One of the most common questions in foodservice—White or wheat?—has grown to include a new option: pretzel. Quick-service restaurants across the country are capitalizing on a new pretzel-bread trend, taking one of the most popular summer snacks and working it into innovative new menu options.
It’s been nearly eight months since Hurricane Sandy wreaked havoc on the East Coast, but for many in the affected areas, recovery is still a long time coming.
That’s why nearly 2,000 restaurants across the nation are teaming up on Wednesday, June 19, for National Dine Out Day, an event that will raise money for the Hurricane Sandy New Jersey Relief Fund.
Funds collected during the event, which is being led by New Jersey First Lady Mary Pat Christie, will go toward rebuilding New Jersey communities destroyed by last fall’s storm.
If there wasn’t reason enough already, Auntie Anne's is giving America yet another reason to get excited for summer. Auntie Anne’s will introduce Mini Pretzel Dogs at its more than 1,000 U.S. store locations on June 10, 2013. The bite-sized snacks, which are miniature versions of the popular Original Pretzel Dog, are prepared with the same fresh-baked pretzel wrapped around an all-beef Nathan’s Famous hot dog product.
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.
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.
According to the “2013 Guide to Today’s Top Franchises,” published annually by market research firm Franchise Business Review, franchisee satisfaction in foodservice is up over recent years.
Everyone loves a party, especially when it’s hosted by their favorite restaurant brand. With in-store events, quick-service and fast-casual brands from every corner of the industry can drive traffic into stores, while also ensuring future revenue increases and guest loyalty by letting customers in on free or discounted products.
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.
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.
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.