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Chipotle Pilots Advanced Tehnology to Enhance the Employee and Guest Experience

Chipotle Mexican Grill today announced it is piloting advanced technologies to enhance its employee and guest experience by streamlining operations and reducing friction. The company recently began piloting two new technologies in its restaurants to deliver precise forecasting, optimal quality, and increased convenience for digital guests.

Kitchen Management System
In select Southern California restaurants, Chipotle is piloting a cook to needs kitchen management system that provides demand-based cooking and ingredient preparation forecasts to optimize throughput and freshness while minimizing food waste. Leveraging AI and machine learning, the system...

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Sep 27 9:15 AM, General News



Zero Egg Introduces the First Ready-to-Eat Plant-Based Scrambled Egg

Food-Tech Startup, Zero Egg, is Making it Easier Than Ever for Foodservice Operators and Manufacturers to Serve Plant-Based Eggs

Today, Food-tech startup Zero Egg has announced that it will soon release a game changing new product: Zero Egg Scoopable Scramble – the world's first ready-to-eat frozen plant-based scrambled egg.

Using cutting-edge technology, Zero Egg has developed a frozen scrambled egg that has the same taste and texture as an ordinary egg. This innovative product is set to be...

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Sep 27 8:00 AM, General News


Technomic Study Reveals Shifts in Foodservice Operator’s Path to Purchase

Technomic's newly released The Buyer’s Journey in the New Digital World Multi Client Study uncovers foodservice operators’ paths to purchase as well as the roles traditional, social and digital media play both directly and indirectly into the buying journey.

“To better understand how buying patterns in the market are transforming, we launched a brand-new study surveying 500 operators, as well as conducting in-depth interviews with operators via bulletin boards and at the National Restaurant Association Show, to explore purchase drivers, the role of digital ordering platforms, traditional sales..."

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Sep 26 8:00 AM, General News


Encinal Brands™ Salutes Personnel and Workers on National Food Service Employee Day September 25

Rapidly expanding Mexican quick-service restaurants celebrate more than 600 employees

Encinal Brands CEO and founder Ivan Flores remembers when he opened his first Blue Burro® restaurant in Long Beach in 2019. Less than 10 part-time and full-time employees pitched in and assumed multiple roles to help make the location the go-to place for authentic flavors of Tijuana and premium shakes. Today, Encinal Brands LLC is one of the fastest-growing restaurant groups in California and the Southwest with 40...

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Sep 23 9:24 AM, General News


Foodservice Update Q3 2022: Revisiting Growth Perspectives

The writing is on the wall: economic growth is in jeopardy due to macroeconomic challenges around the world. From severely high natural gas prices in Europe, which affect everything from fertilizer prices to milk powders, to a housing crisis, and continued partial lockdowns in China. Coupled with rising interest rates, softening equity markets, and negative real wage growth, consumer confidence surveys unsurprisingly outline a worsening outlook for demand. It is likely that the US and Europe will both be entering a recession over the next 12 months.

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In Europe and the...

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Sep 21 8:00 AM, General News


Restaurant Association Unveils Guide for Operators to Prep for Future Natural Disasters

The National Restaurant Association knows that restaurants are pillars of their respective communities.

Often, the Association has found that operators and employees are often the last ones out of the path of dangerous weather and the first one back in when the disaster has left the area. Because of this, the Association developed an industry-specific guide disaster prep guide, Always Ready: Natural Disasters.

“The time to plan for a disaster is before one unfolds. For restaurants, this is especially important because they meet...

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Sep 14 8:17 AM, General News


Next Level Burger Raises $20M to Fuel the Future of Plant-Based Restaurants

Next Level Burger, the nation’s first 100% plant-based burger joint chain, a phenomenon known for its crave-worthy vegan take on American burger joint classics, today announced it has successfully raised a $20 million funding round. Lead investors include a strategic organic and natural foods partner, private high-net-worth, mission-driven shareholders, as well as early stage vegan investor power couple Alex Payne, formerly of Twitter and Simple Bank, and Nicole Brodeur as minority stakeholders.

The capital infusion helps support Next Level Burger’s...

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Sep 14 8:00 AM, General News


Chipotle Introduces New Garlic Guajillo Steak Across the U.S., Canada and the Metaverse

Chipotle Mexican Grill ( NYSE: CMG) today announced its new Garlic Guajillo Steak will be available at Chipotle restaurants across the U.S. and Canada, and virtually in the metaverse, for a limited time. The brand's latest menu innovation introduces an entirely new flavor profile to Chipotle's menu featuring tender cuts of steak seasoned with the bold flavors of garlic and guajillo peppers. Earlier today, Chipotle became the first restaurant brand to officially unveil a new menu item in the metaverse by debuting Garlic Guajillo Steak...

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Sep 14 8:00 AM, General News


Celebrate National Cheeseburger Day with Applebee’s Handcrafted ‘Burger Bundles’ To Go

In celebration of National Cheeseburger Day on September 18, Applebee’s is offering its fans an online Burger Bundle deal consisting of any one of its delicious, Handcrafted Burgers paired with Classic Fries and Applebee’s exclusive MTN DEW Dark Berry Bash® for only $10.99.* For one day only, guests can order online at Applebees.com or the mobile app from their local Applebee’s restaurant to celebrate the tastiest day of the year with a complete Burger Bundle!

Applebee’s Handcrafted Burger Bundle includes the choice of the Bacon Cheeseburger, Whiskey...

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Sep 12 8:27 AM, General News


Burger King Plans to "Reclaim the Flame" and Boost Sales Through $400 Million Investment

Burger King unveiled its “Reclaim the Flame” plan with the hopes of accelerating sales growth and driving profitability for its franchisees.

The plan was developed alongside franchisees and was shared at its annual convention by President of Burger King North America, Tom Curtis.

Burger King will invest $400M over the next two years as it works to “Reclaim the Flame.” $150M will head to advertising and digital investments to “Fuel the Flame” while $250 million will focus on a “Royal Reset” involving...

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Sep 12 7:43 AM, General News


QDOBA Mexican Eats Debuts its Food to Austin, Texas through New Ghost Kitchen Partnership

QDOBA®, a leading fast-casual Mexican restaurant, is bringing its vibrant and flavorful food to Austin, Texas through the first of two ghost kitchens in the area. In partnership with national ghost kitchen operator, REEF Technology, QDOBA's Austin debut allows an increased number of QDOBA food lovers across the city to conveniently indulge in its tasty menu offerings. Ghost kitchens, also known as delivery-only restaurants, are commercial kitchens optimized for food delivery service apps such as Uber Eats and Postmates...

