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UB Consulting: Has the Foodservice Industry Recovered?
It has been no surprise that the foodservice industry suffered during the pandemic. From the lockdowns to patron fear of catching COVID, we witnessed some of our favorite restaurants disappear. Still, the industry continues to fight battles along all fronts—inflationary pressures, rising employment costs, and supply chain disruptions, to name a few. It has been over two years since the emergence of the pandemic, which offers us the opportunity to dissect how the foodservice sector has coped up until now...
TiNDLE Now Available At All Veggie Grill Restaurants Nationwide
TiNDLE – the "ridiculously good" plant-based chicken brand – announces its first national restaurant partnership with Veggie Grill, the largest 100% plant-based restaurant company in the U.S. with more than 30 restaurants in five markets and growing. This marks the availability of TiNDLE in more than 500 restaurants globally.
Established in Irvine, CA in 2006, Veggie Grill has grown to become the leading 100% plant-based restaurant group in the U.S., fueled by a vision and passion to help people begin, advance...
Food Inflation Greater at Home than at Restaurants, MUFG says
Consumers who purchase food for in-home consumption have generally experienced higher price increases relative to what they pay for menu items at quick-service and fast-casual restaurants—a trend that makes restaurants more comparatively appealing, according to Nick Cole, Head of Restaurant Finance at Mitsubishi UFJ Financial Group (MUFG).
This is one of several key viewpoints in Cole's mid-year outlook on the restaurant industry, which also includes the abatement of labor shortages, disruptions in the beef supply, high real-estate utilization, and a potential acceleration in...
Freddy's Launches All-New Double Bacon BBQ Steakburger Featuring Sweet Baby Ray's BBQ Sauce
Leading fast-casual restaurant concept, Freddy's Frozen Custard & Steakburgers, announced today they are releasing new products for a limited time at participating locations between now and late August, or while supplies last. The cooked-to-order Double Bacon BBQ Steakburger will be served on a toasted brioche bun with two sizzling patties, four slices of bacon, pickle planks, onions, American Cheese and topped with Sweet Baby Ray's BBQ Sauce®, which pairs perfectly with their fresh and creamy Key Lime Pie Concrete and premium white cheddar...
Taco Bueno Debuts All-New Quesadilla Burrrger
The all-new Quesadilla Burrrger from Taco Bueno® combines two things you love into something you'll love more.
This unique handcrafted creation, part Tex (burger), part Mex (quesadilla) is made with Nolan Ryan Beef® and piled high with house-made Pico de Gallo, guacamole, shredded lettuce, queso, Cholula® chipotle ranch dressing and smashed to perfection between two crisp, warm cheese quesadillas.
Offered at $6.99* a la carte or $8.99* when paired with chips, queso and a refreshing small drink, Taco Bueno's new Quesadilla Burrrger is...
DoorDash Unveils Top 100 Most Loved Restaurants
DoorDash shared its first annual awards list honoring the top 100 Most Loved All Star Restaurants in the United States for 2022.
The restaurants included in the list are top-rated by users of the DoorDash platform and are exceptional at operations, with the company saying less than 1% of restaurants qualifying.
DoorDash said winners included poke shops to Italian eateries. It wants to set its partners up for success and growth and the list is meant to recognize and reward the best relationships on its platform...
Aramark Commits to Reducing Greenhouse Gas Emissions From the Food It Serves by 25 Percent by 2030
Aramark (NYSE: ARMK), the largest U.S.-based food service provider, announced today it is the first contract catering company in the U.S. to sign World Resources Institute’s (WRI) Cool Food Pledge. By signing the Pledge, Aramark is committing to drastically reduce the greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions associated with the food it serves in the U.S. by 25 percent by 2030.
Cutting carbon emissions is a critical component of the company’s sustainability plan, Be Well. Do Well., focused on positively impacting people and the...
New York City and Other Major Metro Areas are Coming Back from Pandemic Losses
Spring Break and Pent-Up Demand Help to Advance Recovery of Lodging and Recreation Foodservice in April
Spring break 2022 was a stark contrast to two years ago when it was the height of the pandemic. Travel sources reported spring bookings up 134% from 2021, and the World Travel & Tourism Council projects that travel and tourism will reach pre-pandemic levels in 2022. As a result of more travel and tourism and the release of pent-up demand, case units shipped from broadline foodservice distributors to...
Shawarma Press® Announces Grand Opening of Fifth Texas Location in Georgetown
The Nation's First Authentic Shawarma Franchise Brings Healthy Mediterranean Fare to the Masses Inside Walmart Stores
Shawarma Press, the rapidly expanding quick-service Mediterranean franchise owned by Dallas-based entrepreneurs Sawsan Abublan and Dr. Ehap Sabri, announced grand opening ceremonies slated for June 7 at its newest restaurant in Georgetown. Located in North Austin at 620 S. I-35 Suite 400 inside Walmart, Georgetown is one of five Shawarma Press locations currently operating throughout Texas, including restaurants inside Walmart stores in Arlington, Plano, and San Antonio, and the...
Domino's® 50% Off Pizza Deal Is Back!
Domino's Pizza, Inc., the largest pizza company in the world, knows that pizza lovers always want the best deal, and starting today, they can take advantage of one so special, it hasn't been offered in more than two years! Hungry pizza fans can take advantage of 50% off menu-priced Domino's pizza when they order online between June 6-12.
"With wallets being squeezed and summer gatherings starting up, we thought this was a good time to bring back this tremendous deal," said Joe Jordan...
Chili's "3 for Me" Offers Triple Threat of Value for Guests
In 1975, Chili's® Grill & Bar® opened its doors with a menu featuring a trio of tantalizing taste options for value-minded Guests. All these years later, we're still committed to offering a triple threat of delights at an affordable price, and now we're adding the option to customize in numerous ways. Allow us to introduce 3 for Me!
Guests can order customized meals inclusive of a non-alcoholic drink, appetizer and entrée starting at just $10.99. Featuring some of our most crave-worthy creations like chips...
