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Little Caesars® Debuts New Pizza Creation Inspired by Gotham City's Caped Crusader

Little Caesars, home of the HOT-N-READY® and the Crazy Calzony™, is partnering with the all-new film The Batman to bring fans of the legendary comic book character for a global promotion featuring a one-of-a-kind new product, The Batman Calzony. The Batman is coming to theaters in North America March 4 and internationally beginning March 2, 2022.

The Batman Calzony is created by combining a pizza lover's own dynamic duo: calzone and pizza. This bat-shaped product features a tantalizing...

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Jan 24 9:48 AM, General News

TGI Fridays Credits Digital Innovation, Craveable Menu for Industry-Leading Performance

TGI Fridays®, the world's first and most recognized casual bar and grill, today announced its year-to-date financial results with 41 consecutive weeks of same-store sales growth versus pre-pandemic numbers in 2019 and double-digit growth in the back half of 2021. This industry-leading performance is driven by its digital channels, where year-to-date sales volumes are up 290 percent compared to 2019; new revenue streams through virtual restaurants; and continuing to offer the craveable food guests have come to love...


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Jan 21 1:12 PM, General News

Five Guys Enterprises Renews Its Food Safety Partnership with ComplianceMate

Five Guys, an international restaurant chain founded in 1986, has renewed its agreement with CM Systems LLC and its ComplianceMate food safety software through 2025. Unlike other QSR concepts, Five Guys does not use frozen meat in its burgers. All food is cooked fresh, and the storage of ingredients within Five Guys' refrigerators is very closely monitored for quality and food safety.

Jim Gibson, Vice President of Food Safety and Quality Assurance for Five Guys, says, "ComplianceMate continues to prove itself to be the best solution for all of our..."

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Jan 21 9:21 AM, General News

Popeyes® Brand Arrives in India as Part of Continued International Growth

Today, the Popeyes® brand and Jubilant Foodworks Limited (JFL), India’s leading food service company with a strong legacy of introducing and growing international brands in the country, are excited to open the first restaurant in Bangalore, India, in the city's hot spot of Koramangala.

“We are very excited to work with Jubilant Foodworks Limited to officially introduce Indian guests to the Popeyes® experience and our iconic Louisiana style chicken with its unique blend of spices and flavors,” said David Shear, President RBI International, parent company...

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Jan 20 7:56 AM, General News

Wienerschnitzel Franchise Inks 20-Unit Development Deal to Enter Arkansas

Wienerschnitzel, the world’s largest hot dog franchise, is proud to announce the signing of an exclusive development agreement with Tejas Dogs, LLC, to build 20 new Wienerschnitzel restaurants throughout Arkansas over the next 12 years. The Tejas Dogs agreement follows a separate 20-unit announcement by the brand in 2020 to develop throughout Louisiana and paves the way for Wienerschnitzel to further expand its iconic quick-service footprint throughout Southern and Midwestern states. There are already plans to begin building three stores in northwest Arkansas to jumpstart the development schedule...

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Jan 19 9:14 AM, General News

TGI Fridays® is Playing Guests' Jams with New Remixed and Remastered Fan-Favorite Classics

Back by popular demand, TGI Fridays®, the world's most recognized bar and grill, is re-introducing fan-favorite appetizers, drinks, and entrées with a NEWstalgic twist – answering the requests of guests from around the globe.

Fridays™ asked its guests which menu items they missed most, those that take them back to a moment in time, much like a favorite song – and the votes are in! Fridays is throwing it back with a new limited-time, Remixed and Remastered menu, featuring a medley of...

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Jan 19 8:29 AM, General News

Sysco Ranked #1 Food and Drug Retailer in the JUST 100 Rankings for 2022

Sysco Corporation, the leading global foodservice distribution company, was named one of America’s Most JUST Companies for its commitment to serving its workers, customers, communities, the environment, and shareholders. This year, Sysco ranked number one in the food and drug retailer industry for the first time in its history.

Through vigorous, objective analysis, JUST Capital, in partnership with CNBC, evaluates and celebrates U.S. corporations that outperform on the issues that matter most to the American public – such as creating jobs in the U.S., paying a fair...

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Jan 12 9:15 AM, General News

Sahlen's® Grilled For You® Pork & Beef Smokehouse Hot Dogs Now Available for Foodservice Operators

Sahlen Packing Co., a family-owned and operated food production company founded in Buffalo, New York, in 1869, announces the launch of Sahlen's® Grilled For You® Pork & Beef Smokehouse Hot Dogs.

Sahlen leverages cutting-edge food manufacturing capabilities to provide foodservice operators, retailers, and consumers with a Smokehouse Hot Dog that comes pre-grilled with real char marks and authentic grill flavor — no grill required. The innovative product provides retailers and foodservice operators at restaurants, resorts, recreation, arenas, stadiums, carts, stands, and...

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Jan 12 9:08 AM, General News

Red Lobster Opens 2022 With New 3 from the Sea Deal

Seafood restaurant chain Red Lobster has entered 2022 with a brand new deal for its guests, the 3 from the Sea promotion will feature a soup or salad, an individual-sized starter and an entrée for $15.99, don’t worry, each meal comes with Cheddar Bay Biscuits as well.

The offerings in this new deal feature both New Year’s resolution-focused healthy options like the Signature Jumbo Shrimp Cocktail and the Baja Shrimp Bowl.

For those looking to get protein options that live on the land, Red Lobster also...

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Jan 11 10:12 AM, General News

Uber Eats' Head of Dark Kitchens Joins C3 as Chief Strategy Officer

Sam Nazarian, the innovative Founder and CEO of C3 (Creating Culinary Communities), continues to elevate the global food tech platform's talent roster by naming Pasha Mehran as Chief Strategy Officer. Mehran brings more than a decade of experience to C3's fast growing team where he will oversee joint ventures with celebrity chef-driven restaurants, top digital creators, culinary markets, and ghost kitchen partners, with the goal of expanding C3's footprint across Gen Z and millennial audiences, turning the brand into a household name...

