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Hardee's to Begin Testing Beyond Meat at Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner 

Hardee’s, known for quality you can taste, today announced it will be partnering with Beyond Meat as one of the first U.S. quick service restaurants to offer plant-based breakfast, lunch and dinner options. In keeping with the brand’s innovative heritage of offering new twists on classic favorites, Hardee’s will be testing a new Beyond Breakfast Sausage Biscuit and an Original Beyond Thickburger for a limited-time in two regional markets – Raleigh, NC and Kansas City, MO, beginning October 16, 2019.

To celebrate the launch, Hardee’s will offer customers a free Beyond Breakfast Sausage Biscuit, during breakfast hours, or Original Beyond Thickburger, during...

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Oct 16 10:02 AM, General News



Dunkin' Brands Announces Departure of Tony Weisman, U.S. Chief Marketing Officer

Dunkin’ Brands, the parent company of Dunkin' and Baskin-Robbins, today announced that Tony Weisman, Chief Marketing Officer Dunkin’ U.S., is stepping down from his position effective December 1, 2019. The company will immediately begin a search for his replacement, and Mr. Weisman has agreed to assist in the search. Until the appointment of a new CMO, the marketing department will report to Dave Hoffmann, Dunkin’ Brands CEO and Dunkin’ U.S. President.

“Tony has played a key role in the transformation of our brand, including our widely lauded decision to drop “Donuts” from our logo, our very successful espresso relaunch, and the introduction of innovative products like our plant-based Beyond Sausage Breakfast Sandwich, currently available in Manhattan. Additionally, he has assembled...

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Oct 16 9:14 AM, General News


Post-Summer Back to the Grind Kept U.S. Restaurant Transactions Flat in September

The post-summer back to business and school as usual kept U.S. restaurant transactions flat in September compared to year ago, reports The NPD Group. The month started out with transactions up but flattened as the month went on, according to NPD’s CREST Performance Alerts, which provides a rapid weekly view of chain-specific transactions and share trends for 73 quick service, fast casual, midscale, and casual dining chains.

Transactions at quick service restaurant (QSR) chains, which represent the bulk of industry transactions, were flat in September compared to year ago. While the full service segments of casual dining and...

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Oct 16 8:19 AM, General News


Burger King Partners with Uber Eats for Delivery

All of your favorite flame grilled sandwiches from Burger King restaurants can now be delivered right to your doorstep through Uber Eats. BK guests nationwide can now place a food order, including the iconic Whopper Sandwich, with the tap of a button on the Uber Eats app.

“At Burger King restaurants, delivery is a major priority to ensure our food is available to anyone, anywhere,” said Chris Finazzo, President, North America, Burger King Corporation. “We know our guests value convenience and adding the Burger King brand to Uber Eats is another way we will meet the demands of millions of people on this platform.”

“We’re thrilled to team up with Burger King restaurants to offer their beloved menu items to...

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Oct 15 9:26 AM, General News


Cracker Barrel Acquires Maple Street Biscuit Company

Cracker Barrel Old Country Store, Inc. announced it has acquired Maple Street Biscuit Company in an all-cash transaction for $36 million. Maple Street Biscuit Company was founded by Scott Moore and Gus Evans in Jacksonville, FL in 2012. It currently has 28 company-owned and five franchised fast casual locations across seven states. Maple Street Biscuit Company has targeted AUVs of $1.0+ million and targeted store-level EBITDA of 17%+ of net sales. The Company plans to convert its Holler & Dash Biscuit House units into Maple Street Biscuit Company locations in the coming months. Scott Moore will remain CEO of Maple Street Biscuit Company and will report directly to Sandra B. Cochran, President and CEO of Cracker Barrel.

“The breakfast and lunch-focused fast casual category is an attractive segment, and our experience with Holler & Dash has reinforced this belief. We have long admired Maple Street Biscuit Company with...

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Oct 15 8:15 AM, General News


KFC Introduces Fried Wings 

Kentucky Fried Chicken is delivering a touchdown this football season with the introduction of its new Kentucky Fried Wings™. The chicken expert's new, always hot and fresh wings are available in participating KFC U.S. restaurants today as part of the permanent menu. Making this even hotter, fans can try them out from the comfort of their own home with free delivery* on kfc.com, the fried chicken chain's new online delivery platform, Grubhub and Seamless.

Sure to be the MVP of this season's tailgate parties and more, Kentucky Fried Wings are available classic (unsauced) or tossed in your choice of three sauces: Nashville Hot, Buffalo or Honey BBQ – all so finger lickin' good, you won't even need a Wet-Nap.

Thanks to Kentucky Fried Wings, gone are the days of waiting for hot and fresh wings, or needing to call ahead with an order. Kentucky Fried Wings are...

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Oct 11 8:19 AM, General News


Chipotle Enhances Animal Welfare Standards in Canada and Europe 

Chipotle Mexican Grill announced that it's signing the European Chicken Commitment, a venture that will apply even higher animal welfare standards to its entire European supply chain by 2026. Priding itself on serving food with integrity, Chipotle was an early participant in the U.S., supporting the Better Chicken Commitment since 2017 and has now extended this U.S. Broiler commitment to its operations in Canada as well.

Chipotle is committed to cultivating a better world, which means sourcing responsibly raised ingredients. For over 25 years, Chipotle has been an industry leader in exceptional animal welfare standards in the fast-casual space. As a brand started by a classically trained chef with a passion for real food, Chipotle has pioneered...

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Oct 10 8:20 AM, General News


Nestlé Develops Fully Plant-Based 'Bacon Cheeseburger'

Nestlé announced today that it has developed vegan alternatives to cheese and bacon, designed to complement its existing plant-based burger patties. This makes it the first food and beverage company to develop and produce all three essential elements for a no-compromise plant-based 'bacon cheeseburger'.

This complete burger solution will first be offered to professional clients such as restaurant and foodservice operators. Nestlé's plant-based burger patties are already available to food professionals, with the full package including...

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Oct 9 10:18 AM, General News


Subway Restaurants Names New Chief Marketing Officer

The Subway brand is proud to name Carrie Walsh as Chief Marketing Officer, North America, where she will be responsible for driving the brand's North America marketing and advertising strategy, as well as defining global brand standards and marketing strategies throughout Subway's international markets.

A seasoned marketing professional, Walsh joins Subway with more than 15 years of experience building brands across the restaurant, retail and CPG industries. Most recently, Walsh led marketing for Michaels Stores, the largest arts & crafts retailer in North America. Walsh also previously held the Chief Marketing Officer role for YUM! Brands Pizza Hut, where she led teams across marketing disciplines including calendar planning, menu insights and...

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Oct 9 10:12 AM, General News


Carl's Jr. Launches New BBQ Cheeseburger Made with Beyond Meat 

Carl’s Jr., known for craveable menu items, is excited to expand its partnership with Beyond Meat® to launch an innovative new menu item – the Beyond BBQ Cheeseburger – available at participating restaurants beginning October 9, 2019. Drawing on the success of its Beyond Famous Star, the restaurant developed a new burger build meant to complement the Beyond Burger™ patty, while drawing on the flavors of its famed Western Bacon Cheeseburger.

The new Beyond BBQ Cheeseburger will feature some of the restaurant’s most popular ingredients including a Beyond Burger patty topped with Carl's Jr. original BBQ sauce, American cheese, crispy onion rings, all on a sesame seed bun, for an indulgent flexitarian option that turns...

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Oct 9 9:42 AM, General News


Domino's Pizza Announces Third Quarter 2019 Financial Results

Domino's Pizza, Inc., the largest pizza company in the world based on global retail sales, announced results for the third quarter, comprised of growth in global retail sales and earnings per share. Global retail sales increased 5.8% in the third quarter, or 7.5% without the negative impact of changes in foreign currency exchange rates. U.S. same store sales grew 2.4% during the quarter versus the prior year quarter, continuing the positive sales momentum in the Company's U.S. business.

The international division also posted positive results, with same store sales growth of 1.7% during the quarter. The third quarter marked the 103rd consecutive quarter of international same store sales growth and the 34th consecutive quarter of...

