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19 01, 2018

First Watch Introduces Coffee Program with a Cause

2018-01-24T18:52:39-05:00January 19th, 2018|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , |

UNIVERSITY PARK, FL—RestaurantNews.com

First Watch, the popular breakfast, brunch and lunch concept, announced that it has partnered with Mujeres en Café (Women in Coffee) – an organization of female coffee growers in the Huila department of Colombia, to launch its new coffee program. The new coffee, dubbed Project Sunrise, is now available in First Watch restaurants nationwide and will provide much-needed support to these women-owned farms.

Traditionally, the coffee growing industry in Colombia has been male-dominated. Due to the country’s decades-long civil conflict, many women in Huila lost their husbands, brothers and sons and have now taken over the family business. Together, they formed Mujeres en Café and embarked on a mission to create sustainable businesses that elevate the lives of their families and improve conditions in their rural communities.

The high-quality beans these women grow and harvest in Huila are exported to the U.S. and roasted by the experts at Royal Cup Coffee in Birmingham, Alabama, exclusively for First Watch. The restaurant company pays a premium for these single-origin beans, which will be relayed back to the women farmers in Huila to help improve their quality of life and help facilitate their operations.

“During our visit to Huila, we met groups of women in several villages who have dedicated their lives to producing great coffee. They are proud of their work and were eager to welcome us into their homes, walk us through their farms and share their stories,” said Shane Schaibly, corporate chef and VP of culinary strategy for First Watch. “Each year, we serve more than 8 million cups of coffee in our restaurants. Through Project Sunrise, that gives us 8 million incredible opportunities to support these hard-working women and their families in Huila in 2018.”

Schaibly spent months working with coffee growers and roasters to develop a coffee that would complement the complex dishes, flavors and textures found on the First Watch menu. First Watch’s new Project Sunrise coffee fits the bill – it features a medium body, with hints of cherry, orange, toasted nuts, honey, milk chocolate and caramel, which makes for an ideal complement to First Watch’s variety of fresh breakfast, brunch and lunch dishes.

For more information on First Watch’s Project Sunrise, visit blog.firstwatch.com.

About First Watch

First Watch specializes in award-winning, made-to-order Breakfast, Brunch and Lunch. A recipient of more than 200 “Best Breakfast” and “Best Brunch” accolades, First Watch offers traditional favorites, such as omelets, pancakes, sandwiches and salads, and unique specialty items like Quinoa Power Bowls, Avocado Toast and the Chickichanga. First Watch was recognized as one of Nation’s Restaurant News’ 2017 Second 100 restaurant brands, and was named the 2016 top Family Dining restaurant by Consumer Reports and a 2015 Top Consumer Pick by Nation’s Restaurant News. First Watch is the largest and fastest-growing daytime-only restaurant concept in the United States with more than 300 restaurants in 27 states, including more than 230 First Watch restaurants, 75 The Egg & I restaurants and one Bread & Company restaurant in Nashville. For more information, visit firstwatch.com.

Eleni Kouvatsos
941-907-9800 ext. 218

18 01, 2018

First Quaker Steak & Lube Express Opens at TA in Gary, Indiana

2018-01-24T18:54:03-05:00January 18th, 2018|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , |


A Restaurant Group (TARG), a division of TravelCenters of America LLC (TravelCenters), operator of the TA® and Petro Stopping Centers® travel center brands, has opened its first Quaker Steak & Lube® Express at the TA travel center located at I-80/I-94, Exit 6, or 2510 Burr St., in Gary, Ind.

Known for its “Best Wings USA,” the new quick-serve Quaker Steak & Lube counter-service dining concept will offer many fan favorites, including jumbo bone-in wings, grilled boneless wings, breaded boneless wings, and fried chicken, all of which can be sauced with any of eight signature sauce choices; steak sandwiches; ½ lb. steak burgers; salads; wraps, crispy shrimp; mac & cheese, and a variety of side items, such as Lube Fries and Lube Chips. Guests can enjoy dining in food-court style seating with tables and booths to accommodate more than 110 customers, with six wall-mounted TVs to watch their favorite sports and games.

