March 02, 2011 // Franchising.com // (BURLINGTON, Vt.) –– Bruegger's Enterprises, Inc. (BEI) announced today continued sales growth during the fourth quarter ending December 28, 2010. The 437-unit restaurant operator recognized sales of $63.2 million, a 3.6 percent increase over the fourth quarter of 2009. Total system sales for the year were $254.5 million, a 2.8% increase over 2009.
Bruegger's namesake brand added 16 franchise, corporate and co-branded bakeries during the past year. Same store sales were up by 4.3 percent on company units and 3.1 percent system-wide for the 4th quarter. Bruegger's expects continued growth for 2011.
Threecaf Brands Canada, Bruegger's Canadian subsidiary, saw a 1.4 % percent increase in comparable sales during the fourth quarter. Threecaf includes Timothy's World Coffee, which has 93 units and Michel's Bakery Café with 14 units operating in Canada.
"2010 was a year of consistent revenue growth for our brands," said Bruegger's Chief Executive Officer Jim Greco. "We believe the investments we made to the brand will continue to pay dividends in 2011."
Bruegger's Enterprises, Inc., an affiliate of Sun Capital Partners, Inc., is a leader in the fast casual restaurant segment. The company operates 300 Bruegger's Bakeries in North America (including 4 co-branded locations). In addition, it operates 137 Timothy's World Coffee, mmmuffins and Michel's Bakery Cafés in Canada through a wholly owned subsidiary, Threecaf Brands Canada Inc. BEI's portfolio of brands is dedicated to serving a wide variety of freshly prepared breakfast and lunch options, made with high quality simple ingredients. Founded in 1983, the company is headquartered in Burlington, Vermont and supports its neighbors in every community it serves. For more information, please visit www.brueggers.com [http://www.brueggers.com] or become a fan on Facebook at www.facebook.com/brueggers [http://www.facebook.com/brueggers] .