Verizon Business Provides Integrated Networking Solution for Puratos Group to Help Drive Growth

The Puratos Group needed to tap the power of advanced technology to fuel global growth without losing the human touch its customers expect.

Verizon Business had the solution: an integrated networking and communications offering that provides the Puratos Group with a secure and highly scalable foundation for advanced business applications while enabling stronger collaboration with the company's employees, customers and partners around the globe.

The Puratos Group develops, produces and distributes ingredients for bakers, pastry chefs and chocolatiers around the globe, and also offers comprehensive training and research programs to help its customers realize their own business goals.  In addition to a network infrastructure that could grow with it, the family-run company wanted to maintain a strong human dimension in all its internal and external communications activities - something it views as a key competitive differentiator.

Verizon Business offered a dual-hub (Belgium and USA) solution that offered employees in the Americas and Europe secure Internet access to support seamless collaboration. Verizon's comprehensive network capabilities, including advanced monitoring and reporting and supported by stringent global service-level agreements, help maximize network performance around the globe. Most importantly, the Puratos Group is also leveraging Verizon's high-capacity global network to support video conferencing capabilities, helping its employees to reduce travel costs and the company's overall carbon footprint.

Sven Deneubourg, Puratos group ICT infrastructure manager, said: "We are a very ambitious organization and view innovation as part of our DNA. Our IT infrastructure therefore has a crucial role to play in helping us drive our business forward - and help our customers realize their business goals. We were looking for a technology partner who really understood our business - and shared our cultural values - to help us move our operations to the next level. Verizon Business is just that - and also has the global reach and proven technology leadership and innovation to help us use technology as a real strategic differentiator."

Verizon is a global leader in driving better business outcomes for mid-sized and large enterprises and government agencies.  Verizon combines integrated communications and IT solutions and professional services expertise with high-IQ global IP and mobility networks to enable businesses to securely access information, share content and communicate.  Verizon is rapidly transforming to a cloud-based "everything-as-a-service" delivery model that will put the power of enterprise-grade solutions within the reach of every business.  Find out more at www.verizonbusiness.com.

About Puratos
Puratos is an international group producing ingredients for the bakery, patisserie and the chocolate sectors with a specific focus on artisans, retailers and industrial clients. Through its vertically integrated production of enzymes, emulsifiers and sourdoughs, Puratos is able to offer its clients a unique knowledge of ingredients, as well as an expertise in applications and innovative solutions. With a turnover of 1 billion euros Puratos has a global presence in over 100 countries, with 53 production sites. The head office is established in Groot-Bijgaarden (Brussels), Belgium. Discover more about Puratos on www.puratos.com

About Verizon
Verizon Communications Inc. (NYSE, NASDAQ:VZ), headquartered in New York, is a global leader in delivering broadband and other wireless and wireline communications services to mass market, business, government and wholesale customers.  Verizon Wireless operates America's most reliable wireless network, serving 94.1 million customers nationwide.  Verizon also provides converged communications, information and entertainment services over America's most advanced fiber-optic network, and delivers innovative, seamless business solutions to customers around the world.  A Dow 30 company, Verizon employs a diverse workforce of more than 194,000 and last year generated consolidated revenues of $106.6 billion.  For more information, visit www.verizon.com.