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Oct 8 10:07 AM, General News


Sysco’s Cutting Edge Solutions Announces Additional Product Offerings

Sysco Corporation, the leading global foodservice distribution company, announced the availability of nine new products exclusively for customers through its Cutting Edge Solutions platform.

Designed to enable customers to succeed by differentiating themselves in an evolving and competitive business environment, Cutting Edge Solutions products are sourced from leading and up-and-coming suppliers and assists customers with refreshing their menus, driving increased traffic and streamlining back-of-house operations. Since its inception in October 2015, Cutting Edge Solutions has delivered...

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Oct 8 9:29 AM, General News


Kepak Secures USDA Approval to Distribute Irish Beef Burgers in the United States

Kepak Group has become the first ever European meat processor to be awarded United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) approval for the supply, marketing and distribution of Irish beef in a value-added format of beef burgers into the US market.

The approval announced at Anuga, the world’s largest trade fair for food and beverages in Cologne, Germany, secures access for Kepak to the US beef burger market which is currently valued at over $122bn.

The development follows the successful launch in 2017 of the first Irish beef retail brand in the United States, Kepak’s Celtic Beef Company, and means...

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Oct 8 9:08 AM, General News


Red Robin Gourmet Burgers and Brews Unveils Latest Fall Menu Items 

At Red Robin Gourmet Burgers and Brews beginning today through January 26, guests can satisfy their burger cravings with the all-new French Onion Ringer, a flavor-packed burger with Swiss cheese, crispy onion straws, French Onion spread and tomatoes on a melted provolone-capped onion bun, topped off with three golden-fried onion rings. The Gourmet Burger Authority is also bringing back a fan favorite, the El Ranchero Burger, which is topped with American cheese, candied bacon, crispy onion straws, house-made jalapeño ranch, barbecue ketchup, tomatoes and shredded romaine.

"At Red Robin, we are excited to introduce these new, unique burgers with ingredients that guests can only experience at...

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Oct 7 11:39 AM, General News


McRib Season is Almost Here

‘Tis the season for the saucy return of the McRib to participating McDonald’s restaurants nationwide!

The craveable and delicious sandwich – a seasoned boneless pork slathered in tangy barbecue sauce and topped with slivered onions and tart pickles – is set to return for a limited time in more than 10,000 U.S. restaurants as early as Monday, Oct. 7. To locate the closest participating restaurant, customers can enter their zip code at mcdfinder.com.

“We’re always listening to our customers and we know the McRib has some of the most loyal fans,” said Chef Chad Schafer, Senior Director of Culinary Innovation & Commercialization at McDonald’s USA. “This year we’re excited to...

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Oct 4 10:11 AM, General News


Mintel: Affluent Brits Flock to Chicken Shops and Restaurants as Sales Increase

Well-heeled Brits are joining the nation’s chicken shop obsession, according to latest research from Mintel. Over the last year alone, the number of affluent Brits visiting chicken outlets and restaurants has shot up from 40% in 2018 to 45% in 2019.

Meanwhile, those who have stable household finances are also now more likely to be enjoying the nation’s chicken shops and restaurants. Almost half (47%) of those describing their financial situation as ‘OK’ visited a chicken shop in 2019, compared to 41% a year earlier. This comes as the chicken segment has seen some worse-off consumers exiting the market. The number of Brits with a challenging financial situation visiting chicken shops dropped from...

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Oct 4 9:15 AM, General News


The Cheesecake Factory Completes Acquisitions of North Italia and Fox Restaurant Concepts

The Cheesecake Factory Incorporated announced that it has closed the acquisitions of North Italia and Fox Restaurant Concepts (“FRC”), including Flower Child.

The transactions were completed for $308 million in consideration at closing, including $12 million earmarked for customary post-closing adjustments. An additional $45 million will be due ratably over the next four years, and the FRC transaction also includes an earn-out provision based on the financial performance of the FRC brands outside of North Italia and Flower Child. The Company previously invested...

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Oct 4 8:18 AM, Urner Barry


Mintel: Organic Food and Drink Products Gain Popularity 

According to Mintel Global New Products Database, in the last 10 years, the total number of new food and drink product launches globally with an organic claim has risen from 6% to 10% between August 2009 and July 2019.

Mintel research finds that Europe is leading the way in terms of organic food and drink innovation, with almost a fifth of all food and drink products launched in Europe carrying an organic claim. In the 10 years to July 2019, the number of European food and drink launches with an organic claim has shot up from 9% to 17%, satisfying Europe’s hunger for organics. Current leading innovators include...

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Oct 3 11:28 AM, General News


Whataburger Reveals New Breakfast Burger

Whataburger’s brand-new Breakfast Burger is officially here. The burger features a 100% beef patty, Whataburger’s one-of-a-kind Creamy Pepper Sauce, two slices of savory bacon, a freshly-cracked egg, three crispy hash browns, and American cheese, all conveniently sandwiched in a 4” bun. The Creamy Pepper Sauce is also available as a dipping sauce.

“Anytime we talk about the Breakfast Burger, people get really, really excited,” said Whataburger Vice President of Marketing and Innovation Rich Scheffler. “This is a hearty creation, and some of our customers said they would drive out of their way to get this. We’re excited to be able to offer...

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Oct 2 1:35 PM, General News


Burger King Announces Agreement to Launch in the Baltics

Burger King today announced a new agreement to open restaurants in Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania. The three Baltic states are among the few remaining countries in Europe where Burger King currently does not have restaurants.

"We are excited to develop beautiful new Burger King restaurants and introduce guests in the Baltics to our iconic brand featuring our great-tasting food with Tallink Grupp" said David Shear, President, Burger King and Popeyes EMEA. "We are confident that guests will enjoy our world-famous flame-grilled flavor, including our iconic WHOPPER® sandwich, and experience our brand their way through personalized digital innovation."

Tallink Grupp, which launched the first floating Burger King restaurant on board a cruise ship in 2016, has now acquired the exclusive development rights for...

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Sep 27 9:50 AM, General News


Kroger Opens Two-Level Store with First-Ever Food Hall

The Kroger Co. opened a new, 52,000-square-foot urban format store today in downtown Cincinnati, offering the grocer's first-ever food hall, named On The Rhine Eatery. The experience features Cincinnati eateries Django Western Taco, DOPE! Asian Street Fare, Eli's BBQ and Queen City Whip, as well as Kitchen 1883 Café and Bar, Kroger's American food restaurant concept.

"Kroger is thrilled to introduce our first food hall and offer a one-of-its-kind shopping experience in our hometown of Cincinnati, providing a convenient location to experience delicious, quality meals and foods. This innovative destination highlights Kroger's food-first culture," said Rodney McMullen, Kroger's chairman and CEO. "Kroger's new store offers...

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Sep 27 8:18 AM, General News


McDonald’s Tests New Plant-Based Burger in Canada

McDonald’s will be conducting a 12-week test of a new plant-based burger called the P.L.T., which stands for Plant. Lettuce. Tomato. in 28 restaurants in Southwestern Ontario, starting September 30. The P.L.T. is made with a Beyond Meat plant-based patty that has been crafted exclusively by McDonald’s, for McDonald’s, to deliver the iconic taste customers know and love.

“McDonald’s has a proud legacy of fun, delicious and craveable food—and now, we’re extending that to a test of a juicy, plant-based burger,” said Ann Wahlgren, McDonald’s VP of Global Menu Strategy. “We’ve been working on our recipe and now we’re ready to...

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Sep 26 9:03 AM, General News


Sweet Earth Foods Debuts New Plant-Based Culinary Innovations 

Sweet Earth Foods, an award-winning and rapidly-growing plant-based food innovator, announced today the launch of their newest products, the Sweet Earth Awesome Burger and Sweet Earth Awesome Grounds. Sweet Earth's Awesome Grounds will provide the same plant-based protein in a ground version that allows greater flexibility to cook various meals and sides, such as meatballs and tacos.

The Awesome Burger and Awesome Grounds advance Sweet Earth's mission by delivering on the taste and texture of beef with the nutritional benefits offered by plant-based proteins. The non-GMO Awesome Burger was developed by Sweet Earth's culinary team with Nestlé R&D support, with a focus on achieving awesome flavor and nutrition. It's made with U.S.-sourced yellow pea protein, which is...