“We are excited to bring this new walk-up concept of The Lube to professional drivers, motorists and the Gary community,” shared Bruce Lane, Vice President of Quaker Steak & Lube. “We understand that eating great tasting food that is served quickly is a priority for those who are dining on-the-go. Quaker Steak & Lube Express combines quick service with food and flavors guests won’t find anyplace else on the highway,” he added.

Guests can also purchase bottled sauces as well as gift cards that can be used at nearly 50 Quaker Steak & Lube locations nationwide. Coming soon to the Quaker Steak & Lube Express will be online ordering for those who want to pick-up and go. A breakfast menu also will be added in the coming months. The hours of operation for Quaker Steak & Lube Express are 10 a.m. – 10 p.m. seven days a week. Members of TravelCenters’ UltraONE® Professional Driver Rewards Program may redeem Points at Quaker Steak & Lube Express.

Visitors at TA Gary will also enjoy a number of renovations throughout the travel center, including a remodeled Minit Mart® travel store, renovated restrooms, and new signage boasting the TA logo in sleek black and silver letters. Quaker Steak & Lube Express complements the existing Taco Bell and Pizza Hut in the food court at this location.

Quaker Steak & Lube is owned, operated and franchised by TravelCenters of America. This is the second Quaker Steak & Lube located in a travel center. The first, a full-service restaurant, opened at the TA travel center in Columbia, SC, in early 2017.

The TA Restaurant Group includes more than 850 quick service, full service restaurants and other food outlets, including ten proprietary restaurant brands including Quaker Steak & Lube, Iron Skillet and Country Pride. The TA Restaurant Group is a division of TravelCenters of America LLC, which offers diesel and gasoline fueling, restaurants, truck repair facilities, convenience stores and other services in 43 states and in Canada. For more information about TA and the TA Restaurant Group, please visit www.ta-petro.com. For more information about Quaker Steak & Lube, including franchise opportunities nationwide, please visit www.thelube.com.

18 01, 2018

Flatbread Grill® Now Offering Worldwide Franchise Opportunities

2018-01-24T18:57:03-05:00January 18th, 2018|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , |


Flatbread Grill®, the fast casual Mediterranean bakery and grill founded by the Esendemir Sisters in 2007, is now available as a franchise.

Flatbread Grill®, headquartered in the sisters’ hometown of Hoboken, NJ, will avail its franchise model to qualified operators interested in single or multi-location opportunities and regional territories all over the world.

The Esendemir Sisters, Arzu, Fusun, and Gonca are the first Turkish-American women to start and expand a global fast casual concept The Esendemir Sisters, Arzu, Fusun, and Gonca are the first Turkish-American women to start and expand a global fast casual concept

Flatbread Grill® was founded in 2007 in Upper Montclair, NJ and currently operates a store in Hoboken, NJ with another one in Jersey City Flatbread Grill® was founded in 2007 in Upper Montclair, NJ and currently operates a store in Hoboken, NJ with another one in Jersey City “My sisters and I built this very unique concept with passion and dedication,” says Arzu Esendemir, co-founder and CEO of Flatbread Grill®, who has spent the past decade developing the business model with her two sisters.

“We built our concept out of a desire to help our sick parents. We had no idea it would take off the way it did, drawing customers from across all demographics,” she adds.

The sisters have fielded multiple franchise requests over the years for their concept. The strong brand identity, their worldwide social media following, their inspiring story about growing up in poverty, and proprietary recipes have drawn the attention of people from all walks of life.

Fusun, Gonca, and Arzu Esendemir, who become the first Turkish-American women in the world to start and expand a fast casual restaurant concept, built Flatbread Grill® entirely on their own. They developed the menu, brand identity, oversaw the buildout of their company stores, directed the operations, and did all of their marketing in-house.

“We wanted to take our time in expanding because we were truly building this business from nothing,” says Arzu Esendemir, who oversees business operations for the brand. “My sisters and I wanted to be absolutely certain that our business model was flawless before we invited other people along for the ride.”

