Waffle House Suppliers Announce Fourth Annual Waffle Wager

Free Waffle House waffles, hashbrowns and coffee will be waiting for the fans of either the University of North Carolina (UNC) Tar Heels or the North Carolina State University (NC State University) Wolfpack as a part of the 2016 Waffle Wager.

Basic American Foods, C.H. Guenther & Son, Inc., and Royal Cup Coffee & Tea, three Waffle House restaurant suppliers, today announced the fourth annual Waffle Wager, college football's tastiest wager, on the November 25 Carolina-State game.

"While the Carolina-State game goes back to the 1890s, there is even more on the line this year," says Walt Ehmer, Waffle House President and CEO. "The Tar Heels and Wolfpack are playing for more than just bragging rights—they are playing for free food for their fans. Now that's pressure."

Fans of the winning team will receive Waffle House goodness at either a Waffle House restaurant in Chapel Hill, N.C., or Raleigh, N.C. If NC State University wins the game, Basic American Foods and C.H. Guenther will foot the bill for hashbrowns, waffles and coffee and if UNC wins, Royal Cup will pick up the tab. The "payout" date, time and winning Waffle House location will be announced after the game.

In addition to all of the free food, Waffle House, Royal Cup, C.H. Guenther and Basic American Foods collectively will donate $10,000 to the general scholarship fund of the winning university.

"We're teamed up with Basic American Foods, so it's waffles and hashbrowns on the UNC side," says Dale Tremblay, President and CEO of C.H. Guenther and Son, Inc.

"We won't 'waffle' on this and are looking forward to Carolina 'scattering, smothering and covering' State so Royal Cup will be paying the tab," added Mike Villano, Basic American Foods Vice President of Sales and Marketing.

"Not so fast my friends," says William E. Smith, Jr., Chairman of Royal Cup Coffee & Tea. "The Wolfpack will have all of the Waffle House coffee lovers rooting for them. We're looking forward to treating the State fans and having the waffle and hashbrown companies pay for it!"

In 2013, Royal Cup and C.H. Guenther initiated the Waffle Wager with a friendly bet on the Alabama vs. Texas A&M game. Alabama's 49-42 victory resulted in C.H. Guenther picking up the tab for Alabama students at a Waffle House restaurant in Tuscaloosa, Ala. To date, the Waffle Wager has served fans nearly 8,000 waffles, 7,000 orders of hashbrowns and 4,000 cups of coffee to breakfast-loving college students. In addition, $25,000 in scholarship funds has been donated to the winning university.

All three companies participating in the Waffle Wager supply products to Waffle House restaurants. Basic American Foods supplies Waffle House's hashbrowns, C.H. Guenther supplies its waffle mix and Royal Cup supplies its coffee.

About Waffle House® restaurants

Headquartered in Norcross, GA, Waffle House® restaurants have been serving Good Food Fast® since 1955. Today the Waffle House system operates more than 1,800 restaurants in 25 states and is the world's leading server of waffles, t-bone steaks, hashbrowns, cheese 'n eggs, country ham, pork chops and grits.

About C.H. Guenther & Son, Inc.

San Antonio headquartered C.H. Guenther & Son was founded in Texas in 1851 by German immigrant Carl Hilmar Guenther. The family owned company is a leading supplier of gravies and sauces, baking mixes, and other value-added grain-based food products to foodservice and select consumer markets in North America and Europe under a variety of brands including Pioneer®, Morrison's®, White Wings®, Sunbird®, and Williams®. For more information about C.H. Guenther & Son and available products, visit www.CHG.com.

About Basic American Foods

Family owned and operated since 1933, Basic American Foods is a global leader in providing value-added, branded dry potato and bean products to foodservice. Its principal brands delivering preparation convenience with scratch-like taste include Brilliant Beginnings™, Potato Pearls®, Golden Grill®, Classic Casserole® and Santiago®. For more information about Basic American Foods, visit www.baf.com.

About Royal Cup Coffee & Tea

Royal Cup Coffee & Tea is a major importer, roaster and distributor of premium and specialty coffees and teas for restaurants, hotels, resorts, foodservice companies, business offices and convenience stores throughout the United States and the Caribbean. Established in 1896, Royal Cup is a family-owned company dedicated to providing sensational service for each customer. For more information, visit www.royalcupcoffee.com.

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