Focus Brands

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Focus Brands
Founded2001; 17 years ago (2001)
HeadquartersSandy Springs, Georgia, United States
Key people
Kat Cole (COO)
Steve DeSutter (CEO)

Michael Vedesca (CIO)
Gary Bales (CBO)
Mike Dixon (CFO)
Tim Muir (CDO)

Bob Swan (CHRO)
OwnerRoark Capital Group
SubsidiariesAuntie Anne's
Jamba Juice
McAlister's Deli
Moe's Southwest Grill

Focus Brands is an affiliate of the Atlanta-based private equity firm, Roark Capital Group, that currently owns the Schlotzsky's, Carvel, Cinnabon, Moe's Southwest Grill, McAlister's Deli, Auntie Anne's and Jamba Juice brands. It is based in Sandy Springs, Georgia and operates over 5,000 stores.

It purchased Cinnabon from AFC Enterprises in 2004[1] and Schlotzsky's from Bobby Cox Companies in 2006.

On August 11, 2007, Focus Brands announced that it purchased the Moe's Southwest Grill brand from Raving Brands.[2]

In October 2010, Focus Brands acquired the mostly mall-based franchiser Auntie Anne's, a maker of pretzels.[3]

In June of 2017, Kat Cole was named Chief Operating Officer. [4]

On August 2, 2018, Focus Brands announced that it will acquire Frisco-based smoothie-maker Jamba Juice.[5] The acquisition was completed on September 14, 2018.[6]


  1. ^ "COMPANY NEWS; FOCUS BRANDS TO BUY CINNABON FROM AFC ENTERPRISES". The New York Times. September 9, 2004. Retrieved July 1, 2009.
  2. ^ Minnick, Fred (April 11, 2007). "FOCUS Brands Buys Moe's Southwest Grill". QSR Magazine.
  3. ^ "Focus Brands Buys Auntie Anne's". QSR. Retrieved August 19, 2012.
  4. ^ "". Retrieved 2018-01-31. External link in |title= (help)
  5. ^ Garrett, Arnessa; Robinson-Jacobs, Karen (2 August 2018). "Frisco-based Jamba Juice to be bought by Atlanta operator of Schlotzsky's". Dallas News. Retrieved 2 August 2018.
  6. ^ "Focus Brands completes $200m acquisition of smoothie chain Jamba Juice". Verdict Foodservice. 14 September 2018. Retrieved 4 October 2018.

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