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Sep 26 8:15 AM, General News


Inspire Brands to Acquire Jimmy John’s

Inspire Brands (“Inspire”) today announced that it has entered into an agreement to acquire Jimmy John’s Sandwiches (“Jimmy John’s”). The agreement was unanimously approved by the Jimmy John’s Board of Directors, including Founder and Chairman Jimmy John Liautaud. The financial terms of the transaction were not disclosed.

Inspire is a multi-brand restaurant company whose portfolio includes more than 8,300 Arby’s, Buffalo Wild Wings, SONIC Drive-In and Rusty Taco locations worldwide.Following the completion of the transaction, Inspire will be the fourth-largest restaurant company in the United States with more than $14 billion in annual system sales and more than 11,200 restaurants across 16 countries.

“Jimmy John’s has found the ideal home at Inspire,” Liautaud said. “Inspire’s long-term approach, culture of innovation and commitment to...

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Sep 25 8:49 AM, General News


Mintel: Nearly Three in 10 Americans say Technology is Ruining the Hospitality Industry

Technology plays a prominent role in nearly every aspect of US consumers’ lives and the dining out experience is no exception. But it seems that for some Americans, the spread of mobile, digital and artificial intelligence (AI) technology is unwanted as new research from Mintel reveals that 28% of US consumers agree that technology is ruining hospitality.

However, it may be the fear of the unknown that’s influencing these perceptions as a large minority of Americans have not only never used certain types of technology when dining out, but they are not interested in trying them. For example, two in five consumers have not used and are not interested in trying a restaurant mobile app (44%) or kiosk (40%) to pay. Nearly half (48%) of diners have not used and are not interested in trying...

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Sep 25 8:17 AM, General News


Bojangles’ Sizzling Pork Chop Griller Biscuit Returns for a Limited Time

Beginning today, the sizzle is back with Bojangles’ one-of-a-kind Pork Chop Griller Biscuit. As one of the only grilled pork chop biscuits on fast food menus, the Pork Chop Griller Biscuit adds to Bojangles’ unique offerings of real deal Southern flavor for a limited time only.

The savory Pork Chop Griller is marinated in a zesty dry-rub seasoning that gives it a signature tangy Southern flare. The tender pork chop is served inside one of Bojangles’ made-from-scratch buttermilk biscuits, creating a biscuit sandwich unlike any other.

“Every year, this biscuit sandwich is a huge hit with our customers,” said Jackie Woodward, Bojangles’ chief marketing officer. “Get it for breakfast, get it for lunch or dinner, just get down to...

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Sep 23 9:48 AM, General News


Papa John’s International Expands Into Portugal

Papa John's International, Inc. continues to expand its global presence, opening a new restaurant in Portugal. It is located in Lisbon, in the Amoreiras zone.

Papa John’s new restaurant in Portugal is being opened by Drake Food Service International, the master franchisee in the Iberian Peninsula, Chile, Panamá, and Costa Rica.

“We are committed to developing the Papa John’s brand in Latin America and Europe. We look forward to becoming the most...

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Sep 23 9:25 AM, General News


Dunkin Rolls Out Two Major Mobile App and DD Perks Enhancements

Running on Dunkin' is getting faster for all this fall, as the brand today announced that the quickest and most convenient way to order – On-The-Go Mobile Ordering – is becoming available to all of its customers. Previously available exclusively to DD Perks® Rewards Program members paying with an enrolled Dunkin' gift card, the new Guest Order feature allows any customer to place an On-The-Go Mobile Order through the Dunkin' App and pick it up by either walking in-store or going through the drive-thru.

To place an order, guests simply select 'Guest Order' on the redesigned Dunkin' App home screen, select their menu items and then pay using the debit or credit card of their choice, with other payment options coming later this year. The new On-The-Go Guest Order feature has started...

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Sep 23 9:18 AM, General News


Cultured Meat Market Forecast to Grow by 2032

According to MarketsandMarkets, the cultured meat market size is estimated to be valued at $214 million by 2025, and projected to reach $593 million by 2032. This projection will lead to a compound annual growth rate of 15.7% from 2025 to 2032. The rising consumption of meat along with increasing demand for nutritional meat are a few of the key factors driving the growth of the industry. When considering the categories of poultry, beef, seafood, pork, and duck, the poultry segment is projected to witness the fastest growth during the forecast. This is due to the availability of poultry when compared to other meat sources such as beef, and also the consumer preference for poultry and poultry products.

The increasing popularity of poultry products in many quick service restaurants has encouraged manufacturers to develop innovative alternative products to meet consumer demand. Additionally, the rising demand for chicken, due to...

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Sep 19 11:14 AM, Urner Barry


Panera Bread Launches New Category of Warm Grain Bowls

Just in time for fall, Panera is launching hearty, warm Grain Bowls featuring a medley of whole grains, crisp greens, vibrant vegetables and lean protein infused with bold, internationally-inspired flavors and sauces. The new Baja warm Grain Bowl and Mediterranean warm Grain Bowl--both available with or without chicken--mark Panera's entry into the grain bowl category. The introduction of grain bowls is the next step in Panera's evolving mission to offer more grains, plants and proteins on its menu, with a focus on delivering craveable food that makes you feel not just full, but fulfilled. This "Full of Good" philosophy leans into the notion that consumers shouldn't have to compromise between...

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Sep 19 9:35 AM, General News


Darden Restaurants Reports Fiscal 2020 First Quarter Results

Darden Restaurants, Inc., today reported its financial results for the first quarter ended August 25, 2019.

First Quarter 2020 Financial Highlights, Comparisons Versus Same Fiscal Quarter Last Year

Total sales increased 3.5% to $2.13 billion driven by the addition of 40 net new restaurants and a blended same-restaurant sales increase of 0.9%
Same-restaurant sales by brand...

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Sep 19 9:26 AM, General News


Cracker Barrel Reports Strong Fourth Quarter And Full Year Fiscal 2019 Results

Cracker Barrel Old Country Store, Inc., today reported its financial results for the fourth quarter of fiscal 2019 ended August 2, 2019.

Fourth Quarter Fiscal 2019 Highlights

  • Comparable store restaurant sales growth of 3.8% and traffic growth of 0.2% outperformed the casual dining industry.
  • Earnings per diluted share were $2.70 compared to prior year fourth quarter GAAP earnings per diluted share of $2.55, or $2.19 per share when adjusting for the impact of the prior year 53rd week.
  • As previously announced, the Company entered into a strategic relationship with Punch Bowl Social ("PBS") on July 18, 2019 by acquiring a...
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Sep 18 8:53 AM, General News


Technomic: Operators Must Showcase Value and Innovation to Gain Share of Pasta and Noodle Occasions

Consumption of pasta and noodle dishes in Canada is high but skews significantly toward at-home occasions, according to Technomic’s new 2019 Canadian Pasta Consumer Trend Report. In order to drive sales, operators should offer a unique draw for consumers that they won’t be able to find elsewhere.

“Operators need to convey that their pasta and noodle dishes are worth the price of dining out and offer a meal that simply can’t be replicated at home,” explains Charles Winship, manager of consumer insights at Technomic. “Authentic preparations, high-quality ingredients and innovative flavour profiles can all help elevate dishes, improving value perceptions.”

Key takeaways from the report include...

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Sep 18 8:18 AM, General News


Chipotle Launches Carne Asada Nationwide

Chipotle Mexican Grill announced that it's introducing a brand-new steak option, Carne Asada, nationally on September 19, 2019. CHIPOTLE REWARDS members were the first to learn of the new menu item today. To showcase the importance of its Rewards members and the exclusive access the program provides, Chipotle invited its top steak lovers in New York and Los Angeles to attend early VIP tasting events.

This premium protein is cut into tender slices, seasoned with fresh squeezed lime and finished with hand-chopped cilantro and a blend of signature spices. Chipotle's Carne Asada has been officially approved for the Whole30® program, and is compliant with a Paleo diet.

Additionally, Chipotle teamed up with...

