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Dunkin’ Donuts Announces Nine New Restaurants In Sacramento With New And Existing Franchisees

Dunkin’ Donuts Announces Nine New Restaurants In Sacramento With New And Existing Franchisees Leading Coffee and Bakery Brand Seeks Franchisee Candidates Throughout the Bay Area Canton, MA  (RestaurantNews.com)  Dunkin’ Donuts, America’s all-day, everyday stop for coffee and baked goods, today announced new multi-unit store development agreements with franchisees Shiva Developments and NorCal Grub, LLC to develop nine new Dunkin’ Donuts restaurants […]

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Meritage Hospitality Group adds 57 additional Wendy’s locations

Meritage Hospitality Group adds 57 additional Wendy’s locations The purchases are expected to be completed during the first quarter of 2018 and the additional 57 restaurants are expected to add over $100 million in annual sales. Exact locations have not been released at this time. Meritage Hospitality Group Inc., a West Michigan-based restaurant operator, has announced the acquisition of 57 […]

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Speedy Romeo’s Chef Is Opening ‘Wood-Fired Mexican Restaurant’ in Greenpoint

Speedy Romeo’s Chef Is Opening ‘Wood-Fired Mexican Restaurant’ in Greenpoint Clinton Hill’s Speedy Romeo is one of those restaurants that’s always busy. It’s a neighborhood spot with a serious following, which is no doubt why owner Todd Feldman and chef-owner Justin Bazdarich expanded last year with a second location on the Lower East Side. In other words, pizza has been good to Bazdarich, but […]

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The 2018 Pizza Power Report: A State-of-the-Industry Analysis

The 2018 Pizza Power Report: A State-of-the-Industry Analysis To stay competitive in the pizza business in 2018, independents will have to meet customers’ growing demand for speed, customization, delivery and convenience.   This year’s Pizza Power Report practically wrote itself. As we combed through the numbers and reviewed the year’s leading and trailing trends, the same buzzwords and brands kept […]

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Domino’s launches baby registry for expecting parents

Domino’s launches baby registry for expecting parents Partnership with Guru Guru allows users to provide the gift of pizza Domino’s Pizza must have had a productive honeymoon. The brand is launching a pizza-themed baby registry only nine months after introducing a similar wedding program. On Wednesday, the company announced the rollout of dominosbabyregistry.com. Created in partnership with Guru Guru, the […]

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POULTRY COMPANY GEORGE’S INC. ACQUIRES CAMPOS FOODS

POULTRY COMPANY GEORGE’S INC. ACQUIRES CAMPOS FOODS Poultry-producing company George’s Inc. acquires Campos Foods, an 85,000-sq.-ft. cooked meats facility located in Caryville, Tennessee. The family-owned company made the deal for an undisclosed amount of money with Campos Foods’ parent company, the Oklahoma City based Lopez Foods Inc. The Campos Food plant employs 285 people and is a producer of fully-cooked […]

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In-N-Out among top 5 best workplaces: survey

In-N-Out among top 5 best workplaces: survey Glassdoor’s top 100 also include Chick-fil-A, Starbucks and Darden In-N-Out Burger Inc. moved up to the No. 4 spot in Glassdoor Inc.’s annual “Best Places to Work” survey, the job-review website announced late Tuesday. Read More

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NESTLÉ INVESTS $55 MILLION IN NEW FOOD PRODUCTION PLANT IN CUBA

NESTLÉ INVESTS $55 MILLION IN NEW FOOD PRODUCTION PLANT IN CUBA Nestlé and Cuban food enterprise Corporación Alimentaria, S.A. (Coralsa), have started the construction of a food production plant in the Mariel Special Development Zone (ZEDM). Nestlé will invest $55 million in the factory, which will employ 260 people by 2020. The plant will produce the world’s leading coffee brand […]

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TGI Fridays expands Amazon partnership

TGI Fridays expands Amazon partnership TGI Fridays on Wednesday announced it was expanding its partnership with Amazon, adding Alexa voice ordering and Amazon Pay to its Internet-based offerings. “We were one of the first brands to be on the Amazon Marketplace, which is basically their online mall,” said Sherif Mityas, TGI Fridays chief information officer, in an interview ahead of […]

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The pizza restaurateur’s financial forecast? Mostly ‘cloud-y’ … but in a good way

The pizza restaurateur’s financial forecast? Mostly ‘cloud-y’ … but in a good way There’s a cloud hanging over the world’s pizza restaurant, but in this case, that’s a good thing because this is the kind of cloud that allows pizza restaurateurs to retrieve all those increasingly important technological resources needed to run businesses today through web-based tools and apps, rather […]

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McDonald’s Seems Shocked That People Actually Want to Eat Its Chicken Tenders

McDonald’s Seems Shocked That People Actually Want to Eat Its Chicken Tenders Mickey D’s says customers can no longer order its new Buttermilk Crispy Tenders due to demand that “far surpassed our expectations.” Apparently, the month-old item is getting an unexpectedly positive reception, and that’s put the chain in an unfamiliar bind: a serious run on a normal, everyday, non–Szechuan sauce menu item. […]

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Pizza Hut Is Now Making Vegan Pies

Pizza Hut Is Now Making Vegan Pies If the only thing stopping you from inhaling Pizza Hut is that it’s not vegan, you … no longer have that excuse. The U.K. arm of the chain announced today that a nondairy cheese will be joining its menu in two days, on November 29. The Hut’s mozzarella facsimile of choice is a so-called […]

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2 million Italians want World Heritage status for Neapolitan pizza next week

2 million Italians want World Heritage status for Neapolitan pizza next week Two million Italians have signed a petition asking the United Nation’s cultural division — Unesco —  to give Neapolitan pizza its official World Heritage status. The intergovernmental committee cultural heritage will review it when it meets next week in Seoul, a Unesco spokeswoman confirmed this morning. According to the […]

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Arby’s Announces Plan to Acquire More Meats

Arby’s Announces Plan to Acquire More Meats The protein-lovers who run Arby’s will buysports-bar chain Buffalo Wild Wings for a cool $2.9 billion, the two companies announced today. These are of course the two chains that sport the unsubtle slogans “We Have the Meats” and “Wings, Beer, Sports,” so the pairing is really something of a natural fit. The money for […]

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Walmart Is Making Punch-Flavored Pickles and Other Gonzo Groceries to Compete With Amazon

Walmart Is Making Punch-Flavored Pickles and Other Gonzo Groceries to Compete With Amazon Amazon’s Whole Foods buyout cramped Walmart’s style, and one way the world’s largest and richest company is fighting the insurgent e-retailer is by having scientists work in a secret, Willy Wonka-style food lab. It’s called the Culinary and Innovation Center, and the point is inventing “exclusive” foods you […]

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El Polo Loco open in Orem

El Polo Loco open in Orem El Pollo Loco has opened its newest location in Orem, Utah — the brand’s fifth in the state, a news release said. The East University Parkway restaurant is owned and operated by franchise partner W.K.S. Restaurant Corp. “We are thrilled to continue our expansion in Utah with the help of our trusted franchise partner, […]

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Burger King UK makes ‘Whopper” deal for big growth

Burger King UK makes ‘Whopper” deal for big growth A huge deal in the U.K. promises to put a lot more Burger King restaurants in the European nation over the next 20 years under the guidance of private equity group, Bridgepoint. According to the Bridgepoint’s website, it has penned an agreement with Restaurant Brands International affiliate, Burger King Europe GmbH to […]

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Buffalo Wild Wings gets takeover offer from Roark, report says

Buffalo Wild Wings gets takeover offer from Roark, report says Offer comes five months after activist investor won strategic control. The owner of Arby’s, Hardee’s and Jimmy John’s has offered to buy Buffalo Wild Wings and take it private, five months after an activist investor won strategic control of the company, the Wall Street Journal reported late Monday. Roark Capital […]

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Iraq, Kuwait, Lebanon get Nestle Toll House Cafes by Chip

Iraq, Kuwait, Lebanon get Nestle Toll House Cafes by Chip Nestle Toll House Café by Chip is expanding by leaps and bounds across the Middle East, including a late-summer opening by franchisee Mohammed Idan of the brand’s sixth Iraq location, this one at Baghdad Mall, a news release said. Not long the Iraq opening, Tahoe Foods SARL franchisee Hassan Ali Safa […]

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Dunkin’ Donuts operator closes brand’s largest-ever franchise sale

Dunkin’ Donuts operator closes brand’s largest-ever franchise sale Dunkin’ Donuts has announced that one of the chain’s largest Chicago-area operators recently completed agreements to sell its 67 stores to seven other buyer groups. Terms were not disclosed, but a press release said the deal is the largest in the brand’s 67-year history. New Jersey law firm, Marks & Klein LLP, represented the seller; Paris […]

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Malawi’s Pizza moves 1 million meals to namesake nation

Malawi’s Pizza moves 1 million meals to namesake nation Malawi’s Pizza has hit its goal of delivering 1 million meals to children in the impoverished nation of Malawi, a news release said. The chain is celebrating the laudable achievement with plans to expand nationally in order to deliver a “million more” meals under its pledge to give one meal for every […]

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Commodities: Papa John’s, Domino’s droop as supply costs soar

Commodities: Papa John’s, Domino’s droop as supply costs soar Pizza brand stocks were mixed in trading last week: Papa John’s share price fell further in the wake of its CEO’s controversial comments about the NFL; and Domino’s continued its  downward trend for a second week. Commodity prices didn’t offer any silver lining to the cloud, either. Most essentials trended higher, […]

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Domino’s Slack app gives new meaning to ‘Cut me some Slack’

Domino’s Slack app gives new meaning to ‘Cut me some Slack’   Between the chat over a deadline and the banter about the weekend’s escapades, that ubiquitous office messaging system known as Slack is now offering Domino’s Pizza fans the ability to order a pie, a press release said. As of today, “Slackers” — as some users refer to themselves — can order pizza […]

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Blaze, &Pizza CEOs square off in franchise debate

Blaze, &Pizza CEOs square off in franchise debate Own ’em all or franchise ’em out? That was the age-old question &Pizza CEO Michael Lastoria and Blaze Pizza CEO Jim Mizes debated last month during a fun, but frank hour-long discussion at the Fast Casual Executive Summit in Nashville. These two well-known and established pizza restaurateurs each approaches growth differently and made great arguments […]

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Andrea Zahumensky Named Chief Marketing Officer Of Kentucky Fried Chicken U.S.

Andrea Zahumensky Named Chief Marketing Officer Of Kentucky Fried Chicken U.S. Louisville, KY  (RestaurantNews.com)  KFC Corporation has named Andrea Zahumensky Chief Marketing Officer of KFC U.S., effective December 4. She will lead marketing, advertising, media and consumer insights, as well as the brand’s digital initiatives, and will be responsible for developing and executing innovative marketing strategies to continue to build […]

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Developer Signs Multi-Unit Franchise Deal to Expand Artichoke Basille’s Pizza to New Jersey

Developer Signs Multi-Unit Franchise Deal to Expand Artichoke Basille’s Pizza to New Jersey Famed New York pizza concept Artichoke Basille’s Pizza, known for their larger-than-life slices and flavor combinations, has announced the signing of a five-unit franchise deal with a New Jersey developer. The stores will be located in Hoboken, Jersey City, New Brunswick, Princeton and Newark. The Famed New […]

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Nestlé Has Purchased Organic Coffee–Maker Chameleon Cold-Brew

Nestlé Has Purchased Organic Coffee–Maker Chameleon Cold-Brew Chameleon Cold-Brew says today that it’s been bought by Nestlé, making millennials’ patron saint of bottled coffee part of Earth’s biggest food company, right alongside Blue Bottle, which Nestlé acquired for half a billion dollars in September. Reuters reports that terms of the deal weren’t released, but assume Chameleon’s owners made out pretty well: The company — […]

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Starbucks Is Launching a Chain of Stand-alone Italian Bakeries

Starbucks Is Launching a Chain of Stand-alone Italian Bakeries Starbucks has unveiled the perfect complement to your next Zombie or Unicorn Frappuccino: upscale Italian pastries like “you’ve never seen in America.” These first-of-their-kind baked goods mark the coffee giant’s latest plans for world domination, which involve spinning off a bakery-only concept called Princi that sells its own brand of breads and pastries. The company says it’s opening the […]

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Amazon Is Scaling Back Its Fresh-Food Delivery

Amazon Is Scaling Back Its Fresh-Food Delivery In a somewhat surprising move, given the fact it just bought Whole Foods, Amazon has announced plans to scale back its grocery-delivery service. It told customers yesterday in at least five states that they have until November 30 to place their final AmazonFresh orders — which may or may not be long enough to find […]

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WALMART OF THE FUTURE: NEW IN-STORE ROBOTS

WALMART OF THE FUTURE: NEW IN-STORE ROBOTS In recent months, Walmart has emerged with new innovation in an effort to digitize their stores. From straight-to-your-fridge grocery delivery to a new return process aimed at taking only 30 seconds, the retail company has taken their tech services to another level with new in-store robots. That’s right, Walmart has started testing robots […]

