Garden Fresh Restaurant Corp., known for its 120 Souplantation and Sweet Tomatoes fresh, all-you-care-to-eat buffet restaurants, announced today the appointment of Eric Rosenzweig as Chief Information Officer. In this position, Mr. Rosenzweig will lead the company’s information technology department, including managing critical technology systems that support the company’s restaurants, its central kitchens and distribution centers, and the enterprise systems and applications for all corporate processes.
An industry veteran, Mr. Rosenzweig brings more than 25 years of experience managing technology at leading corporations. Most recently, he was Vice President of Information Technology at PETCO Animal Supplies, Inc., a national retailer of pet food and supplies. Over his 16 years at PETCO, Mr. Rosenzweig worked extensively in every facet of the I.T. function which included improving the reliability and effectiveness of core I.T. systems that supported the company’s growth from 200 stores to a national retailer of over 1,100 locations with $2.8 billion in sales.
“I’m excited about being part of Garden Fresh, a growing company with an admirable mission to provide fresh, healthy food to consumers across the country”
“We are very pleased to have Eric join our team and are eager to leverage his expertise as we continue to evolve our restaurant systems to utilize new technology offerings. Eric’s deep experience in running a national I.T. department will allow for improved collaboration between all departments to ensure that we are meeting the needs of our growing and changing business,” said Michael Mack, CEO of Garden Fresh.
Mr. Rosenzweig’s appointment will strengthen Garden Fresh’s technology infrastructure at a critical time, as the company looks to expand beyond its current markets, and explores new restaurant concepts like its recently launched Souplantation Express restaurant, which has a smaller footprint and offers more options for guests on the go.
“I’m excited about being part of Garden Fresh, a growing company with an admirable mission to provide fresh, healthy food to consumers across the country,” said Mr. Rosenzweig. “I look forward to using technology to drive the business forward and to being a part of a growing department within the organization.”
About Garden Fresh Restaurant Corp.
Garden Fresh Restaurant Corp., which operates Souplantation/Sweet Tomatoes restaurants, was founded in 1978 in San Diego and currently operates 120 salad buffet-style restaurants across the western, southern and eastern portions of the United States. Souplantation/Sweet Tomatoes offers an exceptional, all-you-care-to-eat dining experience with a daily selection of made-from-scratch soups and salads and hand-crafted muffins, focaccia, breads and tasty desserts. By combining high-quality, farm-fresh and scratch-made foods for a fixed price, the restaurants provide guests with the freedom to create their own wholesome meals. The restaurant concept is built around fresh prepared, great-tasting recipes with a salad bar full of seasonal vegetables and tossed salads prepared exhibition-style every 20 minutes. Souplantation/Sweet Tomatoes restaurants are open daily for lunch and dinner and also for a special Sunday Breakfast that features a variety of delicious morning favorites in addition to regular selections.
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