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Little Caesars® Debuts New Pizza Creation Inspired by Gotham City's Caped Crusader
Little Caesars, home of the HOT-N-READY® and the Crazy Calzony™, is partnering with the all-new film The Batman to bring fans of the legendary comic book character for a global promotion featuring a one-of-a-kind new product, The Batman Calzony. The Batman is coming to theaters in North America March 4 and internationally beginning March 2, 2022.
The Batman Calzony is created by combining a pizza lover's own dynamic duo: calzone and pizza. This bat-shaped product features a tantalizing...
Five Guys Enterprises Renews Its Food Safety Partnership with ComplianceMate
Five Guys, an international restaurant chain founded in 1986, has renewed its agreement with CM Systems LLC and its ComplianceMate food safety software through 2025. Unlike other QSR concepts, Five Guys does not use frozen meat in its burgers. All food is cooked fresh, and the storage of ingredients within Five Guys' refrigerators is very closely monitored for quality and food safety.
Jim Gibson, Vice President of Food Safety and Quality Assurance for Five Guys, says, "ComplianceMate continues to prove itself to be the best solution for all of our..."
Hard Rock Cafe Launches Pilot Program for New Burger in Partnership with Lionel Messi
Hard Rock Cafe announces the launch of the pilot program for the brand-new Messi Burger, the latest innovation in Hard Rock International's "LIVE GREATNESS" campaign in partnership with Lionel Messi. Starting today, the burger will be exclusively available at the Hard Rock Cafe Miami, FL and Hard Rock Cafe Hollywood, FL before its global release on March 1.
A tribute to the soccer sensation's ideal burger components, the Messi Burger consists of ten flavorful ingredients for a game-changing take on Hard Rock's...
Donatos Expands Menu with NEW Plant-Based Pepperoni in Partnership with Field Roast™
Donatos, the #1 premium brand of delivered pizzas in the country, is ready to help customers with a very achievable New Year's resolution: eat more vegetables. The family-owned pizza brand announced it will be introducing plant-based pepperoni in partnership with Field Roast™ in nearly 170 Donatos locations starting January 1, just in time for the new year.
Field Roast™ Plant-Based Pepperoni is authentically crafted using pea protein and traditional Italian seasonings—like garlic, black pepper, fennel, anise, cayenne, and...
Sysco Announces Partnerships to Enhance Supplier Diversity
Sysco Corporation (NYSE:SYY), the leading global foodservice distribution company, today announced five new partnerships that will enhance Sysco’s supplier diversity initiatives.
Sysco will partner with Disability:IN, National LGBT Chamber of Commerce (NGLCC), National Veteran-Owned Business Association (NaVOBA), The National Minority Supplier Development Council (NMSDC) and Women’s Business Enterprise National Council (WBENC). These partnerships will facilitate relationships with qualified diverse suppliers.
“As a leader in the foodservice industry, these new partnerships will help Sysco develop future diverse suppliers critical to meeting the evolving needs of our customers,” said Judy Sansone, executive vice president...
JD Fresh Partners with World’s Largest Meat Supplier JBS
JBS, the world’s largest meat supplier, partnered with JD Fresh, JD.com’s fresh food business, marking the Brazil-based meat supplier’s first foray into retail business in China. Under the partnership, JBS will launch a flagship store on JD.com.
With 220 factories across the world, JBS offers a wide selection of beef products from many countries, such as Brazil, the United States, Australia, and more.
Through the partnership, JD Fresh will help JBS connect with over 550 million customers on JD.com, providing Chinese consumers with diverse and high-quality choices of meat...
NIMBUS Inc. Facilitates Year-Long Partnership Between Kentucky Fried Chicken® and Jack Harlow
NIMBUS, a nationally recognized, strategic multicultural marketing agency headquartered in Louisville, Kentucky has brought forward one of the largest partnerships just in time for 2022, KFC x Jack Harlow. The year-long partnership between two of Kentucky's largest conglomerates is set to bring about a younger, more diverse consumer to the KFC brand while leaning into menu innovation and providing a plethora of experiences for Jack's fans across the country.
While the vision of the creative framework and talent acquisition was brought to life by...