The Esendemir Sisters bring not only their immense restaurant expertise to the franchise system, but they also bring their extreme resourcefulness. When the sisters opened their first Flatbread Grill® location back in 2008, they had no money to market the brand. Customers sought them out from day one and they landed an extraordinary review in the New York Times after being open for two months

“A big part of our appeal was the love that went into building the concept,” says Gonca Esendemir, who oversees marketing for the brand.
Flatbread Grill® is the only fast casual Mediterranean restaurant concept that not only serves a proprietary bread, but it is the only concept founded and operated by Turkish-American women.

Media contact:
Gonca Esendemir

17 01, 2018

Award-Winning Twin Cities Burger Available Nationwide

2018-01-17T14:16:23-05:00January 17th, 2018|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , |

DENVER – PRNewswire
Smashburger® launches the award-winning Twin Cities Burger nationwide, tempting burger lovers everywhere with the chance to enjoy this regional favorite for a limited time. Beating out 102 other burgers ranked by Mpls.StPaul Magazine, Smashburger’s Twin Cities Burger landed at the top spot, named No. 1 with a near perfect 96 rating.

Smashburger’s Twin Cities Burger features the rich, decadent flavors Minnesotans love and the rest of the country will crave. The Twin Cities Burger starts with a fresh, never frozen, beef patty, smashed and seared on a hot grill to lock in the flavor and juices. And to satisfy the Twin Cities love for cheese, it is topped with melted aged cheddar and melted Swiss, plus decadent garlic grilled onions. Finished with crisp lettuce, fresh tomato and rich, creamy mayo, all on a butter-toasted onion bun.

“Double the cheese, and double the oniony flavor make this burger a true standout,” said Tom Ryan, co-founder and CEO of Smashburger. “It’s been a favorite of Smash fans in Minneapolis-St. Paul since 2009 and we look forward to sharing our award-winning burger with the rest of the country.”

The Twin Cities Burger will be available for just $5 at most full menu US Smashburger restaurants for a limited time. The Twin Cities Burger is the latest featured product on the Everyday Smash Specials. New product offerings at great values can be found on www.smashburger.com or check us out on Facebook, Twitter, or Instagram.

About Smashburger
Smashburger is a leading fast casual better burger restaurant known for its fresh never frozen, beef burgers that are smashed on the grill to sear in the juices and seal in the flavor. In addition to burgers, Smashburger offers grilled or crispy chicken sandwiches, black bean burgers, fresh salads, signature side items such as haystack onions and veggie frites, and hand-spun shakes made with Haagen-Dazs® ice cream.  On each market menu, Smashburger offers locally inspired items like the regional burger, as well as regional sides and local craft beer. Smashburger began in 2007 with the vision of Rick Schaden and funding by Consumer Capital Partners—the private equity firm that Rick and his father Richard own. There are currently more than 360 corporate and franchise restaurants operating in 38 states and nine countries. To learn more, visit www.smashburger.com.

Media Contact:
Katy Michael

17 01, 2018

Sizzler® Celebrates 60 Years As America’s Family Steakhouse

2018-01-17T14:08:35-05:00January 17th, 2018|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , |


Sizzler®, the family-casual steakhouse known for its U.S.D.A. Choice steaks and Craft Salad Bar, is celebrating 60 years as America’s go-to restaurant for great food at a great value. From steaks cut fresh in-house every day, to fresh salads and soups all created from scratch in real kitchens, Sizzler has been serving guests all-American cuisine since 1958.

What started as a small, converted office trailer turned family-steakhouse where guests would flock for a 99 cent steak dinner in the Los Angeles suburb of Culver City, has now catapulted into a widely successful family-casual franchise concept, boasting nearly $272 million in sales. Known for serving quality steaks at an affordable price, the tradition that began with the original Sizzler steakhouse still remains as the brand currently has 134 locations in 10 states nationwide. Staying relevant to diners for six decades, the brand continues to evolve and adapt to consumer’s taste profiles, while still staying true to what has helped the Sizzler legacy become one of the most iconic American restaurants in the industry.

“For the past 60 years, Sizzler’s history of great food, served by friendly people at an affordable price hasn’t just been our mantra, but the backbone of the Sizzler brand,” said Kerry Kramp, CEO of Sizzler.

