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Volcom Shifts PR Lens To Wider Audience In Fresh Growth Effort

APPAREL: New ads, ambassadors pan out beyond its traditional coreVolcom LLC is giving you permission to ditch the daily grind and pursue your true passion, whatever that may be. Heck, it’ll even foot the bill for about a dozen winners of its #ThisFirst social media contest.

By Mediha DiMartino June 22, 2017 11:04 a.m.   $$ Share
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Cookware Manufacturer Sold

Connerton Company Inc., a Santa Ana-based manufacturer of cooking equipment for the foodservice industry, was bought by Genkraft Technologies of Long Beach on undisclosed terms.

By Peter J. Brennan June 16, 2017 11:55 a.m. share »
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Acorn Cracks WSJ Top 25

Irvine’s Acorn Grows Inc. ranked No. 22 on the Wall Street Journal’s list of “Top 25 Tech Companies to Watch.”

By Pete Weitzner June 16, 2017 10:19 a.m. share »
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Ticketing Division Sold

Comcast Spectacor, part of Comcast Corp., sold Irvine-based division Spectra’s Ticketing & Fan Engagement to college sports marketer Learfield Communications LLC in Plano, Texas, on undisclosed terms.

June 12, 2017 10:42 a.m. share »
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Del Taco Gets New CEO

Del Taco Restaurants Inc. in Lake Forest named John Cappasola Jr. chief executive to succeed Paul Murphy, effective July 7.

By Paul Hughes June 6, 2017 3:15 p.m. share »
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In-N-Out, Habit in Data Dive

A report on fast-casual hamburger chains from 1010data Inc. in New York showed two OC-based operators grinding out a solid middle ground compared with several similar chains.

By Paul Hughes June 6, 2017 9:49 a.m. share »
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Boot Barn Misses on Q4

Shares of Boot Barn Holdings Inc. were down 15% to $6.30 during Friday morning trading after the company reported revenue and adjusted profits for the April quarter that missed the Wall Street expectations.

By Mediha DiMartino June 2, 2017 11:30 a.m. share »
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5 Fast-Growing Chains Hit List

Five OC-based restaurant chains and two of the companies’ chief executives made the 2017 Fast Casual Top 100 list for fast-growing food offerings.

By Paul Hughes June 2, 2017 10:02 a.m. share »
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May Auto Sales Mixed

Three of the four largest Orange County-based automakers trailed the national sales pace for new vehicles in May, according to New Jersey-based market researcher Autodata Corp.

By Mediha DiMartino June 1, 2017 3:28 p.m. share »
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Big Plans at Taco Bell

Taco Bell Corp. again updated mid-range goals at its annual investor and analyst day this week with big plans for annual revenue, international expansion and unit totals.

By Paul Hughes May 26, 2017 9:44 a.m. share »
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Tilly’s Up in Q1

Tilly’s Inc. reported sales that beat Wall Street expectations for the April quarter, sending its shares up 14% to a $279 million market cap in recent trading.

By Mediha DiMartino May 23, 2017 3:06 p.m. share »
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E-tailer to Close Irvine Operation

Australian online retailer SurfStitch Group Ltd. said it will close its North American operations based in Irvine this year and shift its SWELL ecommerce business there to Australia.

By Mediha DiMartino May 22, 2017 11:10 a.m. share »
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Brea Food Maker Names COO

Ventura Foods LLC promoted John Buckles to chief operating officer, a new position at the Brea-based maker of branded butter, margarine, mayonnaise, dressings and dips.

By Paul Hughes May 19, 2017 10:53 a.m. share »
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Juice It Up Adds in Inland Empire

Juice It Up plans in June to open a new franchised location in San Bernardino County, purchased by a husband-and-wife team that also franchises three Wienerschnitzel locations in San Bernardino and Riverside counties.

By Paul Hughes May 19, 2017 10:25 a.m. share »
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Revero Hits the Road

The first batch of Karma Automotive LLC’s Revero luxury plug-in hybrid vehicles is on its way to 10 dealer showrooms in the U.S. and Canada.

By Mediha DiMartino May 15, 2017 12:02 p.m. share »
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Yogurtland's Texas Two-Step

Yogurtland Franchising Inc. added two locations in Houston under separate owners.

By Paul Hughes May 15, 2017 6:01 a.m. share »