Staff Report, GDTnews@civitasmedia.com
August 20, 2013
COLUMBUS — Bob Evans Farms, Inc. announced Tuesday a partnership with Warren, Ohio-based food service company AVI Foodsystems Inc., to develop and license a new prototype concept Bob Evans Express. The first unit opened at the BMW Manufacturing Co., LLC Spartanburg, South Carolina, manufacturing facility on August 19.
Bob Evans Express is a non-traditional restaurant concept designed for venues such as workplace cafés, universities, airports, malls, service plazas and hospitals.
Bob Evans co-developed the concept with AVI after selecting AVI as their food service provider for Bob Evans’ new corporate campus in New Albany, Ohio. The second Bob Evans Express location will be introduced at the campus’ employee café this October.
Each Bob Evans Express will offer a menu of portable Bob Evans favorites, like sausage gravy and biscuits and slow-roasted turkey, among other items.
“This new Bob Evans Express concept was a natural evolution of our relationship with AVI after discussing plans for our corporate campus. AVI has significant experience and expertise in non-traditional food venues, making them an ideal partner,” commented Bob Evans Farms Chairman and CEO Steven A. Davis. “We’re pleased that two great Ohio companies are partnering together on this new innovative concept, which is full of possibilities for both companies.”
“We are focused on providing our customers the family difference in hospitality services, making a quality brand such as Bob Evans a perfect fit,” stated Anthony J. Payiavlas, President and CEO of AVI Foodsystems, Inc. “This is a tremendous example of synergy … two Ohio-based companies creating a winning concept that capitalizes on our core strengths.”
This project allows Bob Evans to leverage its brand and explore opportunities in non-traditional locations, and the arrangement will initially provide AVI with exclusivity. The concept’s footprint is a fraction of a traditional Bob Evans restaurant at just 500 square feet, and will be managed and operated by AVI.
Davis continued, “This is the perfect opportunity to focus on the strengths of both companies. We’re looking forward to further developing our partnership.”