“Throughout the years, we’ve been able to keep a strong momentum with a focus on exceeding guest’s expectations by consistently offering high-quality food that’s freshly prepared daily in-house. At Sizzler, we strive to entice our guests with a variety of customizable food options such as our updated craft salad bar that features a selection of more than 60 premium ingredients. We recognize that consumers have a wealth of options when it comes to dining out, and we are honored that they’ve chosen to dine with Sizzler for the last 60 years.”

To celebrate six decades as America’s family steakhouse, Sizzler restaurants nationwide are offering special, limited time menu items from now through February 4 such as a grilled-to-order tender and juicy half-pound steak served with a loaded baked potato for $11.99, with an option to upgrade to a New York Steak for $5. Guests can also enjoy the Classic Trio, a half-pound steak with jumbo shrimp and Sizzler’s signature Malibu Chicken, for $15.99.

“Serving the best hand-cut steaks at a value price point has allowed us to withstand the test of time and establish ourselves as one of America’s most recognizable restaurants,” Kramp added. “As we look ahead to the next 60 years, we’re excited to continue to serve our loyal guests and introduce a new generation of guests to the Sizzler brand.”

For more information on Sizzler, or to find a location near you, please visit https://www.sizzler.com. Follow Sizzler on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram for the latest news and trends.

About Sizzler

From U.S.D.A. Choice steaks cut fresh in-house every day, to fresh salads and soups – all created from scratch in real kitchens – Sizzler® is where America comes for great food and value. Innovator of the new “Family Casual” segment, guests order and pay in line, enjoying Sizzler’s signature salad bar until their meals are delivered. For more information, please visit www.sizzler.com.

Alexya Williams
Fish Consulting

17 01, 2018

H&R Block enters exclusive partnership with Walmart

2018-01-18T20:39:17-05:00January 17th, 2018|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , |


H&R Block and Walmart announced Jan. 16 that H&R Block will be the new, exclusive DIY desktop tax software provider available at Walmart stores nationwide, and sold directly by Walmart on walmart.com. This exclusive retail partnership brings the value, innovation and support of H&R Block DIY desktop software products to the world’s largest retailer, making the DIY products even more convenient for clients to purchase, and ultimately prepare their taxes and get their maximum tax refund.

“At H&R Block, we give our clients the flexibility to prepare their taxes however they want, which includes offering them the products they want where they shop,” said Heather Watts, senior vice president and general manager of digital at H&R Block. “Walmart shoppers expect to get the best value possible, and in this partnership with Walmart, H&R Block desktop software is committed to meeting customers’ tax prep needs.”

Among the key product enhancements for this year’s desktop software products is the addition of “drag and drop,” which easily imports tax information from any source, including last year’s tax return from other tax prep services. While new features like drag and drop save customers time by seamlessly prepopulating information on their tax return,H&R Block also remains committed to saving its clients money with unbeatable value.

“In addition to better prices, the value H&R Block can offer Walmart shoppers with our support features, such as free in-person audit representation and unlimited free tax advice, is among the many reasons we are so pleased to expand our partnership with Walmart this year,” Watts said.

H&R Block DIY desktop software can be purchased in stores nationwide at Walmart, Walmart Neighborhood Market and online at walmart.com. Regardless of where they purchase, customers can conveniently choose to install with a CD or download directly to their PC or Mac.

About H&R Block
H&R Block, Inc. (NYSE:HRB) is a global consumer tax services provider. Tax return preparation services are provided by professional tax preparers in approximately 12,000 company-owned and franchise retail tax offices worldwide, and through H&R Block tax software products for the DIY consumer. H&R Block also offers adjacent Tax Plus products and services. In fiscal 2017, H&R Block had annual revenues of over $3 billion with 23 million tax returns prepared worldwide. For more information, visit the H&R Block Newsroom.

About Walmart
Wal-Mart Stores, Inc. (NYSE:WMT) helps people around the world save money and live better – anytime and anywhere – in retail stores, online, and through their mobile devices. The company’s legal name will become Walmart Inc., effective on Feb. 1, 2018, to reflect its growing status as an omni-channel retailer. Each week, over 260 million customers and members visit our more than 11,600 stores under nearly 60 banners in 28 countries and eCommerce websites. With fiscal year 2017 revenue of $485.9 billion, Walmart employs approximately 2.3 million associates worldwide. Walmart continues to be a leader in sustainability, corporate philanthropy and employment opportunity. Additional information about Walmart can be found by visiting http://corporate.walmart.com, on Facebook at http://facebook.com/walmart and on Twitter at http://twitter.com/walmart.

