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CALI GROUP TO DEVELOP LATIN AMERICAN REGION

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caliburger_leftMay 5, 2017 – Cali Group announced today that its subsidiary, CaliBurger, has entered an agreement with its existing master franchisee in Mexico to expand the brand throughout Latin America. The regional brand will be managed by a newly formed entity backed by private equity investors, called Cali-LatAm.

“With the growing awareness of the CaliBurger brand and Cali Group restaurant technology innovations in the global restaurant community, we have experienced tremendous interest from restaurant operators in different parts of Latin America,” said John Miller, Chairman and CEO of Cali Group. “While we focus on building new company-owned stores in the USA, our partner in Mexico has the infrastructure, training stores, and operating team to support restaurant operators interested in developing CaliBurger units in countries throughout the region. We look forward to working with Cali-LatAm to enhance the restaurant industry in Latin America with our restaurant operating system.” Read More

IDPE is Hiring!

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idpe_logoIDPE is hiring for the following positions. If you are interested in applying, please send your resume and cover letter with desired position in the subject line to info@IDPrivateEquity.com. Don’t see your perfect job but still interested in becoming part of the team? We are always looking for the best and the brightest to join us on this adventure, so send us your cover letter and resume anyway!

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Meet Flippy, a burger-grilling robot from Miso Robotics and CaliBurger

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Flipping burgers is a hot and greasy job. Slips, trips, burns and cuts are common hazards associated with the work. But global demand for burgers is tremendous. Top burger chains racked up more than $75.5 billion in annual sales in 2016. To help keep human cooks out of harm’s way while fulfilling our collective appetite for burgers, Pasadena-based Miso Robotics is rolling out a new “robotic kitchen assistant” called Flippy. Read More

LOFT & BEAR FEATURED ON VICE.COM

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artsdistrictvodkaHEADER_The Spirit Guild’s newer distillery neighbor is Loft & Bear, a startup by Paul Ryan Elliott that hit the neighborhood in 2014. In just a few years, the company has outgrown its 1,400 square foot headquarters and will be expanding to one with 10,000 square feet of vodka distilling potential.

Elliott decided to start a vodka company because it was the spirit he preferred drinking.

“We were selling from the trunks of our cars,” said Loft & Bear’s director of business development and hospitality Karl Steuck of the early days. “It was definitely a hard sell.” Read More

“This space was eight times less than everything else we looked at within the same five- to eight-mile radius,” said Paul Ryan, the company’s chief executive. “That’s how drastic the difference is between the Arts District and jumping outside.”

CALIBURGER TO BEGIN DELIVERY SERVICE IN WASHINGTON DC

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caliburger_leftJanuary 23, 2017 – CaliBurger announced today that it will begin delivering its California-style burgers to customers in the Washington D.C. area in February 2017. The initial launch of the delivery program will be followed later in the year by openings of outlets. In certain trade areas starting in February and prior to the restaurant openings in late 2017, customers will be able to order through UberEats, PostMates, DoorDash, and GrubHub. Customers can also use the CaliBurger mobile App to order in advance and incur no delivery charges.

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Loft & Bear the Best Vodka on the West Coast

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While most of the big sellers use a continuous fully automated still that can run for months and put out the product without much human tending, for the creators of Loft & Bear, Downtown’s favorite vodka of the moment, it’s all about heads, hearts, and tails. Taking the time to produce a soft winter wheat grain which is typically used in sweets and pastries resulting in a smoother vodka with a lot more character in the taste.

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CALIBURGER SPINOUT SECURES ADDITIONAL FINANCING

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October 26, 2016 – CaliBurger announced today that Super League Gaming, which was spun out of CaliBurger in 2014, has issued a press release regarding its Series C financing and growth, at http://finance.yahoo.com/news/super-league-gaming-clinches-5-130000797.html.

“CaliBurger is a technology company that sells great cheeseburgers worldwide,” said John Miller, Chairman of CaliBurger. “Our strategy has been to develop new technology platforms that can impact the guest experience or our restaurant operations, demonstrate those technologies in our restaurants, and then spin out new companies that can attract venture capital funding to deploy the offerings in the broader retail sector. In the case of Super League, we were building an in-restaurant social gaming experience (based on the blockbuster game Minecraft) for our younger guests to enjoy.”

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CALIBURGER ANNOUNCES SECOND FUNWALL TOURNAMENT: ICE SPIRE – CASH CLIMB

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October 17, 2016 – CaliBurger announced today that the next global FunWall tournament at CaliBurger restaurants will run from November 1 until November 30 and will focus on a new course of the visually striking jumper game, GemJump. The tournament, title Ice Spire – Cash Climb, will feature new avatars jumping in a winter-themed, icy filled environment.

CaliBurger customers should register now for the next tournament through the GemJump App, where a player purchases $2.99 worth of coins to improve his or her performance in the game and also gets a complimentary hamburger or cheeseburger. Similar to the first tournament, gamers can practice now for the next tournament in “Single Player” mode of the App. The “FunWall” mode for the global competition will be available for gamers to join on November 1. For those gamers that are not geographically near a CaliBurger restaurant, a virtual tournament is coming soon with daily prizes.

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CALIBURGER EXPANDING ON AMERICAN EAST COAST

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caliburger_leftWashington D.C. – October 7, 2016 – CaliBurger™ announced today that it is opening two additional stores in Maryland. The first store will open in 2016 at 1924 York Rd, Lutherville-Timonium, MD 21093. The second unit, which will open in early 2017, will be located at Harbour Center in Annapolis. Both stores will feature CaliBurger’s signature food products, along with its mobile ordering and interactive gaming systems.

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