Green Circle Foodtech Ventures Announces the Launch of Fund I with Participation from Hormel Foods
Green Circle Capital Partners is pleased to announce the launch of their venture capital division, having conducted a first closing for Green Circle Foodtech Ventures I (GCFV) with the anchor investment coming from 199 Ventures, the venturing company of Hormel Foods.
“Having a leading global branded food company in our corner, providing support and resources for portfolio companies, is incredibly exciting and opportune for us and for the companies in which we will invest,” said Stu Strumwasser, founder of Green Circle and Co-Managing...
Analysts say McDonald's, Beyond Meat Plan Big U.S. 2022 McPlant Expansion
McDonald's Corp is planning a major expansion of its plant-based burger with Beyond Meat Inc in the United States in 2022, according to two Wall Street analysts.
The companies began testing the "McPlant" patty in eight McDonald's U.S. locations in November. Those restaurants have been selling enough of the sandwiches - as many as 70 per day - to warrant an expansion of the trial, the analysts said.
McDonald's said when it announced the tests that customers would have to wait for more updates. The company declined to provide new...
Tyson Foods Donates 600,000 Meals for Storm Relief in Kentucky, Tennessee
Tyson Foods is donating 600,000 meals (150,000 pounds of protein) and deploying other disaster relief efforts to help support parts of Kentucky, Tennessee and other states devastated by the recent tornadoes.
The company is partnering with Walmart to help feed families and relief workers in Mayfield, Kentucky, which is home to Tyson team members who work at its poultry complex in nearby Union City, Tennessee. Plans are also underway to provide food and other assistance in Bowling Green, Kentucky, as well as other nearby communities. Food will also...
Blue Apron Now Available with Amazon Alexa
Blue Apron recipes are now available with Amazon Alexa, allowing for easier home cooking and more culinary exploration. Customers can prepare their Blue Apron Two-Serving and Four-Serving recipes with hands-free instructions on Alexa-enabled devices. In addition, individuals with Echo Show devices have the option to order select Blue Apron meal kits, no subscription required.
“We continue to add more product flexibility that addresses our customers’ diverse cooking interests and desire for unique flavors. Through this collaboration, Alexa customers in the United States can now prepare our..."
Cargill, Vattenfall and Windpark Hanze Accelerate the Green Energy Transition in the Netherlands
Cargill and Vattenfall partner with Windpark Hanze in the Netherlands, who will build a wind farm that is expected to reduce CO2 emissions by approximately 350,000 metric tons a year, which is equivalent to providing electricity for more than 95,000 homes in the Netherlands per year once construction is complete.
The onshore wind farm, consisting of 15 wind turbines, will be commissioned in the Flevoland province near the city of Dronten. It will have a total installed capacity of 90 megawatts and will go into full...
There's a Glitch in the Matrix and Denny's is Offering Free Delivery and Other Glitchy Offers
Denny's, one of the nation's largest full-service family restaurant chains, is entering The Matrix through a new partnership with Warner Brothers, the film studio producing the fourth installment of the blockbuster franchise starring Keanu Reeves. During this limited-time promotion that starts Cyber Monday (November 29), Dennys.com and the new Denny's iOS and Android apps will transport guests into a real-life version of The Matrix where they will experience personalized "glitches" that were created just for them in their...
New Barn Organics Launches Regenerative Organic Certified™ Pasture Raised Eggs
When New Barn Organics decided to partner with NestFresh Eggs earlier this year on its first egg products, co-Founder Ted Robb wanted to ensure the brand's deep commitment to premium organic products was a focal point of this new partnership.
"NestFresh is one of the largest egg producers in the country, and there was no question that they could handle the day-to-day operations of our brand," says Robb. "But what really excited our team was their genuine desire to support our deeper mission and..."
Blix Partners with REEF on Delivery Order Locations
REEF Technology Inc. the largest operator of virtual restaurants, logistics and proximity hubs in North America, announced today its partnership with Blix Ltd ("Blix"), an integrated food technology system.
The partnership will allow REEF to offer Blix's wide range of nutritious meals through their delivery kitchens. REEF will blend Blix pouches using their smart food maker in their ghost kitchens and deliver orders through UberEats, Doordash and Grubhub. Whereas previously consumers would need to purchase the smart foodmaker from Blix to make and enjoy their products, this partnership will deliver their...
