Not only did the company take its quality product into new territories nationwide, but it can now officially say that its development team has crafted and served up their first international pizza.
Cottage Inn China is just weeks away from opening their doors in Qingdao and the crew is happy to say that product testing has been pleasantly successful. The quality of product produced is an exact representation of what gives the brand its gourmet name and the team is excited to offer it to the new market overseas.
The words "Quality Ingredients, Gourmet Experience" have been a long-time motivator among the staff at Cottage Inn Gourmet Pizza. CEO George Michos is dedicated to hand picking the company's entire product line to ensure only the best ingredients are utilized in crafting this unique pizza. Certifying that the tradition of quality translates through the Qingdao location, George has made sure that the members of the development team are thoroughly trained to determine true quality in product.
After 3 trips to the region over the past 6 months, Cottage Inn Gourmet Pizza has had the opportunity to meet with local distributors and suppliers to ensure that quality. In-depth research was conducted to gain a full understanding of the taste preferences in the area and focus groups were called together so that the company could gather useful information about the culture of their new audience. Furthermore, members of the development team have been living in the Qingdao area temporarily in order to fully dedicate their time and energy to making sure every detail is addressed.
When asked about his stay in China, Training Manager Jeff Senecal stated, "Working with the China team has been a pleasure. Their dedication to learning the craft and presenting a quality product has been encouraging. I have no doubts that the company's continued expansion into international markets will be a success."
When speaking to any member of the Cottage Inn team, it is clear that the move to China is a monumental step in the company's history. Staying true to the organization's "From Our Family to Yours" concept, this family owned business hopes to be an example of international success in its industry.