Tapping its Colorado base, Coleman Natural Foods has scored a major deal. The company will supply natural meats to Vail Resort, the nation's largest ski operator, for the 2007/2008 ski season.

Vail will use more than 447,000 pounds of Coleman product in 40 on-mountain restaurants. The deal includes Vail, Beaver Creek, Breckenridge, Keystone (Colo.) and Heavenly (Nev.) ski resorts.

The products will include deli meats of turkey, ham and roast beef (33,000 lbs.), hamburger and ground beef (180,000 lbs.), beef brisket (15,000 lbs.), chicken (137,000 lbs.), hot dogs (44,000 lbs.), bacon (18,000 lbs.) and pork, including spare ribs, back ribs and loin (20,000 lbs.)

"Coleman is very excited about its new relationship with Vail Resorts," says Dan O'Neill, Coleman chief executive officer. "What Coleman Natural stands for matches closely the type of people that live an outdoor lifestyle and who vacation with Vail Resorts. The new relationship will be great for both partners."

Vail Resorts reports serving more than 2.5 million lunches every ski season at its on-mountain restaurants. Now with Coleman's fleet of products, Vail officials claim the resort will serve more meals with natural meats than any other restaurant operator in North America.

Coleman also will supply meats and poultry to Vail's Grand Teton Lodge Company, which operates Jackson Lake Lodge, Jenny Lake Lodge and Colter Bay Village in Grand Teton National Park, Wyo.

Source: Coleman Natural Meats, Meatingplace.com