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Sep 9 9:40 AM, General News


Impact of a Recession on Foodservice

Introduction

Senior executives from leading financial institutions have been predicting that an extended economic downturn is becoming more likely by the day. But despite declining GDP and still-surging inflation, many executives have been hesitant to use the term recession when describing the prospects for the second half of 2022. This hesitancy is largely due to the fact that—despite all of the warning signs—there are also indicators such as consumer spending and low unemployment that defy historical conditions for a recession. So, where does that leave foodservice? How do we interpret the...

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Sep 1 9:16 AM, General News


Consumers Back to Eating at Home, Eyeing Bargains as Costs Continue to Rise

During COVID-19, consumers opted to cook at home, citing concerns surrounding the virus and a new work-from-home lifestyle, making prep more manageable.

Essentially over the past year, consumers have flocked to restaurants again. However, inflation has paused the recovery in the foodservice sector and consumers are deciding to save some cash and cook more meals at home again, according to The NPD Group (NPD) and Information Resources, Inc. (IRI).

“To offset rising food costs, consumers are bargain hunting when...

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Aug 24 10:04 AM, General News


Business, Industry Foodservice Operations Jumpy by 35% in Q2 as Employees Head Back to the Office

Places like worksite cafeterias are recovering from losses seen during the pandemic as workers head back to offices, The NPD Group shared in its latest update on Business and Industry (B&I) foodservice operations.

According to NPD, in the quarter that ended June 2022, broadline foodservice distributors increased their case unit shipments to B&I foodservice operators by 35% compared to a year ago.

“B&I is an important growth segment for foodservice manufacturers and their foodservice distributor partners,” said Tim Fires...

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Aug 9 10:13 AM, General News


2022 Canadian Foodservice Trends: Midyear Update

Forecasting the Future

Canada’s pre-pandemic $95 billion foodservice industry was battered by sales losses of nearly 29% as we entered 2021. While COVID-19-related restrictions—influenced by new caseloads and the looming impact of virus variants—may directly affect consumer visitation and behaviour in 2022, current Technomic research shows that the new year will also bring an upswing in the Canadian industry’s sales and overall performance. According to our latest data, Canada’s foodservice sector is expected to reach $74.8 billion, reflecting roughly a 21% increase over 2021 and just 3%...

 

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Aug 1 8:53 AM, General News


Restaurant Visits Drop Amid Inflation, Higher Menu Prices

U.S. consumers decided to limit their trips to restaurants during the second quarter of 2022, reported The NPD Group.

Inflation and the rise in menu prices led to a 2% dip in physical and online restaurant traffic when compared to a year ago and down 6% below the pre-pandemic levels seen in 2019.

“Consumers continue to deal with rising inflation and higher prices. We see three ways consumers respond to higher menu prices. They trade down to lower-priced items, cut back on the number of items ordered, or reduce restaurant...

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Jul 28 9:27 AM, General News


REPORTER: Former MLB Pitcher Todd Stottlemyre Dives Into Poke Concept

This article was originally featured in the Summer 2022 Edition of Urner Barry's Reporter magazine. Want a FREE subscription? Click HERE.

For World Series champion Todd Stottlemyre, entering the foodservice industry wasn’t something he was interested in.

Stottlemyre heard the war stories of former athletes getting into the foodservice industry and how some of those ventures didn’t have a storybook ending.

However, he was convinced to take a lunch and check out a restaurant concept. “I thought at least I’ll get a meal out of it,” he said frankly...

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Jul 22 8:09 AM, Urner Barry


Red Robin Reveals Limited-Time Steakhouse Summer Menu

Red Robin Gourmet Burgers and Brews is serving the sizzle this summer, bringing steakhouse flavors to their restaurants with their new Steakhouse Summer menu. The limited-time items put a Red Robin twist on familiar steakhouse dishes, continuing the brand's recent success of developing unique, innovative items that have guests saying YUMMM. With the new Savory Steakhouse Burger and Loaded Baked Potato Fries, guests are invited to experience the deliciousness of a steakhouse without any of the fuss.

"As we've seen with our most recent promotions, which exceeded our..."

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Jul 19 8:13 AM, General News


This Week in Retail: Consumer Spending in Question as Inflation Heats Up

Summer is heating up and so is inflation—clouding the outlook for consumer spending on food, travel, and beyond. 

According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, inflation climbed to 9.1% in June, more than what economists had anticipated. The latest figure was a nearly 41-year high and what some analysts considered to be a peak.

Increases in food and gasoline prices contributed to the relentless surge in inflation, which has elevated the cost of living and forced some households to reconfigure their spending habits...

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Jul 14 8:05 AM, UB Newswires


US Foods CHEF’STORE Opens 4 New Locations on East, West Coasts

US Foods will open four new CHEF’STORE locations in Merced and Santa Cruz, Calif., Helena, Mont., and Winston-Salem, NC, the company shared on July 5.

US Foods said the new locations will expand the reach of the brand’s offering and provide restaurant operators, food industry professionals, community groups and at-home chefs a warehouse-style retail solution to quickly stock up or replenish ingredients by the case and in individual quantities.

“The new CHEF’STORES will offer foodservice operators across Northern California...

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Jul 7 10:44 AM, General News


Technomic Takes a Mid-Year Look at its 2022 Foodservice Trends

As 2021 came to a close, research and insights firm Technomic dubbed 2022, the “Year of the Climb” for the foodservice industry. Six months later, the company released its latest whitepaper which provided a look at its predictions at the halfway point of 2022.

According to Technomic's Lizzy Freier, Director, Menu Research & Insights and Aimee Harvey, Senior Managing Editor the foodservice industry did witness a climb and improve compared to the pandemic-impacted years seen in 2020 and 2021.

However, the pair had much more to say...

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Jul 7 9:41 AM, SeafoodNews


This Week in Retail: Travel Season and Foodservice Demand

Following Independence Day, major retail buying occasions are few and far between until Labor Day. While the dog days of summer typically slow retail sales, they can spark interest in retail’s counterpart—foodservice.

The peak travel season, which is roughly from June through August, is usually beneficial for the restaurant sector. This summer, however, there are several variables at play that will influence travel plans, including high gas prices.

According to AAA, the national average for gas ticked lower to $4.80 a gallon, down eight cents over the past week. The downturn was mainly due to falling demand. While demand has softened, it could pick up again as more people plan vacations and hit the road this summer...

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Jul 7 8:00 AM, UB Newswires


UB Consulting: Has the Foodservice Industry Recovered?