Grubhub Debuts MasterChef Table, Delivering Dishes from MASTERCHEF Alumni Directly to Diners' Homes
Today, Grubhub is launching MasterChef Table, a delivery-only virtual restaurant featuring recipes from MasterChef winners and fan favorites Kelsey Murphy, Dorian Hunter, Gerron Hurt, and Michael Silverstein. For 12 exciting seasons, Endemol Shine North America has produced MasterChef and captured America's attention by celebrating the best in culinary creations and now diners will have a chance to not only watch the series on Wednesday nights (8:00-9:00 PM ET/PT) on FOX, but also taste food from their favorite chef contestants, exclusively through Grubhub...
Former VP of Franchise Sales & Development for Marco's Pizza, Joins PizzaForno
PizzaForno, one of North America's only automated pizzerias, appoints Travis Edmonson, former Vice President of Franchise Development at Mr. Gatti's Pizza and former Vice President of Franchise Sales & Development at Marco's Pizza, as Chief Development Officer.
Edmonson joins as the second former Marco's Pizza business leader this year to get behind this 24/7 digital pizzeria designed to combat labor shortages, food costs and rent rising. A strategic executive, Edmonson brings over 19 years of experience with an enthusiastic, resourceful, and creative approach to drive growth.
Passionate for the...
Refraction AI Tests Autonomous Delivery at Two Chick-fil-A® Restaurants in Austin, TX
Refraction AI, a last-mile, autonomous robot delivery company, announced today it has deployed a fleet of its self-driving vehicles to provide energy-efficient meal deliveries at two Chick-fil-A restaurants located in downtown Austin, Texas. Refraction's innovative approach to last-mile delivery makes the cost, safety and sustainability benefits of self-driving technology available today by serving the rapidly growing demand for goods delivery across multiple categories.
Refraction's Robot-as-a-Service platform combines self-driving technology, tele-operations and a delivery...
Chipotle Kicks Off Pride Month with 'Always Real' Actions for the LGBTQIA+ Community
Chipotle Mexican Grill announced its 'Always Real' support for the LGBTQIA+ community in honor of Pride month. Chipotle worked with its PRIDE Employee Resource Group to identify pressing issues that members of the community face, and together developed its first-ever program dedicated to yearlong support.
'Always Real' FoodFood insecurity, the state of being without reliable access to enough affordable, nutritious food, disproportionately affects members of the LGBTQ community. LGBTQ adults living in the U.S. are nearly twice as likely to be experiencing food...
Burger King® Celebrates Its Birthday With a New Limited-Edition Crown and Free Whopper Jr. Sandwiches
Burger King is keeping its birthday lit – flame-grilled, that is. Guests have loved the Home of the Whopper since 1954, and on June 1, the brand turns 68 years old. To celebrate, Burger King is launching a limited-edition birthday crown at participating restaurants nationwide and Royal Perks members can get a free Whopper Jr. sandwich with any $1+ purchase for one day only*.
Burger King has continued to reward its Royal Perks members with exclusive benefits they can’t find...
Subway® Debuts Refreshed Catering Program
As more businesses are calling employees back to the office, they're finding a simple perk can smooth the transition: free meals. In fact, 93% of leaders report that more employees show up to the office on days when the company provides free food.
With more people returning to the workplace and get togethers on the rise, Subway®, one of the world's largest restaurant brands, is serving up a redesigned catering program, complete with new easy-order menu choices, convenient delivery and pick-up options, and improved packaging to make feeding a crowd simple...
NPD Group: Restaurant Traffic Dips in April as Food Prices Soar
The NPD Group credited food inflation and rising costs of a meal in foodservice for the 4% decline in consumer visits to U.S. restaurants in April, compared to 2021.
NPD said that the price of a foodservice meal is up 9% when compared to April 2019 and traffic was down 11% when compared to the same month in 2019 before the pandemic.
Overall online and physical visits to quickservice restaurants (QSR) dropped by 4% and is 6% below the April 2019 pre-pandemic baseline. Traffic...
IHOP® Selects TRAY POS as New Vendor
TRAY, an innovative Point of Sale and restaurant management platform geared toward Enterprise restaurants, today announced a multi-year deal with IHOP® restaurants in the US.
In this new partnership, IHOP will be upgrading its current POS systems to TRAY's system. The new system allows IHOP franchisees to leverage more efficient training, and allows for more up to date technology throughout the restaurants. Since TRAY technology uses Android-based hardware, it provides an additional cost-savings opportunity for franchisees and allows for rapid conversion with minimal restaurant disruption...
Sysco to Deploy 800 Electric Trucks by 2026 for U.S. Customers
Food distribution giant Sysco signed a Letter of Intent (LOI) with truck manufacturer Daimler Truck North America (DTNA) to deploy nearly 800 battery-electric trucks set to serve Sysco customers by 2026, both companies announced jointly on May 19.
"Sysco is committed to making meaningful investments to support achievement of our climate goals, including those that encourage the development of electric tractors and trailers. We are eager to partner with a like-minded industry leader like Daimler Truck North America to deploy battery electric trucks nationwide,” said Marie Robinson...
Marco's Pizza® Promotes Ideal Pizza Pairings for Your Zodiac Sign While Mercury is in Retrograde
Marco's Pizza is here to fulfil everyone's obsession with the stars – and pizza! To embrace the inevitable occurrence of Mercury in Retrograde and combat any uninvited energy, Marco's Pizza and professional astrologer Lisa Stardust teamed up to get pizza lovers' lives back in delicious order.
As Mercury slows down from May 10 to June 3 and potentially causes miscommunications or disagreements across people's lives – there's one thing we can all agree on: that pizza can bring positive vibes to every situation...
Mintel Announces 2022 Global Food and Drink Trends
In Southeast Asia, more than 50% percent of consumers* in Indonesia, Malaysia and Singapore worry that life will not be the same as it was before the pandemic, according to Mintel Global Consumer research on the holistic consumer.