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Coffee-Obsessed Billionaire Family Might Buy Dunkin’ Donuts

Coffee-Obsessed Billionaire Family Might Buy Dunkin’ Donuts The tight-lipped multinational company that owns Panera Bread, Krispy Kreme, and like a dozen other chains is reportedly now eyeing Dunkin’ Donuts. JAB Holding, the privately held investment arm of four very reclusiveGerman billionaire siblings, has been steadily amassing a coffee-and-pastry empire since gobbling up Peet’s Coffee & Tea in 2012. It’s not the first time rumors of a […]

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Krystal Shares 85 Years’ Worth of Insight at 2017 Brand Marketing Summit

Krystal Shares 85 Years’ Worth of Insight at 2017 Brand Marketing Summit Atlanta, GA  (RestaurantNews.com)  At Incite Group’s annual Brand Marketing Summit held yesterday in New York City, a panel of diverse voices came together to discuss the latest marketing challenges of reaching disinterested audiences in the face of an ever-growing flood of advertising and marketing messages. The Krystal® Company […]

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Pie Five Pizza’s New Website Will Make You Drool

Pie Five Pizza’s New Website Will Make You Drool Dallas, TX  (RestaurantNews.com)  Logging on to Pie Five Pizza’s new website just might make your mouth water. The brand known for customizable pizzas prepared and ready to enjoy in just five minutes has upgraded their website to include bold, fresh food imagery along with an integrated ordering and loyalty platform. “When […]

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San Juan Welcomes 1st Nestlé Toll House Café by Chip

San Juan Welcomes 1st Nestlé Toll House Café by Chip Popular bakery café chain celebrates grand opening San Juan, P.R.  (RestaurantNews.com)  Puerto Rico is now a whole lot sweeter. Nestlé® Toll House® Café by Chip® recently opened its first café in San Juan at 55 Condado Ave., inside the Best Western Plus Condado Palm Inn & Suites. San Juan’s new café is owned […]

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Domino’s the dynamo: Brand hits 95 quarters of global sales growth

Domino’s the dynamo: Brand hits 95 quarters of global sales growth Domino’s third-quarter financial results marked an enviable 95 consecutive quarters of global same stores sales growth for the brand. Likewise, the company saw healthy progress in global store counts and earnings per share, a news release said. Domestic same store sales grew 8.4 percent during the quarter versus the year-ago […]

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Pizza conquers the world: A roundup of recent chain expansions 0

Pizza conquers the world: A roundup of recent chain expansions Even with its storied Italian roots, pizza has likely never had a hotter “moment” than right now, as an ever more crowded field of talented players knead, toss and fire their pies to gain dominance in a highly competitive category. A big part of this competition is centered on growth, as in […]

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Domino’s dives into island nation of Malta

Domino’s dives into island nation of Malta Domino’s Pizza opened its first store on the Mediterranean archipelago nation of Malta, in the country’s largest city of Birkirkara, a news release said. Domino’s regional master franchisee, Anatron, opened in the market with a local partner, the Famalco Group. That company has interests in real estate, construction and motor vehicle dealerships. The […]

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HEINEKEN CREATES NEW BEER STYLE “H41” MADE WITH A YEAST FOUND IN PATAGONIA

HEINEKEN CREATES NEW BEER STYLE “H41” MADE WITH A YEAST FOUND IN PATAGONIA Heineken’s spirit of exploration led their investigators to Patagonia, a region located at the southern end of South America, where they made an incredible discovery, the H41. With this name, they identified the rare “mother yeast” that inspired the brand’s brewer masters to create a new beer […]

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CRAFT FOOD RIDES THE WAVE OF POPULARITY

CRAFT FOOD RIDES THE WAVE OF POPULARITY The term “craft food,” sometimes referred to as artisanal food, is one commonly used and heard in the world of restaurants and millennials, but what exactly does it mean? Is it any new, uniquely made food or simply food made by hand? There is no singular way to describe craft food because every […]

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Smoked Water Now Exists and It Costs More Than Scotch

Smoked Water Now Exists and It Costs More Than Scotch A couple in Wales has created a perfect beverage to follow your next afternoon in the hot sun: Bottled water that tastes verystrongly of burned wood. They made the product for British chef Heston Blumenthal, after he asked for it. “For anyone else, you would say, ‘No, you don’t normally smoke water,’” […]

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Will Amazon Kill Whole Foods’ Low-Priced 365 Chain?

Will Amazon Kill Whole Foods’ Low-Priced 365 Chain? When Whole Foods opened the first of its 365 spinoff stores last May, it came with some big promises. In-store tattoo parlors ultimately didn’t make the cut, alas, but the company did say that 365 would be a nationwide chain where shoppers could find “a lot of other cool stuff” at prices that wouldn’t break the […]

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WALMART AIMS FOR 30 SECOND IN-STORE RETURN PROCESS

WALMART AIMS FOR 30 SECOND IN-STORE RETURN PROCESS With shoppers’ demand for quick and easy service, supermarkets and retail stores have been stepping up their game to keep up. Walmart has decided to focus on customer needs and created Mobile Express Returns, a new in-store service that could only take 30 seconds. The returns process will be available in November […]

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Jack in the Box Launches Fast Food Industry’s First-Ever Ribeye Burger

Jack in the Box Launches Fast Food Industry’s First-Ever Ribeye Burger San Diego, CA  (RestaurantNews.com)  Industry innovator, Jack in the Box, reveals an industry breakthrough with the introduction of fast food’s first 100% Ribeye Burger. Challenging consumers’ expectations of what’s possible in QSR, Jack in the Box has continued to own unexpected flavors and ingredients to draw consumers through its […]

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New Gatti’s Pizza restaurant design: Sometimes separation is a good thing

New Gatti’s Pizza restaurant design: Sometimes separation is a good thing The new ownership behind Gatti’s Pizza broke ground on the longtime brand’s first franchise location in seven years this week, this one on East Central Texas Expressway in Killeen, Texas. Since Sovrano LLC purchased the brand a two years ago, they’ve opened a number of corporate-owned locations, but this […]

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New Pieology concept puts customers in brand’s R&D Department

New Pieology concept puts customers in brand’s R&D Department Pieology Pizzeria opened its latest endeavor this week, Pieology Pizzeria R&D, a restaurant concept that gives customers a voice in the chain’s decision-making about menu items and flavor combinations. This unit, located in Aliso Viejo, California, has a rotating menu that gives diners exclusive first “bites” of Pieology items under consideration, […]

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Pizza delivery’s changing landscape: Lessons from retail universe

Pizza delivery’s changing landscape: Lessons from retail universe By Lisa van Kestersen/CEO and founder, SeeLevel HX The growth of third-party delivery services both threatens and provides opportunities for the dramatically changing restaurant industry. Pizza restaurateurs— though many have always been players in the delivery space — are equally affected with large swaths of new competitors in the arena that was once almost solely […]

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Is Italian Food the Next Frontier of Fast-Casual Eating?

Is Italian Food the Next Frontier of Fast-Casual Eating? Pity Sbarro. The Brooklyn-born chain has been operating for more than half a century, but its days as a food-court mainstay might be numbered. All across the country, even as the market becomes more saturated, restaurateurs and titans of industry are gunning to create the next fast-casual behemoth — and lately, it […]

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1st Pizza Hut soon to be museum

1st Pizza Hut soon to be museum Pizza Hut is getting its own museum next year in its birthplace of Wichita, Kansas. The chain, which opened its first hut there 58 years ago, has moved the tiny brick building that housed it to Wichita State University, where it will be featured in a museum of entrepreneurship opening next year. “The new relocation is to […]

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Dunkin’ rolls out coffee deal with Amtrak

Dunkin’ rolls out coffee deal with Amtrak Dunkin’ coffee exclusively available on Northeast Corridor trains The Polar Express had its signature hot cocoa, and now Amtrak has its own hot beverage. Dunkin’ Brands Group Inc. said this week it has rolled out its Dunkin’ Donuts Original Blend and Dunkin’ Decaf on board all Amtrak Northeast Corridor trains. The chain’s products […]

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Amazon May Soon Bring Shake Shack to Your Door

Amazon May Soon Bring Shake Shack to Your Door After less than a month as Whole Foods’ overlord, Amazon is making another big food grab. It’s teaming up with Olo, a large food-ordering company that counts Danny Meyer as an investor and does catering orders for Chipotle. Olo says the partnership will put its current raft of customers — 200 different chains with 40,000 […]

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New Yorkers, Better Start Preparing Now for ‘At Least’ 50 More Taco Bell Locations

New Yorkers, Better Start Preparing Now for ‘At Least’ 50 More Taco Bell Locations Do you belong to the niche school of thought that holds that fast-food chains are vastly underrepresented in New York City? Great news: Your imperfect municipal area is about to get a bonkers number of new Taco Bells. The chain today announced plans to blanket the city in “at […]

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Amazon Is Quietly Seizing Control of Booze Delivery Now, Too

Amazon Is Quietly Seizing Control of Booze Delivery Now, Too Amazon’s tentacles are extending even furtherinto booze delivery, a realm known for giving almost every would-be “disrupter” a headache, thanks to all the legal and logistical problems associated with shipping alcohol. Just to scratch the surface: USPS won’t deliver at all, and UPS and FedEx will, but only if specific requirements […]

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Great American Cookies owner buys Round Table Pizza

Great American Cookies owner buys Round Table Pizza Global Franchise Group acquires 450-unit pizza chain for undisclosed amount Global Franchise Group on Friday said it has acquired Round Table Pizza, giving the Atlanta-based owner of Great American Cookies and Pretzelmaker a growing, 450-unit pizza chain. Terms of the deal were not disclosed. But the acquisition gives GFG its fifth brand, […]

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7-Eleven launches fresh meals to compete with QSRs

7-Eleven launches fresh meals to compete with QSRs 7-Eleven is aiming squarely at the restaurant industry with a line of prepared foods to go in its sprawling network of northern Texas stores. Even the news release describing the 15 offerings made it clear that the group’s focus is set directly on those increasingly home-bound millennial restaurant customers. The meals, which range […]

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Commodities: September markets cool down for pizza restaurateurs

Commodities: September markets cool down for pizza restaurateurs The month of September did not start on much of a high note for pizza restaurateurs, with mostly falling stock prices for the brands monitored by this site, and higher-trending commodity prices on just about all the essentials, aside from a couple of wheat varieties. Cheese Cheese prices opened last week strong, […]

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Kansas City pizza franchisee uses food truck to build brand visibility (Part 1)

Kansas City pizza franchisee uses food truck to build brand visibility (Part 1)   Food trucks are becoming an integral part of the nation’s commercial foodservice landscape. KC Pie, LLC, the Pie Five Pizza Co. franchisee for Kansas City, has been quick to recognize this fact, having recently launched a food truck to complement its 12 brick-and-mortar locations. Siblings Kerry Goebel, […]

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Keynoter: Want to motivate employees? Try ‘trust and track’ instead of ‘command and control’

Keynoter: Want to motivate employees? Try ‘trust and track’ instead of ‘command and control’  What does it say about a restaurant when a server receives a $2,500 tip from a customer? That the restaurant organization knows how to motivate its employees. Nick Sarillo, owner of Nick’s Pizza & Subs, gave an inside look at how he created a culture of […]

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After 20 years, Nick’s Pizza & Pub opens store No. 3

After 20 years, Nick’s Pizza & Pub opens store No. 3   Nick’s Pizza & Pub is opening a location on Chicago’s north side after spending 20 years firmly planted in the distant suburbs of Elgin and Crystal Lake. A news release said the brand’s third location will open this fall in the 2400 block of West Montrose Avenue in Lincoln Square. In the meantime, […]

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Little Caesars Pizza Portal opens door to ‘people-less’ QSR experience

Little Caesars Pizza Portal opens door to ‘people-less’ QSR experience Little Caesars this week announced it’s testing a new tech that basically melds mobile ordering, automatic pick-up and vending to create a new way for customers to order and retrieve food without any potentially time-sucking human interaction through its new Reserve-N-Ready service. A news release said the “breakthrough” service model […]

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American retailers, restaurants oppose U.S. NAFTA produce proposal

American retailers, restaurants oppose U.S. NAFTA produce proposal WASHINGTON (Reuters) – American retail, restaurant and agriculture groups weighed in on Thursday against a U.S. NAFTA modernization proposal that could pave the way for U.S. seasonal produce growers to file anti-dumping cases against Mexico, according to letters sent to Trump administration officials. Talks to overhaul the North American Free Trade Agreement […]

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Rita’s Italian Ice Named as One of 2017’s Most Powerful Franchises

Rita’s Italian Ice Named as One of 2017’s Most Powerful Franchises Rita’s Italian Ice Ranked 99 by Entrepreneur Magazine Trevose, PA  (RestaurantNews.com)  Rita’s Italian Ice has been selected as one of 2017’s top franchises, as determined by Entrepreneur Magazine, coming in at number 99. The ranking is determined by scrutinizing franchises to decide which brands are doing the best job […]