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Jan 10 3:42 PM, General News

Donatos Expands Menu with NEW Plant-Based Pepperoni in Partnership with Field Roast™

Donatos, the #1 premium brand of delivered pizzas in the country, is ready to help customers with a very achievable New Year's resolution: eat more vegetables. The family-owned pizza brand announced it will be introducing plant-based pepperoni in partnership with Field Roast™ in nearly 170 Donatos locations starting January 1, just in time for the new year.

Field Roast™ Plant-Based Pepperoni is authentically crafted using pea protein and traditional Italian seasonings—like garlic, black pepper, fennel, anise, cayenne, and...

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Jan 6 8:01 AM, General News

Give Back and Throwback in the New Year with the BOOK IT!® Bundle from Pizza Hut

Beginning today, Pizza Hut is offering the BOOK IT! Bundle, the perfect way to feed the whole family while accomplishing New Year's resolutions to give back.

Available through December 31, 2022 at participating Pizza Hut locations nationwide, for every BOOK IT! Bundle sold, Pizza Hut will donate $1.00 to our literacy partner First Book, a non-profit organization dedicated to ensuring educational equity. The BOOK IT! Bundle includes 2 large, 1-topping pizzas and breadsticks making it the ideal feast for past...

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Jan 5 1:14 PM, General News

Sysco Announces Partnerships to Enhance Supplier Diversity

Sysco Corporation (NYSE:SYY), the leading global foodservice distribution company, today announced five new partnerships that will enhance Sysco’s supplier diversity initiatives.

Sysco will partner with Disability:IN, National LGBT Chamber of Commerce (NGLCC), National Veteran-Owned Business Association (NaVOBA), The National Minority Supplier Development Council (NMSDC) and Women’s Business Enterprise National Council (WBENC). These partnerships will facilitate relationships with qualified diverse suppliers.

“As a leader in the foodservice industry, these new partnerships will help Sysco develop future diverse suppliers critical to meeting the evolving needs of our customers,” said Judy Sansone, executive vice president...

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Jan 5 9:01 AM, General News

The Pandemic has Permanently Altered the Consumer-Restaurant Relationship, TD Bank Survey Finds

The pandemic has permanently altered the consumer-restaurant relationship with operators investing in technology and real estate to align with changing consumer preferences, according to the 2021 Restaurant Franchise Pulse survey, conducted by TD Bank, America's Most Convenient Bank®.

Early in the pandemic, 72% of operators invested in delivery and mobile/online ordering to boost revenue during mandated stay-at-home orders according to TD's 2020 survey, and it appears the popularity of these offerings is here to stay.

Investment in delivery and mobile ordering pays...


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Jan 5 8:02 AM, General News

Friendly's Restaurants Mark 2021 with New Rewards Program, Menu Items and Executive Appointments

Friendly's Restaurants, known for iconic menu items such as the Fribble Milkshake, the Jim Dandy Sundae, and delectable burgers and melts, closes out the year on a sweet note. Under new ownership, the restaurant franchise rolled out a new loyalty program, delighted guests with new menu offerings while bringing back some of the Fan Favorites from years past, bolstered the executive team and hired a new agency of record, all setting the stage for transformative growth in 2022.

"It's been one year since Amici Partners Group took..."

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Jan 4 9:18 AM, General News

Church's Chicken® Shows Customers How They Do Val-YOU as the Holiday Season Wraps

As customers begin to think of ways to save following a busy holiday season of spending and giving, Church's Chicken® is showcasing its commitment to providing value. To continue the season of giving even after the holidays, Church's is providing a variety of value options for customers to save on the bold, craveable flavors from its made-from-scratch menu.

Offering both value and quality, Church's 10-piece chicken leg and thigh deal starts at $10.99 or the 3-piece chicken deal...

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Jan 3 1:41 PM, General News

Little Caesars® Hot-N-Ready® Classic Now Has 33% More Pepperoni

Little Caesars, the brand known for value, quality, and convenience, revealed a new and improved HOT-N-READY Classic Pepperoni pizza today. The new version of the brand's most popular pizza adds 33% more pepperoni and has the same high-quality ingredients. Beginning today, consumers nationwide can get the new and improved HOT-N-READY Classic Pepperoni pizza for the price of $5.55* for a limited time, at participating locations, plus tax.

"Change is good when it comes to giving our customers more of what they..."

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Jan 3 1:09 PM, General News

Foodservice Industry Recovery Slows in Recent Months Amid Myriad of Disruptions

With 2022 on the horizon, the U.S. foodservice industry has battled a pandemic, labor issues and supply chain disruptions for almost two full years. Although the industry has seen a significant recovery compared to its low point in 2020, recent findings indicate a slowdown as similar issues continue to cast a shadow on the sector.

Research firm Technomic unveiled its latest, TIndex, which represents the health of the foodservice industry and for the second straight month, the TIndex showed a decline...

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Dec 29 9:08 AM, General News

PLANT PROTEIN: Get to Know Players in the Plant Protein Market: CHKN Not Chicken

Portland, Oregon-based startup CHKN Not Chicken vows that its blend of plant-based proteins and spices is real food, not a science experiment.

“We’ve been working on the recipe for CHKN Not Chicken for more than two years now. It took a lot of work to develop a product that we were all proud of and that we knew delivered on the taste and texture of chicken,” says co-founder & CEO Brian Pope. “We also wanted to ensure that the product was...

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Dec 29 8:54 AM, Plant Protein

Swing by Wienerschnitzel & Come Meet Your New Favorite Hot Dogs: The Chili Cheese All-Beef Dogs

Wienerschnitzel has elevated the chili cheese dog and created a crave-worthy collection so distinctive and yummy, they’ll leave you wanting more. The Chili Cheese All-Beef Dogs are a compilation of three of the chain’s mouthwatering hot dogs. The first, the largest hot dog chain in the world took two of America’s favorite flavors – bacon and ranch dressing – and created the exquisite Bacon Ranch Dog. A plump all-beef hot dog loaded with crispy bacon, creamy ranch dressing, melty shredded cheddar and its...

