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White Castle Inducts 68 Into Its 25-Year Club

White Castle, the creator of the beloved Sliders sold at eponymous restaurants and in grocery aisles nationwide, has been celebrating its 100th birthday throughout 2021. The family-owned business has thrown star-studded virtual parties and showered customers with giveaways galore. This month, White Castle shines a light on the people powering the "Crave" — its team members — by continuing a time-honored tradition.

On Sept. 23, White Castle will add 68 team members to its 25-Year Club, an honor reserved for those who have worked for White Castle for...

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Sep 24 8:00 AM, General News

Sabir Sami Promoted to KFC Division CEO, Effective January 1, 2022

Yum! Brands, Inc. today announced the promotion of Sabir Sami, 54, to KFC Division Chief Executive Officer, reporting to Yum! Brands Chief Executive Officer David Gibbs, effective January 1, 2022. Sami, a 12-year veteran of the Company, who currently serves as KFC Division Chief Operating Officer and Managing Director of KFC Asia, will succeed Tony Lowings, who is stepping down as CEO at the end of 2021 in advance of his retirement in early 2022. In this role, Sami will assume global responsibility for driving the brand strategy...

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Sep 23 8:42 AM, General News

Nathan's Famous Continues International Expansion with European Push to Offer Hot Dogs in France

Nathan's Famous, Inc., the American tradition serving New York favorites for more than 100 years, announces a new collaboration with Tommy's Diner, a 50's throwback American diner based in France, to offer its hot dogs in all locations across the country, making it the first time Nathan's Famous is served in France. This relationship continues Nathan's Famous growth in Europe and beyond.

"Nathan's Famous is known the world over, which is why we've had such great success in recent years growing in the..."

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Sep 23 8:26 AM, General News

McDonald’s Happy Meal Toys Go More Sustainable

For more than 40 years, kids and families have delighted in Happy Meals for delicious food and great fun. Many of us have fond memories of playtime fueled by a toy found inside that magical box.

Today we’re taking a step to keep the fun going while helping to build a more resilient planet for the next generation.

Starting now, and phased in across the globe by the end of 2025, our ambition is that every toy sold in a Happy Meal will be sustainable, made from more renewable, recycled, or certified materials...

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Sep 23 8:00 AM, General News

Subway® Restaurants' Historic Brand Refresh Results in Positive Sales Momentum

Subway® fan brand love is stronger than ever following the launch of Eat Fresh Refresh™, a campaign debuting the biggest menu changes in the brand's history.

Sales momentum has steadily been building since the beginning of 2021, including positive same store sales in Q2 of 2021, versus Q2 of 2019, and the Eat Fresh Refresh launch accelerated this momentum, with August sales the strongest Subway has experienced since 2013.

Overall U.S. restaurants sales in August are up more than 4%, compared to the same period in 2019...

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Sep 21 9:02 AM, General News

Chipotle Launches Smoked Brisket In The United States And Canada

Chipotle Mexican Grill today announced Smoked Brisket will be available at U.S. and Canada restaurants for a limited time. Made with Responsibly Raised® beef, the new protein is smoked to perfect tenderness, charred on the grill, and seasoned with Mexican spices, including fire-roasted jalapenos and chipotle chili peppers. The protein is hand-chopped and finished with a new Brisket sauce made with smoky chili peppers.

Brisket: The Chipotle Way
Brisket has been consistently among the top requested menu items by Chipotle guests. Over the past two years, Chipotle's...

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Sep 21 8:30 AM, General News

New Plant-Based Protein Options Needed to Capture the Meat-Lovers Market

When Burger King launched its Impossible Whopper nationwide in collaboration with Impossible Foods back in the summer of 2019, it marked the beginning of wave of efforts from restaurant chains and CPG manufacturers to court the shopping dollar of vegans, vegetarians, and part-time vegetarians known as "flexitarians". But now two years later, the market is seeking the approval of meat-lovers as well—not just the veggie-inclined. Today, vegan meat is appearing on menus 1,320% more than since the global health crisis began...

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Sep 21 7:58 AM, General News

They're Back: Wienerschnitzel Commemorates Oktoberfest By Bringing Back - Bratwurst!

Wienerschnitzel is making it possible for you to enjoy a tasty culinary delight from Oktoberfest without leaving the comfort of home. The world's largest hot dog chain is commemorating one of the biggest celebrations of food and drinks in the world by bringing back its delicious Bratwurst! Grilled to perfection, Wienerschnitzel's Bratwurst is nestled in a soft hot dog bun, topped with tangy mustard and your choice of grilled onions or kraut. Pair with a refreshing Root Beer for a mouthwatering flavor combination. But don't delay, Bratwurst will...

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Sep 17 2:23 PM, General News

Andrew Truett Cathy Named Third Chief Executive Officer of Chick-fil-A, Inc.

Today, Sept. 16, 2021, Chick-fil-A, Inc. announced that Andrew Truett Cathy will assume the role of Chief Executive Officer on Nov. 1, 2021. Andrew, 43, will succeed his father Dan T. Cathy, 68, who has served as CEO since 2013. Following the CEO transition, Dan will remain Chairman of the Board, and Tim Tassopoulos will continue as President and Chief Operating Officer. Andrew has been Executive Vice President of Operations since 2019.

“The most successful CEO transitions are made when the next leader is..."

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Sep 17 9:44 AM, General News

Nathan's Famous Launches New Bacon Cheddar Cheesy Burger in Celebration of National Cheeseburger Day

Nathan's Famous, Inc., the American tradition serving New York favorites for more than 100 years, announces the launch of its newest menu item, the Bacon Cheddar Cheesy Burger, just in time for National Cheeseburger Day on September 18. The burger features fresh Angus beef, Applewood smoked bacon, and Nathan’s hot, real cheddar cheese sauce.

"We continue to expand our menu based on our customers’ feedback and preferences, and this burger is no exception," states James Walker, Senior Vice President, Restaurants...

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Sep 17 8:44 AM, General News

Subway® Accelerates Delivery Growth, Teams Up With NASCAR Driver Kevin Harvick

Subway® restaurants with Stewart-Haas Racing and driver Kevin Harvick today unveiled a new paint scheme as part of its return to the NASCAR Cup Series. The refresh to the No. 4 car highlights Subway Delivery and will be featured in three races this season, starting Saturday night at Bristol (Tenn.) Motor Speedway.

Now available nationwide, Subway Delivery powered by DoorDash allows guests to order their Subway favorites via the Subway app or on Guests can now earn and redeem Subway MyWay® Rewards points on...

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Sep 14 9:33 AM, General News

Del Taco Signs New 10-Unit Franchise Development Agreement in Virginia Beach

Del Taco Restaurants, Inc., the nation’s second largest Mexican quick service restaurant*, has signed a deal with successful franchisees Bharat Patel and Steve Kissel of Virginia Taco, LLC (“Virginia Taco”) to open 10 units in the state of Virginia – a new state on the Del Taco roster. The deal will give the franchise group rights to open in Virginia Beach, Chesapeake, Portsmouth, Norfolk, Hampton, and Newport News and helps pave the way for additional growth in Southern Virginia and throughout the Carolinas.

