Zingerman's

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Zingerman's
Type private partnerships
Industry food
Founded Ann Arbor, Michigan (1982)[1]
Founders Paul Saginaw
Ari Weinzweig[1]
Headquarters Ann Arbor, MI[1], USA
Number of locations 9
Key people Paul Saginaw
Ari Weinzweig[1]
Services training, restaurant
Revenue $40 million (2012)[2]
Owners 16 other partners[2]
Employees 500 (2012)[2]
Parent Dancing Sandwich Enterprises, Inc.
Divisions Zingerman’s Delicatessen
Zingerman’s Bakehouse
ZingTrain
Zingerman’s Catering and Events
Zingerman’s Mail Order
Zingerman’s Creamery
Zingerman’s Roadhouse
Zingerman’s Coffee Co.
Zingerman’s Candy Manufactory
Zingerman's Building on Detroit Street, Ann Arbor, Michigan, around 2002

Zingerman's, or Zingerman's Community of Businesses, is a gourmet food business group headquartered in Ann Arbor, Michigan, USA. The original business and current flagship operation is Zingerman's Delicatessen.[1]

Starting from the original deli, Zingerman’s Community of Businesses (ZCoB) has expanded to nine Ann Arbor based businesses with over 500 total employees.[3] Each business has shared ownership between original founders Paul Saginaw and Ari Weinzweig, and the managing partners who started each business. Each business has its own organizational structure yet they are expected to carry out the same standards and commit to the company’s values.[2]

Despite widespread rumors to the contrary, Zingerman's is not planning on becoming a worker cooperative.[4]

History[edit]

Zingerman's Roadhouse

Zingerman’s Delicatessen was founded in 1982, by Paul Saginaw and Ari Weinzweig, and began serving non-kosher traditional European-Jewish delicatessen dishes and sandwiches.[1] The Deli was originally to be named Greenberg's Delicatessen after a regular customer at Saginaw's fish market, but another business that had that name objected.[5]

In the early 1990s, the co-founding partners generated a plan for their company to 2009, which called for 15 individual business generating $20 million in revenue.[1]

In 1997, Monahan sold his share of the company to Saginaw to focus on his original business venture, Monahan's Seafood Market. As Zingerman's grew, it expanded its offerings to imported gourmet foods, making its own bread at Zingerman's Bakehouse and creating dairy products at Zingerman's Creamery. It opened a second restaurant, Zingerman's Roadhouse, which focuses on regional American cuisine. The enterprise now owns several brand names, including the aforementioned enterprises in addition to Zingerman's Mail Order, Zingerman's Coffee Company, Zingerman's Training, Inc., and Zingerman's Catering. Zingerman's sponsors several mail-order food clubs and occasional culinary study tours.

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