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Delfield and Merco presented with Brinker International's 2009 Hospitality Partnership Excellence Award

November 5th, 2009

DALLAS – Recognizing vendors for their partnership, excellent performance and collaboration, Brinker International, Inc. (NYSE: EAT) recently honored eight companies with its annual Hospitality Award for Partnership Excellence Award. Selected from more than 1,000 supplier partners who provide services to Brinker International and its three restaurant brands: Chili’s® Grill & Bar, On The Border Mexican Grill & Cantina® and Maggiano’s Little Italy®, these vendor partners exemplified hospitality in an industry that relies on delivering a first-class guest experience.
Brinker International’s 2009 Hospitality Award for Partnership Excellence recipients:
Cognizant Technology Solutions - Dallas, Texas
Federal Heath Sign Co. - Euless, Texas
Freedman Meats, Inc. - Dallas, Texas
Manitowoc Foodservice – Delfield- Mt. Pleasant, Mich.
Manitowoc Foodservice – Merco - Fort Wayne, Ind.
RCC Associates - Deerfield, Fla.
Right Management - Addison, Texas
Trinity Valley Foods, Inc. - Irving, Texas
"Our incredible vendor partners continue to exhibit the true meaning of outstanding hospitality and are proud to honor their ongoing commitment and partnership with Brinker International,” said Happy Webberman, executive vice president of brand solutions for Brinker International. "These companies consistently make it possible for us to win together for our guests.”

Brinker International, Inc. (NYSE: EAT), is one of the world's leading casual dining restaurant companies, serving more than 1 million guests daily. Founded in 1975 and based in Dallas, Texas, Brinker owns or franchises nearly 1,700 restaurants in 29 countries and two territories, and employs more than 125,000. Brinker restaurant brands include Chili's® Grill & Bar, On The Border Mexican Grill & Cantina® and Maggiano's Little Italy®. Brinker also holds a minority investment in Romano's Macaroni Grill®. The company was named one of FORTUNE Magazine's Most Admired Food Service Companies in 2009 and was honored by the magazine as one of the Top 50 Employers for Minorities and the Top 50 Employers for Women. For more information, visit www.brinker.com.

Front Row:
Happy Webberman, Executive Vice President Brand Solutions, Brinker International

Rick Zuehlke, Area Vice President Manitowoc Foodservice

Clif Geisler, Director of R&D - FF&E, Brinker International

Sharon Gibbs, Senior Manager Materials Purchasing, Brinker International

Gary Dykstra, President Lincoln Foodservice Products

Doug Brooks, President and CEO, Brinker International

Back Row:
Chris Karssiens, VP, General Market Sales, USA, Manitowoc Foodservice

Larry Bryce – Executive Vice President, Americas, Manitowoc Foodservice

Terry Stephenson, Vice President of Purchasing, Brinker International

Jeff Swindle, ESource

Harry Starkweather, ESource