It has been no surprise that the foodservice industry suffered during the pandemic. From the lockdowns to patron fear of catching COVID, we witnessed some of our favorite restaurants disappear. Still, the industry continues to fight battles along all fronts—inflationary pressures, rising employment costs, and supply chain disruptions, to name a few. It has been over two years since the emergence of the pandemic, which offers us the opportunity to dissect how the foodservice sector has coped up until now...

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Jun 23 8:35 AM, Urner Barry


TiNDLE Now Available At All Veggie Grill Restaurants Nationwide

TiNDLE – the "ridiculously good" plant-based chicken brand – announces its first national restaurant partnership with Veggie Grill, the largest 100% plant-based restaurant company in the U.S. with more than 30 restaurants in five markets and growing. This marks the availability of TiNDLE in more than 500 restaurants globally.

Established in Irvine, CA in 2006, Veggie Grill has grown to become the leading 100% plant-based restaurant group in the U.S., fueled by a vision and passion to help people begin, advance...

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Jun 16 8:00 AM, General News


Food Inflation Greater at Home than at Restaurants, MUFG says

Consumers who purchase food for in-home consumption have generally experienced higher price increases relative to what they pay for menu items at quick-service and fast-casual restaurants—a trend that makes restaurants more comparatively appealing, according to Nick Cole, Head of Restaurant Finance at Mitsubishi UFJ Financial Group (MUFG).

This is one of several key viewpoints in Cole's mid-year outlook on the restaurant industry, which also includes the abatement of labor shortages, disruptions in the beef supply, high real-estate utilization, and a potential acceleration in...

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Jun 15 9:29 AM, General News


Freddy's Launches All-New Double Bacon BBQ Steakburger Featuring Sweet Baby Ray's BBQ Sauce

Leading fast-casual restaurant concept, Freddy's Frozen Custard & Steakburgers, announced today they are releasing new products for a limited time at participating locations between now and late August, or while supplies last. The cooked-to-order Double Bacon BBQ Steakburger will be served on a toasted brioche bun with two sizzling patties, four slices of bacon, pickle planks, onions, American Cheese and topped with Sweet Baby Ray's BBQ Sauce®, which pairs perfectly with their fresh and creamy Key Lime Pie Concrete and premium white cheddar...

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Jun 15 6:51 AM, General News


Taco Bueno Debuts All-New Quesadilla Burrrger

The all-new Quesadilla Burrrger from Taco Bueno® combines two things you love into something you'll love more. 

This unique handcrafted creation, part Tex (burger), part Mex (quesadilla) is made with Nolan Ryan Beef® and piled high with house-made Pico de Gallo, guacamole, shredded lettuce, queso, Cholula® chipotle ranch dressing and smashed to perfection between two crisp, warm cheese quesadillas.

Offered at $6.99* a la carte or $8.99* when paired with chips, queso and a refreshing small drink, Taco Bueno's new Quesadilla Burrrger is...

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Jun 15 6:47 AM, General News


DoorDash Unveils Top 100 Most Loved Restaurants

DoorDash shared its first annual awards list honoring the top 100 Most Loved All Star Restaurants in the United States for 2022.

The restaurants included in the list are top-rated by users of the DoorDash platform and are exceptional at operations, with the company saying less than 1% of restaurants qualifying.

DoorDash said winners included poke shops to Italian eateries. It wants to set its partners up for success and growth and the list is meant to recognize and reward the best relationships on its platform...

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Jun 14 9:19 AM, General News


Aramark Commits to Reducing Greenhouse Gas Emissions From the Food It Serves by 25 Percent by 2030

Aramark (NYSE: ARMK), the largest U.S.-based food service provider, announced today it is the first contract catering company in the U.S. to sign World Resources Institute’s (WRI) Cool Food Pledge. By signing the Pledge, Aramark is committing to drastically reduce the greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions associated with the food it serves in the U.S. by 25 percent by 2030.

Cutting carbon emissions is a critical component of the company’s sustainability plan, Be Well. Do Well., focused on positively impacting people and the...

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Jun 14 7:37 AM, General News


New York City and Other Major Metro Areas are Coming Back from Pandemic Losses 

Spring Break and Pent-Up Demand Help to Advance Recovery of Lodging and Recreation Foodservice in April

Spring break 2022 was a stark contrast to two years ago when it was the height of the pandemic. Travel sources reported spring bookings up 134% from 2021, and the World Travel & Tourism Council projects that travel and tourism will reach pre-pandemic levels in 2022. As a result of more travel and tourism and the release of pent-up demand, case units shipped from broadline foodservice distributors to...

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Jun 8 9:11 AM, General News


Shawarma Press® Announces Grand Opening of Fifth Texas Location in Georgetown

The Nation's First Authentic Shawarma Franchise Brings Healthy Mediterranean Fare to the Masses Inside Walmart Stores

Shawarma Press, the rapidly expanding quick-service Mediterranean franchise owned by Dallas-based entrepreneurs Sawsan Abublan and Dr. Ehap Sabri, announced grand opening ceremonies slated for June 7 at its newest restaurant in Georgetown. Located in North Austin at 620 S. I-35 Suite 400 inside Walmart, Georgetown is one of five Shawarma Press locations currently operating throughout Texas, including restaurants inside Walmart stores in Arlington, Plano, and San Antonio, and the...

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Jun 6 9:49 AM, General News


Domino's® 50% Off Pizza Deal Is Back!

Domino's Pizza, Inc., the largest pizza company in the world, knows that pizza lovers always want the best deal, and starting today, they can take advantage of one so special, it hasn't been offered in more than two years! Hungry pizza fans can take advantage of 50% off menu-priced Domino's pizza when they order online between June 6-12.

"With wallets being squeezed and summer gatherings starting up, we thought this was a good time to bring back this tremendous deal," said Joe Jordan...

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Jun 6 8:04 AM, General News


Chili's "3 for Me" Offers Triple Threat of Value for Guests

In 1975, Chili's® Grill & Bar® opened its doors with a menu featuring a trio of tantalizing taste options for value-minded Guests. All these years later, we're still committed to offering a triple threat of delights at an affordable price, and now we're adding the option to customize in numerous ways. Allow us to introduce 3 for Me!

Guests can order customized meals inclusive of a non-alcoholic drink, appetizer and entrée starting at just $10.99. Featuring some of our most crave-worthy creations like chips...

