SAVANNAH, Ga. — Convenience-store retailer Enmarket Inc. has hired Ryan Krebs, former director of foodservice for Rutter’s, York, Pa., as director of food and beverage.
Krebs joined Rutter’s in 2013 as a restaurant manager before becoming the company’s director of foodservice in 2015. At Rutter’s, Krebs helped the convenience-store retailer win two CSPIntouch Insight Mystery Shop victories and implement trend-setting items such as plant-based burgers. Speaking on the latter, Krebs recently told CSP Daily News that “now is the perfect time” for c-stores to dive into plant-based meats.
Enmarket stores are branded as a health-focused foodservice option, serving fresh, better-for-you items such as salads, sandwiches, fruit cups and parfaits. The company also offers Southern-inspired cuisine such as fried chicken tenders and biscuits, as well as pastries, muffins, doughnuts and freshly baked cookies through its Enmarket Bakery.
“Like me, Enmarket is passionate about premier food programs and industry-leading customer service,” Krebs said. “Though it is growing rapidly, Enmarket remains intentional and strategic in its plans and vision. I’ve worked my entire career for an opportunity to support and elevate a highly respected organization through my passion for food, and I’m thrilled to be with Enmarket on the forefront of top-tier convenience-store operations in the Southeast.”
Prior to Rutter’s, Krebs, who is a classically trained chef, managed foodservice operations in a variety of industries, such as restaurants, hotels, country clubs and long-term healthcare facilities. He began cooking professionally at 16 years old and earned a culinary arts degree from Johnson & Wales University, as well as a dietary manager certification from the University of North Dakota.
“Convenience stores have evolved to be much more dynamic than places to fill your tank and pick up a gallon of milk, and Enmarket has made every effort to pioneer that shift,” said Brett Giesick, president of Enmarket. "Individual and families need access to healthy prepared options when they are on the go or out and about. We are committed to supporting the health of the community that depends on us, and that is why it is so important to invest in outstanding talent to lead our foodservice.”