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Caribou and Bruegger’s Open 3rd Cobranded Unit in NC

A rendering of the Caribou-Bruegger's location in Minneapolis.

Step into the former Caribou Coffee unit in Olde Raleigh, North Carolina, and you’ll catch a whiff of something unexpected: the scent of fresh-baked bagels and muffins. ­That’s because the Duraleigh Road location is now home to a Caribou and a Bruegger’s in one cobranded space.

While the two brands have long shared history—the first Caribou Coffee opened in Edina, Minnesota, in 1992, with a door that connected it to an existing Bruegger’s Bagels—the Olde Raleigh unit is only the third of its kind, with the first two cobrands located in Minneapolis.

Miguel Fernandez Joins Bruegger’s as COO

Le Duff America Inc., owner of Bruegger’s Bagels, announced that Miguel Fernandez will join the Burlington, Vermont–based company in the newly created role of chief operating officer.

As COO, Fernandez will be responsible for executing the company’s strategic vision in conjunction with the brand leadership team. In particular, Fernandez will focus on strengthening corporate and bakery-level teams and maintaining continued operational excellence.

Caribou and Bruegger’s Partner for Co-Branded Locations

Caribou Coffee and Bruegger’s Bagels have developed new co-branded locations to bring the best of both brands with greater convenience to Minnesota and soon-to-be national guests. On November 15, the companies will open two stores in the Twin Cities, allowing guests to enjoy the highest quality coffees along with fresh-baked bagels and more, all in one place in a single transaction.

Bruegger’s Looks Back on 30 Years of Evolution

Back in the age of big hair, Bon Jovi, and Pac-Man, a small bakery planted its roots in Burlington, Vermont, with the goal of bringing New York–style bagels to its founders’ neighborhood. The originators of the Bruegger’s Bagels concept had no idea that their bagels would eventually be in many neighborhoods across the country.

This year commemorates not only Bruegger’s 30th anniversary, but also the brand’s 300-store milestone. The company now has stores in 26 states, the District of Columbia, and Canada.

Bruegger’s Bagels Sauces Up the Menu this Fall

Bruegger’s Bagels introduces another burst of bold flavor to its menu with the new Chimi-Cheddar Egg Sandwich, featuring chimichurri sauce, debuting on its fall menu September 11. Seasonal favorites including Pumpkin Bagels and Pumpkin Cream Cheese also return.

 

Inside the Test Kitchen

Ray White has a problem. The chief foodie and head of product development for Southern California–based Veggie Grill wants to put bacon on his menu.

To the average quick-service operator, this doesn’t seem like a problem at all. But consider that Veggie Grill is an all-vegan concept offering 100 percent plant-based food. If White wants to put bacon on the menu, it has to be made of meat substitutes like tofu, seitan, or tempeh. Consider, too, that White wants the product to have the same flavor and textural profiles as regular bacon.

For Le Duff, Growth is All the Rage

Only a little more than a month into 2013, Le Duff America—the world’s second-largest restaurant company in the bakery café segment, with brands like Bruegger’s Bagels and la Madeleine Country French Café in its portfolio—can already tell it’s going to be a big year.

For starters, it recently purchased casual-dining chain Mimi’s Cafe from Bob Evans for $50 million. It also plans to begin franchising the growing la Madeleine brand, and is expanding Bruegger’s presence with both traditional and nontraditional unit openings.

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