Skinny Pizza continues Franchise Expansion

SKINNYPIZZA’s expansion focus includes primary domestic and international markets that support a healthier approach to great tasting New York-style pizza, pasta, organic salads and farm-to-table greens. Company officials say they anticipate additional expansion this year with a growth rate of 6-10 domestic units, including locations in Greenwich, CT, Dallas/Ft. Worth and Philadelphia.

SKINNYPIZZA® Goes Global

NEW YORK, NY – Healthier New York pizza sensation, SKINNYPIZZA®, announced their expansion to The Kingdom of Saudi Arabia with the addition of 25 locations with Fawaz Alhokair Group, one of the leading groups of companies in Saudi Arabia focusing on the retail, real estate and restaurant business sectors.

Fawaz Alhokair Group entered the Food & Entertainment sector in 2005, bringing fresh new alternatives to the Saudi Arabian market. Their highly experienced Food & Entertainment Company operates 11 separate franchises of leading international brands, in categories such as coffee, sweets, juices, sandwiches and fast-casual dining.

Fawaz Alhokair Group’s Food & Entertainment Group VP, Sultan Alhokair said, “There is nothing similar to SKINNYPIZZA in the Saudi market. It is either fast-food quality or casual dining pizza offerings.” Mr. Alhokair believes SKINNYPIZZA is a perfect fit for the market. He stated, “SKINNYPIZZA brings a gourmet, healthy, New York authentic pizza experience to the fast-casual sector, which differentiates it from the rest.” Karim Hajjali, Chief Business Development Officer, will lead the expansion of SKINNYPIZZA under the leadership of Kamal Abusara, CEO of the group’s Food & Entertainment division.

SKINNYPIZZA Founder and CEO Joseph Vetrano said, “We couldn’t be more pleased to be partnering with Fawaz Alhokair Group to bring healthier SKINNYPIZZA to The Kingdom of Saudi Arabia. Alhokair Food & Entertainment has a long history of successful real estate development and food operation and represents precisely what we look for in an experienced international multi-unit development franchisee.”

SKINNYPIZZA Senior Franchise Recruiter Vince Blumetti indicated that “the company is very excited with the newly formed multi-unit relationship with Alhokair Group and the discerning investments of its chairman of Fawaz Alhokair. We believe that this places SKINNYPIZZA in ‘rarefied air’ that includes Chairman Alhokair’s interests in 2,100 stores across the Middle East, North Africa and Central Asia, and of course his recent highly publicized $88 million Park Avenue purchase, which is Manhattan’s highest penthouse.”

SKINNYPIZZA’s expansion focus includes primary domestic and international markets that support a healthier approach to great tasting New York-style pizza, pasta, organic salads and farm-to-table greens. Company officials say they anticipate additional expansion this year with a growth rate of 6-10 domestic units, including locations in Greenwich, CT, Dallas/Ft. Worth and Philadelphia.

ABOUT SKINNYPIZZA
After life-long experience with authentic Napoli-New York-style pizza, and over six years of research and development, Joseph Vetrano came up with a winning formula. SKINNYPIZZA is the New York Post’s #1 rated, best tasting pizza. Their healthy and delicious pies include a no-additive crust, USDA organic tomatoes, and hormone-free, nitrate-free toppings. SKINNYPIZZA, along with its staff Registered Dietician, serves only all-natural additive-free pizzas, GMO-free pastas, USDA organic salads, farm-to-table greens, high-fructose corn syrup-free sodas, soups, sandwiches, and optional organic craft beers.

SKINNYPIZZA is based in New York City at Brookfield Place, Two World Financial Center, 225 Liberty Street, Suite 251, New York, NY 10281. For more information visit: skinnypizza.com

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NYU addresses the growing restaurant sector and ensures that aspiring restaurateurs possess the business fundamentals needed to succeed.

“We wanted to develop a curriculum that would serve the educational and training needs of both industry veterans and those seeking to launch their careers or new business ventures,” said Dr. Kristin Lamoureux, clinical associate professor and associate dean, NYU School of Professional Studies Jonathan M. Tisch Center for Hospitality and Tourism.

NYU addresses the growing restaurant sector and ensures that aspiring restaurateurs possess the business fundamentals needed to succeed.

August 3, 2016 – New York City
PRESS RELEASE BY:
Aaron Ross
Assistant Director – NYU School of Professional Studies

Jonathan M. Tisch Center for Hospitality and Tourism
7 East 12th Street | 721E | New York, NY 10003 P (212) 998-7226

Despite the thousands of restaurants that go out of business each year, thousands more take their place as their owners pursue dreams of succeeding where so many others have failed. Despite the relative ease of launching a new venture, creating a restaurant that is successful in the long-term requires a balance between creating a memorable culinary and service experience and minimizing operational expenditures to ensure profitability.

To help address the needs of this growing sector and ensure that aspiring restaurateurs possess the business fundamentals needed to succeed, the NYU School of Professional Studies Jonathan M. Tisch Center for Hospitality and Tourism (sps.nyu.edu/tisch) is launching a new Professional Diploma in Restaurant Entrepreneurship for the fall 2016 semester.

“We wanted to develop a curriculum that would serve the educational and training needs of both industry veterans and those seeking to launch their careers or new business ventures,” said Dr. Kristin Lamoureux, clinical associate professor and associate dean, NYU School of Professional Studies Jonathan M. Tisch Center for Hospitality and Tourism. “By providing a framework for building knowledge and skills, access to industry leaders, and validating student learning through a comprehensive business plan, we can ensure that our diploma holders are prepared to not only start but grow successful businesses that will create lasting value for the communities in which they are based.”

