Food is any substance consumed to provide nutritional support for the body. It is usually of plant or animal origin, and contains essential nutrients, such as carbohydrates, fats, proteins, vitamins, or minerals. The substance is ingested by an organism and assimilated by the organism's cells in an effort to produce energy, maintain life, or stimulate growth.
Historically, people secured food through two methods: hunting and gathering, and agriculture. Today, most of the food energy consumed by the world population is supplied by the food industry.
Auntie Anne's, based in Lancaster, Pennsylvania, is an American chain of pretzel bakeries founded by Anne F. Beiler and her husband, Jonas, in 1988. Auntie Anne's serves products such as pretzels, dips, and beverages. Their pretzel products are also available in the form of an At-Home Baking Kit.
Auntie Anne's has more than 300 franchisees with more than 1,200 locations in the United States and more than 23 countries globally.
Anne F. Beiler is an American businesswoman and founder of Auntie Anne's pretzels.
Beiler was born into an Old Order Amish family in Lancaster County, Pennsylvania, in 1949. When she was three years of age, her parents became members of the Amish Mennonite church. Growing up in a family of eight children, Anne was the baker and bread maker among them. When she was a teenager, she had a waitressing job that taught her about customer service. Later, she worked at a food stand at a farmers' market. It was there that she learned how to make pretzels the old-fashioned, Pennsylvania Dutch way – soft and doughy.
Justin Bredeman (born July 24, 1974) is a former Auntie Anne's, Inc. Executive and a current Partner of Soccer Shots, a national soccer program based in the Harrisburg, Pa. area that introduces children ages 3 – 8 to the game of soccer, as well as character development and fundamental life skills.
Bredeman first became a Soccer Shots franchisee in 2005 after working for Auntie Anne’s for over 8 years. In addition to running his franchise business in Lancaster, Pa., he became a partner of Soccer Shots in 2009, along with former collegiate soccer teammates Jeremy Sorzano and Jason Webb. Now a multi-million-dollar company, Soccer Shots has more than 70 territories across the United States and Canada and reaches about 100,000 children per year.