A period of time that saw lockdowns, food panic buying and homes becoming offices impacted consumer behavior in a multitude of ways, including food becoming more than a source of sustenance, but also a source of reassurance. Mintel’s 2022 Global Consumer Trends explores these behavioral changes, with insight and recommendations for food, drink and...
Now You Can Order Domino's® Pizza … With Your Mind
What if you could order pizza with your mind? Now you can, thanks to Domino's new mind ordering app. Domino's Pizza Inc., the largest pizza company in the world, is teaming up with Netflix to introduce the latest strange thing to come out of Hawkins National Lab.
Domino's mind ordering app is a new immersive experience which places "test subjects" inside Hawkins National Lab in Hawkins, Indiana – transporting them to the center of "Stranger Things" in 1986. Users can explore the lab, uncover Easter eggs, use their...
Toast and US Foods Renew Strategic Partnership to Help Restaurants Streamline Operations and Thrive
Toast, the all-in-one digital platform purpose-built for the entire restaurant community, today announced the renewal of its strategic partnership with US Foods, a leading foodservice distributor that works with approximately 250,000 restaurants and foodservice operators across the US.
Toast and US Foods share core values of helping restaurants succeed. The renewed partnership will allow both companies to build deeper relationships with restaurant owners and foodservice operators, providing the right technology solutions to save the operator time, grow revenue and improve the customer experience...
New Sweet Onion Steak Teriyaki Sandwich Headlines Summer Blockbuster Season at Subway®
Subway® knows what guests have been craving — and that is more Sweet Onion flavor. Today, Subway announced one of the brand's most beloved sandwiches is getting the refresh treatment with the debut of the Sweet Onion Steak Teriyaki. Available for a limited time only, this twist on a Subway classic packs a flavor punch of familiar sweet onion and savory teriyaki, with notes of soy, sesame, garlic and black pepper.
"The new Sweet Onion Steak Teriyaki is the long-awaited sequel our fans..."
Domino's® Awards 'World's Fastest Pizza Maker'
Domino's Pizza Inc., the largest pizza company in the world, awarded the 2022 World's Fastest Pizza Maker title to Zagros Jaff among nearly 8,000 cheering spectators at The Venetian Resort in Las Vegas on May 10. Jaff, a regional manager in Hampshire, England, made three large pizzas in an impressive 70 seconds – that's equal to making each pizza in roughly 23 seconds! Jaff won $3,000 in prize money, a trophy, a championship belt and the coveted title of World's Fastest Pizza Maker, presented by Domino's Chief Executive Officer Russell Weiner...
Fuzzy’s Taco Shop Launches Online Ordering for Catering
Fuzzy’s Taco Shop announces the launch of their online ordering platform for catering orders to make enjoying their scratch made favorites with family, friends, and coworkers even more convenient. The Texas-based restaurant group is recognized for their Baja-style fare with nearly 150 franchise- and corporate-owned locations in 17 states.
The growing taco shop concept partnered with Olo, a leading on-demand commerce platform powering the restaurant industry’s digital transformation, to integrate catering into their online ordering platform.
“We’ve seen our catering sales increase..."
Marco's Pizza® Shifts to a 100% Cloud-Based Order Management Technology Platform
Marco's Pizza, one of the nation's fastest-growing pizza brands, unveils a major project to accelerate its digital capabilities and drive growth. The brand's strategic investments in technology and innovation center around migrating to a 100% cloud-based proprietary technology platform - Marco's Order Management System (MOMS).
This platform is designed to improve the customer experience as well as simplify operations for the franchisees and store team members. Testing is currently underway with plans to roll out first into all company-operated stores by year-end, with franchise...
The Flavor Experts Bring Back Three Fan-Favorite Flavor Remixes
Wingstop fans love flavor and they're not afraid to show it. That's why Wingstop is bringing back three beloved flavor remixes: the zesty fire of Hot Lemon, the soulful tang of Bayou BBQ, and the savory punch of Lemon Garlic. These remixes are available now for a limited time in restaurants nationwide.
The remixes got their start when fans began posting on social media about combining two Wingstop flavors to create an original, new flavor from the distinctive, bold 11 flavors that anchor the menu on a daily basis...
Foodservice Update Q2 2022: Foodservice in Troubled Times - Impact of the War in Ukraine
This is a special edition focusing on the impact that the war in Ukraine may have on the foodservice industry in the immediate and the longer term. Food and energy prices were already rising before the war began, and this conflict has amplified the trend, making clear that high prices will not revert any time soon. Also, foreign brands operating in Russia are exposed to reputational risks, which might have consequences in long term strategies.
Report summaryThe consequences will differ, depending on the market and...
Taco Bell® is Swapping Mundane Meals for Free Crunchy Tacos in International Markets
Starting May 9 in more than 25 markets around the world, Taco Bell is fighting a universal truth: having the same meal on rotation can get, well… boring and unappealing. So, the brand known for satiating just about every craving — on and off the menu — is introducing Taco Swap.
There are two types of people in this world, those who love Taco Bell tacos and those who haven't tried them yet. Taco Swap builds upon this idea by giving potential fans the opportunity to get excited...
Papa John’s International Announces First Quarter 2022 Financial Results
Papa John’s International, Inc. today announced financial results for the first quarter ended March 27, 2022.
First quarter 2022 highlights compared to first quarter of 2021
- Total company revenues increased 6.0% to $542.7 million; global system-wide restaurant sales of $1.3 billion, up 5.3% (excluding the impact of foreign currency)- Comparable sales up 1.9% in North America and 0.8% Internationally, lapping prior year gains of 26.2% and 23.2%, respectively- 62 net unit openings driven by accelerating development activity and growing pipeline, especially Internationally...
California Pizza Kitchen Celebrates Moms with the Return of Heart-Shaped Pizzas and Gift Cards
There are many ways to recognize mom or a motherly figure this year and California Pizza Kitchen (CPK), a global restaurant brand dedicated to serving creative California cuisine, is serving up more than one way to help you show her how much she’s appreciated this Mother’s Day.
