Marking 19 consecutive quarters of growth, Bruegger’s Enterprises, Inc. has announced revenue for comparable sales grew 6.6 percent at company locations and 6.9 percent system-wide for the fourth quarter ending December 30, 2008. For the 2008 fiscal year, same store sales increased 4.2 percent for the company and 3.9 percent for the system, aided by one extra week versus 2007. Bruegger’s gross sales reached $198.9 million system wide in 2008; an 11.3 percent rise over the same period in 2007.”Hitting the mark of reaching our 19th consecutive quarter of sales increase was indeed an accomplishment,” said Bruegger’s Chief Executive Officer Jim Greco. “By focusing in on our core values of providing great service, great food and great value, we were able to continue to build sales in spite of the economy. It is a testament to the entire Bruegger’s team and our loyal following.”New Menu Items and LocationsDuring the fourth quarter, Bruegger’s continued to promote the Farmer’s Omelet which was introduced in Q3. The company also kicked off its annual Bottomless Mug promotion in Q4 with a new keytag option in addition to the travel mug and cards.Also during the fourth quarter, Bruegger’s opened corporate bakeries in Greensboro, N.C., Jenkintown, Pa. and Arlington, Va., as well as franchise- operated bakeries in Orange, Conn., Raleigh, N.C. and in Raleigh-Durham Airport bringing the total to 288 bakeries in 23 states and the District of Columbia. New bakery expansion will continue with four bakeries set to open in Q1 2009.About Bruegger’s Enterprises, Inc.Bruegger’s Enterprises, Inc., an affiliate of Sun Capital Partners, Inc., is a leader in the fast casual restaurant segment. Bruegger’s is dedicated to serving delicious, healthy food that brings guests back again and again. In 288 neighborhood bakery-cafes in 23 states and the District of Columbia, Bruegger’s offers a warm, comfortable setting for guests to enjoy a wholesome meal with family and friends. Famous for authentic boiled and baked bagels, Bruegger’s bakers lend their expertise to crafting a variety of other stone- hearth baked breads, such as Ciabatta and the exclusive Softwich. Guests can count on innovative menu items, including unique cream cheese flavors, delicious breakfast sandwiches and wraps, hand-tossed salads, hearty soups, signature and custom order sandwiches, desserts, and Fair Trade Green Mountain coffee blends. Founded in 1983, Bruegger’s is headquartered in Burlington, Vermont and supports its neighbors in every community it serves. For more information, please visit www.brueggers.com(link is external).BURLINGTON, Vt., Feb. 5 /PRNewswire/
Indianapolis, in. — Attorney General Curtis Hill has filed a brief asking the U.S. Supreme Court to uphold the constitutionality of an Indiana law involving abortion.Enacted in 2016, House Bill 1337 contains two provisions at issue in the current case. One provision requires health facilities disposing of fetal remains to treat them with the same dignity accorded other human remains by either burying or cremating them. (Unlike health facilities, parents who choose to take possession of fetal remains after an abortion or miscarriage have no such requirements imposed on them.) The other provision prohibits abortion performed solely because of the disability, race or sex of the unborn child.The Seventh Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals has held that both of these provisions violate the U.S. Constitution.In the case of the fetal-remains provision, the Seventh Circuit panel contradicted an earlier decision in the Eighth Circuit upholding as constitutional a virtually identical law enacted in Minnesota.“The result is that Minnesota can require burial or cremation of fetal remains while Indiana cannot,” Attorney General Hill writes in today’s filing. Only the U.S. Supreme Court, he notes, “can decide which of these positions is correct.”While the anti-discrimination provision involves no such conflict between circuits, it raises issues of national importance that the Court should address, Attorney General Hill said.“Other states are adopting laws similar to ours,” he said. “Internationally, there is attention focused on whether it’s ethical to abort babies because, for example, they have Down Syndrome, which is a very prevalent reason given for abortions. So we’re hoping that the significance of the issue will justify Supreme Court review.”
BRIDGETOWN, Barbados (CMC):Phil Simmons was yesterday suspended as West Indies head coach for criticising the selection process regarding the one-day team for the upcoming tour of Sri Lanka.The Trinidadian, only appointed six months ago, made the shocking move of slamming the omission of Kieron Pollard and Dwayne Bravo from the yet-to-be announced ODI squad, claiming there had been “outside interference” in the selection process.In a statement, the West Indies Cricket Board said it had “learnt of the comments from head coach of the West Indies team Phil Simmons in the print and electronic media which appear to question the legitimacy of the selection process of the one-day international squad for the tour of Sri Lanka”.”As a result, the management of the WICB has taken action to suspend the head coach, pending an investigation into the issue,” the release said.”The head coach will not now travel with the team on the tour of Sri Lanka.”Ironically, one group of West Indies players were scheduled to leave here yesterday for the Test tour of Sri Lanka, with the second group set to depart today.Eldine Baptiste, who was expected to be the ‘selector on tour’, will now replace Simmons for the two-Test series which will be followed by the one-day series.In a media conference at the conclusion of the team-preparation camp last Friday, Simmons took the unusual step of accusing “people” of using their “influence” to determine squad selection.”I think it’s disappointing from the fact that I haven’t got the best 50-over ODI squad that we can select in the Caribbean,” Simmons said.”The chairman, Mr (Clive) Lloyd, he came and he gave an exceptional speech, saying that he thinks it is time they (Bravo and Pollard) are back in the squad, and he gave exceptional reasons for them being back in the squad.No success in meeting”Unfortunately, when we went into the selection [meeting], we lost it 3-2. Him and myself – the captain (Jason Holder) doesn’t have a vote in this – but the captain also gave his views as why they need to be back.”He added: “That’s not the disappointing fact. The disappointing fact is that you can lose 3-2 in a vote-off, but there is too much interference from outside in the selection of the ODI squad, and it’s disappointing for me to know that in any aspect of life … [people would use] their position to get people into a squad, or in this case, get people left out of a squad.”It is wrong, and I don’t like it, and that is my beef with the selection of the ODI team.”Simmons was appointed last March following the ICC Cricket World Cup in Australia and New Zealand, and has overseen home series against England and Australia.West Indies drew the three-Test series against England, 1-1, but lost the two-Test series to Australia, 2-0.Simmons, 52, is a former West Indies cricketer, who played 26 Tests and 143 ODIs between 1987 and 1999.