A photo accompanying this announcement is available at http://www.globenewswire.com/NewsRoom/AttachmentNg/b66dbcaf-a8d8-4b25-b86e-a5d53b9e49b5

For Further Information
Susan Waldron, 816-854-5522, susan.waldron@hrblock.com

17 01, 2018

Lance F. Tucker to Join Jack in the Box Inc. as Chief Financial Officer

2018-01-18T20:42:24-05:00January 17th, 2018|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , |


Jack in the Box Inc. announced that Lance F. Tucker will join the company as Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer, effective March 26, 2018. Tucker is currently Senior Vice President, Chief Financial Officer and Chief Administrative Officer for Papa John’s International, Inc., where he oversees all finance, accounting, legal, human resources, investor relations, strategic planning and risk management functions.

“Lance brings a wealth of restaurant industry experience to our organization,” said Lenny Comma, Jack in the Box Inc. Chairman and Chief Executive Officer. “He has a proven history of driving results in several key, strategic business functions, including finance, accounting and IT. He has strong leadership qualities and will be a great fit with our executive team. We look forward to welcoming Lance and his family to the Jack in the Box® family.”

Said Tucker, “Jack in the Box is an outstanding brand, and I’m grateful for the opportunity to work alongside such a strong management team to grow the brand in the years to come.”

Jerry P. Rebel, who has served as Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer for Jack in the Box Inc. since 2005, announced in April 2017 his plans to retire from the company when a successor was hired. He’ll work with Tucker to help assure a smooth transition.

“We cannot thank Jerry enough for all of his contributions to the organization,” Comma said. “He’s been well-respected amongst the investment community, and under his stewardship as CFO we’ve transformed our business model: Franchise ownership of the Jack in the Box® brand has increased from approximately 25 percent in 2005 to nearly 88 percent today; the company has returned more than $2.5 billion of cash to shareholders through stock repurchases and dividends; and Jack in the Box Inc. common stock has appreciated by nearly 500 percent, as of market close on January 12, 2018. We wish Jerry all the best in his well-deserved retirement.”

Tucker was promoted to CFO and Treasurer at Papa John’s in February 2011 and added the CAO title and responsibilities in July 2012. From June 2010 to February 2011 he was Papa John’s Chief of Staff and Senior Vice President, Strategic Planning, and he served as its Chief of Staff and Vice President, Strategic Planning from June 2009 to June 2010. Prior to joining Papa John’s in 2009, Tucker served six years as Chief Financial Officer of Evergreen Real Estate in Louisville. From 1999 to 2003, he held leadership positions in finance for several companies engaged in education, technology consulting, online retailing or real estate development. Tucker was previously employed by Papa John’s as Director of Finance from 1994 to 1999. Prior to joining Papa John’s, Tucker was a senior accountant for Ernst & Young, LLC.

Tucker is a licensed certified public accountant and holds a bachelor’s degree from Transylvania University in Lexington, Kentucky. He also serves on the Board of Trustees for Transylvania University.

About Jack in the Box Inc.

Jack in the Box Inc. (NASDAQ: JACK), based in San Diego, is a restaurant company that operates and franchises Jack in the Box® restaurants, one of the nation’s largest hamburger chains, with more than 2,250 restaurants in 21 states and Guam. Additionally, through a wholly owned subsidiary, the company operates and franchises QDOBA MEXICAN EATS®, a leader in fast-casual dining, with more than 700 restaurants in 47 states, the District of Columbia and Canada. For more information on Jack in the Box and QDOBA, including franchising opportunities, visit www.jackinthebox.com or www.qdoba.com.

16 01, 2018

Rick Bettcher Honored as The Patch Boys® Rookie of the Year

2018-01-18T21:17:21-05:00January 16th, 2018|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , |

Cleveland, OH

The Patch Boys,® the first and most experienced drywall repair franchise company in the United States and Canada, recently honored Rick Bettcher, proud owner of The Patch Boys® of Cleveland, with the Rookie of the Year award for 2017.

