Industry News | August 26, 2011

Purchasing Specialist Joins Zoup!’s Soup Team

Zoup! Fresh Soup Company, a leader in the soup segment of the fast-casual industry, has named Clyde Manion as purchasing specialist. With more than 30 years of experience in the food industry, Manion is joining the Zoup! corporate team and will be accountable for vendor relationships, including product consistency across distributors and purchasing. 

“Clyde carries with him a wealth of industry knowledge and experience that results as a great cultural fit within our company,” says Eric Ersher, founder and managing partner of Zoup!. “We are confident that he will be successful in driving value for both our franchisees and customers as we continue to execute our steady and disciplined growth plan nationwide.”

As an experienced food industry professional, Manion spent a majority of his career in Michigan and has worked for companies such as Olga’s Kitchen, the National Food Group, and Continental Services, where he focused his attention on Purchasing.

“Embarking on my new career adventure with Zoup! Fresh Soup Company will provide me with the opportunity to not only continue working in the food and restaurant industry, but to play an active role in continuing the growth of the brand in the United States and Canada,” says Manion. “It is my ultimate goal to utilize my background as a skilled negotiator and my experience with building business relationships to help Zoup! remain a leader in the soup segment of the fast-casual industry.”