Culver’s Presents Highest Award to Indiana Store Owners

Frank and Sarah Spanopolous, owners of the Culver’s restaurant at 240 Federal Drive in Corydon, Indiana, are the recipients of the 2012 GM Culver Award.

The award, named after Culver’s late co-founder George Culver, is the highest honor in the organization. It recognizes individuals who have demonstrated long-term visionary leadership and success.

The award was presented to Frank and Sarah by co-founder and CEO Craig Culver at the company’s convention in Phoenix, Arizona, last week.

Subway Tops 2011 in Consumer Buzz

YouGov’s BrandIndex looked back at 2011 to determine which U.S. brands had the greatest buzz.

Not only was Subway the 2011 Buzz leader amongst quick-serves, but Subway also had the No. 1 Buzz score amongst the entire BrandIndex universe. Two of the top 5 quick-serve brands, meanwhile, were pizza brands, with Papa John’s at No. 3 and Pizza Hut coming in at No. 4.

The quick-serve sector featured only two brands that improved by more than one point, and the largest improver (McDonald’s) climbed only 1.2 points in 2011, in terms of buzz when compared to 2010.

Culver’s Praised for Hiring Those with Special Needs

The Wisconsin Department of Workforce Development (DWD) has commended Culver’s Restaurants for promoting the hiring of individuals with developmental disabilities and helping them become productive employees in their restaurants.

At a ceremony at the Culver’s Support Center in Prairie du Sac, Wisconsin, Culver’s co-founder and CEO, Craig Culver, accepted the commendation from DWD Secretary Scott Baumbach.

New Culver's Unit Pining for LEED Certification

Culver’s new restaurant in West Baraboo, Wisconsin, is the company’s first focusing on energy efficiency and is in line to become one of Wisconsin’s first restaurants certified “Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design” (LEED) by the US Green Building Council.

The new restaurant, which opens September 20at 420 Linn St., replaces the original Baraboo restaurant at 110 Linn St., which opened in 1990.

Antibiotic-Free Chicken Finds Way to Culver's Menu

Culver's commitment to authentic, freshly sourced ingredients continues with the launch of its new, premium, antibiotic-free chicken this week at all locations. Guests can relish the plumper, tastier, natural-cut chicken breasts on the classic Grilled and Crispy Chicken Sandwiches. Also now made with antibiotic-free chicken are the Chicken Tenders and Buffalo Chicken Tenders, including those in the Scoopie Kids Meals.

The State of Snacks

It’s 3 p.m., and there are still two hours left in the workday.

As the afternoon drags, a snack would be a great pick-me-up. There’s a vending machine in the break room and a convenience store down the street.

Better yet, how about something fresh from a restaurant?

Increasingly, consumers are looking at quick-service restaurants to grab a bite to eat during nontraditional dining hours, such as mid-morning, mid-afternoon, or late evening.

Culver's Co-Founder Dies, 88

George Culver, father of Culver’s co-founder & CEO Craig Culver, died Thursday, July 7, in Sauk City. He was 88.

Culver and his wife Ruth began their foodservice career by opening an A&W restaurant in Sauk City in 1961. After operating a number of other restaurants in the area they founded Culver’s in 1984 by converting their original Sauk City site with their son Craig and daughter-in-law Lea Culver.

Today Culver’s has 435 restaurants in 19 states.

Culver's Grants $275,000+ in Scholarships

Culver’s VIPScholarship Program has awarded $278,000 to further the education of 246 team members nationwide in 2011.

Culver’s VIPFoundation is a tax exempt, not-for-profit entity developed in 2002 to assist young team members in achieving their goal of earning a college or technical school degree. This year, Culver’s gave away the largest number of scholarships since the chain began its program in 1993.

Culver's Sweetens Up Its Menu

Culver's is adding two new menu items to its line-up: the Mini Mixer and Sweet Potato Fries.

For guests looking for more choices, Culver’s introduces a new right size option for its irresistible Concrete Mixer: the Mini Mixer. Guests can choose from popular flavors such as Crazy for Cookie Dough or Brownie Batter or create their own Mini Mixer masterpiece.