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Le Duff America Appoints Jim Vinz to Co-CEO

Le Duff America Chairman and Co-Chief Executive Officer, Claude Bergeron, announced the appointment of restaurant and hospitality industry veteran Jim Vinz as Co-CEO of Le Duff America, the North American management company of café brands that include la Madeleine Country French Café, Bruegger’s Bagels, Timothy’s World Coffee, and Brioche Dorée.

Bruegger’s CEO Greco Steps Down

Le Duff America Inc., owner of Bruegger’s, announced co-CEO James Greco will step down as of December 27 to pursue other opportunities. 

Greco took on the role of co-CEO of Le Duff America when the company purchased Bruegger’s and its stable of brands in March 2011. Prior to the acquisition, he was CEO of Bruegger’s, a role he had held since 2003 when he entered a partnership with Sun Capital to acquire the bagel bakery brand. David Austin will continue to lead Bruegger’s in his role as president.

Group Formed to Manage Second Largest Bakery-Café

Recognized as the second largest bakery-café company worldwide, French-based Groupe Le Duff has announced the creation of Le Duff America to manage its North American café brands, which includes la Madeleine Country French Café, Bruegger’s Bagels, Timothy’s World Coffee, and Brioche Dorée. 

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.

Fall Is In the Air at Bruegger's with New LTOs

This fall, Bruegger’s will add a fresh option to its new line of Ciabatta Panini sandwiches and offer guests an excellent value, bringing back its popular “4 Under $4” promotion.

Starting September 21, the fast casual will introduce the Harvest Turkey Ciabatta Panini, made with the seasonal flavors of roasted turkey, cheddar cheese, sliced green apples, pickled red onions, and cranberry mayo. Guests can order the Harvest Turkey Panini alone or paired with Bruegger’s Butternut Squash soup, a traditional favorite. The pairing will be offered for $6.99 until January 2012.  
 


Timothy’s World Coffee Kicks Off U.S. Expansion in Cleveland

Timothy’s World Coffee announced expansion efforts into the U.S., with the opening of a café at Cleveland Hopkins International Airport. The decision comes at a time of significant growth for Vermont-based Bruegger’s Enterprises Inc. and its wholly owned subsidiary Threecaf Brands, which operates Timothy’s cafés.

2010 in Review

Reporting by Blair Chancey, Sam Oches, Daniel P. Smith, Robin Van Tan, Barney Wolf & Lori Zanteson

1. BK Sold to Brazilian Investors

Becoming the decade’s biggest restaurant buyout, No. 3 burger chain Burger King Corp. was acquired by 3G Capital, a New York firm backed by Brazilian investors, for $3.3 billion in September. —BC

2. The Food Truck Obsession

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