Technomic Names Pandini’s a “Top 100 Fast Casual Chain” for 2009

July 16, 2009

Pandini’s earns honor based on performance, sales and fast casual trends

Technomic Names Pandini’s a “Top 100 Fast Casual Chain” for 2009

GAITHERSBURG, Md., July 16, 2009 -- Sodexo’s retail restaurant development team, Retail Brand Group is pleased to announce one of its fastest growing chains, Pandini’s®, has been named a “Top 100 Fast Casual Chain” for 2009 by Technomic Information Services. 

Pandini’s offers a kitchen on stage, where all meals are prepared fresh and in full view of the guests. Pandini’s combines old world Italian classics with new world flavors, serving a range of individual hand-stretched artisan pizzas, signature Labretti® sandwiches, salads and pastas. The family-friendly atmosphere is an authentic Italian experience and affordable with all dishes under $8.00.

“It’s an honor for Pandini’s to be named to this list and to be in the good company of the other quality fast casual brands,” says Husein Kitabwalla, senior vice president of Sodexo’s Retail Brand Group. “Pandini’s plays well in the fast casual category because of its unique ability to bridge the gap between the old world Italian with a fusion of new flavors and deliver it in a highly interactive and engaging environment.”

Pandini’s was evaluated based on chain performance, sales and fast casual trends for selection by Technomic. With its roots in non-traditional locations like college campuses and health care facilities, Pandini’s made its street front, retail debut in 2008 and recently opened its 28th location in Germantown, Md. The brand was also featured by Restaurants & Institutions magazine as a “Chain to Watch” and is a past Nations Restaurant News “Hot Concepts!” Award-winner.

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Retail Brand Group, LLC, a comprehensive portfolio of distinctive restaurant brands, including award-winning concepts Jazzman's Café and Pandini’s, offers targeted retail opportunities for its brands for shopping centers, strip malls, airports and other venues. As a subsidiary of Sodexo, Inc., and with the experience of more than 575 locations nationwide, Retail Brand Group has branded solutions suited for virtually any venue.  From bistros and coffeehouses to upscale pizza, gourmet burgers and authentic ethnic cuisine, Retail Brand Group turns dining into a memorable event.

Sodexo, Inc. ( is a leading integrated facilities management services company in the U.S., Canada, and Mexico, with $7.7 billion (USD) in annual revenue and 120,000 employees.  Sodexo serves more than ten million customers daily in corporations, health care, long term care and retirement centers, schools, college campuses, government, and remote sites.  Sodexo, Inc., headquartered in Gaithersburg, Md., is a member of Sodexo Group, and funds all administrative costs for the Sodexo Foundation (, an independent charitable organization that, since its founding in 1999, has made more than $11 million in grants to fight hunger in America.

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