September 18, 2017 // Franchising.com // Orem, Utah – James Worthington, CEO of Kneaders Bakery & Café, is a gold winner in the 9th Annual 2017 Golden Bridge Awards® 'Food & Beverage Industry Executive of the Year' category. The Golden Bridge Awards® recognize the world’s best executives and management teams from every major industry in the world including public and private, for-profit and non-profit, largest to smallest and new start-ups.
Under Worthington’s direction, Kneaders experienced a 500 percent growth rate in restaurant locations with an expansion to 58 stores. Worthington has been able to maintain this growth while keeping store quality fresh and providing customers with wholesome meal options. He helped implement the Food Safety High 5 Program, a food and beverage industrywide program, to ensure food quality and safety for each Kneaders location.
“Every CEO works hard to make their business a success and I am proud to represent Kneaders within the fast-casual dining space,” said James Worthington, CEO of Kneaders Bakery & Café. “While I have the honor of accepting the 2017 Golden Bridge Executive of the Year Award winner for the Food and Beverage industry I also recognize our Kneaders home office team and store operators. I’m lucky to be surrounded by talented professionals that care about maintaining the good reputation we have built over the past twenty years. Our teams will continue serving delicious foods for families to share and supporting our local communities."
In addition to his business success, Worthington has continued with his family’s tradition in making charitable giving a priority throughout the company. Worthington began by partnering with local non-profit organizations to feed communities in need. The company ensures that bread left at the end of each day gets donated to a local non-profit that feeds the hungry. Most recently, Kneaders has expanded their social good efforts in the fight to end cancer by launching the Hope Fights Childhood Cancer Campaign to benefit Dr. Joshua Schiffman's unique research on elephant DNA at the Huntsman Cancer Institute. Throughout the month of September, all 58 Kneaders locations will be selling elephant-shaped sugar cookies. One-hundred percent of the sales will go toward Schiffman's research. This funding is important because the National Cancer Institute spends 96 percent of its research on adult cancers.
Golden Bridge winners will be honored in San Francisco, Calif. on Sept. 18, 2017 during the annual Red Carpet Golden Bridge Awards Ceremony.
Visit kneaders.com/Executive-Bios to learn more about Worthington.
Golden Bridge Awards are an annual industry and peers recognition program honoring best companies in every major industry from large to small and new start-ups in North America, Europe, Middle-East, Africa, Asia-Pacific, and Latin-America, Best New Products and Services, Best Innovations, Management and Teams, Women in Business and the Professions, Case Studies, Customer Satisfaction, and PR and Marketing Campaigns from all over the world. Learn more about Golden Bridge Awards at goldenbridgeawards.com.
Founded by Gary and Colleen Worthington in 1997, this year marks the 20th anniversary of the company’s first Kneaders location in Orem, Utah. The award-winning, fast-casual restaurant uses only the highest quality ingredients to create fresh European hearth breads, delicious sandwiches, mouthwatering pastries, hearty soups and refreshing salads, all made in-house each day. All Kneaders restaurants have a retail section and offer a variety of custom-made and themed gift baskets in addition to providing catering services. Kneaders Bakery & Café currently operates corporate-owned and franchised locations in seven western states. For more information, visit kneaders.com.
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