Available for dine-in only on Sunday, May 8, guests can order any of their favorite CPK pizzas on heart-shaped crispy thin crust for no additional charge and any guest who dines on Saturday, May 7 and...
Nathan's Famous Launches New Spicy Asian Barbecue and Slaw Menu Items
Nathan's Famous, the American tradition serving New York favorites for more than 100 years, announces the launch of its newest limited time only menu items, Spicy Asian Barbecue and Slaw with Kogi Sticky Spicy Wing Sauce. The menu items, now available through June 25, include the Spicy Asian BBQ Chicken Sandwich, Spicy Asian BBQ Slaw-Topped Hot Dog, Spicy Asian BBQ Chicken Tenders, Spicy Asian BBQ Chicken Wings, and Spicy Asian BBQ Chicken Fries & Slaw.
"We continue to expand our menu based on our customers' feedback and preferences, and..."
Where's The Bacon? Wendy's Launches Breakfast Nationwide in Canada Today
Today is the day morning routines change forever with Wendy's® craveable breakfast menu launching nationwide in Canada, served from 6:30 a.m. to 10:30 a.m.* To celebrate the launch, Wendy's is giving customers one less reason to hit snooze with a FREE hot cup of their soon-to-be favourite coffee all day long at participating locations through May 29.** Customers will not want to miss out because for the first time ever, Wendy's is serving a new signature medium-roast coffee blend uniquely crafted for Canadian customers...
Chipotle Tests Garlic Guajillo Steak in Select Markets
Chipotle Mexican Grill today announced it is testing Garlic Guajillo Steak at 102 participating restaurants in Denver, Indianapolis, and Orange County, Calif., starting tomorrow, May 3, for a limited time. The brand is also offering a $0 delivery fee with promo code DELIVER at U.S. restaurants from May 2 through May 6.
A New Way to Experience Steak at Chipotle
Building upon the brand's recent success with menu innovations including Smoked Brisket and Pollo Asado, Chipotle is testing a bold new flavor of steak in select markets. Garlic Guajillo Steak features...
Zaxby's offers free Boneless Wings Meal for Teachers and Nurses Appreciation Week
Zaxby's, a premium quick-service restaurant known for its Chicken Fingerz™, wings and signature sauces, is celebrating National Teachers and Nurses Appreciation Week with a special 'Buy One, Get One' Boneless Wings Meal offer valid all day long on May 3, while supplies last. Zaxby's Boneless Wings Meal features five, tender, tasty boneless wings tossed in one of nine different sauces and is served with Texas Toast, crinkle fries and Ranch sauce.
Earlier this year Zaxby's introduced its new Buffalo Garlic Blaze...
White Castle Surpasses 28 Billion Burgers Sold Since Founding in 1921
May is National Hamburger Month, and White Castle has a lot to celebrate. Besides being the first fast-food hamburger chain in the U.S. and the pioneer of the smaller-sized burger that ultimately became known as The Original Slider, the 101-year-old family-owned business has recently reached a significant milestone: all-time sales of its burgers — The Original Slider and Cheese Slider — have surpassed 28 billion. That includes 22 billion sliders sold in restaurants and another 6 billion sold through the company's retail division...
Freddy's Frozen Custard & Steakburgers Announce Multi-Unit Agreement Signings for 64 New Restaurants
Growing Demand in Chicago Sparks Deal with Veteran Franchise Group to Bring 13 New Restaurants to Area
Leading fast-casual restaurant concept Freddy's Frozen Custard & Steakburgers announced today its significant Q1 franchise development success, signing six new multi-unit agreements that will bring a total of 64 new Freddy's locations to new and existing markets, including North Carolina, South Carolina, Texas, Louisiana, Illinois and California. Most notably, existing Freddy's franchisees of more than a decade, M&M Custard, inked an agreement to expand the brand's growing footprint...
The NPD Group Announces 2022 Top 50 US Restaurant Chain Rankings
The NPD Group has ranked the top 50 U.S. restaurant chains based on sales estimates representing each chain’s total U.S. system for the year ending December 2021. Recovery was evident for the U.S. commercial restaurant industry in 2021 as pandemic restrictions lifted, vaccinations increased, and pent-up demand led to consumers dining out more. Restaurant online and physical visits increased by 9% in 2021 compared to the 12% decline in 2020. Similar to the overall restaurant trend, aggregate sales for the top 50 chains grew 15%, from...
SONIC Drive-In Celebrates Teacher Appreciation Day with $1.5 Million Donation and Free Cheeseburgers
In honor of Teacher Appreciation Day on Tuesday, May 3rd, SONIC Drive-In will match up to $1.5 million in donations to DonorsChoose, a national nonprofit that allows individuals to donate directly to public school classroom requests submitted by teachers. SONIC is also thanking teachers by offering a free cheeseburger with purchase to all enrolled in the SONIC Teachers’ Circle, a free rewards program exclusively for educators available through the SONIC App.*
Funded through every drink purchase,** SONIC’s Limeades for Learning...
Make Mother's Day Great with a Sides Lovers Meal from KFC® and the Buckquet from Proflowers®
This Mother's Day, KFC and Proflowers are helping you celebrate mom like never before – introducing the Kentucky Fried Buckquet, a DIY floral arrangement that, once assembled, can be part fried chicken, part fresh flowers and altogether amazing.
Order a KFC Sides Lovers Meal for Mother's Day via the KFC mobile app or kfc.com (offer online only, not available in restaurants) between May 1-3 and receive a promo code to redeem your very own free Kentucky Fried Buckquet kit from Proflowers*...
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...
TacoTime Introduces New Impossible Nacho Burrito
TacoTime® (www.TacoTime.com), known for serving freshly prepared, home-style Mexican fare, is offering a new option with the Impossible™ Nacho Burrito which will be available for a limited time in stores until July 26.
The Impossible™ Nacho Burrito features Impossible™ Meat Made From Plants, Black Beans, Cheese Sauce, Jalapeños, Sour Cream, Homemade Salsa Fresca and Tortilla Strips.
