2012 June: Aurelio’s Pizza, Pepsi Ink a 5-year Exclusive Provider Agreement

Chicago, IL, June 26, 2012 – Aurelio’s Pizza has announced that it has inked a five-year agreement with Pepsi®, naming the beverage company the exclusive provider to its 41 locations across six states starting July 1.

When customers order soft drinks at any Aurelio’s Pizza, they will have a choice among Pepsi’s many products, including Pepsi, Diet Pepsi, Sierra Mist, Mountain Dew, Diet Mountain Dew, Mug Root Beer, Dr. Pepper, Orange Crush, Grape Crush, Lemonade, Unsweetened Tea and Sweet Tea.

“Beverages are an extremely important part of our business,” said Kirk Mauriello, Director of Franchising, Aurelio’s Pizza, “We are excited about partnering with Pepsi, a company we view as a long-term partner. We feel good about providing our customers with quality soft drink products in flavors that complement our menu from pizzas and salads to sandwiches and pastas.”

“One thing I’ve learned about Aurelio’s is that they are passionate about the pizza and products they provide. If it’s not the very best they can deliver their customers, they don’t do it. We feel honored to join a team of this caliber and are excited to begin growing together,” said Tim McGrail, Channel Manager, Pepsico Foodservice.

Since 2010, Aurelio’s Pizza has implemented many operational changes to take the 50+ year-old, well-loved brand to the next level. These changes and an unrelenting passion for pizza have resulted in a 15-percent growth chain wide since 2010. This exclusive agreement enhances operations through enabling each Aurelio’s location to realize a better return on their soft drink investment, apply improved tools for business forecasting and tap into additional marketing horsepower.

About Aurelio’s: With a history as rich and entrenched in the community as the pizza it’s famous for, the very first Aurelio’s restaurant opened on Ridge Road in Homewood, IL as the pride and joy of Joseph A. Aurelio, Jr. who decided to give it a go as a restaurateur at the age of 26. With its legendary “old oven” dating back to 1959 in its Homewood location, Aurelio’s was a pioneer in the concept of the Family Pizzeria in the United States and helped to launch pizza into the American lexicon. Since that time, Aurelio’s has become one of Chicagoland’s claims to fame. And, transplanted Chicagoans all over the map have helped to bring their favorite pizzeria franchise to 43 cities across six states, growing a strong fan base for the taste of Aurelio’s. www.AureliosPizza.com