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The Whopper Is Now Free of Colors, Flavors and Preservatives From Artificial Sources
Today, Burger King® restaurants are proud to announce the Whopper® sandwich now features no colors, no flavors and no preservatives from artificial sources in all markets across the United States. It’s the Whopper® and nothing but the Whopper. The milestone is one of various efforts and substantial changes Burger King has made to its menu to promote real food and high-quality ingredients for its guests. In the U.S., 85% of the Burger King permanent food menu is now free of colors, flavors, and preservatives from artificial sources, and the brand is striving to achieve 100% by the beginning of next year...
Papa John's Announces Plans For New Global Headquarters in Atlanta
Papa John’s International, Inc. (NASDAQ: PZZA) today announced plans to open a new global headquarters in the Metro Atlanta, GA region, where menu innovation; marketing; customer experience; HR; diversity, equity and inclusion; communications; and development functions will be located. IT, supply chain, and legal teams will remain in the Louisville, KY headquarters. Papa John’s also maintains a headquarters office outside of London, UK, where its international operations are managed.
Papa John’s new headquarters in Metro Atlanta is a key element of a broader reorganization of corporate functions, reflecting the company’s ongoing transformation into a brand and culture that can effectively and efficiently deliver on the company’s purpose, values and strategic business priorities...
Hormel Partners with Papa Murphy's Pizza to Launch New Plant-Based Pepperoni Style Topping
Hormel Foods, the makers of Hormel® Pepperoni, America's No. 1 selling pepperoni brand* and the maker of the Happy Little Plants® products, are introducing new Happy Little Plants® pepperoni style topping at select Papa Murphy's locations across the country.
"Chefs and restaurateurs are very aware of today's dynamic food landscape and consumers' desire to add more plant-based foods to their diets, and we are very excited to bring this great-tasting, plant-based option to our partners at Papa Murphy's," said Anthony Panichelli, foodservice pizza toppings brand manager at Hormel Foods...
Sweet Earth Foods Launches Plant-Based Bacon Cheeseburger in Foodservice
Sweet Earth Foods, a Nestlé brand and award-winning plant-based food innovator, announced the launch of their Plant-Based Triple Play, a fully plant-based bac'n cheezeburger to debut in foodservice.
The launch will debut at The University of Massachusetts Dining Program, which is the largest collegiate dining program in America and a recognized leader in campus food quality, nutrition, and innovation.
To celebrate National Cheeseburger Day (September 18th), they'll feature the Sweet Earth Plant-Based Triple Play in their Amherst location's dining halls, take-away, through...
Study Sheds Light on U.S. Consumer Preferences on Conventional and Alternative Protein Products
In the past six months, players within the plant-based protein industry have been dazzled by the performance of their alternative burgers, patties, nuggets, and sausages. As reported by the Good Food Institute (GFI) overall plant-based product sales increased to a peak of...
Dunkin' Delivery with DoorDash Now Available at 3,500 Restaurants Nationwide
Dunkin' and DoorDash have teamed up to make delivery available at approximately 3,500 Dunkin' restaurants across the country, with further expansion planned over the coming months. To officially kick off the relationship, DoorDash is treating guests with a special offer. Starting September 15 through September 21, consumers that spend $10 or more on Dunkin' through DoorDash will be eligible for a free 25-count box of Munchkins and a $0 delivery fee.
According to Brandy Blackwell, Director of New Business, Delivery & Catering, for Dunkin' U.S., "Dunkin' guests know they can count on us to offer the most convenient ways to enjoy their favorite coffee and...
Cracker Barrel Reports Fourth Quarter and Full Year Fiscal 2020 Results
Cracker Barrel Old Country Store reported its financial results for the fourth quarter of fiscal 2020 ended July 31, 2020 and provided an update regarding the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on the Company's business.
Fourth Quarter Fiscal 2020 Highlights
PODCAST: Go With the Grain – Glenn Smith on Feed Ingredients
Glenn Smith, Director of Feed Ingredient Procurement at Wayne Farms, returns this week to Market Digest! Laura and Glenn discuss the increased demand for protein items as...
100,000 Restaurants Closed Six Months into Pandemic
Six months following the first shutdown of restaurants for the coronavirus pandemic, the restaurant industry is in limbo. According to a new survey released by the National Restaurant Association, nearly 1 in 6 restaurants (representing nearly 100,000 restaurants) is closed either permanently or long-term; nearly 3 million employees are still out of work; and the industry is on track to lose $240 billion in sales by the end of the year.
The survey, which asked restaurant operators about the six-month impact of the pandemic on their businesses, found that overwhelmingly, most restaurants are still struggling to survive and don't expect their position to improve over the next six months. The findings include...
US Foods Fall Scoop Helps Restaurant Operators Stay On Point With Evolving Off-Premise Trends
US Foods Holding Corp. announced the launch of Fall Scoop 2020, titled “On Point With Off-Premise – Designed To Make It.” This special edition of Scoop features 14 products designed to address trends within off-premise dining such as labor-saving products perfect for DIY meal kits and products that will help ease diner safety and hygiene worries, including tamper-evident packaging and sanitation items.
“The restaurant environment has changed immensely with the surge in off-premise dining, and the ability for restaurant operators to adapt with creativity, labor savings and safety in mind is...
White Castle Introduces the Crave Clutch
White Castle is once again disrupting how customers transport its famous Sliders. The restaurant is adding yet another unique container – the Crave Clutch – to its lineup of iconic packaging. The colorful clutch makes its debut in all White Castle restaurants and will be available for a limited time. It's the first new package since White Castle introduced the 100-count Crave Crate in 2004.
