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ASAP.com & Chipotle Mexican Grill Sign Major Food Delivery Agreement
ASAP.com, the on-demand delivery brand for Waitr Holdings Inc. (Nasdaq: ASAP), has announced a national food delivery agreement with Chipotle Mexican Grill (NYSE: CMG). Effective immediately, ASAP.com will begin delivery from Chipotle restaurants in many markets.
The partnership with Chipotle, one of the leading fast-casual restaurants in the US, is a significant move for ASAP.com as the company evolves from a regional company to a national one under the new ASAP brand name.
“The new agreement with Chipotle immediately boosts our appeal to a wider audience as we grow...
Jack in the Box, for the First Time Since 2019, Announces Expectation of Positive Net Unit Growth
Jack in the Box Inc. (NASDAQ: JACK) today, as part of its fourth quarter earnings, announced its expectation of positive net unit growth in 2023, a sign that its growth strategies are beginning to take shape and drive results. The long-term economic proposition of a Jack in the Box restaurant is creating a resurgence of demand for growth, and current and potential franchisees are taking notice.
“We are thrilled that, in just a short couple of years...
Most Thanksgiving Day Meals Are in a Home: Groceries and Foodservice Help Make the Meals Happen
Restaurants may not play the most significant role on Thanksgiving Day, but do the Wednesday before
A Thanksgiving Day host’s dream is to have a perfectly prepared feast on a beautifully decorated table surrounded by happy family and friends. However, it takes a lot of planning and preparation to make the Thanksgiving Day dream come true, and grocers and foodservice operators help to make it happen. Most, 67%, of Thanksgiving meals occur at the eater’s home; the remaining meals happen at another house...
The Canadian Foodservice Industry’s Recovery Slows in Q3
Canada’s foodservice industry has shown promising recovery over the past year; however, growth slowed in the quarter ending September compared to a better-performing quarter last year, reports The NPD Group*. Visits to Canadian restaurants and foodservice outlets were up 6% in the quarter compared to a year ago, when traffic was up 12%. Consumer spending was up 10% in the quarter ending September 2022 compared to a 20% increase in the same quarter last year.
“The closer we get to full recovery of the foodservice visits lost during the pandemic..."
Panera Targets Expansion in Urban Markets Driven by Portfolio of Digitally-Led Bakery-Cafe Formats
Panera Bread, a leader and innovator in the fast casual restaurant segment, today announced the opening of its updated urban store format in New York, the newest of several new formats targeted at more densely populated and non-traditional trade areas. With digital sales at Panera now representing 50% of total system sales, Panera now offers a portfolio of store formats designed to cater to the needs of an increasingly digital and off-premise guest. With more than 3 million average transactions each week from...
France Foodservice: The Gap is Widening Between the Recovery in Spending, Boosted by Inflation
The NPD Group forecasts a 2022 market down 5% in spending and 9% in visits, compared to 2019
The average ticket has jumped by 7% since 2019, all consumption occasions combined in fast food and table catering
Four out of 10 French people say they will go to a restaurant less often in the coming months
The French preserve their family outings
On the occasion of the publication of a survey dedicated to out-of-home catering*, The NPD Group , which recently merged with Information...
What We Foresee for 2023 - Technomic
It’s a tough time for restaurants, no doubt. The return to sustained normalcy that consumers and operators were anticipating after COVID-19 has been stalled by economic headwinds. Although supply chain problems appear to be receding, mainly because operators have solved for handling shortages and delays, inflation and the specter of recession are putting forth new hurdles for operators to jump over after already being depleted by the last couple years of the pandemic. While signs point to a challenging beginning of the new year, the latter part of 2023 should brighten as we...