“The Rookie of the Year award is a very prestigious honor,” says Leo Goldberger, founder and CEO of The Patch Boys®. “Awards are always a sign of achievement, but the Rookie of the Year award is extra special because it’s given to an individual that made an impact right out of the gate.”

“While there were multiple new owners that made a great impressions in 2017, Rick deserved this one hands-down,” adds Goldberger. “Rick started The Patch Boys® of Cleveland back in January, and within months he was in the top ten percent of producers in the company. His commitment, loyalty and work ethics are  unmatched and the results speak for themselves.”

“I am beyond honored and extremely humbled,” says Bettcher. “I know many of our franchise owners. There are plenty of them that deserve an award, which makes this achievement that much more special. I will continue to build on this award and it will just motivate me to work harder and reach bigger goals for The Patch Boys®, ” he adds.

“The Patch Boys® experienced great growth in 2017 and is focused on an aggressive and strategic blueprint for 2018,” Goldberger says. “The company is implementing new tools for 2018 to further expose the brand. Our best advertising is our franchise owners. The proof is in their hard work, commitment to excellence and unmatched customer service.”

Rick’s Patch Boys® location provides homeowners in the Cleveland area with a quick drywall repair service. No job is too big or too small, as The Patch Boys® specializes in the dents, scratches and holes that no other contractor will take on.

For more information, contact Rick Bettcher at 844.99.PATCH, Ext 216 or Cleveland@thepatchboys.com

About The Patch Boys®

Founded in 2008 by entrepreneur Leo Goldberger, The Patch Boys® has become synonymous with drywall repair. Recognizing that most general contractors and other trade industry professionals lack the time and resources to repair drywall damage, The Patch Boys® strives to provide landlords, property managers, businesses and homeowners a reliable and efficient service to get their properties back to normal as quickly as possible.

For more information about the Patch Boys®, please visit ThePatchBoys.com or call (844) 99-PATCH  

16 01, 2018

Restoration 1® Makes Sixth Consecutive Appearance in Entrepreneur’s Highly Competitive Franchise 500®

2018-01-18T22:32:37-05:00January 16th, 2018|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , |

WACO, Texas (Jan. 16, 2018) – Expanding on the momentum Restoration 1® established with a record-setting year in 2017, one of the fastest-growing and most-trusted restoration franchises in North America isn’t slowing down for 2018, as the brand has been named to Entrepreneur’s Highly Competitive Franchise 500® list for the sixth consecutive year.

“We have established our network into a national brand and we’re looking to continue on that path of sustained growth and success at breakneck speed,” said Gary Findley, CEO of Restoration 1. “Consistently being recognized in this prestigious Entrepreneur list is an honor and it showcases the strength of the business opportunity our network is providing to those looking to become their own boss through franchising.”

One of Entrepreneur’s most competitive rankings ever with over 1,000 applicants, Restoration 1’s sixth placement in the Franchise 500® is a highly sought-after honor that recognizes the top franchise brands for their outstanding performances in key areas including financial strength and stability, growth and system size of the franchise organization.

In 2017, under Findley’s strategic direction, Restoration 1 welcomed their largest training class in history, expanded into 31 new states, opened 70 locations and acquired a complimentary service brand, Phoenix-based bluefrog Pluming + Drain. Continuing this aggressive growth, Findley has plans to expand the franchise network to more than 500 locations nationwide in the next five years.

“Restoration 1 has proven to be a business full of opportunity,” Findley said. “We’ve established ourselves as a major player in a recession-proof industry that offers a low entry-level investment with the potential to reap big financial rewards. That’s a recipe for success that I enjoy sharing with our team and a big part of what attracts so many others to join the Restoration 1 network.”

About Restoration 1®

Founded in 2008, Restoration 1 is an award-winning franchise that specializes in a wide array of emergency mitigations, restoration and reconstructions services. An industry innovator, the Texas-based company uses advanced technologies and tools to perform restoration for both residential and commercial properties that have been damaged due to water, smoke, fire, mold, storms and more. There are more than 140 locations open and in development throughout the U.S. with plans to expand to more than 500 locations nationwide in the next four years. For more information about Restoration 1, visit www.restoration1.com.