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Dec 28 9:38 AM, General News

Crave Hot Dogs & BBQ Celebrates Banner Year

Crave Hot Dogs & BBQ is one of the fastest-growing BBQ and hot dog chains in America. Just featured on Americas best with award winning food Crave is poised for significant growth for 2022 and beyond. With 51 units open and sold across the United States they are determined to be the leader in the BBQ and hot dog market. Crave features grilled Hot Dogs topped how you like them. 20+ toppings to choose from makes the possibilities endless. The pulled chicken, pulled pork, and smoked brisket sandwiches, sliders...

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Dec 27 1:17 PM, General News

Shawarma Press® Announces San Antonio Opening in Walmart with Additional Locations Planned

More Texans will be able to tickle their taste buds with traditional and spicy Mediterranean cuisine, thanks to Shawarma Press opening within Walmart stores, the world's largest retailer. Based on the success of the first Shawarma Press Mediterranean Eatery & Café in Irving, rapid expansion is planned at locations in Walmart stores throughout the state, including Arlington, Plano, Georgetown, and San Antonio. According to Shawarma Press Founder and CEO Sawsan Abublan, the first location is now open at Walmart in San Antonio.

"We're thrilled that Walmart's curated..."

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Dec 27 8:56 AM, General News

Portillo's Announces Appointment of Paulette Dodson to Board of Directors

Portillo's, the fast-casual restaurant concept known for its menu of unrivaled Chicago street food, today announced the appointment of Paulette Dodson, General Counsel and Corporate Secretary at Alight Solutions, to the Portillo's Board of Directors, effective immediately.

"Paulette is a strategic leader and talented legal mind who brings a wealth of knowledge and a passion for our iconic brand," said Mike Miles, Portillo's Chairman of the Board of Directors. "We're very excited to welcome her to the Portillo's board."

Ms. Dodson is an experienced legal executive...

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Dec 23 12:41 PM, General News

Improvements Towards Breakfast, Morning Snack, and Lunch Business at US Restaurants

With students returning to schools, employees returning to workplaces, and more out-of-home activities, some aspects of the US restaurant industry adversely affected by schooling, working, and staying at home during the early stages of the pandemic are starting to improve, reports The NPD Group. For example, breakfast, morning snack, and lunch dayparts were impacted by people not being outside their homes during these times, and now that many are, restaurant visits for these meals and snacks are increasing.

In the last three months ending November, online and...

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Dec 23 7:52 AM, General News

New Technomic TIndex Release Confirms Foodservice Industry Performance Down Again in November

Drivers of the decline include softness in travel and leisure as well as less traffic for independents

Technomic’s latest TIndex release, representing foodservice industry health, showed another slight decline in November from October. This result means we’ve seen two months of moderate deceleration, and Technomic cites similar drivers for both months: traffic moderation among independent restaurants and continued softness in the travel and leisure segments.

“The TIndex dropped to 97.2 in November, down from 97.8 in October and 98.9 in September,” explains Joe Pawlak, managing principal at Technomic...

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Dec 22 8:15 AM, General News

The Greg Hill Foundation's Restaurant Strong Fund and Grubhub Provide More Than $4 Million in Grants

Today, Grubhub, a leading online food ordering and delivery marketplace, and The Greg Hill Foundation's Restaurant Strong Fund, announced the recipients of grants awarded through the All Day Campaign. Over $4 million was awarded to 379 restaurants across the country that have been working hard to survive the pandemic. The grants, ranging from $5,000 to $50,000, will help restaurant owners fund indoor and outdoor dining improvements; equipment and technology maintenance and upgrades; marketing and promotion efforts; staff hiring and...

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Dec 21 1:23 PM, General News

Pure Prairie Farms Breathes New Life Into Midwestern Chicken Plant

New premium chicken integrator, Pure Prairie Farms Inc., completed its long-anticipated purchase of a former Simply Essentials chicken processing plant last week. The former plant, which previously closed in August of 2019, is a state-of-the-art retail tray-packaging facility and features air-chill technology, an under-represented and underserved attribute in the market. In addition to organic offerings, additional product features include all natural, highly trimmed products, made from chicken flocks in which antibiotics have never, ever been used, and that have been fed a...

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Dec 21 1:15 PM, General News

East Coast Wings + Grill Signs Franchise Partners to Expand in Northern Virginia

East Coast Wings + Grill, a full-service and family-dining restaurant renowned for its variety of buffalo wing sauces and heat indexes, announced Lisa and David Ware III will join the franchise system after signing a single-unit franchise agreement to open a restaurant in Northern Virginia.

Lisa Ware, who is a school counselor with an area school system, and David Ware III, who is an IT consultant, chose ECW+G because they felt there wasn't a good restaurant option in their community to order...

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Dec 20 1:29 PM, General News

Urner Barry's New Market Briefing Provides an In-Depth Look at the Protein Trade Before the Holidays

Urner Barry is the leading provider of protein market news and information in the food industry. Through daily canvasses of the trade and an unrivaled historical database, our analysts are uniquely positioned to report on the underlying conditions and significant disruptors to the market. In this Market Briefing, Urner Barry reporters outline the latest action in the commodity protein markets, highlighting seasonal factors, disruptors, and current supply and demand fundamentals...

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Dec 17 10:06 AM, Urner Barry

White Castle Announces NFT Collaboration with Doodle Labs & Media Artist, Che-Yu Wu

White Castle has partnered with Doodle Labs Corp. to release a generative art NFT collection on the Ethereum blockchain. The collection celebrates White Castle's 100th birthday with a series of 5,000 NFTs by the celebrated digital media artist, Che-Yu Wu. The NFT collection will launch in December 2021 on Doodle Labs and is the first brand partnership powered by Art Blocks' generative minting technology.

Doodle Labs is an NFT-focused company dedicated to bringing established artists and brands to the blockchain via generative art...

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Dec 17 8:18 AM, General News

Wingstop Appoints First Chief People Officer

Wingstop today announced the appointment of Donnie Upshaw to Chief People Officer. Donnie joined Wingstop in 2018 and most recently served as Senior Vice President of People.

"After nearly 4 years of transformational leadership and growth, I'm thrilled to congratulate Donnie on this wonderful achievement," said Wingstop Chairman and CEO Charlie Morrison. "People are the foundation of our strategy and Donnie has made a tremendous impact on our talent framework and culture, which has propelled us forward with industry-leading growth."