Holding 20 Sliders of any variety, the Crave Clutch sits nicely between the classic 10 Sack and the 30-Slider Crave Case, making it the perfect choice for family meals and small gatherings. That's especially helpful now as people spend more time at home or outdoors in response to...
Sysco Introduces ‘Foodie Solutions’ to Help Customers Approach Foodservice During COVID-19 Pandemic
As foodservice operators continue to navigate the coronavirus pandemic and states begin to lift restrictions like indoor dining, Sysco has launched Foodie Solutions, a platform created to support foodservice operates during this time.
Through perspective from supporting restaurants and operators across the U.S. Sysco identified essential tools to help customers respond quickly to the changing environment and new trends that have developed during COVID-19 shutdowns.
“Foodie Solutions’ comprehensive suite of toolkits is designed to help operators drive traffic..."
Foodservice Focus Shifts With No Tailgating, Spectators as Football Season Kicks Off
Most NFL fans won’t be firing up their grills in the parking lots or purchasing sandwiches while cheering their favorite teams this year.
At the same time, fans who typically head out to their favorite sports bar or restaurant to catch the game, may not have the opportunity or feel safe due to COVID-19 restrictions and concerns.
Early in the pandemic, family deals and other large portioned offerings were popular among restaurants. Similar deals are being revived as favorite...
ANALYSIS: Q4 Wing and Tender Performance Dependent on Price and Seasonality
It is certainly a relief to have our daily lives slowly returning to something we might recognize as normal. There is no doubt that is the case for...
White Castle Launches Craver Nation Loyalty Program
White Castle has launched its first loyalty program, Craver Nation. The program will provide valuable discounts and special offers to customers based on their individual purchase history at White Castle restaurants. Members will receive a free combo meal with four Original Sliders, a small order of fries and a small soft drink when they sign up.
"No two customers are quite alike, which is why we're offering a personalized experience that's not based on points or the number of purchases, but instead on their individual preferences at White Castle," said Lisa Ingram, president and CEO of White Castle and fourth generation family member. "We're looking forward to providing these special offers and...
Postmates Becomes Official On-Demand Food Delivery Partner of The NFL
The National Football League and Postmates, have entered into a multi-year sponsorship agreement making Postmates the first official on-demand food delivery partner of the NFL. Postmates is also an official sponsor of NFL premier events including the Super Bowl, Pro Bowl and Draft, to name a few.
"People across the country aren't just ready to order their favorite gameday foods, they are eagerly awaiting the return of football. While most fans won't be able to physically go to the game, this partnership with the NFL allows us to bring the gameday experience, and...
The Hartman Group's Shelley Balanko on Consumer Buying Trends in a Pandemic
During extraordinary times, insights into consumer behaviors become more vital than ever to businesses. The Hartman Group, a food culture consultancy, provides such trends, insights, and strategic counsels to professionals in the food and beverage industry. The company conducts its own primary research with expertise in areas including sustainability and the health and wellness consumer.
In 2012, the Hartman Group developed the Eating Occasions Compass, a database that documents the who, what, when, where, and why of eating occasions in the United States...
Impossible Foods Launches Plant-Based Sausage in Hong Kong
Impossible Foods is rolling out Impossible Sausage Made From Plants in Hong Kong, the first international market for the award-winning, plant-based patty.
Impossible Sausage is the company’s first all-new product since the 2016 debut of Impossible Burger. California-based Impossible Foods launched Impossible Sausage to much fanfare at the Consumer Electronics Show in January. Within six months, the patties have become available at more than 22,000 locations throughout the United States.
Starting today, Hong Kongers can buy Starbucks’ Maize Impossible Sandwich at...
NotCo Closes $85 Million Series C Round and Announces U.S. Expansion
NotCo, a food-tech company in Latin America, has announced the closing of an $85 million Series C investment round, co-led by Future Positive. NotCo is a startup that utilizes proprietary technology that can match animal protein to its replacement among plant-based ingredients. NotCo has launched plant-based products including dairy, eggs, and meat. The company has launched NotMilk, NotBurger, NotIceCream, and NotMayo in Brazil, Argentina, and Chile. In less than three years it has become a fast-growing food-tech company in Latin America.
The new funding comes as the company announces scaled up operations and marks plans for international expansion leading with an entry into the United States, a promising market for its portfolio of products of plant-based food. The company will evaluate both...
McDonald's to Test Reusable Cup Model for Hot Beverages
McDonald’s Corporation has announced a global partnership with TerraCycle’s circular packaging service, Loop, to test a new reusable cup model for hot beverages. The initiative, which will first be trialed in 2021 across select McDonald’s restaurants in the UK, helps customers enjoy their favorite McDonald’s hot drink in a reusable cup, while cutting down on packaging waste. The model marks significant progress toward innovative circular packaging solutions that help protect the planet for communities today, and in the future.
This unique new partnership will conveniently allow customers to reduce waste by choosing a durable Loop-created cup, for a small deposit. The deposit can then be redeemed by returning the cup to participating McDonald’s UK restaurants in order to be...
Planterra Foods Launches Plant-Based Offerings for Foodservice Operators
At a time when foodservice operators are pivoting to counteract the world's health pandemic, menu innovation, and addressing consumer's evolving demands are more vital than ever. Innovative Colorado-based start-up Planterra Foods is answering the call and launching a line of OZO plant-based protein products for foodservice. The OZO foodservice line is now available in four plant-based offerings: burgers, ground, nuggets and breakfast sausage patties, catering to all dayparts.
The debut of OZO will elevate the protein possibilities that foodservice operators can feature on their menu to attract new customers and increase check averages. To support its partners during this recovery period and...