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Jun 3 8:00 AM, General News


Grubhub Debuts MasterChef Table, Delivering Dishes from MASTERCHEF Alumni Directly to Diners' Homes

Today, Grubhub is launching MasterChef Table, a delivery-only virtual restaurant featuring recipes from MasterChef winners and fan favorites Kelsey Murphy, Dorian Hunter, Gerron Hurt, and Michael Silverstein. For 12 exciting seasons, Endemol Shine North America has produced MasterChef and captured America's attention by celebrating the best in culinary creations and now diners will have a chance to not only watch the series on Wednesday nights (8:00-9:00 PM ET/PT) on FOX, but also taste food from their favorite chef contestants, exclusively through Grubhub...

 

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Jun 1 1:00 PM, General News


Former VP of Franchise Sales & Development for Marco's Pizza, Joins PizzaForno

PizzaForno, one of North America's only automated pizzerias, appoints Travis Edmonson, former Vice President of Franchise Development at Mr. Gatti's Pizza and former Vice President of Franchise Sales & Development at Marco's Pizza, as Chief Development Officer.

Edmonson joins as the second former Marco's Pizza business leader this year to get behind this 24/7 digital pizzeria designed to combat labor shortages, food costs and rent rising. A strategic executive, Edmonson brings over 19 years of experience with an enthusiastic, resourceful, and creative approach to drive growth.

Passionate for the...

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Jun 1 9:29 AM, General News


Refraction AI Tests Autonomous Delivery at Two Chick-fil-A® Restaurants in Austin, TX

Refraction AI, a last-mile, autonomous robot delivery company, announced today it has deployed a fleet of its self-driving vehicles to provide energy-efficient meal deliveries at two Chick-fil-A restaurants located in downtown Austin, Texas. Refraction's innovative approach to last-mile delivery makes the cost, safety and sustainability benefits of self-driving technology available today by serving the rapidly growing demand for goods delivery across multiple categories.

Refraction's Robot-as-a-Service platform combines self-driving technology, tele-operations and a delivery...

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Jun 1 9:11 AM, General News


Chipotle Kicks Off Pride Month with 'Always Real' Actions for the LGBTQIA+ Community 

Chipotle Mexican Grill announced its 'Always Real' support for the LGBTQIA+ community in honor of Pride month. Chipotle worked with its PRIDE Employee Resource Group to identify pressing issues that members of the community face, and together developed its first-ever program dedicated to yearlong support.

'Always Real' Food
Food insecurity, the state of being without reliable access to enough affordable, nutritious food, disproportionately affects members of the LGBTQ community. LGBTQ adults living in the U.S. are nearly twice as likely to be experiencing food...

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Jun 1 8:44 AM, General News


Burger King® Celebrates Its Birthday With a New Limited-Edition Crown and Free Whopper Jr. Sandwiches

Burger King is keeping its birthday lit – flame-grilled, that is. Guests have loved the Home of the Whopper since 1954, and on June 1, the brand turns 68 years old. To celebrate, Burger King is launching a limited-edition birthday crown at participating restaurants nationwide and Royal Perks members can get a free Whopper Jr. sandwich with any $1+ purchase for one day only*.

Burger King has continued to reward its Royal Perks members with exclusive benefits they can’t find...

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Jun 1 8:23 AM, General News


Subway® Debuts Refreshed Catering Program

As more businesses are calling employees back to the office, they're finding a simple perk can smooth the transition: free meals. In fact, 93% of leaders report that more employees show up to the office on days when the company provides free food.

With more people returning to the workplace and get togethers on the rise, Subway®, one of the world's largest restaurant brands, is serving up a redesigned catering program, complete with new easy-order menu choices, convenient delivery and pick-up options, and improved packaging to make feeding a crowd simple...

 

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May 31 9:51 AM, General News


NPD Group: Restaurant Traffic Dips in April as Food Prices Soar

The NPD Group credited food inflation and rising costs of a meal in foodservice for the 4% decline in consumer visits to U.S. restaurants in April, compared to 2021.

NPD said that the price of a foodservice meal is up 9% when compared to April 2019 and traffic was down 11% when compared to the same month in 2019 before the pandemic.

Overall online and physical visits to quickservice restaurants (QSR) dropped by 4% and is 6% below the April 2019 pre-pandemic baseline. Traffic...

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May 25 9:42 AM, General News


IHOP® Selects TRAY POS as New Vendor

TRAY, an innovative Point of Sale and restaurant management platform geared toward Enterprise restaurants, today announced a multi-year deal with IHOP® restaurants in the US.

In this new partnership, IHOP will be upgrading its current POS systems to TRAY's system. The new system allows IHOP franchisees to leverage more efficient training, and allows for more up to date technology throughout the restaurants. Since TRAY technology uses Android-based hardware, it provides an additional cost-savings opportunity for franchisees and allows for rapid conversion with minimal restaurant disruption...

 

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May 23 8:36 AM, General News


Sysco to Deploy 800 Electric Trucks by 2026 for U.S. Customers

Food distribution giant Sysco signed a Letter of Intent (LOI) with truck manufacturer Daimler Truck North America (DTNA) to deploy nearly 800 battery-electric trucks set to serve Sysco customers by 2026, both companies announced jointly on May 19.

"Sysco is committed to making meaningful investments to support achievement of our climate goals, including those that encourage the development of electric tractors and trailers. We are eager to partner with a like-minded industry leader like Daimler Truck North America to deploy battery electric trucks nationwide,” said Marie Robinson...

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May 20 8:06 AM, SeafoodNews


Marco's Pizza® Promotes Ideal Pizza Pairings for Your Zodiac Sign While Mercury is in Retrograde

Marco's Pizza is here to fulfil everyone's obsession with the stars – and pizza! To embrace the inevitable occurrence of Mercury in Retrograde and combat any uninvited energy, Marco's Pizza and professional astrologer Lisa Stardust teamed up to get pizza lovers' lives back in delicious order.

As Mercury slows down from May 10 to June 3 and potentially causes miscommunications or disagreements across people's lives – there's one thing we can all agree on: that pizza can bring positive vibes to every situation...

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May 18 1:00 PM, General News


Mintel Announces 2022 Global Food and Drink Trends

In Southeast Asia, more than 50% percent of consumers* in Indonesia, Malaysia and Singapore worry that life will not be the same as it was before the pandemic, according to Mintel Global Consumer research on the holistic consumer.

A period of time that saw lockdowns, food panic buying and homes becoming offices impacted consumer behavior in a multitude of ways, including food becoming more than a source of sustenance, but also a source of reassurance. Mintel’s 2022 Global Consumer Trends explores these behavioral changes, with insight and recommendations for food, drink and...

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May 18 1:00 PM, General News


Now You Can Order Domino's® Pizza … With Your Mind

What if you could order pizza with your mind? Now you can, thanks to Domino's new mind ordering app. Domino's Pizza Inc., the largest pizza company in the world, is teaming up with Netflix to introduce the latest strange thing to come out of Hawkins National Lab.