Donnie has been instrumental in instilling The Wingstop Way...

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Dec 17 8:09 AM, General News

McDonald's Modernizes Hiring Efforts with Linq

It is commonplace today to see signs at restaurants indicating closed due to staff shortages, longer than usual wait times, and, unfortunately, companies closing their doors. Hiring has been and will continue to be a massive hurdle for restaurants as it has become harder to attract and retain employees. McDonald's understands the importance of hiring and is using innovative technology to modernize its hiring process.

"We are thrilled to modernize McDonald's hiring efforts by making it easier to capture applicants' information and provide insightful analytics for every step of the process." — Josh Champion...

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Dec 17 8:05 AM, General News

Thecla Sweeney to Join the Board of Directors of Restaurant Brands

The Board of Directors of Restaurant Brands International Inc. announced today that Thecla Sweeney is joining the RBI Board of Directors as an independent member effective January 1, 2022.

Ms. Sweeney is currently Executive Chair and Chief Executive Officer for Motion LP, a privately-held provider of complex mobility and accessibility solutions in Canada, and Operating Partner for Birch Hill Equity Partners Management Inc., a private equity firm, both based in Toronto, Ontario. She has held the position with Motion LP since April 2018 and has been with...

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Dec 17 8:00 AM, General News

Popmenu Releases Hot Restaurant Trends to Watch in 2022

Despite continued curveballs, most restaurant owners/operators are feeling either very optimistic (30%) or cautiously optimistic (60%) about their outlook for 2022 as they implement strategies that will change experiences for both diners and staff. To provide deeper insight into the current and future restaurant landscape, Popmenu conducted a nationwide survey of 415 U.S. restaurant owners/operators in October 2021 and compiled the findings in a new report filled with must-know trends, real-life examples and a few surprises.

Sample of Key Findings:

The labor shortage is starving restaurant sales…

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Dec 16 8:00 AM, General News

NIMBUS Inc. Facilitates Year-Long Partnership Between Kentucky Fried Chicken® and Jack Harlow

NIMBUS, a nationally recognized, strategic multicultural marketing agency headquartered in Louisville, Kentucky has brought forward one of the largest partnerships just in time for 2022, KFC x Jack Harlow. The year-long partnership between two of Kentucky's largest conglomerates is set to bring about a younger, more diverse consumer to the KFC brand while leaning into menu innovation and providing a plethora of experiences for Jack's fans across the country.

While the vision of the creative framework and talent acquisition was brought to life by...

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Dec 16 8:00 AM, General News

'Tis the Season: Taco Bell® Turns Up the Heat on Brand Values in New Year

Everything Taco Bell has done since we first opened our doors 60 years ago has been for our people: our fans, our Team Members and our franchisees. We are lucky that dedication has been reciprocated. You might say we are kind of in love. The bond is strong and can only be found at Taco Bell.

While that love can be cheesy — and a little spicy at times — it is grounded in commitment. Many commitments, in fact. Commitments to do better by our...


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Dec 14 1:58 PM, General News

People Love New Food Ordering and Pick-Up Tech, but it's Making Them Impatient

A new survey shows that Americans love new tech-driven options for ordering and retrieving food, but the flipside is that it is making them more impatient. Of those surveyed, 64% don't want to wait more than five minutes to order at the counter or drive-thru window, while 71% of in-house diners were upset if they had to wait more than 10 minutes. More than half (55%) said they were fed up after five minutes of waiting for food in a drive-thru...


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Dec 14 9:07 AM, General News

Dec 13 11:31 AM, Urner Barry

State of the Market Episode 26: The Chicken Market

This week on State of the Market poultry expert Matt Busardo walks us through the WOG market. He details how all-time high prices are affecting buyers and retailers and walks us through the quotation on COMTELL.

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Church's Chicken's® Chief People Officer Positions Brand for Category Leadership

Since 2018, Church'sChicken® has been re-establishing its presence as a dominant player in the QSR space, especially within the chicken category. The brand has yielded substantial positive results, with year-over-year growth in sales and profitability continually increasing over the past four years. Now, in the fifth year of its turnaround, Church's raised the bar again with a people-centric approach that extends throughout all aspects of the organization and its global network – beginning first and foremost with employees.

"Essentially, we want people..."

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Dec 10 3:09 PM, General News

Technomic Releases 2022 Foodservice Predictions for the U.S., Canada and Global Markets

Technomic released three whitepapers uncovering 2022 foodservice predictions for the U.S., Canada and global markets. Navigating labor constraints, supply chain challenges and shifting consumer behaviors, operators will focus on adapting strategies and finding new innovative solutions.

Overall, Technomic predicts that industry recovery will continue in 2022, forecasting that the U.S. will surpass its 2019 sales level and Canada will be just 3% shy of pre-pandemic sales levels. From menu restructuring to rethinking the guest experience, operators across regions will reconsider priorities aligned with...

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Dec 10 8:33 AM, General News

US Foods Nets Chicago Innovation Award Winner for Ghost Kitchens Playbook Program

Foodservice distribution giant US Foods was named a 2021 Chicago Innovation Award winner for its Ghost Kitchens Playbook Program.

US Foods was awarded the Accenture Corporate Innovator Award, an award that celebrates a large corporation for its commitment to innovation. US Foods is one of 20 Chicago Innovation Award winners selected from more than 425 nominations, a press release explained.

“It is an honor to be awarded with a Chicago Innovation Award for our approach to helping foodservice operators drive alternative revenue streams during...

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Dec 9 11:40 AM, General News

Jollibee is Bringing Heat Inside and Out with Spicy Chickenjoy

International fast-food chain Jollibee®, world-famous for its next-level crispy and next-level juicy Chickenjoy, is continuing their fried chicken legacy with the introduction of the New Spicy Chickenjoy, available at all U.S. locations.

New Spicy Chickenjoy is next-level spicy from crunch to core. Each piece is marinated spicy to make the chicken flavorful to the bone and is hand-breaded with a signature savory batter to deliver spice in every bite—inside and out. The New Spicy Chickenjoy is the perfect balance of flavor and...

