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Sysco Receives First Battery Electric Freightliner eCascadia: Changing the Future of Food Delivery
Today, Sysco Corporation, the leading global foodservice distribution company, received its first series-produced battery electric Freightliner eCascadia. With one of the largest private fleets in the United States, Sysco is leading the future of sustainability for foodservice distribution.
Sysco's first zero-emission Class 8 truck was presented to Marie Robinson, Sysco's EVP and chief supply chain officer at the Daimler Truck North America (DTNA) Manufacturing Plant in Portland. The company's first Freightliner eCascadia is expected to operate in Sysco's Riverside, California site, which will receive additional...
DoorDash Unveils New Partnerships with Top Grocers and Retailers
Over the last few years, we have accelerated our growth beyond restaurants, introducing on-demand grocery, convenience store, alcohol delivery, and more on the DoorDash app with partners including Albertsons Companies, Walgreens, BJ's Wholesale Club, Dollar General, and Wawa, creating more opportunities for retailers of all sizes to expand their digital offerings and reach consumers online. Today, there are more than 75,000 non-restaurant retail stores on the DoorDash platform across North America.
Today, we're excited to announce several new retail partners on DoorDash spanning multiple categories including grocery, convenience, sporting...
Grubhub and Bloomin' Brands Expand Partnership with More Restaurants
Grubhub and Bloomin' Brands, Inc. announced today they are expanding their partnership to bring all of Bloomin' Brands concepts to the Grubhub Marketplace. All Bloomin' Brands concepts will be available on Grubhub for pickup or delivery, adding to the select Carrabba's Italian Grill locations already available on the platform.
More than 1,700 listings will be available across the country, including more than 1,000 restaurant locations and 700 virtual kitchens. Outback Steakhouse, Carrabba's Italian Grill, Bonefish Grill, and Aussie Grill are currently available on Grubhub, with Fleming's Prime Steakhouse & Wine Bar and...
Grubhub and Bank of America Team Up to Offer Grubhub+ for Free to Cardholders
Grubhub and Bank of America today announced that eligible Bank of America cardholders can receive Grubhub+ free for one year, providing unlimited $0 delivery fees on orders of $12 or more and exclusive Perks from restaurants on Grubhub.
Starting today, eligible cardholders can activate a one-year, complimentary Grubhub+ membership trial, valued at nearly $120. Grubhub+ members also enjoy a donation match on Grubhub+ orders when they are opted into Grubhub's Donate the Change program, which raised more...
Grubhub and Brinker Partner to Bring Fan Favorites to the Grubhub Marketplace
Grubhub, a leading U.S. food-ordering and delivery marketplace and Brinker International, Inc. announced today a partnership to bring the Chili's® Grill & Bar, It's Just Wings® and Maggiano's Little Italy® brands to Grubhub.
More than 2,500 locations will be available on the Grubhub Marketplace in the coming weeks. Chili's® Grill & Bar and It's Just Wings® (Chili's virtual brand) locations are currently available on Grubhub, with Maggiano's Little Italy® locations available soon.
"We make it our mission to add as many restaurants to..."
4 Major Trends in Food Carryout and Delivery
Many consumers have reported using more food carryout and delivery compared to pre-pandemic behavior. In 2021, U.S. food carryout and delivery sales reached $694 billion due in part to the impact of the pandemic, which helped drive the demand for convenient foods eaten at home, as detailed in Food Carryout and Delivery in the U.S., 2nd Edition by Packaged Facts. The report describes a variety of unique food delivery and carryout trends to watch, including those highlighted below.
1. Continued Elevated Use Of Food Carryout And DeliveryFood carryout and...
Instacart Introduces Reimagined Ratings System and More Features for Shoppers
Instacart, a leading retail enablement company in North America, today announced a reimagined customer ratings system, delivering a more helpful, informative, and fair experience for shoppers. Instead of prioritization of batches being based on having the highest rating possible, shoppers will now need to maintain a 4.7 average rating or above for batch prioritization. In addition, Instacart is forgiving more ratings for reasons that may be outside of a shopper's control, including if a customer consistently rates shoppers below 5 stars.