America’s Eating Patterns Adjusted to a Pandemic and Are Now Adapting to Higher Food Costs
Six macro trends currently shaping food and beverage consumption behaviors
Historically, there has been a rhythm to eating patterns in America; somewhat predictable habits formed by daily routines and needs. The early stages of the pandemic disrupted this rhythm, and just as eating patterns were returning to pre-pandemic normalcy, food inflation set them on end again, reports The NPD Group* in its recently released 2022 edition of Eating Patterns in America.
“The rate of change in U.S. consumers’ eating behaviors continues at a dizzying..."
Plant-Based Brand Wicked Kitchen Unveils Animal-Free Concession at NBA Arena
Plant-based brand Wicked Kitchen debuted a plant-based concession stand at the Target Center through a partnership with the National Basketball Association’s Minnesota Timberwolves.
The partnership to create the 100% animal-free stand was due to both the Timberwolves and Wicked Kitchen looking to provide plant-based options for fans.
The menu features chef-created subs, burgers and ice creams, all made entirely of plant-based ingredients.
"It's an honor to provide our hometown team with a Wicked experience that fans will love and crave," said Pete Speranza, CEO, Wicked...
QDOBA Mexican Eats® Introduces Brisket Birria
QDOBA, a leading fast-casual Mexican restaurant, is bringing the true flavors of Mexico and the hottest trend from food trucks in the U.S. to its menu with the introduction of Brisket Birria, made with tender, shredded beef brisket slow cooked for 10 hours in chiles and garlic to infuse authentic Mexican flavors. With the new protein option, guests can create their own entrée with Brisket Birria or enjoy two new chef curated recipes: the QuesaBirria Quesadilla and QuesaBirria Burrito, both of which layer Brisket Birria with QDOBA's much loved 3-cheese queso...
Chester's Chicken Launches Buffalo Chicken Mac & Cheese Bowl and Buffalo Mac Chicken Sandwich
Chester's Chicken, the fresh fried chicken quick-service restaurant concept with 1,100 locations across the U.S., is giving its most popular side the entrée treatment: introducing the Buffalo Chicken Mac & Cheese Bowl and the Buffalo Mac Chicken Sandwich. The two new entrées are a spicy, bold twist on the classic comfort food and are available for a limited time, now through Jan. 17, 2023, at participating Chester's locations.
Buffalo Chicken Mac & Cheese is Chester's take on the loaded bowl trend; it's made with two servings of...
Fuzzy’s Taco Shop Adds New Saucy Brisket Poblano Taco to its Menu for a Limited Time
Fuzzy’s Taco Shop announces the addition of the Saucy Brisket Poblano Taco to its menu, available for a limited time. The new taco offers a twist on Fuzzy’s famous Butt Burnin’ sauce with the addition of Dr Pepper, providing the perfect sweet and spicy combination with each bite.
The Saucy Brisket Poblano Taco is prepared with the shredded brisket drizzled with a special Butt Burnin’ sauce blended with Dr Pepper and topped with roasted poblano peppers, house-pickled red onions, avocado slices, Fuzzy’s signature...
Canadian Restaurant Industry Continues Recovery in August with Traffic Up from a Year Ago
Pent-up demand for dine-in visits slows, and carry-out increased after several months of declines
Consumers continued their return to restaurants in August, increasing visits by 5% compared to a year ago, reports The NPD Group. Restaurant dollars were up 9% in the month versus a year ago. Dine-in visits slowed in August to a 28% increase from the triple-digit growth realized in the first months after the pandemic lockdowns. On the other hand, carry-out orders, which have been down since...
Chipotle Pilots Advanced Tehnology to Enhance the Employee and Guest Experience
Chipotle Mexican Grill today announced it is piloting advanced technologies to enhance its employee and guest experience by streamlining operations and reducing friction. The company recently began piloting two new technologies in its restaurants to deliver precise forecasting, optimal quality, and increased convenience for digital guests.
Kitchen Management SystemIn select Southern California restaurants, Chipotle is piloting a cook to needs kitchen management system that provides demand-based cooking and ingredient preparation forecasts to optimize throughput and freshness while minimizing food waste. Leveraging AI and machine learning, the system...
