All that and a bag of chips; local Frito Lay employees awarded

Employees who work for Huntsville's branch of Frito Lay are being honored with the 2006 Dale Stortz Award and recognized as the company's "2006 Zone of the Year."

Huntsville employees earned the award - named for one of Frito-Lay's most respected Sales leaders - for the most outstanding performance in sales, profitability and employee retention from among Frito-Lay's 125 zones nationwide.

Frito-Lay's Senior Vice President of Sales Randy Melville, along with other company leaders, will recognize team members and serve lunch at the Huntsville Zone Sales Office in a special ceremony on Tuesday, June 12. "This prestigious award not only recognizes excellence in sales but also outstanding talent management," Melville said.  "This year, Huntsville led the company on both fronts. I am proud to present the Huntsville team with the Zone of the Year recognition."

"The 150 men and women of the Huntsville Zone are extremely dedicated and customer-oriented," said Carlos Dominguez, Frito-Lay's Huntsville Zone Sales Leader. "The pride they take in their work and their commitment to their customers earned them this award."

Frito-Lay North America, headquartered in Plano, Texas, is the $10 billion convenient foods division of PepsiCo.  Its brands include Lay's, Doritos, Cheetos, Ruffles, Tostitos, Fritos, SunChips and Rold Gold.  In addition to Frito-Lay, PepsiCo divisions include Pepsi-Cola, Quaker Foods, Gatorade and Tropicana.