Long John Silver’s Hires SpenDifference to Manage Entire Supply Chain

SpenDifference’s expertise, ability to manage costs cited in decision.

May 14, 2015 // Franchising.com // Denver – Long John Silver's John Silver’s, America’s largest quick-service seafood restaurant, is the latest chain to outsource its complete supply chain operation to SpenDifference. SpenDifference. The 1,100-unit brand’s franchise and corporate leadership hired SpenDifference to manage all aspects of its supply chain for its restaurants in the U.S. and Asia, including purchasing all food and non-food items, as well as distribution.

With the addition of Long John Silver’s, SpenDifference will buy well over $1 billion worth of commodities and supplies for almost 7,000 restaurants. It currently services more than 20 other brands, including Carvel, Cinnabon, Schlotzsky’s, Moe’s Southwest Grill, Auntie Anne’s, McAlister’s Deli, Sizzler, Shoney’s and HuHot Mongolian Grill.

Long John Silver’s management and franchise leadership reviewed competitive proposals before selecting SpenDifference. “In today’s ultra-challenging market, supply chain management is absolutely critical,” said Brian Unger, Long John Silver’s chief operating officer. “Long John Silver’s business model is built on providing franchisees with outstanding business support, and SpenDifference has the full array of integrated services our operators need to succeed.”

“The SpenDifference team demonstrated the best combination of capabilities, prior experience and overall approach,” said Jay Shoffner, president of Long John Silver’s co-op. “We were very impressed with their ability to manage costs and ensure a consistent supply of products, as well as the way they communicate with franchisees.”

Long John Silver’s is utilizing SpenDifference’s full outsource model, which includes placing on-site personnel at the brand’s Louisville, Kentucky, headquarters.

“Long John Silver’s has further validated our concept and approach,” said Maryanne Rose, SpenDifference president and CEO. “It’s very exciting to partner with such an iconic American brand, and we look forward to helping Long John Silver’s leadership and franchisees grow their system.”

About SpenDifference

Based in Denver, SpenDifference, LLC, is a supply chain management firm that partners with restaurant companies of varying sizes, providing a wide array of supply chain support services that manage costs and support growth. It currently works with more than 20 national and regional chains that represent more than $1.3 billion annually in purchasing. Visit www.spendifference.com for more information.

About Long John Silver's

Long John Silver's is the nation's largest quick-service seafood chain, and has been named among the top 50 restaurants in quick service and the #1 seafood brand in quick service by QSR magazine. Founded in 1969, Long John Silver's is a classic American brand based in Louisville, Ky. with more than 1,100 franchised restaurants located throughout the U.S. and Asia. Through its franchise model, Long John Silver's backs its franchisees with food innovation, marketing, and business support. Learn more at www.ljsilvers.com.

SOURCE Long John Silver's

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