The Hummus & Pita Co. Appoints COO, Plans National Expansion

by Katie Lee

New York City — New York-based fast casual Mediterranean concept The Hummus & Pita Co. has hired Matt Sheppard as chief operating officer as part of its steps toward national expansion.

“We’re eager to have a visionary like Matt in this key role as we grow The Hummus & Pita Co. into a global brand,” says Janice Axelrod, president and founder. “We strive to build an experience for not only the guest but for the internal team as well, so it is critical to have an executive of his caliber supporting our corporate stores and franchisees.”

Previously, Sheppard held multiple senior leadership roles at McAlister’s Deli, including vice president of operations for franchise operations and senior director of company operations.

matt sheppard“Hummus & Pita Co. is like nothing I’ve seen before,” Sheppard says. “The combination of impeccable operations and amazing food make it an attractive concept for franchisees. I look forward to growing the company quickly in major U.S. markets.”

Hummus & Pita Co. is partnered with Fransmart, the industry leading franchise development company behind the explosive growth of brands like Five Guys Burgers and Fries, The Halal Guys and Qdoba Mexican Grill, as its exclusive franchise development partner to grow the brand. To learn more about Hummus & Pita Co. franchising opportunities, visit

The Hummus & Pita Co. is a fast-casual restaurant brand serving homemade, fresh, and healthy Mediterranean cuisine. The brand was founded in 2011 in New York City and has begun it franchise expansion throughout the United States.

Fransmart is a global leader in franchise development, turning emerging restaurant concepts into national and global brands for over 10 years. Company founder Dan Rowe identified and grew brands like Five Guys Burgers & Fries and Qdoba Mexican Grill from 1-5 unit businesses to the powerhouse chains they are today.

SOURCE: The Hummus & Pita Co.

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