Domino's mind ordering app is a new immersive experience which places "test subjects" inside Hawkins National Lab in Hawkins, Indiana – transporting them to the center of "Stranger Things" in 1986. Users can explore the lab, uncover Easter eggs, use their...

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May 16 9:26 AM, General News


Toast and US Foods Renew Strategic Partnership to Help Restaurants Streamline Operations and Thrive

Toast, the all-in-one digital platform purpose-built for the entire restaurant community, today announced the renewal of its strategic partnership with US Foods, a leading foodservice distributor that works with approximately 250,000 restaurants and foodservice operators across the US.

Toast and US Foods share core values of helping restaurants succeed. The renewed partnership will allow both companies to build deeper relationships with restaurant owners and foodservice operators, providing the right technology solutions to save the operator time, grow revenue and improve the customer experience...

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May 16 9:00 AM, General News


New Sweet Onion Steak Teriyaki Sandwich Headlines Summer Blockbuster Season at Subway®

Subway® knows what guests have been craving — and that is more Sweet Onion flavor. Today, Subway announced one of the brand's most beloved sandwiches is getting the refresh treatment with the debut of the Sweet Onion Steak Teriyaki. Available for a limited time only, this twist on a Subway classic packs a flavor punch of familiar sweet onion and savory teriyaki, with notes of soy, sesame, garlic and black pepper.

"The new Sweet Onion Steak Teriyaki is the long-awaited sequel our fans..."

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May 16 7:55 AM, General News


Domino's® Awards 'World's Fastest Pizza Maker'

Domino's Pizza Inc., the largest pizza company in the world, awarded the 2022 World's Fastest Pizza Maker title to Zagros Jaff among nearly 8,000 cheering spectators at The Venetian Resort in Las Vegas on May 10. Jaff, a regional manager in Hampshire, England, made three large pizzas in an impressive 70 seconds – that's equal to making each pizza in roughly 23 seconds! Jaff won $3,000 in prize money, a trophy, a championship belt and the coveted title of World's Fastest Pizza Maker, presented by Domino's Chief Executive Officer Russell Weiner...

 

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May 13 9:45 AM, General News


Fuzzy’s Taco Shop Launches Online Ordering for Catering

Fuzzy’s Taco Shop announces the launch of their online ordering platform for catering orders to make enjoying their scratch made favorites with family, friends, and coworkers even more convenient. The Texas-based restaurant group is recognized for their Baja-style fare with nearly 150 franchise- and corporate-owned locations in 17 states.

The growing taco shop concept partnered with Olo, a leading on-demand commerce platform powering the restaurant industry’s digital transformation, to integrate catering into their online ordering platform.

“We’ve seen our catering sales increase..."

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May 12 8:00 AM, General News


Marco's Pizza® Shifts to a 100% Cloud-Based Order Management Technology Platform

Marco's Pizza, one of the nation's fastest-growing pizza brands, unveils a major project to accelerate its digital capabilities and drive growth. The brand's strategic investments in technology and innovation center around migrating to a 100% cloud-based proprietary technology platform - Marco's Order Management System (MOMS).

This platform is designed to improve the customer experience as well as simplify operations for the franchisees and store team members. Testing is currently underway with plans to roll out first into all company-operated stores by year-end, with franchise...

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May 11 1:00 PM, General News


The Flavor Experts Bring Back Three Fan-Favorite Flavor Remixes

Wingstop fans love flavor and they're not afraid to show it. That's why Wingstop is bringing back three beloved flavor remixes: the zesty fire of Hot Lemon, the soulful tang of Bayou BBQ, and the savory punch of Lemon Garlic. These remixes are available now for a limited time in restaurants nationwide.

The remixes got their start when fans began posting on social media about combining two Wingstop flavors to create an original, new flavor from the distinctive, bold 11 flavors that anchor the menu on a daily basis...

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May 10 1:00 PM, General News


Foodservice Update Q2 2022: Foodservice in Troubled Times - Impact of the War in Ukraine

This is a special edition focusing on the impact that the war in Ukraine may have on the foodservice industry in the immediate and the longer term. Food and energy prices were already rising before the war began, and this conflict has amplified the trend, making clear that high prices will not revert any time soon. Also, foreign brands operating in Russia are exposed to reputational risks, which might have consequences in long term strategies.

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The consequences will differ, depending on the market and...

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May 10 9:04 AM, General News


Taco Bell® is Swapping Mundane Meals for Free Crunchy Tacos in International Markets

Starting May 9 in more than 25 markets around the world, Taco Bell is fighting a universal truth: having the same meal on rotation can get, well… boring and unappealing. So, the brand known for satiating just about every craving — on and off the menu — is introducing Taco Swap.

There are two types of people in this world, those who love Taco Bell tacos and those who haven't tried them yet. Taco Swap builds upon this idea by giving potential fans the opportunity to get excited...

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May 9 8:15 AM, General News


Papa John’s International Announces First Quarter 2022 Financial Results

Papa John’s International, Inc. today announced financial results for the first quarter ended March 27, 2022.

First quarter 2022 highlights compared to first quarter of 2021

- Total company revenues increased 6.0% to $542.7 million; global system-wide restaurant sales of $1.3 billion, up 5.3% (excluding the impact of foreign currency)
- Comparable sales up 1.9% in North America and 0.8% Internationally, lapping prior year gains of 26.2% and 23.2%, respectively
- 62 net unit openings driven by accelerating development activity and growing pipeline, especially Internationally...

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May 5 9:25 AM, General News


California Pizza Kitchen Celebrates Moms with the Return of Heart-Shaped Pizzas and Gift Cards

There are many ways to recognize mom or a motherly figure this year and California Pizza Kitchen (CPK), a global restaurant brand dedicated to serving creative California cuisine, is serving up more than one way to help you show her how much she’s appreciated this Mother’s Day.

Available for dine-in only on Sunday, May 8, guests can order any of their favorite CPK pizzas on heart-shaped crispy thin crust for no additional charge and any guest who dines on Saturday, May 7 and...

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May 4 9:26 AM, General News


Nathan's Famous Launches New Spicy Asian Barbecue and Slaw Menu Items

Nathan's Famous, the American tradition serving New York favorites for more than 100 years, announces the launch of its newest limited time only menu items, Spicy Asian Barbecue and Slaw with Kogi Sticky Spicy Wing Sauce. The menu items, now available through June 25, include the Spicy Asian BBQ Chicken Sandwich, Spicy Asian BBQ Slaw-Topped Hot Dog, Spicy Asian BBQ Chicken Tenders, Spicy Asian BBQ Chicken Wings, and Spicy Asian BBQ Chicken Fries & Slaw.