“Since inception in 2000, we’ve been able to rapidly expand our portfolio to include household names such as Subway, Tropical Smoothie, Mahi’s and more and are thrilled to add Del Taco to that list,” said Bharat Patel, CEO of Virginia Taco. “Del Taco is an influential brand,

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Sep 14 8:53 AM, General News

Wingstop Announces Expanded Role for President of International Nicolas Boudet

Wingstop, the leading technology-focused restaurant brand with more than 1,600 locations worldwide, announced an expanded role for Nicolas Boudet to SVP of Global Development in addition to his current role, President of International.

"Since joining in 2018, Nicolas has made a profound impact on Wingstop's international footprint, pioneering the UK market and laying incredible groundwork for global growth," said Chairman and CEO Charlie Morrison. "Nicolas' strong background in development at leading brands will help catapult Wingstop to achieve our stated vision of becoming a Top 10 Global Restaurant Brand..."

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Sep 13 9:30 AM, General News

CHKN Not Chicken Announces Series A Funding to Accelerate Retail and Food Service Distribution

CHKN Not Chicken, the plant-based chicken alternative announced today the closing of a Series A round of funding led by Stray Dog Capital. The company will leverage the financing to launch its product assortment into retailers across the U.S. and expand partnerships with Quick Serve and Casual Dining restaurants to bring plant-based chicken products to the food service channel. This launch is the culmination of two years of research and development of its proprietary extrusion, flavor-infusion, and enrobing technology that allows...

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Sep 9 8:36 AM, General News

Wienerschnitzel Continues To Be Recognized With Its Own National Holiday

Wienerschnitzel, the world's largest hot dog chain, has been a pioneer in the quick-service food industry for 60 years. On September 9th, the world is recognizing this industry leader and expert by observing National Wienerschnitzel Day! To celebrate, the chain is offering guests one of its specialties; their World Famous Chili Dog. On 9/9, guests presenting this coupon will receive a FREE Chili Dog with purchase! Wienerschnitzel's Chili Dog is a grilled hot dog in a fresh, steamed bun topped with the chain's Chili sauce...

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Sep 7 1:53 PM, General News

Yum! Brands Completes Acquisition of Dragontail Systems

Yum! Brands, Inc. announced today the completion of its acquisition of Dragontail Systems Limited (Dragontail), an innovative provider of technology solutions for the food industry, following the successful implementation of the previously announced share scheme of arrangement in accordance with Australian corporations law.

Yum! Brands acquired all of the issued and outstanding common shares of Dragontail for A$0.235 per share in cash or a total of approximately A$93.5 million. With today’s announcement, following the approval by the Australian Federal Court and by Dragontail shareholders and certain other...

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Sep 7 9:30 AM, General News

Del Taco Group Expands Florida Development Agreement After Successful First Opening

Del Taco Restaurants, Inc., the nation’s second largest Mexican quick service restaurant, announced its newest multi-unit deal that will add 10 new locations to the state of Florida in partnership with franchisees Aman Singh, Ajay Singh, Navdeep Bassi and Shubegh Bassi. The expansion deal comes just a few months after the franchisee family opened their first location in Melbourne, FL in May 2021 – the first of an existing three-unit commitment that was made in 2019. By adding 10 new restaurants to their deal, the franchisee family gains...

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Sep 7 9:24 AM, General News

Church's Chicken Introduces Everyday Family Value Meals

At Church's Chicken, value is at the center of the entire dining experience. One of the ways Church's is continuing to redefine value is through the Feed Six Meal, which allows customers to choose from a 10-piece Mixed Chicken or 12-piece Legs & Thighs or 15-piece Texas Tenders™ and three Large Classic Sides or two Large Classic sides and six scratch made Honey-Butter Biscuits™, all starting at $20. For a limited time, guests can also opt for four Church's Chicken Sandwiches with a choice of...


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Sep 2 8:43 AM, General News

White Castle's 'Crave Clutch™' Comes in Clutch for Smaller Gatherings with Friends and Family

A year after its launch, White Castle's Crave Clutch has proven to be a popular addition to the brand's lineup of iconic packaging. Customers have embraced the colorful carryout box, which holds 20 Sliders, because it's an ideal size for family meals and smaller friend gatherings that have been so common during the COVID-19 pandemic.

In honor of the one-year anniversary of the launch of the Crave Clutch, White Castle is giving customers $4 off of White Castle's Share-A-Meal #9...

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Sep 1 1:22 PM, General News

Wendy's Introduces First-of-Its-Kind Big Bacon Cheddar Cheeseburger

Wendy's® just launched the new Big Bacon Cheddar Cheeseburger. The third addition to the Made to Crave lineup this year, this sandwich flips the notion of a traditional bacon cheeseburger on its bun.

"...We had a desire to dial-up what we do best and create a flavorful, pub-fare style sandwich featuring more bacon, more cheddar and more innovation," said John Li, Vice President of Culinary Innovation at The Wendy's Company. "The result is an unexpected, melt-in-your-mouth sandwich with huge craft flavors..."

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Aug 31 1:01 PM, General News

Bojangles To Close For Two Upcoming Mondays To Give Staff a Break

Following a long, challenging year and a half for the restaurant industry, Bojangles is investing in its most important asset by closing all company-owned stores on Monday, Aug. 30, and Monday, Sept. 13, to give around 8,000 crew members and managers a well-deserved break.

Affected stores will close at their regular times the Sunday prior and reopen at their regular times the following Tuesday. For a full list of which stores will be closed on Aug. 30 and Sept. 13, go here.

“We appreciate everything our..."

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Aug 31 8:30 AM, Foodmarket

SONIC Combines Two Classic Favorites With New Grilled Cheese Burger

SONIC® Drive-In combines two of its classic menu items to create the new limited time only SONIC® Grilled Cheese Burger—a burger layered with extra cheese for a unique SONIC experience.

The SONIC® Grilled Cheese Burger starts with SONIC’s grilled cheese sandwich on Texas Toast, adding in a 100% pure beef patty, mustard, ketchup, and diced onions.

“A grilled cheese sandwich becomes even more craveable when you pair the flavor with a savory 100% pure beef patty and extra toppings,” said Scott Uehlein, vice president...

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Aug 30 8:55 AM, General News

Starbucks Promotes Leo Tsoi to CEO of Starbucks China

Starbucks Coffee Company announced the promotion of Leo Tsoi to chief executive officer of Starbucks China. Serving as Starbucks China’s chief operating officer and president of Starbucks Retail for the last five years, Tsoi has led efforts to grow Starbucks footprint across the Chinese mainland to 5,200 stores across more than 200 cities today. He has engineered the development of a robust and diversified store portfolio by pioneering new store concepts, which have influenced new coffee-inspired lifestyles and further elevated third place experiences for Starbucks customers in China.

As one of the leading architects behind Starbucks China’s phenomenal growth since he rejoined the company in 2012, Tsoi previously served in various leadership positions, including...

