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The 2023 Border Foods Rallies Are Coming!

It’s an exciting time here at Border Foods! Every year we host company recognition rallies to bring our people together and celebrate many notable accomplishments from our kitchens, drive-thrus and registers to restaurant management.“Rally” means to come together for common action or effort. For us, that commonality is to dote on the exceptional people that make our restaurants thrive. The 2023 rallies are fast approaching January 31 – February 2!…

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  • Recognition

COO Jeff Williams Prepares for Retirement, Leaving Behind a Family Legacy

There are a lot of emotions wrapped up in the forthcoming retirement of company great Jeff Williams, Chief Operations Officer (COO), who has devoted the better part of his career to Border Foods. Jeff joined the company in 1996 soon after his wife, the late Carol Williams, accepted a position. Actually, she’s the one that set up his interview with co-Founder Lee Engler (Jeff and Carol were already married). And…

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Border Puts People, Relationships, Inclusion at the Top at Annual Leadership Meeting

In mid-November, Border Foods hosted its Above Restaurant Leaders (ARLs) for the annual All ARL Meeting in Minnetonka, MN to shine the spotlight on its most important asset: the people. At Border, the people are the prize! Approximately 60 company leaders flew in from across all our markets, including Area Coaches, Region Coaches, HR business partners, training personnel and Border Foods’ directors of operations. “The entire meeting was built around…

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  • Operations

Border Foods’ Exciting Year in Review

  At Border Foods, there’s no slowdown in sight (look what’s planned for 2023!). Check out the most notable highlights of 2022 from our blog: “Taco Ball” We kicked off the year with the conclusion of our first ever companywide e-sports tournament. Taco Bell Defy Border Foods celebrated another “first” with the worldwide debut of Taco Bell Defy in Brooklyn Park, MN. The futuristic, one-of-a-kind restaurant made quite the splash…

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  • Recognition

Barb Schneider Retires from Border Foods after 25 Years of Service

It was August of 1997 when Barb Schneider saw an opportunity. After working in development for Taco Bell Corporate, she was excited by the chance to be Development Manager for Border Foods. “I had a lot of respect for Jeff and Lee,” Barb recalls. “Border was in its infancy, and it seemed like a good company to grow with.”  And grow they did! Over the course of 25 years, Barb…

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  • Operations

Border Foods Revs Up for Another Exciting Year of Construction, Growth in 2023

There’s no slow down at Border Foods! Finishing out another year strong, our Facilities and Development teams are already well into 2023 planning. We‘re gearing up for 24 remodels and up to 10 brand new Taco Bells next year! “I think the sheer amount that we’re doing is really exciting,” says Zach Zelickson, VP of Development. Zach joined Border Foods in 2018 and is primarily responsible for the entitlement process…

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  • Operations

Family Fun Rewind: Recap of Border Foods’ Multi-State Summer Celebration

Border Foods is pleased to announce the conclusion of its 2022 season of Family Fun Days throughout the Midwest and Montana. Spanning July and August this year, Family Fun Days are a beloved company tradition that give Border Foods a chance to bring together RGMs and GMs from neighboring locations for paid time off and family fun. It’s one of the company’s favorite ways to give back to its devoted…

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  • Operations

Border Foods Hosts Final Family Fun Day of 2022 in Rapid City, SD

Concluding a fun-filled season of get togethers with managers and their families throughout all of Border Foods’ Taco Bell territories, the company hosted its final Family Fun Day of 2022 on August 19 in Rapid City, South Dakota. The event, hosted at Central States Fair, celebrated GMs and AGMs from several of Border’s South Dakota locations, as well as seven Wyoming Taco Bells.   Betty Burgess, a general manager from…

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  • Giving

Hot Giveaway: Signed Memorabilia by Soccer Star Caden Clark

Minnesota-born, taco-lovin’ athlete Caden Clark has become a fresh face for Taco Bell Defy in Brooklyn Park. Born in Medina, the Olympic-bound professional soccer star — who currently plays for the New York Red Bulls — recently took time off to collaborate with Border Foods on a cool YouTube commercial (that shows off the ultra modern restaurant and his juggling skills) and an exciting giveaway of signed memorabilia.  The Caden…

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  • Operations

Border Foods Hosts Another Family Fun Event for MI, WI Restaurants

Continuing the excitement and community of bringing together managers and their families during its annual Family Fun Days events, on August 10, Border Foods hosted its Michigan Upper Peninsula locations and the Marinette, Wisconsin restaurant, at Van Cleve Park in Gladstone, MI.   For this event, about 65 people congregated on the shores of beautiful Lake Michigan, where the company rented a pavilion and catered in local food. The location…

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