This concentrated diploma program was designed with working professionals in mind and will be delivered in a blended – online and in-person format – which provides students with the utmost flexibility to complete the program. The 5 required courses include Restaurant Business Planning and Concept Development; Restaurant Financial Management; Restaurant Operations; Restaurant Sales and Marketing; and JobFocus: Restaurant Entrepreneurship.

Applications for the fall 2016 semester will be accepted until August 26. For more information about the Professional Diploma in Restaurant Entrepreneurship, including application requirements, and course faculty, click here. You may also call 212-998-7226 or email [email protected].

This program adds another option for students who would like to pursue a career in the restaurant industry, and is a perfect companion to the existing Diploma in Restaurant Operations and Guest Service, which focuses entirely on developing the skills to achieve operational excellence in the front- and back-of house. For information about the Restaurant Operations and Guest Service diploma, click here.

SmartCEO Magazine names Gary Occhiogrosso of TRUFOODS, LLC – 2014 Executive Management Award Winner

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SmartCEO Magazine names Gary Occhiogrosso of TRUFOODS, LLC 2014 Executive Management Award Winner

President and CDO Recognized for Elite Leadership Skills and Innovative Business Strategies

New York, N.Y. – TRUFOODS, LLC is thrilled to announce the recognition of Gary Occhiogrosso, President and Chief Development Officer, as part of SmartCEO’s Executive Management Awards. The award winners are recognized for their creative management vision, leadership philosophy, innovative strategy and unwavering work ethic.

“It is a great honor to be named an Executive Management Award Winner,” Occhiogrosso said. “This award validates TRUFOODS, LLC’s leadership in the unique category of reinventing and launching heritage brands in the QSR segment. 2014 will prove to be a great year of growth for each brand we represent.”

The Executive Management Awards program recognizes the leadership and accomplishments of New York’s management all-stars; the CFOs, CIOs/CTOs, COOs and other C-suite executives leading the region’s business community. The prestigious award will be presented on April 30, 2014 at Capitale, in the heart of New York City.

“All too often, senior leaders in an organization become unsung heroes. This is why SmartCEO designed the Executive Management Awards. The 2014 Executive Management Award winners are not only leading their companies and co-workers to achieve greatness, but they are also making huge contributions to their communities,” says Rick Crane, regional president of Smart CEO media. “We are honored to recognize each of these individuals and celebrate their accomplishments.”

In order to stand out among the ever-growing quality-food-concept pack, TRUFOODS, LLC is currently in the process of implementing opportune changes, including an enhancement of the Pudgie’s Famous Chicken to Pudgie’s Naked Chicken Co. brand and increased franchise opportunities for Ritter’s Frozen Custard. To further upgrade the brands in 2014, Occhiogrosso will focus on the revitalization of the veteran company’s appearance, thus allowing for progression in previously untapped markets.

With the validation of Smart CEO, and Occhiogrosso at the helm of TRUFOODS LLC, the brand is poised to take the next step to success and solidifying its iconic status in the influential hospitality climate.

About TRUFOODS, LLC.
TRUFOODS, LLC owns and operates some of the most highly regarded food franchise brands in America including Wall Street Deli, Ritter’s Frozen Custard, Pudgie’s Naked Chicken Co. and Arthur Treacher’s Fish & Chips, boasting roughly 46 locations nationwide with annual system wide sales of approximately $15.3 million. TRUFOODS, LLC goal is to grow all of its existing brands organically, doubling its number of units over the next five years with an emphasis on continued growth in existing markets. Growth is expected to come from a combination of area developers and single-unit operators. Visit TRUFOODS at www.trufoods.com.

About SmartCEO
SmartCEO’s mission is to educate and inspire the business community through its award-winning magazine, connections at C-level events and access to valuable online resources. SmartCEO’s integrated media platforms reach decision makers in the Baltimore, New York, Philadelphia and Washington, metropolitan areas.

Nearly 50,000 offensive-minded, growth-oriented CEOs turn to SmartCEO magazine to find ideas and inspiration to help them grow their businesses. Each issue includes behind-the-scenes looks at local success stories, columns written by key opinion leaders and other resources to help the region’s middle-market CEOs conquer the daily challenges of running a business. SmartCEO magazine is published on a bimonthly basis with editions in four major markets: Baltimore SmartCEO, New York SmartCEO, Philadelphia SmartCEO and Washington SmartCEO.

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Quotes from “The Donald” and we don’t mean “You’re Fired!”

Well, yes, I’ve fired a lot of people. Generally I like other people to fire, because it’s always a lousy task. But I have fired many people.
Donald Trump

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Donald Trump

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Donald Trump

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I have made the tough decisions, always with an eye toward the bottom line. Perhaps it’s time America was run like a business.

Donald Trump

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One of the key problems today is that politics is such a disgrace, good people don’t go into government.

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Pudgie’s Famous Chicken back in the NY area – 15 new Pudgie’s franchises to open across LI

15 new Pudgie’s franchises to open across LI
December 13, 2010
By JAMES BERNSTEIN [email protected]
James Bernstein is a longtime business writer for Newsday.

Aman Singh of Central Islip, who already owns three Pudgie’s chicken restaurants on Long Island, will be the “development agent” for 15 more in Nassau and Suffolk. The designation comes from Manhattan-based TRUFOODS, LLC., a fast-food franchiser that purchased the chain two years ago. Singh will franchise out the 15 stores during the next few years.

Read the entire story here:
http://www.newsday.com/columnists/james-bernstein/15-new-pudgie-s-to-open-across-li-1.2537969