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Dec 8 1:00 PM, General News

Technomic: 2022 Global Restaurant Trends Forecast

The world has faced nearly two years of disruption and uncertainty, cautious optimism and unexpected challenges. As we enter another year, the pandemic continues to loom large, informing operations, planning, decision-making and forecasting for operators and suppliers alike. And yet, with so much uncertainty still in the air, it finally seems as though the steady recovery many had expected to make 2021 the bounce-back year may actually have a good chance at materializing in 2022. Vaccinations are rolling out; people are continuing to return to offices, schools and global travel...

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Dec 7 7:29 AM, General News

Jack in the Box to Acquire Del Taco

Jack in the Box Inc. (NASDAQ: JACK), one of the nation’s leading QSR chains, and Del Taco Restaurants, Inc. (NASDAQ: TACO), the nation’s second largest Mexican QSR chain by number of restaurants, today announced that the companies have entered into a definitive agreement pursuant to which Jack in the Box will acquire Del Taco for $12.51 per share in cash in a transaction valued at approximately $575 million, including existing debt. While this price per share offers an attractive premium to Del Taco shareholders, Jack in the Box estimates...

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Dec 6 8:12 AM, General News

Foodservice Industry Performance in October Slightly Declined from the Month Before

According to Technomic’s latest TIndex, its index on foodservice industry health, performance in October declined slightly compared to September, dropping to 97.8 from 98.9. The decline could be due to a few key factors, including softness in the travel and leisure segments as well as slight traffic moderation among independent restaurants.

“Based on this data, the industry is down 2.2% over a two-year basis,” explains Joe Pawlak, managing principal at Technomic. “With that being said, however, foodservice has grown by 18.5% compared to the same..."

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Dec 2 8:00 AM, General News

Bojangles Celebrates Chicken Supremes, Art and Culture in NFT Collaboration

The Southern expert in flavorful food is mixin’ up a cultural blend so perfectly seasoned, you know it can only be from Bojangles. Today, the brand is launching its first ever batch of NFTs – Non-Fungible Tokens – individually crafted by seven North Carolina artists with a nod to Bojangles’ beloved Chicken Supremes™.

NFTs exploded on the scene this year as a non-reproducible form of digital assets, many of which have sold for millions of dollars and some even auctioned off at Christie’s Auction House for fine art...

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Dec 1 1:00 PM, General News

Roy Rogers Announces Grand Opening of New Location on University of Maryland Campus

Roy Rogers Restaurants announces the grand opening of its newest location at the center of the University of Maryland campus. The western-themed quick-service restaurant chain will host a ribbon-cutting ceremony Thursday, December 2, at 9 a.m., and will present a generous donation to the University of Maryland Campus Pantry. Additionally, the first 50 people in line will receive a free $100 gift card.

"We can't wait to open this new non-traditional location on University of Maryland's campus," says Gregg Koffler, Vice President..."

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Nov 30 2:13 PM, General News

There's a Glitch in the Matrix and Denny's is Offering Free Delivery and Other Glitchy Offers

Denny's, one of the nation's largest full-service family restaurant chains, is entering The Matrix through a new partnership with Warner Brothers, the film studio producing the fourth installment of the blockbuster franchise starring Keanu Reeves. During this limited-time promotion that starts Cyber Monday (November 29), and the new Denny's iOS and Android apps will transport guests into a real-life version of The Matrix where they will experience personalized "glitches" that were created just for them in their...

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Nov 29 3:04 PM, General News

Hopdoddy Burger Bar Adds Force of Nature Bison to its Better Burger Menu

Hopdoddy Burger Bar, a leader in the burger space, has partnered with Force of Nature to provide the highest quality free-range, grass-fed bison for its famous Buffalo Bill burger or as an alternative patty option in any burger on the menu. The new partnership is Hopdoddy's latest step in evolving and elevating the better burger concept it pioneered more than a decade ago with the opening of its first Austin location.

Located in Dripping Springs, Texas, Force of Nature is committed to regenerative farming...

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Nov 29 2:07 PM, General News

PODCAST: UK Beef Chats Episode 41

On this week’s episode, UK beef market expert Mike Nesbitt discusses holiday demand for beef not meeting expectation, COVID fears affecting foodservice and retail, and more.

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Nov 24 10:55 AM, Urner Barry

Carry-out, Drive-thru, and Delivery Continue As Growth Areas for the Canadian Restaurant Industry

Online and physical visits to Canadian restaurants and foodservice outlets were flat in the year ending September 2021 compared to a year ago when traffic was down double-digits. Helping the industry recover was the growth in foodservice off-premises orders from carry-out, drive-thru, and delivery, reports The NPD Group. Although foodservice traffic has improved from the steep declines experienced last year, visits were 18% below the pre-pandemic level in September 2019, according to NPD’s continual tracking of the Canadian foodservice industry...


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Nov 24 8:19 AM, General News

Cracker Barrel Reports First Quarter Fiscal 2022 Results and Declares Quarterly Dividend

Cracker Barrel Old Country Store, Inc. today reported its financial results for the first quarter of fiscal 2022 ended October 29, 2021.

First Quarter Fiscal 2022 Highlights

- Compared to the first quarter of fiscal 20191, comparable store restaurant sales increased 1.4% and comparable store retail sales increased 17.6%.
- Comparable store off-premise restaurant sales grew 168% compared to the first quarter of 20191 and represented approximately 20% of restaurant sales.
- GAAP operating income in the first quarter was $42.9 million, or 5.5% of total revenue...

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Nov 23 8:19 AM, General News

Dine Brands International Announces First Virtual IHOP® Location in North America

Dine Brands International today announces the debut of its first virtual IHOP location in Toronto, Canada as part of its partnership with Ghost Kitchens Brands, which owns and operates a network of virtual kitchens across the continent, featuring items from more than 20 well-known restaurants and CPG brands.

At its 60 Sudbury St. location in Toronto’s Liberty Village area, guests can now enjoy a selection of IHOP’s World-Famous Pancakes, Breakfast Combos, Omelettes, Burritos, Bowls, and more for takeout and delivery. Ghost Kitchen Brands’ direct...

