ARAMARK’s Gluten-Free Menus a Big Hit at Major League Ballparks

Philadelphia, PA, May 11, 2010 – With baseball’s fan base more diverse than ever, ARAMARK recognizes the importance of creating menus that appeal to a broad array of tastes and special diets. Because of this insight, ARAMARK menus consistently garner awards and praise for variety, quality and innovation.

In recognition of May as National Celiac Awareness Month, ARAMARK – the food and beverage partner for 12 Major League Baseball teams – is proud to reaffirm its commitment to making gluten-free fare more accessible to fans with celiac disease. ARAMARK has been at the forefront of this movement, debuting what is believed to be baseball’s first dedicated gluten-free concessions stand at Coors Field in Denver during the 2009 season. This was quickly followed by a standalone location at Atlanta’s Turner Field.

“We pride ourselves in designing menus that reflect the tastes and flavors of our guests, and the growing selection of gluten-free food on today’s menus is the result of fans with celiac disease suggesting we further diversify our menus,” said Marc Bruno, president, ARAMARK Sports, Entertainment & Conventions. “We understand that food is an integral part of the baseball experience, and we want to ensure that everyone who attends a game is able to enjoy this important feature of the ballpark experience.”

For the 2010 season, ARAMARK continues to work with its partners to further incorporate gluten-free items on their menus. Following is a sampling of ARAMARK ballparks where gluten-free fare is available in general concessions.

  • Citi Field (World’s Fare Market): Hot dog and hamburger on gluten-free bun, gluten-free snacks, gluten-free beer.
  • Citizens Bank Park (Section 128): Hot dog on gluten-free bun, gluten-free beer.
  • Coors Field (Section 143): Hot dog, hamburger and chicken sandwich on gluten-free bun, potato chips, cookies and brownies, gluten-free beer.
  • Oriole Park at Camden Yards (Charm City Market): Gluten-free crab cake, Asian noodle salad, hummus and vegetables, hot dog and sausage on gluten-free bun, gluten-free beer.
  • Turner Field (Section 112): Grilled sirloin burger served on tapioca-organic rice roll, hot dog on gluten-free bun, potato chips and popcorn, cookies and brownies, gluten-free beer.

Additionally, at ballparks where dedicated gluten-free offerings may not yet be on the menu, fans can contact the ballpark’s concessions manager prior to their visit to make appropriate arrangements and learn more about items that suit their individual diets. Gluten-free food is also readily available in most premium dining areas, such as suites, clubs and restaurants.

ARAMARK partners with 14 Major League Baseball teams - Atlanta Braves, Baltimore Orioles, Boston Red Sox, Colorado Rockies, Houston Astros, Kansas City Royals, Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim, New York Mets, Oakland A’s, Philadelphia Phillies, Pittsburgh Pirates, San Diego Padres, Seattle Mariners, and Toronto Blue Jays - and 10 minor league teams, as well as seven spring training sites to provide integrated food and beverage, retail merchandise and/or facility services. Visit www.ballparkfoods.com for more information.

About ARAMARK Sports, Entertainment and Conventions
ARAMARK Sports, Entertainment and Conventions, a division of ARAMARK, delivers a wide range of innovative solutions to more than 170 premier sports, convention and entertainment venues throughout North America. Working closely with its partners, ARAMARK creates authentic and memorable guest experiences by designing industry-leading hospitality, dining and catering, retail merchandise, and facility service programs. 

About ARAMARK
ARAMARK is a leader in professional services, providing award-winning food servicesfacilities management, and uniform and career apparel to health care institutionsuniversities and school districtsstadiums and arenas, and businesses around the world. The company is recognized as one of the "World's Most Ethical Companies" by the Ethisphere Institute, as the industry leader in FORTUNE magazine's "World's Most Admired Companies," and as one of America's Largest Private Companies by both FORTUNE and Forbes magazines. ARAMARK seeks to responsibly address issues that matter to its clients, customers, employees and communities by focusing on employee advocacy, environmental stewardship, health and wellness, and community involvement. Headquartered in Philadelphia, ARAMARK has approximately 255,000 employees serving clients in 22 countries. Learn more at www.twitter.com/aramarknews.

Contacts:
Dave Freireich
215-238-4078
freireich-david@aramark.com

Dan Smith
215-409-7403
smith-dan@aramark.com

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