The Impact Virtual School Will Have on Daytime Meals
With the pandemic still uncontrolled, “back to school” is a lot more complex for parents these days. On top of the usual routine, many parents are now faced with figuring out childcare, financial burdens, and how to balance this with a full-time job. With kids at home, meal preparation will continue to be among their many demands, and parents will need help with finding convenient options.
The coronavirus pandemic also has many still working from home. Daytime meals and snacks that were often purchased at restaurants and convenience stores during the workday have now moved into the home. Going out to get food is now viewed as less convenient and too expensive since the refrigerator is so close. However, restaurants can be...
Burger King Launches Plant-Based Chicken Nuggets in Germany
Burger King has added plant-based chicken nuggets to the menu at locations in Germany. The nuggets were created by The Vegetarian Butcher, a Holland-based brand that was acquired by Unilever in 2018. Burger King stated that the launch was in reaction to the trend of a growing number of consumers looking for plant-based options when dining out.
Hugo Verkuil, CEO of The Vegetarian Butcher, said, "The nuggets are soft and meat-like on the inside, crispy and golden on the outside and offer a delicious vegetable-based alternative for...
Industry Veteran Debbie Roberts Joins Panera As Chief Operations Officer
Panera Bread announced the appointment of Debbie Roberts as Executive Vice President and Chief Operations Officer effective September 8. A well-known restaurant industry leader, Roberts brings nearly 30 years of restaurant experience and will be a collaborative leader for all Panera operations and operations support functions.
“We are thrilled to welcome Debbie to Panera and looking forward to her bringing her strong record of cross-functional partnership, results-driven engagement, and especially, her focus on people as the core of operational excellence,” said Niren Chaudhary, Panera CEO. “As the brand continues to...
Bojangles Names Monica Sauls as the Company’s First Chief People Officer
Bojangles, Inc. announced that leading human resources and change management strategist Monica Sauls will join the company as Chief People Officer, effective Sept. 15. In this newly defined position that goes beyond the traditional human resources role, Sauls will drive the company’s culture, developing current team members and attracting new talent to support the company’s growth.
Reporting directly to Bojangles CEO Jose Armario, Sauls will lead talent acquisition, talent development, employee relations, diversity and inclusion and culture stewardship. She is the first African American to serve on Bojangles’ senior leadership team in the company’s...
Kentucky Fried Chicken Announces Partnership with DoorDash
Kentucky Fried Chicken announced that its world-famous fried chicken is now available for order and on-demand delivery through DoorDash. To celebrate the new partnership, KFC and DoorDash are offering fried chicken fans across the U.S. an irresistible deal: Beginning September 8, through Thursday, September 17, customers will receive 12 free chicken tenders with the purchase of select KFC bucket meals on orders placed through the DoorDash website or app with promo code KFC12.
To sweeten the deal, customers will also receive $0 delivery fees alongside their select bucket meal purchase, available from more than 3,000 KFC restaurant locations through September 17.
Since 1952, KFC has helped families enjoy a bucket of fried chicken practically anywhere, traveling easily while staying fresh and ready-to-eat. Some might even say...
Impossible Foods Debuts in Canada as International Expansion Accelerates
Canada’s most reputable chefs are launching Impossible Foods’ flagship product at their restaurants from coast to coast.
In response to overwhelming demand, the Impossible Burger will become available later this year in a wide variety of additional restaurants and grocery stores nationwide -- but patrons of the country’s top restaurants can get an exclusive sneak peek for the next two weeks.
Starting today, Canadians can try the plant-based Impossible Burger in world-class restaurants by...
Sami Siddiqui Appointed President of Popeyes Americas
Restaurant Brands International Inc. announced that Sami Siddiqui has been appointed President of Popeyes Louisiana Kitchen for the Americas.
Sami has most recently served as President of Asia-Pacific for RBI, leading the growth of Popeyes, Burger King and Tim Hortons throughout the region, including introducing the Popeyes brand in China and the Philippines.
Jose Cil, Chief Executive Officer of RBI commented, "I'm very proud to announce that Sami will be leading Popeyes through our exciting next phase of growth across the Americas. Popeyes is a brand with...
Yum China Announces Pricing of Global Offering
Yum China Holdings, Inc., China's largest restaurant company in terms of 2019 system sales, announced the pricing of its global offering of 41,910,700 new shares of common stock, which comprises an international offering and a Hong Kong public offering. The final offer price for both the international offering and the Hong Kong public offering has been set at HK$412.00 per Share (or approximately US$53.16 per Share).
The Company has set the Offer Price by taking into consideration, among other factors, the closing trading price of the shares on the New York Stock Exchange on September 3, 2020 (the last trading day before pricing). Subject to approval from The Stock Exchange of Hong Kong Limited, the Shares are expected to begin trading on the Main Board of...
Taco Bell Completes 2020 Menu Revamp
Taco Bell is putting the finishing touches on its new streamlined menu in order to make room for new innovations. It is also dedicated to creating a faster and more seamless restaurant experience than ever before, which means evolving the menu, restaurant designs, and operations to better serve both guests and team members alike.
“We’re constantly evaluating ways to provide a more efficient restaurant experience, and have already begun to see progress from streamlining our menu,” said Mike Grams, Taco Bell President, Global COO. “While we know fans may be understandably sad to see some of their favorites go, this evolution...
Del Taco and Beyond Meat Team Up with DoorDash to Offer Free Delivery this Labor Day Weekend
Del Taco Restaurants announced a new way to relax and enjoy a plant-based meal at home this Labor Day weekend, thanks to the brand’s partnership with Beyond Meat and DoorDash. Starting this Friday, September 4, through Monday, September 7, fans can use the DoorDash app to receive free delivery on all orders that include any Epic Burrito with Beyond Meat.