"We are thrilled to feature a new item on our menu during the spring and summer months," said Kim Heath, senior director of marketing for Kahala Brands®, parent company of TacoTime®...
McDonald's USA Helps Fans Unleash Their McNugget Persona with In-App Deal on April 27
There's no wrong way to enjoy Chicken McNuggets® – whether you use them as a delicious way to get to your fave dipping sauce, eat all the McNugget shapes in a specific order, or swear by your own menu hack (like dunking your McNuggets into a McFlurry®... IYKYK).
Some people may not understand the way you roll, but we do. Take the McNuggets Personality Quiz to find out if you're the Creative Type, Sauce Superfan, Shape Connoisseur or Sharer. Then, test out your...
White Castle® Celebrates Successful First Year in Orlando
White Castle®, America's first fast-food hamburger chain, opened its restaurant in Orlando, Florida, to much fanfare on May 3, 2021, and the excitement has yet to subside. In nearly 12 months since the grand opening, the restaurant has become the top performer among White Castle's more than 350 restaurants, on pace to sell 5 million Sliders by its anniversary date.
Besides selling a record number of hot-and-tasty Sliders of all varieties, the Orlando location used 40,000 freshly cracked eggs to make its tantalizing breakfast Sliders...
Turning Point Restaurants Announces First Franchise Agreement
Turning Point Restaurants, the award-winning breakfast, brunch and lunch concept, has announced its first franchise agreement. The brand's first franchise location will open in May, just four months after the brand launched its franchise opportunity. Dave T. Vazquez and Eric Brandow of RNF LLC are expanding Turning Point's footprint in Pennsylvania, with plans to open a location in Upper Dublin Township. The newest restaurant will mark 22 total Turning Point locations across New Jersey, Pennsylvania and Delaware.
"Nowadays, it's rare to find a quality brand you can trust. Turning Point is..."
QDOBA Mexican Eats® Celebrates Earth Day with a Spotlight On Plant-Based Menu Items
QDOBA, the leading fast-casual Mexican restaurant known for making the world a more flavorful place, commemorates Earth Day 2022 by encouraging fans to go plant-based without compromising flavor. Impossible Beef Made From Plants has become a mainstay in many delicious entreés on the QDOBA menu, including the signature Impossible™ Fajita Bowl and other dishes thoughtfully enjoyed by guests from coast to coast. QDOBA fans are encouraged to invest in the earth by choosing the flavorful, plant-based protein for their next meal...
Chipotle Releases 2021 Sustainability Report
Chipotle Mexican Grill today published its 2021 Sustainability Report Update, which showcases its efforts across People, Food and Animals, and the Environment. The report covers Chipotle's impact, progress and goals in areas that play a critical role in its mission to Cultivate a Better World.
A best-in-class employer, Chipotle enhanced its employee offerings last year with leading wages, referral bonuses, and paved clear pathways for advancement. Crew members can become a Restaurateur, the highest General Manager position, in as little as three and a half years, with potential total compensation of...
White Castle's New 1921 Slider, Now Available at All Castles
For the first time in several years, White Castle is rolling out a new, permanent menu item — a slider inspired by the very first hamburger White Castle made when it opened its doors in 1921.
Called The 1921 Slider®, the new burger marks 101 years of slider innovations.
"The 1921 Slider brings our menu full circle to the hamburger that started it all," said Lynn Blashford, chief marketing officer for White Castle. "It's been so popular in our limited release that we can't wait for Cravers in all of..."
Whataburger Hires New Chief People Officer
Whataburger has hired Peggy Rubenzer as its new Senior Vice President and Chief People Officer. Rubenzer is a seasoned executive with more than 30 years in the human resources industry, building people teams at True Food Kitchen, Shake Shack Enterprises, PF Chang's China Bistro Inc., Southwest Airlines and more.
During her time at True Food Kitchen as their Chief People Officer, Rubenzer oversaw all HR-related functions, from leadership development to compensation, benefits, performance management and training. Prior to joining True Food in 2019, Rubenzer held the Senior Vice President and Chief People Officer...
Americans Plan to Go Big for Mother's Day this Year: OpenTable Data Shows Reservations are Up 39%
After two years of canceled celebrations and plans, Mother's Day dining is back in full force. Data from OpenTable shows that Mother's Day reservations are up 39% compared to pre-pandemic 2019 and 13% compared to 2021. Americans are feeling the excitement: according to a recent survey, 45% of those celebrating Mother's Day are planning to make up for lost time by "going big" for their mom or a mom-like figure this year.
But some things never change...
Chipotle Launches $50 Million Venture Fund to Foster Innovation
Chipotle is launching a $50 million venture fund.
Chipotle Mexican Grill is hoping to revolutionize the restaurant industry.
The quick-service restaurant chain announced the launch of Cultivate Next, a venture fund that will support seed-to-Series B stage companies that focus on increasing technology and innovation in restaurant operations and align with its mission to “Cultivate a Better World.” The fund will have an initial size of $50 million and will be financed solely by Chipotle.
The fund launch comes as the company is continuing its...
Smokey Mo's TX BBQ Announces Expansion Plans Through Franchise Growth, Company Rebrand
Smokey Mo's TX BBQ, the authentic Texas barbeque chain with 16 locations throughout Central Texas, begins expansion in major Texas cities with a rebranded look as the company primes for franchise growth.
Smokey Mo's is executing a bold growth strategy, opening more corporate stores and franchise opportunities with the goal of adding 32 locations to the company by 2025. The company is focusing on expansion in Austin and San Antonio, followed by Houston, Dallas-Ft. Worth and the Waco-Temple-Bryan area.
"We are committed to growing our..."
Papa Johns Appoints Joe Sieve as Chief Restaurant Officer
Papa John’s International, Inc. today announced the appointment of Joe Sieve as the Company’s new Chief Restaurant Officer. Mr. Sieve, who will begin his new position on May 2nd, will oversee the operations of Papa Johns corporate and franchise restaurants in North America, reporting to Max Wetzel, EVP, Chief Commercial Officer.
