Fiscal 2008 CBRL Group Inc.
To make the best of a difficult economy, the Cracker Barrel Old Country Store (CBRL) decided to use its 2008 annual report to demonstrate the brand’s strength. Released in the midst the company’s three-year design and communications strategy overhaul, the report centered on Cracker Barrel’s iconic rocking chairs—a symbol of the “pleasing people” mission statement—which sit on the front porch of every store.
To make the rocking chair a consistent theme throughout the report, the team included candid photos of guests enjoying their experiences in the company’s many restaurants and front porches. Then, to enhance the brand’s American spirit, the execs replicated images of 1950s-era metal highway signs to highlight various Cracker Barrel stats, including the number of locations and rocking chairs sold, as well as the tagline “Eat. Shop. Relax.”
The accolades won by the company since the report’s release confirm a job well done: CBRL was chosen for the 18th year as the Best Family Dining Restaurant by Restaurant and Institutions magazine and The Good Sam Club chose it as the Most RV-Friendly Sit-Down Restaurant in America. Plus, CBRL’s stock price increased 12.7%, making it the top performer in its peer group. â–
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