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Nov 23 7:57 AM, General News

Denny's Turkey & Dressing Dinner Pack is Here to Provide a Convenient Thanksgiving Dinner

Denny's is bringing back its annual festive family-style Turkey & Dressing Dinner Pack, offering guests another year of stress-free fixings to enjoy this Thanksgiving. Turkey & Dressing Dinner Packs are available for ordering starting today until Wednesday, November 24 at 6 p.m. EST by ordering exclusively on or the Denny's app. Orders will be available for pickup between November 20 through November 25.

Generously portioned for four people, the Turkey & Dressing Dinner Pack is prepared ready to heat and serve, and features holiday staples including...

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Nov 19 8:45 AM, General News

TGI Fridays® Brings Holiday Cheer with New Digital Innovations, Holiday-Themed Menu Items

Topping even pre-pandemic sales numbers in 2019, TGI Fridays® the iconic casual bar and grill, credits 34 consecutive weeks of same-store sales growth to its development of innovative tableside and digital experiences. To build on this transformative momentum this holiday season, Fridays is introducing a new proprietary augmented reality experience, "Top Shelf Elf." By scanning a unique QR code, guests will unlock various content – from festive cocktail recipes to flair bartending. The one-of-a-kind experience is led by the Top Shelf...


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Nov 19 8:01 AM, General News

Deliverect Partners With Grubhub To Help Restaurants Improve Order Accuracy & Efficiency

Deliverect, a global scale-up that simplifies online ordering for more than 12,000 establishments across 30 markets, and Grubhub, a leading global online food delivery marketplace in the U.S., have partnered to streamline orders for hundreds of thousands of restaurants. Together, the partnership helps to improve order accuracy and operational efficiency, as well as save restaurant owners' time.

The partnership allows orders made on Grubhub to integrate directly into a restaurant's POS (Point of Sale), collating all orders on one device. Restaurants on Grubhub will also be able to...


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Nov 19 8:00 AM, General News

Grubhub Launches Robot Delivery at the University of Arizona

Grubhub, the leading online and mobile food-ordering and delivery platform on college campuses, announced today that it's deploying Yandex Self-Driving Group's robot delivery technology, also called rovers, on the University of Arizona's campus. This will be the second campus rolling out this delivery option from Grubhub and Yandex this fall, following Ohio State University.

More than 35,000 Wildcats will be able to order their favorite foods from on-campus dining locations – including IQ Fresh, Einstein Bros Bagels, On Deck Deli and Sabor – via the Grubhub app and have it...

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Nov 18 8:00 AM, General News

Nathan's Famous, Inc. Reports Second Quarter Results

Nathan's Famous, Inc. today reported results for its second fiscal quarter ended September 26, 2021.

For the fiscal quarter ended September 26, 2021:

- Revenues were $32,878,000 as compared to $21,839,000 during the thirteen weeks ended September 27, 2020;
- Income from operations was $7,439,000 as compared to $7,584,000 during the thirteen weeks ended September 27, 2020;
- Adjusted EBITDA, a non-GAAP financial measure, was $7,771,000 as compared to $8,040,000 for the thirteen weeks ended September 27, 2020;
- Income before provision for income taxes was $4,821,000 as...

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Nov 18 8:00 AM, General News

Subway® Rings in The Holiday Season With Latest Menu Refresh & Gift Card Bonus Offer

The holiday season is fast approaching, and Subway is celebrating early with brand new menu items, plus a bonus on the perfect holiday gift for sandwich lovers. Subway is introducing new rotisserie-style chicken builds, adding a decadent caramel brownie cookie, and welcoming back its fan-favorite roast beef.

New Menu Enhancements
Subway continues its transformation journey, kicked off by this year's Eat Fresh Refresh™ in July, by introducing more new and improved ingredients, sandwiches and sweets. The latest mouth-watering menu additions include...



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Nov 17 8:17 AM, General News

McDonald's® USA Serves Up Popular Fan Hacks for the Egg McMuffin® to Enjoy with One-Day-Only Offer

There is nothing tastier than a freshly cracked egg on a toasted English Muffin, topped with real butter, delicious Canadian bacon and melty cheese…or is there?

It's no secret McDonald's fans love to hack their favorite menu items to make their meals a little – extra – and that's especially true for the OG breakfast sandwich, the Egg McMuffin. From adding a McChicken patty and syrup for a DIY take on chicken & waffles, to swapping the English...


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Nov 16 8:34 AM, General News

KFC Says Ditch Long Drive-Thru Lines; Introduces New Quick Pick-Up Ordering

Drive-thru wait times are at an all-time industry high— increasing by nearly a minute across the industry since 2019. To keep busy fried chicken lovers on schedule without keeping them from what they crave, Kentucky Fried Chicken is introducing Quick Pick-Up, the fastest way to get its world-famous fried chicken without waiting in line.

According to SeeLevel HX's annual Drive-Thru Study, drive-thru guests often have to wait in lines on average for six minutes and 22 seconds from the time...

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Nov 16 8:29 AM, General News

Wendy's Gives Thanks to Community Heroes This Holiday Season with FREE Breakfast for a Year!

WHAT: Wendy's® is celebrating Charleston's hometown heroes who keep the community going throughout the year. Local area Wendy's restaurants are giving back to those who give to us by giving away "free breakfast for a year" to 400 Charleston heroes and a month-long Buck Biscuit deal for the rest of the community. Here's the scoop:

- Thank You Community Heroes Breakfast Giveaway*: Local Wendy's restaurants are giving away "FREE Breakfast for a Year" to community heroes in the Charleston area as part of...

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Nov 16 8:00 AM, General News

It's Turkey Time! 7-Eleven Rolls Out the Thanksgiving Turkey Sub

7-Eleven, Inc. is getting into the turkey day spirit with the rollout of its Thanksgiving Turkey Sub. Great for a lunch, midday snack, or as a main dish on friendsgiving, the Thanksgiving Turkey Sub is now available for a limited time only at participating 7-Eleven stores nationwide.

