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FOCUS Brands International Lands in Jamaica Sangster International Airport

June 20, 2012

Marks Opening of First Auntie Anne’s and Cinnabon Bakeries in Jamaica

ATLANTA (June 15, 2012) – Tourists traveling through the Sangster International Airport in Montego Bay, Jamaica can now enjoy the familiarity of fresh-baked Cinnabon cinnamon rolls and Auntie Anne’s hand-rolled soft pretzels with the recent opening of three total stores. The west and east terminals each feature an Auntie Anne’s bakery and guests can find Cinnabon in the main food court area.

As part of the FOCUS Brands International franchise portfolio, the Auntie Anne’s and Cinnabon presence in Jamaica is through Margaritaville Caribbean Ltd., led by Ian Dear, Chief Executive Officer. Margaritaville Caribbean Ltd. is a privately-owned organization operating proprietary and branded food and beverage concepts for more than 16 years. It is the largest single food and beverage operator at the Sangster International Airport.

“When evaluating what brands to add to the airport, we saw a great opportunity with Auntie Anne’s and Cinnabon. The strong brand awareness and unique offerings both brands provide complement what our tourist customer base is looking to purchase when they are enjoying leisure time,” stated Dear, who has been part of Margaritaville Caribbean since its inception.

Mike Shattuck, President of FOCUS Brands International said of the Jamaica expansion, “The Margaritaville Caribbean Ltd. team is first-class in restaurant operations, strategic property management, and tourism. We’re pleased they identified the international potential and seized the opportunity to serve a variety of high-quality, fresh-baked Auntie Anne’s and Cinnabon menu offerings to the visitors of Jamaica.”

A third Auntie Anne’s bakery is scheduled to open in the Port of Falmouth in Trewlany, Jamaica later this month. This location is prime to greet the approximately 1.1. million cruise passengers with the portable products and signature tastes of Auntie Anne’s and Cinnabon.

Auntie Anne’s Pretzels – the world’s largest hand-rolled soft pretzel chain best known for mixing, twisting, and baking pretzels to golden brown perfection in full view of guests – has more than 1,200 locations spanning 23 countries. Throughout the remainder of 2012, it projects opening approximately 20 international bakeries as part of six new master franchise partner development agreements, including India, Panama, Trinidad & Tobago, Bahamas, Turkey, and Brunei.

Auntie Anne’s Pretzels are available in a variety of flavors including Original, Cinnamon Sugar, Almond, Garlic, and Sour Cream and Onion. Pretzel Stix and Nuggets offer a more portable option for pretzel lovers on the go, and the Pretzel Dog is a popular meal item.

Cinnabon – the market leader among cinnamon roll bakeries – has more than 860 locations spanning 51 countries. Throughout the remainder of 2012, it projects opening approximately 130 new international bakeries with seven of these openings falling under four new master franchise partner development agreements, including Libya, Nicaragua, Iraq, and Ukraine.

Cinnabon serves fresh, aromatic, oven-hot cinnamon rolls, as well as a variety of other baked goods and specialty beverages.

About FOCUS Brands International                                                                                          
The franchisor of international operations for Carvel®, Cinnabon® , Schlotzsky’s®, >Moe’s Southwest Grill®, and Seattle’s Best Coffee®, FOCUS Brands International provides support to more than 700 international locations in 45 countries. With an additional 1,000 international locations under contract for development, FOCUS Brands International continues to seek qualified franchise partners who have the expertise to expand its distinctive brands worldwide. For more information on becoming a potential master international franchise partner, please call Sonja Forbes, +1-404-257-7062 or email