Del Taco’s foil-wrapped Epic Burritos deliver fast-casual quality with fast food convenience and value. Each burrito weighs about one pound, and are loaded with premium, fresh ingredients, and offered in combinations including...
Plant-Based Seafood Company Ocean Hugger Plans to Re-enter Market After Shutting Down in June
They may be down, but don't count them out.
Ocean Hugger Foods, the plant-based seafood company behind Ahimi and Unami, announced in June that they would be ceasing operations. However, co-founder and CEO David Benzaquen recently confirmed to Food Navigator that they are planning to relaunch "bigger and better than ever."
Ocean Hugger, like many others, suffered a devastating blow when the coronavirus shut down the economy. As a company that relied on the foodservice industry...
Burger King Unveils New Restaurant Concept
Burger King has unveiled two new restaurant designs that provide guests with a touchless experience, complete with solar panels and conveyor belts that deliver orders to customers and outdoor seating. Burger King is the latest chain to announce changes to its restaurant concept since the pandemic caused a shift in consumer behavior. According to the NPD Group, drive-thru visits increased about 26% during April, May, and June.
“In March our in-house design and tech team accelerated new restaurant design plans and pushed the limits of what a Burger King restaurant could be,” said Restaurant Brands’ Chief Operating Officer Josh Kobzar.
Designed by Restaurant Brands International's in-house group, the new concept boasts an enhanced dining experience. For drive-in, customers will be able to...
Technomic Analyzes Wendy's Breakfast Performance
In a recent analysis, Technomic used its Ignite Consumer tool to look at how Wendy's breakfast performed amid several challenges. Wendy's has had a long experience with testing breakfast menu items, dating back to the 1980s. From adding and removing breakfast items at different locations and trying out omelets on the menu, this daypart has represented an ongoing battle for the quick service chain.
In March 2020, Wendy's launched a new campaign focused on breakfast and started to spread the word with a Twitter war. The breakfast battle started with a tweet calling out McDonald's, who did not respond. Wendy's then followed up...
U.S. Restaurant Drive-Thrus are Proving Their Value During the Pandemic and Beyond
Drive-thru restaurants have always been the ultimate in convenience and speed but during the pandemic, especially during the mandated dine-in closures, they were also a lifeline for the restaurants that had them, reports The NPD Group. Drive-thru restaurant visits increased by 26% in the April, May, and June quarter and represented 42% of all restaurant visits.
In July when more restaurants were reopened, drive-thru visits still increased by 13%, the highest visit increase among the service modes of on-premises, carry-out, and delivery, according to NPD’s daily tracking of U.S. consumers’ use of restaurants and...
It's Officially Footlong Season at Subway Restaurants
Subway restaurants, the new, exclusive Official Sandwich Sponsor of the National Football League (NFL), is adding its own flavor to the game with plans to turn the 2020 football season into "Footlong Season." Throughout the 2020 NFL Season, and debuting with a television spot featuring NFL Coach Bill Belichick, fans can make a good call all season long with Subway.
Joining Coach Belichick this season will be NFL star brothers J.J., T.J. and Derek Watt, and NFL Hall of Famer Deion Sanders, for Subway's new national marketing campaign that will leave fans craving footlong sandwiches while cheering on their team. The star-studded line-up will be featured in television commercials, along with...
Outback Steakhouse Introduces New Menu Items
Outback Steakhouse is giving steak lovers something to celebrate – more options and lower prices. The steakhouse’s updated menu features innovative flavors and new dishes to please any steak lover’s palate, all at a more competitive price point.
Our team members are so excited to serve this new menu to our guests. After operating on a limited menu, we are bringing back some favorite items as well as some new additions, quality improvements and...
Wendy's Adds Pretzel Bacon Pub Cheeseburger to Menu
Wendy's is introducing the Pretzel Bacon Pub Cheeseburger. After a few years out of the pretzel-bun game and some self-reflection, the new and improved Pretzel Bacon Pub Cheeseburger is back. In between the soft pretzel bun lies a quarter pound of fresh, never frozen beef topped with Muenster cheese, three strips of Applewood smoked bacon, smoky honey mustard, warm beer cheese sauce, crispy fried onions, and pickles.
"We love working with our Culinary Innovation team to deliver on emerging food trends and flavors that customers can't get enough of," said Carl Loredo Chief Marketing Officer for The Wendy's Company. "Like we did with Spicy Nuggets, we've been watching and listening as customers have been...
Premium Brands Announces Acquisition of Global Gourmet Foods and Allseas Fisheries
Premium Brands Holdings Corporation, a leading producer, marketer and distributor of branded specialty food products, announced that it has acquired Global Gourmet Foods Inc. and signed an agreement to acquire Allseas Fisheries Inc.
Global Gourmet is one of Canada’s leading providers of ready-to-eat kettle cooked food solutions, including protein-based fillings, specialty sauces, soup bases and side dishes, to retailers and restaurants in Canada and...
National Restaurant Association Launches Restaurant Revival Campaign
The National Restaurant Association is highlighting its new multimedia Restaurant Revival Campaign. The national ad taps into the sights and sounds associated with dining out and asks diners, "Doesn't dining out sound good?"
"This campaign is about reigniting the memories we cherish about dining out. While diners have been able to enjoy some restaurant meals through take-out and delivery, we all have missed hearing the words, 'Your table is ready,' and the unique experiences that dining out provides," said Tom Bené, President & CEO of the National Restaurant Association. "We know safety is top of mind for returning diners...
