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DHL And The Honeybaked Ham Company Partner To Bring The Holiday Spirit To Troops Overseas


DHL, the world’s leading express delivery and logistics company, announced a first-of-its-kind holiday delivery program with The HoneyBaked Ham Company, enabling friends, family, and loved ones to order fully-prepared, ready to enjoy holiday hams for delivery to U.S. servicemen and women serving abroad. DHL was recently chosen by HoneyBaked Foods, Inc., one of the shipping divisions of The HoneyBaked Ham Company, for an exclusive arrangement for this military base program.

Orders are being collected now for deliveries in December for Christmas and New Year’s celebrations, as DHL gets ready to accept thousands of fresh hams from HoneyBaked Foods headquarters in Holland, Ohio. DHL will provide door-to-door delivery service of fresh hams from the U.S., directly to Camp Anaconda and Freedom in Iraq and U.S. military bases in Kandahar, Afghanistan.

DHL was the first international air express carrier to provide service to Iraq and Afghanistan following the lifting of sanctions and operates the most extensive logistics service into these countries. DHL announced the start of operations to Afghanistan in March 2002 and Iraq in March 2003.

“DHL was the only express carrier that had the operational flexibility, global network, and customer-focused spirit to help us overcome the challenges of getting fresh-frozen, perishable product thousands of miles away to the men and women serving our country,” stated Daniel P. Kurz, President at HoneyBaked Foods, Inc. “We’re pleased to partner with DHL to help soldiers, friends, family and loved ones send a taste of back home to U.S. troops overseas.”

HoneyBaked Foods flash freezes the hams to ensure freshness, places them each in a freezer bag which is protected in a heat-sealed insulated bag containing a reusable ice pack, and finally places them in a reusable insulated cooler and covered with a durable polyethylene film.

DHL will then collect and transport bulk containers of hams for delivery to DHL’s principal air and ground hub in Wilmington, Ohio. From there, the hams are flown to John F. Kennedy Airport in New York, and tendered aboard a direct flight to Bahrain. A combination of regional flights and trucking services complete the direct delivery to military bases, with the entire process from door-to-door completed in 72 hours or less.

“We’re pleased to partner with HoneyBaked Foods and help those away from home feel a little closer to their loved ones this holiday season,” said Charles Brewer, Executive Vice President of Sales for DHL. “DHL leverages its global network and customer-focused approach to bring people closer together during the holidays and all year ’round.”

For a listing of store locations nationwide, visit . To order a ham to send to troops overseas, visit and click on the American flag for the ordering information. Various sizes of The HoneyBaked Ham(R) are available, ranging from 7 to 16 lbs.

For more information on how DHL is preparing for the 2007 holiday season, visit . Members of the media may access free multimedia, including DHL video content and print-quality stills, by visiting

Video and photo opportunities for these deliveries to the Middle East can be coordinated through the DHL USA Press Office, by calling (954) 888-7114 or through email at

About DHL

At DHL, Customer Service is back in shipping. Our mission is to provide the most flexible, personable and enjoyable experience in the shipping industry for our customers.

DHL is the global market leader of the international express and logistics industry, specializing in providing innovative and customized solutions from a single source. DHL offers expertise in express, air and ocean freight, overland transport, contract logistic solutions as well as international mail services, combined with worldwide coverage and an in-depth understanding of local markets. DHL’s international network links more than 225 countries and territories worldwide with over 300,000 employees dedicated to providing fast and reliable services that exceed customers’ expectations.

Founded in San Francisco in 1969, DHL is a Deutsche Post World Net brand. The group generated worldwide revenues of $80 billion in 2006.(a) For more information on DHL, visit .

(a)Revenues reported in U.S. dollars as of December 31, 2006.

About The HoneyBaked Ham Company

This year HoneyBaked is celebrating 50 years of serving the original, authentic HoneyBaked Ham(R). In 1957, Harry J. Hoenselaar developed a unique curing, cooking and smoking process for a bone-in ham that featured a mouthwatering sweet, crunchy glaze. He also invented a machine that spiral sliced delicately-smoked ham around the bone to create the very first HoneyBaked Ham(R).

The HoneyBaked Ham Company is still family owned and operated. Each HoneyBaked Ham(R) is still prepared fresh daily, cooked and smoked until it is tender and juicy all the way to the bone, and then coated in HoneyBaked’s secret recipe glaze. For store locations, recipes, product information and to order online, visit


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