Dine Brands International Announces First Virtual IHOP® Location in North America
Dine Brands International today announces the debut of its first virtual IHOP location in Toronto, Canada as part of its partnership with Ghost Kitchens Brands, which owns and operates a network of virtual kitchens across the continent, featuring items from more than 20 well-known restaurants and CPG brands.
At its 60 Sudbury St. location in Toronto’s Liberty Village area, guests can now enjoy a selection of IHOP’s World-Famous Pancakes, Breakfast Combos, Omelettes, Burritos, Bowls, and more for takeout and delivery. Ghost Kitchen Brands’ direct...
Natural Grocers® Scales High-Quality Product Sourcing with RangeMe
Natural Grocers® is partnering with RangeMe, the industry standard online product sourcing platform for retailers and suppliers, to streamline the search for innovative products that meet their high-quality standards for customers.
"Our new partnership with RangeMe will help immensely in streamlining Natural Grocers' vendor submission program," explained Laura Perkins, Natural Grocers Vice President of Purchasing. "The digitization of the process means that before samples are even sent we can quickly see which vendor submissions meet our high-quality standards. The efficiency this brings to our process helps..."
Rutgers Athletics, Jersey Mike's Partner on Arena Naming Rights
Rutgers Athletics and Jersey Mike's Subs have reached a multi-year agreement to make the fast-casual sub sandwich franchise an official naming rights partner of Rutgers Athletics. The newly named Jersey Mike's Arena is home to nationally-recognized programs in men's and women's basketball, wrestling, gymnastics and volleyball, in addition to future concerts and events.
"Jersey Mike's is the perfect partner for Rutgers Athletics," said Pat Hobbs, Rutgers Director of Athletics. "Our New Jersey brand extends beyond our borders; it is a state of mind that speaks to our core..."
Sanderson Farms Stockholders Approve Combination with Cargill and Continental Grain Company
Sanderson Farms, Inc. announced that at a special meeting of stockholders held earlier today, its stockholders approved the previously announced agreement for a joint venture between Cargill and Continental Grain to acquire Sanderson Farms for $203 per share in cash. Upon completion of the transaction, Cargill and Continental Grain will combine Sanderson Farms with Wayne Farms, a subsidiary of Continental Grain, to form a new, privately held poultry business.
“We are pleased Sanderson Farms stockholders approved this transaction and thank them for their support,” said Joe Sanderson, Chairman...
BASF and Cargill expand partnership for the Animal Feed Industry
BASF and Cargill are expanding their partnership in the animal nutrition business, adding research and development capabilities and new markets to the partners’ existing feed enzymes distribution agreements. Together, they will develop, produce, market, and sell customer-centric enzyme products and solutions. The goal is to bring farmers feed innovations that reduce nutrient waste, improving feed efficiency, and promote animal growth and wellbeing.
“We are proud to enter this next stage of collaboration with Cargill. Through joint solutions we will further increase the value creation opportunities in the enzymes space..."
Hormel Foods to Partner with The Better Meat Co. for Food Forward Alternative Protein
Hormel Foods Corporation, a global branded food company, today announced its venturing company, 199 Ventures, has entered into an exclusive partnership with The Better Meat Co. to bring new mycoprotein and plant-based protein products to the marketplace. 199 Ventures was formed in 2019 by Hormel Foods to be the company's food forward incubator, which includes investing in companies that align with Hormel Foods growth strategies.
The two companies will work together to develop the next generation of great-tasting, wholesome, and...
Kraft Heinz Completes Purchase of Assan Foods, Expanding Presence in Key Growth Markets
The Kraft Heinz Company announced today that it has completed the purchase of Assan Foods from privately held Turkish conglomerate Kibar Holding. The proposed deal was first announced on June 11, 2021.
Assan Foods, headquartered in Istanbul, is a rapidly growing sauces-focused business with local manufacturing facilities in Balikesir and Izmir, Turkey. Assan Foods has been a certified Kraft Heinz production partner since 2019 and offers Kraft Heinz the opportunity to further build its retail and foodservice businesses across Europe, the Middle East, and Africa...
