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FOCUS Brands Celebrates the Opening of 600 International Stores for both Auntie Anne's and Cinnabon Brands

FOCUS Brands Celebrates the Opening of 600 International Stores for both Auntie Anne’s and Cinnabon Brands

FOCUS Brands continues to expand international presence with more than 1,400 franchised locations FOCUS Brands, Inc., franchisor and operator of over 5,000 bakeries, ice cream shops, restaurants, and cafes, today announced a milestone in the company’s international growth, with openings of the 600th store for two of its iconic brands, […]

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FOCUS Brands Announces 2015 Franchisee of the Year Award Winners

FOCUS Brands Announces 2015 Franchisee of the Year Award Winners

FOCUS Brands Inc., which is the franchisor and operator of more than 5,000 ice cream shoppes, bakeries, restaurants and cafes through its affiliate brands, announces its 2015 Franchisees of the Year, which recognize the leading franchise owners across the company’s six brands: Auntie Anne’s, Carvel, Cinnabon, McAlister’s Deli, Moe’s Southwest […]

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How Kat Cole Became Successful

How Kat Cole Became Successful

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Kat Cole, Group President of Focus Brands, Discusses Higher Wages

Kat Cole, Group President of Focus Brands, Discusses Higher Wages

Kat Cole, Group President of Focus Brands, says “there is also a capitalist argument to be made for higher wages,” but notes “the answer is not $15/hour tomorrow.”

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Focus Brands' Group President Paul Damico Named Finalist for "Restaurateur of the Year" in Georgia Restaurant Association's 2015 Crystal of Excellence Award

Focus Brands’ Group President Paul Damico Named Finalist for “Restaurateur of the Year” in Georgia Restaurant Association’s 2015 Crystal of Excellence Award

FOCUS Brands, Inc., a leading developer of global, multi-channel food service brands, announced today that Paul Damico, Group President of Restaurants, is a finalist for the 2015 Georgia Restaurant Association Crystal of Excellence Awards. Damico was nominated for the “Restaurateur of the Year” award in the Large/Corporate category by a […]

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Auntie Anne’s Releases First Store Redesign in Company History

Iconic Soft Pretzel Franchise Gives Original Mall Location a Makeover as a Test Prototype Auntie Anne’s Pretzels, the 1,540-unit franchise made famous by its freshly baked, hand-rolled snacks, is announcing the release of a new store prototype that will incorporate the look and feel of a home kitchen with warmer […]

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FOCUS Brands Names Steve DeSutter President and CEO

FOCUS Brands Inc. announced today that Steve DeSutter will join the company as President and Chief Executive Officer on March 17, 2014. With over 4,440 locations operating throughout the U.S. and 63 foreign countries, FOCUS Brands is the franchisor of Carvel, Cinnabon, Schlotzsky’s, Moe’s Southwest Grill, Auntie Anne’s Pretzels, McAlister’s […]

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FOCUS Brands Appoints Two New Executives to International Team

FOCUS Brands Inc., the fast-growing company responsible for overseas expansion of Cinnabon, Auntie Anne’s Pretzels, Carvel Ice Cream, Moe’s Southwest Grill, Schlotzsky’s and Seattle’s Best Coffee, has named Thomas Bartsch as Chief Marketing Officer of International and Mario Lopez-Belio as Senior Vice President of International Supply Chain. Each will report […]

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FOCUS Brands CEO: ‘Take risks where you know you can impact the outcome’

Sometimes college degrees are necessary in business. Sometimes they’re not. Russ Umphenour would make a good poster child for the latter group. He used what he learned by working in fast-food restaurants — supplemented by reading hundreds of business books to compensate for his lack of formal training — to […]

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Restaurant Chain Growth Report 10/09/12

Growing Concepts Concepts that have grown by at least 5% (if less than 50 units). Calabasas Hills, CA-based CHEESECAKE FACTORY (NASDAQ: CAKE; founded 1972) has increased by 7 units for the Cheesecake Factory concept, from 151 to 158 (5% concept growth) and by 1 unit for the Grand Lux Café, […]

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