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Aug 30 8:33 AM, General News

Taco Bell Debuts the Crispy Chicken Sandwich Taco Nationwide

Beginning Sept. 2, Taco Bell's long-awaited Crispy Chicken Sandwich Taco will be available nationwide at participating locations for a limited time. After locally testing earlier this year in Nashville, TN and Charlotte, NC to much success, the test kitchen masterminds knew it was time to go nationwide. Fans can also get their cravings met with early access on Aug. 30 during Happier Hour via the Taco Bell app.

Fluffy like a sandwich, but folded like a taco, the Crispy Chicken Sandwich Taco is the latest from the masterminds in menu item mashups. Taco Bell is no stranger to the world of crispy chicken after introducing fan-favorites like...

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Aug 27 8:38 AM, General News

Yum! Brands Appoints Pizza Hut Division CEO to Drive Global Brand Strategies and Growth

Yum! Brands, Inc. announced that Aaron Powell, 50, former President of Kimberly-Clark Corporation’s Asia-Pacific Consumer Business, will join the Company as global Pizza Hut Division Chief Executive Officer, reporting to Yum! Chief Executive Officer David Gibbs, effective September 20. In this role, Powell will assume global responsibility for driving Pizza Hut Division’s growth strategies, franchise operations and performance. Today’s announcement concludes Yum! Brands’ search for Pizza Hut Division’s top leadership post.

“We couldn’t be happier to welcome Aaron to the Yum! Brands and Pizza Hut family and believe this global brand division leadership structure will enable the Pizza Hut U.S. and international teams to further implement best practices worldwide and continue...

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Aug 27 8:38 AM, General News

Lightlife and Pizza Pizza Partner to Add Plant-Based Chicken to the Menu

Greenleaf Foods, SPC, owner of leading plant-based brands Lightlife and Field Roast announced a partnership with Canadian pizza chain and quick-serve restaurant leader, Pizza Pizza. Available now, Pizza Pizza is expanding its plant-based menu offerings by adding plant-based chicken items for the first time, including a Lightlife Plant-Based Chick’n Sandwich and Plant-Based Chick’n Bites.

“Lightlife is excited to partner with Pizza Pizza to offer consumers something they can enjoy without compromise: a delicious and satisfying breaded plant-based chicken made with simple ingredients they can feel good about,” said Dan Curtin, President of Greenleaf Foods, SPC.

For over 50 years, Pizza Pizza has been serving Canadians using...

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Aug 26 8:27 AM, General News

McDonald's Announces Leadership Changes 

Our most valuable asset at McDonald’s is our people. We take great pride in our ability to use our scale and global presence to create life-long career opportunities that serve to strengthen our McFamily. From promoting top talent from within to recruiting experienced new leaders, our focus will remain on building out the best talent pipeline in the business, so that we can continue Accelerating the Arches in an increasingly competitive market environment.

Equally important is pushing our Brand forward while we keep the customer at the center of everything we do. This facilitated the creation of Manu’s new team but has also encouraged us to...

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Aug 26 8:26 AM, General News

Carl's Jr. Enters Master Franchise Agreement in The Russian Federation to Activate Growth

CKE Restaurants Holdings, Inc. ("CKE") announced a master franchise agreement with Nevada Russia Franchising Company LLC ("NRFC") to further expand Carl's Jr.'s presence in the Russian Federation. The partnership marks an extension of CKE Restaurants' international growth plans following the opening of its 1,000th international restaurant earlier this year in Spain. The two groups are aiming to develop 300+ restaurants throughout Russia during the initial term of the agreement.

CKE is partnering with NRFC, a group that has extensive restaurant industry experience throughout Russia...

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Aug 25 8:23 AM, General News

Tom Curtis Appointed President of Burger King U.S. & Canada

José Cil, CEO of Restaurant Brands International, today announced that industry veteran Tom Curtis has been appointed President of Burger King U.S. & Canada.

“Tom joined us a few months ago and has quickly established a strong leadership position in the business and trust with our franchisees, informed by his 35 years of previous restaurant experience as both a franchisee and senior operations executive,” said José Cil. “Tom will lead the acceleration of our business to deliver on our vision that Burger King should always be our guests’ first choice for a..."

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Aug 24 8:47 AM, General News

Taco Bell Teams Up with Lil Nas X and Appoints Him Chief Impact Officer

Back in 2017, Lil Nas X laid down roots working at an Atlanta-area Taco Bell as a team member. Less than five years later, he has ascended to stardom by defying conventions, charting his own course and remaining authentically true to himself - all things that Taco Bell stands for in its own way. Over the next several months, Taco Bell will "Live Nas," as Lil Nas lives Más.

As a cultural icon with an insider's perspective on the Taco Bell team member experience...

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Aug 24 8:38 AM, General News

Subway Takes Over Popular Ads to Promote Eat Fresh Refresh Menu Changes

Subway restaurants announced the next phase of creative for the Eat Fresh Refresh ad campaign with a series of unexpected takeovers of national and local commercials.

Following the historic Eat Fresh Refresh launch in July, Subway has so much new to share that there isn't enough time to share the menu updates in their ads. As a result, Subway purchased space from several popular local and national advertisers. These partners help Subway cover all the new and exciting changes in its...

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Aug 24 8:37 AM, General News

Checkers & Rally's Continues Nationwide Growth with California Expansion

Checkers Drive-In Restaurants, Inc., the parent company of Checkers & Rally's iconic drive-thru restaurants, today announced it is accelerating growth on the West Coast with a call for interested franchisee operators for the San Diego market. This announcement follows a recently announced 15 store development agreement in Orange County. The company has available growth opportunities through additional franchise agreements in Texas, Arizona and California markets in addition to San Diego.

With a focus on nationwide growth, Checkers & Rally's continues to bolster its multi-unit franchise system, offering...

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Aug 24 8:36 AM, General News

Jack in the Box Awards 16 Franchise Development Agreements To Open 64 New Restaurants

Jack in the Box announced it has awarded 16 franchise development agreements year-to-date through the end of Q3 of Fiscal Year 2021 to build 64 new locations in Arizona, California, Idaho, Texas and Utah. The announcement follows the relaunch of Jack in the Box's franchise development program earlier this year encouraging existing and new franchisees to grow with the brand.

"Relaunching the franchise opportunity has been exciting and was one of our main priorities going into 2021. Over the last year and a half, we've proven to be pandemic-resistant and...

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Aug 19 8:29 AM, General News

Taco Bell Announces Limited Time TRUFF Partnership 

Last month, the fan-favorite Nacho Fries made its seventh debut to menus nationwide. Now, Taco Bell is spicing things up through a new partnership with fellow SoCal brand TRUFF, the truffle hot sauce brand known for reimagining and elevating pantry staples, to test Loaded TRUFF Nacho Fries and the Loaded TRUFF Fries Burrito.

Nacho Fries first changed the fry game back in 2018, disrupting traditional ketchup convention with an industry-rocking Nacho Cheese sauce pairing. Thanks to the flavor masterminds at Taco Bell and TRUFF, the secret remains within...

