DENVER - April 21, 2014 - (BUSINESS WIRE) - Qdoba Mexican Grill® honored five suppliers for outstanding performance in six awards categories at its 2014 Qdoba Leadership Summit, which concluded on April 15 in Denver. More than 400 people attended the two-day event, including leadership teams from Qdoba and parent company Jack in the Box Inc., as well as suppliers and franchisees.
"We commend our supplier community for partnering with us and aligning their businesses to support our strategic initiatives," said Vice President of Supply Chain Dean Gordon, who oversees the supply chains for both Qdoba and the Jack in the Box® brands. "Our suppliers have invested an incredible amount of time and resources to understand our business needs and to develop creative solutions to help us manage commodity costs and meet the high performance standards we’ve set for our Qdoba restaurants. Our awards program annually honors the best of the best – those companies that have demonstrated outstanding leadership, innovation and commitment."
Tyson Foods of Springdale, Ark., was named Qdoba’s Supplier of the Year for collaborating with Qdoba’s menu development, R&D and supply chain teams on areas related to continuous improvement, product ideation, product optimization and cost management. Tyson also earned the Food Safety Sustained Performance Award for its support of Qdoba’s food-safety programs and leadership in overall food safety.
Other award winners were:
Qdoba Mexican Grill is a fast-casual Mexican restaurant where anyone can enjoy a fresh, handcrafted meal. In each of Qdoba’s restaurants, guests are invited to participate in the creation of their entrée by hand-selecting ingredients from a broad menu of inspired, innovative flavors. An open kitchen concept allows Qdoba to showcase its passion for food, commitment to using high-quality ingredients that are prepared fresh throughout the day, and dedication to taking the time to handcraft every meal served, so that every guest is guaranteed an exceptional experience. Founded in Denver in 1995, Qdoba is among North America’s largest Mexican fast-casual chains, with more than 600 restaurants in 46 states, the District of Columbia and Canada. Qdoba is a wholly owned subsidiary of Jack in the Box Inc. (NASDAQ: JACK). Franchise development rights exist for additional Qdoba Mexican Grill restaurants in areas throughout the United States and Canada. For more information about Qdoba or about franchising opportunities, please visit www.qdoba.com.
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