Rabobank Beef Quaterly Q3 2020: New Faces Shaping Future UK Beef Imports
Once outside the European bloc, the UK is expected to become the fifth or sixth largest beef-importing country. Consumer acceptance and non-tariff barriers will play significant roles in determining which countries ultimately supply the UK beef market in the future.
Brexit trade talks between the UK and EU continue to progress. “While pure economic reasoning and geopolitics normally play strong roles in trade negotiations, we believe that, in the case of the UK, consumer acceptance and non-tariff barriers will be equally significant in determining...
The Nature Conservancy, Cargill, McDonald’s and Target Unite to Invest in Beef Sustainability
The Nature Conservancy, McDonald’s, Cargill and Target are coming together to launch a new five-year, $8.5 million project aimed at working with Nebraska farmers to advance proven soil health practices to help mitigate greenhouse gas emissions and help farmers adapt to climate change. Overall, this effort has the potential to sequester 150,000 metric tons of carbon dioxide over the course of the project – equivalent to removing over 32,000 cars from the road in one year.
Nebraska is one of the top states for U.S. beef production and among the top three states for corn production, a key ingredient for cattle feed. This project will work with interested farmers to reach...
Demand for Foodservice Single-Use Products Boosted by Surging Off-Premise Dining
The COVID-19 pandemic is causing severe disruption in the nearly $4 trillion global foodservice market:
KFC Welcomes John Mays as New Director of Equity and Inclusion
Kentucky Fried Chicken announced the appointment of John Mays as director of equity and inclusion for KFC U.S. In this newly formed role, Mays will lead the development and implementation of KFC’s equity and inclusion vision and strategy to help position the brand as an industry leader across the United States.
As director of equity and inclusion, Mays will lead organizational changes, raise awareness of equity and diversity issues and develop policies to address equity from the restaurant level to franchisees and the brand headquarters.
“At KFC, we have a passion for food and serving it with pride; we are also a people-first culture, and John embodies this culture day in and day out, making him...
Church's Chicken Introduces New "Go Box"
Originally established as Church's Fried Chicken To Go, Church's Chicken was built on the idea of convenience and accessibility for quality, value, and Texas-inspired flavor – which has become an even more pronounced focus for the brand today.
With COVID-19 significantly shifting consumer habits and increasing demand for off-premise dining, Church's is reconnecting with its to-go roots by offering a signature carrier option for guests to grab and go. Church's new "Go Box" provides...
QDOBA Tests Mexican Cauliflower Mash
QDOBA announced that it is testing Mexican Cauliflower Mash in 23 restaurants in Indianapolis and the surrounding area. QDOBA's Mexican Cauliflower Mash is a low-carb alternative to rice, made with cauliflower oven-roasted in-house and blended with fresh cilantro, pico de gallo and sour cream. This flavorful and keto-friendly option has 6 grams of carbs per 4 oz. serving.
"More than ever, guests are seeking low-carb options—whether cooking at home or ordering from...
ANALYSIS: The Spread Between Wholesale and Retail Beef Prices
During the COVID-19, wholesale beef prices have moved through phases as the situation changed...
ANALYSIS: Turkey Cold Storage: Traversing Along a Bumpy Seasonal Path
The latest release of the USDA’s Cold Storage Report not only helps to speak to the solid supply positioning of major turkey lines, but it also highlights...
Panera Accelerates Digital Commerce and Off Premise Offerings
Panera is making it easier to order food through Google Search, Google Maps and Google Assistant. As more people search for and order food online, the integration with Google's platforms expands Panera's off-premise capabilities and accessibility to meet the customer where they are. Available at participating bakery-cafes across the country, guests can easily order their Panera favorites through Google for contactless Curbside Pick-Up or Delivery with the touch of a button. For a limited time, guests who order Panera through Google will receive 20% off their first Delivery or Curbside Pick-Up order of $20 or more.
The ability to order directly on Google will allow Panera to further embrace the growing trend of mobile food ordering, where guests can easily place an order directly from their local bakery-cafe. Seamlessly integrated with contactless payments including...
Cracker Barrel Old Country Store Offers Menu Enhancements to Kick Off Fall
Cracker Barrel Old Country Store announced it will welcome fall with new menu additions and limited-time seasonal items, including offering a classic comfort-food staple, Chicken Pot Pie, everyday.
In addition to the updated homestyle Chicken Pot Pie recipe, families can now enjoy a refreshed Kid's Menu and, for a limited time, they can savor the warmth of new seasonal beverages as well as the familiarity of a timeless dessert, Carrot Cake.
"Cracker Barrel has always been known as a place where families come together to connect," said Cracker Barrel Vice President of Culinary and Menu Strategy Cammie Spillyards-Schaefer. "As we move into this next season and continue to...
U.S. Restaurant Chain Transaction Declines Improve Into Single-Digits for the First Time Since March
In the week ending August 16, customer transaction declines at major restaurant chains improved into the single-digits after 21 weeks of double-digit declines, reports The NPD Group.
Customer transactions were down 9% in week ending August 16 compared to year ago, a 35-point gain from the steepest decline of 44% in week ending April 12, according to NPD’s CREST Performance Alerts, which provides a rapid weekly view of chain-specific transactions and share trends for...
Carl's Jr. Launches New Angus Beef Burger
In celebration of its newest craveable menu innovation, the Steakhouse Angus Thickburger, Carl's Jr. is offering an ultimate steakhouse dinner experience from the comfort of consumers' homes.
