Cinnabon Raises More than $56,000 for Troops Overseas

Bakery Franchise Partners with Operation Gratitude to Help Deliver Care Packages

Atlanta, GA (Dec. 19, 2012) – After a month-long campaign to raise money for troops overseas, Cinnabon Inc. raised more than $56,000 through a partnership with Operation Gratitude® as part of its third annual “Hugs from Home” campaign to send care packages to the military.

Throughout the month of October, guests who visited Cinnabon bakeries showed their support for this heart-warming cause by making donations. For every $1 contribution, guests received a $1 Cinnabon® coupon. Cinnabon also made a $1 donation to Operation Gratitude for every foursquare® check-in at a bakery. Since the partnership started in 2010, Cinnabon has raised a total of $160,000 for Operation Gratitude.  

“Operation Gratitude care packages are an expression of enormous respect and appreciation for those who voluntarily put themselves in harm’s way to protect our freedom,” said Carolyn Blashek, founder and president of Operation Gratitude.  “This substantial donation from Cinnabon will enable us to send more than 3,700 care packages this month.”

Cinnabon teamed up with Operation Gratitude to send care packages that included Cinnabon Cream of Wheatfrom B&G Foods®, Cinnabon kettle roasted nuts from Mellace Family Brands® and Johnvince Foods®, and other goodies.

“We’re so proud to work with an organization that supports our troops overseas,” said Cinnabon President Kat Cole. “Our franchise partners, bakery managers and crew members look forward to this fundraiser all year, and we’re proud of the support we received from our guests this October.”

For more information about the Hugs from Home promotion or to learn more about Operation Gratitude, please visit www.facebook.com/Cinnabon or www.OperationGratitude.com.

About Cinnabon, Inc.

Founded in Seattle in 1985 and now based in Atlanta, Cinnabon, Inc. is the market leader among cinnamon roll bakeries. The company serves fresh, aromatic, oven-hot cinnamon rolls, as well as a variety of other baked goods and specialty beverages. Cinnabon currently operates more than 1,000 franchised locations worldwide, primarily in high traffic venues such as shopping malls, airports, train stations, travel plazas, entertainment centers and military establishments. Cinnabon is also a multi-channel licensor, partnering with other companies to provide brand licensed products at foodservice and retail venues. Visit www.cinnabon.com for more information, follow us on Twitter @Cinnabon or become a Facebook fan at http://www.facebook.com/Cinnabon.

About Operation Gratitude

Operation Gratitude annually sends 100,000+ care packages filled with snacks, entertainment items and personal letters of appreciation addressed to individually named U.S. Service Members deployed in harm’s way, to their children left behind, and to Veterans, Emergency First Responders and Wounded Warriors. The organization’s mission is to lift morale, bring a smile to a service member’s face and express to our Military and their families the appreciation and support of the American people. Each package contains donated product valued at $75-100 and costs the organization $15 to assemble and ship. For safety and security, assembling of packages occurs at the Army National Guard armory in Van Nuys, California. Since its inception in 2003, Operation Gratitude volunteers have shipped more than 900,000 packages to American Military members and their children.  For more information: www.OperationGratitude.com; @OpGratitude on Twitter and http://www.facebook.com/OperationGratitude

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Cinnabon Reaches 1,000th Bakery Milestone

Snack Leader in Bakery-Café Segment Continues Rapid Expansion; 200 New Domestic and International Openings in Development

 

Atlanta, Ga. – December 11, 2012 – Cinnabon is on a roll. The iconic brand is returning to its roots in Washington to celebrate the opening of its 1,000th bakery this week. In 1985, Cinnabon, Inc. opened the doors of its first bakery in the Sea Tac Mall in Federal Way, a suburb of Seattle, Wash. Now, 27 years later, the company’s 1,000th bakery will open in Vancouver, Wash. at Vancouver Mall.

In addition to growing its network of Flagship and Express bakeries to 1,000 in 2012, the Cinnabon® brand has expanded its footprint to cover 48 states and 50 countries this year. Throughout the remainder of 2012 and into 2013, Cinnabon will continue to grow with 200 new domestic and international openings planned.