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Aug 18 8:35 AM, General News

Vegan Fast-Food Chain Opens Second College Campus Location

Plant Power Fast Food announces the opening of its newest location in the North Torrey Pines Living and Learning Neighborhood development on the campus of the University of California in San Diego (UCSD). This new location marks the ninth restaurant currently open and the second to be included on a college campus.

This is Plant Power Fast Food's first foray into a mixed use commercial residential development on a university campus. The location features indoor and outdoor dining, mobile ordering and pick up and will offer Uber Eats and...


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Aug 16 1:02 PM, General News

Wendy's and REEF Announce Development Commitment for 700 Delivery Kitchens

The Wendy's Company and REEF – the largest operator of mobility, logistics hubs and kitchens – today announced a new development commitment to open and operate 700 delivery kitchens over the next five years across the U.S., Canada and the United Kingdom. The commitment builds upon the successful test of eight delivery kitchens in Canada beginning in late 2020. Through this commitment, REEF will become the first Wendy's® franchisee in the United Kingdom.

Wendy's and REEF expect to open approximately 50 delivery kitchens in 2021, with the remainder launched by 2025...

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Aug 13 8:43 AM, General News

Taco Bell And Franchisee Partner to Revolutionize the Drive-Thru Experience with Taco Bell Defy

One of its most innovative Taco Bell restaurant designs yet, Taco Bell Defy is set to break ground in Brooklyn Park, Minnesota, later this month. With plans to open its doors to the public by summer 2022, the 3,000 square-foot, two-story model features first-of-its-kind Vertical Works Inc.-licensed design and technology, and represents a true franchisee-franchisor relationship at its finest. The revolutionary pickup experience at the Defy restaurant is expected to be the fastest way ever to get Taco Bell – from cruising into any of its four lanes, to checking in, to grabbing your Taco Bell favorites – it's the frictionless future of Taco Bell.

The Defy concept was developed in partnership with Minneapolis-based Vertical Works Inc., a design company that merges manufacturing and construction to concept and build industry-leading solutions for...

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Aug 13 8:30 AM, General News

Church's Chicken Announces Two New Vice Presidents, Claudia Lezcano and Sarah Whiticar

Church's Chicken recently appointed two new Vice Presidents, as the global chicken restaurant brand continues to focus on optimizing business growth. The Atlanta-based company welcomed Claudia Lezcano as Vice President, Brand Strategy & Activation, and promoted Sarah Whiticar to Vice President, Global Business Intelligence & Product Development. Both will report to Brian Gies, EVP, Global Chief Marketing Officer.

"We're pleased to strengthen and elevate our leadership team with Claudia and Sarah. As we continue our progress in fulfilling our 5-Year Strategic Plan, they will play..."

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Aug 13 8:10 AM, General News

Canada’s Foodservice Industry Shows Promising Recovery in the Second Quarter Compared to Last Year

Through lockdowns, COVID-19 restrictions, and eventual reopening, Canadians released their pent-up demand and ordered from or visited restaurants and other foodservice outlets in the April-May-June quarter reports The NPD Group. Consumer spending at restaurants and other foodservice outlets increased by +43% in the second quarter of the year compared to the same quarter last year when spending declined by -41% from the year before. Visits, dining in and off-premises orders, improved by +31% compared to the second quarter year ago when traffic declined by -36%, according to NPD’s continual tracking of the foodservice industry.

Each area of the commercial foodservice market is recovering at a different pace. Quick service restaurants (QSR), many of which had well-developed off-premises services like carry-out and...

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Aug 12 8:33 AM, General News

The Wendy's Company Reports Second Quarter 2021 Results

The Wendy's Company reported unaudited results for the second quarter ended July 4, 2021.

"We are thrilled to once again increase our 2021 financial outlook across all key financial metrics, driven by a transformative quarter that showcased our continued momentum and the overall strength of our business," President and Chief Executive Officer Todd Penegor said. "Our robust growth continued in the second quarter, as sales significantly exceeded our expectations, leading to restaurant level margins of more than 20 percent and record profits, fueling our restaurant economic model. We are also excited to meaningfully increase our 2025 Global restaurant target to 8,500 to 9,000, driven by a development commitment with...

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Aug 12 8:30 AM, General News

Pizza Hut Expands Partnership with Beyond Meat for New Plant-Based Beyond Pepperoni Pizza Topping

Pizza Hut and Beyond Meat have reunited. The two innovation leaders are entering another milestone in their partnership with the debut of Beyond Pepperoni, a plant-based version of Pizza Hut's #1 selling pizza topping, and a first for both brands. Beginning today, the Beyond Pepperoni Pizza will be available as a test in nearly 70 locations across five U.S. markets for a limited time, only at Pizza Hut.

Beyond Pepperoni was co-developed by Beyond Meat and Pizza Hut's culinary teams and is made from simple, plant-based ingredients like peas and rice, with no GMOs, soy, gluten, hormones, antibiotics or cholesterol. As part of its ongoing partnership with Beyond Meat...

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Aug 11 8:29 AM, General News

The U.S. Restaurant Industry Recovery Through Second Quarter has Been Slow and Steady

The second quarter of this year reflects a period during which state and local governments lifted pandemic restrictions, restaurants reopened, people got vaccinated, and consumers used restaurants more than they did throughout the pandemic, reports The NPD Group. Consumer spending at restaurants was up +32% in the April-May-June 2021 quarter compared to the same quarter last year, and for a pre-pandemic view, flat compared to the same quarter in 2019. Restaurant visits, dining in or off-premises, increased by +22% in the quarter compared to the same quarter last year and were down -7% compared to the second quarter of 2019, according to NPD’s daily tracking of the U.S. foodservice industry.

Quick service restaurants (QSRs), representing 81% of restaurant visits in the U.S., realized a gain of +15% in visits in the second quarter compared to a year ago and a -5% decline compared to the second quarter of 2019. Throughout the pandemic, QSR restaurants, particularly...

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Aug 11 8:28 AM, General News

Papa John’s Announces Second Quarter 2021 Financial Results and Significant Increase in Dividend

Papa John’s International announced financial results for the three and six months ended June 27, 2021.

Second quarter 2021 highlights compared to prior year

- Total company revenues increased 11.8% to $515.0 million
- Comparable sales up 5.2% in North America and 21.2% Internationally; Global system-wide restaurant sales of $1.2 billion, up 12.2% driven by innovation, strong customer retention and accelerating domestic and international unit growth
- 55 net unit openings driven by International growth
- Loss per diluted share of ($2.30), including...

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Aug 6 8:20 AM, General News

Yoshinoya Japanese Kitchen Announces the Return of Grilled Steak

Grilled Steak is coming back to Yoshinoya Japanese Kitchen. Back by overwhelming customer demand, this premium steak entrée starts with strips of seared steak that are topped with a soy glaze and paired with veggies and a choice of steamed rice or not-so-fried rice. A summertime special, the Grilled Steak promotion will only be available for a limited time.

