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BIGGBY® COFFEE Makes the Top 200 Food and Restaurant Franchises of 2018


East Lansing, MI, June 22, 2018–BIGGBY® COFFEE is thrilled to announce that it has placed in the Top 200 Food and Restaurant Franchises of Entrepreneur’s Annual Franchise 500. BIGGBY® is the #4 coffee concept behind Dunkin’ Donuts, Gloria Jean’s Coffees, and The Human Bean Drive Thru. The rankings are based on the score each company received when evaluated by Entrepreneur’s Franchise 500 formula. The formula takes more than 150 data points into account including costs and fees, size and growth, franchisee support, brand strength and financial strength, and stability. Nearly 25% of the companies that applied for this year’s Franchise 500 were food and restaurant franchises. Half of the companies that ranked in the top 10 were quick-service restaurants.


“Innovation, dedication to owner/operator happiness, and operational strength have led us to a place where we’re being continually recognized on a national level,” said Mike McFall, co-CEO of BIGGBY® COFFEE. “Our strategic growth plans have certainly contributed to this, especially the excitement around opportunities like B Cubed and our Area Representatives,” he continued. The B Cubed modular drive thru concept will launch in 2018 as a pilot and allows for a quick turnaround from signing to serving the world’s best coffee at a lower cost to the owner/operator. When it comes to the Area Representative program, BIGGBY® recognizes the knowledge of these individuals in their area is greater than that of the Franchise Team based out of East Lansing. “It just makes sense for them to represent the brand and use their existing networking to support the next group of BIGGBY® COFFEE owner/operators in building a successful business,” said Tony DiPietro, Bond Sphere Director.


Acknowledgement of brand strength and growth potential by outlets like Entrepreneur is elevating BIGGBY® COFFEE in the eyes of potential owner/operators as well as consumers. This accolade comes after continued recognition over the years, like being named the fastest-growing coffee shop in America by CNBC in 2011. “We know the Franchise 500 ranking is highly respected and helps business owners decide where to invest their time and money,” said Bob Fish, co-CEO of BIGGBY® COFFEE. “The Home Office leadership team recognizes this as an opportunity to share our vision with the world—to support people in building a life they love,” he continued. “As we add more owner/operators to our family and expand our states of franchising we will be able to share that vision with more and more people. That is our reason for being and sharing great coffee is our way of doing that.”


For more information regarding Entrepreneur’s Annual Franchise 500 ranking, see the full article here.


BIGGBY® COFFEE, East Lansing, Mich.-based, was started with a single store on March 15, 1995. One year later, and on the cusp of opening a second location, Michael McFall and Bob Fish, on a handshake and $4,000, decided to franchise the concept. BIGGBY® COFFEE’s cultural values of Make Friends, Have Fun, B Yourself, and Share Great Coffee help coffee-lovers and the coffee-curious alike benefit from a less pretentious and fun approach to the standard gourmet cafe paradigm. Besides connoisseur-worthy drinks with pronounceable names like Teddy Bear® and Caramel Marvel®, BIGGBY® baristas provide a unique experience focused on brightening their customer’s day and supporting them in building a life they love. The “Big ‘B’” on the orange background caught on, and today BIGGBY® COFFEE has over 270 cafes open or under contract across ten states including: Michigan, Ohio, Indiana, Illinois, South Carolina, Wisconsin, Kentucky, Florida, Texas, and New Jersey. In 2018, BIGGBY® launched an Area Representative Program and currently has 4 area representatives in 4 states.


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