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WALMART AND GOOGLE JOIN FORCES TO COMPETE AGAINST AMAZON

WALMART AND GOOGLE JOIN FORCES TO COMPETE AGAINST AMAZON Walmart has teamed up with one of Amazon’s biggest rivals in terms of voice assistant technology: Google. The company announced on their blog that shoppers would be able to buy Walmart products by speaking to their Google home products by late next month. Walmart customers can link their accounts to Google, […]

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Ford teams with Domino’s on self-driving pizza delivery test

Ford teams with Domino’s on self-driving pizza delivery test ANN ARBOR, Mich. (Reuters) – Ford Motor Co and Domino’s Pizza Inc in September will begin testing Michigan consumers’ reactions to having their pies delivered by self-driving vehicles, the companies said on Tuesday. It will not be the first experiment with advanced pizza delivery technology. Australia-based Domino’s Pizza Enterprises, the Ann […]

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Burger King launches WhopperCoin crypto-cash in Russia

Burger King launches WhopperCoin crypto-cash in Russia   Fast-food chain Burger King has launched its own crypto-currency, called WhopperCoin, in Russia. Customers will be able to claim one coin for every rouble (1.3p) they spend on the Whopper sandwich. Russians will be able to buy a Whopper with the virtual cash, once they have amassed 1,700 whoppercoins. The company said […]

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Why I Sold My Subway Shops to Open a Smoothie Franchise

Why I Sold My Subway Shops to Open a Smoothie Franchise ranchise Players is Entrepreneur’s Q&A interview column that puts the spotlight on franchisees. If you’re a franchisee with advice and tips to share, email ktaylor@entrepreneur.com. Linda Morgan is a franchise industry veteran. She began working in the restaurant business at age 16 as an hourly employee at Burger King. In […]

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How the CEO of Smoothie King Went From Small-Business Owner to Wearing the Crown

How the CEO of Smoothie King Went From Small-Business Owner to Wearing the Crown For most college students, healthy eating goes out the window the minute freshman orientation gets under way. Wan Kim was no exception. He came to the U.S. from South Korea to study and became quickly alarmed at how many calories he was taking in. So Kim […]

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Small business owners discuss their trip to the White House

Small business owners discuss their trip to the White House

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AMAZON HOSTING LARGEST JOB FAIR FOR 50,000 POSITIONS

AMAZON HOSTING LARGEST JOB FAIR FOR 50,000 POSITIONS Amazon announced it has more than 50,000 jobs available to fill across its U.S. fulfillment network and the company is opening up 10 of its fulfillment centers on August 2, for the first Nation’s largest Job Fair. Candidates can come on-site to learn more about working at Amazon and the technology it […]

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IMMEDIATE GOALS FOR THE SUPERMARKET CHAINS’ SUCCESS

IMMEDIATE GOALS FOR THE SUPERMARKET CHAINS’ SUCCESS To improve and make effective the buying experience, consolidate a model of proximity and closeness, with multi channel strategies and a focus on people, is an immediate objective for supermarkets. This could be the summary of the greatest opportunities and objectives of supermarket chains in the new retail era, basically the opinion of […]

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McDonald’s McDelivery Expands to 4,200 Restaurants in 13 Countries with UberEATS

McDonald’s McDelivery Expands to 4,200 Restaurants in 13 Countries with UberEATS McDonald’s Celebrates with Global McDelivery Day featuring surprise moments for fans including access to the new McDelivery Collection via UberEATS Oak Brook, IL  (RestaurantNews.com)  From New York City to New Zealand and Canada to the Netherlands, McDonald’s (NYSE: MCD) has expanded McDelivery with UberEATS to 13 countries, including 3,500 […]

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WHO ARE OPPOSING AMAZON’S ACQUISITION OF WHOLE FOODS?

WHO ARE OPPOSING AMAZON’S ACQUISITION OF WHOLE FOODS? A month after Amazon announced the acquisition of Whole Foods supermarket chain for $13.7 billion, the e-commerce giant is beginning to feel the pressure of various groups seeking to stop this deal. From three different fronts, for now, are trying to derail this deal that will give Amazon more than 450 stores to expand […]

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MEXICO’S GRUPO BIMBO ACQUIRES EAST BALT BAKERY

MEXICO’S GRUPO BIMBO ACQUIRES EAST BALT BAKERY Grupo Bimbo S.A.B. de C.V. has acquired East Balt Bakery. Owned by One Equity Partners, East Balt company made the agreement to be sold for a price of $650 million U.S. dollars. “East Balt brings significant expertise, a remarkable track record of profitable growth, and a geographically diverse and highly scalable platform in […]

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The 36-Year Old CEO That Leads Burger King Loves the Whopper and Is Inspired by Amazon

The 36-Year Old CEO That Leads Burger King Loves the Whopper and Is Inspired by Amazon   The 36-year-old chief executive officer of private equity-backed Restaurant Brands Int.’l Inc. (QSR) , Daniel Schwartz, has been somewhat of a media mystery since first crashing onto the Wall Street scene in a meaningful way in 2013. In only his second interview with […]

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Blaze moves beyond US with biggest deal ever, announces minority owner

Blaze moves beyond US with biggest deal ever, announces minority owner After officially becoming the fastest-growing brand in U.S. historyearlier this week, Blaze Fast-Fire’d Pizza today said it’s moving beyond North American borders for the first time, building 100 restaurants in 11 Middle Eastern and northern Africa countries, starting next year. The chain, which won this year’s Fast Casual Top […]

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Pizza Hut changes its ‘DNA’ ahead of adding 14,000 new drivers

Pizza Hut changes its ‘DNA’ ahead of adding 14,000 new drivers   Pizza Hut wants to add a few … well, actually 14,000 … good drivers to its ranks over the next few months, so today the Yum brand’s leadership said it will hire 3,000 delivery drivers every month through the year-end. Plus, the chain said it has a whole […]

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Dunkin’ Donuts Announces Partnership With Price Chopper To Open Three Locations In Kansas

Dunkin’ Donuts Announces Partnership With Price Chopper To Open Three Locations In Kansas Leading Restaurant Brand Continues to Expand Non-Traditional Portfolio Throughout the Grocery Sector Canton, MA  (RestaurantNews.com)  Dunkin’ Donuts, America’s all-day, everyday stop for coffee and baked goods, announced today its partnership with nationally recognized grocer, Price Chopper to open three restaurants in Kansas. The first location is slated […]

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Amazon Already Registered a Trademark for a Meal-Kit Service

Amazon Already Registered a Trademark for a Meal-Kit Service Everyone suspected this was coming, but there’s finally official confirmation this morning that Amazon is indeed plotting a takeover of the meal-kit-delivery business. The dead giveaway was a trademark it filed a couple weeks ago, on July 6, for just such a service. The application outlines an undertaking that will provide customers with “prepared food […]

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TECATE SPONSORS BOXING EVENT WITH “CLAIM YOUR CORNER” CAMPAIGN

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KFC Launches Hilarious Merch Shop BY TOM KAISER

KFC Launches Hilarious Merch Shop After launching one of its sandwiches into space and publishing its first corporate romance novel (seriously), KFC has launched an online merchandise shop it’s calling KFC Ltd.  With Colonel Sanders pillows, a chicken sandwich made with real meteorite and drumstick socks—among many others—this is the real deal. There’s so much more. In fact, let me […]

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Summary of Objectives for the NAFTA Renegotiation

In accordance with the Bipartisan Congressional Trade Priorities and Accountability Act of 2015, the Administration is providing this summary of specific objectives with respect to the NAFTA negotiations. Read More

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United States Trade Representative Releases NAFTA Negotiating Objectives

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Fast Food Makes Its Biggest Change Since The Drive-Thru Window

Fast Food Makes Its Biggest Change Since The Drive-Thru Window Just as the drive-thru accommodated generations shaped by mass-market car culture, the new digital efforts cater to a new cohort of fast-food customers shaped by e-commerce, social media, smartphones, streaming video and, in one way or another, a lack of time. Restaurants’ trial runs and partnerships with delivery services could […]

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Ordering McDonald’s Delivery With UberEATS

  Is delivery faster and more convenient than ordering McDonald’s at a drive-thru? We tested McDonald’s new delivery partnership with UberEATS to see how the fast-food giant’s sandwiches, fries, Happy Meals and so-called artisan burgers weathered the journey to our office with a driver, rather than just driving down the road to get it ourselves. “This is going to be […]

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Marilyn Monroe Spas CEO Lewis Talks International Franchising

“When I first went to India, I checked into the hotel and flipped on the TV and there was a story on Marilyn Monroe.” It’s that kind of anecdotal evidence Jim Lewis said reinforced his belief that India was the right market for Marilyn Monroe Spas’ first international deal. Lewis, who joined Marilyn Monroe Spas as CEO in 2015 following […]

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From Fast Food to Clean Windows, This Franchise Maven Chooses Solid Business to Build with Son

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It’s good to be Yum China: Q2 operating profit up 64%

It’s good to be Yum China: Q2 operating profit up 64% Yum China continues to be embraced with open arms in China, reporting a 3 percent spike in Q2 same-store sales and mobile payments exceeding 40 percent of total company sales during that period, a news release said. The company reported that its operating profit grew 64 percent, thanks to  its […]

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TARGET RESTOCK LAUNCHED TO COMPETE WITH AMAZON AND WALMART

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SAVE MART OPENS NEW BIGGER STORE IN CERES CALIFORNIA

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WHAT ARE THE BIGGEST SELLERS ON THE FOURTH OF JULY?

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Pizza in Chile? Little Caesars says, ‘Yes!’

Pizza in Chile? Little Caesars says, ‘Yes!’ Little Caesars is putting their pizza in Chile, where consumers are increasingly demanding “takeaway” brands that offer value per serving. The Detroit-based brand opened its first South American restaurant on June 15, in Santiago, which a news release said is an extension of the chain’s Latin American growth spurt. The brand already has outlets in Mexico, […]

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Marco’s Pizza Selects HY Connect As Full-Service Agency Partner

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McDonald’s Accelerates Delivery Rollout with UberEats

McDonald’s Accelerates Delivery Rollout with UberEats Underscoring the seismic shift to delivery in all corners of the restaurant world, McDonald’s is ramping up its trial of third-party delivery with UberEats, doubling the number of U.S. locations delivering Big Macs, Egg McMuffins, and McNuggets. Announced at an appearance at the Bernstein Strategic Decisions Conference in New York, CEO Steve Easterbrook said […]

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Facebook Diving into Food Delivery

Facebook Diving into Food Delivery announce the best and worst news of our lives, to stalk exes and find new love, to read the news of the world and complain about current events—so why shouldn’t Facebook just feed us already? Fear not, socialites, as California-based Facebook has announced plans to add meal delivery to its all-encompassing function set. While Facebook […]

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KFC Zinger Heads into Space

KFC Zinger Heads into Space For all the Jetsons episodes that glamorized life in the space age, they never mentioned where George, Jane and company would get access to delicious fried chicken. Here on planet Earth, that problem has allegedly been solved as KFC and space flight experts World View announced they are partnering to launch the Zinger chicken sandwich […]

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Buffalo Wild Wings starts the sale of 83 restaurants to franchisees

Buffalo Wild Wings starts the sale of 83 restaurants to franchisees New strategy launched after activists got seats on restaurant firm’s board. Buffalo Wild Wings Inc. on Monday identified 83 company-owned restaurants it aims to sell to franchisees this year, formally launching a sale executives first discussed in January after an activist shareholder’s pressure. The company said the Denver-based consulting […]

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People Are Now Using Coke As a Self-tanner Instead of Drinking It

People Are Now Using Coke As a Self-tanner Instead of Drinking It Coke: It’s gotta be good for something, right? With so many bottles nowadays gathering dust on supermarket shelves, it seems like a good time to test out some new applications — like a replacement for tanning lotion. As several beauty magazines point out this week, this, uh, trend […]

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First Watch Introduces First Mobile App, Allows Customers to Get in Line Remotely

First Watch Introduces First Mobile App, Allows Customers to Get in Line Remotely The mobile app is now available in iTunes and Google Play stores Bradenton, FL  (RestaurantNews.com)  Award-winning breakfast, brunch and lunch restaurant First Watch announced today that it has launched a mobile app, which now allows customers the ability to add their names to the wait list remotely, […]

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Tim Hortons Expanding Its Footprint to Mexico

Tim Hortons Expanding Its Footprint to Mexico Last week, Restaurant Brands International (NYSE: QSR) announced its brand, Tim Hortons, would be expanding into Mexico. The company said it will form a master franchise joint venture with an unidentified group of investors. “We are continuing to build on our commitment of taking the Tim Hortons brand and Canada’s favorite coffee around the […]

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SOUTHEASTERN GROCERS NAMES ANTHONY HUCKER INTERIM PRESIDENT AND CEO

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AMAZON IS BUYING WHOLE FOODS FOR $13.7 BILLION SHAKING GROCERS AND RETAIL STOCKS

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PUBLIX IS EXPANDING SAME DAY GROCERY DELIVERY TO ALL STORES BY 2020

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ALDI PLANS BIG EXPANSION WITH ADDITIONAL 900 STORES IN THE U.S.

