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Four Ways to Succeed in Today's Changing Restaurant Business

Steve DeSutter, CEO of FOCUS Brands, the parent company of Auntie Anne's Pretzels, Cinnabon, Carvel, McAlister's Deli, Moe's Southwest Grill and Schlotzsky's, drew on his many years in the foodservice industry to identify four trends for the benefit of his audience at last week's International Foodservice Manufacturers Association Presidents Conference in Phoenix.

The Road to Carvel Is Paved with Franchise Failure

The Carvel chain has melted over the years from its high of 850 franchises to a puddle of 367 franchises. The Street reports that only 275 are full-service shops. Carvel, bought by private equity firm Roark Capital Group in 2001, wants change. The 80-year-old brand has a plan to put lipstick on this franchise pig.

Top Sandwich Chains Ranked by Shop Profits

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LEXINGTON, Ky. —This year's ranking by Blue MauMau, our first, lists average store profits of sandwich shops, showing some winners and losers in 2012. Yes, you read that right – store profits. Here are Blue MauMau's best store profit estimates, from trusted sources who know sub sandwich shops and quick service restaurants.

Neal Aronson: The Private Equity Investor

The years 2005-2008 were notable for a wave of private equity acquisitions. The 2010-2011 period will go down as the second wave.

Focus Brands to Acquire Auntie Anne's

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ATLANTA - Private-equity firm Roark Capital announced that its company Focus Brands, a buyer of franchise chains, is acquiring Auntie Anne's Inc., the franchising firm of the soft pretzel chain.