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THE LATIN
STARBUCKS
Cuban pastries are a big hit in Miami, but will they get the
same positive reaction throughout the rest of the country? That's what CAO Bakery & Café is hoping to find out
in the coming years. The South Florida chain of bakeries,
which offers a broad Cuban-American-inspired menu,
including breakfast, sandwiches and snack options, is
looking to expand through franchise opportunities.
CAO Bakery Holdings LLC currently operates 12 CAO
Bakery & Café locations in South Florida. The company
hopes to expand in other areas in Florida with CubanAmerican populations such as Tampa, West Palm and
Lake Worth, and college towns like Gainesville and Tallahassee. Additionally, CAO says it is pursuing expansion
outside of Florida in areas with large Cuban populations,
including New Jersey, Los Angeles, Louisville, Texas,
North Carolina and Tennessee. Plans call for 10 new locations in 2021 and 35 additional locations by 2024, the
company says.
CAO Bakery is led by Antonio Cao and Carlos De Varona, who previously owned and operated six Vicky Bakery locations from 2008 to 2018, before branching off to
launch CAO Bakery & Café.
Cao is head of product production, quality control and
operations. He is a third-generation baker and pastry
chef with more than 20 years of experience. De Varona
oversees construction, purchasing, human resources and
accounting. Yvette Cao, head of marketing and advertising at CAO, leads all promotional and branding campaigns, grand openings and social media strategy.
With more than 50 years of combined industry experial guidelines using the latest technology and software to
manage inventory, track customers and provide real-time
data and financial patterns. With over 250 employees and a
stringent manager training program, CAO ensures that every individual who leads a location is not only efficient but
possesses the skills required to provide superior customer
service that has come to be synonymous with the brand.

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