Media Contact:

Morgan Butler

BizCom Associates



16 01, 2018

Juice It Up! Named a Top Food Franchise by Entrepreneur Magazine

2018-01-16T15:40:26-05:00January 16th, 2018|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , |

Irvine, CA  (RestaurantNews.com)

Juice It Up!, one of the nation’s leading raw juice bar and hand-crafted smoothie chains, was recently ranked #4 in the smoothie and juice category in Entrepreneur magazine’s Top Food Franchises list. This list recognizes the top 200 food-based companies, ranked within their respective categories, (such as Baked Goods, Pizza, and Sandwiches) based on data submitted for Entrepreneur’s Franchise 500® ranking.

“We’re proud to add this accolade to our growing roster of achievements, and as our sales continue to rise and we experience more franchise interest in new and existing territories, we’re confident Juice It Up! will continue to be acknowledged as a premiere franchising opportunity,” said Carol DeNembo, Juice It Up! vice president of business development. “This recognition as a top food-based company, especially when competition in the segment is so fierce, validates the tireless efforts our leadership team has spent on making Juice It Up! an established brand in the popular raw juice bar and smoothie category.”

Juice It Up!, a leading raw juice and smoothie concept with over two decades in the business, has remained a top player in the booming segment, currently with 90 units operating across four states. With a heavy focus on ingredient transparency and thoughtful nutrition, every menu item is designed to be both delicious and functional, while also meeting the nutritional wants and needs of customers at every level of health. To remain at the forefront of product innovation, Juice It Up! employs a full-time Nutritionist, R&D Scientist and all-around health guru, Noah Burgess, who is busy in the company’s test kitchen creating products that support guests’ active lifestyles year-round.

“Food-based companies remain a cornerstone of the franchise industry,” says Jason Feifer, editor in chief of Entrepreneur. “And they continue to lead the way by innovating and adapting to the ever-changing tastes of consumers.”

Entrepreneur’s 2017 Top Food Franchises rankings were determined using the company’s Franchise 500 formula, which is a comprehensive evaluation of more than 150 data points in the areas of costs and fees, size and growth, franchisee support, brand strength, and financial strength and stability. Juice It Up!’s position on the list shows its ability to compete in the highly competitive food-based franchise marketplace.

To view Juice It Up! and the other Top Food Franchises, pick up the June issue of Entrepreneur, available now on newsstands. For more details about the company’s financial picture and franchisee support, visit the company’s newly updated franchise website, www.juiceitupfranchise.com.

About Juice It Up!

Juice It Up!, a leading raw juice bar and hand-crafted smoothie franchise, specializes in delicious and functional fresh-squeezed juices, blended-to-order real fruit smoothies and nutrient-rich options such as Açaí and Pitaya Bowls.  Founded in 1995, the Irvine, California-based lifestyle brand is focused on providing its guests with a variety of great-tasting, better-for-you food and drink choices designed with personal wellness in mind. With over 100 locations open or under development across California, New Mexico, Oregon, and Texas, the privately-owned company is showcasing a new restaurant design, a heavier focus on the growing demand for raw juice options and a menu refresh that reflects the brand’s active personality and motto to “Live Life Juiced!” An established lifestyle brand with unparalleled experience in the raw juice bar industry, Juice It Up! has been included in Fast Casual’s 2017 Top 100 Movers & Shakers List, Franchise Times’ Next 300 Franchise Chains list three years in a row, named a 2017 “Best for Vets” Franchise by Military Times and ranked #270 on Entrepreneur Magazine’s 2017 Annual Franchise 500® List. For more information about becoming a Juice It Up! franchise partner, visit www.juiceitupfranchise.com.

Juice It Up! Social Media Pages

Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/juiceitup/
Instagram: http://www.instagram.com/juiceitup/
Twitter:   http://www.twitter.com/juiceituphq/
Pinterest: https://www.pinterest.com/juiceitup/
YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/juiceitupcorp/
LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/company/juice-it-up/

Chelsea McKinney
Powerhouse Communications