ALDI PLANS BIG EXPANSION WITH ADDITIONAL 900 STORES IN THE U.S. Aldi, the German grocery chain, would invest $3.4 billion expanding the number of their stores in the U.S. to 2,500 by 2022. It will become the third largest grocery store by count in the country and serve 100 million customers per month. In a turbulent retail environment, Aldi is […]

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The Trump Administration Just Handed McDonald’s a Big Labor Win

The Trump Administration Just Handed McDonald’s a Big Labor Win Outside of a $15 minimum wage, the fast-food industry’s big mortal fear when it comes to labor law is over classifying companies with franchise business models as “joint employers” along with their franchisees. Their fear increased substantially in 2016, following news that President Obama’s Labor Department had issued guidelines recommending […]

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Yes, the World Now Has a ‘Milk Sommelier’

Yes, the World Now Has a ‘Milk Sommelier’   Meet Bas de Groot, a man who should duke it out with certified water sommelier Martin Riese for the world’s easiest-to-make-fun-of food job. De Groot’s very niche area of expertise is milk — the planet’s one and only milk sommelier, as far as he’s aware. Cows’ milk is “more than an […]

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San Diego Alternative Investment Club

San Diego Alternative Investment Club Join Us in San Diego for a Dinner and Networking Event… The event is for the “Cream of the Entrepreneurship and Investment Community in San Diego”. Let’s create something great… together… It is called “Alternative Investment Mastermind”. It is for investors that want to network with other investors and for very selected entrepreneurs that we […]

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Pepsi Is Reportedly in Talks to Buy Vita Coco

Pepsi Is Reportedly in Talks to Buy Vita Coco People with inside knowledge say that PepsiCo has made a bid for Vita Coco, the coconut-water brand that’s slowly remaking itself into a coconut-everything empire by “owning the coconut in different areas of the store.” The acquisition would help the struggling soda-maker diversify its offerings. Right now, these mostly encompass sugary […]

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HEINEKEN AND ICC BRINGS TO THE USA THE BEST SOCCER TEAMS IN THE WORLD

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MCDONALD’S EXPANDS HOME DELIVERY MOTIVATED BY YOUNG CUSTOMERS

MCDONALD’S EXPANDS HOME DELIVERY MOTIVATED BY YOUNG CUSTOMERS McDonald’s, the world’s largest burger chain, is expanding its partnership with UberEATS and by the end of June will offer delivery meals from 3,500 locations nationwide. CEO Steve Easterbrook told shareholders at a Bernstein investor conference that “we are encouraged by early results in the U.S. where delivery is resonating well, particularly […]

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AMAZON WANTS WALMART CUSTOMERS WITH GOVERNMENT ASSISTANCE

AMAZON WANTS WALMART CUSTOMERS WITH GOVERNMENT ASSISTANCE People who receive government assistance can now access Amazon Prime at a discounted monthly price, taking the war for retail dominance with Walmart to a new level. The e-commerce giant announced that customers who have a valid Electronic Benefits Transfer (EBT) card, typically used for food stamps, qualify for a $5.99 per month […]

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MEXICAN-STYLE CANDY WINS BIG AT THE SWEETS AND SNACKS EXPO 2017

MEXICAN-STYLE CANDY WINS BIG AT THE SWEETS AND SNACKS EXPO 2017 The original taste of the Mexican-style candy set its mark this year at the largest candy convention in the USA. Nerds Lucha Grande – Mango Chile and Guava sweet snack, was recognized as winner on the list of the 2017 Most Innovative New Product Awards by the National Confectioners […]

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BEYOND BURGER GAINS POPULARITY AND EXPANDS TO 280 SAFEWAY STORES

BEYOND BURGER GAINS POPULARITY AND EXPANDS TO 280 SAFEWAY STORES Beyond Burger, the veggie burger backed by Bill Gates, is moving from the frozen food aisle to the meat section of the Safeway grocery stores. Is now available in the meat section of more than 280 Safeway grocery stores in Northern California and some stores in Nevada and Hawaii. With […]

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Taco Bell Adding Thousands of Stores in International Push

Taco Bell Adding Thousands of Stores in International Push Taco Bell is running for the border. Yum! Brands Inc.’s Mexican-themed restaurant chain will open at least 100 new locations each in China, Brazil, Canada and India during the next five years, according to a statement Thursday. The plan will help boost Taco Bell’s store count to 9,000 globally by 2022 from […]

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Fund started by former McDonald’s CEO acquires PizzaRev

Fund started by former McDonald’s CEO acquires PizzaRev Cleveland Avenue LLC, begun by Don Thompson, acquires majority stake in fast-casual chain Don Thompson is getting into the pizza business. Cleveland Avenue LLC, a Chicago-based accelerator that invests in restaurant, food and beverage concepts, has acquired a majority stake in the fast-casual pizza chain PizzaRev. Terms of the deal were not […]

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McDonald’s Renews Effort to Upgrade Kitchens in Food-Quality Bid

McDonald’s Renews Effort to Upgrade Kitchens in Food-Quality Bid by Leslie Patton May 19, 2017, 6:45 AM PDT Company asking franchisees to spend thousands on equipment Development of better chicken underway to challenge rivals McDonald’s Corp. is making a new push to get franchisees to upgrade their kitchen equipment, aiming to win back customers with improved fried chicken and higher-end […]

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VIRTUAL REALITY REACHES THE RETAIL INDUSTRY TO ATTRACT NEW CUSTOMERS

VIRTUAL REALITY REACHES THE RETAIL INDUSTRY TO ATTRACT NEW CUSTOMERS There are already several major retail chains that have begun to experiment and work with new and innovative ways, such as virtual reality, to attract customers to their establishments and to interact with the products they offer. With these technological advances applied to Retail, the company that takes the first […]

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MEXICO’S GRUPO LALA WANTS TO BUY THE ORGANIC YOGURT MANUFACTURER STONEY FARM

MEXICO’S GRUPO LALA WANTS TO BUY THE ORGANIC YOGURT MANUFACTURER STONEY FARM Mexico’s Grupo Lala is determined to win the bid against their Chinese rival, Inner Mongolia Yili Industrial Group, to acquire the recognized American organic yogurt manufacturer Stoney Farm Inc., a subsidiary company of Danone. Meanwhile, the Chinese company offered $850 million for the American organic yogurt manufacturer. This […]

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McDonald’s Expands Its McDelivery Service With UberEATS

McDonald’s Expands Its McDelivery Service With UberEATS McDonald’s is expanding its delivery service to more than 1,000 restaurants through UberEATS. The “McDelivery” service will now be available in Los Angeles, Chicago, Columbus and Phoenix. McDonald’s launched the delivery option in January with more than 200 locations participating in Miami, Orlando and Tampa Bay. “We are bringing a new level of […]

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Apple Created, and Patented, a Box That Keeps Employees’ Pizza Crispy

Apple Created, and Patented, a Box That Keeps Employees’ Pizza Crispy From the first affordable computer mouse to the iPhone, Apple’s engineers have created a slew of products that completely changed the way we live. And now their design team has done it again, with a takeout box that keeps pizza from getting soggy. There doesn’t seem to be anything […]

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Odd Lots: How Instagram Turned Into a Giant Market for Food

Odd Lots: How Instagram Turned Into a Giant Market for Food Every week, hosts Joe Weisenthal and Tracy Alloway take you on a not-so-random walk through hot topics in markets, finance and economics. Avocado toast, unicorn frappuccinos, and kale salads. Taking photos of your food and putting them on Instagram is a now a huge trend that’s transforming markets in more ways than one. […]

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Wendy’s and Its ‘Nuggs’ Are Overcoming a Fast-Food Slump

Wendy’s and Its ‘Nuggs’ Are Overcoming a Fast-Food Slump It looks like Wendy’s Co. can afford to give away a few chicken nuggets. The fast-food chain, which granted an intrepid customer’s plea for free food this week, is coming off a quarter of surprisingly strong sales and earnings — a sign Wendy’s is weathering a broader restaurant slump. The results […]

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Wingstop signs development deal for Europe

Wingstop signs development deal for Europe Wingstop Restaurants Inc. has signed a deal to develop franchised restaurants in Europe, the company said Wednesday. The Dallas-based chicken wing concept said the development agreement with London-based Lemon Pepper Holdings Ltd. calls for 100 restaurants over 12 years. The first Wingstop is expected to open by year’s end, the company said. Rita Sharma, […]

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Redbox to Add 1,500 Net DVD Rental Kiosks in 2017 (EXCLUSIVE)

Redbox to Add 1,500 Net DVD Rental Kiosks in 2017 (EXCLUSIVE)   Redbox, now privately held, is doubling capital spending in 2017 to expand its nationwide DVD-rental kiosk footprint — and new CEO Galen Smith says the company intends to be around for the long haul with its unique value proposition for movie fans. This year, Redbox will spend $40 […]

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AMAZON MAKES ITS FIRST DELIVERY FOR DRONE IN THE USA

AMAZON MAKES ITS FIRST DELIVERY FOR DRONE IN THE USA Amazon is already starting to fly with its plan to start delivering products with the help of drones. The e-commerce giant completed its first delivery by drones in the United States. The shipment was made during a private event held in California. The company did not disclose the distance traveled, […]

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TACO BELL WILL CREATE 50,000 NEW JOBS BY THE END OF THE SUMMER

TACO BELL WILL CREATE 50,000 NEW JOBS BY THE END OF THE SUMMER Taco Bell, the fast-food Mexican chain, said that it will fill 50,000 jobs by the end of the summer, just in May they plan to create 3,500 new jobs. The hiring spree is part of a previously-announced plan to create about 100,000 U.S. jobs over the next […]

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Why Donald Trump Decided to Back Off Nafta Threat

Why Donald Trump Decided to Back Off Nafta Threat President wanted to show action on key promises before 100-day mark, but Mexico’s Peña Nieto and Canada’s Trudeau urged him not to withdraw from accord http://www.wsj.com/video/what-canadians-think-of-trump-tough-talk-on-nafta/A65A9A6A-D679-44E1-974E-D421D4D24E44.html What Canadians Think of Trump’s Tough Talk on Nafta As President Donald Trump renegotiating the North American Free Trade Agreement, WSJ hit the streets to […]

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Edible Arrangements Founder Buys Back Ownership Stake Amid Brand Conversion

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Immigrant Entrepreneurs Flock Franchising Opportunities

Immigrant Entrepreneurs Flock Franchising Opportunities New Americans are twice as likely as native-born Americans to start their own business. Franchising makes it simpler. The American Dream of small-business ownership is alive and well, and the fastest-growing group of people making that dream a reality are immigrants. Though they make up only 13.5 percent of the U.S.. population, immigrant entrepreneurs now […]

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SAN DIEGO’S MOST EXCITING NEW BREWERIES THAT OPENED IN 2016

SAN DIEGO’S MOST EXCITING NEW BREWERIES THAT OPENED IN 2016 San Diego is now home to 130 breweries, with new outfits seemingly opening every day. In the past year, we’ve seen an uptick in breweries in unlikely locales, a new brewery that marketed itself to those with a gluten intolerance, and another helmed by a legendary Danish brewer. While it […]

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Trump’s Trade Plans Spell Uncertainty for Mexican Port

Trump’s Trade Plans Spell Uncertainty for Mexican Port LÁZARO CÁRDENAS, Mexico — Latin America’s most technologically advanced shipping terminal opened here early this month, with a ceremony attended by heads of state and shipping industry royalty. But the ambitious project faces an uncertain future as U.S. President Donald Trump weighs new trade barriers. Major importers such as Wal-Mart Stores Inc., […]

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Dunkin’ Donuts Announces Plans For Six New Restaurants

Dunkin’ Donuts Announces Plans For Six New Restaurants, Including One Multi-Brand Location With Baskin-Robbins, In Evansville, Indiana With Franchisees Taru, Sanjay And Kamlesh Patel Leading Coffee and Bakery Brand Seeks Franchisee Candidates throughout the Midwest and Southeast Regions Canton, MA  (RestaurantNews.com)  Dunkin’ Donuts, America’s all-day, everyday stop for coffee and baked goods, announced today the signing of a multi-unit store […]

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Why Are So Many Quick-Service Restaurants Being Sold?