Giant Eagle Partners with RangeMe to Boost Online Product Assortment
Giant Eagle, Inc. announced the launch of a new initiative to grow its Giant Eagle Marketplace eCommerce channel with a greater assortment of new and emerging products. As one of the nation's largest retailers, Giant Eagle will look to accelerate and scale product sourcing for this initiative by partnering with RangeMe, the industry standard online product discovery platform for retailers and suppliers.
"Giant Eagle Marketplace allows us to extend our aisles and assortments in our established online platform to offer brands and products that previously may not have been..."
Zoglo's Incredible Food Corp. to List Products with FreshCo
Zoglo's Incredible Food Corp. is pleased to announce the listing of its IncredibleTM plant-based product line with FreshCo Ltd. ("FreshCo"), broadening its retail footprint in the Canadian market. All of Zoglo's IncredibleTM line which includes consumer favourites such as chicken strips, meatballs and burgers will be available in 96 FreshCo supermarkets across Ontario.
FreshCo, a subsidiary of Sobeys Inc., launched in 2010 with a focus to provide the best low-price grocery shopping experience by offering quality fresh food at low prices, in a bright, easy-to-navigate store and...
New Plant-Based Protein Options Needed to Capture the Meat-Lovers Market
When Burger King launched its Impossible Whopper nationwide in collaboration with Impossible Foods back in the summer of 2019, it marked the beginning of wave of efforts from restaurant chains and CPG manufacturers to court the shopping dollar of vegans, vegetarians, and part-time vegetarians known as "flexitarians". But now two years later, the market is seeking the approval of meat-lovers as well—not just the veggie-inclined. Today, vegan meat is appearing on menus 1,320% more than since the global health crisis began...
Subway® Accelerates Delivery Growth, Teams Up With NASCAR Driver Kevin Harvick
Subway® restaurants with Stewart-Haas Racing and driver Kevin Harvick today unveiled a new paint scheme as part of its return to the NASCAR Cup Series. The refresh to the No. 4 car highlights Subway Delivery and will be featured in three races this season, starting Saturday night at Bristol (Tenn.) Motor Speedway.
Now available nationwide, Subway Delivery powered by DoorDash allows guests to order their Subway favorites via the Subway app or on Subway.com. Guests can now earn and redeem Subway MyWay® Rewards points on...
Meat District Launches "Shaq" Burgers in Retail Stores Nationwide
Meat District's "SHAQ" 2-lb burger pack created in partnership with basketball legend and Hall of Famer Shaquille O'Neal has officially hit shelves at Stater Bros., Food Lion, SEG, Hyvee, Dierberg's, Publix and Ralphs. The collaboration is Meat District's latest addition to its line of mouth-watering butcher-crafted, premium burgers that are perfectly seasoned and ready to cook.
"We worked closely with Shaquille to create a product that would wow fans and we are both really proud of the 'Shaq' burger!," said Meat District's COO Zack Levenson...
Walmart and Meredith Corporation Partner To Help Answer the Question: ‘What’s for Dinner?’
Walmart Inc., the No. 1 U.S. retailer and world’s largest grocer, today announced a cross-platform partnership with Meredith Corporation, the leading multi-platform media company reaching nearly 95% of women in the U.S., to help millions of busy families plan and prepare meals faster and more easily through AI-powered meal planning, shoppable recipes, visual search, chatbots, and more. The partnership pairs Meredith’s expertise in food content, hyper-local consumer insights and proprietary technology platform with Walmart’s wide customer reach, omnichannel presence, deep product assortment, convenient...
Del Taco Group Expands Florida Development Agreement After Successful First Opening
Del Taco Restaurants, Inc., the nation’s second largest Mexican quick service restaurant, announced its newest multi-unit deal that will add 10 new locations to the state of Florida in partnership with franchisees Aman Singh, Ajay Singh, Navdeep Bassi and Shubegh Bassi. The expansion deal comes just a few months after the franchisee family opened their first location in Melbourne, FL in May 2021 – the first of an existing three-unit commitment that was made in 2019. By adding 10 new restaurants to their deal, the franchisee family gains...
