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    Smoothie King hires Yum Brands exec as CFO

    Gavin Felder, who most recently served as chief strategy officer at Yum Brands, joins the chain as it continues an aggressive growth push with positive same-store sales momentum. 

    By May 9, 2024
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    Dutch Bros expands mobile order test

    After seeing strong results from its initial pilot, the chain has expanded the channel to several more Arizona locations and expects to offer the function at most stores by the end of the year. 

    By May 8, 2024
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    Trendline

    Independent restaurants

    In an industry built on in-person interactions and long-term relationships with customers, the pandemic has dealt a serious blow to independent operators, but many have pivoted and found new ways to reach diners.

    By Restaurant Dive staff
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    Dine’s sales sour on virtual brand closures, slow traffic

    IHOP and Applebee’s promotions and LTOs weren’t enough to offset a dip in consumer spending during Q1.

    By May 8, 2024
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    Portillo’s four-pronged strategy emphasizes drive-thru speed

    The chain is working to improve staff deployment and food throughput as part of an overhaul plan, as drive-thru speeds lag 2019 numbers. 

    By May 8, 2024
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    Starbucks’ late-night delivery pilot ‘doubled our business,’ CEO says

    A third-party partner prepared Starbucks orders for delivery offsite between the hours of 5 p.m. and 5 a.m., and the coffee giant aims to make a $2 billion business out of this model over the next five years.

    By May 7, 2024
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    Bloomin’ Brands CEO David Deno to retire

    The restaurant industry executive has been CEO at the Outback parent for five years. The board has begun a search for his successor. 

    By May 7, 2024
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    Starbucks needs to focus on experience, not transactions, former CEO says

    Howard Schultz called on the chain's executives to “spend more time with those who wear the green apron” and to better understand customer needs. 

    By Bryan Wassel • May 7, 2024
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    Sweetgreen targets dinner customers with steak

    The salad chain is following up the successful rollout of protein plates last year with steak, which accounted for nearly one-fifth of dinner orders in a pilot. 

    By May 7, 2024
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    Instacart adds restaurant delivery with Uber Eats

    Over the next few weeks, Instacart will add a restaurant tab powered by Uber Eats to its app, giving Uber access to potentially millions of new customers.

    By May 7, 2024
  • El Pollo Loco's first LA Mex restaurants, which emphasize off-premise, opened in 2021.
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    El Pollo Loco’s new CEO unveils 5-part operations overhaul

    From digital investments to incentivizing franchisees to bolster growth, Liz Williams laid out a path she expects will drive sales while decreasing costs.

    By May 6, 2024
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    Pizza Hut taps Wendy’s exec as US president

    Carl Loredo, Wendy’s former global chief marketing officer, joins the pizza chain after U.S. sales slid 6% year over year last quarter.

    By May 6, 2024
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    Understanding the true cost of ingredients

    With wholesale food prices up nearly 30% from pre-pandemic levels, many restaurants are struggling to maintain even the slimmest of profit margins. How can restaurateurs understand and control ever-changing ingredient costs?

    By Colleen Marble • May 6, 2024
  • In this photo illustration, a Papa John's pizza box is seen on July 11, 2018 in Miami, Florida.
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    Papa Johns names new chief supply chain officer

    Kurt Milburn takes up the role as the pizza chain looks to cut supply chain costs and boost productivity.

    By Alejandra Salgado • May 3, 2024
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    Denny’s virtual brands engage Gen Z, fuel off-premise growth

    By leveraging slow dayparts like dinner and late night, the casual chain’s three delivery-only brands are increasing sales and capturing younger demographics.

    By May 3, 2024
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    McDonald’s credits speed, personalization for high satisfaction

    The fast food chain is attracting consumers with customized messaging and cementing their loyalty with swift and consistent service.

    By Bryan Wassel • May 2, 2024
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    Shake Shack’s kiosks are now its largest ordering channel

    The chain added upselling options to its kiosks and made the channel’s customization experience more similar to online ordering.

    By May 2, 2024
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    Starbucks’ mobile ordering is so popular, it’s slowing some orders down

    Starbucks will roll out new procedures that will help workers reduce wait times, CEO Laxman Narasimhan said Tuesday.

    By Bryan Wassel • May 1, 2024
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    Wingstop accelerates growth trajectory amid record-breaking Q1

    The company, which now expects to open up to 25 more net new units than initially planned, reported 21.6% same-store sales growth.

    By May 1, 2024
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    Donatos CEO to retire, president will assume post

    Tom Krouse will retire in October after 20-plus years at the pizza chain. President Kevin King will take on the role of CEO upon Krouse’s retirement. 

    By May 1, 2024
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    Yum’s digital sales mix tops 50% systemwide

    Following several quarters of kiosk and e-commerce deployment, digital is on track to generate $30 billion in annualized sales. 

    By May 1, 2024
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    IHOP’s POS migration is boosting speed, check totals

    The diner chain has nearly completed a two-year migration of 1,500 restaurants to Tray’s platform, which integrates with handheld server tablets to trim order and pay times at tables. 

    By April 30, 2024
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    Pardon the Disruption: What the sudden loss of Foxtrot and Dom’s means for retail

    Their demise underscores just how difficult it is to bring new, innovative ideas to life in the shadow of large-scale competitors and the grinding need for efficiency.

    By Jeff Wells • April 30, 2024
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    Burger King commits additional $300M to accelerate remodels

    The chain will give top-performing restaurants cash incentives to complete remodels and expects to overhaul up to 90% of its U.S. units by 2028.

    By April 30, 2024
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    Domino’s Q1 US sales driven by loyalty, promotions

    Domestic comps rose 5.6%, the highest increase since 2021, due to rewards member growth, successful marketing campaigns and improved operations.

    By April 29, 2024
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    Chipotle pulls plug on Farmesa fast casual concept

    Farmesa Fresh Eatery marks the third spinoff that the company has attempted but shuttered in the past decade. 

    By April 26, 2024