Instacart is also introducing a new "Your stats" screen...
DoorDash Unveils What -- and How -- Americans Have Been Ordering Online This Year
Today, DoorDash released its second annual Restaurant Online Ordering Trends Report which takes a deep dive into consumer online ordering preferences and emerging dining trends as to what Americans are ordering online and eating now.
The restaurant industry has dramatically changed since the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic, and off-premise dining is now more important than ever for both restaurants and customers. In fact, in Q1, more consumers than ever before were ordering on DoorDash and there are more DashPass members than ever before...
Motional and Uber Eats Launch Autonomous Deliveries in Santa Monica
Today, Motional and Uber launched autonomous deliveries for Uber Eats customers in Santa Monica, California. Motional’s all-electric IONIQ 5 vehicles, operating autonomously, are now conducting end-to-end food deliveries.
“Autonomous delivery signifies the next phase of Motional’s commercial roadmap,” said Abe Ghabra, Motional’s Chief Operating Officer. “This service will provide the learnings and experience needed to make Motional the trusted AV provider for on-demand delivery networks. We’re proud to partner with Uber on this important milestone and begin introducing Uber Eats customers to autonomous technology...”
Grubhub is Buying Lunch for NYC
A new survey conducted by Grubhub found that lunch breaks are increasingly important to workers, which is especially true in New York City, with 72% of full-time employees calling it the most important meal of the day (compared with 64% of people working nationwide). Despite this, 69% of working New Yorkers admit they have skipped lunch because they were too busy, so Grubhub is helping them reclaim this important meal by giving all of New York City a free lunch on May 17.
"As one of the most dynamic dining cities..."
Publix and Instacart Debut Carrot Warehouses in Miami
Publix, the largest employee-owned company in the United States with 1,295 grocery stores across several Southeastern states, and Instacart, a leading retail enablement company in North America, are debuting 15-minute delivery in Miami powered by Instacart's nano-fulfillment solution, Carrot Warehouses. Starting today and rolling out over the coming weeks, customers in Miami's Brickell, Coral Gables and Wynwood neighborhoods will be able to have a wide range of fresh produce, pantry staples, household goods and more delivered from Publix in as fast as 15-minutes, whether it's early morning or...
Canadian Restaurants Enjoyed A Robust Return of Customers in the First Quarter
Full service restaurants benefitted from the pent-up demand to dine out
The Canadian foodservice industry continued to show promising recovery in the first quarter of 2022 compared to last year’s same quarter, reports The NPD Group. Physical and online visits to restaurants and commercial foodservice outlets increased by 18% in the first quarter compared to the same quarter last year, when traffic declined by 9% due to indoor dining restrictions. Consumer spending in the quarter grew by 27% compared to a year ago when spending declined by...
Grubhub Launches Pay Card for Corporate Clients to Enhance Order Flexibility
Grubhub, a leading U.S. food-ordering and delivery marketplace, today announced it will be offering a corporate pay card to help drive orders to local restaurants and increase order flexibility for in-office and at-home employees. The new Grubhub Pay Card will allow employees working for companies that have a Grubhub Corporate Account to order on and off the Grubhub Marketplace with their allocated line of credit, meaning they can use it at any restaurant that takes debit and credit card payment.
With a Grubhub Corporate Account...
Restaurant Carry-Out is Losing Out to Delivery and Drive-Thru As More Convenient Ordering Options
More than half of carry-out orders are placed at the counter
Restaurant carry-out, which dates back to ancient Rome, has provided a convenient eating solution for time-strapped civilizations for ages. However, with consumers always looking for the next level of convenience, like not getting out of the car, delivery and drive-thru orders have taken hold, making carry-out the less convenient service mode, reports The NPD Group. Carry-out orders were lagging drive-thru and delivery orders before the pandemic...
DJ Khaled’s Another Wing Drops Plant-based LikeWings with Miami Wing Dispensary on April 20
Today DJ Khaled’s Another Wing unveils LikeWings, new plant-based additions to its U.S. menu in partnership with LikeMeat, a LIVEKINDLY Collective brand. This unique collaboration marks LikeMeat’s first ghost kitchen partnership, and LikeWings are available for order starting today through the Another Wing storefront on UberEats, DoorDash, GrubHub and Postmates in the U.S.
