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RealMex and Zoës Kitchen Sign with SpenDifference

  RealMex and Zoës Kitchen Sign with SpenDifference

    Restaurant Purchasing and Supply Chain Co-op to Help Chains Save Money

Business Wire

DENVER -- January 14, 2013

With economic uncertainty continuing to challenge the restaurant industry, two
more restaurant chains, RealMex Restaurants and Zoës Kitchen, are turning to
SpenDifference for strategic supply chain support. These two companies join a
growing client roster that includes restaurant concepts ranging from
Smashburger to HuHot Mongolian Grill.

As a co-op, SpenDifference works hand-in-hand with its clients’ purchasing
departments, providing purchasing and distribution strategy and support that
extends beyond each chain’s internal capabilities. It offers a unique
combination of buying power and expertise while maintaining each chain’s
individual specifications. SpenDifference also has a strategic partnership
with entegra Procurement Services to offer clients greater cost savings on a
broader array of contracted products. Entegra is a $5.8 billion subsidiary of
Sodexo that serves multi-unit clients in the hospitality and non-commercial
industries.

RealMex, with 140 restaurants in 15 states, is the largest full-service
Mexican restaurant company in the United States. Its portfolio of concepts
includes El Torito, El Torito Grill, Chevys Fresh Mex and Acapulco
Restaurants. The company, headquartered in Cypress, Calif., also owns RealMex
Foods distribution division.

“Having worked with SpenDifference while running another concept, I was
extremely impressed with their support and ability to deliver results,” said
RealMex CEO Chris Thomas. “SpenDifference provides expertise and leverage that
mid-size chains cannot afford on their own.”

Zoës Kitchen operates more than 50 Mediterranean-inspired comfort food
fast-casual restaurants across the South. Founded in 1995 in Birmingham, Ala.,
Zoës specializes in fresh salads, wraps, pita sandwiches, kebabs and other
dishes that stem from the owner’s family recipes.

“By all accounts, 2013 is expected to present operators with a variety of
purchase challenges,” said Maryanne Rose, SpenDifference president and CEO.
“We are delighted that RealMex and Zoës Kitchen have turned to SpenDifference
for help in making this year successful.”

Denver-based SpenDifference, LLC, partners with small- and mid-sized
restaurant companies, providing full-service supply chain support.
SpenDifference delivers significant cost-savings, generated by a unique
combination of leverage from scale and deep category expertise, while ensuring
that clients’ product specifications are maintained. It currently works with
both national and regional clients that represent more than $750 million
dollars annually in purchasing.

Contact:

Brad Ritter Communications
Brad Ritter, 866-284-2170
BRitter@bradritter.com