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/
WEEK 10 NON-PPR RANKINGSQuarterback | Running back | Wide receiver | Tight end | D/ST | KickerAnd what would a sleeper list be without Ronald Jones? He finally had his breakout, and while the past suggests it could be fool’s gold, Jones finally has Bruce Arians saying the right things about him this week. It might be time to fully buy in.Our Week 9 fantasy sleeper headliners were one big win and one big whiff. Jaylen Samuels was heavily involved for Pittsburgh and wound up with 13 catches, making him an even better option in PPR leagues. But Gardner Minshew struggled mightily in London against a bad pass defense (and now he’s been benched). WEEK 10 DFS LINEUPS:Y! cash | Y! GPP | DK cash | DK GPP | FD cash | FD GPPBeyond those two, we were very right about Devin Singletary who finally had the breakout we’ve been waiting for. Philip Rivers and Derek Carr both had solid games, as did Golden Tate. Jamaal Williams didn’t do a ton, but he managed to get into the end zone, but WRs Anthony Miller and Phillip Dorsett were total flops. To see our Week 10 busts, click here.Week 10 Fantasy Sleepers: Running backsJoe Mixon, Bengals vs. Ravens (Billy Heyen). Mixon finally had a decent rushing game before the Bengals’ bye, and if anything, with Ryan Finley making his first start, Cincinnati will lean on Mixon more. Baltimore has allowed 4.3 yards per carry and eight rushing touchdowns to running backs this season, so it’s not a bad shot for Mixon. Ronald Jones, Buccaneers vs. Cardinals (Vinnie Iyer). He’s a starter now and won’t disappoint in a high-scoring game where he should get carries inside the 10.Bilal Powell, Jets vs. Giants (Matt Lutovsky). Powell started the first seven games last season, though he split touches with Isaiah Crowell during that span. All told, he averaged 4.3 yards per carry and 64.7 total yards per game. With Le’Veon Bell (knee) ailing, Powell could be in line for significant touches and won’t have to split with someone like Crowell, as receiving back Ty Montgomery shouldn’t be a major threat to Powell’s rushing production. Against the Giants, who allow the ninth-most fantasy points per game (FPPG) to RBs, Powell could pay off. Bonus: Kareem Hunt, Browns vs. Bills (Lutovsky). Hunt will make his season debut against Buffalo, and although he’s been away from the team since the start of the year, Browns coach Freddie Kitchens said Monday that Hunt will “definitely have a role” in the offense. Nick Chubb is obviously still the lead back, but Hunt will likely get a handful of carries and play on a good chunk of passing downs. It’s easy to forget just how productive Hunt was with the Chiefs, as he averaged 4.7 yards per carry and 10.5 yards per catch. He also scored 19 touchdowns in 27 games. Obviously, things will be much different with Cleveland, but against Buffalo, who allow 4.6 yards per carry and 8.3 yards per reception to RBs, Hunt could break off enough big plays to have FLEX value during this six-team bye week. WEEK 10 PPR RANKINGS: Running back | Wide receiver | Tight endWeek 10 Fantasy Football Sleepers: QuarterbacksDaniel Jones, Giants @ Jets (Heyen). Jones and Sam Darnold are both possible sleepers in this game, but I’m more confident that Jones will actually make big plays. He also adds some upside with his legs, something Darnold can’t claim.Jimmy Garoppolo, 49ers vs. Seahawks (Iyer). He went nuts in Week 9, and the Seahawks didn’t offer much resistance against Jameis Winston last week.Kyler Murray, Cardinals @ Buccaneers (Lutovsky). Murray hasn’t thrown a touchdown in four road games, so to say he’s “due” is an understatement. Tampa allows the fourth-most FPPG to QBs, and Murray has some rushing potential to help raise his floor and his ceiling. MORE WEEK 10:Waiver pickups | FAAB planner | Snap counts | Trade values | Fantasy playoff SOSWeek 10 Fantasy Football Sleepers: Wide receiversDeVante Parker, Dolphins @ Colts (Heyen). With Preston Williams (knee) done for the season, Parker’s targets should rise, and he’s found the end zone in four of the last five weeks, to boot. Robby Anderson, Jets vs. Giants (Iyer). All the Giants’ secondary does is give up big plays to speedy wideouts.Zach Pascal, Colts vs. Dolphins (Lutovsky). Pascal has produced at least 72 yards in both games T.Y. Hilton (calf) has missed, and with Parris Campbell (hand) also hurt, Pascal has even more upside against a Dolphins defense allowing over 25 standard FPPG to WRs (eighth most).MORE WEEK 10 DFS: Stacks | Values | Lineup BuilderWeek 10 Fantasy Football Sleepers: Tight endsJonnu Smith, Titans vs. Chiefs (Heyen). The Chiefs are one of the league’s worst defenses against tight ends, and it will probably be at least another week until we see Delanie Walker (ankle) back on the field to take looks away from Smith.Gerald Everett, Rams @ Steelers (Iyer). He should be the biggest beneficiary of Brandin Cooks missing time rather than Josh Reynolds, especially in this matchup.O.J. Howard, Buccaneers vs. Cardinals (Lutovsky). We’ll take the low-hanging fruit here. If you count Taysom Hill as a TE, Arizona has allowed a TE touchdown in all but one game this year. It’s unbelievably bad against the position, and we know Howard has big-play ability. Yes, he’s been a massive disappointment, but he’s worth trusting after his two-game layoff because of a hamstring injury. We head into Week 10 needing fantasy football sleepers to come through more than ever. There are six teams on bye this week, meaning that a number of your usual starting options are relegated to your bench. You might be scouring the waiver wire or free agency for pickups that can save your week as we approach the stretch run of the fantasy season — and the last thing you want is for the guy you add to bust. Maybe Bilal Powell or Kareem Hunt can be just the savior that your fantasy team needs. (Update: With Le’Veon Bell expected to play, Powell has little fantasy value.)As usual, the name of the game for sleepers is a combination of matchup and opportunity. We have Daniel Jones as a QB sleeper, and he very well could’ve been joined by the other quarterback in that same game, Sam Darnold. Kyler Murray, O.J. Howard, and Zach Pascal are all here with great matchups, too. Week 10 Fantasy Sleepers: DefensesNew York Giants @ Jets (Heyen). Sam Darnold and Adam Gase’s offense couldn’t perform well against the Dolphins. Please give me a defense that’s improved by the Leonard Williams acquisition (and revenge-game factor) against a team that just lost to the previously winless Dolphins.Indianapolis Colts vs. Dolphins (Iyer). This may seem like a layup, but even with Miami showing competent offense last week, Indy is better at making defensive impact plays at home.New York Jets vs. Giants (Lutovsky). In seven games since Daniel Jones took over, the Giants have turned it over 21 times, allowed 26 sacks, and given up four D/ST touchdowns. It doesn’t matter who’s facing them — you want that D/ST.