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Sep 17 10:27 AM, General News


August Retail Sales Grew 4.1 Percent Over Last Year but New Tariffs Present 'Downside Risk'

Retail sales were up 0.4 percent in August seasonally adjusted from July and up 4.6 percent unadjusted year-over-year, the National Retail Federation said today. The numbers exclude automobile dealers, gasoline stations and restaurants.

“While consumer attitudes about the economy indicate some retreating optimism, the bottom line is that consumer spending remained resilient in August and continued to be a key contributor to U.S. economic growth,” NRF Chief Economist Jack Kleinhenz said. “Trends remain strong, but August grew somewhat slower than July, which could reflect consumers’ concerns about the unpredictability of trade policy. It is too early to assess the impact of the new tariffs that took effect at the beginning of this month, but...

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Sep 17 8:20 AM, General News


US Foods Delivers a World of Authentic, Global Flavors with Fall Scoop 2019

US Foods Holding Corp. announced today the launch of Fall Scoop 2019, which focuses on “Global Discovery Made Easy” and showcases products with Latin American, Asian and Middle Eastern influences. With 54 percent of consumers saying they have gone out of their way to try a novel global food, today’s diners are hungry to explore new flavors from all over the world.1

To help restaurant operators stay competitive and meet this growing demand, US Foods collaborated with nationally recognized chefs, Chef Diana Dávila, Chef Thai Dang and Chef Sameh Wadi to advise on many of the...

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Sep 16 10:33 AM, General News


Starbucks Announces Three New Appointments to Board of Directors

Starbucks Corporation announced today the appointment of Richard (Ritch) E. Allison, Jr., Chief Executive Officer of Domino’s; Andrew (Andy) Campion, Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer of NIKE; and Isabel Ge Mahe, Apple’s Vice President and Managing Director of Greater China, to the Starbucks Board of Directors. These appointments increase Starbucks Board of Directors to 13.

“As we pursue our goal of building an enduring company, I couldn’t be more excited to have Ritch, Andy and Isabel join our world-class board of directors,” said Kevin Johnson, Starbucks president and chief executive officer. “Their expertise across global technology, retail and customer experience at scale will accelerate our drive to innovate in a way that’s relevant to our customers and inspiring to our partners.”

All three joined the Starbucks Board of Directors effective Sept. 11, 2019. Other members of the Starbucks Board of Directors include...

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Sep 16 10:15 AM, General News


NPD Group: Consumers Consider the Environment when Making Food and Beverage Decisions

Sustainability, which by definition is the avoidance of the depletion of natural resources in order to maintain an ecological balance, is a much talked about topic today and is used in a broader sense to mean environmental consciousness or earth-friendly. In the food and beverage and foodservice sectors, many grocers, food manufacturers, and restaurant operators are initiating sustainability efforts as socially responsible corporate citizens and to support consumer interests. Nine percent of adults consider the environment as a top factor when making food and beverage purchase decisions, and it’s young adults, ages 18-44 years old, who are most likely to feel this way, finds The NPD Group.

When making food and beverage purchase decisions based on the environment, packaging is most visible to consumers. One in ten U.S. adults, or roughly 20 million consumers, said that they have switched to a different food or beverage brand because...

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Sep 13 9:10 AM, General News


Chick-fil-A Now Serving "No Antibiotics Ever" Chicken at All Restaurants in the U.S.

Chick-fil-A announced today it has reached its goal to serve No Antibiotics Ever (also known as "NAE") chicken in its 2,400+ Chick-fil-A restaurants in the United States. In 2014, Chick-fil-A announced it was pursuing a bold commitment to serve only chicken raised with No Antibiotics Ever nationwide by the end of 2019. Along with supply partners, Chick-fil-A met the milestone early, serving only No Antibiotics Ever chicken at every Chick-fil-A restaurant in the United States since May 2019. Beginning in October, packaging in restaurants will reflect this achievement.

The No Antibiotics Ever commitment made by Chick-fil-A allows no antibiotics of any kind to be administered to the chicken within its supply, starting from the egg. The United States Department of Agriculture audits and verifies that suppliers are...

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Sep 12 9:30 AM, General News


NPD Group: U.S. Restaurant Cash Registers Rang More in August

Amidst a chicken sandwich war, taking advantage of the last remaining days of summer vacation, and the want of having someone else do the cooking, consumers made more purchases at U.S. restaurants in August than they did the year before, reports The NPD Group. Quick service restaurants (QSRs) were the primary beneficiaries of this consumer demand with same-store dollars up by 4.4 percent.

Restaurant transactions were positive for QSR chains throughout the month of August, according to NPD’s CREST Performance Alerts, which provides a rapid weekly view of chain-specific transactions and share trends for 73 quick service, fast casual, midscale chains, and casual dining chains. The full service segment of casual and midscale/family chains continued to be soft compared to...

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Sep 12 8:31 AM, General News


Taco Bell Rolls Out New Vegetarian Menu Nationwide

For years, Taco Bell's delicious vegetarian menu items have been one of the best kept secrets for both vegetarians and non-vegetarians alike. Beginning Thursday, the brand that has proudly offered great tasting vegetarian options for some time, will launch a not-so-new "new" vegetarian menu nationwide for the first time ever. With 13 great tasting menu items available at more than 7,000 participating restaurants, Taco Bell continues to lead the way with a meaningful vegetarian menu and remains committed to making the items more accessible by including them on a permanent menu board.

The "new" menu will feature some exciting items that are all American Vegetarian Association (AVA)-certified, including the Black Bean Crunchwrap Supreme and Black Bean Quesarito as well as the classic 7-Layer Burrito and Bean Burrito. In addition to these four items, fans can find another nine bold, flavorful vegetarian items sprinkled throughout the larger menu, all indicated by...

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Sep 11 10:18 AM, General News


Del Taco Partners with Postmates for Delivery

Del Taco Restaurants, Inc., the nation's second largest Mexican quick service restaurant, today announced it has partnered with Postmates, the leader in enabling anything to be delivered on demand, to provide fast delivery from its participating corporate and franchise restaurants to wherever the customer may be. To launch the partnership, from September 16th through September 22nd guests can save $5 off any Del Taco delivery order of $20 or more, from Postmates.

"We know how important convenience is to our guests, and are thrilled to be able to continue expanding our delivery services through a partnership with Postmates," said Barry Westrum, Del Taco's Chief Marketing Officer. "With Postmates' popularity and reach throughout key Del Taco markets, such as Southern California, we know even more fans will be able to enjoy their Del Taco favorites delivered...

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Sep 11 8:25 AM, General News


McDonald’s to Acquire Apprente, an Early Stage Leader in Voice Technology

McDonald’s Corporation (MCD) announced today an agreement to acquire Apprente, an early stage leader in voice-based, conversational technology. The agreement marks another bold step in advancing employee and customer facing innovations while further strengthening McDonald’s technology capabilities. The announcement comes after extensive exploration with several parties, including evaluating Apprente’s solutions in McDonald’s test restaurants.

Apprente was founded in 2017 in Mountain View, California, to create voice-based platforms for complex, multilingual, multi-accent and multi-item conversational ordering. In McDonald’s restaurants, this technology is expected to allow for faster, simpler and more accurate order taking at the Drive Thru with future potential to incorporate into mobile ordering and kiosks.

“Building our technology infrastructure and digital capabilities are fundamental to our Velocity Growth Plan and enable us to meet rising expectations from our customers, while...

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Sep 10 10:02 AM, General News


Wendy's Announces Plans to Launch Breakfast Across the U.S. System in 2020

The Wendy's Company announced today that it plans to launch its breakfast menu, currently available in more than 300 restaurants, across the U.S. system in 2020. The menu features signature items that takes the best of Wendy's, from Applewood smoked bacon to the Frosty®, and creatively delivers them to fans for breakfast. Signature items include the Breakfast Baconator®, Frosty-ccino, and Honey Butter Chicken Biscuit.

"Launching breakfast in our U.S. restaurants nationwide provides incredible growth opportunities," said Todd Penegor, President and CEO of The Wendy's Company. "We are well-positioned to pursue it. We believe we have the right team and structure in place, and...