“This is an exciting time as we celebrate a major milestone for Cinnabon,” said President Kat Cole. “A 27-year reputation for over-the-top sensory experiences and creating oh-so-worth it indulgent moments for global bakery guests and retail consumers is possible only because of our franchisees, employees, licensees and vendor partners who continue to work tirelessly to make this brand what it is today – one of the world’s greatest food brands.”

Cole concluded, “Cinnabon’s growth has also been fueled by having a flexible franchise model. In addition to our famous Flagship Cinnabon Bakery locations that bake and blend from scratch in high-traffic venues, we have gotten good at being small with Cinnabon Express Micro Bakeries in travel and foodservice outlets like airports and Schlotzsky’s® Deli, and we’ve also gotten good at being bigger with full street-side bakery cafés all over the world. Simultaneously, with the expansion of branded products in grocery, retail and restaurant outlets, Cinnabon is approaching 50,000 global points of distribution across all channels between its franchise, consumer packaged goods and foodservice licensing divisions.”

About Cinnabon, Inc.

 

Founded in Seattle in 1985 and now based in Atlanta, Cinnabon, Inc. is the market leader among cinnamon roll bakeries. The company serves fresh, aromatic, oven-hot cinnamon rolls, as well as a variety of other baked goods and specialty beverages. Cinnabon currently operates more than 1,000 franchised locations worldwide, primarily in high traffic venues such as shopping malls, airports, train stations, travel plazas, entertainment centers and military establishments. Cinnabon is also a multi-channel licensor, partnering with other companies to provide brand licensed products at foodservice and retail venues. Visit www.cinnabon.com for more information, follow us on Twitter @Cinnabon or become a Facebook fan at http://www.facebook.com/Cinnabon.

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Cinnabon Franchise Partners Raise $125,000 for Local Charities

Atlanta, GA (Feb. 17, 2011) – For the 16th year in a row and with the help of more than 400 volunteers from numerous organizations, Steve Foltz and John Whittaker of Cinnamon Bums, Inc. raised more than $100,000 to provide hot meals to homebound Portland, Ore. area seniors served by Loaves & Fishes Centers, the city’s Meals-On-Wheels chapter. Greg Komen and Sharron Loe of Modern Food Services, Inc. adopted the Cinnamon Bums’ program a few years ago and have grown their Cinn-A-Gram fundraiser to raise more than $25,000 for the Spokane, Wash. Meals-On-Wheels branch.

The Portland Valentine-A-Grams program allows people to send Cinnabon® gift boxes full of special treats to their special someone on Valentine’s Day. This year, Valentine-A-Grams were delivered from Meals-On-Wheels’ distribution center to approximately 3,445 individuals throughout the Portland area. The gift boxes included two Cinnabon Classic® rolls; one 8 oz. Sun Orchard orange juice; one bag of Seattle’s Best coffee; one Jamba Juice double wall clear tumbler; coupons for one free Jamba juice and one free slice of Shari’s pie; and a personalized note. Because all of the products for the gift boxes were donated, 100 percent of the money raised benefited Loaves & Fishes.

The Spokane Cinn-A-Gram fundraiser raised more than $25,000 for its Meals-On-Wheels branch. More than 100 volunteers participated to bake, assemble and deliver the packages to 1,200 individuals. Each Cinn-A-Gram included two Cinnabon Classic® rolls, a coffee mug, a handmade napkin, a piece of fudge, ready-to-brew coffee, a carnation and a personalized note. The Cinn-A-Gram fundraiser raised enough money to provide 6,250 meals in the Spokane area.

About Cinnabon, Inc.

Founded in Seattle in 1985 and now based in Atlanta, Cinnabon, Inc. is the market leader among cinnamon roll bakeries. The company serves fresh, aromatic, oven-hot cinnamon rolls, as well as a variety of other baked goods and specialty beverages. Cinnabon currently operates more than 770 franchised locations worldwide, primarily in high traffic venues such as shopping malls, airports, train stations, travel plazas, entertainment centers, academic institutions and military establishments. Visit www.cinnabon.com for more information, follow us on Twitter @CinnabonInc or become a Facebook fan at http://www.facebook.com/Cinnabon.

