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UPDATE: Centerplate snags NCAA contract

April 25, 2008
Connecticut-based Centerplate Inc. has purchased the Crystal Catering contract for the NCAA headquarters from Florida-based Sun Capital Partners.

The contract was announced this afternoon along with four other contracts reported earlier today by IBJ.

The four contracts cover food service at the Indiana Convention Center, Indianapolis Zoo, Indiana State Museum and Murat Theatre, and are worth $12 million in annual revenue. The value of the NCAA contract wasn't immediately disclosed.

Centerplate spokesman Bob Pascal earlier declined to disclose the acquisition price and couldn't confirm whether the company is in talks with other venues. But venue officials said talks are under way for Centerplate to be the caterer at White River State Park.

Other venues have gone in a different direction. Indiana Roof Ballroom is now catered by a startup owned by facility General Manager Antonia Zunarelli.

Locally based General Hotels Corp. contracted with Crystal Catering for events at Union Station, but recently started handling those duties internally. Both of these venues absorbed many of Crystal's on-site employees.

Crystal Catering was founded locally in 1987. Marsh Supermarkets Inc. bought Crystal in 1995, and Sun Capital bought Marsh in 2006.

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