Ghost Kitchens Expands Walmart Relationship Into U.S. Market With Plans to Open More Locations
Ghost Kitchen Brands (Ghost Kitchens) is expanding its relationship with Walmart as it opens its first U.S. location in Rochester, New York. The opportunity will make one-stop meal pickup or delivery available from up to 25 well-known and loved brands including many new additions to Ghost Kitchens’ roster, such as Costa Coffee, Kraft Mac & Cheese, Dickey’s Barbecue Pit and Shaquille O’Neal’s Big Chicken.
This announcement builds on Ghost Kitchens’ existing Canadian relationship with Walmart and will see Ghost Kitchens open in additional locations in...
C3 Debuts Newest Virtual Brand, Radical Rooster's Chicken, Exclusively With Grubhub
C3 (Creating Culinary Communities), the leading global food-tech platform founded by Sam Nazarian, announces the debut of Radical Rooster's Chicken, an exclusive virtual restaurant brand launched in partnership with Grubhub. The unapologetically indulgent fried chicken concept is the first collaborative brand developed by C3 with leading delivery platform Grubhub, a strategy that appeals to the growing influence of Gen-Z diners. Now available in major markets including Chicago, Los Angeles and New York City, Radical Rooster's Chicken will service over 25 in-demand locations by this fall...
Carl's Jr. Enters Master Franchise Agreement in The Russian Federation to Activate Growth
CKE Restaurants Holdings, Inc. ("CKE") announced a master franchise agreement with Nevada Russia Franchising Company LLC ("NRFC") to further expand Carl's Jr.'s presence in the Russian Federation. The partnership marks an extension of CKE Restaurants' international growth plans following the opening of its 1,000th international restaurant earlier this year in Spain. The two groups are aiming to develop 300+ restaurants throughout Russia during the initial term of the agreement.
CKE is partnering with NRFC, a group that has extensive restaurant industry experience throughout Russia...
OpenTable And CLEAR Partner to Help Restaurants Streamline Proof Of Vaccination Across The US
As the Delta variant spreads and more cities require proof of vaccination for indoor dining, OpenTable, the world's leading provider of online restaurant reservations and part of Booking Holdings Inc., and CLEAR, the secure identity company, are partnering to offer diners a simple way to show proof of vaccination at a restaurant through CLEAR's digital vaccine card.
"Our partnership with CLEAR furthers our commitment to help both restaurants and diners navigate dining out in the next chapter of the pandemic," said Debby Soo, CEO...
UNFI and RangeMe Accelerate Growth Between Retailers and Suppliers
United Natural Foods, Inc., announced a new milestone expansion to its relationship with RangeMe, the leading online platform that streamlines new product discovery between over 200,000 suppliers and retailers. The evolved relationship between the companies, who have worked together for the past four years, enhances the ability for retailers and emerging suppliers to facilitate purchase orders directly on UNFI’s Easy Options platform through RangeMe.
Easy Options, which serves small-to-medium-sized businesses with flexible order sizes and no frequency requirements, provides RangeMe suppliers with an additional outlet to...
Taco Bell Announces Limited Time TRUFF Partnership
Last month, the fan-favorite Nacho Fries made its seventh debut to menus nationwide. Now, Taco Bell is spicing things up through a new partnership with fellow SoCal brand TRUFF, the truffle hot sauce brand known for reimagining and elevating pantry staples, to test Loaded TRUFF Nacho Fries and the Loaded TRUFF Fries Burrito.
Nacho Fries first changed the fry game back in 2018, disrupting traditional ketchup convention with an industry-rocking Nacho Cheese sauce pairing. Thanks to the flavor masterminds at Taco Bell and TRUFF, the secret remains within...
Jollibee Foods Corporation Supports Expansion and Commitment to Quality with HACCP and Digi®
SmartSense by Digi®, part of Digi International - a leading global provider of Internet of Things (IoT) connectivity solutions - today announced that Jollibee Foods Corporation (JFC) North America has amplified its commitment to the highest standard of quality as it rapidly expands its footprint with digital HACCP and temperature monitoring solutions from SmartSense by Digi®. Now deployed in more than 100 retail locations across the U.S. and Canada, state-of-the-art sensors and digital task management tools from SmartSense by Digi ensure the highest quality...
Beyond Meat Expands Partnership with A&W Canada to Launch Plant-Based Chicken Nuggets
Beyond Meat announced another milestone in its partnership with A&W Canada with the introduction of Beyond Meat Nuggets. The launch taps into the growing consumer demand for chicken from quick-service restaurants as well as an increased demand for plant-based proteins.
