Supply chain efficiencies help CraftWorks Restaurants & Breweries lead the craft beer-focused casual-dining segment. By Eric Slack

Based in dual headquarters in Chattanooga, Tenn., and Broomfield, Colo., CraftWorks Restaurants & Breweries is the leading operator and franchisor of brewery and craft beer-focused casual-dining restaurants in the country. A multi-brand restaurant operator, the company’s current footprint includes nearly 200 restaurants, brewery restaurants and entertainment venues.
    “We currently have 197 restaurants, 192 in the U.S. and five international,” Vice President of Strategic Supply and Initiatives Scott Adams says. “We have opened eight restaurants this year, including two in Taiwan, and will open two more additional locations before the end of the year.”


Captain D’s stands out through high-quality food, diverse menus and a commitment to best-possible guest experiences. By Eric Slack

Founded in Nashville in 1969, Captain D’s has expanded to 515 restaurants and 23 states by understanding what its customers want. Known for its batter-dipped seafood, Captain D’s is on a mission to grow by expanding locations and diversifying its menu without going away from what has always made it successful.
    “We hand-batter and bread seafood in our restaurants every day, and we make our own coleslaw and hush puppies in each restaurant,” Vice President of Purchasing and Quality Assurance Janet Duckham says. “As we’ve evolved, we’ve added grilled options now and adding high-quality seafood products that are not processed. There is a lot of dedication and passion in our corporate and franchised locations, and our people and culture are our backbone.”


SpenDifference develops supply chain solutions that help restaurants gain competitive advantages. By Eric Slack

For almost a decade, SpenDifference has helped restaurant chains become more competitive in their supply chain operations because it understands their challenges and has the infrastructure to help clients improve. At present, SpenDifference has 40 employees with its corporate offices in Denver and satellite offices in Atlanta and Louisville, Ky.
    “We help create synergies for clients with distributors and suppliers,” Vice President of Procurement DeWayne Dove says.


Le Duff America benefits all through synergies in its supply chain as it manages several brands. By Alan Dorich

When a company has multiple brands, sourcing products can get rather complicated. Each brand has its distinctive culture, timelines and marketing efforts that set it apart from the rest, and meeting the needs of all is an exciting opportunity.
    But Le Duff America Inc. successfully tackles that opportunity on a daily basis, Chief Purchasing Officer Scott Berkman says. “We have to be fluid with each brand’s needs,” he says. “The key aspect is to respect each brand’s objectives, culture, positioning and challenges period.”

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