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Crunchtime Announces Finalists for Inaugural Ops Excellence Awards

Winner to be Selected by Attendees at Ops Summit Conference

BOSTON, August 29, 2023–Crunchtime announced the finalists for its first ever Ops Excellence Awards today: P.F. Chang’s, Sweetgreen, and Tacala Companies. Representatives from each finalist company will present their stories at the Ops Summit on Oct. 4, 2023 in San Antonio. Following the presentations, Ops Summit attendees will vote on the winner, which will be announced at the conference.

The finalist presentations will be delivered by:

  • Christina Serino, Senior Director, Quality Assurance & Food Safety for P.F. Chang’s
  • Jenn Huntress, Senior Operations Services Associate for Sweetgreen
  • Ken Guardino, Ops Services Director for Tacala Companies

Crunchtime customers were invited to participate in the awards program by submitting their success stories during the June 22-Aug. 4 nomination period. Awards nomination requirements included explaining how their organization uses Crunchtime solutions to level-up their operations, with priority consideration given to those that included success metrics to quantify the impact.

“It was incredibly difficult for our team to narrow down the nominees to just three finalists,” said David Karel, Chief Marketing Officer for Crunchtime. “The success stories crossed every segment of our customer base, from multi-national chains with thousands of locations to smaller regional franchisees. It was thrilling to see the range of ways the operators we support are using our solutions to achieve operational excellence, and the tangible impacts they’re tracking.”

Even among non-finalists, some notable success metrics were shared in the nominations, such as:

  • Reduced actual vs. theoretical food cost variance by 20% in 18 months
  • Saved 2,000 pieces of paper per day (730,000 per year)
  • 100% of locations post inventory every week
  • Awarded four $5,000 scholarships to team members
  • Achieved a 9% decrease in food safety violations

Finalist stories and select honorable mention nominations will be published after the conference.

About Crunchtime:

Crunchtime is how the world’s top restaurant brands achieve ops excellence in every location. Our software is used in over 125,000 locations in 100+ countries to manage inventory, staff scheduling, learning and development, food safety, operational tasks, and audits. Crunchtime enables customers including Chipotle, Jersey Mike’s, Domino’s, Dunkin’, Five Guys, and P.F. Chang's to control food and labor costs, and deliver great experiences. For more information, visit crunchtime.com.

Media Contact:

Cindy Poulos
Vice President of Marketing Communications