Packed with shaved Butterball turkey, sharp white cheddar cheese and cranberry mayo, this festive sub marks the debut of 7-Eleven's signature stuffing-flavored roll. You read that right, the roll is stuffing flavored. America's largest convenience retailer knows...

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Nov 12 8:32 AM, General News

DJ Khaled Partners with REEF on a New Restaurant Launch: Another Wing

Today REEF, the world's largest operator of virtual restaurants, announced a collaboration with Grammy-winning artist and record producer DJ Khaled on the biggest restaurant launch in history, Another Wing. Beginning on November 11th, Another Wing will launch internationally across 3 continents, in 5 countries, and 18 states with over 150 locations, the first restaurant concept to ever launch on three continents at the same damn time.

"Everything I do is big," said DJ Khaled. "My team and I are focused on launching new..."

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Nov 12 8:00 AM, General News

Freddy's Frozen Custard & Steakburgers Accelerates Growth With New Multi-Unit Deals

Leading fast-casual restaurant concept Freddy's Frozen Custard & Steakburgers announced today it has signed four new multi-unit agreements with new and existing operators to bring more than a dozen new restaurants to New Jersey, Texas, Indiana, Kentucky, Tennessee and South Dakota. Year-to-date, Freddy's has executed a total of 13 multi-unit agreements adding nearly 70 new restaurants to the brand's overall development pipeline. This surge in franchise development is a reflection of the brand's aggressive growth strategy and will continue to accelerate expansion over the...

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Nov 12 8:00 AM, General News

Mariah Carey Takes the Holidays Up an Octave with 12 Days of McDonald's® Deals

All McDonald's wants this holiday season is for you... to join Mariah Carey for 12 days of deals. Because when an iconic holiday superstar is a fan of the Golden Arches, it's only right to begin the season by gifting customers an entire menu full of free* goodies. From Mariah's own favorite, a classic Cheeseburger, to soft-baked Chocolate Chip Cookies, we made a list of some of our fans' favorite menu items and checked it twice. The Mariah Menu will make its debut in...


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Nov 11 8:00 AM, General News

Restaurant and More Convenient Lunch Meals Are Returning After A Pandemic Induced Hiatus

Before the pandemic, grabbing lunch from a restaurant or prepared foods from a grocery store was frequent because consumers were at work, school, or out and about. Restaurant lunch visits experienced steep declines early in the pandemic when 78% of lunches were prepared and eaten at home, but with more consumers returning to worksites, schools, and regular midday routines, restaurant and other convenient lunches are recovering, reports The NPD Group.

Online and physical restaurant visits during lunch increased by 4% in the year ending September 2021...

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Nov 11 8:00 AM, General News

Landry’s Partners With NYDIG to Launch Bitcoin Loyalty Rewards Program

It pays to eat at Landry’s restaurants. No, literally.

Landry’s announced on Tuesday that they have partnered with bitcoin company NYDIG to launch a bitcoin loyalty rewards program for customers who are a part of their Landry’s Select Club loyalty program. So, how does it work? Landry’s Select Club members are able to earn bitcoins when they eat at any Landry’s restaurant, which includes Bubba Gump Shrimp Co., Landry’s Seafood House, McCormick and Schmick’s, Joe’s Crab House, Morton’s, and more...

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Nov 10 9:40 AM, SeafoodNews

Dine Brands Global, Inc. Reports Third Quarter 2021 Results

Dine Brands Global, Inc., the parent company of Applebee's Neighborhood Grill + Bar® and IHOP® restaurants, today announced financial results for the third quarter of 2021.

“This was another strong quarter for Dine Brands. We recorded a second consecutive period of both IHOP and Applebee’s beating their competitive sets, average weekly sales for both brands exceeded 2019 pre-pandemic levels, and we delivered a 48% increase in quarter-over-quarter EBITDA. The strength of our two world-class brands, combined with the benefits of our asset-lite business model..."

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Nov 10 8:00 AM, General News

BurgerFi's Ultimate Bacon Bash Proves Everything is Better with More Bacon

BurgerFi, one of the nation's fastest-growing, premium fast-casual concepts, will launch today its first-ever Ultimate Bacon Bash meal including three crave-worthy and better-with-bacon premium options from its award-winning, chef-inspired menu. Additionally, BurgerFi will offer for a limited time a newly crafted Maple Bacon Shake and free delivery via the BurgerFi app at participating locations.

"BurgerFi loves to put a new spin on a classic, fan favorite," says Paul Griffin, Chief Culinary Officer of BurgerFi. "There's never too much bacon, and this..."


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Nov 10 8:00 AM, General News

Hard Rock Cafes Nationwide Honor Military Service Members With A Free Legendary® Steak Burger 

Hard Rock International, owner of one of the world's most recognizable and iconic brands, announces that all Hard Rock Cafes in North America will honor military service members this Veterans Day with a free original Legendary® Steak Burger topped with applewood bacon, cheddar cheese, a crispy onion ring, leaf lettuce and vine-ripened tomato. The free burger offer includes a side of fries and is available all day long on Thursday, November 11 for any active or retired military member with a valid ID...

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Nov 9 8:00 AM, General News

The Wendy's Company Announces Addition of Richard H. Gomez to Board of Directors

The Wendy's Company today announced that on November 4, 2021 the Board of Directors increased the size of the Board from 11 to 12 members and elected Richard (Rick) H. Gomez to serve as a director of the Company, effective immediately.

Gomez is Executive Vice President, Chief Food and Beverage Officer for Target Corporation. Gomez joined Target in 2013 and has held several key leadership positions at the company, including Chief Marketing, Digital & Strategy Officer and Senior Vice President, Brand and Category Marketing. Prior to his tenure...

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Nov 9 8:00 AM, General News

Freshii Signs Largest Multi-Unit Franchise Deal with Leading North American Hospitality Operator

Omnichannel health and wellness brand, Freshii Inc., today announced it has entered into a new multi-unit franchise agreement with Level Hospitality for the planned development of 20 new restaurant locations over the next six years in Texas, US, focused in Houston and Austin. Level Hospitality, a management and hospitality company founded by experienced hotel and QSR operators Al Velji and Nathan Leitner, manages a portfolio of hotel and QSR brands in North America.