Zero Egg Introduces the First Ready-to-Eat Plant-Based Scrambled Egg
Food-Tech Startup, Zero Egg, is Making it Easier Than Ever for Foodservice Operators and Manufacturers to Serve Plant-Based Eggs
Today, Food-tech startup Zero Egg has announced that it will soon release a game changing new product: Zero Egg Scoopable Scramble – the world's first ready-to-eat frozen plant-based scrambled egg.
Using cutting-edge technology, Zero Egg has developed a frozen scrambled egg that has the same taste and texture as an ordinary egg. This innovative product is set to be...
Technomic Study Reveals Shifts in Foodservice Operator’s Path to Purchase
Technomic's newly released The Buyer’s Journey in the New Digital World Multi Client Study uncovers foodservice operators’ paths to purchase as well as the roles traditional, social and digital media play both directly and indirectly into the buying journey.
“To better understand how buying patterns in the market are transforming, we launched a brand-new study surveying 500 operators, as well as conducting in-depth interviews with operators via bulletin boards and at the National Restaurant Association Show, to explore purchase drivers, the role of digital ordering platforms, traditional sales..."
Encinal Brands™ Salutes Personnel and Workers on National Food Service Employee Day September 25
Rapidly expanding Mexican quick-service restaurants celebrate more than 600 employees
Encinal Brands CEO and founder Ivan Flores remembers when he opened his first Blue Burro® restaurant in Long Beach in 2019. Less than 10 part-time and full-time employees pitched in and assumed multiple roles to help make the location the go-to place for authentic flavors of Tijuana and premium shakes. Today, Encinal Brands LLC is one of the fastest-growing restaurant groups in California and the Southwest with 40...
Foodservice Update Q3 2022: Revisiting Growth Perspectives
The writing is on the wall: economic growth is in jeopardy due to macroeconomic challenges around the world. From severely high natural gas prices in Europe, which affect everything from fertilizer prices to milk powders, to a housing crisis, and continued partial lockdowns in China. Coupled with rising interest rates, softening equity markets, and negative real wage growth, consumer confidence surveys unsurprisingly outline a worsening outlook for demand. It is likely that the US and Europe will both be entering a recession over the next 12 months.
In Europe and the...
Restaurant Association Unveils Guide for Operators to Prep for Future Natural Disasters
The National Restaurant Association knows that restaurants are pillars of their respective communities.
Often, the Association has found that operators and employees are often the last ones out of the path of dangerous weather and the first one back in when the disaster has left the area. Because of this, the Association developed an industry-specific guide disaster prep guide, Always Ready: Natural Disasters.
“The time to plan for a disaster is before one unfolds. For restaurants, this is especially important because they meet...
Next Level Burger Raises $20M to Fuel the Future of Plant-Based Restaurants
Next Level Burger, the nation’s first 100% plant-based burger joint chain, a phenomenon known for its crave-worthy vegan take on American burger joint classics, today announced it has successfully raised a $20 million funding round. Lead investors include a strategic organic and natural foods partner, private high-net-worth, mission-driven shareholders, as well as early stage vegan investor power couple Alex Payne, formerly of Twitter and Simple Bank, and Nicole Brodeur as minority stakeholders.
The capital infusion helps support Next Level Burger’s...
Chipotle Introduces New Garlic Guajillo Steak Across the U.S., Canada and the Metaverse
Chipotle Mexican Grill ( NYSE: CMG) today announced its new Garlic Guajillo Steak will be available at Chipotle restaurants across the U.S. and Canada, and virtually in the metaverse, for a limited time. The brand's latest menu innovation introduces an entirely new flavor profile to Chipotle's menu featuring tender cuts of steak seasoned with the bold flavors of garlic and guajillo peppers. Earlier today, Chipotle became the first restaurant brand to officially unveil a new menu item in the metaverse by debuting Garlic Guajillo Steak...
