News Release

Centralized Supply Chain Services, LLC (CSCS®) and Applebee’s® and IHOP® Recognize Suppliers of the Year at Their Respective Annual Franchise Conferences

November 15, 2023

LENEXA, Kan.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Nov. 15, 2023-- Centralized Supply Chain Services, LLC (CSCS®) in partnership with Applebee’s® and IHOP® recognized Suppliers of the Year at each brand’s respective 2023 Franchise Conference.

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Koch Foods Named Applebee’s Supplier of the Year (Photo: Business Wire)

Koch Foods Named Applebee’s Supplier of the Year (Photo: Business Wire)

While so many of IHOP’s suppliers deserve recognition for their service to the system, Dianne’s Fine Desserts earned this year’s award as IHOP Supplier of the year.

CSCS® President and CEO, Mike Leikam, noted, “Dianne’s was extremely responsive to the needs of the IHOP Culinary team on the product development front, and they leveraged every capability at their disposal to maximize production on a key product to keep IHOP’s restaurants in stock when promotional demand dramatically exceeded our forecasted need. Their performance was remarkable.”

Koch Foods earned Applebee’s Supplier of the Year honors.

Leikam said, “Koch Foods provided significant margin relief to our restaurants and was instrumental in supporting our record breaking All You Can Eat Boneless Wings promotion. Their commitment to support Applebee’s restaurants was exemplary.”


Centralized Supply Chain Services, LLC is the exclusive buying agent for the IHOP and Applebee’s systems. Formed as a supply chain cooperative to leverage the combined buying power of both systems, CSCS manages approximately $2 billion in spend on behalf of its Member operators.

CSCS’s primary mission is twofold. First, to assure that Member restaurants receive the benefit of continuously available goods and services in adequate supplies at the lowest sustainable delivered prices; and second, to coordinate with IHOP and Applebee’s in their ongoing efforts to develop new and innovative products and programs to promote their respective concepts.


Based in Pasadena, California, Dine Brands Global, Inc. (NYSE: DIN), through its subsidiaries and franchisees, supports and operates restaurants under the Applebee's Neighborhood Grill + Bar®, IHOP®, and Fuzzy’s Taco Shop® brands. As of September 30, 2023, these three brands consisted of over 3,500 restaurants across 18 international markets. Dine Brands is one of the largest full-service restaurant companies in the world and in 2022 expanded into the Fast Casual segment. For more information on Dine Brands, visit the Company’s website located at


Koch Foods is a leading food company and among the country’s largest integrated poultry processors. We are a U.S.-based, privately-held company, employing over 13,000 people. Our company’s heritage is in foodservice, national accounts, and most recently, in retail under the Koch Foods and Oven Cravers brands. Koch Foods is focused on innovation, continuous improvement and delivering our customers the highest-quality and best-tasting chicken products.


A leading provider of premium frozen thaw-and-serve desserts to the foodservice industry, Dianne’s Fine Desserts® has been serving up inspiring, mouth-watering and memorable desserts for over 40 years. The Company’s product line includes cheesecakes, layer cakes, specialty pies and tarts, brownies/bars, individual minis and specialty desserts; all created at two state-of-the-art GFSI-certified manufacturing facilities. Dianne’s Fine Desserts has strong core markets, an established customer base and product lines that anticipate consumer demand and support customer initiatives and goals. Dianne’s Fine Desserts is a proud subsidiary of Dessert Holdings, a premium dessert group of companies.

Susan Nelson
SVP, Chief Communications Officer
Dine Brands Global

Source: Dine Brands Global, Inc.