Cosi, Inc., a Delaware corporation incorporated on May 15, 1998, owns, operates and franchises fast-casual restaurants which sell high-quality, made-to-order hot and cold sandwiches, hand-tossed salads, bowls, soups, appetizers, flatbread pizzas, Squagels®, breakfast wraps and other breakfast products, Smores and other desserts, and a variety of house coffees and other espresso-based beverages, handcrafted specialty drinks, along with soft drinks, flavored teas, bottled beverages including premium still and sparkling waters, teas and, in some locations, beer and wine.
The Cosi® restaurant concept, whose name was inspired by Mozarts famous opera, Così Fan Tutte, originated in Paris as a Parisian café. Today, Cosi is an innovative fast-casual dining concept with an intrinsic commitment to social responsibility, offering a constantly evolving mix of fresh, high-quality, forward-thinking culinary options at a good value. We continue to focus on all aspects of the business in order to achieve our goal for Cosi to become the preferred fast-casual dining concept nationally and then globally.
We understand how the guest sees Cosi and how the industry is evolving. Cosi is properly positioned in an industry where better, better for you is the direction the consumers taste is heading. We are working to position Cosi as a food-forward concept through new menu innovation that utilizes differentiated ingredients. We strive to continue to enhance our catering offerings, with a focus on fresh and flavorful products, to drive growth in catering sales in the breakfast, lunch and snacking segments. We continue to focus on combinations of healthier alternatives and bold flavors: unique ingredient combinations that we believe appeal to our guests preferences for flavorful and nutritional food.
Our current customer base is comprised of multiple demographic segments: Urban Millennial Professionals, Urban Gen X Professionals, Suburban Millennial Mothers, Suburban Gen X Mothers, and Gen Z Students, among others. These demographic segments share similar consumer behavior motivators: Taste, Health, Natural, Global Food Influences, Convenience, Innovation, Brand Association, and Value. As a result we enjoy broad market appeal, which positions us well to grow transactions, sales, and market share. We continue to aggressively leverage and cultivate the loyalty of these multiple types of customers. We believe we are well positioned with the direction of the dining preferences of these demographic segments and the continued growth of the fast-casual segment.
We operate and develop in both urban and suburban markets. Both markets will continue to demand a dependable dining establishment with a comfortable environment offering a variety of healthful and classic food choices they can feel good about, consistently taste good, get prepared quickly, and are offered at a good value. We also operate and develop in educational institutions, airports, train stations, universities, and other venues that meet our operating and financial criteria.
Our facilities highlight relevant design elements reflecting the look and feel of a contemporary café with features such as communal tables, distinctive lighting treatments, chalk boards, and the use of more contemporary colors throughout the restaurant.
As of December 28, 2015, there were 110 Company-owned and franchised restaurants operating in 15 states, the District of Columbia, the United Arab Emirates (UAE), and Costa Rica.
We launched our franchising program in fiscal 2004 and seek to expand our franchise system by attracting highly-qualified franchisees. Key to this is the replicable and profitable restaurant model that lives within our portfolio. We are currently eligible to offer franchises in 47 states and the District of Columbia.
Our internet website is www.getcosi.com. We make available free-of-charge through our website our annual reports on Form 10-K, quarterly reports on Form 10-Q, current reports on Form 8-K and amendments to those reports filed or furnished pursuant to Section 13(a) of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, as amended, as soon as reasonably practicable after we electronically file or furnish such materials to the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC). In addition, our internet website includes, among other things, our corporate governance principles, charters of various committees of the Board of Directors, and our code of business conduct and ethics applicable to all employees, officers and directors. Copies of these documents may be obtained free of charge from our internet website. Any stockholder also may obtain copies of these documents, free of charge, by sending a request in writing to: Cosi, Inc., c/o Investor Relations, 294 Washington Street, Suite 510, Boston, Massachusetts 02108.