LikeMeat’s juicy and delicious plant-based LikeWings come smothered in Another Wing’s signature flavors including: You Loyal! Lemon Pepper, Honey! Honey! Hot Honey Sriracha and They Don’t Want You To Win...
DoorDash Launches DashPass for Students Membership for College Students Nationwide
DoorDash today announced the launch of DashPass for Students, the new membership plan for college students that unlocks the best of the local community both on and off campus. For just $4.99 a month, DashPass for Students is the ultimate tool and most convenient and wallet-friendly option for students to get whatever they need on DoorDash delivered on-demand, from thousands of eligible restaurants, convenience and grocery stores, and local and national retailers.
At half the price of a standard monthly DashPass membership, DashPass for Students members will...
Wix Partners with DoorDash to Launch On-Demand Delivery for Restaurants
Wix.com Ltd., a leading global SaaS platform to create, manage and grow an online presence, today announced a partnership with DoorDash Drive, DoorDash's white-label fulfillment platform that powers direct delivery for any business, to integrate with Wix Restaurants. The integration provides restaurant owners using Wix Restaurants access to an expansive delivery fleet.
Businesses built on Wix Restaurants can now fulfill delivery orders made directly on their website, their Dine App and their fully Branded App through DoorDash Drive. With this new delivery option, DoorDash Drive can provide...
Mendocino Farms' New San Francisco Kitchen Dishes Out Bold Flavors for Delivery and Pick Up
What's the news? Mendocino Farms, the fast-casual restaurant known for turning sandwiches, salads and more into an unexpected culinary adventure, is opening a new delivery and pick up only location in San Francisco (90 Charter Oak), on Monday, April 11. The San Francisco Kitchen marks the brand's third takeout and delivery-oriented location, furthering its commitment to making happiness only an order away.
Why is this important? Through its digital-only ordering experience, the San Francisco Kitchen is focused on offering a more convenient...
Burger King Invites Everyone to Order Through Its App
Everyone loves a Whopper. Thanks to the Burger King app’s delivery feature, you can get one brought right to your door and tame that all-too-familiar Whopper craving.
At Burger King we know that, except from our restaurants, there is no place like home, the only other place on earth where we can truly be ourselves, no makeup, no bow tie and no one judging us. That’s why, now, Burger King claims that ‘Every home can be the Home of the Whopper’! The new Burger King...
Hardee's and Carl's Jr. on a Mission to "Feed Your Happy" With All-New My Rewards™ Loyalty Program
CKE Restaurants, Inc., parent company of Hardee's® and Carl's Jr.®, announced today the debut of My Rewards, a new loyalty program available through its recently launched brand apps putting the most popular menu items just a few taps away. The program is now available nationally at participating Hardee's and Carl's Jr. restaurants.
To celebrate the launch, both brands will offer a series of enticing promotions at sign-up. Upon registration for My Rewards, guests will receive an offer for...
Just Eat Takeaway.com and McDonald’s Announce Long-Term Global Strategic Partnership
McDonald’s Corporation and Just Eat Takeaway.com N.V. have agreed to a new, long-term global strategic partnership, evolving their existing local agreements to provide McDonald’s customers and franchisees with the convenience and value of McDelivery® in markets across the world. McDonald’s and Just Eat Takeaway.com’s partnership will support growth of the McDelivery business and will lead to increased operational benefits for Just Eat Takeaway.com.
Just Eat Takeaway.com’s global brand and extensive geographic coverage, best-in-class food-delivery marketplace and 500,000 couriers worldwide provide numerous strategic benefits to...
WWE® and Nextbite Launch Virtual Restaurant in Dallas
WWE and Nextbite, a leader in virtual restaurants, have partnered to launch a WWE-themed, delivery-only restaurant in the Dallas area ahead of WrestleMania 38, which takes place next Saturday, April 2 and Sunday, April 3 at AT&T Stadium in Dallas.
