Auntie Anne’s Tops Food Franchise List

Central Penn Business Journal:

Lancaster-based soft pretzel giant Auntie Anne’s Inc. topped the 2011 food franchises list recently released by Franchise Business Review.

The New Hampshire-based market research company said it surveyed nearly 1,800 franchisees from the food sector, representing 78 franchise brands and 20,522 operating businesses. The ranking formula is primarily based on overall franchisee satisfaction, but also takes into account chain size and survey response rates, the company said.

Founded in 1988, Auntie Anne’s is the world’s largest hand-rolled pretzel chain, with more than 1,100 stores in 44 states and 23 countries.

“The ranking is a great demonstration of results from teamwork on both the parts of the Auntie Anne’s franchise partners and the corporate support team members,” said Valerie Kinney, an Auntie Anne’s spokeswoman.

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