Beyond Meat Nuggets offer the same experience as traditional chicken nuggets while offering 18 grams of plant-based protein per six pieces. Like all Beyond Meat products, Beyond Meat Nuggets are made from...
Kroger and Kitchen United Partner to Provide Customers Meal Pick Up and Delivery from Restaurants
Kroger and ghost kitchen industry leader Kitchen United announced a partnership to offer customers freshly prepared, on-demand restaurant food.
"Our customers' appetite for fresh, on-demand meals continues to accelerate, and we remain focused on offering new and innovative products that provide anything, anytime, anywhere," said Dan De La Rosa, Kroger's group vice president, of fresh merchandising "Our partnership with Kitchen United taps into restaurants' growing use of off-premise kitchen space to increase...
Sysco Partners with SAVRpak to Ensure Meals Stay Fresh and Crisp in Transit
Sysco Corporation announced an exclusive partnership that will deliver SAVRpak’s patented food preservation technology to independent and local chain restaurants nationwide. Through their agreement, Sysco will add SAVRpak “freshness packs” to its Cutting Edge Solutions platform, making this technology immediately available to order.
Developed by an aerospace engineer, SAVRpak is a frozen, peel-and-stick patch that removes moisture from the air of a food container, thereby keeping it away from the meal and...
Planterra Foods Accelerates Plant-Based Food Technologies with MycoTechnology Agreement
Planterra Foods, an innovative plant-based protein start-up company based in Colorado, announced a Master Collaboration Agreement with MycoTechnology, a food ingredient company focused on moving food forward by infusing human ingenuity with the intelligence of nature. The agreement was designed to strengthen the ingredient partnership between the two Colorado-based companies as they plan to accelerate development technologies to improve the quality of plant-based proteins.
Over the past year, Planterra's brand of OZO™ plant-based products have been made with MycoTechnology's pea and rice protein fermented by...
DoorDash and Albertsons Companies Partner to Launch Access to On-Demand Grocery Delivery
DoorDash and Albertsons Companies are announcing a new partnership to offer on-demand grocery delivery from nearly 2,000 well-known Albertsons banner stores across the country including Safeway, Vons, Jewel-Osco, and more from the DoorDash marketplace app.
As expectations for convenience, speed and ease continue to grow, consumers can now order groceries and essentials on-demand for delivery within an hour through DoorDash's top-rated marketplace with no time slot, queues or minimum order size required. Albertsons will offer more than...
Resorts World Las Vegas and Grubhub Team Up to Introduce Mobile Ordering Experience
Resorts World Las Vegas announced a first-of-its-kind partnership with Grubhub, a leading online and mobile food-ordering and delivery platform, to become the first resort to offer Grubhub's advanced ordering technology. Through On The Fly at Resorts World powered by Grubhub, guests can conveniently order and charge the cost to their room or credit card via the Grubhub app from the resort's 40 food and beverage concepts and select retail shops for pickup or delivery to guest rooms as well as the resort's 5.5-acre pool complex.
"Our partnership with Grubhub further expands our goal of providing guests with first-of-its-kind experiences at the resort," said Scott Sibella, President of Resorts World Las Vegas. "Resorts World Las Vegas is proud to be the first resort to...
Red Robin Market Expansion Plan will Feature Donatos Pizza in More than 200 Restaurants by Year-End
Red Robin Gourmet Burgers and Brews continues its focus on off-premise growth announcing the expansion of its Donatos® Pizza partnership into key territories for the brand. The Ohio-based Donatos Pizza partnered with Red Robin in June 2018, offering its famous pizzas as part of Red Robin's already robust menu offerings. After much success in early launch markets, the two chains have grand plans for adding more locations this year as part of an aggressive market expansion plan.
Red Robin plans to add Donatos pizza to approximately 120 additional restaurants by the end of 2021, resulting in more than 200 locations. In Q2 of 2021, 41 Red Robin locations rolled out Donatos, including...
Applegate Announces Partnership with The New York Yankees
Applegate has been named a Proud Partner of the New York Yankees. As a Proud Partner, Applegate will be stepping up to the plate with 100% natural deli meats, pizza toppings, and snacking options.