As many customers continue to look for new ways to elevate their nights in, Carl’s Jr. will partner with Nocking Point Wines to introduce a limited-edition “Carl’s Jr. x Nocking Point Wines Steakhouse Burger Box.” The box features a collection of...
McDonald's is Bringing a Spicy Spin to Its Chicken Nuggets
McDonald's has announced a pair of menu innovations arriving to U.S. restaurants this fall: Spicy Chicken McNuggets and Mighty Hot Sauce. Both will be available September 16 for a limited time at participating restaurants nationwide.
Breaded with a sizzling tempura coating made of both cayenne and chili peppers, these Spicy Chicken McNuggets are joining...
Papa John’s Reports Continued Strong August Sales in North America
Papa John’s International, Inc. provided preliminary estimated comparable sales information for the August fiscal period. In light of the uncertainty and volatility related to the pandemic, the company has continued to provide this information on a monthly basis.
President & CEO Rob Lynch said, “Papa John’s sales, driven by product innovation, remained strong in August. As we have added new customers throughout 2020, our customer satisfaction and brand affinity scores also...
ANALYSIS: Taking a Look At the Spread Between Ribeyes and Strip Loins
Typically, ribs and loins follow the same sort of trend, and are largely sought after in the foodservice sector. This year, with the pandemic, there has been...
Papa John's Introduces New Grilled Buffalo Chicken Papadia
Papa John’s is offering a new Grilled Buffalo Chicken Papadia for $6 until October 25.
The Grilled Buffalo Chicken Papadia is crafted from Papa John’s dough and comes loaded with grilled chicken and onions, held together by melty signature cheese, plus a three-cheese blend, all drenched in the saucey goodness of buttermilk-ranch and a tangy, fiery buffalo sauce.
For guests really looking to turn up the heat, Jalapeño Popper Rolls can be...
Domino's Introduces New Chicken Taco and Cheeseburger Pizzas
Domino's has introduced its newest specialty pizzas, the chicken taco pizza and the cheeseburger pizza, which were created for delivery.
"We're excited to add even more options to our lineup of delicious specialty pizzas," said Art D'Elia, Domino's executive vice president-chief marketing officer. "Now friends and family who are craving a taco or cheeseburger on pizza night won't be disappointed. Domino's new taco and cheeseburger pizzas are sure to...
Yum China Opens Taco Bell Store in Beijing
Yum China Holdings, Inc. announced the opening of a new Taco Bell store in Beijing, its first store in the capital city. The new store, located in Beijing's Liangmaqiao district, will open its doors to the public today.
"After much anticipation we are thrilled to bring this iconic brand to Beijing. The new store integrates Taco Bell's signature food and spirit into the local community and we are excited to welcome new and...
White Castle Teams Up with Postmates
Postmates has partnered with White Castle, America's first fast-food hamburger chain and the home of The Original Slider to offer customers on-demand delivery.
"White Castle has been serving its customers for almost 100 years, and we are proud to be a part of their...
Taco Bell Announces Plans for New Restaurant Concept
Taco Bell, a brand that prides itself in evolving to deliver on changing consumer behavior, is at it again. As seen in its recent menu evolution and digital rehaul, the brand has continued to redefine itself across all consumer touchpoints.
Now, Taco Bell is merging technological advancements, innovative operations and a people-first approach into its most modern Taco Bell expression yet: Taco Bell Go Mobile. The new restaurant concept allows Taco Bell, an industry leader in traditional drive-thru service, to push...
US Foods Launches New Ghost Kitchens Program
The future of foodservice doesn’t necessarily involve a restaurant store front.
US Foods is getting a jump on the post-COVID world of foodservice with the launch of US Foods Ghost Kitchens, a program designed to “guide restaurant operators every step of the way when opening their own operation.”
Restaurants were forced to shut their doors when coronavirus cases began to spread in the U.S. in mid-March. With restrictions in place that prevented in-house dining, restaurants were forced to rely on pickup or delivery. Those that have been allowed to...
QDOBA Promotes Eric Williams to Vice President of Franchise and License Operations
QDOBA announced the promotion of Eric Williams to vice president of franchise and license operations. In this role, Williams will directly support QDOBA franchisees in running their business and ensuring each location's overall success.
"I am proud to have Eric on my staff and look forward to many years of prosperity and growth for the QDOBA franchise and licensed businesses under his leadership," said Keith Guilbault, CEO of QDOBA. "He brings...
Restaurant Recovery Continues at Snail’s Pace in July as Consumers Await a Night Out
Recent findings have shown that as restaurant sales across the country improved just slightly in July with consumers both eager to eat out and worried that their favorite restaurant may be forced to shut down due to COVID-19 lockdowns.
According to the National Restaurant Association, consumers did spend more money at restaurants in July, however, the uptick was only a 5% jump from June as some states rolled back reopening due to an increase of COVID cases. In the previous two months, the jumps were over 25%...
Jollibee Opens New Location in Texas
Popular fast-food chain Jollibee, which hails from the Philippines, will open its first location in West Plano, Texas on Thursday, August 20, 2020. The store is located at 1016 Preston Road, Plano, Texas, 75093.
In the midst of the pandemic, Jollibee has continued to safely and successfully open stores across the country, opening its second location in the greater Houston area in Missouri City and third location in the greater Chicago area in June, as well as two locations across New Jersey in July...
Postmates And Panera Partner to Bring Panera Favorites Straight to Doorsteps
Postmates and Panera are teaming up to conveniently bring freshly prepared, wholesome soups, salads and sandwiches to customers at participating Panera locations nationwide. Whether customers are craving freshly baked bread, their morning coffee and pastry or a comforting bowl of mac and cheese, Postmates and Panera have them covered with contactless delivery. To celebrate this exciting partnership, Postmates and Panera have launched the "Food Mood" promotion featuring Postmates' first ever virtual "Food Mood" ring which will determine a surprise offer.