Why Are So Many Quick-Service Restaurants Being Sold? From Panera to Checkers to Popeyes, the deals keep rolling in, and don’t expect that to change anytime soon. The March 23 announcement of Oak Hill Capital’s purchase of the Checkers and Rally’s burgers brands fell in the middle of a quick-service acquisition spree. The month before, Burger King parent Restaurant Brands […]

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TRUMP PLANS TO CHANGE NAFTA COULD BE CONSIDERED AS “MODEST”

TRUMP PLANS TO CHANGE NAFTA COULD BE CONSIDERED AS “MODEST” Despite all his campaign promises, where Trump assured that during his first days in the White House he would begin the renegotiation of the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) with Mexico and Canada, little has been done by the President and perhaps there is not much to be done […]

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JARRITOS CONQUERS THE SOCIAL MEDIA WORLD WITH ORIGINAL VIDEOS

JARRITOS CONQUERS THE SOCIAL MEDIA WORLD WITH ORIGINAL VIDEOS Although the video is only thirty seconds, it’s long enough to leave the audience with an indescribable craving for tacos bathed in pineapple flavored soft drink Jarritos. Jarritos’ new promotional video has caused a social media sensation with 200,000 views, 1,300 shares, and more than 3,000 likes on their Facebook page. […]

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How Google plans to get a billion new users

How Google plans to get a billion new users   Google is making a new push to get nearly a billion Indians onto the internet. How? By allowing them to surf the web in their own language. The company announced Tuesday that it has enabled nine Indian languages to work on the new AI-enabled Google Translate. It has also doubled […]

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BJ’S IS FOR SALE AND AMAZON COULD BE THEIR FUTURE OWNER

BJ’S IS FOR SALE AND AMAZON COULD BE THEIR FUTURE OWNER   Privately held retailer BJ’s Wholesale Club is currently up for sale, and Amazon has expressed modest internal interest, according to several news reports. BJ’s, owned by private equity firms CVC Capital Partners and Leonard Green & Partners, is likely to fetch between $4 billion and $4.5 billion in […]

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TYSON FOODS INVEST $4.2 BILLION IN THE READY TO EAT SANDWICH BUSINESS

TYSON FOODS INVEST $4.2 BILLION IN THE READY TO EAT SANDWICH BUSINESS In a $4.2 billion cash deal, Tyson Foods, the largest meat producer in the United States, will buy Advance Pierre Foods, a packaged sandwich supplier based in Cincinnati. The acquisition of AdvancePierre will add a line of ready-to-eat lunch and dinner sandwiches and snacks to Tyson’s range of […]

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McDonald’s mobile ordering bet could pay off big

McDonald’s mobile ordering bet could pay off big Mobile ordering is coming to McDonald’s later this year and Wall Street is ba-da-ba-ba-ba lovin’ it. Shares of Mickey D’s hit an all-time high on Friday. McDonald’s (MCD) stock is now up nearly 10% this year. McDonald’s has enjoyed an amazing comeback since CEO Steve Easterbrook took over in March 2015. He […]

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KFC Plans to Launch Sandwich — Into Orbit — With New Colonel

KFC Plans to Launch Sandwich — Into Orbit — With New Colonel Rob Lowe Pitches Chicken Chain’s Zinger KFC has stratospheric aspirations for its Zinger fried chicken sandwich.   After 33 years of selling the spicy sandwich in other countries, the Zinger makes its U.S. debut on April 24. And KFC plans to send a Zinger into space this summer. […]

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All the Red (a.k.a. the Best) Candy You Can Buy on Amazon

All the Red (a.k.a. the Best) Candy You Can Buy on Amazon Everyone knows that red candies are the best (with the exception of pineapple gummy bears and “mystery” Airheads, which, frankly, always tasted “red” to us). While there is some evidence that having subpar flavors like yellow and green around makes the reds taste that much better, we would […]

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AMAZON NEW SPANISH WEBSITE TARGETS MILLIONS OF HISPANICS SHOPPERS

AMAZON NEW SPANISH WEBSITE TARGETS MILLIONS OF HISPANICS SHOPPERS More than 40 million Hispanics who live in the United States and continue to use Spanish as their first language are a valuable market that Amazon wants to conquer. That is why, for the first time since launching 20 years ago, Amazon.com decided to create the Spanish option for its website. […]

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Domino’s Opens 14,000th Store Worldwide

Domino’s Opens 14,000th Store Worldwide Milestone store opens in Malaysia Ann Arbor, MI  (RestaurantNews.com)  Domino’s Pizza (NYSE: DPZ), the recognized world leader in pizza delivery, is celebrating the grand opening of its 14,000th store in in Cyberjaya, Malaysia, outside of the nation’s capital of Kuala Lumpur. “It was just eight months ago that we cut the ribbon on our 13,000th […]

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HY-VEE REESTRUCTURES SEVERAL DEPARTMENTS TO FOCUS IN 3 KEY AREAS

HY-VEE REESTRUCTURES SEVERAL DEPARTMENTS TO FOCUS IN 3 KEY AREAS Hy-Vee, Inc. announced a new strategy to allow the supermarket chain focus in three key areas, Information Technology (IT), HealthMarkets and restaurant development. As a result of the restructuring, approximately 60 corporate positions were impacted, the company said. More than 50 new full-time positions will be IT-based and work at […]

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Instagram powers Taco Bell’s innovation machine — and it’s completely changing the fast-food menu as we know it

Instagram powers Taco Bell’s innovation machine — and it’s completely changing the fast-food menu as we know it   Taco Bell reportedly spent two years perfecting the Quesalupa’s cheese pull. The company’s social media team closely watches the brand’s Twitter to keep an eye out for customers who are disappointed by cheese that isn’t as stretchy as what is portrayed in ads. […]

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PANERA ACQUIRED FOR $7.5 BILLION BY KRISPY KREME OWNER

PANERA ACQUIRED FOR $7.5 BILLION BY KRISPY KREME OWNER Panera Bread Company and JAB, the Krispy Kreme owner, announced that the companies have entered into a definitive merger agreement under which JAB will acquire Panera for $315 per share in cash, in a transaction valued at approximately $7.5 billion, including the assumption of approximately $340 million of net debt. The […]

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7-Eleven will buy Sunoco Stores for $3.3 Billion

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Diego Luna Poses for “Ambulante” With Cap of Tijuana

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Second Edition of Beer Fest in Tecate To be Held in July

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Coca-Cola Put Warren Buffett’s Face on Chinese Coke Cans

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BEST PIZZA DELIVERY? DOMINO’S DELIVERY ROBOTS WILL TAKE PIZZA TO CUSTOMERS IN EUROPE

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COSTCO PARTNERS WITH SHIPT FOR HOME DELIVERY SERVICE

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MICROSOFT BUYS LINKEDIN FOR $26.2 BILLION

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DUNKIN’ DONUTS IS FIRST BRAND TO LAUNCH WAZE’S “ORDER AHEAD” FEATURE

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MARS ANNOUNCES MORE JOBS AND $70 MILLION REINVESTMENT IN U.S.

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Four Foods Group Acquires 48 Little Caesars Pizza Restaurants

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People Are About to Be Able to Text Starbucks Gift Cards

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Kevin Hochman Promoted to President and Chief Concept Officer of KFC U.S.

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Venture Capital Company Seeking Restaurant Concepts to Develop into a Franchise

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The Pizza Press Marks Fifth Anniversary With Plans for Nearly 150 New Stores & International Expansion by End of 2018

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Rosati’s CEO: ‘If your company is a boys club then join the club’

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Now (Almost) Any Restaurant Can Offer Mobile Ordering

Now (Almost) Any Restaurant Can Offer Mobile Ordering The company behind Subway’s mobile ordering platform is making the tech available to smaller restaurants. In July 2015, Avanti Commerce helped Subway launch mobile ordering at 27,000 of its U.S. stores, making it at the time the largest restaurant chain to support mobile ordering. Now it’s bringing some of that same technology […]

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This $10,000 Burger Actually Exists for a Good Reason

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Amazon Spotlights the Disruptive Power of Delivery

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After betting big on digital, Domino’s Pizza is now eyeing voice technology

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Devoted Readers Give the Washington Post Pizza to Say Thank You for Its Trump Coverage

Devoted Readers Give the Washington Post Pizza to Say Thank You for Its Trump Coverage Some things are better than Pulitzers: Tons of free pizza showed up yesterday in the Washington Post newsroom as part of a crowdfunded thank-you by a GoFundMe campaign created to recognize the paper’s “extraordinary work during the first weeks of the Trump administration.” Post journalists […]

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New on Your Dinner Tab: A Labor Surcharge

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The Absolute Best Mexican Restaurants in New York

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Budweiser Is Figuring Out How to Brew Beer on Mars

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Winning The Always-On, Increasingly Unpredictable Consumer

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These are America’s favorite fast food restaurants

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Mexico Projecting a More Ambitious NAFTA Schedule than U.S. Suggests

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4 STRATEGIES MCDONALD’S WILL USE TO WIN BACK 500M CUSTOMERS

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PEPSICO’S LATEST PUSH FOR 100% RECYCLABLE PACKAGING

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Taco Bell Is Putting a Doritos Locos Taco Inside a Quesalupa

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A Brewery Wants to Open an Entire Hotel Dedicated to Beer

A Brewery Wants to Open an Entire Hotel Dedicated to Beer Scottish craft brewery BrewDog is working hard to expand its reach beyond beer enthusiasts drawn to taxidermy squirrels. A couple of weeks ago, it won over the animal-lover crowd by announcing “paw-ternity leave,” probably the world’s first week of paid time off to employees who get a new puppy […]

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Subway Releases Own Study Arguing Its Chicken Is Chicken

Subway Releases Own Study Arguing Its Chicken Is Chicken The sandwich chain has released two lab tests of its own to counter CBC Marketplace’s “false and misleading” report from earlier this week, which revealed only 50 percent of Subway’s chicken is in fact poultry. These rebuttal tests, no surprise, demonstrated that Subway’s chicken is actually “less than 1 percent” soy […]

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Here’s What Happens When Famed Ramen Chef Ivan Orkin Opens a Pizza Joint

Here’s What Happens When Famed Ramen Chef Ivan Orkin Opens a Pizza Joint Before Ivan Orkin rose to fame running ramen shops — first in Japan, and then in New York — he was a kid from Long Island. The noted Japanophile has an affinity for regional American food, too, which is why Ivan Ramen’s menu has also featured riffs […]

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Restaurants embrace Mexican cheeses

Restaurants embrace Mexican cheeses The cuisine’s defining elements continue to cross over into the mainstream An important culinary corollary to the decades-old mainstreaming of Mexican cuisine has been the steady crossover of its defining elements. Salsa and the varietal chiles from which it may be made, like jalapeño and habanero, have found a permanent place in the pantries of restaurants […]

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MCDONALD’S LATEST MOVE TO ATTRACT CUSTOMERS IN FAST-FOOD INDUSTRY DECLINE

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GENERAL MILLS FOCUSES ON MEXICAN FOOD AND THREE OTHER CATEGORIES

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RizePoint Integrates Bluetooth Thermocouple Instrument With Mobile Auditing App

RizePoint Integrates Bluetooth Thermocouple Instrument With Mobile Auditing App New Feature Prevents Temperature Tampering Salt Lake City, UT  (RestaurantNews.com)  RizePoint, the leading provider of brand, quality, and safety management software, today launched an integration between Mobile Auditor® and the Cooper-Atkins Blue2® Instrument that seamlessly uploads line check temperature data. This new pairing enables food safety teams to gather temperature data […]

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The Right Path to National Expansion

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Burger King and Tim Hortons owner to buy Popeyes for $1.8 billion leftright 4/4leftright

Burger King and Tim Hortons owner to buy Popeyes for $1.8 billion Restaurant Brands International Inc (QSR.TO), owner of the Burger King and Tim Hortons fast-food chains, said on Tuesday it would acquire Popeyes Louisiana Kitchen (PLKI.O) for $1.8 billion in cash. The deal is a bet by Oakville, Ontario-based Restaurant Brands that it can use its international reach to […]

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AMAZON RESPONDS TO WALMART’S FREE SHIPPING OFFER

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McDonald’s Paid Aerospace Engineers to Invent the Straw of the Future

McDonald’s Paid Aerospace Engineers to Invent the Straw of the Future McDonald’s new Chocolate Shamrock Shake presents food-mixer purists with a problem: There is a layer of mint and a layer of chocolate, and they need to be consumed together. Realizing this frankly very minor life inconvenience was nonetheless a problem the multi-billion-dollar chain could solve, it decided to reengineer […]

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Top Chef Charleston Recap: Now We’re in Mexico!

