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Garden Fresh names Eric Rosenzweig CIO

Garden Fresh Restaurant Corp. has appointed Eric Rosenzweig as its next chief information officer, the company said Monday.

Rosenzweig brings more than 25 years of corporate technology experience to the San Diego-based company, which owns 120 Souplantation and Sweet Tomatoes buffet-style restaurants. Most recently, he served as vice president of information technology at PETCO Animal Supplies Inc.

“We are very pleased to have Eric join our team,” Michael Mack, chief executive of Garden Fresh, said in a statement. “His deep experience in running a national I.T. department will allow for improved collaboration between all departments to ensure we are meeting the needs of our growing and changing business. “

Rosenzweig joins Garden Fresh at a time when the company is looking to expand beyond its current market — the western, southern and eastern United States. It’s also beginning to explore new restaurant concepts, such as its recently launched Souplantation Express, a smaller version of the original.

“I’m excited about being part of Garden Fresh, a growing company with an admirable mission to provide fresh, healthy food to consumers across the country,” Rosenzweig said in a statement. “I look forward to using technology to drive the business forward and to being a part of a growing department within the organization.”

Mack founded Garden Fresh Restaurant Corp. in San Diego in 1983 through the acquisition of two Souplantation restaurants, which began in 1978. The company now operates 120 restaurants across 15 states that specialize in scratch-made soups and salads.

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