"At Panera, our goal is to make high quality, delicious food accessible for all. We are excited to partner with Postmates to provide a new level of convenience for customers and reach...
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Wendy's Adds Spicy Chicken Sandwich to 4 for $4 Meal Deal
Wendy's is introducing its Spicy Crispy Chicken Sandwich to Wendy's 4 for $4. The latest addition brings the heat with a spicy all-white meat crispy patty, crisp lettuce, mayonnaise, and a warm bakery bun.
The restaurant will also be offering a Postmates code offering free 4 for $4 Meal Deals with any $10 minimum purchase for a limited time. The sandwich will be available nationwide at participating Wendy's restaurants.
The 4 for $4 Meal Deal was first introduced...
QDOBA Enhances Menu with New Signature Eats Entrees
QDOBA announced the introduction of its new Signature Eats menu that offers its guests unique chef-crafted flavor combinations, while also increasing convenience and flexibility. Now, in addition to the ability to create your own entreé through customizable options, QDOBA makes it easy to find your flavor through its set of Signature Eats recipes.
"Our new Signature Eats entrees are perfect for both first-time visitors and loyal fans," says Karin Silk, vice president of menu & off-premises at QDOBA. "The dishes feature curated combinations of our popular and freshly-prepared flavors. They are also...
Red Robin Reports Results for the Second Quarter of 2020
Red Robin Gourmet Burgers, Inc. reported financial results for the quarter ended July 12, 2020.
Second Quarter 2020 Financial Summary Compared to Second Quarter 2019
FAT Brands Announces Planned Acquisition of Johnny Rockets
FAT (Fresh. Authentic. Tasty.) Brands Inc. announced that it has agreed to acquire the Johnny Rockets restaurant chain from an affiliate of private equity firm Sun Capital Partners, Inc. for approximately $25 million. The deal will be funded through cash on hand and proceeds generated from the Company’s securitization facility. The purchase is expected to be completed in September 2020. With the acquisition of Johnny Rockets, FAT Brands will have more than 700 franchised and company owned restaurants around the globe with annual system-wide sales exceeding $700 million.
Johnny Rockets was founded in 1986 with its first location on the iconic Melrose Avenue in Los Angeles, California. Known for its 1950s diner style décor, the chain serves up...
COVID-19 Forces Technomic to Revise Foodservice Industry Forecasts
With the COVID-19 pandemic continuing to leave its mark on the foodservice industry, research firm Technomic announced revisions to its foodservice forecasts for 2020 and 2021.
The data Technomic shared is presented through three scenarios: Best Case, Middle Case and Worst Case. In the “Middle Case” scenario, Technomic predicts foodservice industry will grow by 21% in 2021 following the massive drop-off in sales during 20201, but sales are expected to remain 11% lower from 2019...
ANALYSIS: Price Sensitivity Dictating Mexican Ham Demand
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Consumers Are Eager to Dine Out and Support Local
Fatigued by cooking at home, consumers are anxious to dine at their favorite restaurants according to a new Oracle Food and Beverage study. The survey found that 59% of US and 47% of UK consumers plan to dine-out as soon as they are able. In fact, as soon as it's deemed safe to reopen, 26% of US respondents and 14% of the UK said they plan to return in the first week.
Diners are looking for reassurance on cleaning procedures and technology to reduce contact with servers. Forty percent of those surveyed in the US and 39% in the UK said they would feel safer if they could view the menu from their mobile device, while...
PODCAST: The Grocerant Guru - Steve Johnson, An Expert on Innovative Distribution in the New Normal
What can protein producers be doing to get product into new and innovative channels? Laura sat down with Steve Johnson, the Grocerant Guru, to discuss just that. With extensive research and experience with ever-changing consumer trends, Steve shares his recipes for success...
Performance Food Group Company Reports Fourth-Quarter and Full-Year Fiscal 2020 Results
Performance Food Group Company announced its fourth-quarter and full-year fiscal 2020 business results.
Fourth-Quarter Fiscal 2020 Highlights
Sysco Sees Sales Drop in Fourth Quarter, Fiscal Year 2020 as COVID-19 Pandemic Impacts Foodservice
Sysco reported its fourth quarter and fiscal year 2020 financial results on Tuesday.
The company’s U.S. foodservice operations saw a 42.8% decrease in Q4 sales compared to the same period last year, totaling $6.1 billion.
Sysco also noted its gross profit decreased by 45.7% to $1.2 billion, and gross margin decreased 102 basis points to 19.1%, compared to the same period last year.
For its international foodservice business, Sysco noted a 53.4% drop in sales, totaling $1.4 billion for Q4 2020...
Papa John’s Announces Second Quarter 2020 Results
Papa John’s International, Inc. announced financial results for the three and six months ended June 28, 2020. The company also provided an update on the business impact of the global coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic.
“Faced with an unprecedented global challenge but guided by our values and purpose, Papa John’s achieved record sales in the second quarter,” said Rob Lynch, President & CEO. “Across the U.S. and those international markets where delivery-based businesses have remained open, we have safely and successfully met...
Domino's Pizza Announces Staff Changes
Domino's Pizza announced the appointment of Executive Vice President, Supply Chain Services, Stu Levy, as the Company's Chief Financial Officer, succeeding Jeffrey Lawrence, who earlier announced his intention to retire from the Company this year. Levy will report to Domino's Chief Executive Officer Ritch Allison.
