Au Bon Pain today announced award winners for outstanding franchisees and employees at the company’s recent annual meeting. The awards recognized individuals who best exemplify the company’s passion to go beyond the ordinary for its guests.

Employees were awarded for their outstanding contributions to the company and its continued growth.

“The individuals honored at our annual meeting embody what it means to be part of the Au Bon Pain family. They have a passion to please, and provide an outstanding experience for our guests,” says President/CEO Sue Morelli. “Their dedication is the reason that Au Bon Pain continues to thrive. We congratulate them and wish them continued success.”

Each year Au Bon Pain joins together to celebrate the success of its franchises and employees who embody founder Louis Kane’s passion for superior service and baked goods. Kane was inspired while strolling through Boston’s historic Faneuil Hall Marketplace where he came across a display showcasing a new line of French Bakery ovens, Kane opened the first ever Au Bon Pain in 1978 to provide fresh French bread to urban residents. Since that day, Au Bon Pain has strived to live up to its name: “The Place of Good Bread.”

The honored franchisees and employees include:

Louis Kane Award

• Joe Sherman of New York, NY

Outstanding General Manager

• Mark Herman of Baltimore, MD

Beyond the Ordinary Team Player

• Kevin Young of Boston, MA

Community Leader 2008

• Al Gordon of Boston, MA

Franchisee of the Year 2008

• Bread Partners of Miami, FL

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