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SMG Completes Deal to Acquire Premier Food Services
6/5/2014
SMG, the world leader in facility management and a leading provider of food and beverage services, announced today that it has acquired Premier Food Services. The acquisition will enable SMG, and its food service division, SAVOR, to broaden their base of food service customers to include some of the preeminent venues and businesses in the San Diego market.

"The addition of Premier's business and the outstanding quality of their customer base provide us with an opportunity to share our expertise and to combine resources with these customers to continue Premier's legacy of providing high quality service," said SMG's President & CEO, Wes Westley.

"SMG has an excellent reputation as a provider of food and beverage services, and is a perfect match for our clients, business partners and employees. I look forward to working alongside the SMG/SAVOR management team as we transition Premier's business to its new owner," said George E. Karetas, Founder and CEO of Premier Food Services, Inc. and Premier Food Services Management Group, Inc.

The Premier acquisition further strengthens SMG/SAVOR's position as an innovative, high-quality provider of food service. Premier's clients include iconic venues such as the Del Mar Fairgrounds and Racetrack, The Ida and Cecil Green Faculty Club at the University of California San Diego, as well as, dining services at some widely-recognized businesses and educational institutions in the San Diego region. Carriage Trade Catering, a well-established specialty catering business, is included under the Premier umbrella, and is included as part of the acquisition. SMG and SAVOR currently manage food and beverage operations at several California locations including Moscone Convention Center in San Francisco; Long Beach Convention and Entertainment Center; Aquarium of the Pacific in Long Beach; the Toyota Grand Prix of Long Beach; Ontario Convention Center; Save Mart Center at California State University, Fresno; and the Stockton Arena. Wes Westley said "We have tremendous respect for George Karetas and the Premier management team. They have built a terrific company whose culture and approach to business will mesh well with ours". SMG has retained George Karetas as a consultant to assist with the transition of ownership, and to develop new business opportunities throughout California.


About SMG
Founded in 1977, SMG provides management services to more than 240 public assembly facilities including convention and exhibition centers, arenas, stadiums, theatres, performing arts centers, equestrian facilities, science centers, and a variety of other venues. With facilities across the globe, SMG manages more than 15 million square feet of exhibition space and over 1.5 million sports and entertainment seats. As the recognized global industry leader, SMG provides venue management, sales, marketing, event booking and programming, construction and design consulting, and pre-opening services for such landmark facilities as McCormick Place & Soldier Field in Chicago, Moscone Convention Center in San Francisco, Houston's Reliant Park and the Mercedes-Benz Superdome. SMG offers food and beverage operations through its concessions, catering and special events division, SAVOR, currently servicing 130 accounts worldwide. For more information visit www.smgworld.com.


Contact:
sbeard@smgworld.com






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