cookware; gadgets; candle and floral glass containers; and other kitchen products, all under a broad collection of widely-recognized brands, including Oneida, Anchor Hocking, Sant’ Andrea, Buffalo, Delco, and Fire-King. Anchor Hocking, LLC and Oneida Ltd. are subsidiaries of The Oneida Group. Additional information can be found at www.theoneidagroup.com, www.anchorhocking.com, www.anchorhockingbottles.com, www.oneida.com, and www.foodservice.oneida.com.

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The Distinguished Restaurants of North America welcomes Oneida as an Official Partner 

 

The Distinguished Restaurants of North America (DiRōNA), one of the most prestigious award organizations for fine dining, is very excited to welcome Oneida as an Official Partner.

 

“I am very excited to announce that one of the World’s leading tableware providers, Oneida has become an Official Partner of DiRōNA,” noted Scott Breard, DiRōNA Executive Director. “Oneida will be playing an important role with our Reunion Luncheon and the Annual Conference. We are grateful to partner with a century old manufacturer who has had such a significant impact in the fine dining community. Oneida, renowned for its quality and elegance is the perfect complement to the DiRōNA organization.”

 

“Oneida is extremely excited and proud to be partnering with DiRōNA,” said Jamie Keller, Oneida President of Retail and Foodservice. “To be able to support an organization that awards restaurants who create a truly special and memorable dining experience is an honor. We want to learn from and support these classic, established restaurants that have stood the test of time, just like Oneida.”

 

Founded in 1990, DiRōNA was established to promote the fine dining industry and offer recognition to award winners across North America. The authority for excellence in distinguished dining,  DiRōNA provides a forum for education, networking, philanthropy, and marketing benefits for the distinguished dining community.

 

 

Oneida is one of the world’s largest designers and sellers of tabletop products. Gracing tables for over 100 years, the brand is a staple in many establishments, from fine to casual dining. Marked by quality, service and dedicated commitment to customers, Oneida offers a dynamic assortment of flatware, dinnerware, glassware, holloware and banquetware.  Defining the guest experience as a blend of culinary, lifestyle and design trends, Oneida transforms trend insights into purposeful designs to create memorable guest experiences.

 

 

Oneida 200 S Civic Center Drive, Floor 7, Columbus, OH 43215

www.foodservice.oneida.com  1-740-687-2111

 

 


ONEIDA ANNOUNCES NEW PROMOTION


The Oneida Group is Pleased to Announce Dinnerware Rebate
Now Through the end of 2017


COLUMBUS, OH, JULY 28, 2017 — Oneida, a leader in the tabletop industry and foodservice market, introduces for the first-time ever an attractive 20 percent operator rebate on new installations on all new 2017 products (across dinnerware, flatware, glassware and banquetware) and on its famously popular Sant’ Andrea and Artisan Dinnerware lines. The rebate is available through all Oneida sales representatives as well as on the Company’s dedicated rebate webpage: fsrebate.oneida.com.


“As a thank you to restaurant owners and operators for their continued support and business, we are offering a limited-time promotion on both our newest and most popular lines,” said Jeff Jarrett, chief marketing officer.

 

“The promotion is live now and will run until the end of the year. As our customers focus on creating the right guest experience, we hope this offer helps operators deliver on that while also helping them improve their bottom line.”
Customers can preview new products included in the rebate on the new product page at (http://foodservice.oneida.com/new-products.html). From there, customers can simply link to the rebate page to submit their rebate.
 
Sant´ Andrea is the ultimate in style and quality, and has been one of Oneida’s top sellers for
the past several years. It is part of the Company’s luxury and fine dining dinnerware collection
that provides the ultimate backdrop to high-end cuisine. The new Artisan product innovations
take the dining experience to the next level with the insertion of color, texture and overall flair
that creates a unique dining experience to those capitalizing on farm-to-table, gastro-pub and
other trends.


Oneida is delivering the same world-class designs with a special promotion. They will also offer
a new limited lifetime no-chip warranty and enhanced durability guarantee to coincide with this promotion.


About The Oneida Group
Driven by devotion to design, The Oneida Group (formerly EveryWare Global) is recognized for
providing quality tabletop and kitchen solutions through its consumer, foodservice, and
specialty channels. The company’s global platform allows it to market and distribute
internationally its total portfolio of products including bakeware, beverageware, serveware,
storageware, flatware, dinnerware, crystal, buffetware and hollowware; premium spirit bottles;
cookware; gadgets; candle and floral glass containers; and other kitchen products, all under a
broad collection of widely-recognized brands, including Oneida, Anchor Hocking, Sant’ Andrea,
Buffalo, Delco, Fire-King, Stölzle, and Durobor. Anchor Hocking, LLC and Oneida Ltd. are
subsidiaries of The Oneida Group. Additional information can be found at
www.theoneidagroup.com, www.anchorhocking.com, www.anchorhockingbottles.com,
www.oneida.com, and www.foodservice.oneida.com.