"We continue to expand our menu based on our customers' feedback and preferences, and..."

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May 3 9:22 AM, General News


Where's The Bacon? Wendy's Launches Breakfast Nationwide in Canada Today

Today is the day morning routines change forever with Wendy's® craveable breakfast menu launching nationwide in Canada, served from 6:30 a.m. to 10:30 a.m.* To celebrate the launch, Wendy's is giving customers one less reason to hit snooze with a FREE hot cup of their soon-to-be favourite coffee all day long at participating locations through May 29.** Customers will not want to miss out because for the first time ever, Wendy's is serving a new signature medium-roast coffee blend uniquely crafted for Canadian customers...

 

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May 2 9:44 AM, General News


Chipotle Tests Garlic Guajillo Steak in Select Markets

Chipotle Mexican Grill today announced it is testing Garlic Guajillo Steak at 102 participating restaurants in Denver, Indianapolis, and Orange County, Calif., starting tomorrow, May 3, for a limited time. The brand is also offering a $0 delivery fee with promo code DELIVER at U.S. restaurants from May 2 through May 6.

A New Way to Experience Steak at Chipotle

Building upon the brand's recent success with menu innovations including Smoked Brisket and Pollo Asado, Chipotle is testing a bold new flavor of steak in select markets. Garlic Guajillo Steak features...

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May 2 9:11 AM, General News


Zaxby's offers free Boneless Wings Meal for Teachers and Nurses Appreciation Week

Zaxby's, a premium quick-service restaurant known for its Chicken Fingerz™, wings and signature sauces, is celebrating National Teachers and Nurses Appreciation Week with a special 'Buy One, Get One' Boneless Wings Meal offer valid all day long on May 3, while supplies last. Zaxby's Boneless Wings Meal features five, tender, tasty boneless wings tossed in one of nine different sauces and is served with Texas Toast, crinkle fries and Ranch sauce.

Earlier this year Zaxby's introduced its new Buffalo Garlic Blaze...

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Apr 29 9:06 AM, General News


White Castle Surpasses 28 Billion Burgers Sold Since Founding in 1921

May is National Hamburger Month, and White Castle has a lot to celebrate. Besides being the first fast-food hamburger chain in the U.S. and the pioneer of the smaller-sized burger that ultimately became known as The Original Slider, the 101-year-old family-owned business has recently reached a significant milestone: all-time sales of its burgers — The Original Slider and Cheese Slider — have surpassed 28 billion. That includes 22 billion sliders sold in restaurants and another 6 billion sold through the company's retail division...

 

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Apr 29 8:12 AM, General News


Freddy's Frozen Custard & Steakburgers Announce Multi-Unit Agreement Signings for 64 New Restaurants

Growing Demand in Chicago Sparks Deal with Veteran Franchise Group to Bring 13 New Restaurants to Area

Leading fast-casual restaurant concept Freddy's Frozen Custard & Steakburgers announced today its significant Q1 franchise development success, signing six new multi-unit agreements that will bring a total of 64 new Freddy's locations to new and existing markets, including North Carolina, South Carolina, Texas, Louisiana, Illinois and California. Most notably, existing Freddy's franchisees of more than a decade, M&M Custard, inked an agreement to expand the brand's growing footprint...

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Apr 28 8:00 AM, General News


The NPD Group Announces 2022 Top 50 US Restaurant Chain Rankings

The NPD Group has ranked the top 50 U.S. restaurant chains based on sales estimates representing each chain’s total U.S. system for the year ending December 2021. Recovery was evident for the U.S. commercial restaurant industry in 2021 as pandemic restrictions lifted, vaccinations increased, and pent-up demand led to consumers dining out more. Restaurant online and physical visits increased by 9% in 2021 compared to the 12% decline in 2020. Similar to the overall restaurant trend, aggregate sales for the top 50 chains grew 15%, from...

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Apr 28 8:00 AM, General News


SONIC Drive-In Celebrates Teacher Appreciation Day with $1.5 Million Donation and Free Cheeseburgers

In honor of Teacher Appreciation Day on Tuesday, May 3rd, SONIC Drive-In will match up to $1.5 million in donations to DonorsChoose, a national nonprofit that allows individuals to donate directly to public school classroom requests submitted by teachers. SONIC is also thanking teachers by offering a free cheeseburger with purchase to all enrolled in the SONIC Teachers’ Circle, a free rewards program exclusively for educators available through the SONIC App.*

Funded through every drink purchase,** SONIC’s Limeades for Learning...

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Apr 28 8:00 AM, General News


Make Mother's Day Great with a Sides Lovers Meal from KFC® and the Buckquet from Proflowers®

This Mother's Day, KFC and Proflowers are helping you celebrate mom like never before – introducing the Kentucky Fried Buckquet, a DIY floral arrangement that, once assembled, can be part fried chicken, part fresh flowers and altogether amazing.

Order a KFC Sides Lovers Meal for Mother's Day via the KFC mobile app or kfc.com (offer online only, not available in restaurants) between May 1-3 and receive a promo code to redeem your very own free Kentucky Fried Buckquet kit from Proflowers*...

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Apr 27 1:00 PM, General News


Restaurant Carry-Out is Losing Out to Delivery and Drive-Thru As More Convenient Ordering Options 

More than half of carry-out orders are placed at the counter

Restaurant carry-out, which dates back to ancient Rome, has provided a convenient eating solution for time-strapped civilizations for ages. However, with consumers always looking for the next level of convenience, like not getting out of the car, delivery and drive-thru orders have taken hold, making carry-out the less convenient service mode, reports The NPD Group. Carry-out orders were lagging drive-thru and delivery orders before the pandemic...

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Apr 27 8:52 AM, General News


TacoTime Introduces New Impossible Nacho Burrito

TacoTime® (www.TacoTime.com), known for serving freshly prepared, home-style Mexican fare, is offering a new option with the Impossible™ Nacho Burrito which will be available for a limited time in stores until July 26.

The Impossible™ Nacho Burrito features Impossible™ Meat Made From Plants, Black Beans, Cheese Sauce, Jalapeños, Sour Cream, Homemade Salsa Fresca and Tortilla Strips.

"We are thrilled to feature a new item on our menu during the spring and summer months," said Kim Heath, senior director of marketing for Kahala Brands®, parent company of TacoTime®...

