August 25, 2011 // Franchising.com // SOUTHFIELD, Mich. – Zoup! Fresh Soup Company, a leader in the soup segment of the fast-casual industry, has named Clyde Manion as Purchasing Specialist. With more than 30 years of experience in the food industry, Manion is joining the Zoup! corporate team and will be accountable for vendor relationships, including product consistency across distributors and purchasing.
"Clyde carries with him a wealth of industry knowledge and experience that results as a great cultural fit within our company," said Eric Ersher, Founder and Managing Partner of Zoup!. "We are confident that he will be successful in driving value for both our franchisees and customers as we continue to execute our steady and disciplined growth plan nationwide."
As an experienced food industry professional, Manion a majority of his career in Michigan and has worked for companies such as Olga's Kitchen, the National Food Group and Continental Services, where he has focused his attention on Purchasing.
"Embarking on my new career adventure with Zoup! Fresh Soup Company will provide me with the opportunity to not only continue working in the food and restaurant industry, but to play an active role in continuing the growth of the brand in the United States and Canada," said Manion. "It is my ultimate goal to utilize my background as a skilled negotiator and my experience with building business relationships to help Zoup! remain a leader in the soup segment of the fast-casual industry."
Zoup! features hundreds of award-winning soups with 12 rotating daily varieties, including low-fat, vegetarian, dairy-free and spicy soup options. Using nothing but the finest and natural ingredients and no MSG and trans fats, Zoup! plans to serve up traditional favorites like Chicken Pot Pie and Lobster Bisque in addition to more unique soups like Mulligatawny, Cheeseburger Royale and Ginger Butternut Squash. Each order is served with a hunk of fresh baked bread. The menu also includes made-to-order salads and sandwiches.
For more information, visit www.zoup.com.
Founded in 1998, Zoup! is the leading fast-casual soup concept restaurant that is defining the category with its premium and proprietary soups and other recipes. A dining experience that features 12 always-rotating soup varieties each day in an environment that focuses on comfort, satisfaction and convenience, Zoup! has grown its network of franchises to nearly 40 restaurants throughout the District of Columbia, Colorado, Michigan, Indiana, Ohio, Pennsylvania, New Jersey, Connecticut, Massachusetts, Illinois and Canada. For more information, visit www.zoup.com or www.zoupfranchise.com.