"The Yankees have such a rich history of being leaders in the league, with the highest of standards, and a drive to be the best," said Nicole Glenn, Applegate Vice President, Brand Strategy and Innovation. "We strive for similar standards and share a mutual drive at Applegate, which is why...
Bojangles and Chaac Foods Restaurants Announce Major Development Agreement
Bojangles, known for its iconic Southern food in more than 760 restaurants throughout the Southeast, announced a new business venture with experienced operator Chaac Foods Restaurants in what they’re calling the 40 and 40 deal.
The agreement calls for Chaac Foods to open 40 new Bojangles stores over the next seven years, including 20 in Georgia, five in Tennessee and 15 in the Orlando, Florida, area, marking a return for the Bojangles brand. Chaac Foods will also acquire 40 existing corporate-owned Bojangles locations across the Georgia, South Carolina and...
Nathan’s Famous Partners with Meatless Farm to Launch Gourmet Plant-Based Hot Dog
Nathan’s Famous announced its partnership with Meatless Farm to bring consumers the industry’s first gourmet, plant-based hot dog. To celebrate, select Nathan’s Famous restaurants will give away one free Nathan’s Meatless Farm hot dog to all customers who wish to try it for a limited time. The partnership brings to market Nathan’s 100+ year old secret recipe, a favorite of consumers all over the world, crafted with clean and simple plant-based ingredients. Starting in April, the Nathan’s Famous Plant-Based Hot Dog by Meatless Farm will be available exclusively on the Nathan’s online retail portal on Shopify, and then rolled out in select locations in May.
"As plant-based menu items continue to grow in popularity, we are excited to launch the first ever gourmet, plant-based hot dog, a product created not just for our flexitarian, vegetarian, and vegan customers, but...
Home Chef and Skinnytaste Team Up to Meet the Surge in Home Cooks' Demand for Fresh, Easy Meals
By all accounts, the pandemic-driven surge in home cooking is here to stay, which inspired Home Chef®, one of the nation's largest meal kit delivery brands and Skinnytaste®, the popular recipe and cookbook franchise founded by chef Gina Homolka, to join forces in making fresh, simple, delicious home cooked meals even more accessible.
In fact, both brands have seen their customers and communities grow exponentially over the past year, and with it a demand for a wider variety of lighter, more balanced meal choices.
"Home Chef has always wanted to collaborate with a partner who shared our values and ideas when it comes to...
Kroger Continues to Advance Zero-Waste Vision Through Partnership with TerraCycle
Kroger announced the expansion of its Simple Truth® Recycling Program – offering customers a free and easy way to recycle flexible plastic packaging – to include all private-label brands, including Private Selection®, Kroger® Brand, Comforts®, Luvsome®, Abound®, and more. The newly expanded Kroger Our Brands Recycling Program is the first program of its kind and advances the retailer's Zero Hunger | Zero Waste social and environmental impact plan.
Developed in partnership with international recycling leader TerraCycle, the innovative and eco-conscious Kroger Our Brands Recycling Program encourages customers to mail in flexible plastic Our Brands packaging, including potato chip and snack bags, shredded cheese bags, frozen food bags, pouches, deli meat and cheese bags, grain and bean bags, as well as...
Canada: PepsiCo Foods and Maple Leaf Foods Sign Distribution Agreement for Schneiders Meat Snacks
PepsiCo Foods Canada and Maple Leaf Foods announced that the companies have entered into an exclusive alliance for PepsiCo Foods Canada to distribute Schneiders® Pepperettes® snack size premium meat sticks in Canada. As of October 3, 2021, PepsiCo Foods Canada will sell, distribute and merchandise Schneiders® Pepperettes® snack size premium meat sticks in grocery, convenience and gas, and foodservice outlets across Canada. This will broaden the distribution of Schneiders® Pepperettes® premium meat snacks and accelerate the brand's growth.
"We are thrilled about this new partnership with PepsiCo Foods Canada", said Curtis Frank, President and COO, Maple Leaf Foods. "Their extensive Canadian direct-to-store delivery system, strong selling capabilities and...
