CORPUS CHRISTI - Hooks VP/General Manager Michael Wood announced Tuesday a multi-year agreement with Aramark to provide concessions services at Whataburger Field.
"The Hooks and Astros are excited about this partnership and what it means for our fans," Wood said. "Aramark will deliver significant improvements in both food quality and service. It's incumbent on us to do all we can to enhance the spectator experience."
"Aramark has been a great partner of the Astros at Minute Maid Park; they continue to raise the bar season after season," Astros Sr. Vice President of Business Operations Marcel Braithwaite said. "We look forward to replicating that success in Corpus Christi."
"We look forward to partnering with the Corpus Christi Hooks and extending our relationship with the Houston Astros to elevate the food and beverage experience at Whataburger Field," Aramark District Manager Mat Drain said.
Among the menu upgrades Hooks fans will notice is the addition of the Chicken and Waffle Cone, a waffle cone stuffed with mashed potatoes and fried chicken and drizzled with honey mustard, which debuted at Minute Maid Park a few seasons ago and quickly became a fan favorite.
In addition, the Hooks have entered a three-year deal with Nolan Ryan Beef, which is expanding its top-of-the-line hot dog, sausage, beef, and jerky offerings at the ballpark as Official Beef of the Hooks.
"The experience we've had with Nolan Ryan Beef through the years has always been incredibly positive, and we know that this expanded relationship will bring high-quality beef products to our fans on a much more frequent basis" Wood explained.
"We are very excited to be the Official Beef of the Corpus Christi Hooks. Fans will be able to try a variety of our products at the concession stands such as all-beef hot dogs, sausage, and our brand-new item - Texas Beef Jerky - while enjoying a great game," said Perry Coughlin, President & CEO of Nolan Ryan Beef.
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ABOUT NOLAN RYAN BEEF
Nolan Ryan Beef is a limited partnership company exclusively owned by Nolan Ryan and other cattle industry professionals. NRB strives to provide superior and safe beef products that meet customers' needs. The company's approach is to coordinate production of its beef from the cow/calf producer all the way to the retail grocer or restaurant. To ensure product quality and offer its guarantee, NRB maintains a consistent, safe, and superior beef product. This assurance is not only an innovative idea, but essential in today's market-driven economy. NRB identifies superior breeding programs, ensures animal handling safety standards, engages in feeding practices to provide a safe and quality product, and is dedicated to correct meat handling, transportation, and controlled time placement on the retail shelf. NRB retains ownership of the product until the beef is correctly aged, which further ensures a quality eating experience.
ABOUT THE HOOKS
The Corpus Christi Hooks, owned by their parent club Houston Astros, launched during the 2005 season. From 2005-2013, the Hooks were part of Ryan-Sanders Baseball and a sister club of the Triple-A Round Rock Express. Express and Hooks founder Reid Ryan, son of Hall of Fame pitcher Nolan Ryan, left his post as CEO of Ryan-Sanders Baseball in May of 2013 to become Astros President of Business Operations. A 2012 extension of the Whataburger Field lease with the City of Corpus Christi from the original 15-year span (2005-2019) to 30 years (2005-2034) underscores the stability of the franchise. Astros owner Jim Crane's purchase of the Hooks assured a continuing long-term affiliation between Houston and Corpus Christi, a prominent Colt .45s/Astros out market for 43 years before affiliated Double-A Texas League Baseball returned for the first time in 46 seasons (San Francisco 1958-59). The Hooks' total 12-season attendance is 5,097,757 (424,813 average). Corpus Christi has never finished lower than seventh among all Double-A clubs (2005-16), or lower than third in the Texas League.