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Apr 27 8:08 AM, General News


McDonald's USA Helps Fans Unleash Their McNugget Persona with In-App Deal on April 27

There's no wrong way to enjoy Chicken McNuggets® – whether you use them as a delicious way to get to your fave dipping sauce, eat all the McNugget shapes in a specific order, or swear by your own menu hack (like dunking your McNuggets into a McFlurry®... IYKYK).

Some people may not understand the way you roll, but we do. Take the McNuggets Personality Quiz to find out if you're the Creative Type, Sauce Superfan, Shape Connoisseur or Sharer. Then, test out your...

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Apr 26 10:02 AM, General News


White Castle® Celebrates Successful First Year in Orlando

White Castle®, America's first fast-food hamburger chain, opened its restaurant in Orlando, Florida, to much fanfare on May 3, 2021, and the excitement has yet to subside. In nearly 12 months since the grand opening, the restaurant has become the top performer among White Castle's more than 350 restaurants, on pace to sell 5 million Sliders by its anniversary date.

Besides selling a record number of hot-and-tasty Sliders of all varieties, the Orlando location used 40,000 freshly cracked eggs to make its tantalizing breakfast Sliders...

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Apr 25 9:49 AM, General News


Turning Point Restaurants Announces First Franchise Agreement

Turning Point Restaurants, the award-winning breakfast, brunch and lunch concept, has announced its first franchise agreement. The brand's first franchise location will open in May, just four months after the brand launched its franchise opportunity. Dave T. Vazquez and Eric Brandow of RNF LLC are expanding Turning Point's footprint in Pennsylvania, with plans to open a location in Upper Dublin Township. The newest restaurant will mark 22 total Turning Point locations across New Jersey, Pennsylvania and Delaware.

"Nowadays, it's rare to find a quality brand you can trust. Turning Point is..."

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Apr 25 9:32 AM, General News


QDOBA Mexican Eats® Celebrates Earth Day with a Spotlight On Plant-Based Menu Items

QDOBA, the leading fast-casual Mexican restaurant known for making the world a more flavorful place, commemorates Earth Day 2022 by encouraging fans to go plant-based without compromising flavor. Impossible Beef Made From Plants has become a mainstay in many delicious entreés on the QDOBA menu, including the signature Impossible™ Fajita Bowl and other dishes thoughtfully enjoyed by guests from coast to coast. QDOBA fans are encouraged to invest in the earth by choosing the flavorful, plant-based protein for their next meal...

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Apr 22 1:15 PM, General News


Chipotle Releases 2021 Sustainability Report

Chipotle Mexican Grill today published its 2021 Sustainability Report Update, which showcases its efforts across People, Food and Animals, and the Environment. The report covers Chipotle's impact, progress and goals in areas that play a critical role in its mission to Cultivate a Better World.

A best-in-class employer, Chipotle enhanced its employee offerings last year with leading wages, referral bonuses, and paved clear pathways for advancement. Crew members can become a Restaurateur, the highest General Manager position, in as little as three and a half years, with potential total compensation of...

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Apr 22 9:05 AM, General News


White Castle's New 1921 Slider, Now Available at All Castles

For the first time in several years, White Castle is rolling out a new, permanent menu item — a slider inspired by the very first hamburger White Castle made when it opened its doors in 1921.

Called The 1921 Slider®, the new burger marks 101 years of slider innovations.

"The 1921 Slider brings our menu full circle to the hamburger that started it all," said Lynn Blashford, chief marketing officer for White Castle. "It's been so popular in our limited release that we can't wait for Cravers in all of..."

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Apr 21 8:00 AM, General News


Whataburger Hires New Chief People Officer

Whataburger has hired Peggy Rubenzer as its new Senior Vice President and Chief People Officer. Rubenzer is a seasoned executive with more than 30 years in the human resources industry, building people teams at True Food Kitchen, Shake Shack Enterprises, PF Chang's China Bistro Inc., Southwest Airlines and more.

During her time at True Food Kitchen as their Chief People Officer, Rubenzer oversaw all HR-related functions, from leadership development to compensation, benefits, performance management and training. Prior to joining True Food in 2019, Rubenzer held the Senior Vice President and Chief People Officer...

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Apr 21 8:00 AM, General News


Americans Plan to Go Big for Mother's Day this Year: OpenTable Data Shows Reservations are Up 39%

After two years of canceled celebrations and plans, Mother's Day dining is back in full force. Data from OpenTable shows that Mother's Day reservations are up 39% compared to pre-pandemic 2019 and 13% compared to 2021. Americans are feeling the excitement: according to a recent survey, 45% of those celebrating Mother's Day are planning to make up for lost time by "going big" for their mom or a mom-like figure this year.

But some things never change...

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Apr 21 8:00 AM, General News


Chipotle Launches $50 Million Venture Fund to Foster Innovation

Chipotle is launching a $50 million venture fund.

Chipotle Mexican Grill is hoping to revolutionize the restaurant industry.

The quick-service restaurant chain announced the launch of Cultivate Next, a venture fund that will support seed-to-Series B stage companies that focus on increasing technology and innovation in restaurant operations and align with its mission to “Cultivate a Better World.” The fund will have an initial size of $50 million and will be financed solely by Chipotle.

The fund launch comes as the company is continuing its...

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Apr 20 9:19 AM, General News


Smokey Mo's TX BBQ Announces Expansion Plans Through Franchise Growth, Company Rebrand

Smokey Mo's TX BBQ, the authentic Texas barbeque chain with 16 locations throughout Central Texas, begins expansion in major Texas cities with a rebranded look as the company primes for franchise growth.

Smokey Mo's is executing a bold growth strategy, opening more corporate stores and franchise opportunities with the goal of adding 32 locations to the company by 2025. The company is focusing on expansion in Austin and San Antonio, followed by Houston, Dallas-Ft. Worth and the Waco-Temple-Bryan area.

"We are committed to growing our..."

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Apr 20 8:49 AM, General News


Papa Johns Appoints Joe Sieve as Chief Restaurant Officer

Papa John’s International, Inc. today announced the appointment of Joe Sieve as the Company’s new Chief Restaurant Officer. Mr. Sieve, who will begin his new position on May 2nd, will oversee the operations of Papa Johns corporate and franchise restaurants in North America, reporting to Max Wetzel, EVP, Chief Commercial Officer.

Mr. Sieve brings broad-based experienced as a strategic operator and development leader for major industry players, including Domino’s and Inspire Brands. He began his career out of college as a franchisee and later built a portfolio of 58 Domino's...