The delivery-only restaurant – WWE Smackadillas – is available now via DoorDash, Uber Eats, and Grubhub. WWE Smackadillas offers a unique menu of crave-crushing quesadillas that will only be available until April 11.
“WWE is one of the premier sports and entertainment organizations in the world and is..."
BurgerFi Partners with Gopuff to Bring Late-Night Bites to Tallahassee
BurgerFi, one of the nation's fastest growing, premium fast-casual concepts, and Gopuff – the go-to platform for immediate delivery of customers' everyday needs – have launched a new offering to bring BurgerFi's all-natural burgers and sides through its "Fi on the Fly®" food truck and Gopuff Kitchen, Gopuff's freshly-prepared food delivery service. This strategic partnership – the first of its kind in which Gopuff Kitchen partners with a restaurant – will bring the convenience of Gopuff's late-night delivery to BurgerFi fans and Gopuff customers in the Tallahassee...
US Foods Spring Scoop Delivers Versatile Products to Help Operators Do More With Less
US Foods Holding Corp. announced today the launch of Spring 2022 Scoop™. Themed “Do More with Less,” Spring Scoop features 18 versatile and innovative products combined with a variety of inspiring menu ideas developed by US Foods product innovation and culinary experts. Nearly 60% of restaurants adapted to pandemic constraints by reducing their menus.1 Today, operators must ramp up the number of menu offerings to attract diners returning to pre-pandemic dining routines, all while continuing to manage labor shortages and other operational challenges...
Digital Foodservice Ordering Continues to Accelerate in Canada
Digital foodservice ordering has been among the lifelines for Canadians throughout the pandemic. Although digital foodservice ordering was growing before the pandemic, the pandemic accelerated its growth, reports The NPD Group. Over the last two years, digital orders for carry-out and delivery from restaurants and other foodservice outlets have increased by 155%, according to NPD’s continual tracking of the Canadian foodservice industry.
Ordering through mobile apps represents the bulk of digital orders. In January 2022, mobile app orders represented 75% of all digital foodservice orders. 20% were internet orders, and 5%...
Instacart Unveils Shoppable Recipes, New Product Integrations with TikTok, Hearst Magazines, & More
Instacart, the leading online grocery platform in North America, today announced Shoppable Recipes, new product integrations that will allow food creators to make their recipes shoppable on Instacart via strategic integrations on TikTok and Tasty, as well on Hearst Magazines' properties like Delish, Good Housekeeping, and more. Shoppable Recipes leverages Instacart's immense grocery catalog -- one of the largest in the world -- with real-time AI-driven modeling to find in-stock items and available Shoppers to get them delivered quickly, empowering people to turn the food...
P.F. Chang’s To Go Continues Florida Expansion with New Lake Mary Location
P.F. Chang’s today announced the opening of its second P.F. Chang’s To Go location in the Orlando metropolitan area, expanding its offering of iconic, wok-fired dishes with even more convenience.
Launched in 2020 as part of the company’s off-premise dining strategy, P.F. Chang’s To Go focuses on takeout, delivery, catering and third-party online delivery services for consumers on the go. Whether pressed for time at home, the office or anywhere in between, the new To Go format allows guests to enjoy P.F. Chang’s favorites their...
Denny's Offers Free Delivery for Upcoming Week of March Madness
Secure the win during March Madness with Denny's. From Thursday, March 17 – Sunday, March 20, guests can get free delivery when ordering through Denny's new iOS and Android apps or www.dennys.com. Without having to take their eyes off the ball during this year's Big Dance, guests can receive their favorite breakfast, lunch, dinner or late-night meals whenever they want all from the comfort of their couch.
For breakfast you might want to try Denny's iconic Grand Slam, or if sweet and savory is more of your jam, you can...
Kroger Fulfillment Network Expands to Three New Cities
The Kroger Co., America's largest grocery retailer, today announced at its 2022 Business Update in Orlando it will offer more Americans delivery through the addition of spoke facilities in Austin and San Antonio, TX and Birmingham, AL powered by the Kroger Fulfillment Network and Ocado Group. As a continuation of Kroger's successful entry into Florida in 2021 without physical stores, the new Texas and Alabama facilities will serve as new geographies for the organization, bringing innovation and modern e-commerce to the cities and extending the grocer's reach and ability to provide...
