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GFG Corporate Office

Featured Press

Media Contact: Kathleen Shaffer   |   Phone: (470) 388-6170
E-Mail: [email protected]


8/3/2021-Food & Wine

Flamin’ Hot Cheetos Ice Cream and Milkshakes Heat Things Up at Marble Slab Creamery

5/18/2021-Franchise Times

Round Table Opens Its First Delivery-Only Restaurant

04/9/2021-QSR Magazine

GFG President and Chief Brand Officer Talks About the Importance of Culture


Pizza Chains See Potential for a Record Super Bowl Sunday

11/12/20 -LA Times
Hot Dog on a Stick Shines in New Billie Eilish Music Video

11/3/20 -Dailymail.co.uk
Kourtney Kardashian Dresses as a Hotdogger for Halloween

8/4/20 – Entrepreneur
All GFG Brands Rank in Entrepreneur’s Top Food Franchises of 2020.
Preview article from 8/4/20

7/20/20 – Nation’s Restaurant News
Annica Conrad promoted to CMO of Global Franchise Group, which franchises Great American Cookies, Hot Dog on a Stick, Pretzelmaker, Marble Slab Creamery and Round Table Pizza restaurants.
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6/8/20 – Nation’s Restaurant News
Global Franchise Group names Sam Patterson CFO.
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4/13/20 – QSR Magazine
Global Franchise Group Names Paul Damico CEO.
Preview article from 4/13/20

4/4/20 – KTVN Channel 2
Round Table Donates Pizza to Healthcare Heroes.
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2/2/20 – Good Day
Big Game Pizza.
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1/31/20 – ABC 10
Super Bowl deals in California: Where to score a snack for the big game.
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1/31/20 – Fox 40
Sacramento couple wins all-expenses-paid trip to Super Bowl from Round Table.
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1/13/20 – QSR Magazine
Pretzelmaker Opens ‘Fresh Twist’ Concept at Troy University.
Preview article from 1/13/20

1/6/20 – Poosh
Inside the 2019 Kardashian Christmas Eve Party – Hot Dog on a Stick Catering.
Preview article from 1/6/20

12/23/19 – Las Vegas Now
Good vibes merchandise from Hot Dog on a Stick.
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12/18/19 – The Almanac
Original Round Table turns 60.
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12/16/19 – Restaurant Dive
7 of the Most Dramatic Restaurant Redesigns of 2019.
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12/2/19 – Chew Boom
Free Original Chocolate Chip Cookie At Great American Cookies On December 4, 2019 (Loyalty App Users).
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11/28/19 – Yahoo News
Now you can wear Hot Dog on a Stick, on your shirt.
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11/12/19 – QSR Magazine
Great American Cookies Bakes-Up E-Commerce Program with U.S. Shipping.
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10/25/19 – Franchise Times
Round Table Pizza Rolling Out ‘Royal’ New Design.
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10/23/19 – Nation’s Restaurant News
Global Franchise Group names new chief development officer.
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9/23/19 – Fox 40
Round Table’s New Reign of Fire Sauce.
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9/16/19 – GoodDay Sacramento
Round Table Pizza Gets a Royal New Look.
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8/8/19 – Nation’s Restaurant News
Global Franchise promotes Jenn Johnston, hires Jim Parrish.
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5/21/19 – Entrepreneur Magazine
All GFG Brands Rank as Top Food Franchises of 2019.
Preview article from 5/21/19