Celebrate National Cheeseburger Day with Applebee’s Handcrafted ‘Burger Bundles’ To Go
In celebration of National Cheeseburger Day on September 18, Applebee’s is offering its fans an online Burger Bundle deal consisting of any one of its delicious, Handcrafted Burgers paired with Classic Fries and Applebee’s exclusive MTN DEW Dark Berry Bash® for only $10.99.* For one day only, guests can order online at Applebees.com or the mobile app from their local Applebee’s restaurant to celebrate the tastiest day of the year with a complete Burger Bundle!
Applebee’s Handcrafted Burger Bundle includes the choice of the Bacon Cheeseburger, Whiskey...
Burger King Plans to "Reclaim the Flame" and Boost Sales Through $400 Million Investment
Burger King unveiled its “Reclaim the Flame” plan with the hopes of accelerating sales growth and driving profitability for its franchisees.
The plan was developed alongside franchisees and was shared at its annual convention by President of Burger King North America, Tom Curtis.
Burger King will invest $400M over the next two years as it works to “Reclaim the Flame.” $150M will head to advertising and digital investments to “Fuel the Flame” while $250 million will focus on a “Royal Reset” involving...
QDOBA Mexican Eats Debuts its Food to Austin, Texas through New Ghost Kitchen Partnership
QDOBA®, a leading fast-casual Mexican restaurant, is bringing its vibrant and flavorful food to Austin, Texas through the first of two ghost kitchens in the area. In partnership with national ghost kitchen operator, REEF Technology, QDOBA's Austin debut allows an increased number of QDOBA food lovers across the city to conveniently indulge in its tasty menu offerings. Ghost kitchens, also known as delivery-only restaurants, are commercial kitchens optimized for food delivery service apps such as Uber Eats and Postmates...
Impact of a Recession on Foodservice
Senior executives from leading financial institutions have been predicting that an extended economic downturn is becoming more likely by the day. But despite declining GDP and still-surging inflation, many executives have been hesitant to use the term recession when describing the prospects for the second half of 2022. This hesitancy is largely due to the fact that—despite all of the warning signs—there are also indicators such as consumer spending and low unemployment that defy historical conditions for a recession. So, where does that leave foodservice? How do we interpret the...
Consumers Back to Eating at Home, Eyeing Bargains as Costs Continue to Rise
During COVID-19, consumers opted to cook at home, citing concerns surrounding the virus and a new work-from-home lifestyle, making prep more manageable.
Essentially over the past year, consumers have flocked to restaurants again. However, inflation has paused the recovery in the foodservice sector and consumers are deciding to save some cash and cook more meals at home again, according to The NPD Group (NPD) and Information Resources, Inc. (IRI).
“To offset rising food costs, consumers are bargain hunting when...
Business, Industry Foodservice Operations Jumpy by 35% in Q2 as Employees Head Back to the Office
Places like worksite cafeterias are recovering from losses seen during the pandemic as workers head back to offices, The NPD Group shared in its latest update on Business and Industry (B&I) foodservice operations.
According to NPD, in the quarter that ended June 2022, broadline foodservice distributors increased their case unit shipments to B&I foodservice operators by 35% compared to a year ago.
“B&I is an important growth segment for foodservice manufacturers and their foodservice distributor partners,” said Tim Fires...
2022 Canadian Foodservice Trends: Midyear Update
Forecasting the Future
Canada’s pre-pandemic $95 billion foodservice industry was battered by sales losses of nearly 29% as we entered 2021. While COVID-19-related restrictions—influenced by new caseloads and the looming impact of virus variants—may directly affect consumer visitation and behaviour in 2022, current Technomic research shows that the new year will also bring an upswing in the Canadian industry’s sales and overall performance. According to our latest data, Canada’s foodservice sector is expected to reach $74.8 billion, reflecting roughly a 21% increase over 2021 and just 3%...
