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    Why C3 is betting on virtual brands inspired by online influencers

    The food tech platform has created an innovation hub to develop delivery-only brands with digital content creators and reach lucrative younger audiences.

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    DoorDash, Grubhub add self-delivery flexibility

    The delivery giants aim to increase labor flexibility and expand delivery reach by allowing operators to tap into their courier networks.

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    Study: Mobile gamers level up commitment to QSR digital ordering

    The growing number of mobile gamers ordering takeout via apps and websites could be pertinent to brands in the QSR space, per AdColony.

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    Tracing the restaurant franchising boom

    Why are so many chains investing in rapid franchise expansion? What states and segments are the most attractive? Restaurant Dive explores these questions and more in a four-part article series.

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    DoorDash makes major expansion into Europe with $8B acquisition

    By acquiring Finland-based Wolt, which operates in 23 countries, DoorDash will be able to build out an international presence without losing focus on the U.S. 

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    Lack of capital, legislative restrictions may impede franchisees in 2022

    Despite these hurdles, there is still runway left for expansion, experts say, and competition for high-quality operators.

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    Reef will offer C3's brands at 800 locations by 2025

    The news is an expansion of a previous deal between the two companies to develop 500 units by 2025. C3 brands currently operate out of 125 Reef ghost kitchen vessels. 

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    Inspire Brands opens its first ghost kitchen

    Alliance Kitchen offers menu items for delivery and takeout from Arby's, Sonic, Jimmy John's, Buffalo Wild Wings and Rusty Taco. 

  • Panera Brands plans to go public

    Danny Meyer's special purpose acquisition company, USHG Acquisition Corp., will become a cornerstone investor in Panera Brands and Meyer will invest directly in the company once it goes public. 

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    DoorDash enters Goldbelly's turf, offers nationwide restaurant shipping

    The platform's new offering allows diners to order from restaurants and retailers from around the country without a delivery fee. 

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    Yelp personalizes home feed in latest upgrade

    Available in 150 metro areas, the iOS update provides visual content and updates from local restaurants based on factors like proximity and popularity of dishes.

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    Restaurants are plotting aggressive franchise expansion. Here's where — and why.

    Surging diner demand, strong franchising sales and second-generation real estate left by shuttered eateries have created a market primed for expansion, with chains targeting Southern states with lax COVID-19 rules.

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    Uber Eats' restaurant delivery reaches profitability for first time

    The company reinvested its profits into new verticals, allowing it to expand into new areas of delivery, such as baby and kids. 

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    Starbucks workers allege union busting

    Employees claim the coffee chain violated the National Labor Relations Act two days before former CEO Howard Schultz visited Buffalo ahead of a union vote.

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    Sun Holdings adds Applebee's units to its growing portfolio

    The third-largest franchisee in the U.S. acquired 131 Applebee's restaurants in 14 states from RMH Franchise Holdings.

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    Court stays employer vaccine mandate

    The 5th Circuit ordered the stay due to "grave statutory and constitutional issues with the Mandate."

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    Shake Shack plans largest expansion to date with up to 50 units in 2022

    The company will focus primarily on suburban markets where units can be built in freestanding locations or within shopping centers, executives said Thursday. 

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    Dickey's accelerates expansion with 100 more units through Ghost Kitchen Brands

    The barbecue chain continues to partner with ghost kitchen companies to expand its presence in North America. The latest collaboration brings it into Walmart. 

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    Burger King's Ellie Doty is latest marketer to leave brand

    The exit of the chain's first North American CMO comes as its parent company's growth lags behind that of competitors.

  • McDonald's expects commodity inflation up to 4%

    The world's biggest restaurant chain also has faced difficulties procuring kitchen equipment and delays opening some new restaurants.

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    P.F. Chang's wants to offer self-delivery nationwide by 2023

    Candice Barnett, VP of off-premise dining, discusses how the service is performing and why staffing a delivery fleet is worth it despite labor pressures. 

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    DoorDash adds delivery worker safety features

    Following increases in theft and violence against its couriers, DoorDash added SafeDash so these workers can contact an ADT agent to request assistance during situations where they feel unsafe.

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    OSHA: Employers have 60 days to mandate COVID-19 vaccines

    It is a monumental — if expected — development for workplaces throughout the U.S. But expect the news on the Emergency Temporary Standard to move fast.

    Updated Nov. 4, 2021
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    5 ways QSRs are embracing technology

    From drone delivery to artificial intelligence, fast food chains around the country are testing new ways to reach customers and fill the labor gap.

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    Fat Brands buys Fazoli's for $130M

    The multi-branded restaurant platform has made its fourth acquisition in the last 15 months with the addition of the 200-unit QSR chain, which has a pipeline of another 100 units.