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Sep 10 8:23 AM, General News


Yum China Announces Transition of Chief Financial Officer

Yum China Holdings, Inc. today announced that Jacky Lo, who has served as the Company's Chief Financial Officer since June 2017, intends to leave the Company to pursue professional opportunities in Hong Kong to be closer to his family. Jacky will step down as the Company's Chief Financial Officer effective October 16, 2019. Ka Wai Andy Yeung will assume the role of Chief Financial Officer of the Company effective the same day.

"We are grateful for all of the contributions Jacky has made to the Company and recognize the critical role he played in growing and strengthening our business since the spin-off, as well as for his ongoing engagement on succession discussions to ensure a smooth CFO transition." said Joey Wat, Yum China's CEO.

"We are pleased to welcome Andy to our team. Andy brings a wealth of knowledge to this critical role, and his deep experience in all facets of finance will be a tremendous asset to our Company. We look forward to...

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Sep 9 11:26 AM, General News


Moe's Southwest Grill Appoints Erik Hess as Brand President

Erik Hess joins the Moe's Southwest Grill brand with more than 25 years of global experience in the food and beverage industry specializing in business strategy, consumer insights and improving operations. Hess will be leading as President of the Moe's brand, a fast-casual Mexican concept with more than 725 operating units, where he will oversee franchise and company operations, marketing, supply chain and product innovation.

"I am excited to lead the Moe's Southwest Grill brand because it sits in one of the fastest growing segments in the restaurant industry," says Erik Hess, President, Moe's Southwest Grill. "The brand has great food, an incredibly loyal fan base and very involved franchisees. We're well positioned to accelerate growth."

Previously, Hess spent 25 years at McDonald's Corporation in a wide variety of senior leadership positions responsible for...

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Sep 9 11:16 AM, General News


McDonald's Adds Grubhub as Delivery Partner in NYC and Tri-State Area

Today, McDonald's USA and Grubhub announced a new partnership to begin expanding McDelivery to approximately 500 restaurants in the NYC and Tri-State Area. McDelivery will be available on the Grubhub marketplace and the company's New York brand, Seamless.

"At McDonald's, we're constantly innovating to find new ways to best serve our customers whenever and wherever they want, whether it's dining in our newly modernized restaurants, on-the-go through mobile order and pay or our drive-thru, or McDelivery. The convenience of McDelivery has been available to our customers in the NYC and Tri-State area for the past two years," said Marcos Quesada, Vice President of McDonald's Stamford Field Office. "We are excited to add Seamless and Grubhub, leading delivery platforms in NYC, to our McDelivery service and to create more options for...

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Sep 6 8:55 AM, General News


Technomic: Small Plates, Starters, and Sides Positioned to Gain Popularity

With consumers’ desire for innovation increasing and snacking becoming more of a habit, mealparts such as starters, small plates and sides are well-positioned to gain share of stomach. Technomic’s 2019 Starters, Small Plates & Sides Consumer Trend Report explores how these mealparts can help foodservice brands maximize existing opportunities and overcome potential challenges.

“Starters, small plates and sides are flexible menu offerings that provide the innovation consumers seek at a lower risk than larger menu items,” explains Anne Mills, senior manager of consumer insights at Technomic. “While the lower price points and smaller portions mean these mealparts are great platforms for experimentation, rising menu prices increase the risk. As prices rise, brands must work to maintain, if not boost, value perceptions through bolder innovation and...

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Sep 5 11:54 AM, General News


McDonald’s to Spice Up Menus with New Spicy BBQ Glazed Tenders and Spicy BBQ Chicken Sandwich

September just got a whole lot saucier at McDonald’s.

Introducing McDonald’s new Spicy BBQ Glazed Tenders and Spicy BBQ Chicken Sandwich, two new chicken menu items coming to participating restaurants nationwide for a limited time beginning on September 11. Perfectly sauced with just the right amount of spice, the new offerings are set to be an unexpected, feel-good boost to any occasion, from backyard parties to tailgates.

  • Spicy BBQ Glazed Tenders: Picture our classic Buttermilk Crispy Tenders, battered and breaded to perfection, hand-tossed and perfectly sauced to order in our new, mouthwatering Spicy BBQ glaze that contains just a hint of jalapeno.
  • Spicy BBQ Chicken Sandwich: This BBQ staple features...
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Sep 5 10:19 AM, General News


Bojangles’ Names Experienced Restaurant Finance Leader as Chief Financial Officer

Bojangles’, Inc. announced today that accomplished finance executive and restaurant industry veteran Reese Stewart has joined the company as its new Chief Financial Officer. In this role, Reese will help lead the company’s efforts to drive value through strategic focus, team development, and operational and financial excellence.

Reese comes to Bojangles’ after a nearly 15-year career with CKE Restaurants, the parent company of the Carl’s Jr. and Hardee’s brands. Most recently, Reese was Senior Vice President of Finance and Chief Accounting Officer for CKE. He also previously served as the company’s Interim Chief Financial Officer. While with CKE, Reese developed and led financial teams that supported the domestic and international growth platform of both brands, was instrumental in a variety of strategic and capital transactions, and...

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Sep 5 9:56 AM, General News


Shaquille O’Neal Surprises Fans in New Papa John’s “Better Day” Campaign

Papa John’s International, Inc. announces the launch of its new “Better Day” campaign featuring Board of Directors member and franchisee Shaquille O’Neal. The campaign includes three television ads, which will begin airing nationally on Thursday, September 5th, featuring O’Neal making pizzas with Papa John’s team members and engaging Los Angeles residents across the city during deliveries at different locations.

“I had a blast making these commercials and you’ll see that come through on screen,” said O’Neal. “As a Papa John’s board member and franchisee, I’m invested in the business based on my belief that pizza is fun and it brings us all together. The 120,000 team members all over the world make the company what it is, so it was important to help...

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Sep 5 9:50 AM, General News


Houlihan's Introduces Delivery by DoorDash

Houlihan's Restaurant + Bar just made it possible to enjoy their Famous 'Shrooms, the Char-crusted Ahi Tuna Salad or even the Kansas City Burger without leaving your home. Whether you're having a relaxing evening with family or getting a group of friends together to watch the game, Houlihan's is making life easier for their stay-at-home guests. And let's not forget about the boss who called the last-minute meeting over lunch. No worries, Houlihan's will make sure it's the best lunchtime meeting you've ever had to attend.

Beginning Sept. 16, Houlihan's restaurants will begin offering food delivery in all of their corporate markets. And to make it even simpler, guests will place their order directly through the Houlihan's website – houlihans.com. "With football season and tailgate parties getting in full swing, the debut of our new delivery option is...

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Sep 4 8:15 AM, General News


Cell-Based/Cultured Meat, Poultry, and Seafood Makers Form Coalition

Five cutting-edge food companies who are looking to bring cell-based/cultured meat, poultry and seafood to restaurants and retail shelves in the United States announced today they have formed the Alliance for Meat, Poultry & Seafood Innovation (AMPS Innovation), a coalition focused on educating consumers and stakeholders about their new industry and advocating for a clear path to market for their products. Founding member companies include BlueNalu and Finless Foods, makers of cell-based/cultured seafood; and Fork & Goode and JUST, makers of cell-based/cultured meat and poultry; and Memphis Meats, which is making cell-based/cultured meat, poultry and seafood.

Cell-based/cultured meat, poultry and seafood is real meat grown outside the animal, directly from animal cells. This means the companies are able to produce only the muscle, fat, skin and connective tissue that is typically eaten, without...

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Sep 3 10:08 AM, General News


Aramark Gears Up for 2019 Back-to-School Season on College Campuses Across the Nation

As millions of college students prepare to return to campus to start the new school year, they’ll be looking for fresh, nutritious, on-trend food when they hit the books. Aramark, the award-winning food and facilities partner of more than 400 colleges and universities across the U.S., is ready to welcome back three million higher education students to campus, by introducing a new wave of offerings customized to the ever-changing needs of Gen Zers.

“Every year, our higher education team members elevate the student experience with custom campus solutions tailored for them,” said Jeff Gilliam, president of Aramark’s Higher Education business. “Our culinary team puts innovation first, to create healthy, fresh recipes that students love, and we’re excited for students to see...

