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Arby’s Employs E-Sourcing to Control Costs in 2012

After three years of stagnant growth, franchised restaurants show signs for recovery in 2012. According to the International Franchise Association (IFA), quick-service restaurant sales are expected to increase 4.4 percent.

Although growth is anticipated, restaurants are still feeling the pinch. The commodity outlook for 2012 is estimated to rise in the low-to-mid single digits following last year's price increases.

According to the National Restaurant Association, wholesale food inflation ran at 7.8 percent in 2011.

Arby’s Names New Chief Operating Officer

Hala Moddelmog, President of Arby’s Restaurant Group, Inc., has announced that George Condos will serve as the Chief Operating Officer for the Arby’s brand.

Condos joins the company with more than 30 years of restaurant experience, primarily with Dunkin Brands, where he held the position of Vice President of Marketing, Development and Operations leading the significant sales and unit growth in the Northeast.

He later held the position of SVP and Brand Officer of Dunkin Donuts where he led a portfolio strategy of brand development in the U.S. until 2006.

Arby’s Doubles Pledge to Share Our Strength, Donates $2M

The Arby’s Foundation, the nonprofit charitable arm of Arby’s, announced that it raised more than $2 million in the fourth quarter to support Share Our Strength’s “No Kid Hungry” campaign. The total is double what Arby’s originally pledged to donate.

The sandwich concept raised the money through its “Share Your Good Mood” campaign, which launched in October in conjunction with Arby’s healthier kids’ meal roll out.

The 100 Biggest Stories of 2011

1. Roark Capital Buys Arby’s

With concerns about the economy running high, restaurant industry mergers and acquisitions dipped noticeably.

None of 2011’s mergers came close in value to the previous year, when Burger King and CKE, parent of Carl’s Jr. and Hardee’s, were each sold for more than $1 billion. Instead, there were smaller deals and one big buyer, Roark Capital Group.

Arby's Works To End Child Hunger

Arby's Restaurant Group and the Arby's Foundation have cooked up a hat trick of new initiatives to score their goal of helping to end childhood hunger in America.

After an initial donation to Share Our Strength's No Kid Hungry Campaign of $300,000, and in celebration of No Kid Hungry's First Anniversary, three nationwide efforts are underway, including:

Arby's Names Dunkin' CEO Luther Chairman

Hala Moddelmog, president of Arby’s Restaurant Group Inc., introduced members of the new ARG Holding Corporation Board of Directors to the Arby’s franchise community during its National Franchise Conference in Atlanta. The new board consists of five members and will be led by chairman Jon Luther.

“Jon’s experience as a former owner, franchisor, and operator will help strengthen the Arby’s brand as we continue to build on the sales and transaction improvement that we’ve seen in 2011,” Moddelmog says.

Arby's Foundation Hits Streets to Teach Kids About Health

Squeals of surprised delight filled the fall air when more than 300 children first saw the Arby’s Good Mood Food truck parked by the playground at Grove Park Elementary School in Atlanta. It was the Arby’s Foundation’s first stop of a day designed to launch the foundation’s national partnership with Share Our Strength’s “No Kid Hungry” campaign and spotlight the statistic that one in five children in America struggle with hunger.

Arby’s Revamps Kids’ Meals

Healthier kids’ options and charity work highlight chain’s new kid strategy.

Arby’s announced in an exclusive interview with QSR that it is unveiling a new, healthier kids’ meal strategy and leveraging it to raise money to fight childhood hunger.

On Monday, the Atlanta-based company will debut two new kids’ meal entrees and replace fries with apple slices and strawberry yogurt dipping sauce as a side to every option on its Kids Meal menu.

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