Smashburger® Launches New Nationwide Menu with the Addition of Two Chicken Tender Offerings
Smashburger®, the better burger fast casual restaurant, announces the launch of its brand new menu, launching nationwide today. The new revamped menu will feature two brand new menu items: Adult Chicken Tenders and Scorchin' Hot Chicken Tenders. Inspired by successful menu testing at select locations and the popularity of the 2021 Scorchin' Hot Crispy Chicken Sandwich, the new chicken offerings will be available in 3-piece and 5-piece quantities and are made of crispy, all white meat chicken, with your choice of sauce...
Friendly's Restaurants Debuts First Friendly's Cafe
In 1935, the Blake Brothers founded their first ice cream shop in Springfield, Massachusetts and named it "Friendly." The name was a promise that the small ice cream shop would be a friendly place for families to enjoy a meal together. 86-years later the iconic brand is still delivering on that promise, while continuing to innovate for both loyal patrons and new customers.
Friendly's Restaurants announces the launch of Friendly's Cafe, a fast-casual concept, in Westfield, Massachusetts (291 East Main St.) which opened on Feb. 26. The new concept aims to deliver...
Grubhub Launches Ultrafast Delivery in Partnership With Buyk
Grubhub, a leading U.S. food-ordering and delivery marketplace, and Buyk, the newest real-time grocery delivery service, announced today a partnership to bring ultrafast grocery delivery to the Grubhub marketplace through Buyk and Grubhub branded concepts.
The fulfillment and delivery of orders will be handled by Buyk, and customers will be able to order from more than 30 initial participating locations in New York City and Chicago in the coming weeks. More than 2,000 grocery and convenience items from local and national vendors, as well as Buyk's own private label products...
Instacart and Quicklly Join Forces to Bring Authentic Indian Meals to Kitchens Nationwide
Quicklly, the nation's largest and most comprehensive marketplace for Indian and South Asian food, and Instacart, the leading online grocery platform in North America, today announced the launch of a new storefront that offers nationwide delivery of Quicklly's ready-to-eat meal kits in 3-4 days.
As Indian food continues to gain popularity and expand beyond South Asian consumers, the new storefront provides customers with access to ready-to-eat Indian meal kits and simplifies the shopping experience for millions of Indian food lovers...
Grubhub Launches Grubhub Goods Brand Nationwide
Grubhub, a leading U.S. food-ordering and delivery marketplace, announced today national availability of its branded convenience concept, Grubhub Goods. Grubhub now offers on-demand convenience delivery to diners from more than 3,000 Grubhub Goods locations across the country.
This nationwide expansion is in collaboration with 7-Eleven and follows a successful pilot in New York of more than a dozen Grubhub Goods locations offered with 7-Eleven in Manhattan. The Grubhub Goods locations with 7-Eleven reach the vast majority of Grubhub's diners nationwide and feature a selection of 7-Eleven's most...
COVID Restrictions Thwarted the Canadian Foodservice Industry’s Expectations for a Strong Recovery
The Canadian foodservice industry entered 2021 hopeful that the industry could get back on track. The recovery seemed like it was heading in the right direction in the third quarter — with vaccination rates high, COVID infections low, and restrictions lifted, reports The NPD Group. Consumers were anxious to return to their favorite restaurants, and online and physical visits were within just five percentage points of where they were in the same quarter before the pandemic. But the onset of the omicron wave and the return of restrictions suppressed...
Ghost Kitchen Brands Opens U.S.-Based Wow Bao to Locations Across Canada
Touchdown! 7-Eleven Delivers Free Pizza for Football's Biggest Night
Free pizza?! Score! 7-Eleven, Inc. is getting customers ready for this year's Big Game with a touchdown of a deal. On Sunday, February 13, customers are being rewarded with one delicious, large 7-Meat, Cheese, or Pepperoni pizza for FREE when they order through the 7NOW® delivery app*.