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Apr 20 8:27 AM, General News


California Pizza Kitchen Introduces New Menu Including Expanded Lunch Duos

California Pizza Kitchen (CPK), a global restaurant brand dedicated to serving creative California cuisine, is celebrating the freshness of the season with the debut of a new menu available at locations nationwide*. In addition to all-new items designed with a California state of mind such as Wild Mushroom + Brie soup and Baja Crunch salad, CPK has expanded their popular Lunch Duos to include new sandwiches and CPK’s pizzas which can be paired with a salad or soup - a quick and unrivaled lunch option perfectly suited for time-pressed...

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Apr 19 9:47 AM, General News


UB Consulting: Is Rising Inflation Shifting Retail and Foodservice Demand?

Consumer prices continue to rise amidst economic turbulence. Ongoing COVID complications, global supply chain issues, and an unresolved Russia-Ukraine conflict have all attributed to rising prices for the consumer to some degree. As many continue to anticipate further interest rate hikes by the Federal Reserve to combat inflation, retailers and foodservice establishments may experience a shift in consumer demand with rising prices...

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Apr 14 9:10 AM, Urner Barry


Baja Fresh Brings on the Birria with New Tacos for a Limited Time

Baja Fresh Mexican Grill® (www.BajaFresh.com), the fast-casual fresh Mexican food chain, introduces two new menu items for a limited time. From April 11 to July 10, new Birria Tacos along with a Churro and new Dulce de Leche dipping sauce will be added to Baja Fresh menus nationwide.

Guests can now enjoy this traditional favorite:

- Birria Taco Combo – Two grilled tacos made with mild chile-soaked corn tortillas stuffed with marinated steak, cheese, salsa 6 chiles and onion & cilantro mix. Served with a side...

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Apr 14 8:12 AM, General News


FAT Brands’ Quick-Service Division Continues Strong Growth Momentum

FAT (Fresh. Authentic. Tasty.) Brands Inc., parent company of Round Table Pizza, Great American Cookies, Marble Slab Creamery, and 14 other restaurant concepts, announces its Quick-Service Division has signed 20 new development deals, totaling over 50 additional units, following the acquisition of Global Franchise Group in June 2021. The acquisition marked FAT Brands’ foray into both the snack and pizza categories, adding the following brands: Round Table Pizza, Great American Cookies, Marble Slab Creamery, Hot Dog on a Stick and Pretzelmaker...

 

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Apr 14 8:10 AM, General News


Wendy's $5 Biggie™ Bag Now Comes with Choice of Sandwich

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Looking to find a value meal that is flavorful, satisfying AND doesn't break the bank? Look no further. Wendy's® iconic $5 Biggie™ Bag now comes with the choice of a Jr. Bacon Cheeseburger, Double Stack™, or classic Crispy Chicken BLT. That's right, three flavor-bursting sandwiches featuring fresh, never frozen beef*, Applewood smoked bacon or all-white meat chicken. Get your choice of sandwich, 4-piece chicken nuggets (Spicy or Crispy), small fries and a small soft drink all for just. five. dollars...

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Apr 13 8:00 AM, General News


Nathan's Famous to Pilot With Let us Nudge in 15 Locations Throughout the U.S.

Nathan's Famous, the American tradition serving New York favorites for more than 100 years, announces its partnership with Let us Nudge, an emergent restaurant technology solution that provides table seating efficiencies during both busy and slow times. We expect the Let us Nudge technology will enable Nathan's to increase sales through campaign management and targeted coupons at 15 Nathan's Famous locations throughout the country with the Nudge@Home platform.

"At Nathan's Famous, we are always seeking partners with innovative technology that enables us to offer our customers..."

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Apr 12 8:55 AM, General News


American Airlines Center Scores with Fully Integrated, Autonomous Food & Beverage Destinations

American Airlines Center today announced the opening of two new frictionless food and beverage experiences. In collaboration with hospitality partner Levy and its innovation studio, DBK Studio, The Center has opened a new Market To-Go shop on the arena’s Terrace Level, with a second location on the Main Concourse of the arena to open later this month.

Powered by autonomous retail technology from Standard AI and mobile payment technology from SpotOn, the markets are among the first food and beverage destinations at a North American sports venue that...

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Apr 12 8:00 AM, General News


Checkers® & Rally's® Rolls Out the New Bistro Buford

Checkers & Rally's, an iconic and innovative drive-thru restaurant chain known for its bold and flavorful food at an exceptional value and its people-first attitude, today rolls out the Bistro Buford to all burger fans nationwide, packing irresistible taste into every savory bite. All other burger look-a-likes 'mayo' now step aside.

Checkers & Rally's new Bistro Buford features two large hand-seasoned, all-beef patties and two strips of bacon paired with melted Swiss cheese, savory creamy Dijon mayo sauce and crispy parmesan-dusted...

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Apr 11 2:25 PM, General News


Cosmic Wings Expands Reach with DoorDash and Grubhub to Deliver Out-of-this-World Menu

Cosmic Wings today announced a partnership with DoorDash and Grubhub that will open a whole new universe to wings fans. Guests can now order their favorite Cheetos®-dusted wings and menu items from Cosmic Wings through DoorDash; and preparing for take-off two weeks later on April 15, Cosmic Wings will be available on Grubhub.

The Cosmic Wings menu includes a selection of crowd pleasers like chicken tender dippers, waffle fries and onion rings...

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Apr 11 8:06 AM, General News


Technomic Reports Top 500 Chain Restaurant Sales Recovered Past Pre-Pandemic Levels in 2021

Technomic has released one of its most highly anticipated reports, the 2022 Top 500 Chain Restaurant Report, which includes expert findings and insights into the sales performance of U.S. chain restaurants in 2021. The report is built using decades of historical data, providing a detailed analysis of the foodservice industry and overarching trends; annual sales and unit counts by chain and segment; and pandemic-related recovery metrics.  

“2021 was a year like no other for the Top 500 chain restaurants,” said Kevin Schimpf, director, industry research...

 

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Apr 11 7:49 AM, General News


Chicken n' Biscuits by Cracker Barrel™ Enters the Chicken Sandwich Competition

Cracker Barrel Old Country Store® has announced its original virtual brand Chicken n' Biscuits, known for serving up hearty portions of delicious chicken-forward meals and fresh biscuits, will now offer a new, exclusive Homestyle Chicken Sandwich at 400 locations nationwide via DoorDash, Uber Eats and Grubhub. The new Homestyle Chicken Sandwich is built from the brand's quintessential chicken fried chicken – hand-breaded fried chicken with signature breading, perfectly crispy on the outside and perfectly juicy on the inside. The sandwich is adorned with fresh pickles and...

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Apr 8 9:32 AM, General News







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