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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CBS’s Hit Series “Undercover Boss” Takes Cinnabon President Kat Cole through Journey inside Franchise and Distribution Channels

New Episode of Emmy Award-Winning CBS Reality Series to be broadcast Friday, Nov. 16

ATLANTA, GA (Nov. 12, 2012) – As the leader of Cinnabon, Inc., the maker of World Famous Cinnamon Rolls, Kat Cole is used to seeing people smile while enjoying their indulgent treats. But her experience on the hit CBS series “Undercover Boss” helped her clearly see just how many dedicated and talented employees are helping to propel Cinnabon® as a brand. Cole’s journey will unfold on national television as she takes a thorough look inside Cinnabon Friday, November 16 (8pm/7c) on the CBS Television Network.  

“Being with the brand for almost two years, I wanted to go undercover to talk to our employees about what they are dealing with day to day and how the changes our team has made have impacted them, our brand and our guests. This was a unique opportunity to do that without being recognized,” said Cole. “I walked away incredibly proud of our brand and with an even deeper understanding and appreciation for the unsung heroes throughout the Cinnabon system.” 

Cole’s decision to participate in “Undercover Boss” fits well with her hands-on leadership style. She regularly visits bakeries around the world, often surprising employees as she rolls up her sleeves to work alongside them on all sides of the business. She became President of the company in 2011 and since then has become known for her intense and collaborative leadership style. Cole wanted to find ways to improve and grow the Cinnabon brand through the experience on “Undercover Boss.” At age 34, Cole is the youngest “boss” to be featured on the show.

She and other Cinnabon leaders will take what Cole learned and continue to build on the experience. Jobs that she participated in during the show include bakery cashier, machine operator, coffee host and bakery manager. As a result of “Undercover Boss,” several company-wide initiatives have been put into place, such as more efforts toward multicultural marketing, engaging employees in local fundraising efforts and a greater emphasis on product sampling.   

Each week, the Emmy Award-winning “Undercover Boss,” which is just starting its fourth season, follows a different executive as they leave the comfort of their corner office for an undercover mission to examine the inner workings of their companies. While working alongside their employees, they see the effects their decisions have on others, where the problems lie within their organizations and get an up-close look at both the good and the bad while discovering and rewarding the unsung heroes who make their companies run.  

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 900 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.

Cinnabon Begins Campaign to Send “Hugs from Home” to Troops Overseas

Partners with Operation Gratitude to Deliver Care Packages

Atlanta (Oct. 4, 2012) –Cinnabon, Inc. is partnering with Operation Gratitude® for its third annual “Hugs from Home” campaign to send care packages to our heroes overseas.

Throughout the month of October, Guests can support this heart-warming cause by making donations at participating bakeries. For every $1.00 contribution, they will receive a $1.00 Cinnabon® coupon, valid at participating bakeries until December 31, 2012. Guests can also use their cell phones to support our troops. For every foursquare® check-in to a bakery, Cinnabon, Inc. will make a $1.00 donation to Operation Gratitude, for a maximum donation of $10,000.

“We are proud to work with an organization that supports those who serve in our military,” said Kat Cole, Cinnabon president. “Our partnership with Operation Gratitude is one that our franchise partners and bakery employees look forward to every year. Sending our troops sweet memories of home during the holidays is something that we can all feel great about doing.”

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 900 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 850,000 packages to American Military members and their children.

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Cinnabon Celebrates 25 Years of Mini-Indulgence with Free Minibon Rolls

‘Like’ Cinnabon on Facebook, Get a Free Roll Sept. 25

 

Atlanta, GA – (Sept. 18, 2012) – The perfect excuse to indulge is about to get sweeter. To celebrate the 25th birthday of the Minibon® this month, Cinnabon, Inc., the maker of World Famous Cinnamon Rolls, is treating Facebook fans to one free Minibon roll at participating bakeries on September 25.

 

For the past 25 years, Cinnabon bakeries have allowed guests to indulge in moderation with the Minibon cinnamon roll, a smaller version of its signature Cinnabon® classic roll, which is made oven-fresh with Cinnabon Makara® Cinnamon and signature cream cheese frosting. The Minibon line of products, which includes Classic, chocolate-covered, and Caramel Pecanbon® at participating locations, ranges from 290 to 380 calories.

