Newly created role to drive efficiencies and cost savings for brand franchisees and company
ATLANTA (April 14, 2021) – Focus Brands®, parent company of iconic brands Auntie Anne’s®, Carvel®, Cinnabon®, Jamba®, Moe’s Southwest Grill®, McAlister’s Deli® and Schlotzsky’s®, today announced the addition of Will Costello as vice president of Procurement in the company’s Supply Chain division. In this newly created role, he is responsible for all sourcing and procurement efforts for Focus Brands globally to enable all brands to maximize the value with distributors and suppliers.
“Procurement is perhaps one of the most critical functions in the restaurant industry and we are excited to welcome Will to the team to strengthen our supply chain for our brand franchisees and company,” said Anissa Mandell, senior vice president of Focus Brands Supply Chain. “Will’s thought leadership and experience will be instrumental in helping us architect our new category management model as we create a best-in-class supply chain organization.”
With nearly 30 years in supply chain, Will has been a trusted consultant and has served in various leadership roles in purchasing and distribution across the food and beverage industry. Prior to joining Focus Brands, he served as president and CEO for Executive Supply Chain Business Consulting, where he provided supply chain, business development, commodity risk management and complex negotiation contracting strategies to restaurant operating companies, distributors and redistributors, as well as foodservice manufacturers. Additional leadership roles in the supply chain industry includes IPC, the independent SUBWAY® franchisee-owned and operated purchasing cooperative; International Dairy Queen; and RSI, the Burger King supply chain cooperative. He has a bachelor’s degree from Louisiana State University.
About Focus Brands
Atlanta-based Focus Brands is a leading developer of global multi-channel foodservice brands. FOCUS Brands, through its affiliate brands, is the franchisor and operator of more than 6,000 restaurants, cafes, ice cream shoppes, and bakeries in the United States, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico, and over 50 foreign countries under the brand names Auntie Anne’s®, Carvel®, Cinnabon®, Jamba®, Moe’s Southwest Grill®, McAlister’s Deli®, and Schlotzsky’s®, as well as Seattle’s Best Coffee® on certain military bases and in certain international markets. Please visit www.focusbrands.com to learn more.
Director of Corporate Communications, FOCUS Brands