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Kahiki + Columbus Crew SC Kick Off Bold Partnership

Kahiki + Columbus Crew SC Kick Off Bold Partnership
The Big Orange Box is Center Stage

Kahiki Foods, a bold, exciting brand and a growing Columbus company, today announced its 2017-2018 sponsorship agreement with Columbus Crew SC. This new partnership includes media and promotional events with the team, and even better, Crew SC fans will enjoy crunchy, saucy Kahiki foods at the “Big Orange Box”, located near the entrance to MAPFRE® Stadium. This location will offer a limited assortment of Kahiki’s wildly popular items, and Crew SC Fans can now experience Kahiki in a way that will remind some of the landmark Kahiki Supper Club, which for years enticed hungry Columbusites with fantastic Asian foods.

“There are many reasons we are excited about our relationship with Crew SC. We share their respect and love for fun, family and authenticity, and value their commitment to our Columbus community,” said Martin Kelly, The Big Kahuna (CEO) at Kahiki.

Besides shared values, Kahiki shares a similar history with Crew SC. When the club first took the field in 1996, Kahiki was just hitting the streets with its first line of frozen foods. Then in 2014, Crew SC transitioned to a new chapter in their history with new on-field and front-office leadership. Kahiki did the same, with new leadership and the launch of its All Natural product line. Today, both teams leverage the creativity, skills and teamwork that comes from diversity, with the Crew SC squad representing 10 different countries, and the Kahiki “players” coming from 22 different countries.

“Crew SC and Kahiki are both authentically Columbus brands with heritage and modern vision,” said Crew SC President of Business Operations Andy Loughnane. “Crew SC’s partnership with Kahiki and the creation of their dedicated South Plaza location represents the introduction of fun, local, and unique menu items into our matchday experience and we are proud to welcome Kahiki into our family.”

This is a perfect time for the Kahiki/Crew SC partnership. Kahiki is expanding its presence in Columbus, with its frozen Asian specialties now available in Walmart, Giant Eagle, Meijer, Sam’s Club, Marc’s, Kroger and other retail outlets. “Our partnership with Crew SC is part of a long-term plan for growth in the Columbus market. The positive associations and promotional opportunities from working closely with the club will be exciting for both of our fans,” said Kahuna Kelly.

About Kahiki Foods, Inc.

What’s not to LOVE about bold Asian flavors that stir your senses? Making your meals a delicious adventure drives us to do what we’ve been doing now for over 55 years. And we have a blast doing it. Even our name is fun… just try to say Kahiki [kah-hee-kee] without smiling. Join the action at kahiki.com!

Want to know more? Drop a line to Kahiki's Master of Magic Moments and Multimedia, Scott Corey, at scott.corey@kahiki.com.

NOTE TO MEMBERS OF THE MEDIA COVERING COLUMBUS CREW SC
When discussing the organization and the team, please reference the club as “Columbus Crew SC” on first reference as “Crew SC” is an appropriate secondary reference. Both references are singular subjects, while the tertiary reference “Black & Gold,” with the ampersand, is plural. Please note: we no longer use “Columbus Crew” or “The Crew” in our terminology of the club and “The Crew SC” is also not applicable. Our home venue is now known as MAPFRE Stadium and MAPFRE must be in all caps. (MAPFRE Stadium is pronounced “MAH-fray Stadium”). The club’s training facility is now known as the EAS Training Center at Obetz. If you have brand terminology or badge questions – or need the updated badge and wordmark for your archives – please reach out to a member of Crew SC Communications.

Website: ColumbusCrewSC.com | Twitter: @ColumbusCrewSC | Instagram: @ColumbusCrewSC | Hashtag: #CrewSC | Facebook.com/columbuscrewsc | Snapchat: ColumbusCrewSC | Google+: +columbuscrewsc | Stadium: MAPFRE Stadium | Training Facility: EAS Training Center at Obetz

ABOUT COLUMBUS CREW SC
Columbus Crew SC (Soccer Club) is the first club in Major League Soccer and in 2015, Crew SC was crowned MLS Eastern Conference Champions in the organization’s 20th season. Owned and operated by Precourt Sports Ventures (PSV), it won its first MLS Cup championship in 2008 and also won the 2002 Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup as well as MLS Supporters’ Shield titles in 2004, 2008 and 2009. The 2017 campaign is the Black & Gold’s 19th season at historic MAPFRE Stadium -- the first soccer-specific stadium in the United States – where the club set single-season sellout records and hosted the 2015 MLS Cup. The club was purchased by PSV on July 29, 2013 as part of the privately held investment and management firm’s sports and entertainment business enterprise.