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Auntie Anne’s® named one of the country’s top global franchises by Entrepreneur magazine

International Pretzel Franchise Claims a Top Spot on Prestigious Ranking

LANCASTER, Pa., 2015-7-28 — /EPR Retail News/ — Entrepreneur magazine has named Auntie Anne’s® one of the country’s top global franchises. The iconic soft pretzel company ranks among the top franchises expanding internationally as part of the annual Top Global Franchise list, a comprehensive selection of the top 200 global franchise systems.

The ranking was formulated based on specific criteria, and only companies seeking new franchisees outside the U.S. and with a minimum of five open international locations were considered for this list. To compile the ranking, Entrepreneur started with each company’s 2015 Franchise 500® score—based on objective, quantifiable criteria including system size, growth and financial strength and stability—then adjusted to give extra weight to international size and growth.

“We are so proud of the success the Auntie Anne’s team has seen as we continue to expand the brand to countries across the globe and are grateful to be named a top global franchise,” said Heather Neary, Vice President, Global Marketing at Auntie Anne’s, Inc. “New international Auntie Anne’s locations have continued to prove the concept’s ability to adapt in various cultures by almost instantly creating new loyal fan bases. Looking ahead, Auntie Anne’s has set its sights on additional international development opportunities over the next year.”

Auntie Anne’s is currently in 48 states and more than 30 countries and was ranked no. 34 on Entrepreneur magazine’s 2015 Franchise 500®. Looking ahead, Auntie Anne’s has set its sights on further international development. For more information on franchising opportunities with the brand, please visit

To view the full ranking of Entrepreneur’s Top Global Companies, visit


About Auntie Anne’s
At its more than 1,500 locations around the world, Auntie Anne’s mixes, twists and bakes pretzels from scratch all day long in full view of guests. Auntie Anne’s can be found in malls, outlet centers, and Walmarts, as well as in non-traditional spaces including universities, airports, travel plazas, amusement parks, and military bases. In addition, it has extended the brand onto retailers’ shelves and also serves as a distributor for fundraising products. Available at select retailers nationwide, pretzel fans can enjoy Auntie Anne’s prepare-at-home products, from frozen Classic and Cinnamon Sugar Soft Pretzels and Pretzel Nuggets, to frozen Pretzel Dogs and Pretzel Pocket Sandwiches, to a versatile Pretzel Baking Kit. For more information, visit Auntie Anne’s website, Facebook page, Twitter or YouTube account.

About FOCUS Brands Inc.
Atlanta-based FOCUS Brands Inc. is the franchisor and operator of over 4,000 ice cream shoppes, bakeries, restaurants and cafes in the United States, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico and 60 foreign countries under the brand names Carvel®, Cinnabon®, Schlotzsky’s®, Moe’s Southwest Grill®, Auntie Anne’s® and McAlister’s Deli®, as well as Seattle’s Best Coffee® on certain military bases and in certain international markets. Please visit to learn more.



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