Industry News | March 26, 2013
Einstein Bros. Takes Flight in Dallas/Fort Worth
Concessions International (CI), one of the leading foodservice concessionaires with operations in airports across the United States, announced its latest restaurant opening of the first Einstein Bros. Bagels in Terminal A of Dallas/Fort Worth International Airport (DFW).
The DFW Einstein Bros. is operated by a joint venture between Concessions International and MBC Concessions, an Atlanta-based ACDBE (airport concessions disadvantaged business enterprise) partner.
Atlanta-based Concessions International operates national brands in eight airports in the U.S. and St. Thomas, Virgin Islands, including an Einstein Bros. in the Detroit airport.
The two brands have enjoyed an 11-year partnership established on a shared vision of excellence. This is CI’s first Einstein Bros. location in DFW, where it also will be opening the first airport location for Genghis Grill in Terminal E later this year.
The Genghis Grill restaurant will also be operated by a joint venture with MBC Concessions.
"We are very strategic in our approach to operation expansion,” says CI CEO Donata Russell Major. “Einstein Bros. Bagels is already a national favorite, so we are confident DFW travelers will appreciate the addition of this beloved bagel bakery to one of the nation’s busiest airports.”
Travelers to the DFW Einstein Bros. will be treated to the brand’s full menu of staples such as freshly made bagels, Darn Good Coffee, salads, hearty soups, and sandwiches.
The new location is part of the renovated terminal and will feature an all-digital menuboard, which will allow management to change the menu by daypart, as well as increase sales and reduce guest wait time.
“We have enjoyed a long partnership with Concessions International and are pleased to add an additional location at Dallas Fort Worth International,” says Jeff O’Neill CEO of Noah Restaurant Group.
“We see opportunity for continued expansion at airports across the country, as consumers look for a fresh-baked bagel or sandwich and a freshly brewed hot cup of coffee before or after their flight,” he adds. “We are particularly pleased that Concessions International has taken advantage of our airport concessions disadvantaged business enterprise program, which helps qualified business partners to transition a struggling airport concept to an Einstein Bros. location.”
CI opened its first independent concessions at DFW in 1984—a specialty food store featuring desserts and baked goods—and has since operated a Wendy’s restaurant in the southwestern airport.
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Move Over 4-Leggers, 2-Leggers Coming In!
Just ran across some surprising breakfast info and thought it was worth sharing, then watching where it goes. Although McDonald’s has offered its Southern Style Chicken Biscuit on the breakfast menu for several years now, and of course, Chick-fil-A menus chicken at breakfast, it came as a surprise to this writer that both chicken and turkey have gained significant ground on the breakfast menu. It seemed worthy of further investigation.
It turns out that both turkey and chicken have been getting more popular as a component of the morning meal. In a report published earlier this year, Technomic found that 24% of consumers surveyed said they’ve been eating turkey at breakfast more often than they had two years before, while 11% had been eating more chicken.
I dug further. Technomic also found that 70% of those saying their poultry consumption had risen mentioned a desire to eat more healthfully was the motivator behind their choices.
Okay, so chicken or turkey in the morning. But where were these people getting their wake-up proteins? Were they all firing up their broilers in the morning? Seemed unlikely.
So were they were going to McDonald’s or Chick-fil-A? Could be, but I discovered there are many operators offering chicken or turkey items in the a.m., I just hadn’t had my radar tuned in right.
Some of the options hew closely to the classics, with bacon or sausage made from chicken or turkey:
- Energy Breakfast Sandwich (Energy Kitchen) uses five egg whites with low-fat American cheese and turkey bacon on a honey whole-wheat English muffin.
- Power Panini Thin with Chicken Apple Sausage (Corner Bakery) is made with scrambled eggs or egg whites, chicken apple sausage, and Parmesan and Cheddar cheeses on thinly sliced whole-grain harvest toast.
- Santa Fe Egg Wrap (Einstein Bros Bagels) includes eggs, turkey sausage with ancho lime salsa, jalapeño schmear and pepper jack cheese.
Others use the more familiar forms of the poultry:
- Power Wrap (First Watch) is made with fluffy egg whites, turkey, spinach, house-roasted crimini mushrooms and Swiss in a sun-dried tomato basil tortilla.
- 2 Egg & Cheddar Sandwich with Roasted Turkey (Au Bon Pain) has a self-explanatory name and is served on a choice of breads.
- Breakfast Burrito with Chicken (Qdoba) is a flour or whole-wheat tortilla filled with grilled chicken, eggs, potatoes, choice of sauces and salsas, and optional shredded cheese or sour cream.
Did you note something in common in all those descriptions? Each one of them includes eggs!
Now I know what you’re thinking: this is a blog for the American Egg Board, so of course those items all include eggs. But foodservice operators are pretty savvy about the American consumer and they don’t include eggs just for fun. Eggs are a tasty, nutrient dense protein and just happen to be delicious.
Oh, by the way, are there eggs on the breakfast sandwiches you normally order? Uh huh. I thought so.
For more, visit www.AEB.org