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FOCUS Brands Inc. Commits to Sourcing Cage Free Eggs by 2026

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Karlie Lahm
FOCUS Brands Inc.
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FOCUS Brands Inc. Commits to Sourcing Cage Free Eggs by 2026

ATLANTA (August 5, 2016) –  In response to a growing consumer sentiment towards cage free eggs and the adoption of this policy by several other food service companies, FOCUS Brands is joining forces with others in the industry and announcing its commitment to sourcing ingredients that contain only cage free eggs. 

While not a large user of eggs or food items with egg as an ingredient, FOCUS Brands will work with its suppliers to ensure that all of its restaurant menu items will contain only cage free eggs by 2026. 

“In addition to industry trends and the growing consumer preference for cage free eggs in other channels such as grocery, today we are casting our vote with consumers and will work toward meeting these new supply standards.” said Rich Kamph, Senior Vice President of FOCUS Brands Global Supply Chain.

About FOCUS Brands Inc.

Atlanta-based FOCUS Brands Inc., through its affiliate brands, is the franchisor and operator of more than 5,000 ice cream shoppes, bakeries, restaurants and cafes in the United States, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico and 60 foreign countries under the brand names Carvel®, Cinnabon®, Schlotzsky’s®, Moe’s Southwest Grill®, Auntie Anne’s® and McAlister’s Deli®, as well as Seattle’s Best Coffee® on certain military bases and in certain international markets.  Please visit www.focusbrands.com to learn more.

FOCUS Brands Inc. Names Michael Dixon as Chief Financial Officer

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Karlie Lahm
FOCUS Brands Inc.
404-705-4411
klahm@focusbrands.com 

FOCUS Brands Inc. Names Michael Dixon as Chief Financial Officer

ATLANTA (March 1, 2016) FOCUS Brands Inc. announced the appointment of Michael Dixon as Chief Financial Officer for its more than 5,000 ice cream shoppes, bakeries, restaurants and cafes through its affiliate brands, which include Auntie Anne’s®, Carvel®, Cinnabon®, McAlister’s Deli®, Moe’s Southwest Grill®, and Schlotzsky’s®.

As CFO, Mike is responsible for the development and execution of the financial strategy that supports the company’s business plans, overseeing all finance, treasury, accounting, budget, tax and audit activities. Mike will be a key member of the executive leadership team, providing input and financial leadership to the company.

“With deep finance experience within both the franchise and company-operated restaurant industry, Mike has demonstrated the ability to provide critical support to differentiated food service brands and manage high-performance teams as a growth-oriented leader and top financial officer,” said Steve DeSutter, CEO, FOCUS Brands Inc.

Mike has served in a number of key financial leadership roles, including more than 15 years in the food service industry. Most recently he served as President and Chief Financial Officer of Ignite Restaurant Group, Inc., where he led financial and other key support functions for the 350 unit, multi-branded restaurant company. Prior to that he served as Senior Vice President and Chief Financial Officer for Pinkberry, Inc., Senior Vice President and Chief Financial Officer for The Cheesecake Factory, Inc., Vice President and Controller for Petsmart.com, Director of Finance and Business Development for The Walt Disney Company and as a CPA at Coopers & Lybrand, a predecessor firm to PricewaterhouseCoopers. 

Mike received his bachelor’s degree in business administration and his master’s degree in accounting from the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, MI.

About FOCUS Brands Inc.

Atlanta-based FOCUS Brands Inc., through its affiliate brands, is the franchisor and operator of more than 5,000 ice cream shoppes, bakeries, restaurants and cafes in the United States, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico and 60 foreign countries under the brand names Carvel®, Cinnabon®, Schlotzsky’s®, Moe’s Southwest Grill®, Auntie Anne’s® and McAlister’s Deli®, as well as Seattle’s Best Coffee® on certain military bases and in certain international markets.  Please visit www.focusbrands.com to learn more.

FOCUS Brands Now Offers On-Demand Delivery with Postmates across Full Brand Portfolio

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Collaboration with Postmates brings delivery service to Cinnabon®, Auntie Anne’s®, Carvel®, Moe’s Southwest Grill®, Schlotzsky’s®, and McAlister’s Deli®

 ATLANTA, August 24, 2015 – FOCUS Brands Inc. today announced the start of its national roll-out of on-demand delivery services for all six brands in its portfolio, inclusive of Cinnabon®, Auntie Anne’s®, Carvel®, Moe’s Southwest Grill®, Schlotzsky’s®, and McAlister’s Deli®.  Collaboration with Postmates®, an on-demand logistics company that offers delivery in less than 60 minutes from any store or restaurant, allows fans to get the meal or snack they want, whenever the mood strikes. The new and convenient service kicks off at 34 participating FOCUS Brands locations in top markets including Austin, Atlanta, Los Angeles, New York, San Francisco, Dallas, and Portland. If the test goes as planned, additional markets will be added throughout the year, providing delivery in all high-density markets by early 2016.

“FOCUS Brands is a developer of global, multi-channel brands, and similar to our growing distribution of Cinnabon goodies in retail and licensing and Auntie Anne’s pretzel products in grocery, ‘On-Demand’ is another way to bring our fans’ favorite brands to them where they are,” said Kat Cole, Group President, FOCUS Brands. “A few clicks on the Postmates mobile app or online browser offers a quick and convenient opportunity for fans to savor the products they crave, when they crave it – like a Cinnabon Classic Roll, a Texas-sized spud from McAlister’s or even an ice cream cake or sundae from Carvel.”