About FOCUS Brands

FOCUS Brands Inc. is the franchisor and operator of more than 3,300 ice cream stores, bakeries, restaurants, and cafes in 47 states and 42 countries under the brand names, Auntie Anne’s®, Carvel®, Cinnabon®, Schlotzsky’s®, Moe’s Southwest Grill®, and the franchisor of Seattle’s Best Coffee® on certain military bases and in certain international markets. Based in Atlanta, the primary objective of FOCUS Brands is to “FOCUS on making people happy.” Please visit www.focusbrands.com to learn more.

CINNABON CHIEF OPERATING OFFICER KAT COLE HONORED WITH GRACE AWARD FOR DISTINGUISHED SERVICE

ATLANTA (November 23, 2010) – The Georgia Restaurant Association (GRA) recently paid tribute to the stars of the restaurant industry at the 4th Annual Georgia Restaurant Association Crystal of Excellence (GRACE) Awards. The 2010 GRACE Awards Gala took place at the Loews Atlanta Hotel on the evening of Sunday, November 14th.

The GRACE awards are peer-nominated and honor the top finalists in the following categories: Restaurateur of the Year, Industry Partner of the Year, Distinguished Service Award and the Innovator Award.

The GRACE Award for Distinguished Service was awarded to Kat Cole. Cole has built her career on expanding an international brand and mentoring countless women, and now she is the COO for Cinnabon, the market leader among cinnamon roll bakeries that operates more than 770 franchised locations worldwide.

Cole is an avid volunteer with industry organizations, such as Women’s Foodservice Forum, and nonprofits which fight hunger and homelessness and support women and children in need. She also serves as Chair of the Board of Directors for the GRA and President of the GRA Political Action Committee.

“My greatest accomplishments are the people I have mentored and developed,” said Cole. “They have taught me so much about myself and life and are the very reasons I am able to do all the volunteer work that I do.  I am also proud of my work with Food Banks across the country and in places like Rwanda to elevate and educate women. This industry has been very good to me, and it’s the least I can do to give back every chance I get.”

GRACE Awards Keynote Speaker Chef Kevin Gillespie, Executive Chef and Partner at Woodfire Grill, highlighted his connection with the local food movement. Suchita Vadlamani, Co-Anchor of Fox5’s “Good Day Atlanta,” served as the Mistress of Ceremonies. Mark & Nancy Oswald, of Ruth’s Chris Steak House, were honored with the Lifetime Achievement Award.       

The 2010 GRACE Awards winners were Restaurateur of the Year, Bob Campbell of Tappan Street Restaurant Group, Inc. (Taco Mac). Industry Partner of the Year was Chris Coan of Gas South, LLC. The Distinguished Service Award went to Kat Cole of Cinnabon, Inc. The Innovator Award was presented to Chef Ron Eyester of Rosebud.      

For a full list of finalists, visit www.GRACEawards.org.

About the Georgia Restaurant Association

As the voice of Georgia’s restaurant industry, the GRA’s mission is to serve the needs of Georgia’s restaurant and foodservice industries by providing value for its members in four key cornerstones: political advocacy, professional development, business development and community involvement.  The GRA enjoys an affiliation with the National Restaurant Association (NRA) and is sanctioned by this national organization to operate Georgia’s only not-for-profit entity that represents the interests of the entire food service industry for the state of Georgia.  From large chains to start up restaurants to foodservice contractors and providers, the GRA, with chapters throughout Georgia, provides a unified voice for an industry comprising over 17,000 foodservice and drinking places in the state with total sales in excess of $14 billion and providing more jobs (375,000+) than any other non-government employer in the state.

For Media Inquiries, please contact Kelly Hornbuckle, Director of Marketing, at 404.723.5428 or Kelly@garestaurants.org.

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