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Aug 29 9:23 AM, General News


Carl’s Jr. Expands Partnership With Beyond Meat After Widespread Success at U.S. Locations

Carl’s Jr. today announced that the brand is expanding its partnership with Beyond Meat® to launch the Beyond Famous Star with Cheese in Canada, the brand’s first expansion of the product into an international market building on the success of the burger in the U.S.

The Beyond Famous Star is a flexitarian take on the restaurant’s fan-favorite Famous Star burger, featuring the 100% plant-based patty from Beyond Meat. The quarter-pound patty is cooked top-to-bottom over an open flame in Carl’s Jr.’s unique char broiler, packing its delicious flavour right into the burger.

“After the wild success of the Beyond Famous Star in our U.S. Carl’s Jr. locations and hearing consumer feedback and demand for a plant-based option at our Canada locations, we knew it was the perfect time to add the Beyond Famous Star to our menu...

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Aug 29 9:13 AM, General News


HFM FoodService Becomes Sysco Hawaiʻi

Sysco Corporation (NYSE: SYY), the leading global foodservice distribution company, announced that HFM FoodService will officially change its name to Sysco Hawaiʻi today, while celebrating the grand opening of its 3,000 square-foot, state-of-the-art Test Kitchen at the company’s Oahu facility. Additionally, Sysco Hawaiʻi presented the Hawaiʻi Foodbank with a $25,000 donation to reaffirm its commitment to ending hunger, as part of Sysco Hawaiʻi’s Nourishing Neighbors program.

HFM has been the leading wholesale foodservice distributor in the Pacific region for more than 50 years, and in October 2017, HFM was acquired by Sysco Corporation, the leading global distributor of food and related products.

“With the new Sysco Hawaiʻi, we now offer the “best of local from a global company,” said Jason Wong, president, Sysco Hawaiʻi. “We will leverage the strengths of the entire Sysco Hawaiʻi team with...

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Aug 29 8:17 AM, General News


Church's Chicken Welcomes Back Fall with New and Improved Menu Item 

Just in time for the on-the-go, full schedule, back-to-school season, Church's Chicken's has brought back a new version of one of its most popular hand-held boneless chicken innovations – chicken MegaBites. Church's restaurants nationwide have debuted a brand-new, sweet n' spicy flavor twist with Church's NEW Flamin' Honey MegaBites, starting at just $3.

The secret behind the crave-worthy new flavor is all in the hand-crafted preparation that takes place in every Church's restaurant, every single day. Flamin' Honey MegaBites are all white meat chicken bites, hand battered and breaded, cooked to a golden crisp, and tossed in a proprietary sweet 'n spicy seasoning, made with Church's signature honey. The innovative technique creates...

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Aug 29 8:16 AM, General News


KFC Sold Out of Its Beyond Fried Chicken Nuggets and Wings 

Yesterday, Kentucky Fried Chicken became the first national U.S. quick service restaurant to introduce plant-based chicken, through a partnership with Beyond Meat. The new plant-based Beyond Fried Chicken offers the fried chicken flavor KFC delivers as an option for those searching for alternative protein options on-the-go. Consumers in Atlanta, Georgia were the first to have the opportunity to try KFC's Beyond Fried Chicken as part of an exclusive one restaurant test. Those that wanted to be among the first to try the new plant-based chicken were invited to stop by the Cobb Parkway restaurant for a complimentary sample with the purchase of any KFC menu item.

Beyond Fried Chicken was available in nuggets with a choice of dipping sauce, or boneless wings. KFC tweeted that the plant-based chicken had sold out, with some reports indicating that the restaurant ran out of the product in...

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Aug 28 9:49 AM, Urner Barry


Pilgrim’s to Acquire Tulip Limited, Creating Integrated Prepared Foods Leader in Europe

Pilgrim’s Pride Corporation today announced that it has signed a contract to acquire Tulip Limited, a leading, integrated prepared foods supplier with 12 fresh and value-added operations in the United Kingdom, from Danish Crown. The transaction solidifies Pilgrim’s as a leading European food company, creating one of the largest integrated prepared foods businesses in the UK with a portfolio of brands and retail private label solutions.

The transaction, unanimously approved by Pilgrim’s Board of Directors and funded with cash on hand, values Tulip Limited at £290 million (or approximately $354 million based on a 1.22 exchange rate as of August 27, 2019). The purchase amount represents 5.4x implied expected EBITDA.

“We are pleased to strengthen our European foods platform with the acquisition of Tulip Limited, which positions Pilgrim’s as a leading global prepared foods player,” said Jayson Penn, Pilgrim’s global chief executive officer. “The transaction represents...

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Aug 28 8:56 AM, General News


Inspire Brands Announces New Arby’s President

Inspire Brands today announced that Jim Taylor has been named President of Arby’s. Taylor, who most recently served as Chief Marketing Officer of Arby’s, will report to Paul Brown, Chief Executive Officer of Inspire.

“One of the many strengths of Inspire is our development of future leaders, and we are thrilled to have Jim lead Arby’s,” Brown said. “During Jim’s time at Arby’s, he has helped introduce one of the most dynamic and innovative product pipelines in our industry and has a proven track record of driving strong sales for the brand. The Arby’s business, our team members, and franchisees, are in great hands with Jim at the helm.”

“It’s an honor to lead Arby’s and continue to build on our strong foundation,” Taylor said. “Over the past several years, we’ve achieved record-level sales and...

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Aug 27 9:39 AM, General News


Dine Brands Partners with Grubhub to Offer Delivery Across Thousands of Applebee's & IHOP Locations

Grubhub, the nation's leading online and mobile food-ordering and delivery marketplace, today announced its expanded partnership with Dine Brands (NYSE: DIN), the parent company of Applebee's Neighborhood Grill + Bar® and IHOP® restaurants. Nearly triple the number of Applebee's and IHOP locations will be available on the Grubhub marketplace, and the collaboration will also build a deep integration to maximize incremental growth.

Grubhub's marketplace will extend coverage to more than 3,000 locations between Applebee's and IHOP brands, giving diners even more opportunity to get their favorite dishes delivered. Grubhub and Dine Brands will be working towards a direct-to-POS integration for menu syncing and order submission across Applebee's and IHOP. Restaurants will receive orders directly to...

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Aug 27 9:29 AM, General News


Panera Bread Expands Delivery Capabilities through Partnerships with DoorDash, Grubhub and Uber Eats

Panera Bread today announced the availability of its national delivery service for the first time through DoorDash, Grubhub and Uber Eats. In addition to being able to order from Panera's own app and web site, consumers will now be able to use all three apps to order Panera for lunch or dinner. Whether customers order via Panera's apps or through one of its partners, their orders will be delivered to them by Panera's own delivery drivers in most markets. Through these new partnerships, Panera is creating more ways for guests to access their Panera favorites while still ensuring the quality Panera delivery experience the company has honed over the last three years.

Delivery via the Panera app and ecommerce platforms remains in place and will continue to be a strong point of access, for both new and existing Panera customers. Year to date, Panera's platforms have driven more than 28 million delivery orders, resulting in...

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Aug 27 9:21 AM, General News


Papa John's Appoints Proven, Transformational Leader Rob Lynch as President and CEO 

Papa John's International, Inc. today announced the appointment of Rob Lynch as President and Chief Executive Officer, effective immediately. Previously, Mr. Lynch was President of Arby’s, the second-largest sandwich restaurant brand in the world with more than 3,400 restaurants across eight countries, where he led the brand’s dramatic turn-around to strong growth and profitability.

Jeff Smith, Chairman of the Papa John’s Board of Directors, said, “I am thrilled to welcome Rob to Papa John’s at this pivotal moment in the company’s history. His proven record transforming organizations and realizing the growth potential of differentiated brands is ideally suited for Papa John’s as the company sets forth on its next chapter. I would also like to thank Steve Ritchie for his steady leadership as CEO over the past year and a half. Papa John’s is stronger today because of...

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Aug 27 9:03 AM, General News


Total U.S. Restaurant Visits in July Held Steady While Consumer Spending Increases

U.S. consumers visited restaurants this July at the same pace they did last July and consumer spending was up three percent compared to year ago, reports The NPD Group. Total U.S. traffic volume for commercial restaurants in the year ending June was 61 billion visits.