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Finally, food trucks hit the streets in Hong Kong

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Little Caesars founder quietly paid Rosa Parks’ rent for years

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Domino’s Now Has a Wedding Registry

Domino’s Now Has a Wedding Registry So, you want to register for a KitchenAid mixer, but your fiancé insists on a George Foreman grill? Here’s one possible solution: Ask for neither, and instead request an unholy amount of pizza using the new Domino’s Wedding Registry. The chain unveiled the clear gimmick yesterday on a classy-looking site where guests can look […]

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McDonald’s Is Testing All Sorts of New Gourmet Food

McDonald’s Is Testing All Sorts of New Gourmet Food Never one to let past failures stand in the way, McDonald’s is spoiling hard again for the refined epicurean’s business. In fact, the chain has two new game plans this very week, one on each coast: A crab sandwich is being tested at a couple Bay Area locations, and New York […]

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New York’s Most Extravagant Italian Restaurant Has a New Chef — Here’s How She Plans to Shake Things Up

New York’s Most Extravagant Italian Restaurant Has a New Chef — Here’s How She Plans to Shake Things Up “How do we make this feel like your grandma made it, but present it in a way that makes it feel like your grandmother was a queen?” That’s the challenge facing new executive chef Melissa Rodriguez as she takes control of […]

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A Long Way From Mexico: Company Bets China Has an Appetite for Taco Bell

A Long Way From Mexico: Company Bets China Has an Appetite for Taco Bell SHANGHAI — Until he was appointed manager of a Taco Bell in China, Will Cao had never seen a taco before. When confronted with its hard, U-shaped shell in Los Angeles last June, he wondered: How do you eat it? “Everything was spilling all over the […]

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$10K Ilitch investment baked up billion-dollar empire

$10K Ilitch investment baked up billion-dollar empire A $10,000 investment made nearly six decades ago by Mike Ilitch and his wife Marian to open a pizza shop in Garden City grew into a massive Detroit-based business enterprise that last year brought in revenue topping $3 billion. Mike Ilitch, a self-made billionaire, died Friday at the age of 87. He and […]

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Get Ready for the Robo-Barista Revolution

Get Ready for the Robo-Barista Revolution The robot takeover of the food industry continues apace, as Hong Kong start-up Cafe X has opened the first United States location of its coffee-brewing barista-bot. In San Francisco’s Metreon mall, consumers can now get their coffee beverage of choice — like an eight-ounce latte for $2.95 — by tapping some buttons and selecting […]

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A Team of College Students Is One Step Away From Brewing Beer on the Moon

A Team of College Students Is One Step Away From Brewing Beer on the Moon A team of UC San Diego students has a plan to make the next giant leap for boozekind. Researchers of course have already aged scotch in outer space, grown wine grapes in zero gravity, and blasted yeast 77 miles above Earth to brew an imperial […]

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PEPSI INTENDS TO CHANGE THE ENTIRE BEVERAGE INDUSTRY

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HEINEKEN SETS ITS 2017 TARGET ON BRAZIL

HEINEKEN SETS ITS 2017 TARGET ON BRAZIL Heineken (HKHHF) explores Latino America as it begins talks to buy the Brazilian unit of Kirin, potentially paying up to $872 million. This deal would give the company close to a 20 percent market share, well behind its dominant rival, Anheuser-Busch InBev. The Dutch brewer confirmed this stating that it was in talks […]

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KROGER RESPONDS TO WALMART’S BIG ANNOUNCEMENT

KROGER RESPONDS TO WALMART’S BIG ANNOUNCEMENT After Walmart gave their big announcement last week in response to Donald Trump’s presidency, Kroger followed suit with their own contribution. The company founded by Bernard Kroger in 1883 in Cincinnati, Ohio, announced that its family of stores is actively hiring to fill an estimated 10,000 permanent positions in its supermarket divisions. The retailer […]

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Trump to Sign Executive Order on Plan to Renegotiate NAFTA With Mexico, Canada

Trump to Sign Executive Order on Plan to Renegotiate NAFTA With Mexico, Canada Play Trump poised to sign key executive orders on ‘day of action’ 2:30 President Donald Trump is expected to sign an executive order as early as Monday stating his intention to renegotiate the free trade agreement between the United States, Canada and Mexico, a White House official […]

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Tim Hortons, Burger King launching mobile order-and-pay app in Canada

Tim Hortons, Burger King launching mobile order-and-pay app in Canada In the latest push toward automation in the food service industry, the parent company of Tim Hortons and Burger King will release its new smartphone app across Canada this spring. This August 2014 file photo shows a Burger King sign and a Tim Hortons sign in Ottawa. The parent company […]

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Americans Eat 554 Million Jack in the Box Tacos a Year, and No One Knows Why

Americans Eat 554 Million Jack in the Box Tacos a Year, and No One Knows Why The fast-food chain’s gooey, deep-fried beef envelope has been on the menu since the 1950s, inspiring legions of fans; ‘vile and amazing’ 00:09 / 02:42 Jack in the Box tacos are the most popular item on the fast-food chain’s menu. Fans call the deep-fried […]

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2017 WILL BE A GOOD YEAR FOR KRAFT HEINZ CO.

2017 WILL BE A GOOD YEAR FOR KRAFT HEINZ CO. Kraft Heinz Co. (KHC) announced its quarterly earnings results, reporting $0.83 EPS for the quarter, topping the consensus estimate of $0.74 by $0.09. The business had revenue of $6.27 billion for the quarter, compared to analysts’ expectations of $4.70 billion. Kraft Heinz had a net margin of 10.44% and a […]

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BURT’S BEES ENTERS THE FOOD AND BEVERAGE INDUSTRY

BURT’S BEES ENTERS THE FOOD AND BEVERAGE INDUSTRY Burt’s Bees has always been well-known for its cosmetics line of lip shimmers and tea-based makeup removing towlettes, but it has now made its debut into the Food and Beverage Industry. Will this be a hit or a miss for the popular beeswax brand? The brand of beeswax made products has launched […]

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AMAZON, SHOPRITE & 5 MORE TO ACCEPT FOOD STAMPS ONLINE

AMAZON, SHOPRITE & 5 MORE TO ACCEPT FOOD STAMPS ONLINE Food stamps are entering the world of technology, an innovation that may change the entire grocery industry. The U.S. Department of Agriculture is testing a pilot program that will allow 7 online grocery stores to accept food stamps, including the online retailing giant Amazon.com (AMZN). The two-year program will test […]

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A NOT SO “HAPPY HOUR” FOR STARBUCKS

A NOT SO “HAPPY HOUR” FOR STARBUCKS “Last call” for Starbucks (SBUX) as they announced that its sales of beer and wine and small plates food will be discontinued in company-owned stores in the United States on Jan. 10. The company first introduced the “Evenings” concept in Seattle in 2010, and then eventually expanded to over 400 stores. Starbucks started […]

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KELLOGG INVESTS MILLIONS IN SUPERFOOD COMPANY

KELLOGG INVESTS MILLIONS IN SUPERFOOD COMPANY Kellogg’s (K) investment fund has invested in a new superfood startup company named “Kuli Kuli”, making it the first investment made by the company’s Venture Capital section since it was launched in 2016. On Wednesday, January 11 the cereal-giant said that their VC arm, known as eighteen94 capital, led a $4.25 million Series A […]

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Pizza ATMs Will Soon Roll Out Across the Country

Pizza ATMs Will Soon Roll Out Across the Country Is America ready for a pizza-vending-machine revolution? It better be. French company Paline debuted its self-serve Pizza ATM at Xavier University back in August, and since then the company says that businesses and colleges located in 20 states and Canada have inquired about getting their own. Now, after nearly four years […]

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Food Stamp Recipients Will Soon Be Able to Shop for Groceries Online

Food Stamp Recipients Will Soon Be Able to Shop for Groceries Online Amazon and FreshDirect are participating in the pilot program, launching this summer Low-income recipients of food assistance, known as SNAP, will soon have a new, convenient option for purchasing groceries. The USDA is launching a two-year pilot program this summer that will allow food stamp users in seven […]

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Amazon’s Alexa Will Order Restaurant Delivery On Command

Amazon’s Alexa Will Order Restaurant Delivery On Command Prime members can now order from Amazon Restaurants by uttering a few words Amazon is here to help humans be even more lazy in 2017. Today the company announced it’s added voice-ordering support for Amazon Restaurants, meaning Prime members can order food from scores of restaurants simply by uttering a few words […]

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5 restaurant chains that will dominate in 2017

5 restaurant chains that will dominate in 2017 2017 is poised be a difficult year for the restaurant industry. However, some restaurant chains are still expected to shine. Every year at the annual retail-centric ICR Conference, which is taking place this week in Orlando, Florida, sell-side equity research analysts make bets on which restaurant stocks will soar in the new year. Analysts pick just one of […]

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McDonald’s unloads its business in China

McDonald’s unloads its business in China   HONG KONG — McDonald’s Corp. has agreed to sell the bulk of its China and Hong Kong business to the state-backed conglomerate Citic Ltd and Carlyle Group LP for up to $2.1 billion, seeking to expand rapidly without using much of its own capital. The 20-year deal caps months of negotiations between the […]

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NOT SO “HAPPY NEW YEAR” FOR THE FAST-FOOD INDUSTRY

NOT SO “HAPPY NEW YEAR” FOR THE FAST-FOOD INDUSTRY Fast-Food leaders had a hard time ringing in the New Year as minimum wage increases went into effect in a record number of 20 states. The largest of the increases, initiating a gradual hike until 2021, include: Washington (up $1.53, to $11 an hour), Arizona (up $1.93, to $10 an hour) […]

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Manhattan Pizzeria Is Giving Free Pies to Anybody Dressed As Princess Leia

Manhattan Pizzeria Is Giving Free Pies to Anybody Dressed As Princess Leia Champion Pizza down in Soho is giving you a way to honor Carrie Fisher that doesn’t involve emotionally eating that last tub of Ample Hills Dark Side. People who show up between now and Friday dressed as any Star Wars character — presumably even that cackling rat creature […]

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SOCIAL MEDIA, IDEAL FOR LAUNCHING PRODUCTS

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The biggest restaurant deals of 2016

The biggest restaurant deals of 2016 Say what you will about the restaurant industry’s challenges — labor costs, weak sales and so on — but none of that appears to be keeping investors from putting money into restaurants. Numerous restaurant chains changed hands in 2016, and many small and mid-sized concepts received dollars from investors looking for growth. With concerns […]

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A Fast Food Executive Will Make A Perfect Labor Secretary

A Fast Food Executive Will Make A Perfect Labor Secretary President-elect Donald Trump and CKE Restaurants CEO Andy Puzder exit the Trump National Golf Club Bedminster clubhouse in Bedminster, N.J. Trump is nominating the fast food executive for the position of Labor secretary. (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster) Andrew Puzder is the CEO of CKE Restaurants, the company that franchises Carl’s Jr. and Hardees restaurants and […]

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PizzaRev Opens Second International Location in Mexico

PizzaRev Opens Second International Location in Mexico Los Angeles, CA  (RestaurantNews.com)  PizzaRev announced the opening of its second international franchise location in Mexico, in San Pedro Garza García, N.L. It’s the second of 20 PizzaRev restaurants to be developed by Grupo Galería throughout Mexico City and the states of Mexico, Nuevo León and Coahuila. The group’s first location opened in […]

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Watch: How Quality Italian’s Serious Steakhouse Spread Is Made

Watch: How Quality Italian’s Serious Steakhouse Spread Is Made On this segment of Perfectly Plated, the Eater team crafts an ideal Italian spread from the menu at Quality Italian, a member of the Quality Branded restaurant group. Featuring homemade ricotta, a veal chop Milanese almost too big for its plate, and fresh agnolotti stuffed with dry-aged porterhouse (the perfect Italian-steakhouse hybrid dish), […]

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The Year in Food Technology and Innovation

The Year in Food Technology and Innovation Domino’s It’s been quite a year for technological innovation in the food world. There were new developments in the way people order food, from legitimately useful phone apps to odd but interesting pizza tattoos. Between robots providing delivery service to pizza-dispensing ATMs making their way into the United States, this year saw both […]

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Trump Vineyards Is Hiring and It Helps If You’re Foreign!