Yoshinoya will also celebrate this summer launch with double Yoshinoya Rewards points from 8/4 through 8/15 when guests order Grilled Steak through the Yoshinoya app...

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Aug 5 8:27 AM, General News

Beyond Meat Expands Partnership with A&W Canada to Launch Plant-Based Chicken Nuggets

Beyond Meat announced another milestone in its partnership with A&W Canada with the introduction of Beyond Meat Nuggets. The launch taps into the growing consumer demand for chicken from quick-service restaurants as well as an increased demand for plant-based proteins. 

Beyond Meat Nuggets offer the same experience as traditional chicken nuggets while offering 18 grams of plant-based protein per six pieces. Like all Beyond Meat products, Beyond Meat Nuggets are made from...

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Aug 5 8:26 AM, General News

Pizza Hut Partners with Contentsquare for Experimentation and Improved Digital Customer Experience

Contentsquare, the leader in digital experience analytics, has partnered with global restaurant chain Pizza Hut, to help the brand optimize customer experiences across its digital channels.

The Digital Ventures team at Pizza Hut leveraged Contentsquare’s customer behavior insights to make meaningful discoveries as to how consumers interact with certain areas of their website.

Since adopting the platform, the team has identified several opportunities to drive experimentation, tailor personalization, and optimize customer journeys across the Pizza Hut site.

In a recent interview, Tristan Burns, Global Head of Analytics at...

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Aug 4 8:33 AM, General News

Church’s Chicken to Be Acquired by High Bluff Capital Partners and FS Investments

High Bluff Capital Partners (“High Bluff”), supported by various alternative investment funds managed by FS Investments, announced it has entered into a definitive agreement to acquire Church's Chicken®, one of the world’s largest quick service chicken restaurant chains, from FFL Partners. Subject to customary closing conditions, the transaction is expected to be completed during Q3 of 2021.

Based in Atlanta and founded in 1952, Church’s® has more than 1,500 locations in 26 countries and international territories. Demonstrating considerable resiliency in the face of a devastating global pandemic, the brand in 2020 leveraged its strengths in family meals, digital offerings, delivery and to-go orders to post a strong year of performance, generating system-wide sales of nearly $1.2 billion. Over the next year, the brand expects to...

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Aug 3 8:28 AM, General News

Bojangles Launches All-New Bo's Chicken Sandwich

Bojangles announced the launch of an all-new, hand-breaded chicken sandwich.

”Bojangles knows a thing or two about delicious, perfectly flavored chicken served right, so who better to give fans a chicken sandwich that is sure to please,” said Chef Marshall Scarborough, vice president of menu and culinary innovation for Bojangles. “And we can say with confidence that Bo’s Chicken Sandwich is so cluckin’ good you know it could only be Bojangles.”

“Our team had a blast perfecting this sandwich, and...


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Aug 2 9:59 AM, General News

Restaurant Brands International Reports Second Quarter 2021 Results

Restaurant Brands International reported financial results for the second quarter ended June 30, 2021.

José E. Cil, Chief Executive Officer of Restaurant Brands International Inc. ("RBI") commented, "We are encouraged by the momentum across our business – including sales increases driven by quality menu items, rapid adoption of our digital channels by our guests and an acceleration in new restaurant openings around the world by our franchisees who believe strongly in our brands and business model."

Cil continued, "We also announced an increase in our share buyback authorization to $1 billion over the next two years, demonstrating our confidence in the...

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Aug 2 8:22 AM, General News

Taco Bell Celebrates Year of Digital Acceleration by Spicing Up Rewards Program

The Taco Bell Rewards program celebrates a successful first year with more digital innovations and in-restaurant experiences for its fans. In true Taco Bell fashion, the brand is rejoicing in the biggest way possible and giving away free tacos for a year to one hundred lucky winners.

Taco Bell Rewards and the Taco Bell app have never been more rewarding. Now, the brand is expanding its digital capabilities, allowing fans to earn points on purchases made in-restaurant, through drive-thrus, and on digital kiosks. The additional access points make it easier to...

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Jul 30 8:35 AM, General News

Nathan's Famous Doubles the Number of Ghost Kitchens Worldwide Amid COVID-19 Pandemic

Nathan’s Famous doubled the number of ghost kitchens worldwide since June 2020. The brand opened its 223th ghost kitchen, bringing the brand’s presence to over 18 countries across the globe. This rapid growth of ghost kitchens comes from the development of a new brand, Wings of New York, as well the revival of the Arthur Treacher’s brand.

"We are proud to announce that we have doubled our ghost kitchens across the globe,” states James Walker, Senior Vice President, Restaurants. “We could not have done this without...

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Jul 30 8:35 AM, General News

Yum! Brands Reports Second Quarter Results

Yum! Brands, Inc. reported results for the second-quarter ended June 30, 2021. Worldwide system sales excluding foreign currency translation grew 26%, with 23% same-store sales and 2% unit growth. Second-quarter GAAP EPS was $1.29, an increase of 91% over the prior year quarter. Second-quarter EPS excluding Special Items was $1.16, an increase of 41% over the prior year quarter.


David Gibbs, CEO, said “Our strong second-quarter results, led by record unit development and 23% same-store sales growth are a testament to our iconic brands, world-class talent, and best-in-class franchisees. I’m proud that each of our divisions reported positive same-store sales growth on a 2-year basis, a step up...

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Jul 29 10:18 AM, General News

McDonald's Reports Second Quarter 2021 Results

McDonald's Corporation announced results for the second quarter ended June 30, 2021.

"Our performance is a continued demonstration of the broad-based strength and resiliency of our business as global comp sales in the second quarter increased nearly 7% over 2019. For 65 years, we've created iconic experiences for billions of people around the world. Along the way, we've always focused on following our customers' needs, finding the most convenient and engaging ways for them to enjoy McDonald's. It's clear that...

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Jul 28 8:40 AM, General News

Popeyes Says Goodbye to the Chicken Wars as Their New Game Changing Nuggets Hit Stores Nationwide

Popeyes announced its new Chicken Nuggets are now available in restaurants in Canada, the U.S. and Puerto Rico. Fans of Popeyes can now enjoy the same taste and quality from the iconic Chicken Sandwich, but now in pieces. With that Popeyes says goodbye to the chicken wars by offering piece, 8 piece.

“The launch of our Chicken Sandwich was incredible, and we’re humbled by the amount of love and positive reviews, but at the same time many claimed that it started the chicken wars. Now, it’s time to say goodbye to the chicken wars and celebrate our new Nuggets, because...

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Jul 28 8:24 AM, General News

Yum! Brands Annual Global Citizenship & Sustainability Report Shows Company's Commitment to Growth

Yum! Brands, Inc. released its annual Global Citizenship & Sustainability Report, highlighting the Company’s strategic investments in socially responsible growth, risk management and sustainable stewardship of its people, food and impact on the planet. Yum! and its KFC, Pizza Hut, Taco Bell and The Habit Burger Grill brands made progress in critical areas including climate action, food safety and creating greater equity and opportunity across its system.

