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.

Bob Evans Sells Mimi's Cafe to LeDuff America for $50M

Bob Evans Farms announced it had entered into a definitive agreement for the sale of its Mimi's Cafe restaurant chain to LeDuff America (LDA).   

Mimi's Cafe is a French-inspired casual-dining restaurant with 145 locations in 24 states, primarily in the West and Southwest. It recently launched a new store-within-a-store concept that adds a quick-service component to its offerings. 

Bruegger's Celebrates 30 Years with New and Old Favorites

Bruegger’s Bagels celebrates 30 years of serving up its fresh-baked, New York–style bagels by adding new flavors to its lineup of nearly 20 bagel varieties and inviting its Facebook fans to bring back some retired favorites.

For those who crave something new, Bruegger’s Bagels’ latest flavor, the Five Grain Everything Bagel, will appear in bakeries through May 7.

Bruegger's Bagels Targets Trio of Markets for Expansion

Bruegger's Bagels, a fast-casual chain known for its New York-style bagels baked fresh in every location, has announced plans for aggressive expansion in Nashville, Tennessee; Tallahassee, Florida; and Huntsville, Alabama.

The planned expansion will open up new opportunities for potential franchisees in markets already proven successful for the brand.