MT. STERLING, Ill. - Dot Foods, the nation's largest food redistributor, is proud to announce a partnership with Ralston Foods for the distribution of cereal products to its foodservice and convenience store distributors.

Ralston Foods is a leading manufacturer of foodservice ready-to-eat and hot cereals breakfast cereals.

We believe our new relationship with Dot Foods offers many advantages for Ralston customers who want less than truckload quantities," said John Gruender, Director of Ralston Foodservice Sales. "Our full line of cereal products will now be available nationally without minimum order quantity limitations. Dot's weekly deliveries and short lead-times enable distributors to respond faster to retailers' needs, while increasing inventory turns. In addition to servicing customers with an order minimum of one case, Dot's partnership with Ralston also reduces our order administration time and effort."

"DotFoods has been building its customer base of dry products and the addition of Ralston Food's ready-to-eat and hot breakfast cereals is a definite advantage," said Stephanie Weiler, senior business development manager, Dot Foods. "We believe that this partnership will be a welcome transition for our distributors and customers and we appreciate their continued support."

Recently, Dot expanded its Mt. Sterling, Ill., warehouse to add capacity for new manufacturers, as well as additional items for existing manufacturers. Dot added 136,000 square feet and reconfigured its current dry warehouse.

About Ralston Foods

Ralston Foods remains the nation's largest supplier of high quality cereal, producing
both ready-to-eat (RTE) and hot cereals. Its extended product line includes organic cereals, snack mixes, cereal and nutrition bars, and other custom products. The company offers more than 40 RTE varieties, including emulations of over 30 of the top national brands and more than 20 hot cereals.

With over 100 years in the cereal business, the company delivers the product consistency and service excellence its customers demand. Using only quality ingredients in its modern, efficient plants, Ralston Foods upholds strict production standards while maximizing operations and logistics capabilities to meet the growing needs of its customers. A team of 1,500 plus employees across seven locations ensures high quality products, customer satisfaction, and competitive pricing.

Ralston Foods Foodservice sells the Ralston® Brand cereals to the foodservice channel, which includes the Healthcare and Nutrition, College & University, Restaurant & Hotel, Camps, Correction and Military Segments.

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About Dot Foods Inc.

Dot Foods Inc. carries 104,000 products from 600 food industry manufacturers and is the largest food redistributor in the United States. Dot Foods distributes foodservice, convenience, retail and vending food products to distributors in all 50 states. Dot Foods operates eight distribution centers in: Modesto, Calif.; Vidalia, Ga.; Burley, Idaho; Mt. Sterling, Ill.; Cambridge City, Ind.; Williamsport, Md.; Liverpool, N.Y.; and Ardmore, Okla. For information, visit