“2020 marked a turning point for communities and businesses around the world, as the pandemic deepened existing societal issues and inequalities"...

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Jul 27 11:46 AM, General News

McDonald’s Creates Customer Experience Team; Names Manu Steijaert Global Chief Customer Officer

McDonald's Corporation announced the creation of a new Customer Experience team to transform the way customers engage with the McDonald’s Brand. This team brings together the Company’s Data Analytics, Digital Customer Engagement, Global Marketing, Global Restaurant Development and Restaurant Solutions, enabling McDonald’s to create an unparalleled customer experience at each physical and digital customer touchpoint.

To lead the new team, McDonald’s has promoted Manu Steijaert to the newly created role of Executive Vice President and Global Chief Customer Officer, effective August 1. Steijaert will report to...

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Jul 27 10:36 AM, General News

Taco Bell Unveils Latest Menu Round-up

After putting the finishing touches on its new streamlined menu to make room for new innovations, Taco Bell has unveiled its latest menu offerings that will be available nationwide or for testing in select markets.

Since Nacho Fries first launched in 2018, Taco Bell has reimagined the beloved menu item multiple times with innovations. This time, Nacho Fries will be joined by the new Loaded Taco Fries.

The latest fry innovation features...

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Jul 27 8:29 AM, General News

Del Taco Restaurants, Inc. Reports Fiscal Second Quarter 2021 Financial Results

Del Taco Restaurants reported fiscal second quarter 2021 financial results for the 12-week period ended June 15, 2021 and provided a business update.

Management Commentary

John D. Cappasola, Jr., President and Chief Executive Officer of Del Taco, commented, “We generated outstanding revenue and profitability growth during the second quarter as we leveraged our top-line momentum across all key cost inputs. Top-line growth was characterized by system-wide comparable restaurant sales growth versus 2020 in the high teens, representing...

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Jul 26 8:25 AM, General News

Tyson Foods Joins McDonald’s in Mutual Commitment to Diversity, Equity and Inclusion

Tyson Foods announced that it has joined the McDonald’s Mutual Commitment to Diversity, Equity and Inclusion (MCDEI). Tyson’s employee base is enormously diverse, with more than 50 languages spoken by team members across the company’s U.S. business. Today’s announcement follows the company’s longstanding and publicly stated commitment to diversity, also a part of its core values.

As an early adopter of the MCDEI, Tyson Foods will continue to advance diversity, equity and inclusion by committing to actions like setting representation goals, conducting education and training, increasing...

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Jul 23 8:49 AM, General News

Domino's Pizza Announces Second Quarter 2021 Financial Results

Domino's Pizza announced results for the second quarter. Global retail sales increased 21.6% in the second quarter, or 17.1% excluding foreign currency impact. U.S. same store sales grew 3.5% during the quarter versus the year-ago period, continuing the positive sales momentum in the Company's U.S. stores business. The international business also posted strong results, with same store sales growth of 13.9% during the quarter. The second quarter marked the 110th consecutive quarter of international same store sales growth and the 41st consecutive quarter of U.S. same store sales growth. The Company had second quarter global net store growth of 238 stores, comprised of 35 net U.S. store openings and 203 net international store openings.

"I am very pleased with our strong global retail sales and store growth momentum during the second quarter, which demonstrated the power of our investments in...

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Jul 23 8:24 AM, General News

Wendy's Launches New Nugget Sauce as Popeyes Prepares to Debut Chicken Nuggets

As Popeyes prepares to debut chicken nuggets on the menu on July 27, Wendy’s is launching Ghost Pepper Ranch Sauce nationwide. Wendy’s is advertising the sauce to be paired with its Spicy Nuggets or for spreading on other menu items like burgers and sandwiches. Additionally, Wendy’s is featuring its 10-piece Spicy Chicken Nuggets in a buy one get one for $1 offer through September 5.

"I'm proud of the work my culinary team has done to create a legacy of spice that keeps fans coming back for more with new menu innovations they crave, including...

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Jul 21 8:16 AM, Urner Barry

Wienerschnitzel Offers Five Reasons to Celebrate National Hot Dog Day

Let's be frank, hot dogs are delicious. On July 21st, to celebrate the creation of this national culinary delight on National Hot Dog Day, Wienerschnitzel is offering five tasty Chili Dogs for only $5 (+tax)! The Chili Dog is one of the chain's most popular menu items and features a tasty grilled hot dog in a fresh, steamed bun topped with its world famous Chili Sauce.

"For 60 years, Wienerschnitzel has been cooking up delicious hot dogs," says Doug Koegeboehn, Chief Marketing Officer for Wienerschnitzel...

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Jul 20 8:30 AM, General News

White Castle Expands Retail Food Manufacturing Plant in Vandalia, Ohio

White Castle broke ground today on the expansion of its retail food manufacturing plant in Vandalia, Ohio. The plant, now named "The House That Bill Built" in honor of former president and CEO Bill Ingram, supplies packaged Sliders to retailers, large and small, in all 50 states.

"Our retail division has been growing steadily over the past 10 years, and we saw huge growth last year as people cooked and ate at home more during the pandemic," said Lisa Ingram, president and CEO of White Castle and daughter of Bill...

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Jul 19 7:52 AM, General News

Popeyes Adds Chicken Nuggets to the Menu as Brand Looks to Make Another Splash

Is another chicken item war on the horizon?

Popeyes has once again made headlines with the introduction of chicken nuggets to its meu on July 27. The new nuggets will feature “the quality and flavors” of its hit Chicken Sandwich, just in bite-sized form.

Back in 2019, the Chicken Sandwich Wars turned into a cultural phenomenon. and Urner Barry covered the saga at length but two years later the repercussions are still being felt.

Since the spat, several companies have entered the fold...

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Jul 14 9:33 AM, General News

Little Caesars to Offer Plant-based Pepperoni 

Little Caesars is launching the Planteroni Pizza, made with the new Field Roast Plant-Based Pepperoni, to many of its stores across the United States.

The new pizza option will be available at Little Caesars locations in the cities and suburbs of Los Angeles, New York City, Miami, San Francisco, Portland, Oregon, and the chain’s hometown of Detroit. Customers can choose from a regular Planteroni™ Pizza for $8.49, a Slices-N-Sticks product consisting of half Planteroni™ Pizza and half cheesy breadsticks for $8, or add Field Roast™ Plant-Based Pepperoni as a topping on any custom pizza...

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Jul 14 8:20 AM, General News

Subway is Giving Away One Million Sandwiches

Subway restaurants are giving away one million six-inch subs on July 13 to guests who visit their local Subway from 10:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. local time. At participating restaurants, the first 50 guests who come in and request a free sub will receive one 6" Turkey Cali Fresh, which features many of Subway's signature new ingredients like smashed avocado, BelGioiso® fresh mozzarella and new deli-sliced thin turkey, all on Subway's new Hearty Multigrain bread.

To prepare for the sampling event, nearly 11,000 Subway restaurants across the country will close the evening of...

