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Le Duff America Announces Stefanie Rakes as Director of Development for Non-Traditional Venues


Le Duff America Announces Stefanie Rakes as Director of Development for Non-Traditional Venues 

Proven Expert in Expanding Restaurant Concepts within Non-Traditional Venues to Advance Le Duff America’s Elite Brands 

DALLAS – Le Duff America, Inc., the North American subsidiary of the world’s second largest restaurant company in the café-bakery sector, Groupe Le Duff SA, announced today the appointment of Stefanie Rakes as the director of development for non-traditional venues. In this role, Rakes takes responsibility for growing Le Duff’s la Madeleine Country French Café, Brioche Dorée and Bruegger’s Bagels brands in non-traditional foodservice venues such as those in airports, universities and transportation centers. She brings a strong track record of success developing brands in these settings.

“Stefanie continues our trend of adding top-tier talent to Le Duff’s development team,” said Claude Bergeron, chairman and CEO of Le Duff America, Inc. “She’s incredibly talented and knows the restaurant industry intimately. As the Le Duff family of brands pursues its growth goals, adding seasoned professionals like Stefanie is a primary focus.”

Prior to joining Le Duff, Rakes spent several years at Yum! Brands developing Pizza Hut, Taco Bell, and KFC in non-traditional locations such as airports, toll roads, travel plazas, colleges and universities, stadiums and various other venues. Most recently, she was part of the Pizza Hut International team where she managed the non-traditional development of Pizza Hut Express around the world. Prior to Yum!, Rakes spent five years at Johnson & Johnson in various sales, marketing and analytics management roles.

“There is a tremendous buzz enveloping the Le Duff America brands right now,” said Rakes. “It’s a thrill to be part of such an inspired group of colleagues at the development office that is second to none. I look forward to increasing our presence in a number of attractive destinations.”

Rakes received her bachelor’s and master’s degrees from the University of Texas at Austin. Working from Le Duff’s corporate headquarters in Dallas, she currently resides in the Dallas area. 

About Le Duff America, Inc.

Le Duff America, Inc. is the North American subsidiary of Groupe Le Duff, the world’s second largest café bakery restaurant company. Formed in 2002, Le Duff America operates, franchises and licenses multiple national and regional North American brands that are widely recognized as leaders in the fast casual segment of the restaurant industry, including Brioche Dorée, Bruegger’s Bagels, la Madeleine, Mimi’s Cafe and Timothy’s World Coffee. A passionate commitment to quality, authenticity, innovation, nutrition and fresh menu items born out of Le Duff’s Joie de Vivre (Joy of Life) unifies the brands, creating synergies for their growth with proven restaurant ownership groups and global foodservice companies in a variety of traditional and non-traditional venues.

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