Auntie Anne's


GoTo Foods' 4-year path to overnight transformation

The company formerly known as Focus Brands is now GoTo Foods and a "platform business." What does that really mean for franchisees of Cinnabon, McAlister's Deli, Carvel, Jamba, Schlotzsky's, Auntie Anne's and Moe's Southwest Grill?


Focus Brands tops $3.9B in systemwide sales

Fiscal 2022 was a good year for the multi-brand franchisor, which highlighted the "power of the portfolio" and plans to double down on co-branding.

Julie Younglove-Webb was named chief brand officer for Auntie Anne’s while the brand operator named new heads of design and real estate.

The former Church’s Chicken executive will fill the role formerly held by Focus’ restaurant President Shelley Harris.

The longtime executive will oversee technology at the owner of Auntie Anne’s, Cinnabon, Jamba and other concepts.

Parent company Focus Brands is using cobranding as it looks for different types of locations for its mall-focused concepts.

The chain opened its first drive-thru location as a cobrand with sister chain Jamba as it moves more aggressively out of the mall.

The owner of Cinnabon and Auntie Anne’s named Guillermo Cremer its new chief people officer and Joe Guith as head of its restaurant brands. Will Costello is a new procurement VP.

Jim Holthouser, CEO of the owner of Cinnabon and Jamba, discusses how his company plans to take on aggregators to own the customer relationship.

Melissa Smith was named chief people officer for Focus; Kendall Ware was named chief brand officer of Carvel and Cinnabon; and Alisa Gmelich was named chief brand officer for Auntie Anne’s.

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