Corner Bakery Cafe Teams with SpenDifference

DALLAS, TX   Corner Bakery Cafe has partnered with SpenDifference to support their supply management function. As an integral part of Corner Bakery Cafe’s strategic growth initiative, SpenDifference will support the company’s purchasing and cost saving programs to maintain a competitive advantage.

“SpenDifference has a proven track record of delivering results and we’re happy to partner with them to support our company and franchise business needs,” says Frank Paci, CEO of Corner Bakery Cafe.

“We couldn’t be happier to work with the Corner Bakery Cafe team to support their supply management needs” says Maryanne Rose, CEO of SpenDifference. “Our passion for our clients is demonstrated by our commitment to their success. The SpenDifference model allows Corner Bakery Cafe to respond competitively by providing processes and resources often only available to the largest restaurant brands. We will provide purchasing leverage, supply chain expertise, actionable business intelligence and streamlined processes that brings sustainable value to Corner Bakery Cafe.”

About Corner Bakery Cafe

Corner Bakery Cafe is a fast-casual restaurant serving breakfast, lunch and dinner to guests in 23 states and Washington, D.C. Established in 1991, Corner Bakery Cafe restaurants are owned and operated by CBC Restaurant Corp. with nearly 200 company-owned and franchised locations around the country. Founded on a philosophy of creating a place for people to relax and gather with family and friends, Corner Bakery Cafe features innovative, seasonal menu options while delivering a premier bakery cafe experience in the heart of neighborhoods everywhere. For more information, visit


About SpenDifference

SpenDifference partners with restaurant companies by providing customized supply chain solutions. Our “BETTER TOGETHER” approach provides leverage, expertise, and transparency to ensure the supply chain delivers maximum value. With services tailored to meet chain restaurant needs, SpenDifference manages costs and risks, and delivers actionable intelligence for a stronger bottom line while supporting brand growth.

Naf Naf Grill Teams with SpenDifference

Naf Naf Grill has partnered with SpenDifference to support their supply management function. As an integral part of Naf Naf Grill’s strategic growth initiative, SpenDifference will support the company’s rapid expansion by bringing a disciplined supply chain approach that delivers measurable savings and scalable processes to the organization.



Long John Silver’s Promo Features Alaskan Cod

Louisville, KY – Long John Silver’s, known for its classic battered and hand-dipped wild-caught Alaskan whitefish, is diving into competition with an unexpected opponent: itself. The country’s largest quick-service seafood restaurant has introduced the new Beer Battered Alaskan Cod alongside its Classic Battered product. This is the first time, since Long John Silver’s opened its doors in 1969, the brand has offered two batter options.

“It is the ‘Battle of the Batters’ and we expect this to be a nail-biter,” said Marilyn Nicholson, Vice President of Marketing. “We believe in healthy competition and in this case we are stepping into the ring with two heavyweights. Our customers really love our Classic Batter flavor, but I think the Beer Battered Alaskan Cod will give the Classic a run for its money.”

“This is a must-try for pub-style fish and chips lovers,” said Chef Peter Czizek, Vice President of Culinary Innovation for Long John Silvers. “We start with premium fresh-caught wild Cod taken straight from the icy waters of Alaska. The fresh flavor of the fish is the perfect compliment to the rich and savory Beer Batter flavor, and amber color which marries flavors reminiscent of brewed hops with a deeply satisfying crunch. I think the elements will speak to our core customers and give them another product to love.”

The Beer Battered and the Classic Alaskan Cod basket are both served with natural-cut fries and Long John Silver’s signature hushpuppies for just $5.99. The basket can be upgraded to a platter, or for those who just want to test the new proverbial “beer-battered-flavored-waters”, add a piece to any meal.

Long John Silver’s Beer Battered Alaskan Cod was test marketed in 2016 and was extremely well-received by customers. In some cases, Nicholson noted, Beer Battered Cod outsold the company’s Classic Batter product.

Long John Silver’s wild-caught Cod and Pollack come from the icy waters of the North Pacific Ocean, one of the best-managed and most sustainable fisheries in the world. LJS fish is fresh-caught, and flash frozen while still aboard the fishing boats to lock in the flavor. The fish is antibiotic free, hormone free, GMO free, additive free and contains no artificial color or flavoring.


February 1, 2017

New Food Cost Forecast Bodes Well for Restaurant Chains

Food cost trends for the commodities restaurants buy are expected to extend into 2017, with beef prices forecast to decline for a second year in a row and costs of many others to remain near current levels, according to the annual purchasing forecast by supply chain management firm SpenDifference.

Colorado Companies to Watch Recognizes SpenDifference

Colorado Companies

Denver, CO – SpenDifference announced today that it has been named a Colorado Company to Watch, acknowledging the drive, excellence and influence of SpenDifference as a growing company in the state. Colorado Companies to Watch honors second stage companies that develop valuable products and services, create quality jobs, enrich communities, and create new industries throughout Colorado.

“We are honored to have been chosen as a 2016 Colorado Company to Watch,” said SpenDifference President & CEO, Maryanne Rose, “We are grateful to our clients and the entire SpenDifference team who have helped us achieve this milestone.”

“We are pleased to recognize SpenDifference for their outstanding contribution in fueling the economic fire of Colorado. Thank you for your contribution says Sean Nohavec, Colorado Companies to Watch Board Chairman.

Colorado Companies to Watch works to recognize the driving economic forces in the state by focusing not merely on growth, but on the true impact and influence of an organization. By focusing on second stage companies across the state, the program offers distinct insight into the state’s economic landscape and recognizes organizations often overlooked for the critical impact they have in their industries, communities and regions, as well as our state as a whole.

About SpenDifference

SpenDifference partners with restaurant companies by providing customized supply chain solutions. Our “BETTER TOGETHER” approach provides leverage, expertise and transparency to ensure your supply chain delivers maximum value. With services tailored to meet your needs, SpenDifference manages costs and risks, while delivering actionable intelligence for a stronger bottom line while supporting brand growth.

About Colorado Companies to Watch

Colorado Companies to Watch, presented by CapitalValue Advisors, is an awards program honoring 2nd-stage companies headquartered in the state of Colorado. The 350 companies that have been honored since the program’s inception demonstrate high performance in the marketplace or exhibit innovative products or processes. The program is designed to seek businesses from a wide range of industries throughout the state, not just the major metropolitan areas. The 50 companies selected each year make an astounding impact on Colorado’s economy by collectively providing thousands of jobs and contributing millions of dollars in revenue. The Colorado Office of Economic Development and International Trade (OEDIT) launched the program in 2009 in conjunction with the Edward Lowe Foundation and valuable community partners from across Colorado.

SpenDifference Offers Supply Chain Strategies to Counter Restaurant Sales Slump

With restaurants facing soft sales, supply chain firm SpenDifference has ideas that will help drive traffic, control costs and protect margins. Short and long-term actions can drive sales and protect profits.

SpenDifference: Big Drop in Shrimp Prices is Good News for Restaurants


The cost of shrimp commonly used in restaurants has continued to come off of the record highs that were seen in recent years, making this the ideal time for chains to lock in prices as they prepare for late 2016 promotions, according to the mid-year purchasing update from supply chain management firm SpenDifference.

SpenDifference Food Price Forecast: Good News for Chain Restaurants


Reversing years of steadily increasing prices, the cost of beef is expected to decrease between 10 percent and 17 percent across all primal cuts in 2016 in what amounts to “the biggest story of the year” for chain restaurants, said DeWayne Dove, vice president of risk management for supply chain management firm SpenDifference.