Bob Evans teams with AVI

PARKERBURG – Bob Evans Farms and AVI Foodsystems Inc. are in a partnership to develop and license a new prototype concept Bob Evans Express.

The first unit opened Aug. 19 at the BMW Manufacturing Co., in Spartanburg, S.C., where AVI is the foodservice provider.

Bob Evans Express is a non-traditional restaurant concept designed for venues such as workplace cafes, universities, airports, malls, service plazas, hospitals and more.

Bob Evans co-developed the concept with AVI after selecting AVI as its foodservice provider for Bob Evans’ new corporate campus in New Albany, Ohio. The second Bob Evans Express location will be introduced at the campus’ employee cafe this October.

Each Bob Evans Express will offer a menu of portable Bob Evans delicious, farm-fresh favorites, like Wildfire Chicken Salad, sausage gravy and biscuits, slow-roasted turkey and more.

“This new Bob Evans Express concept was a natural evolution of our relationship with AVI after discussing plans for our corporate campus. AVI has significant experience and expertise in non-traditional food venues, making them an ideal partner,” said Steven A. Davis, Bob Evans Farms chairman and CEO. “We’re pleased that two great Ohio companies are partnering together on this new innovative concept, which is full of possibilities for both companies.”

The focus of AVI and Bob Evans is “a perfect fit,” Anthony

J. Payiavlas, president and CEO of AVI Foodsystems, said.

“This is a tremendous example of synergy,” he said. “Two Ohio-based companies creating a winning concept that capitalizes on our core strengths.”

The partnership allows Bob Evans to leverage its brand and explore opportunities in non-traditional locations, and the arrangement will initially provide AVI with exclusivity. The size the restaurant at 500 square feet is a fraction of a traditional Bob Evans and will be managed and operated by AVI.

“This is the perfect opportunity to focus on the strengths of both

companies. We’re looking forward to further developing our partnership,” Davis said.

Bob Evans Farms at the end of the first fiscal quarter on July 26 owned and operated 560 restaurants in 19 states primarily in the Midwest, mid-Atlantic and Southeast regions of the United States. AVI Foodsystems was founded in 1960 by John Payiavlas and provides hospitality services in business, manufacturing, education, leisure and healthcare settings, including a complete offering of on-site dining, vending, micro markets, catering, concessions, office coffee and environmental services in 34 states.