Nothing says convenience quite like a free large pizza delivered to a football fan's door so they can stay glued to the screen—and the couch—during the biggest sporting event of the year. With a variety of options to...
Wendy's New Hot Honey Duo of Craft Sandwiches Delivers Sweet, Sweet Heat Morning, Noon and Night
Wendy's® answers the question, "where does heat meet sweet?" with the launch of the new Hot Honey Chicken Sandwich and Hot Honey Chicken Biscuit. Marrying the sweet taste of honey with the fiery habanero kick you expect from the Queen of Spice, the hand-crafted duo packs a punch Wendy's fans will love all day long. With the Hot Honey Chicken Biscuit for breakfast and Hot Honey Chicken Sandwich available rest of day, Wendy's reigns supreme when it comes to bringing...
Introducing Domino's® Carryout Tips: Because You Earned It
Domino's Pizza Inc. believes every great delivery driver deserves a tip. Thousands of carryout customers serve as their own delivery drivers each day, and now, Domino's is tipping them. Carryout customers who order online can claim a $3 tip to use on their next online carryout order, thanks to the largest pizza company in the world.
"It takes skill to get pizza from a Domino's store to your door," said Art D'Elia, Domino's executive president – chief marketing officer. "As a reward, Domino's is giving a $3..."
Deliverect Raises $150 Million in Series D Funding, as it Reaches 100 Million Orders Processed
Deliverect, a global scale-up that simplifies online ordering for more than 20,000 locations across 40 markets, today announced it secured more than $150 million (€130 million) in Series D funding. The funding, which is led by Coatue and Alkeon Capital as well as existing investors OMERS Ventures, DST Global, Redpoint Ventures, Newion and Smartfin, brings Deliverect to $240 million raised to date. This round marks the company's valuation at over $1.4 billion.
With this latest round of funding, Deliverect...
Donatos Expands Menu with NEW Plant-Based Pepperoni in Partnership with Field Roast™
Donatos, the #1 premium brand of delivered pizzas in the country, is ready to help customers with a very achievable New Year's resolution: eat more vegetables. The family-owned pizza brand announced it will be introducing plant-based pepperoni in partnership with Field Roast™ in nearly 170 Donatos locations starting January 1, just in time for the new year.
Field Roast™ Plant-Based Pepperoni is authentically crafted using pea protein and traditional Italian seasonings—like garlic, black pepper, fennel, anise, cayenne, and...
The Pandemic has Permanently Altered the Consumer-Restaurant Relationship, TD Bank Survey Finds
The pandemic has permanently altered the consumer-restaurant relationship with operators investing in technology and real estate to align with changing consumer preferences, according to the 2021 Restaurant Franchise Pulse survey, conducted by TD Bank, America's Most Convenient Bank®.
Early in the pandemic, 72% of operators invested in delivery and mobile/online ordering to boost revenue during mandated stay-at-home orders according to TD's 2020 survey, and it appears the popularity of these offerings is here to stay.
Investment in delivery and mobile ordering pays...
Uber Eats Makes Food Delivery To Outer Space
Uber Technologies, Inc. today announced their first-ever food delivery to outer space. Expanding the global company's footprint beyond earth's surface and into the thermosphere, Uber Eats became the first delivery platform to send food to the International Space Station.
Uber Eats teamed up with Japanese entrepreneur and delivery superfan, Yusaku Maezawa, to hand deliver beloved ready-to-eat canned Japanese dishes to the astronauts at the International Space Station as part of his 12-day orbit. This delivery was made on December 11 at 9:40am EST having...
Grubhub Releases Annual Year in Food Report Detailing the Top Trends of 2021
The end of the year is near, but before we say goodbye to 2021, we're rewinding to see how we ate and drank our way through another year of change. Grubhub, a leading online and mobile food-ordering and delivery marketplace, today released findings from its annual "Year in Food" report. Grubhub analyzed orders from over 32 million diners to see what rose in popularity throughout the year while highlighting Grubhub diners' generosity and how they gave back to communities and restaurants in need. In addition...
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