Trump Vineyards Is Hiring and It Helps If You’re Foreign! Are you looking to break into the American wine industry? Do you live literally anywhere but the United States? You’re in luck. Eric Trump, son of President-elect Donald Trump, wants you to work for Trump Vineyards. He’s currently looking for six vineyard workers to join his team, according to a […]

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McDonald’s “Secret Sauce” for Supply Chain Success

McDonald’s “Secret Sauce” for Supply Chain Success Is there a “secret sauce” for consistent supply chain success? McDonald’s, which is consistently ranked in the top echelon of supply chains by Gartner, thinks so, the fast food leader stays atop of the marketplace with a “system” where suppliers and McDonald’s “share the pie.” By Kate Vitasek Gartner’s influential rankings of the […]

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McDonald’s Will Make McCafé Coffee All Fancy Now

McDonald’s Will Make McCafé Coffee All Fancy Now Sadly, the freedom to enjoy great terrible coffee may soon be a luxury. Bodegas are slowly but surely dying, urns at 7-Eleven now dispense “single-origin” brews, and even Starbucks is doubling down on fancy pour-overs in hopes that people will eventually pay as much as $1 an ounce. But the most telltale […]

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Ziggy’s Brings Mexican Seafood to the Upper East Side

Ziggy’s Brings Mexican Seafood to the Upper East Side For all the strides New York’s Mexican food scene has made in recent years, it’s lacked for marisquerias (or seafood restaurants). That’s not to say there isn’t plenty of ceviche and fish tacos around town, only that finding a restaurant dedicated to coctéles, aguachiles, and other mariscos wasn’t easy. That’s changing. […]

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Domino’s introduces ordering on Google Home

Domino’s introduces ordering on Google Home E-commerce comes to Amazon Echo rival It’s becoming even easier to order in. On Monday, Domino’s Pizza launched ordering on Google Home, the tech giant’s rival to the Amazon Echo. “We’re proud to once again be the first in our industry, even among the first in e-commerce, to offer ordering via the Google Assistant,” […]

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KFC and Fred Armisen drop album to celebrate Nashville Hot Chicken

KFC and Fred Armisen drop album to celebrate Nashville Hot Chicken The record includes songs about the Colonel wearing the same thing every day and facts about Nashville you can find via the internet. KFC has released what it calls the “spiciest and smokiest” album of the year to celebrate its Nashville Hot Chicken. All songs on the album, which […]

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Italy Asserts Its Culinary Supremacy With This 121-Scoop Ice-Cream Cone

Italy Asserts Its Culinary Supremacy With This 121-Scoop Ice-Cream Cone A fearless Italian has set a new Guinness Record by balancing 121 scoops of ice cream at once on a single cone, breaking the previous record (which was also held by him — 109 scoops). Per Guinness’s rules, the frozen mass had to remain upright for at least ten seconds, […]

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New Coke Ads Suggest Pairing Your Soda With Sushi and Lobster

New Coke Ads Suggest Pairing Your Soda With Sushi and Lobster Coca-Cola’s marketing team has developed a simple strategy to help people forget how unhealthy and not gourmet soda is: Put bottles right next to healthy, fancy foods! According to the AP, a new sort-of-stealth campaign the company launched hopes to portray soda as a “good companion” for foods that […]

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Domino’s Opens First Store in Sweden

Domino’s Opens First Store in Sweden   Malmö residents can now enjoy delivery or dine-in with Domino’s Ann Arbor, MI  (RestaurantNews.com)  The end of 2016 is drawing near, but Domino’s Pizza (NYSE: DPZ) isn’t showing any signs of slowing down. The recognized world leader in pizza delivery is continuing its global growth momentum by opening its first store in Sweden. […]

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Somehow, It’s Even More Impossible for New Yorkers to Avoid Dunkin’ Donuts in 2016

Somehow, It’s Even More Impossible for New Yorkers to Avoid Dunkin’ Donuts in 2016 The Center for an Urban Future released its annual State of the Chains report today, and as always, Dunkin’ Donuts is the most omnipresent chain in New York. Its growth continues at a dizzying pace: There are now 596 Dunkin’ stores in the five boroughs, 24 […]

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Walmart to Invest Over $1 Billion for Growth in Mexico

Walmart to Invest Over $1 Billion for Growth in Mexico New distribution centers, enhanced logistics infrastructure, and 10,000 new jobs are in the works MEXICO Thursday, December 8th, 2016 Walmart is coming for those big Mexican retail dollars, announcing at an event with Mexican President Enrique Peña Nieto that the company will invest $1.3 billion over the next three years to […]

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Trump taps Carl’s Jr. CEO Andy Puzder as Labor Secretary

Trump taps Carl’s Jr. CEO Andy Puzder as Labor Secretary Andy Puzder, the CEO of Hardee’s and Carl’s Jr. owner CKE Restaurants and a vocal critic of President Obama’s regulatory agenda over the past eight years, has been tapped to be the next labor secretary. In so doing, President-elect Donald Trump selected an attorney turned restaurant industry executive who has […]

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Dunkin’ Donuts making big move into San Diego

Dunkin’ Donuts making big move into San Diego Decades after exiting San Diego County, Dunkin’ Donuts is ready to launch a revival, with more than a dozen locations planned over the next eight years. First up: National City, where local franchisee Burton Restaurants is preparing to open Dec. 6 a standalone outlet and drive-through on East Plaza Boulevard, the first […]

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MICROSOFT BUYS LINKEDIN FOR $26.2 BILLION

MICROSOFT BUYS LINKEDIN FOR $26.2 BILLION Microsoft is buying LinkedIn for $26.2 billion, the companies said on Monday, in the tech giant’s biggest acquisition yet. LinkedIn’s CEO Jeff Weiner will remain in his current role and report to Microsoft’s Nadella. Weiner and LinkedIn’s billionaire cofounder Reid Hoffman, who is the company’s controlling shareholder, stated they are both in favor of the acquisition. “I have always had […]

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MCDONALD’S TO EXPAND TABLE SERVICE AND SCREEN ORDERING

MCDONALD’S TO EXPAND TABLE SERVICE AND SCREEN ORDERING NEW YORK (AP) — McDonald’s wants to makes its fast-food outlets feel more like restaurants, with plans to eventually expand table service across its U.S. locations. The world’s biggest burger chain says it has been testing the service at about 500 of its more than 14,000 domestic stores. Customers in those stores […]

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TYSON FOODS CREATES FUND TO INVEST IN THE FUTURE OF FOOD

TYSON FOODS CREATES FUND TO INVEST IN THE FUTURE OF FOOD Tyson Foods, Inc. has introduced a $150 million venture capital fund called Tyson New Ventures L.L.C. The fund will focus on three areas in food and agriculture, including alternative proteins, food waste and food insecurity. “We intend to collaborate with promising food entrepreneurs who are pioneering new products and […]

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Jim Delligatti, Big Mac Inventor at McDonald’s Chain, Dies at 98

Jim Delligatti, Big Mac Inventor at McDonald’s Chain, Dies at 98 Jim Delligatti, a McDonald’s Corp. franchisee who in 1967 introduced the Big Mac sandwich that quickly spread throughout the world’s biggest restaurant chain, has died. He was 98. He died Nov. 28 in Pittsburgh, the Oak Brook, Illinois-based company said in an e-mailed statement. Michael “Jim” Delligatti Source: McDonald’s […]

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How Domino’s Pizza Reinvented Itself

How Domino’s Pizza Reinvented Itself I spent the last 18 months researching and writing a book on how organizations and leaders can do extraordinary things, even if they operate in pretty ordinary fields. You don’t have to be a programmer in Silicon Valley or a gene splicer in biotech to unleash exciting innovations and create huge value. Instead, you can […]

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Citic-Carlyle near deal to buy McDonald’s China assets: source

Citic-Carlyle near deal to buy McDonald’s China assets: source A consortium led by private-equity firm Carlyle Group (CG.O) and Chinese conglomerate Citic Group Corp has neared a deal to buy McDonald’s Corp’s (MCD.N) stores in China and Hong Kong for up to $3 billion, a source with direct knowledge of the matter said. The deal is likely to be signed […]

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WALMART, TARGET & AMAZON COMPETE FOR TOP SPOT

CYBER MONDAY: WALMART, TARGET & AMAZON COMPETE FOR TOP SPOT Abasto 17 hours ago News Leave a comment Cyber Monday (a term used by retailers after they saw a rise in online sales on the Monday after Thanksgiving) is expected to be the biggest online shopping day ever. Approximately 56% of shoppers plan to purchase online this year, up 6.8% […]

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One of New York’s Top Pizza Experts Has a New Slice Shop

One of New York’s Top Pizza Experts Has a New Slice Shop Through the new-school slice shop Williamsburg Pizza, Nino Coniglio has established himself as one of New York’s premiere pizzaiolos. His grandma slices are some of the best pizza in town, and in the three years since opening that first location, Coniglio has expanded to the Lower East Side […]

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Iconic Franchises—Then and Now

Iconic Franchises—Then and Now A look at the humble beginnings of some of the biggest names in fast food, from KFC to McDonald’s Every iconic franchise began somewhere. Every one started with a single store opening its doors to a public that had never heard of it and didn’t know what to expect. These entrepreneurs had no idea what they […]

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A ‘better pizza’ chain has raised $150 million to take over America

A ‘better pizza’ chain has raised $150 million to take over America In the last year, MOD Pizza has nearly doubled in size — and it’s not slowing down now. On Wednesday, the fast-casual pizza chain told Business Insider that it had raised another $42 million of equity, led by Fidelity Management and Research Company and PWP Growth Equity. That brings the […]

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The number of U.S. trademark registrations in Cuba is multiplying — fast Read more here: http://www.miamiherald.com/news/nation-world/world/americas/cuba/article114841918.html#storylink=cpy

The number of U.S. trademark registrations in Cuba is multiplying — fast BY ABEL FERNÁNDEZ The policy of rapprochement with Cuba promoted by the Obama administration has sparked a frenzy in U.S. companies rushing to register their brands on the island. The Cuban Office of Industrial Property (OCPI), the government agency that examines and awards trademark and trade name registrations […]

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Dunkin’ Donuts Announces Plans For Nine New Restaurants In Greenville And Raleigh-Durham, North Carolina With Existing Franchise Group Safari Foods Inc.

Dunkin’ Donuts Announces Plans For Nine New Restaurants In Greenville And Raleigh-Durham, North Carolina With Existing Franchise Group Safari Foods Inc. Leading Coffee and Bakery Brand Seeks Franchisee Candidates in the Jacksonville/Sneads Ferry and Burlington/Mebane Areas Canton, MA  (RestaurantNews.com)  Dunkin’ Donuts, America’s all-day, everyday stop for coffee and baked goods, announced today the signing of a multi-unit store development agreement […]

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Taco Bell has a new upscale restaurant that serves booze and sells bikinis

Taco Bell has a new upscale restaurant that serves booze and sells bikinis Taco Bell has a new location that’s completely different from your average fast-food joint. On Monday, the Mexican fast-food chain debuted a new restaurant on the Las Vegas Strip, which will serve as Taco Bell’s flagship location. The location is the chain’s fourth Taco Bell Cantina, offering a more […]

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Papa John’s goes international with the spread of new mobile app

Papa John’s goes international with the spread of new mobile app Papa John’s mobile app is now available in India Papa John’s is aiming for the global market with its mobile application by spreading its use beyond national borders. The pizza chain is taking its mobile properties to new parts of the world by expanding its usage to India – an […]

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Why Whole Foods, TGI Fridays and other Texas companies hope you buy in to chatbots

Why Whole Foods, TGI Fridays and other Texas companies hope you buy in to chatbots Whole Foods wants to help  you to find a dinner recipe. TGI Fridays wants to help you to book reservations for happy hour. Pizza Hut wants to help  you to order your favorite takeout. And all of the Texas-based companies are using computer programs — […]

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​Domino’s claims world-first pizza drone delivery

Domino’s claims world-first pizza drone delivery The pizza giant has successfully performed the first commercial delivery of food by drone in New Zealand. Domino’s has on Wednesday successfully completed the delivery of a pizza to a customer in New Zealand, using a drone as its mode of transport. The unmanned aerial vehicle, DRU Drone by Flirtey, was autonomously controlled using […]

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Yum CEO Talks Fast Food in the Age of Amazon

Yum CEO Talks Fast Food in the Age of Amazon Yum Brands Inc. is at a pivotal moment as it faces what Chief Executive Greg Creed calls a “once in a lifetime opportunity” to rethink the company’s business model. The owner of fast-food chains Taco Bell, KFC and Pizza Hut is preparing to spin off its massive China business into […]

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The Pizza Thief

The Pizza Thief   Growing pizza chain uses new campaign to steal market share from major players. Toppers Pizza isn’t shy about one of its biggest ambitions: taking market share from the national chains. That’s why the brand launched a television campaign designed to appeal to the 18–34-year-old Millennial demographic and steal the spotlight from its biggest competitors. The “Taste […]

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GLOBAL FIRM MAKES LARGE INVESTMENT IN CARDENAS MARKET & MI PUEBLO

GLOBAL FIRM MAKES LARGE INVESTMENT IN CARDENAS MARKET & MI PUEBLO   The global investment firm, KKR, has just made investments in two of California’s largest grocers, Mi Pueblo the operates in Northern California and Cardenas Market from Southern California. Both of the Hispanic grocer giants say that KKR has proven to be committed to their growth, also mentioning that […]

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Just Move to Italy So You Can Eat McDonald’s New Nutella Burger

Just Move to Italy So You Can Eat McDonald’s New Nutella Burger The new Sweety con Nutella, unveiled yesterday on the McDonald’s Italy Facebook page, isn’t a savory burger at all, and therefore has no thawed meat puck or processed cheese contaminating its soft, hopefully still warm roll. A generous glop of everybody’s favorite chocolate-hazelnut spread has been inserted in […]

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Kellogg to Buy Latin American Food Maker

Kellogg to Buy Latin American Food Maker Kellogg to Buy Latin American Food Maker : Kellogg is buying a maker of Latin American snacks for $429 million, as it continues to expand into emerging markets. Cereal and snacks company Kellogg will cut its planned share-buyback plan as it buys a Latin American snacks company.Photo: Associated Press Kellogg Co. K -0.02 […]

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Yum Extends Global Reach

Yum Extends Global Reach By Julie Jargon Firm plans to become leaner at same time, shifting restaurants to more franchisees Yum Brands Inc. plans to broaden its global reach with thousands of new restaurant openings in the next several years as it shifts more restaurant ownership to franchisees. The company currently opens a new KFC every eight hours, but Chief […]

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Restaurant Chains Get Burned by Overexpansion, New Rivals