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Jul 13 8:21 AM, General News

Papa John's Announces New Hiring, Referral and Appreciation Bonuses for Front-line Workers

Papa John’s International announced new hiring, referral and appreciation bonuses for its approximately 14,000 front-line team members in the company’s corporate restaurants and supply chain, recognizing again their essential role in the company’s record growth and industry outperformance. Papa John’s also plans to make additional investments in its full-time staff in its higher volume company-owned stores to support continued growth. The company expects to invest approximately $2.5 million in these initiatives during the remainder of 2021.

“The incredible hard work and commitment of our team members, which powered Papa John’s tremendous performance and transformation over the past 18 months, is just as important to...

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Jul 9 8:34 AM, General News

Papa John’s Loyalty Program, Papa Rewards Reaches Milestone of 20 Million Members

Papa John’s announces that its Papa Rewards loyalty program has reached a milestone with the sign up of its 20 millionth member. The program, which began in 2010, has seen a rapid continuation of growth that began in early 2020 with more than 100 thousand customers joining the program each week. In 2021, the rewards program has contributed to almost half of the brand’s sales.

The Papa Rewards program is an important component to increased repeat sales and customer loyalty for the Papa John’s business. The program enables the brand to engage customers at a high frequency; providing targeted offerings that can drive more transactions and...

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Jul 8 8:24 AM, General News

Awareness and Retention Rate for Plant-Based Protein on the Rise in China

According to China Plant-based Protein Topical Report from The NPD Group, plant-based proteins are gaining acceptance in China as Chinese consumers seek more protein in their diets, and plant-based foods become more available and appealing. Although plant-based protein currently has a small serving share compared to meat proteins in China, awareness has reached 90%; and the retention rate for plant-based proteins is on the rise, increasing from 53% in October 2020, to 68% in January 2021.

“There is no doubt that consumers in China view plant-based proteins as healthier alternatives to traditional meat protein,” said Gimantha Jayasinghe, Senior Vice President of APAC Foodservice at The NPD Group. “Though these products have a long way to go in terms of...

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Jul 8 8:23 AM, General News

Subway Debuts Largest Menu Update in Brand's History

Subway restaurants announced the biggest changes in the brand's history, making improvements to almost every core menu item and introducing important digital upgrades that elevate the guest experience. The Eat Fresh Refresh™ arrives in U.S. restaurants nationwide on July 13, and is marked with unprecedented moments, including participating Subway restaurants across the country closing for a Refresh Break and a one million sub sandwich giveaway to encourage people to come see and taste the changes.

Starting on July 13, the Eat Fresh Refresh comes to life in all U.S. Subway restaurants. The more than 20 menu updates include...

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Jul 7 8:21 AM, General News

Profitability and Growth Continue for Fifth Consecutive Year at Church's Chicken

Not even halfway into 2021, and Church's Chicken®, is already poised to turn in another year of exceptional growth and profitability. The brand expects to open nearly 100 new restaurants worldwide (up from 79 new openings last year). And, the average guest check is up just over 30% from 2020 to 2021. Same-store comparable sales are also up over the previous year, by approximately +15% system-wide. While the numbers are substantial under normal circumstances, Church's performance is even more impressive when measured against a pandemic, which still negatively impacts restaurant brands of all kinds. The popular global chicken brand is even ahead of where it was pre-pandemic when it had just surpassed a 10-year company record for system-wide sales in 2019.

"In terms of sustainable growth, Church's is in a very positive place," shares Louis (Dusty) Profumo, Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer for the brand. "Across the board, practically...

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Jul 1 8:14 AM, General News

Papa John’s International Expands into Germany

Papa John's International, Inc., in partnership with its franchise partner PJ Western Group, announced its expansion into Germany, with plans to open 250 restaurants in the German market over the next seven years. PJ Western Group, one of Papa John’s largest global franchisees in Central and Eastern Europe, has opened the first seven Papa John’s in Magdeburg and Leipzig and plans to open another six stores in Halle and Merseburg by the end of the summer.

“We are excited to expand our business farther west into the heart of Europe,” said Christopher Wynne, CEO and founder of the PJ Western Group, which currently operates 200 Papa John’s restaurants, in addition to ten dough production plants in Europe and Asia. “We are excited to bring great pizza and...

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Jun 30 8:18 AM, General News

Jollibee Announces the Launch of New Jollibee Ordering App

Jollibee announced the launch of its new Jollibee Ordering App. The ordering platform allows new customers and Jollibee fans to order the brand's food directly from their mobile devices. The app supports orders for delivery and in-store pickup and is live across the United States and Canada now via the Apple App Store and Google Play.

To celebrate the launch of the new app, Jollibee is running a two-week promotion giving customers the brand's Peach Mango Pie for free on every order placed with an account through the new platform. This offer can be redeemed by entering the promo code "JoyOnline" at checkout. The promotion is currently...

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Jun 30 8:17 AM, General News

Domino's Rolls Out Carside Delivery 2-Minute Guarantee
Domino's Pizza is launching a new guarantee to offer customers the most convenient carryout experience possible. Domino's Carside Delivery 2-Minute Guarantee is simple: order Domino's Carside Delivery online, check in when you arrive, and as soon as your order is ready, a Domino's team member will head to your car in less than two minutes or your next pizza is free.

Domino's and DraftKings Inc., a leading sports entertainment and technology company, have launched Domino's Carside Delivery 2-Minute Guarantee Over/Under Challenge as well, giving customers the chance to predict if Domino's Carside Delivery nationwide will be quicker than...

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Jun 29 8:17 AM, General News

Wendy's Introduces New Spicy Black Bean Burger

Wendy's is spicing up its Made to Crave premium sandwich line with the addition of a new plant-based sandwich, the Spicy Black Bean Burger. Beginning June 28, consumers in Columbus, Pittsburgh and Jacksonville can purchase a Spicy Black Bean Burger bite while supplies last.

"Our Made to Crave menu is a destination for customers seeking bold ingredients and flavor innovation," said Carl Loredo, U.S. Chief Marketing Officer for The Wendy's Company. "With that spirit, we're bringing forward an incredibly tasty Spicy Black Bean Burger to this line-up in three select markets. Consumers are demanding plant-based sandwiches, and...

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Jun 28 8:35 AM, General News

Starbucks to Bring Iconic Coffeehouse Experience to Barbados

Starbucks Coffee Company in partnership with Caribbean Coffee Traders Limited (CCTL), announced it will open its first location in Barbados this year, bringing its unique Starbucks Experience to local customers for the first time.

Located in Haggatt Hall St. Michael, the new location will provide local customers high-quality arabica coffee from around the world through Starbucks handcrafted beverages prepared by...

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Jun 25 8:23 AM, General News

Taco Bell Tests a Naked Chalupa With a Plant-Based Shell

The introduction of the Naked Chicken Chalupa at Taco Bell changed the fried chicken game. Now, Taco Bell is looking to reinvent its own game-changing invention in the chicken wars by testing a plant-based shell alternative. Meet the Naked Chalupa with a Crispy Plant-Based Shell, a new menu innovation for vegetarian and veggie-curious consumers.