Mr. Sieve brings broad-based experienced as a strategic operator and development leader for major industry players, including Domino’s and Inspire Brands. He began his career out of college as a franchisee and later built a portfolio of 58 Domino's...
California Pizza Kitchen Introduces New Menu Including Expanded Lunch Duos
California Pizza Kitchen (CPK), a global restaurant brand dedicated to serving creative California cuisine, is celebrating the freshness of the season with the debut of a new menu available at locations nationwide*. In addition to all-new items designed with a California state of mind such as Wild Mushroom + Brie soup and Baja Crunch salad, CPK has expanded their popular Lunch Duos to include new sandwiches and CPK’s pizzas which can be paired with a salad or soup - a quick and unrivaled lunch option perfectly suited for time-pressed...
UB Consulting: Is Rising Inflation Shifting Retail and Foodservice Demand?
Consumer prices continue to rise amidst economic turbulence. Ongoing COVID complications, global supply chain issues, and an unresolved Russia-Ukraine conflict have all attributed to rising prices for the consumer to some degree. As many continue to anticipate further interest rate hikes by the Federal Reserve to combat inflation, retailers and foodservice establishments may experience a shift in consumer demand with rising prices...
Baja Fresh Brings on the Birria with New Tacos for a Limited Time
Baja Fresh Mexican Grill® (www.BajaFresh.com), the fast-casual fresh Mexican food chain, introduces two new menu items for a limited time. From April 11 to July 10, new Birria Tacos along with a Churro and new Dulce de Leche dipping sauce will be added to Baja Fresh menus nationwide.
Guests can now enjoy this traditional favorite:
- Birria Taco Combo – Two grilled tacos made with mild chile-soaked corn tortillas stuffed with marinated steak, cheese, salsa 6 chiles and onion & cilantro mix. Served with a side...
FAT Brands’ Quick-Service Division Continues Strong Growth Momentum
FAT (Fresh. Authentic. Tasty.) Brands Inc., parent company of Round Table Pizza, Great American Cookies, Marble Slab Creamery, and 14 other restaurant concepts, announces its Quick-Service Division has signed 20 new development deals, totaling over 50 additional units, following the acquisition of Global Franchise Group in June 2021. The acquisition marked FAT Brands’ foray into both the snack and pizza categories, adding the following brands: Round Table Pizza, Great American Cookies, Marble Slab Creamery, Hot Dog on a Stick and Pretzelmaker...
Wendy's $5 Biggie™ Bag Now Comes with Choice of Sandwich
WHAT:Looking to find a value meal that is flavorful, satisfying AND doesn't break the bank? Look no further. Wendy's® iconic $5 Biggie™ Bag now comes with the choice of a Jr. Bacon Cheeseburger, Double Stack™, or classic Crispy Chicken BLT. That's right, three flavor-bursting sandwiches featuring fresh, never frozen beef*, Applewood smoked bacon or all-white meat chicken. Get your choice of sandwich, 4-piece chicken nuggets (Spicy or Crispy), small fries and a small soft drink all for just. five. dollars...
Nathan's Famous to Pilot With Let us Nudge in 15 Locations Throughout the U.S.
Nathan's Famous, the American tradition serving New York favorites for more than 100 years, announces its partnership with Let us Nudge, an emergent restaurant technology solution that provides table seating efficiencies during both busy and slow times. We expect the Let us Nudge technology will enable Nathan's to increase sales through campaign management and targeted coupons at 15 Nathan's Famous locations throughout the country with the Nudge@Home platform.
"At Nathan's Famous, we are always seeking partners with innovative technology that enables us to offer our customers..."
American Airlines Center Scores with Fully Integrated, Autonomous Food & Beverage Destinations
American Airlines Center today announced the opening of two new frictionless food and beverage experiences. In collaboration with hospitality partner Levy and its innovation studio, DBK Studio, The Center has opened a new Market To-Go shop on the arena’s Terrace Level, with a second location on the Main Concourse of the arena to open later this month.
Powered by autonomous retail technology from Standard AI and mobile payment technology from SpotOn, the markets are among the first food and beverage destinations at a North American sports venue that...
Checkers® & Rally's® Rolls Out the New Bistro Buford
Checkers & Rally's, an iconic and innovative drive-thru restaurant chain known for its bold and flavorful food at an exceptional value and its people-first attitude, today rolls out the Bistro Buford to all burger fans nationwide, packing irresistible taste into every savory bite. All other burger look-a-likes 'mayo' now step aside.
Checkers & Rally's new Bistro Buford features two large hand-seasoned, all-beef patties and two strips of bacon paired with melted Swiss cheese, savory creamy Dijon mayo sauce and crispy parmesan-dusted...
Cosmic Wings Expands Reach with DoorDash and Grubhub to Deliver Out-of-this-World Menu
Cosmic Wings today announced a partnership with DoorDash and Grubhub that will open a whole new universe to wings fans. Guests can now order their favorite Cheetos®-dusted wings and menu items from Cosmic Wings through DoorDash; and preparing for take-off two weeks later on April 15, Cosmic Wings will be available on Grubhub.
The Cosmic Wings menu includes a selection of crowd pleasers like chicken tender dippers, waffle fries and onion rings...
Technomic Reports Top 500 Chain Restaurant Sales Recovered Past Pre-Pandemic Levels in 2021
Technomic has released one of its most highly anticipated reports, the 2022 Top 500 Chain Restaurant Report, which includes expert findings and insights into the sales performance of U.S. chain restaurants in 2021. The report is built using decades of historical data, providing a detailed analysis of the foodservice industry and overarching trends; annual sales and unit counts by chain and segment; and pandemic-related recovery metrics.
“2021 was a year like no other for the Top 500 chain restaurants,” said Kevin Schimpf, director, industry research...
