MAY 22, 2014 | ISSUE 137


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Taco Bell® Names New CEO  

Irvine, Calif. - Brian Niccol, who currently serves as president, Taco Bell U.S., will become the brand's next CEO on January 1, 2015. Read more.  






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Atlas Restaurant To Open in Buckhead

Atlanta - Featuring American cuisine with the freshest local ingredients, Atlas will open in late fall 2014 at the St. Regis Hotel. Read more.





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Carvel Ice Cream Plans Growth in Connecticut

Atlanta - Expansion in Connecticut is part of Carvel's plan to add 20 full-service and express shoppes throughout the country this year. Read more.







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Auntie Anne's Pretzels Signs Major International Expansion Deal

Lancaster, Pa. - The iconic pretzel chain is scheduled to open 40 new locations in Canada by 2023, with the first new shops opening in 2015. Read more.






Starbucks Advances Latin America Expansion 




Seattle - Starbucks Coffee Company is continuing to broaden its presence in Latin America, sharing new store plans for Colombia, Bolivia and Panama over the course of the next year through licensed agreements with long-time business partners.


"Starbucks' relationship with Latin America dates back to 1971 when we began buying coffee from the region. Today we source more than half of our coffee from Latin American countries," says Cliff Burrows, group president, Starbucks Americas, U.S., and Teavana. "We see significant opportunity to grow our retail presence beyond the more than 740 stores and 10,000 partners we currently have in 12 countries in the region in a way that will continue to celebrate the region's rich coffee heritage while also deepening our relationships with each of the communities we serve."


Starbucks is on track to open its first café in Colombia in Bogota in mid-summer 2014 through a joint venture between two of its longest term business partners in the Latin America region: Alsea and Grupo Nutresa. Over the next 5 years, the joint venture plans to expand aggressively in Bogota and to other major cities in Colombia. Alsea has partnered with Starbucks for more than 11 years in the region and currently operates more than 500 Starbucks stores in México, Argentina and Chile.


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SOURCE: Starbucks



List Your Company in the 2014 Restaurant Facility Business Goldbook

Atlanta - The staff of Restaurant Facility Business magazine is preparing to publish its annual Goldbook issue in June 2014. As the go-to directory for the restaurant facilities, operations and construction industry, The Goldbook is a source for those who own, manage and operate restaurants, as well as vendor companies who provide services and products to the industry. List your vendor company by completing a short form at:


The deadline for listings and logos is May 28, 2014.




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