 

As part of the celebration this month, guests who ‘Like’ the Cinnabon Facebook page can click on a tab and print out a coupon for one free Minibon roll, redeemable at participating mall-based bakeries on September 25.

 

“At just over 300 calories, the Minibon offers all the Ooey Gooey™, Disturbingly Delicious™ decadence of the Cinnabon classic roll in a smaller-portioned treat,” said Kat Cole, president of Cinnabon, Inc. “We’re excited to celebrate the Minibon 25th birthday by thanking shoppers, travelers and our many Guests with a free ‘bon.”

 

For more information about Cinnabon or to find a location near you, visit www.cinnabon.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 900 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 Features Chocolate and Cherry in New Menu Items

Atlanta (May 31, 2012) –Cinnabon® bakeries are now adding chocolate and cherry flavors to its world famous cinnamon roll and blended beverages. Now through Nov. 3, Chocolate-Covered Minibons®, Chocolate-Covered Cherry Chillattas® and Cherry Tangy Chillattas are available at participating bakeries.

“We’re excited to have the opportunity to celebrate the Minibon roll’s 25th birthday by showcasing this smaller sweet treat with a Disturbingly Delicious twist of decadent chocolate,” said Kat Cole, president of Cinnabon. “Adding chocolate and cherry to our fans’ favorite products gives them the alternative to enjoy our unique flavors in different ways.”

In addition to the Chocolate-Covered Minibon, Cinnabon is featuring a Chocolate-Covered Cherry Chillatta and a Cherry Tangy Chillatta. The Chocolate-Covered Cherry Chillatta is a creamy beverage blended with a dairy mix, cherry flavor and chocolate sauce topped with whipped cream and chocolate syrup. The Cherry Tangy Chillatta is a fat-free, frozen lemonade blended with cherry syrup.

The suggested retail price of the Chocolate-Covered Minibon is $2.98, the Chocolate-Covered Cherry Chillatta is $3.99 (16 oz.) and $4.49 (24 oz.), and the Cherry Tangy Chillatta is $3.59 (16 oz.) and $4.29 (24 oz.).

For more information about Cinnabon, visit the company’s website at www.cinnabon.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 800 franchised locations worldwide, primarily in high traffic venues such as shopping malls, airports, train stations, travel plazas, entertainment centers, academic institutions 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 Rewards Nurses with Free Classic Roll

Atlanta (May 2, 2012) – In appreciation of the extraordinary service nurses provide, Cinnabon® and The DAISY Foundation are celebrating National Nurses Week by offering these professionals a free Cinnabon Classic Roll when they show their healthcare badges at participating bakeries May 6-12, 2012*.

Founded in January 2000, The DAISY Foundation was created to honor the extraordinary care that nurses provide on a daily basis. More than 1,200 healthcare organizations are committed to honoring their nurses throughout the year in the US, Canada, Asia, Middle East and the UK.

“We at Cinnabon believe in The DAISY Foundation’s mission to recognize the outstanding care nurses provide on a daily basis,” said Kat Cole, president of Cinnabon. “We look forward to this opportunity each year to serve those who serve others with unconditional dedication, and hope the aroma of our Makara® cinnamon reminds nurses how special they are as they enjoy our products throughout the year, but especially during this well-deserved week.”

Bonnie and Mark Barnes established The DAISY Foundation to recognize nurses after their son, Patrick, died of complications from an auto-immune disease. During his hospital stay, Pat would only eat Cinnabon rolls, and he insisted his nurses have some, too. The DAISY Award has been given to more than 30,000 nurses to date and 130,000 have been nominated.

For more information about the Nurses Week promotion or to learn more about The DAISY Foundation, please visit www.cinnabon.com or www.DAISYFoundation.org.

* Limit one (1) free Classic roll per nurse for one-time only during the promotional period. Valid only at participating U.S. bakeries. Not valid at airports or travel plazas. No purchase necessary. No cash value.

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 800 franchised locations worldwide, primarily in high traffic venues such as shopping malls, airports, train stations, travel plazas, entertainment centers, academic institutions 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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