“On-demand delivery is powerfully on-trend and we are excited about today’s announcement. We see on-demand services as a market disrupter with big potential as an innovative tool to help our franchisees grow their businesses,” said Steve DeSutter, CEO, FOCUS Brands. “We are delighted with the traction we have seen at Postmates and with their ability to provide a positive alternative and another way for our guests to enjoy the brands they know and love.”

“We are thrilled to be FOCUS Brands’ first official delivery partner,” said Holger Luedorf, Senior Vice President, Postmates. “Their family of brands are loved by millions of people across the country and, with Postmates, they now have access to their favorite snacks and meals, regardless of where they are.”

To visit any of the FOCUS Brands digital storefronts via Postmates, customers can download the Postmates App in the Apple App Store or on Google Play. For the most up-to-date information on additional market roll-outs and other on-demand delivery news, please visit www.focusbrands.com or www.postmates.com.

About FOCUS Brands Inc.

Atlanta-based FOCUS Brands Inc., through its affiliates, is the franchisor and operator of over 4,000 ice cream shoppes, b­­akeries, restaurants and cafes in the United States, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico and 60 foreign countries under the brand names Carvel®, Cinnabon®, Schlotzsky’s®, Moe’s Southwest Grill®, Auntie Anne’s® and McAlister’s Deli®, as well as Seattle’s Best Coffee® on certain military bases and in certain international markets.  Please visit www.focusbrands.com to learn more.

About Postmates 

Postmates is the leading on-demand logistics provider.  With nearly 14,000 active Postmates, the company operates the largest on-demand delivery fleet in 30 major metropolitan markets in the US. Postmates' overall mission is to power local, on-demand logistics focused on fast deliveries from any type of merchant at scale.  The company, founded in 2011 by Bastian Lehmann, Sean Plaice and Sam Street, has raised $130M to date from investors including Tiger Global Management, Slow Ventures, Spark Capital, Founders Fund and Matrix Partners.  For more information, please visit www.postmakes.com.

FOCUS Brands’ GROUP PRESIDENT, PAUL DAMICO NAMED finalist for “restaurateur of the year” in GEORGIA RESTAURANT ASSOCIATION’S 2015 CRYSTAL OF EXCELLENCE AWARD

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Erin McMenomy
FOCUS Brands Inc.
678-690-5470
emcmenomy@focusbrands.com

 

FOCUS Brands’ GROUP PRESIDENT, PAUL DAMICO NAMED finalist for “restaurateur of the year” in GEORGIA RESTAURANT ASSOCIATION’S 2015 CRYSTAL OF EXCELLENCE AWARD

ATLANTA, GA, AUGUST 5, 2015 – 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 distinguished jury of his peers from across the foodservice industry. Winners are determined by the GRACE Academy, which consists of all past GRACE nominees and current GRA Board Members, and will be announced at the GRACE Awards Gala in November.  

Prior to being named Group President, Damico served as President of Moe’s Southwest Grill for seven years, where he was instrumental in leading the brand through significant change and growth. He has since used his strong skills in strategic thinking and tactical precision to help fuel the Company’s continued advancement, leading growth and development strategies for FOCUS Brands family of restaurants, including Schlotzsky’s Bakery & Café, McAlister’s Deli and Moe’s Southwest Grill.  

“Paul has been truly dedicated to building Moe’s through his commitment to leadership within the brand, company and community,” said FOCUS Brands CEO, Steve DeSutter. “This recognition is well deserved and demonstrates the outstanding contributions Paul has made to Georgia’s restaurant industry through his continued work building exemplary restaurant brands.” 

Finalists from all categories will be recognized at the GRACE Awards annual black-tie gala event on November 1, 2015. During the event, winners for Restaurateur of the Year (Small/Independent, Franchisee, Large/Corporate), Industry Partner of the Year and the Distinguished Service Award will be announced. Additional information about the GRACE Awards can be found at http://web.garestaurants.org/events/9th-Annual-GRACE-Awards-Gala-3/details

 About FOCUS Brands, Inc. 

Atlanta-based FOCUS Brands Inc. is the franchisor and operator of over 4,000 ice cream shoppes, bakeries, restaurants and cafes in the United States, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico and 60 foreign countries under the brand names Carvel®, Cinnabon®, Schlotzsky’s®, Moe’s Southwest Grill®, Auntie Anne’s® Pretzels and McAlister’s® Deli, as well as Seattle’s Best Coffee® on certain military bases and in certain international markets.  Please visit www.focusbrands.com to learn more. 

FOCUS Brands Inc. Names Michael Verdesca as Chief Information Officer

ATLANTA (April 21, 2014)  FOCUS Brands Inc. announced the appointment of Michael Verdesca, as Chief Information Officer, responsible for delivering a broad range of IT initiatives in support of the company’s 4,400 franchise owned and operated ice cream shoppes, bakeries, restaurants and cafes under the brand names Carvel®, Cinnabon®, Schlotzsky’s®, Moe’s Southwest Grill®, Auntie Anne’s and McAlister’s Deli®.

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