4/15/19 – Fox & Friends
Great American Cookies Featured on Fox & Friends for Tax Day.
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2/14/19 – New 12 Now
Cookie Cakes for Valentine’ Day in Chattanooga!
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2/8/19 – Fox 40 News
Fox 40 San Diego: Round Table Supports LLS on National Pizza Pie Day.
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2/6/19 – Parade
Pretzelmaker Goes Pink for Valentine’s Day.
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1/30/19 – Nation’s Restaurant News
Readers of Nation’s Restaurant News Name GFG President & CEO, Chris Dull, Top Restaurant CEO.
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12/18/18 – Las Vegas Now
Holiday Entertaining With Hot Dog on a Stick.
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11/29/18 – Nation’s Restaurant News
Global Franchise Group Eyes Expansion Under New Owners.
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11/21/18 – Biz Journals
UPDATE Los Angeles, Toronto PE firms buy Atlanta’s Global Franchise Group.
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11/20/18 – Globe News Wire
Levine Leichtman Capital Partners Sells Global Franchise Group.
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11/15/18 – Restaurant Business
Pretzelmaker’s Bacon and Mozzarella Stuffed Bites Named Top 10 Limited-Time Offers with the Greatest Consumer Appeal.
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10/18/18 – Chew Boom
Hot Dog On A Stick Adds New Pumpkin Funnel Cake Sticks.
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10/8/18 – BuzzFeed
We Went To A Pizza Museum And It Was An Instagram-Lover’s Paradise.
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9/14/18 – PMQ Pizza Magazine
Round Table Partners with Pepsi, DraftKings for Fantasy Football Promo.
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8/17/18 – Las Vegas Now
A Behind the Scenes Look at Hot Dog on a Stick.
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7/19/18 – The Undefeated
Atlanta Hawks Coach Lloyd Pierce LOVES Round Table Pizza.
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7/13/18 – Today
Marble Slab’s National Ice Cream Day Deal Featured on Today.
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7/3/18 – Chew Boom
Hot Dog on a Stick’s New Spicy Batter and Jalapeno Fries featured on Chew Boom.
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6/14/18 – Entrepreneur
All GFG Brands Rank in Entrepreneur’s Top 200 Food and Restaurant List.
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5/18/18 – AJC
8 things you didn’t know about Atlanta’s Great American Cookies.
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4/30/18 – Food Network
Hot Dog on a Stick Named Best Beach Food by Food Network.
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4/26/18 – Fox 26 Houston
Pretzelmaker Celebrates National Pretzel Day.
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4/17/18 – Fox & Friends
Great American Cookies on Fox & Friends for Tax Day.
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4/12/18 – Today Show
Great American Cookies Tax Day Freebie and Hot Dog on a Stick Tax Day Freebie.
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4/9/18 – Restaurant Business
Pretzelmaker tries something new: Breakfast.
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2/9/18 – KMAX-TV NPPD
Round Table Pizza Featured on Good Day Sacramento for National Pizza Pie Day.
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2/1/18 – ESPN.com
The untold history of the cookie cake, recruiting’s must-have dessert.
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1/23/18 – Entrepreneur
Hot Dog on a Stick Ranks #2 in Hot Dog Franchise Category by Entrepreneur Magazine.
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12/5/17 – Atlanta Journal Constitution
You can get free, safe-to-eat cookie dough in Cobb on Saturday.
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12/1/17 – Parade
6 National Cookie Day 2017 Freebies.
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11/15/17 – Fox Orlando
Hot Dog on a Stick Live at the International Association of Amusement Parks and Attractions Expo.
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10/24/17 – Gwinnett Daily Post
Great American Cookies, Marble Slab Creamery opening joint store in Braselton.
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10/3/17 – Dhaka Tribune
Global Franchise Group announces the opening of Marble Slab Creamery in Dhaka.
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9/21/17 – KTVU-TV Oakland
GFG Acquires Round Table Pizza.
Watch video from 9/21/17

9/20/17 – Nation’s Restaurant News
In Round Table Pizza, franchisor gets ‘center of the plate’ concept it’s always wanted.
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8/29/17 – Franchise Times
FGB winners go beyond the bottom line.
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8/21/17 – LLS
GFG’s Commitment to The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society.
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6/20/17 – ABC 36
Savvy Shopper: Great American Cookie Company.
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3/15/17 – USA Today
LLS thanks GFG in USA Today.
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3/3/17 – Atlanta Business Chronicle
Top 25 Atlanta-Based Franchises.
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2/16/17 – The Sacramento Bee
Free Hot Dog on a Stick, lemonade Thursday at Sunrise Mall.
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1/22/17 – ABC 7 Los Angeles
Eye on L.A. Explores Foods 1st Made in the City.
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1/17/17 – AJC.com
Free Cookie at Great American Cookies Today.
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1/13/17 – The Advertiser
New Biz Offering Free Corn Dogs, Lemonade To All.
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12/26/16 – E Online
Hot Dog on a Stick Caters Kardashian Christmas Eve Party.
Preview article from 12/26/16