Industry bright spots this summer include quick service restaurant traffic gains and continued visit growth to fast casual restaurants, although increases are not as strong as in previous years, according to NPD’s ongoing foodservice market research. Digital orders, which include internet/mobile app and text message orders for carry out and delivery, are growing rapidly but still represent a small amount of traffic share. On premise dining is also realizing visit gains this summer.

NPD’s SalesTrack® Weekly, which is a national weekly same-store sales pulse of 60 participating brands representing over 113,000 QSR and full service locations, showed...

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Aug 27 8:15 AM, General News


KFC Leads as First National U.S. QSR to Test Plant-Based Chicken

Kentucky Fried Chicken® becomes the first national U.S. QSR (quick service restaurant) to introduce a plant-based chicken, in partnership with Beyond Meat®. Beyond Fried Chicken™ will make its debut August 27 in a limited test.

The new plant-based Beyond Fried Chicken offers the finger lickin' good fried chicken flavor only KFC can deliver as a perfect choice for those searching for plant-based meat options on-the-go.

Atlantans will be the first to get a taste of KFC's new Beyond Fried Chicken as part of an exclusive, one restaurant test on August 27 at the...

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Aug 26 10:27 AM, General News


Red Robin Gourmet Burgers Reports Results for the Fiscal Second Quarter

Red Robin Gourmet Burgers, Inc., a full-service restaurant chain serving an innovative selection of high-quality gourmet burgers in a family-friendly atmosphere, today reported financial results for the quarter ended July 14, 2019.

Second Quarter 2019 Financial Highlights Compared to Second Quarter 2018

  • GAAP earnings per diluted share were $0.08 compared to a $0.14 loss per diluted share;
  • Adjusted earnings per diluted share were $1.03 compared to $0.46;
  • Net Income was $1.0 million compared to a net loss of $1.9 million;
  • Adjusted EBITDA was $25.5 million compared to...
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Aug 23 8:24 AM, General News


Aramark Tackles Game Day with 35 of the Hottest Items on Menus at NFL Stadiums

Game days are back and Aramark (NYSE: ARMK), the award-winning food and beverage partner of 11 NFL teams, is ready to welcome six million fans back to stadiums for the most awaited and delicious time of the year, football season.

Aramark, which serves more football fans than any other hospitality company, scouted recipes and food trends from coast to coast, to create new menus that reflect the flavor and tradition of the hometown teams and communities where they reside. Food trends and fan feedback guided Aramark’s culinary team through the off-season, which resulted in a fresh roster of...

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Aug 22 8:37 AM, General News


Domino's to Open New Workspace Dedicated to Collaborative Innovation

Domino's Pizza, the largest pizza company in the world based on global retail sales, has spent years focused on cutting-edge technology created and built largely by teams at its World Resource Center in Ann Arbor. Those cross-functional teams now have a new space called Domino's Innovation Garage where they can collaborate on, create and test new ideas to take the brand to the next level. Domino's Innovation Garage, located at Domino's Farms in Ann Arbor, will celebrate its grand opening on Wednesday, Aug. 21.

"Domino's Innovation Garage is focused on accelerating Domino's spirit of creativity and collaboration," said Kelly Garcia, Domino's chief technology officer. "As a pizza company with a focus on technology, we want our team members to have a workspace that encourages experimentation and...

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Aug 22 8:36 AM, General News


Dunkin’ Launches New Burrito Bowls

With autumn on the way, Dunkin’ is giving guests new innovative menu choices and returning fall favorites – perfect for powering through the change in season. Following the success of Dunkin’ Bowls, first available for a limited time earlier this year, Dunkin’ today launched new Burrito Bowls, served in two varieties full of delicious flavors, vegetables and protein for exciting new options for eating on-the-run. Dunkin’ is also delighting fans today by officially welcoming back its highly anticipated fall menu featuring all things pumpkin led by Pumpkin Flavored Coffees, new Cinnamon Sugar Pumpkin Signature Latte, baked goods, and more.

Introducing New Burrito Bowls

Available at participating Dunkin’ restaurants nationwide for a limited time, Dunkin’ is offering guests the choice of two new Burrito Bowls to pair with their favorite Dunkin’ beverages...

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Aug 21 11:34 AM, General News


Revention and DoorDash Team Up to Offer On-Demand Logistics Services

Revention, the industry-leading provider of restaurant ordering and management solutions, today announced its partnership with the largest and fastest growing last-mile logistics platform in more than 4,000 cities in the United States and Canada, DoorDash.

This partnership will provide restaurateurs the opportunity to grow their business by offering on-demand logistics and/or streamlining existing delivery operations to accommodate for peak times, unexpected surge of orders, downtime, and service outside of standard areas.'

The Revention and DoorDash partnership will significantly expand operational efficiencies for restaurateurs, with potential benefits including...

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Aug 21 8:12 AM, General News


Denny's Brings Back Super Slam Deal and Seasonal Offerings 

Today, Denny's is giving America another chance to enjoy more breakfast items for less with the return of the $5.99 Super Slam. Back by popular demand, the Super Slam is made with high-quality ingredients featuring two fresh eggs, two bacon strips, two sausage links, crispy hash browns and two fluffy buttermilk pancakes. An optional upgrade to seasonal favorite pumpkin pancakes is also available for only 49 cents. The Super Slam delivers the variety and outstanding value that Denny's is known for.

"At Denny's, we pride ourselves on offering our guests high-quality options at unbeatable prices," said John Dillon, chief brand officer for Denny's. "Our $5.99 Super Slam delivers the unique and hearty breakfast flavors our guests crave, without having to overspend to enjoy something special. For breakfast, lunch, dinner and...

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Aug 21 8:12 AM, General News


Taco Del Mar Goes “Beyond Meat” with New Taco Made with Plant-Based Protein

Taco Del Mar is introducing plant-based protein to its current vegetarian and vegan menu with its new Beyond Meat Taco. Beginning August 20, the taco chain will be testing its new offering at 10 restaurant locations, spread between Seattle, WA and Vancouver, BC.

The Beyond Meat Taco features the popular plant-based Beyond Beef Feisty Crumbles mixed with medium chipotle salsa, diced onions and minced serrano peppers, topped with shredded cheddar and Monterey jack cheese, shredded lettuce, pico de gallo and jalapeños served on warm corn tortillas. The plant-based protein is also available...

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Aug 20 8:21 AM, General News


FAT Brands Continues Expansion in Pakistan With 5-Unit Development Deal

FAT(Fresh. Authentic. Tasty.) Brands Inc, parent company of Fatburger, The Last Great Hamburger Stand, announces today the development of five co-branded Fatburger and Buffalo’s Express concepts in Pakistan. In partnership with Crescent Star Foods (Pvt), the co-branded restaurants will increase the brand’s presence in Pakistan to six restaurants.

Hollywood's iconic Fatburger is best known for its mouthwatering, juicy burgers made famous by founder Lovie Yancey in Los Angeles more than 70 years ago. Each Fatburger is made-to-order with traditional fixings and delicious add-on items such as bacon, onion rings, cheese and egg. Buffalo’s Express further complements Fatburger’s menu offerings with...

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Aug 19 9:18 AM, General News


Fast Food Ranked in Top 40% of All Industries in MBLM's Brand Intimacy Study

The fast food industry ranked sixth out of the 15 industries studied in MBLM's Brand Intimacy 2019 Study, which is the largest study of brands based on emotion. Brand Intimacy is defined as the emotional science that measures the bonds we form with the brands we use and love. Chick-fil-A rose to the #1 spot in fast food followed by Dunkin'. Starbucks dropped to third after ranking first for the previous two years. The top 10 for the industry was rounded out by: McDonald's, Taco Bell, Subway, Wendy's, Burger King, Chipotle and KFC.

Chick-Fil-A also ranked 10th in the overall industry. In addition to performing well in MBLM's study, the brand increased its revenue at a 15% annual rate from 2010 to 2018, while the industry as a whole only grew by 3.4%.1 In 2018, Chick-fil-A also reported more than $10 billion in revenue, its 51st consecutive year of sales growth.2 This correlates to the study findings, which revealed that...

