Auntie Anne's

Food Costs Cramp Menus

Quick-service operators are trying to adapt as commodity costs continue to rise.

Rising commodity costs are threatening to destroy any kind of optimism operators held that they were climbing out of the nation’s economic woes.

The costs present a consistent challenge to Togo’s, for instance, as it plans on opening 50 units in 2012 and develop the franchised concept beyond its 244 stores.

“The rising commodity prices can negatively impact everything we’re trying to do as a brand,” Togo’s vice president of branding and marketing Renae Scott says.

Auntie Anne's Named No. 1 Food Franchise

Brand is followed by Firehouse Subs and Jet’s Pizza on the “Top 30 Food Franchises” list.

According to a new report released by Franchise Business Review, Auntie Anne’s is No. 1 on the “Top 30 Food Franchises” list. One executive at Auntie Anne’s says an intense focus on supporting the people of the brand helps sustain strong satisfaction levels.

“Our focus is on our people because we genuinely care about our franchise partners, we care that their business is successful, and we care that they have the right location, the best equipment, and a sound marketing plan,” says Mele Sarmiento, director of franchise sales and development for Auntie Anne’s.

Concessions 101: Cashing in on Airports, Campuses

Nontraditional venues, much like airport security itself, may come with a menu of hassles and constraints. For vendors who master the process, however, airports and universities, flooded with hungry, on-the-go patrons, are a dominant opportunity.

Auntie Anne’s Awards $25,000 in Employee Scholarships

Auntie Anne’s recently awarded $25,000 in post-secondary education scholarships to five exceptional individuals.  

Auntie Anne’s Scholarship Awards Program, currently in its sixth year, is open to franchise and corporate employees, as well as their immediate family members. The scholarships are awarded to individuals based on outstanding work ethic and educational accomplishments.

Suppliers Honored by Auntie Anne’s Awards Program

Auntie Anne's Inc., the world’s leading franchisor of hand-rolled soft pretzels, recently announced the 2010 honorees of its’ annual Supplier Awards Program.

Auntie Anne’s Supplier Awards Program, established in 1996, honors its leading national suppliers, supplier representatives, and strategic partners for their quality service and dedication to the growth and prosperity of Auntie Anne’s.

Auntie Anne's Keeps an Eye Out at Franchises

DTT Surveillance and Auntie Anne’s Pretzels established a partnership nearly three years ago, and today, the relationship continues to expand. As the preferred surveillance vendor for Auntie Anne’s, DTT is quickly rolling out systems in franchise locations all across the country.

Auntie Anne's Adds to Franchising Team


Auntie Anne’s Inc. recently announced the addition of Mele Sarmiento to its franchising sales team. Sarmiento, of Chicago, was hired as director of franchise sales and development.

This position is focused on presenting Auntie Anne’s franchising opportunities to entrepreneurs nationwide who are poised to join the world’s largest hand-rolled soft pretzel chain and pursue targeted growth opportunities.

2011 Chef’s Survey

QSR asks the industry’s leaders to share insights on the segment’s hottest menu trends.

Each year QSR surveys the best and the brightest culinary professionals in the industry to find out what’s hot and what’s not when it comes to your menu. The exclusive annual Chef Survey, unveils innovative menu items that reflect the year’s newest and most exciting inspirations.