At the same time, Domino's announced the promotion of Cindy Headen to Executive Vice President, Supply Chain Services, succeeding Levy. She will join the Company's executive leadership team and will report to CEO Ritch Allison. These changes will be effective August 20, 2020.
"In a relatively short period of time, both Stu and Cindy have made profound positive impacts on our Company," said Allison. "They are strong, capable leaders who are...
Restaurant Brands International Reports Second Quarter 2020 Results
Restaurant Brands International reported financial results for the second quarter ended June 30, 2020.
Jose Cil, Chief Executive Officer of Restaurant Brands International Inc. ("RBI") commented, "The COVID-19 pandemic has introduced a host of unprecedented challenges, but our proactive and coordinated response across the globe has helped drive a significant recovery in performance since March. I am so proud of our restaurant owners, our restaurant team members, and...
Aramark Prepared to Welcome College Students Back to Campuses Across the Country
As many college campuses make arrangements to safely open amid COVID-19, Aramark, a leading food and facilities partner with hundreds of colleges and universities across the U.S., is prepared to meet the safety and hygiene standards required in today’s ever-changing environment. This includes introducing a variety of new programs and service offerings to support a safe, enjoyable campus dining experience.
“As with many other aspects of campus life, dining services will look and feel a little different this Fall,” said Jack Donovan, President of Aramark’s Higher Education business. “Knowing health and safety is imperative for returning students and faculty, as well as...
Wendy's Reports Second Quarter 2020 Results
The Wendy's Company reported unaudited results for the second quarter ended June 28, 2020 and provided an update on the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on the Company's business.
"I continue to be extremely proud of, and humbled by, the tireless efforts and dedication from our employees, franchisees and supplier partners across the globe as we successfully manage through COVID-19," President and Chief Executive Officer Todd Penegor said. "Our business and restaurant economic model continue to show incredible resilience as we build momentum with U.S. same-restaurant sales accelerating to high-single digit growth in July, driven by...
Smashburger Announces Nationwide Launch of Fan-Favorite Colorado Burger
Smashburger is bringing back a fan-favorite menu item, announcing the return of its hometown burger. Launching today, the Colorado Burger is back by popular demand and available at all Smashburger locations nationwide for a limited time. In celebration of Smashburger's 13th anniversary and the restaurant's Colorado roots, Smashburger will host a single day promotion on Thursday, August 6, offering Smash fans who purchase any double or single Colorado Burger a second one for only 13 cents at participating restaurants.
As one of Smashburger's most beloved premium burger offerings, the Colorado Burger is made with Certified Angus Beef, and is topped with...
U.S. Restaurant Chain Customer Transaction Declines Remain Relatively Flat
U.S. major restaurant chain customer transactions were down 11% in the week ending July 26 versus year ago, reports The NPD Group. This is a modest improvement from the 12% decline versus year ago in the prior week, and a continuation of the relatively flat pattern seen over the last several weeks, according to NPD’s CREST Performance Alerts, which provides a rapid weekly view of chain-specific transactions and share trends for 75 quick service, fast casual, midscale, and casual dining chains representing 53% of the commercial restaurant traffic in U.S.
Customer transactions at major quick service restaurant chains were down 11% in the week ending July 26 compared to a year ago and were flat from the prior week, week ending July 19. Full service restaurants improved slightly with customer transactions down...
Jack in the Box Announces Departure of CFO
Jack in the Box announced that Lance Tucker, Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer, has provided his intent to resign and will be leaving the company effective within the next six weeks. The company has initiated a search for a new Chief Financial Officer. While the company searches to identify a successor, the senior members of the company’s finance department will assume Tucker’s responsibilities on an interim basis.
Dawn Hooper, the company’s controller, has been appointed to principal financial officer effective on Tucker’s last day. Hooper has been with Jack in the Box Inc. for almost 20 years, with her tenure in leadership positions within finance. She, in conjunction with Sean Bogue, the company’s treasurer, will ensure...
Ruth's Hospitality Group Provides Business Update and Financial Results for Q2 2020
Ruth’s Hospitality Group, Inc. provided a business update on the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic and reported unaudited financial results for its second quarter ended June 28, 2020.
COVID-19 Business Update:
During the second quarter of 2020, the COVID-19 pandemic continued to impact overall sales and traffic. As previously reported, Company-operated Ruth’s Chris dining rooms were closed in all domestic U.S. locations during April, and the Company transitioned its services to take-out and delivery operations in...
Under HEALS Act, Over Half of Restaurants Ineligible for PPP Loans
The National Restaurant Association is looking to change a threshold in the Senate HEALS Act which will currently make 55% of restaurants ineligible for another Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) loan.
Via a letter to Congressional leadership, the Association noted that small businesses with less than 300 employees will need to show 50% in quarterly gross receipts to apply for another round of PPP loans. At that level, over half of restaurants will be ineligible for the loans.
In order to get more restaurants the assistance they need, the Association...
Seven Lessons Foodservice Can Learn from a Pandemic
As states begin to reopen, restaurants are adapting to a new normal to welcome diners back. These adaptions include providing outdoor seating, incorporating stricter sanitary procedures, and paperless menus. According to a recent report by Datassential, there are seven lessons foodservice operators can learn from the COVID-19 pandemic that will benefit their business going forward.
The first lesson is goodbye fear, hello caution. As more places begin to ease coronavirus restrictions, consumers are feeling more comfortable returning to public spaces if certain safety measures are met. After restrictions are lifted, about 63% of those surveyed feel safe eating at a restaurant with outdoor dining. Around 54% feel safe returning to a convenience store, and the same percentage feel comfortable with...
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