Chicken n' Biscuits by Cracker Barrel™ Enters the Chicken Sandwich Competition
Cracker Barrel Old Country Store® has announced its original virtual brand Chicken n' Biscuits, known for serving up hearty portions of delicious chicken-forward meals and fresh biscuits, will now offer a new, exclusive Homestyle Chicken Sandwich at 400 locations nationwide via DoorDash, Uber Eats and Grubhub. The new Homestyle Chicken Sandwich is built from the brand's quintessential chicken fried chicken – hand-breaded fried chicken with signature breading, perfectly crispy on the outside and perfectly juicy on the inside. The sandwich is adorned with fresh pickles and...
Subway in Thailand unveils MEAT ZERO’s Plant-Based Garlic & Herb Patty
Subway has launched Plant-Based Garlic & Herb Patty in collaboration with MEAT ZERO, a plant-based food brand from Charoen Pokphand Foods Public Company Limited (CP Foods) and a market leader in Thailand, to serve up delicious meals for health-conscious consumers. The collab products are now available in Subway stores throughout Thailand.
About Passion Co. Ltd., the world's largest DIY sandwich brand, has partnered with CP Foods’ MEAT ZERO to launch "Plant-Based Garlic & Herb Patty" to capture a growing flexitarian consumer base in the country.
Freddy's Brings Back Cooked-to-Order A.1.® Chophouse Steakburger and Launches Mug® Root Beer Float
Leading fast-casual restaurant concept, Freddy's Frozen Custard & Steakburgers, announced today they are launching products featuring A.1.® sauce and Mug® Root Beer for a limited time at participating locations between now and May 31, 2022, or while supplies last. The cooked-to-order A.1.® Chophouse Steakburger will be served on a toasted potato bun with grilled onions, sauteed mushrooms, white cheddar cheese, and A.1.® sauce which, pairs perfectly with their fizzy and cold, rich...
As Soon As Pandemic Restrictions Lifted, Canadians Flooded Back Into Restaurants
One of the most predictable behaviours that emerged over the past two years of the pandemic is Canadians will flood into restaurants as soon as restrictions lift, which happened in February, reports The NPD Group. Online and physical visits to Canadian restaurants and foodservice outlets increased by 17% in February compared to February 2021, when traffic declined by 23%. Despite the double-digit increase in visits, commercial foodservice traffic remains -9% below the pre-pandemic level in February 2020, according to NPD’s continual tracking of the Canadian foodservice industry...
Irresist-A-Bowls® Make Flavorful Return to the Neighborhood Starting at Just $8.99
Applebee’s Irresist-A-Bowls are back and tastier than ever. Now and for a limited time, guests can head to their local Applebee’s to savor the moment with fan-favorite Irresist-A-Bowls®, filled with irresistible flavor in each bite. Available for Dine-In, To Go or Delivery, starting at only $8.99 and guaranteed to satisfy all cravings.*
Applebee’s Irresist-A-Bowls® come with generous toppings and are overflowing with so much flavor that guests won’t be able to resist...
Bojangles to Give Away $1 Million in Free Gas
Bojangles, the legendary Southern food chain known for its chicken, biscuits and tea, is giving away $1 million in free gas to help customers offset the rising cost of fueling up their tanks.
Beginning today until supplies run out, every purchase of a Bojangles Family Meal – featuring 12 or 20 pieces of bone-in chicken, plus scratch-made biscuits, choice of home-style fixins and Legendary Iced Tea® – will come with a $10 gas gift card.
“Southerners are known for being friendly neighbors, so as a Southern..."
Friendly's Restaurants Introduces a Dozen Delicious New Menu Items
Calling all those with a big appetite and a sweet tooth, Friendly's Restaurants welcomes guests to indulge in 12 new menu items that bring a mouthwatering twist to salads, burgers, pasta and more. The revamped menu signals a new era for the iconic brand, appealing to a younger clientele while still catering to longtime guests.
"As the third oldest restaurant chain in the United States, Friendly's is far more than just a name, it is a collection of stories, memories, ideas, and the loving guests who have walked through its doors..."
Buck Biscuit Returns: Wendy's Brings Back Breakfast Biscuits for a Buck
WHAT:Buck Biscuit is BACK! Calling all breakfast lovers everywhere – it's time to wake up to a better breakfast with select Wendy's® $1 premium biscuit sandwiches! You heard that right...you can snag Wendy's Sausage or Bacon, Egg & Cheese Biscuit for just a buck* all month-long.
We're talking Wendy's fluffy, Southern-style biscuit made with real buttermilk, topped with fresh-cracked egg, oven-baked Applewood Smoked bacon (cooked fresh daily!) or savory sausage perfectly seasoned for a kick, topped with melted American cheese for just. one...
Potbelly Introduces the Cubano for a Limited Time Beginning April 4
The Cubano is coming on April 4 – Potbelly Corporation is bringing back this craveable fan favorite that became an instant hit with the brand's loyal following.
The Cubano features hearty portions of hand-pulled roasted pork and smoked ham topped with Swiss cheese, brown deli mustard and sliced pickle, served Potbelly style, always oven toasted at 500 degrees. The sandwich is available now so get it before it's gone.
"The first of several specialty sandwiches to be featured throughout 2022, our Cubano gives customers yet another option to explore..."
Chipotle Tests RFID Technology for Traceability
Chipotle Mexican Grill today announced it is testing radio-frequency identification (RFID) technology to enhance its traceability and inventory systems at its Chicago distribution center and approximately 200 restaurants in the greater Chicago area. A leader in food safety, Chipotle is one of the first major restaurant companies to leverage RFID case labels to track ingredients from suppliers to restaurants via serialization.
"RFID labels transform inventory management into an automatic, digital function that optimizes restaurant operations and gives our Restaurant Support Centers access to inventory data in real-time," said Scott Boatwright, Chief Restaurant...
A New Way to Sell Frozen Snacks Through Ice Cream Carts
Delhi winter has a different kind of feel to it, with temperatures plummeting to as low as 0°C in the peak months. The chill factor makes consumers swear off ice creams. To make optimum use of this period, India’s ITC Master Chef partnered with Lotte brand-owned Havmor ice cream, leveraging the latter’s fleet of ice cream carts.
These ice cream carts were utilized to sell frozen savories like pizza pockets, burger patties, nuggets and other snacks from ITC’s range of products. It proved to be a...