*as with normal order, discounted price excludes freight, taxes and any other rebates. The discount is
based on pricing as of June 1, and will not be eligible on top of future price reductions.
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ONEIDA ANNOUNCES APPOINTMENT TO NEW KEY ROLE
ON THE EXECUTIVE LEADERSHIP TEAM


 
COLUMBUS, OHIO, JUNE 9, 2017 – The Oneida Group, a leading marketer of food preparation and dining products, announces an appointment to a key new role on Oneida’s Executive Leadership Team.


Jamie Keller, currently Executive Vice President for The Oneida Group’s Retail Business Unit, will be appointed to the new role of Executive Vice President of Retail and Foodservice.


“Jamie is an outstanding leader with a strong track record of success during his nearly ten years with the Company,” said President and CEO Patrick Lockwood-Taylor. “He quickly delivered improved business results within our Retail Business Unit, but more, championed our new strategy, driving significant upgrades in capability and execution – it is the reason we have expanded his role, and we know that he will bring the same strategic excellence and rejuvenation to the Foodservice organization.”


Previously, Mr. Keller served in several Finance leadership roles at Oneida, becoming the Vice President of Finance Operations, where he led the business through several periods of transition, establishing rigor in Oneida’s business processes. Mr. Keller began his career with eleven years in finance leadership positions at Honda Motor. Ms. Corrie Byron, who previously held this position, will leave the Company to pursue new interests.


The Company’s Chief Customer Officer, Chris Haimbach, will continue driving sales, business and operational results across the Company’s sales organization with an emphasis on Foodservice sales.
“We strive to continuously strengthen our organization to ensure we continue to deliver world-class innovation, service, and value to our customers, and Jamie’s appointment to this expanded role is certain to support and drive these key initiatives, added Lockwood-Taylor.”

 

 

 


About The Oneida Group
Driven by devotion to design, The Oneida Group (formerly EveryWare Global) is recognized for providing quality tabletop and kitchen solutions through its consumer, foodservice, and specialty channels. The company’s global platform allows it to market and distribute internationally its total portfolio of products including bakeware, beverageware, serveware, storageware, flatware, dinnerware, crystal, buffetware and hollowware; premium spirit bottles; cookware; gadgets; candle and floral glass containers; and other kitchen products, all under a broad collection of widely-recognized brands, including Oneida, Anchor Hocking, Sant’ Andrea, Buffalo, Delco, Fire-King, Stölzle, and Durobor. Anchor Hocking, LLC and Oneida Ltd. are subsidiaries of The Oneida Group. Additional information can be found at www.theoneidagroup.com, www.anchorhocking.com, www.anchorhockingbottles.com, www.oneida.com, and www.foodservice.oneida.com.
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ONEIDA APPOINTMENTS NEW CFO


Aly Noormohamed Joins The Oneida Group from Dr. Pepper Snapple


COLUMBUS, OHIO, JUNE 13, 2017 – The Oneida Group, a leading marketer of food preparation and dining products, announces a new appointment to their Executive Leadership Team. Aly Noormohamed will join The Oneida Group and the Executive Leadership Team as the Chief Financial Officer.
Mr. Noormohamed joins The Oneida Group with a strong track record of sustained success. Prior to joining The Oneida Group, Mr. Noormohamed spent nine years at Dr. Pepper Snapple Group (DPSG), most recently serving as the Senior Vice President and General Manager of DPSG’s Juice and Snacks Business Unit. During this assignment, Mr. Noormohamed transformed the business, upgraded key processes and capabilities, focused efforts on full portfolio selling and drove significant margin expansion. Prior to that, Mr. Noormohamed was Senior Vice President of Finance. He was instrumental in taking DPSG public in 2008 and led the Corporate Planning, Investor Relations and Treasury functions.
Mr. Noormohamed previously spent thirteen years at PepsiCo, Inc. in finance, strategy and business development roles and five years at PriceWaterhouseCoopers. He holds a bachelor's degree in Computer Science and Accounting from the University of Manchester, England and is a U.K. qualified Chartered Accountant.
“We are delighted to welcome Aly Noormohamed to the Company and to his new position on the Executive Leadership Team. Aly is a proven leader with a track record of success. He has worked on some of the world’s most renowned brands, seeing them through significant business transformations,” said Patrick Lockwood-Taylor, the CEO of Oneida. “Aly’s skills in strategic business planning and excellence in delivery, will be of tremendous benefit to Oneida, as we continue our extraordinary journey and further establish our brand as a world leader.”

 

 

 


About The Oneida Group
Driven by devotion to design, The Oneida Group (formerly EveryWare Global) is recognized for providing quality tabletop and kitchen solutions through its consumer, foodservice, and specialty channels. The company’s global platform allows it to market and distribute internationally its total portfolio of products including bakeware, beverageware, serveware, storageware, flatware, dinnerware, crystal, buffetware and hollowware; premium spirit bottles; cookware; gadgets; candle and floral glass containers; and other kitchen products, all under a broad collection of widely-recognized brands, including Oneida, Anchor Hocking, Sant’ Andrea, Buffalo, Delco, Fire-King, Stölzle, and Durobor. Anchor Hocking, LLC and Oneida Ltd. are subsidiaries of The Oneida Group. Additional information can be found at www.theoneidagroup.com, www.anchorhocking.com, www.anchorhockingbottles.com, www.oneida.com, and www.foodservice.oneida.com.
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