This latest shell innovation challenges the status quo of what vegetarian mashups look and taste like. Thanks to the masterminds of the Taco Bell Test Kitchen, the newest specialty is made from a pea protein-based proprietary blend that's breaded, shaped into the unique Chalupa form and then crisped to order. The shell is certified vegan by the American Vegetarian Association and proves...

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Jun 24 8:28 AM, General News

McDonald's is Rolling Out Loyalty Rewards 

McDonald's is launching MyMcDonald’s Rewards, its first nationwide loyalty program allowing consumers to unlock freebies simply by eating at McDonald's. MyMcDonald’s Rewards will be available via the McDonald’s app at participating restaurants nationwide on July 8, and users will pocket 100 points for every one dollar spent on qualifying purchases.

Consumers can simply enjoy McDonald’s favorites to rack up points on each order and use them toward free items like their go-to breakfast sandwich or McCaféFrappe, or lunch classics like...

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Jun 23 8:38 AM, General News

Dunkin' Appoints New Chief Marketing Officer 

Dunkin’ announced the appointment of marketing veteran Rafael Acevedo, 46, to the position of Dunkin’ U.S. Chief Marketing Officer (CMO), effective immediately. Mr. Acevedo is a brand marketing leader with deep expertise in spearheading disruptive innovation and leading high-performing teams to deliver transformational growth for the world’s leading beverages. Acevedo will report directly to Scott Murphy, Head of the Inspire Beverage-Snack Category and President of Dunkin', and will serve on the Dunkin’ leadership team.

As Dunkin’ U.S. CMO, Acevedo will lead marketing, product innovation, field marketing, advertising, as well as the brand’s digital marketing initiatives. He will be responsible for...

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Jun 22 10:00 AM, General News

Yum China Releases 2020 Sustainability Report

Yum China Holdings issued its 2020 Sustainability Report, which highlights the Company's commitment to sustainability and provides an overview of progress made in 2020 towards its sustainability goals.

In 2020, Yum China engaged internal and external stakeholders to complete a comprehensive materiality review. As a result, the Company resolved to focus efforts around three pillars: Environment, Food and People. Within these, Yum China identified 23 material issues in the value chain to work on as initial sustainability priorities. In the report, progress made in 2020 has been summarized in accordance with...

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Jun 21 8:27 AM, General News

Starbucks Announces Leadership Promotions 

Starbucks Corporation announced several leadership appointments to advance the company's strategic business goals and position Starbucks on a clear growth path for the future. The company announced the promotions of John Culver as group president, North America and chief operating officer, Michael Conway to group president, International and Channel Development, and Michelle Burns to executive vice president, Global Coffee, Tea and Cocoa. These changes are effective as of June 28, 2021.

“As we plan for the 2022 fiscal year and beyond, Starbucks is fortunate to have a deep, talented and diverse team of senior executives we are able to tap to help lead us forward,” said Kevin Johnson, president and chief executive officer. “These appointments support our Growth at Scale agenda to bring about...

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Jun 18 8:29 AM, General News

Eat Beyond Portfolio Company Plant Power Raises $7.5 Million

Eat Beyond Global Holdings Inc., an investment issuer focused on the global plant-based and alternative food sector, announced that its portfolio company, The Plant Power Restaurant Group, parent company of Plant Power Fast Food ("Plant Power"), recently secured a $7.5 million Series A financing round. California-based Plant Power is a quick service restaurant ("QSR") brand offering a comprehensive plant-based menu with meals that are served in biodegradable packaging.

This is thought to be the largest ever financing round for a plant-based fast-food franchise. The new capital will enable Plant Power to open seven more vegan restaurants in the United States including...

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Jun 18 8:28 AM, General News

Popeyes Launches Its First Ever Loyalty Program, Popeyes Rewards

Popeyes has unveiled its first-ever loyalty program. To celebrate the Popeyes Rewards launch, the brand is introducing a special “Welcome To The Popeyes Fam” Meal available exclusively for loyalty members on the Popeyes App or online only, featuring 8 pieces of Popeyes signature bone-in chicken, 1 large side & 4 biscuits. Each Popeyes Rewards member who purchases the exclusive meal June 17th to July 1st will receive 500 bonus points to use towards future Popeyes orders.

Popeyes Rewards is designed so that members can earn with each transaction. Those who join the program will unlock things like...

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Jun 18 8:28 AM, General News

Inspire Brands Names Kate Jaspon Chief Financial Officer

Inspire Brands announced changes within the Chief Financial Officer role. Kate Jaspon has been named Chief Financial Officer of Inspire following the announced retirement of David Pipes. Jaspon was previously CFO of recently acquired Dunkin’ Brands where she spent more than 15 years in Finance and Treasury roles.

Jaspon will transition into her new role this month and will oversee all accounting and reporting, tax, financial planning and analysis, internal audit, as well as manage Inspire’s relationships with lending institutions, investors, and the financial community.

“Working with Kate while Dunkin’ and Baskin-Robbins were joining the Inspire family, it became clear that she was...

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Jun 17 10:19 AM, General News

Restaurant Brands International Announces Election of Directors

Restaurant Brands International announced the results of the vote on the election of directors at its Annual Meeting of Shareholders held on June 16, 2021.

The total number of eligible votes represented in person or by proxy at the meeting was 403,132,197 representing 87% of all eligible votes.

RBI's proxy circular provided for twelve nominees to the Board of Directors. The twelve individuals nominated by the Board of Directors for election as directors of RBI were elected, each to hold office until...

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Jun 17 10:16 AM, General News

Starbucks Announces Leadership Promotions

Starbucks Corporation announced several leadership appointments to advance the company’s strategic business goals and position Starbucks on a clear growth path for the future. The company announced the promotions of John Culver as group president, North America and chief operating officer, Michael Conway to group president, International and Channel Development, and Michelle Burns to executive vice president, Global Coffee, Tea and Cocoa. These changes are effective as of June 28, 2021.

“As we plan for the 2022 fiscal year and beyond, Starbucks is fortunate to have a deep, talented and diverse team of senior executives we are able to tap to help lead us forward,” said Kevin Johnson, president and chief executive officer. “These appointments support...

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Jun 16 8:47 AM, General News

Bojangles Expands in Texas

Bojangles is opening up shop in two major cities in the Lone Star State. The chain has signed franchise agreements with Sajib Singha and Asish Baidya of SAT Restaurant Group, LLC and Khalid Siddiqui of LASH Foods, LLC each to open three in the Dallas-Fort Worth and Houston markets, respectively.

Bojangles will also simultaneously open 15 corporately owned restaurants in the Dallas-Fort Worth market.

“Get ready, Texans, because our delicious chicken and biscuits are headed your way, and we can’t wait to serve you up some real deal, Southern flavor like only Bojangles does,” said Jose Costa, Bojangles’ Chief Growth Officer. “We’re proud to be working alongside...

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Jun 15 8:26 AM, General News


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