Libbey Inc. Named Best in Class for Tabletop Suppliers; Also Named as Top 100 Supplier to Sysco


TOLEDO, Ohio, Oct 31, 2006 /PRNewswire-FirstCall via COMTEX News Network/ -- In its annual survey, Foodservice Equipment & Supplies magazine (FE&S) has once again named Libbey Inc. (NYSE: LBY) as "Best in Class" for tabletop suppliers. FE&S's "Best in Class" survey included 1,000 subscribers to determine who they perceive to be the best manufacturer for key foodservice categories. As reported in its October 2006 edition, FE&S's sixth annual "Best in Class" survey shines the industry spotlight on those manufacturers, which were named by subscribing dealers, broadliners, and operators, as the ones that help them best meet customer needs. Libbey has been named "Best in Class" in all six surveys conducted by FE&S magazine.

Silver Supplier Award from Sysco

The Company also announced that Sysco Corporation (NYSE: SYY) has named Libbey as a "Top 100 Supplier" for the fifth straight year. Libbey was recognized at Sysco's 12th Annual Supplier Recognition Awards Ceremony in Houston, Texas. Libbey was selected as the number 27 supplier from a group of more than 2,000 eligible suppliers located across the world.

Commenting on these achievements, John F. Meier, chairman and chief executive officer said, "We are pleased to once again be recognized as best in class by our foodservice customers. With ever increasing competitive pressures, this recognition coupled with our performance against the varied metrics both awards consider, will continue to position us well to maximize future opportunities."

     Libbey Inc.:
     -- is the largest manufacturer of glass tableware in the western
        hemisphere and one of the largest glass tableware manufacturers in the
     -- is expanding its international presence with facilities in Mexico, the
        Netherlands, Portugal, and a facility in China that is expected to
        begin production in 2007;
     -- is the leading manufacturer of tabletop products for the U.S.
        foodservice industry; and
     -- supplies products to foodservice, retail, industrial and
        business-to-business customers in over 90 countries.

Based in Toledo, Ohio, the Company operates glass tableware manufacturing plants in the United States in Louisiana and Ohio, as well as in Mexico, Portugal and the Netherlands. Its Crisa subsidiary, located in Monterrey, Mexico, is the leading producer of glass tableware in Mexico and Latin America. Its Royal Leerdam subsidiary, located in Leerdam, Netherlands, is among the world leaders in producing and selling glass stemware to retail, foodservice and industrial clients. Its Crisal subsidiary, located in Portugal, provides an expanded presence in Europe. Its Syracuse China subsidiary designs, manufactures and distributes an extensive line of high-quality ceramic dinnerware, principally for foodservice establishments in the United States. Its World Tableware subsidiary imports and sells a full-line of metal flatware and holloware and an assortment of ceramic dinnerware and other tabletop items principally for foodservice establishments in the United States. Its Traex subsidiary, located in Wisconsin, designs, manufactures and distributes an extensive line of plastic items for the foodservice industry. In 2005, Libbey Inc.'s net sales totaled $568.1 million.

SOURCE Libbey Inc.

Kenneth Boerger, VP-Treasurer, +1-419-325-2279, or Scott Sellick, VP-Chief Financial Officer, +1-419-325-2135, both of Libbey Inc.


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