Auntie Anne's

Auntie Anne's New Home: Amusement Parks

Just in time for summer road trips and family vacations, Auntie Anne's Pretzels added amusement parks to its nontraditional venue portfolio. This spring, the 25-year-old soft pretzel brand opened locations at three amusement parks, including Cedar Point in Sandusky, Ohio; Worlds of Fun in Kansas City, Missouri; and Kings Island in Mason, Ohio, after entering into an agreement with Cedar Fair Entertainment Company. Executives with Auntie Anne’s will continue to target amusement parks as an avenue for nontraditional growth in the coming months.

Scotsman Recognized as Auntie Anne's Supplier of the Year

Auntie Anne’s, the world’s largest hand-rolled soft pretzel chain, has chosen Scotsman Ice Systems as its 2012 Supplier of the Year, for its exemplary customer service and quality ice machines. Auntie Anne’s will present the award to Scotsman on June 3 during a celebration dinner.

Auntie Anne’s Twists Its Way Into 25th Country

Auntie Anne’s Pretzels the 1,330-unit franchise made famous by its fresh, hand-rolled treats, entered its 25th country earlier this year after opening a milestone unit in Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam.

The opening signifies the execution of a master franchise agreement with K&H Vietnam Co. to open 30 units in the country over the next eight years.

Auntie Anne’s and Carvel Select Micros POS System

MICROS Systems Inc., a leading provider of information technology solutions for the hospitality and retail industries, is pleased to announce that Carvel Ice Cream, franchisor and operator of over 450 food and beverage outlets worldwide, has selected the MICROS e7 all-in-one point-of-sale (POS) system as its preferred restaurant POS system. In addition, Auntie Anne’s Pretzels has extended its existing MICROS e7 preferred vendor agreement with MICROS for its 1,000 U.S. franchised locations.

Auntie Anne’s ‘Rolls’ Out First Whole Grain Pretzel

Just in time for Heart Health Month (February), Auntie Anne's Pretzels is responding to Americans’ craving for more whole grains by introducing a new hand-rolled soft pretzel to its already deep rotation of gourmet freshly-baked favorites. Today, the 1,325-unit chain will launch the Honey Whole Grain Pretzel at its stores nationwide.  

HMSHost Opens Steak 'n Shake, Cinnabon in San Antonio

Global restaurateur HMSHost and Chef Johnny Hernandez are proud to announce a new joint venture at San Antonio International Airport that will take travelers on a culinary journey.

HMSHost was awarded an eight-year agreement with San Antonio International Airport to operate five new restaurants, with two additional sublease restaurant locations operating under the contract. HMSHost currently operates five existing restaurants at the airport.

Cause and Effect

Everyone in a company has a cause that’s close to his or her heart, but it’s the CEO’s job to select a charitable partner that connects with those who matter most—the customers—while balancing employees’ interests.

Selecting a cause that connects not only with consumers, but also with people within the company, is a critical element of the corporate giving strategy at Arby’s. This led the roast beef chain to develop a relationship with Share Our Strength’s “No Kid Hungry” program, which works to end childhood hunger in America, as part of its Arby’s Foundation.

The Ultimate Staff Reward

Auntie Anne’s takes employee incentives to the extreme.

Participants on Be the Boss compete to win a free Auntie Anne's franchise.
"Be the Boss" participants compete for a free Auntie Anne's franchise.

Any seasoned brand, operator, or human-resources expert will tell you that rewarding your employees can bring about a host of positive results, from improved employee morale to better customer service.

But pretzel chain Auntie Anne’s is taking employee incentives to a new level, awarding one deserving and unsuspecting employee not just a raise or promotion, but a franchise unit of his or her very own.

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