Case Studies Food

Aaron Ludwig – Jack Brown’s

Erik Estrada apparently is cool with the concept of his circa-1970s TV show inspiring a burger at a slowly but steadily growing chain of very basic bars. Recently he chanced upon a Jack Brown’s in rural Tennessee and enjoyed a so-called Ponch burger named after his character in “CHiPs,” Patrolman Francis Poncherello. That’s a toasted […]

Ali Dhanani – HAZA Group

Whether customers call it fast food or good food quickly—#Seinfeld reference—the mission and goal for Ali Dhanani and the employees of his company is the same: is to ensure that each guest receives prompt, professional and friendly service. “Our employees and our customers are the cornerstones of the business,” says Dhanani, the owner, president and […]

Au Bon Pain Corporation

Au Bon Pain (ABP) has set the standard for fast-casual restaurants by focusing on high quality, fresh and flavorful foods and nontraditional urban markets. Since its founding in 1978, the Boston-based company has revolutionized and catalyzed the growth of the bakery and café market segment by focusing on quality, flavor and healthfulness in every sandwich, […]

Benjy Adler – The Skinny Pancake

It began as a summer job for Benjy Adler. With some help from his brother, Jonny, he cobbled together a cart from old floorboards gleaned from their parents and mounted it on a sailboat trailer. The Skinny Pancake sold its first crepe at the Church Street Marketplace in Burlington, Vermont, on June 4, 2003. A […]

Braswell Family Farms

The Braswell family has supplied Americans with eggs and animal feed products since 1943. Back then, everything took place in the family’s water-powered mill in Nashville, North Carolina. Over the past 70 years that operation grew into several more locations and companies. All of them fell under the umbrella of Braswell Foods, a vertically integrated […]

Brian Armstrong – Calgary Sports and Entertainment Corp.

While Brian Armstrong acknowledges he’s no athlete, he can empathize with one of the most hardnosed among them. That man: Darryl Sutter, the coach of the National Hockey League team that falls under the ownership of the Calgary Sports and Entertainment Corp., which employs Armstrong as executive chef. Both spend much of their working lives […]

Budwey’s Supermarket

Founded in North Tonawanda, New York, in 1925 by Lebanese immigrant Saltonia Budwey as a small, 800-square-foot deli, Budwey’s Supermarket is one of the area’s most familiar and trusted names in food. Known for its extensive meat offerings and an in-house scratch bakery, Budwey’s owes its current status to a history of strong female leadership. […]

Buurma Farms Inc.

After more than 120 years in business, Buurma Farms Inc. remains a household name in the agriculture industry. Since the beginning, Buurma Farms has remained a family-owned business and is currently in its fifth generation of the Buurma family. Headquartered in Willard, Ohio, Buurma Farms manages 1,200 acres in both Michigan and Ohio, as well […]

Captain George’s Seafood Restaurant

Visitors to Virginia Beach have certain expectations when they come to vacation at the Atlantic coast resort town; miles of sandy beaches, a bustling Boardwalk, and of course, lots of fresh seafood. Since 1979, Captain George’s Seafood Restaurant has been bringing the bounty of the sea to buffets across Virginia, North Carolina, and South Carolina. […]

Caribou Coffee

Whether reading data from the National Coffee Association or merely walking around in public, it’s clear to see the presence of coffee in the United States beverage arena. Forty percent of 18 to 24 year olds and over 50 percent of 25 to 39 year olds will enjoy at least one cup, and on average […]

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