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.

Manitowoc Announces Executive Appointments

Manitowoc Foodservice announces the promotion of Kathy Veder to the newly created position of VP Global Accounts, Wendy’s, Chick-fil-A, and Arby’s. In her new role, Veder will focus on marketing initiatives including strategic direction, product line management, business development, customer service, and delivering on Manitowoc’s promise to its end-user customers.

Premier Restaurants Manages 14 Arby’s with RTIconnect

When Premier Restaurants, LLC, put in a back office system to lower food cost in their 14 Arby's restaurants, they didn't know how timely that decision would be. But when the recession hit and sales dropped, the controls they'd put in place for food and labor with RTIconnect enabled them to weather first the recession, then soaring food prices and a tough sales environment.