Blue Apron Partners with Chef Roy Yamaguchi to Create a Hawaii-Inspired Menu
Blue Apron is partnering with James Beard award-winning Chef Roy Yamaguchi to bring his culinary expertise to kitchens around the country. Available to order starting today, the Blue Apron x Chef Roy Yamaguchi menu features Hawaii-inspired recipes, representing a blend of French and Japanese cooking traditions using fresh ingredients typically found in Hawaii cuisine.
"I am thrilled to partner with Blue Apron to shine a spotlight on Hawaii-inspired cuisine and its roots," said Chef Roy Yamaguchi. "In collaboration with their culinary team, we created recipes that highlight...
Niman Ranch Announces Partnership with Fortune Fish & Gourmet
Niman Ranch, a leader in humanely and sustainably raised beef, pork and lamb, announced a new partnership with Fortune Fish & Gourmet, one of the country’s leading processors, distributors and importers of quality seafood, meats and gourmet products. With this new partnership, Niman Ranch has expanded their footprint of geographic availability, now serving sustainability-focused and quality-driven restaurants and select retail outlets in major markets including Detroit, Indianapolis, Chicago, Kansas City, St. Louis, Minneapolis, Omaha, Birmingham and everywhere in between.
“We are excited to partner with Fortune as we bring the finest tasting meat from Niman Ranch to new markets across the country,” shared John Flynn, Niman Ranch’s Vice President of Sales. “We are especially happy to now serve areas of the country in our farmers’ backyards, so they can enjoy the meat they work so hard to raise at some of...
NTF Partners with Kansas City Barbeque Society to Continue Turkey Smoke Series
To encourage both professional and amateur pitmasters to showcase the versatility and creativity of using turkey on the smoker or grill, the National Turkey Federation (NTF) is pleased to partner with the Kansas City Barbeque Society (KCBS) to kick off the second year of the Turkey Smoke Series. The Turkey Smoke Series will incorporate a turkey category into barbeque competitions throughout the United States during the 2021 barbeque season, adding thousands of dollars in extra prize money and bragging rights among pitmaster competitors at numerous KCBS-sanctioned barbeque contests. Winning recipes will also be featured across KCBS and NTF digital platforms.
“The inaugural year of the Turkey Smoke Series was very well received by competition pitmasters, contest organizers and Certified Barbeque Judges,” said Emily Detwiler, Chief Executive Officer of the Kansas City Barbeque Society. “Competition pitmasters from both the Master and Backyard Series enjoyed the creativity and...
Beyond Meat Announces Global Strategic Agreements with McDonald's and Yum! Brands
Following the release of its financial results for the fourth quarter and full year 2020, Beyond Meat announced a global strategic partnership with McDonald's and Yum! Brands to offer signature plant-based menu items.
As part of the three-year global agreement with McDonald's, Beyond Meat will be the preferred supplier for the patty in the McPlant, a new plant-based burger being tested in select McDonald's markets globally. Additionally, Beyond Meat and McDonald's will explore developing other plant-based menu items together, including options for chicken, pork, and eggs, as part of McDonald's broader McPlant platform.
The announcement further solidifies the relationship between McDonald's and Beyond Meat, which began in 2019 with the test of...
Tyson Foods and Malayan Flour Mills Berhad Announce Partnership
Tyson Foods and Malayan Flour Mills Berhad announced a partnership in which Tyson Foods will invest in the Malaysia-based company’s vertically integrated poultry business, which will add more supply flexibility for both companies. The transaction is subject to approval by the shareholders of Malayan Flour Mills Berhad (MFM), amongst others.
“Once completed, the poultry deal will optimize our existing Malaysia business and expand MFM’s poultry business,” said Chris Langholz, International President of Tyson Foods. “This partnership will add...
Post Holdings Announces Partnership with Hungry Planet
Post Holdings, Inc., a consumer packaged goods holding company, announced a partnership with Hungry Planet Inc., a plant-based meat company. In this new partnership, Post’s Foodservice and Refrigerated Retail units will work closely with Hungry Planet to expand the distribution of Hungry Planet’s industry-leading range of plant-based meats to address the rapidly growing demand for alternative protein solutions across all meal occasions.
Hungry Planet produces a full range of chef-crafted plant-based meats that match the taste and texture of conventional meat. Based in St. Louis, Hungry Planet meats are distributed throughout the United States via...
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