DALLAS, TX, March 23, 2010 /24-7PressRelease/ -- Bruegger's was awarded a top prize last week from the airport industry's respected trade publication, Airport Revenue News (ARN). Already a leader in the fast casual restaurant segment, Bruegger's was recognized as the 2010 Best New Food and Beverage Concept in the Small Food and Beverage Operator Category. The award was presented during the Airport Revenue News Conference and Exhibition held in Houston, Texas on March 16th. The Small Food and Beverage Operator Category represents brands with less than forty million dollars in annual airport sales.
Airport Revenue News is the leading publication for news and information on airports. Every year, the magazine conducts a "Best Concessions Poll" with its readers. More than 200 industry judges vote on the concessionaires and airports, which are recognized for their outstanding accomplishments from the previous year.
"It is indeed an honor to be recognized by the airport industry in such a short time," said Chris Cheek, Bruegger's Vice President of Franchise Development. "It is even more exciting to share this with our team members and franchisees who deliver the Bruegger's guest experience daily and the airports that have given us the opportunity to do so."
In the past two years, Bruegger's has opened airport locations at Cleveland-Hopkins International Airport, Cincinnati/Northern Kentucky International Airport and Raleigh-Durham International Airport. The popular bakery-cafe chain launched its airport strategy in late 2006 and continues to actively pursue other airport locations.
The company continues to grow. In March, the chain will boast 295 locations in 26 states, the District of Columbia and Toronto. About one-third of its locations are franchise-owned, including two of its airport locations.
Bruegger's Enterprises, Inc., an affiliate of Sun Capital Partners, Inc., is a leader in the fast casual restaurant segment. In its 295 locations in 26 states, the District of Columbia and Toronto, Bruegger's is dedicated to serving delicious, authentically made food that brings guests back again and again. Famous for genuine New York-style bagels baked fresh throughout the day, Bruegger's also bakes an array of fresh breads on site including honey wheat and hearty white. Guests can chose a variety of menu items that include unique cream cheese flavors, breakfast sandwiches, hand-tossed salads, hearty soups, sandwiches, panini and desserts. Every day the neighborhood bakery features a Fair Trade Certified(TM) coffee from Green Mountain Coffee(R) with a frequently changing menu reflecting seasonal and geographical specialties. Founded in 1983, Bruegger's is headquartered in Burlington, Vermont and supports its neighbors in every community it serves.