January 14, 2015 // Franchising.com // ATLANTA – The National Council of Chain Restaurants (NCCR) presented the prestigious 2014 Grassroots Award to David Cox, President of ARCOP, Inc., the national supply chain cooperative for Arby's Restaurant Group, Inc. The award recognizes NCCR members who go above and beyond the call of duty in advocating for the industry's priorities before Congress. Cox was presented the award at a NCCR meeting in New York City this week.
"David Cox has been a true industry leader on the important issue of the Renewable Fuel Standard's ethanol mandate and its direct impact on commodity costs for chain restaurants," said Rob Green, executive director of NCCR. "Over the course of the NCCR campaign, he and members of his team have repeatedly visited lawmakers on Capitol Hill to share information about the RFS' negative consequences on chain restaurants and thousands of small business franchisees. His dedication is recognized by his industry peers and this award is very well-deserved."
"I am truly honored to receive the Grassroots award from NCCR," said Cox. "It remains critical for our industry to be actively represented among Congress to ensure our voice is being heard and issues are being appropriately addressed."
Cox currently serves on NCCR's Food Supply Chain Committee. The NCCR is a division of the National Retail Federation.
Arby's, founded in 1964, is the first nationally franchised sandwich restaurant brand with nearly 3,400 restaurants worldwide. The Arby's brand purpose is to "inspire smiles through delicious experiences." Arby's delivers on its purpose by celebrating the art of Meatcraft™ with a variety of high-quality proteins and innovative, crave-able sides, such as Curly Fries and Jamocha shakes. Arby's Fast-Crafted™ restaurant services feature a unique blend of quick-serve speed combined with the quality and made-for-you care of fast casual. Arby's Restaurant Group, Inc. is the franchisor of the Arby's Brand and is headquartered in Atlanta, Ga. Visit Arbys.com for more information or socially connect with Arby's at: Facebook, Twitter, Linked In and Instagram.
ARCOP, Inc. has served as Arby's national supply chain cooperative since 1978. ARCOP's membership is comprised of both Franchised and Company owned Arby's® restaurants. ARCOP utilizes system volume to negotiate with suppliers and distributors to establish pricing for all restaurants and to ensure continuity of supply through strategic supply chain management. ARCOP manages over $1 billion in annual spend for all food, packaging, beverages, distribution, capital assets, smallwares, energy, and service programs.
The National Council of Chain Restaurants (NCCR) is the leading trade association exclusively representing chain restaurant companies. For more than 40 years, NCCR has worked to advance sound public policy that best serves the interests of restaurant businesses and the millions of people they employ. NCCR members include the country's most-respected quick-service and table-service chains. NCCR is a division of the National Retail Federation, the world's largest retail trade group.