Brinker International Names 2009 Hospitality Partnership Excellence Award Winners

DALLAS // PRNewswire-FirstCall // -- Recognizing vendors for their exceptional performance and collaboration, Brinker International, Inc. (NYSE: EAT) recently honored eight companies with its annual Hospitality Award for Partnership Excellence. 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 an unparalleled guest experience.

Brinker International's 2009 Hospitality Award for Partnership Excellence recipients:

Cognizant Technology Solutions - Teaneck, NJ

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 Beach, 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 we 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.

SOURCE Brinker International, Inc.

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