Restaurant Visits Drop Amid Inflation, Higher Menu Prices
U.S. consumers decided to limit their trips to restaurants during the second quarter of 2022, reported The NPD Group.
Inflation and the rise in menu prices led to a 2% dip in physical and online restaurant traffic when compared to a year ago and down 6% below the pre-pandemic levels seen in 2019.
“Consumers continue to deal with rising inflation and higher prices. We see three ways consumers respond to higher menu prices. They trade down to lower-priced items, cut back on the number of items ordered, or reduce restaurant...
REPORTER: Former MLB Pitcher Todd Stottlemyre Dives Into Poke Concept
This article was originally featured in the Summer 2022 Edition of Urner Barry's Reporter magazine. Want a FREE subscription? Click HERE.
For World Series champion Todd Stottlemyre, entering the foodservice industry wasn’t something he was interested in.
Stottlemyre heard the war stories of former athletes getting into the foodservice industry and how some of those ventures didn’t have a storybook ending.
However, he was convinced to take a lunch and check out a restaurant concept. “I thought at least I’ll get a meal out of it,” he said frankly...
Red Robin Reveals Limited-Time Steakhouse Summer Menu
Red Robin Gourmet Burgers and Brews is serving the sizzle this summer, bringing steakhouse flavors to their restaurants with their new Steakhouse Summer menu. The limited-time items put a Red Robin twist on familiar steakhouse dishes, continuing the brand's recent success of developing unique, innovative items that have guests saying YUMMM. With the new Savory Steakhouse Burger and Loaded Baked Potato Fries, guests are invited to experience the deliciousness of a steakhouse without any of the fuss.
"As we've seen with our most recent promotions, which exceeded our..."
This Week in Retail: Consumer Spending in Question as Inflation Heats Up
Summer is heating up and so is inflation—clouding the outlook for consumer spending on food, travel, and beyond.
According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, inflation climbed to 9.1% in June, more than what economists had anticipated. The latest figure was a nearly 41-year high and what some analysts considered to be a peak.
Increases in food and gasoline prices contributed to the relentless surge in inflation, which has elevated the cost of living and forced some households to reconfigure their spending habits...
US Foods CHEF’STORE Opens 4 New Locations on East, West Coasts
US Foods will open four new CHEF’STORE locations in Merced and Santa Cruz, Calif., Helena, Mont., and Winston-Salem, NC, the company shared on July 5.
US Foods said the new locations will expand the reach of the brand’s offering and provide restaurant operators, food industry professionals, community groups and at-home chefs a warehouse-style retail solution to quickly stock up or replenish ingredients by the case and in individual quantities.
“The new CHEF’STORES will offer foodservice operators across Northern California...
Technomic Takes a Mid-Year Look at its 2022 Foodservice Trends
As 2021 came to a close, research and insights firm Technomic dubbed 2022, the “Year of the Climb” for the foodservice industry. Six months later, the company released its latest whitepaper which provided a look at its predictions at the halfway point of 2022.
According to Technomic's Lizzy Freier, Director, Menu Research & Insights and Aimee Harvey, Senior Managing Editor the foodservice industry did witness a climb and improve compared to the pandemic-impacted years seen in 2020 and 2021.
However, the pair had much more to say...
This Week in Retail: Travel Season and Foodservice Demand
Following Independence Day, major retail buying occasions are few and far between until Labor Day. While the dog days of summer typically slow retail sales, they can spark interest in retail’s counterpart—foodservice.
The peak travel season, which is roughly from June through August, is usually beneficial for the restaurant sector. This summer, however, there are several variables at play that will influence travel plans, including high gas prices.
According to AAA, the national average for gas ticked lower to $4.80 a gallon, down eight cents over the past week. The downturn was mainly due to falling demand. While demand has softened, it could pick up again as more people plan vacations and hit the road this summer...
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...
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