Marco's Pizza® Tests Automated Voice-to-Text Ordering Using Conversational AI
Marco's Pizza, one of the nation's fastest-growing pizza brands, announced a 50-store pilot of its proprietary voice-to-text ordering system with the goal of a systemwide rollout by the end of 2022. The speech-enabled application uses conversational artificial intelligence (AI) which yielded 100% order accuracy in initial beta testing as well as increased employee and customer satisfaction.
The initial voice-to-order beta test started in Summer 2021 before moving into the pilot. Designed to provide a seamless interaction with customers, the system...
Earn 3 Times More Points on National Burrito Day Through the Chronic Tacos Loyalty Program
Chronic Tacos, leading fast-casual authentic Mexican grill, is celebrating National Burrito Day where customers can earn 3 points per dollar on all orders online, in-app or in stores on April 7th. This promotion will last all day.
"We are excited to offer our loyal customers a way to earn more points on National Burrito Day," said Michael Mohammed, Chronic Tacos CEO. "Our new app will allow our customers to earn points which they can redeem for free menu items. The more..."
American Dairy Queen Unveils New Line of Signature Stackburgers
American Dairy Queen Corporation (ADQ), a leader in iconic treats and food, today announced the new Signature Stackburgers™ menu. Centered on cheeseburgers that deliver on consumer demand for big flavor and variety, this new menu is the most significant product rollout for ADQ in the past 20 years.
“Our hot food menu, served at our DQ® Grill & Chill® restaurants, is key to our business goal to become a balanced leader in both food and treat items. We know that means innovating and expanding our everyday food offerings, and..."
Ruby Tuesday 50th Anniversary Celebration Continues with the Chance to Win $500,000
In celebration of Ruby Tuesday turning 50, the casual dining restaurant is inviting guests to enjoy delicious burgers starting at $8.99 while they spin for a chance to win $500,000, free food and gift cards. As part of the milestone birthday celebration, guests can also try a new birthday cake dessert made specially for Ruby Tuesday from famed Cake Boss Buddy Valastro’s Carlo’s Bakery.
“The past five decades have been full of delicious dishes and celebrations which is why we believe our 50th shouldn’t..."
California Pizza Kitchen Signs Two New International Development Agreements
After a strong first quarter, California Pizza Kitchen, the creator of California-style pizza, announced the signing of two new international franchise agreements and plans to open seven international restaurants and two airport locations by year-end. These milestones follow the brand's development momentum in 2021 that included the launch of its domestic franchise program. Unveiled in December, California Pizza Kitchen's domestic franchise initiative marks the first-time that qualified candidates in the United States have an opportunity to own and operate restaurants in key markets nationwide.
Recently signed international...
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...
RoboBurger, the World's First Robot Burger Chef in a Vending Machine Format, Launches Nationally
RoboBurger, the world's first fully autonomous robotic burger chef, launched today with a ribbon cutting at the Newport Centre, a Simon Mall in Jersey City, NJ.
This restaurant in miniature cooks restaurant-quality freshly grilled burgers from scratch, and it will soon be heading to airports, malls, colleges, offices, factories, and military bases across the country.
RoboBurger is an artificially intelligent, self-operating, patented kitchen designed to include all the processes of a restaurant at a fraction of the size. It measures 12 square feet, plugs...
What Gas Prices Mean for Restaurants
Starting last spring, prices across the board began to rise as sharp increases in demand for goods and labor intertwined with supply chain disruptions. No particular industry, product or service has been spared by rising costs which have been passed along to consumers. The rate of consumer inflation continued to rise to a 7.9% annual increase in February, the largest jump since 1982, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics.
Foodservice menu prices have also been skyrocketing in this environment, driven by higher raw material and labor costs. Despite this, consumers have continued to...
Denny's Seeks to Help Americans Impacted by Rising Inflation with $6.99 Endless Breakfast Promotion
As inflation reaches historic levels and Americans face rising prices at gas pumps and sticker shock at supermarket checkouts, America's Diner is offering Americans what they are so desperately seeking right now – value for their money – with the launch of a new Endless Breakfast promotion. Now through June 21, Denny's is helping individuals and families stretch their dollars by offering endless fluffy buttermilk pancakes, cheesy scrambled eggs and crispy hash browns starting at $6.99*.
"As Americans are being impacted by a unique mix of..."
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...
Checkers® & Rally's® Franchisee Falcons Burger Acquires 30 Rally's Restaurants
Checkers & Rally's, an iconic and innovative drive-thru restaurant chain known for bold and flavorful food at an exceptional value and its people-first attitude, today announced that franchisee Falcons Burger has purchased 30 Rally's restaurants from longtime, fellow franchisee Joe Hertzman following his decision to retire. The acquisition of units in the Kentucky and Indiana markets makes Falcons Burger the largest franchisee with Checkers & Rally's with a total of 57 restaurants across several states. Moreover, Falcons Burger is continuing to grow through new restaurant construction...
Cracker Barrel Old Country Store® Brings Care to the Table with Easter Heat n' Serve Meals
Cracker Barrel Old Country Store® is helping families 'take care anywhere' this spring with the return of its Easter Heat n' Serve meals, designed to make any gathering hassle-free. Back by popular demand, this year's Easter Heat n' Serve line-up is anchored by a delectable Prime Rib Family Dinner – the ideal option for making your celebration feel special at a value price guests can appreciate. Plus, gifting for Easter baskets or everyday moments has never been easier with Cracker...
U.S. Restaurant Industry Traffic Improves in February After January Declines
The U.S. restaurant recovery got back on track in February after January declines, reports The NPD Group. Online and physical restaurant traffic was up 2%, and consumer spending was up 8% in February compared to a year ago. Total restaurant visits in the month were down 8% from the pre-pandemic level in February 2020, according to NPD’s continual tracking of the U.S. foodservice industry.
Quick service restaurant traffic improved by 1% in February compared to a 7% decline in February 2021. This February, online and physical visits to...
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