Shake Shack Begins Nationwide Delivery with Grubhub
Today Shake Shack will officially begin delivery nationwide with Grubhub, the nation's leading online and mobile food-ordering and delivery marketplace. With more than 140 restaurants across the U.S. now available for delivery on Grubhub, diners can order their Shake Shack favorites with free delivery today through November 17th.
"As we begin our integrated partnership with Grubhub, we're focused on creating the best delivery experience for both our restaurant operators and our guests," stated Randy Garutti, chief executive officer of Shake Shack. "We're committed to being an accessible omnichannel business, giving our guests the chance to experience Shake Shack whenever they want it, with...
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Packaged Facts: Consumer Use of Restaurant Coupons
Though overall use of coupons is down since 2009, consumer use and redemption of restaurant coupons is up by five percentage points, to about a third of U.S. adults, according to Eating Trends: Restaurant Use, the fourth study in a five report Eating Trends series by market research firm Packaged Facts.
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The ready-to-eat sausage products were produced on Oct. 29, 2019, Oct. 30, 2019 and Nov. 5, 2019. This spreadsheet contains a list of the products subject to the recall.
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