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Aug 15 8:20 AM, General News


Ruby Tuesday to Roll Out Two New Meals for a Limited Time

To reach both current and new guests capitalizing on the Ruby Tuesday commitment to flavor and freshness, Ruby Tuesday is rolling out the flavor-filled Cheesy Crunch Burger and Honey Crunch Chicken Sandwich across 460 participating locations for a limited time only, Aug. 19 through Sept. 23. Combining highly appealing ingredients that are both crunchy and spicy, the new items focus on big flavor at an everyday value price of $7.99.

“We want to create meals that highlight the brand’s belief that fresh is best, flavor is key and comfort is a must,” said Jenifer Boyd Harmon, chief marketing officer for Ruby Tuesday. “In addition, we wanted to remind consumers that Ruby Tuesday offers value you can count on without compromising...

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Aug 15 8:19 AM, General News


Food And Beverage Industry Seen As Growth Market in U.S. Retail Real Estate Sector

A healthy appetite for food and beverage businesses continues to fuel significant growth in one of the hottest areas in the U.S. retail real estate sector, according to BBG, a leading due diligence commercial real estate firm.

In U.S. cities across the country, more restaurants, bars and grocery stores are opening or expanding operations to meet growing demand for these services, as a result of an ongoing demographic shift in how and where people live, work and play.

That has led to these businesses growing their share of total retail spending, from 24.3 percent during the past decade, compared with 22.7 percent prior to the 2007-2008 recession, according to one recent industry report. F&B sales now account for nearly...

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Aug 15 8:19 AM, General News


Five Guys and Postmates Partner for National On-Demand Delivery

Postmates, the leader in enabling anyone to have nearly anything delivered on-demand, announced today that it has partnered with Five Guys to enable national on-demand delivery, including an integration with ItsaCheckmate. Five Guys and Postmates customers will now find Five Guys locations across the country integrated into the Postmates feed, making it simple to find your favorite burgers and fries.

"We are thrilled to launch our integrated partnership with Five Guys for on-demand delivery," said Dan Mosher, SVP, Merchant Lead, Postmates. "Five Guys is an incredible family-run business that has a dedicated following and is extremely popular on the Postmates platform."

The Postmates Data and Analytics team dug into the data to uncover these Five Guys Delivery Facts...

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Aug 15 8:18 AM, General News


Applebee’s Nationwide Delivery Has Arrived

Applebee’s Neighborhood Grill + Bar just made dining at home or on-the-go easier, more convenient and more flavorful with Applebee’s Delivery℠ available at participating restaurants nationwide. Now, wherever you are, you can order online at Applebees.com or through the mobile app and Applebee’s Delivery, powered by DoorDash, will have your favorite mouthwatering Boneless Chicken Wings and Loaded Shrimp Fajitas delivered to your door hot and fresh. For those meals when you’re too tired to cook or just don’t want to pack the family in the car, Applebee’s Delivery has your back.

Applebee’s is celebrating the news in two big ways. First, hungry fans can take advantage of free delivery now through Sunday, September 1 when ordering Applebee’s Delivery. And to commemorate Applebee’s new partnership with NBC Sports’ Football Night in America, free delivery will continue...

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Aug 14 9:28 AM, General News


Performance Food Group Reports Fourth-Quarter and Full-Year Fiscal 2019 Results

Performance Food Group Company today announced its fourth-quarter and full-year fiscal 2019 business results. “Fiscal 2019 was a successful year for PFG, and I’m very pleased with our team’s execution,” said George Holm, PFG’s Chairman, President and Chief Executive Officer. “Our strong top-line growth, combined with increased gross profit per case, led to profitability at the high end of our expectations for the year. Our core business segments delivered strong financial results led by Vistar’s double-digit EBITDA growth. Looking ahead to fiscal 2020, we believe our two recently announced strategic acquisitions position us well across our business and we expect fiscal 2020 to be another year of solid earnings growth.”

Fourth-Quarter Fiscal 2019 Highlights

  • Total case volume grew 9.2%
  • Net sales increased 28.4% to $5.9 billion
  • Gross profit improved 14.4% to...
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Aug 14 8:26 AM, General News


FAT Brands Reports Fiscal Second Quarter 2019 Financial Results

FAT Brands Inc. today reported fiscal second quarter 2019 financial results for the 13-week period ending June 30, 2019.

Andy Wiederhorn, President and CEO of FAT Brands, commented, “We are pleased to report that the considerable growth in revenues was matched by an equally robust increase in adjusted EBTDA and that we leveraged our G&A expenses on our expanded top-line.”

Wiederhorn continued, “We are also excited to have closed on our acquisition of Elevation Burger in June. The brand is well-aligned with our own commitment to fresh, authentic, tasty food and we are confident that it has considerable opportunity to expand domestically and internationally with its organic, free-range, grass-fed offerings. Elevation Burger reflects another synergistic opportunity for...

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Aug 14 8:19 AM, General News


Domino's Launches National E-Bike Program for Pedal-Powered Delivery

Domino's Pizza, the largest pizza company in the world based on global retail sales, knows a thing or two about pizza delivery, including the fact that cars aren't always the most efficient way to get hot, delicious pizzas to hungry customers. A bike is often a better solution to traffic congestion and parking challenges. Domino's stores across the nation will soon have the option to use custom e-bikes for pizza delivery through a partnership with Rad Power® Bikes – North America's largest e-bike brand.

"Domino's tested e-bikes in a number of corporate-owned stores across Houston, Miami and New York earlier this year, and those stores saw improvements in overall delivery and service," said Tom Curtis, Domino's executive vice president of corporate operations. "They also experienced labor benefits, as the stores were able to hire from a wider pool of candidates, including those who...

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Aug 13 9:01 AM, General News


Yum! Brands Announces CEO Succession Plan to Drive Next Chapter of Global Growth 

Yum! Brands, Inc. (NYSE: YUM) today announced that its Board of Directors has unanimously elected David Gibbs as Chief Executive Officer, effective January 1, 2020, and appointed him to the Company’s Board, effective November 1, 2019. Gibbs, 55, who currently serves as Yum! Brands President and Chief Operating Officer and oversees the global KFC, Pizza Hut and Taco Bell divisions, will succeed Greg Creed, 62, who has announced his decision to retire at the end of 2019 after a successful 25-year career with the Company.

“I’ve had the privilege of partnering with our franchisees to grow the three iconic brands within the Yum! Brands portfolio for over 30 years and am honored to follow in Greg’s footsteps,” Gibbs said. “It's thanks to Greg’s terrific leadership and innovative brand building during some of the most pivotal moments in our history that Yum! Brands has emerged as...

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Aug 13 8:15 AM, General News


Applebee's Offers Handcrafted Burger Deal for a Limited Time 

Applebee’s has mastered the art of crafting craveable burgers with its Handcrafted Burgers, which are made to order with premium toppings stacked high. Each burger at Applebee’s is made tastier and more flavorful with 100% fresh and never frozen ground beef, smashed on the grill to seal in the juicy goodness, and served with endless classic fries.

Leading the pack is Applebee’s own Quesadilla Burger, available for a limited-time price of only $7.99, starting today. The restaurant’s original creation is part burger, part quesadilla, piled high with Pepper Jack cheese, Applebee’s signature Mexi-ranch sauce, crispy Applewood-smoked bacon, house-made pico de gallo and shredded lettuce in a crisp, warm Cheddar quesadilla. To top it off, this limited-time deal also includes...

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Aug 12 9:45 AM, General News


Nathan's Famous, Inc. Reports First Quarter Results

Nathan's Famous, Inc. (“Nathan’s”, the “Company”,  today reported results for its first fiscal quarter ended June 30, 2019.

For the thirteen-week period ended June 30, 2019 (“first quarter fiscal 2020”):

  • Revenues were $30,518,000, as compared to $30,168,000 during the thirteen weeks ended June 24, 2018;
  • Income from operations was $9,448,000, as compared to $9,087,000 during the thirteen weeks ended June 24, 2018;
  • Adjusted EBITDA1 , a non-GAAP financial measure, was $10,173,000 as compared to $9,595,000 for the thirteen weeks ended...
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Aug 9 9:32 AM, General News




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