12/25/16 – The Huffington Post
The Kardashians Canceled Their Christmas Card, But Went Full Speed Ahead With The Festivities.
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11/7/16 – Fortune
Hot Dog on a Stick Election Day Deal.
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11/7/16 – Today
Great American Cookies Election Day Freebie.
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11/5/16 – Trend Hunter
Pretzelmaker is Offering a Scrumptious Treat for the Holidays.
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10/10/16 – KHOU 6:30 AM Interview
Sweet kids use sweet treats to help fight cancer.
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10/9/16 – Lake Conroe Courier
Montgomery youths’ viral story leads to cookie date cancer benefit.
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9/20/16 – NBC 7 San Diego
Order Online, Skip the Line at Hot Dog on a Stick.
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8/20/16 – Parade.com
Pretzelmaker is offering a free lemonade with a coupon that can be found on the chain’s app on National Lemonade Day.
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8/20/16 – Parade.com
Hot Dog on a Stick is offering a free 12-ounce hand-stomped lemonade with purchase on National Lemonade Day.
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6/30/16 – Entrepreneur
Great American Cookies Ranks as Fastest Growing Global Brand by Entrepreneur Magazine.
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6/6/16 – Fox News
Franchise of the Day: Crunch Into a Cookie With This Franchise.
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6/2/16 – Atlanta Business Chronicle
Hot Dog on a Stick returns to metro Atlanta.
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5/23/16 – Nation’s Restaurant News
Marble Slab Creamery a Top Consumer Pick According to Nation’s Restaurant News.
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4/26/16 – CNBC
Here’s where to get free pretzels on National Pretzel Day.
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4/21/16 – FOX LA
Hot Dog on a Stick Stomp-A-Thon.
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4/19/16 – NBC LA
Hot Dog on a Stick: Lemonade Stomp-A-Thon.
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4/18/16 – USA Today
Where to find the best Tax Day deals and freebies.
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4/9/16 – CNBC
Burgers, shaved ice and cheap hotel stays: Tax Day specials.
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3/9/16 – Aiken Standard
Marble Slab Creamery owner reflects after 10 years in Aiken.
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3/8/16 – Memphis Business Journal
Two national dessert chains unite for new stores in Memphis.
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3/7/16 – FOX 40 Sacramento
Fox 40 visits Hot Dog on a Stick Sacramento for Take Me Back Tuesdays!
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2/25/16 – LA Eater
Hot Dog On A Stick Hawks $0.70 Original Dogs Every Tuesday in March.
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2/25/16 – QSR Magazine
Great American Cookies and Marble Slab Offer Cobranding.
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2/3/16 – College Spun
Great American Cookies Made A Michigan vs. Clemson Cookie Cake To Celebrate Rashan Gary’s Recruitment.
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2/2/16 – QSR Magazine
Pretzelmaker Promotes ‘Box of Bites’ for Super Bowl.
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1/27/16 – Fast Casual
Marble Slab Creamery opens in Mexico City.
Preview article from 1/27/16

1/20/16 – KTNV (ABC Vegas)
The Morning Blend – National Cheese Lovers Day at Hot Dog on a Stick.
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1/14/16 – We Are Austin
Celebrating our Grand Opening of Hot Dog on a Stick in Austin at Lakeline Mall.
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1/6/16 – Nation’s Restaurant News
Hot Dog on a Stick Releases New Mozzarella on a Stick.
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Annica Conrad

Annica Conrad
Chief Marketing Officer

Annica has more than 20 years of award-winning marketing experience and has been with GFG for 3 years. She joined the company from Mellow Mushroom Pizza Bakers where she was Vice President, Brand Development. In this role, Annica was responsible for the rebirth and growth in popularity of the 42-year-old eclectic brand through smart menu design and development, implementation of the Mellow Mushroom loyalty app and creation and rollout of its first online ordering system. Before her time with Mellow Mushroom, Annica was Vice President of Marketing for Mcalister’s Corporation and she spent the early part of her career at a prominent advertising agency in Mobile Alabama. She is graduate of Samford University in Birmingham where she earned her Bachelors in Marketing and MBA in Economics.

Sam Patterson
Chief Financial Officer

Patterson came to Global Franchise Group in April 2020 from FOCUS Brands where he served as Senior Vice President of Accounting. For the last eleven years, he was responsible for leading financials for Cinnabon, Carvel, Schlotzsky’s, Moe’s Southwest Grill, McAlister’s Deli, Auntie Anne’s and Jamba Juice. He directed the organization through the transfer and integration of all accounting back-office functions for Auntie Anne’s from Pennsylvania, McAlister’s Deli from Mississippi, and Jamba Juice from Texas to Atlanta and converted a brand-centric accounting structure into a shared services organization. Before his time with FOCUS, he was Senior Vice President & Corporate Controller for Movie Gallery/Hollywood Video (NASDAQ: MOVI & MVGR), Vice President and Corporate Controller for Republic National Cabinet Corporation, and Corporate Controller for Wolverine Tube, Inc. (NYSE: WLV). He is a Certified Public Accountant and a Certified Management Accountant, holds a master’s in business administration from Auburn University, and is a graduate of the University of Texas, Tyler.