DALLAS – Three vendor partners have been awarded Brinker International Inc.’s highest honor, the Supplier Partner of the Year Award. These vendors helped Brinker and its brands improve profit margins through cost reductions plus they successfully executed several integral company-wide initiatives.

Award recipients include:

  • Aon Hewitt – Aon Hewitt, based in Lincolnshire, Ill., and the global human resource consulting and outsourcing business of Aon Corporation, conducted an audit to verify eligibility of dependents covered under the company's health care plan.
  • Simmons Prepared Foods – Based in Siloam Springs, Ark., the company is a key poultry provider, whose innovation and flexibility led to the development of high-quality chicken solutions meeting rigorous performance requirements for current restaurant and kitchen retrofit initiatives.
  • SureGrip Floor Safety Solutions – Operating in Tallahassee, Fla., SureGrip enabled Brinker to consolidate to a single floor cleaning product designed to improve traction on restaurant floors.

"Each of these three companies went above and beyond, offering innovative business solutions that enabled Brinker to not only effectively manage our bottom line in a tough economic environment, but also provide our guests, team members and restaurants better products and services," said David Parsley, senior vice president of supply chain management for Brinker International. "In the last year, the services of these exceptional vendors have made a significant impact on our business."

The Supplier Partners of the Year were honored at an Aug. 19 Brinker corporate all-team member meeting in Dallas.

Brinker International Inc. is a leading casual dining restaurant company serving more than one million guests daily. The company owns or franchises more than 1,500 restaurants in 31 countries and two territories. Its wholly-owned restaurant brands include Chili's Grill & Bar and Maggiano's Little Italy. Brinker also holds a minority investment in Romano's Macaroni Grill.