The deal represents the largest multi-unit franchise agreement in Freshii’s history, and...

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Nov 8 8:50 AM, General News

Cracker Barrel Old Country Store, Inc. Names Craig Pommells As Chief Financial Officer

Cracker Barrel Old Country Store, Inc. today announced that Craig Pommells will join the Company to become its Senior Vice President and Chief Financial Officer, with an anticipated start date of December 6. He will report to the Company's President and Chief Executive Officer Sandra B. Cochran.

"We are very excited to have Craig join the Cracker Barrel executive team," said Cochran. "I am confident that Craig's track record of outstanding financial leadership..."

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Nov 8 8:17 AM, General News

Chipotle Sets Science Based Climate Goals To Reduce Its Carbon Emissions 50% By 2030

Chipotle Mexican Grill today announced it has set science-based targets with the Science Based Targets initiative (SBTi) to reduce absolute Scope 1, 2 and 3 greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions by 50% by 2030 from a 2019 base year. The approved targets have been classified by SBTi as being in line with a long-term global temperature increasing trajectory of 1.5°C. Cross-functional stakeholders and third-party experts are actively developing the path forward for achieving and monitoring the company's science-based targets...


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Nov 5 8:00 AM, General News

White Castle Celebrates Veterans Day by Giving Combo Meal to Veterans and Active Service Members

White Castle®, the well-known fast-food and consumer packaged-goods company, is celebrating Veterans Day by offering a free Combo Meal #1-#6 or Breakfast Combo Meal to all veterans and active duty service members who dine at a participating White Castle restaurant. The special offer is valid on Thursday, Nov. 11.

"Both past and current members of the U.S. military have put their lives on the line to protect us and the freedoms we all hold dear," said Jamie Richardson, vice president...

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Nov 5 8:00 AM, General News

BurgerFi Completes $156.6 Million Acquisition of Anthony’s Coal Fired Pizza & Wings

BurgerFi International Inc., the owner of one of the nation’s fastest-growing premium fast-casual concepts through the BurgerFi brand, is announcing the successful completion of its pending acquisition of Anthony’s Coal Fired Pizza & Wings (“Anthony’s”) from L Catterton for $156.6 million. Ophir Sternberg, Executive Chairman of BurgerFi commented, “This acquisition marks a significant step forward in BurgerFi’s ongoing growth strategy and transition into a premium multibrand platform.”

Anthony’s, founded in 2002 and headquartered in Fort Lauderdale, FL, is a leading operator of casual...

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Nov 4 8:52 AM, General News

Rutgers Athletics, Jersey Mike's Partner on Arena Naming Rights

Rutgers Athletics and Jersey Mike's Subs have reached a multi-year agreement to make the fast-casual sub sandwich franchise an official naming rights partner of Rutgers Athletics. The newly named Jersey Mike's Arena is home to nationally-recognized programs in men's and women's basketball, wrestling, gymnastics and volleyball, in addition to future concerts and events.

"Jersey Mike's is the perfect partner for Rutgers Athletics," said Pat Hobbs, Rutgers Director of Athletics. "Our New Jersey brand extends beyond our borders; it is a state of mind that speaks to our core..."

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Nov 4 8:00 AM, General News

Chipotle Tests Pollo Asado In Select Markets

Chipotle Mexican Grill today announced it is testing Pollo Asado, the first menu innovation with chicken in its 28-year history, at 95 restaurants across Cincinnati, Ohio and Sacramento, Calif. A new flavor of chicken to hit the grill, Pollo Asado features the unique taste of garlic, fresh lime, guajillo peppers and hand-chopped cilantro.

"Chicken has long been the top protein choice among Chipotle guests," said Chris Brandt, Chief Marketing Officer. "With the celebrated Adobo chicken recipe already on our menu, we decided it was time to add another option and..."

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Nov 4 8:00 AM, General News

Odd Burger Sees Record Sales in October

Odd Burger Corporation, one of the world's first vegan fast-food chains and first to go public, today announced record systemwide sales in October 2021 of more than $233,000, a 41 percent increase over the previous month.

The openings of new locations in Vaughan, London, Waterloo, and Hamilton ON contributed to its record success: the chain had five fully operational locations in October, plus a sixth location that opened Oct. 27. The new locations have been welcomed by the communities and have launched with tremendous success, with new locations earning an average...

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Nov 3 8:56 AM, General News

Wingstop Inc. Reports Fiscal Third Quarter Financial Results

Wingstop Inc. today announced financial results for the fiscal third quarter ended September 25, 2021.

Highlights for the fiscal third quarter 2021 compared to the fiscal third quarter 2020:

- System-wide sales increased 16.7% to $594.3 million
- 49 net new openings in the fiscal third quarter 2021, an increase of 13.1%
- Domestic same-store sales increased 3.9%
- Domestic restaurant AUV of approximately $1.6 million
- Digital sales were 61.6% of sales, comparable to the prior fiscal third quarter
- Total revenue increased 2.8% to $65.8 million, which was impacted by...

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Nov 3 8:17 AM, General News

Restaurant Jobs Still Below Pre-Pandemic Levels as Challenges Remain for Foodservice Industry

After notable job growth for a string of months, restaurant employment has leveled off in recent months, according to the National Restaurant Association.

Currently, eating and drinking places remained over 900,000 jobs below pre-pandemic staffing levels across the country. The Association took a look at the state level and found 44 states lost jobs between August and September, with six seeing a rise.

Although the Association noted that a dip in September is normal due to the seasonal workforce nature, with 78% of operators looking for...

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Nov 3 8:15 AM, SeafoodNews

Red Robin Hiring Day Announced For November 4

Red Robin Gourmet Burgers and Brews will host a Red Robin Hiring Day on Thursday, November 4, 2021, to encourage potential Team Members across the country to learn more about the brand and interview for open positions. Over 400 Red Robin restaurants across the country will be participating from 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. local time to account for any after-school participants, as Red Robin is now inviting those 17 years and older to apply for select positions. Prospective Team Members can schedule interviews on Red Robin's dedicated website...

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Nov 1 9:33 AM, General News

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