Restaurant Chains Get Burned by Overexpansion, New Rivals Glut of eateries, competitors offering prepared meals-to-go create pileup of business casualties ENLARGE A Sweet Tomatoes restaurant in Florida, shown in 2006. Garden Fresh, operator of Sweet Tomatoes and Souplantation, filed for chapter 11 protection. PHOTO: GARDEN FRESH RESTAURANTS By JULIE JARGON and LILLIAN RIZZO Updated Oct. 16, 2016 9:08 p.m. ET […]

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Papa John’s takes more market share

Papa John’s takes more market share Same-store sales rise 5.5 percent and company’s unit growth increase in third quater Papa John’s International Inc. said its balance of quality and value, combined with continued increases in digital orders, helped domestic same-store sales to rise 5.5 percent in the quarter ended Sept. 25. It was the 24th consecutive quarter of same-store sales […]

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McDonald’s Latest Menu Idea Is to Make the Big Mac Bigger (and Smaller)

McDonald’s Latest Menu Idea Is to Make the Big Mac Bigger (and Smaller)   McDonald’s will roll out the new Mac Jr. and Grand Mac, new versions of the Big Mac, nationwide next year. Credit: Courtesy McDonald’s Two all-beef patties, special sauce, lettuce, cheese … It may soon be time to update the Big Mac jingle. McDonald’s said Thursday that it […]

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HWY 55 BURGERS STRETCHING INTO ATLANTA

HWY 55 BURGERS STRETCHING INTO ATLANTA Yet another burger chain has cast its sights on metro Atlanta’s fast-casual dining consumer. At this year’s International Council of Shopping Center’s Southeast conference this past week at the Cobb Galleria, Southern Kitchens Restaurant Group was showcasing Hwy 55 Burgers Shakes & Fries concept to real estate pros. And Southern Kitchens’ John Greene tells […]

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Dunkin’ Donuts revamps tea lineup as it vies with Starbucks

Dunkin’ Donuts revamps tea lineup as it vies with Starbucks   NEW YORK (AP) — Dunkin’ Donuts, which is better known for its coffee, is revamping its hot tea lineup as it seeks to better compete with rivals like Starbucks. The chain got rid of the hot teas it had offered, which were original, green or decaf. It has replaced […]

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Yum China’s Ready to Export Mongolian Hotpot to the World

Yum China’s Ready to Export Mongolian Hotpot to the World Yum China Holdings Inc., the fast-food spinoff that began trading in New York on Tuesday, is ready to step out of the shadow of its parent company.   The newly minted business, which owns the KFC and Pizza Hut brands in China, has a carte blanche opportunity to pursue growth, […]

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McDonald’s Planning ‘Significant’ Boost in Technology Spending

McDonald’s Planning ‘Significant’ Boost in Technology Spending McDonald’s Corp., which replaced its CEO last year with the hope of turning around sales, plans to significantly increase its investment in digital endeavors, including self-serve kiosks and a mobile-ordering application. The investment marks a “very significant acceleration” from current levels, Jim Sappington, executive vice president of operations and technology systems, said in an interview. […]

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Russo’s New York Pizzeria Brings a Taste of Italy to Clearwater

Russo’s New York Pizzeria Brings a Taste of Italy to Clearwater Authentic Italian Fast Casual Restaurant Opening its Second Location in Florida Clearwater, FL  (RestaurantNews.com)  Finally, a place you can feel proud to take Nonna! Russo’s New York Pizzeria is debuting its first restaurant in the Clearwater area, opening its doors mid-November. Offering authentic New York-style pizza and traditional Italian dishes made […]

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Johnny Rockets Opens First Restaurant in Italy

Johnny Rockets Opens First Restaurant in Italy Lake Forest, CA  (RestaurantNews.com)  Crowds at the Ikea-Elnos Shopping Centre in Brescia, Italy last month eagerly awaited the opening of Johnny Rockets, the global restaurant chain known for its fresh, made-to-order 100 % beef burgers and hand-spun shakes.  Franchise owner Giangiacomo Groppetti, of Groppetti Holding Srl, welcomed the community with much fanfare to […]

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Franchise Focus: Why 1 fast casual didn’t ‘rush’ into franchising

Franchise Focus: Why 1 fast casual didn’t ‘rush’ into franchising To franchise or not to franchise? For the past 12 years Andrew Pudalov, founder of Rush Bowls, had decided the answer for his healthy food-in-a-bowl brand was a definitive “no.” A chance meeting in 2014 with restaurant entrepreneur Buddy Brown dramatically altered his view on franchising, however. “I was extremely impressed with […]

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4 lessons restaurants can learn from Amazon’s supply chain strategy

4 lessons restaurants can learn from Amazon’s supply chain strategy Today’s consumer is more discerning than ever, relying on technology to surround him or herself with only the people, brands and companies he or she chooses and turning away from the rest. This ultimately points to the growing importance of technology in business. As documented by Pew Research, smartphones dominated the […]

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Next-gen pizzeria premieres first Tampa-area location in Lutz

Next-gen pizzeria premieres first Tampa-area location in Lutz Steak & Blue is topped with olive oil, mozzarella, blue cheese crumbles, grilled Angus steak, Roma tomatoes, garlic, spinach, fresh basil and balsamic glaze.Uncle Maddio’s Pizza Atlanta-based Uncle Maddio’s Pizza has five Tampa-area outposts planned for its build-your-own pizza concept. The first, debuting to Lutz, has a grand opening with beer specials […]

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Dunkin’ Donuts Opens First Waco Location

Dunkin’ Donuts Opens First Waco Location   Waco, TX  (RestaurantNews.com)  Dunkin’ Donuts today announced that its Waco-based franchise group, Oso Coffee, opened their first of two area Dunkin’ Donuts restaurants on October 11. The restaurant, located at 1200 N. Valley Mills Drive, opened its doors to the public at 5:30 a.m. The new establishment offers Dunkin’ Donuts’ full array of […]

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Coke Takes On Starbucks With The Help of Dunkin’ Donuts

Coke Takes On Starbucks With The Help of Dunkin’ Donuts Coke is a bigger player in ready-to-drink coffee globally, with its top-selling Georgia brand in Japan. For years, executives and analysts close to the company have expected Coke to take such a step. The Atlanta-based beverage giant faces rising pressure to find new growth after its beverage volumes stalled in […]

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Dunkin’ Donuts is bringing its syrupy iced coffee to South Africa as the country weighs a sugar tax

Dunkin’ Donuts is bringing its syrupy iced coffee to South Africa as the country weighs a sugar tax Dunkin’ Donuts brought its sprinkled donuts, drizzled danishes, and syrupy iced coffees—along with some of America’s poor dietary choices—to South Africa this week. Ironically, its grand opening coincided with national nutrition week, one of the health department’s efforts to get South Africans […]

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Amazon to Take on Grocery Business with Convenience Stores, Drive-Ins, and More

Amazon to Take on Grocery Business with Convenience Stores, Drive-Ins, and More Amazon (AMZN) , the greatly successful online shopping enterprise, has decided to expand into the grocery industry. The company plans on building small convenience stores that would sell milk, produce, meats and other perishable items that customers can take home. Using their phones, customers would be able to […]

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Kellogg Co. Gains Access to Latin America with Large Acquisition

Kellogg Co. Gains Access to Latin America with Large Acquisition In attempts at expansion, The Kellogg Co. (K) might just have won access to Latin America. Kellogg has agreed to acquire Ritmos Investimentos for $429 million cash. Ritmo Investimentos is a controlling shareholder of Parati S/A, Afical Ltda and Pádua Ltda (Parati Group), a Brazilian food group. The Kellogg Co, maker […]

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Slideshow: New menu items from Pizza Hut, Papa John’s, PizzaRev

Slideshow: New menu items from Pizza Hut, Papa John’s, PizzaRev KANSAS CITY — Perhaps consumers are burnt out on fall flavors and are looking for a pie other than pumpkin, because pizza innovation is popping up all over restaurant menus. Pizza Hut created a comfort food combination: Grilled Cheese Stuffed Crust Pizza. The pie features cheddar and mozzarella cheese stuffed […]

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New wave of burger chains look to enter India

New wave of burger chains look to enter India Indian connoisseurs of premium burgers could soon have the option of buying organic burgers as a new wave of chains are looking to enter the market. Elevation Burger, which sells organic burgers, and MOOYAH Burgers Fries & Shakes, known for its handmade milk shakes and customised, high-end burgers, are considering opening […]

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Papa John’s Makes Good on Clean Menu Promise

Papa John’s Makes Good on Clean Menu Promise Pizza brand Papa John’s completed the removal of 14 ingredients from its menu as part of its clean label initiative, including artificial colors and flavors, preservatives, sweeteners, and flavor enhancers. Company founder and CEO John Schnatter promised to remove the ingredients by the end of 2016 in an open letter to the […]

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This Very Special Cheese Took Murray’s 3 Years to Create

This Very Special Cheese Took Murray’s 3 Years to Create In its 75 years in existence, Murray’s Cheese has never actually made its own cheese, so Annelies — which it created from initial concept into R&D, and then aged in its own caves — is a big deal. Murray’s worked with world-famous cheese-maker Walter Räss of Kaserei Tufertschwil, and the […]

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Bennigan’s to open, Café Bernardo to close in downtown Sacramento

Bennigan’s to open, Café Bernardo to close in downtown Sacramento The former Woolworth’s at 10th and K streets has undergone a couple of redos in recent years. After a major remodel, restaurateur Randy Paragary opened The Cosmopolitan Cafe and Cabaret Theatre in the building in 2008. Later he switched it to a Cafe Bernardo. Now it’s set to become a […]

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Coca-Cola to Produce, Distribute Bottled Dunkin’ Donuts Coffee

Coca-Cola to Produce, Distribute Bottled Dunkin’ Donuts Coffee Coke aims to make inroads in U.S. market for ready-to-drink coffee as Dunkin’ takes aim at competitors ENLARGE Coca-Cola Co. and Dunkin’ Brands Group Inc. are taking aim at the canned and bottled coffee market that has long been dominated by a joint venture between PepsiCo Inc. and Starbucks Corp., with their […]

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McDonald’s China Franchise Deal Could Fetch Up to $2 Billion Up Front

McDonald’s China Franchise Deal Could Fetch Up to $2 Billion Up Front U.S. private-equity giants Carlyle Group, TPG and Bain Capital, among others, have shown interest ENLARGE Customers outside a McDonald’s outlet in downtown Shanghai in July. Photo: Reuters By Wayne Ma in Beijing and Rick Carew and Kane Wu in Hong Kong Updated Oct. 3, 2016 8:51 p.m. ET […]

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Long John Silver’s seeking its true north with new uniforms, store design

Long John Silver’s seeking its true north with new uniforms, store design The fast-food seafood company set up a mock-version of what the new store design at its conference earlier this week. | Courtesy of Long John Silver’s Long John Silver’s isn’t just swabbing the deck; it’s trying to rebuild the ship by introducing a whole new branding for the fast-food […]

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Taco Bell, Domino’s, & Sonic Are Making Fast-Food Easier

Taco Bell, Domino’s, & Sonic Are Making Fast-Food Easier The Mexican fast food chain is partnering with the employee messaging service Slack to enable online orders through the platform. This could be the first of several ways to order a Doritos locos taco straight from your office, says Lawrence Kim, Taco Bell’s director of digital innovation. “Obviously this could be the first of […]

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Dairy Leader Grupo LALA Launches LALA U.S. Division

Dairy Leader Grupo LALA Launches LALA U.S. Division Grupo LALA, a leading dairy company headquartered in Mexico, recently announced a new division named LALA U.S., a value-added dairy company headquartered in Dallas. LALA U.S. features a portfolio of established brands including LALA yogurt smoothies, Promised Land premium milk and cream products, Borden cultured products, Frusion smoothies, Skim Plus milk, and […]

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Happy Meals for Breakfast

Happy Meals for Breakfast The fast-food chain says it will begin testing breakfast Happy Meals in Tulsa, Oklahoma on Monday. The Happy Meals come with either two McGriddles cakes or an egg and cheese McMuffin. McDonalds via AP NEW YORK (AP) — McDonald’s (ticker: MCD) is considering another addition to its all-day breakfast menu: Happy Meals. The fast-food chain says […]

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Hawaii’s first Applebee’s to open in Ewa Beach

Hawaii’s first Applebee’s to open in Ewa Beach Hawaii’s first Applebee’s Neighborhood Grill and Bar will open Oct. 3 in Ewa Beach. The 3,700- square-foot restaurant at Ewa Town Center on Fort Weaver Road is geared toward serving area residents, said Vince Espino, president and owner of Union MAK Corp., franchisee of Applebee’s. He described the area as a “real […]

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Taco Bell Answers Gamers’ Hunger for Sony VR Headsets

Taco Bell Answers Gamers’ Hunger for Sony VR Headsets Taco Bell knows many of its patrons are gamers eager for the next new gadget and hungry to try wacky food mashups. Its latest marketing move delivers on both fronts. Starting Thursday, diners who buy a $5 Big Box meal at Taco Bell will get a code for a chance to […]

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The CEO of Popeyes on Treating Franchisees as the Most Important Customers

The CEO of Popeyes on Treating Franchisees as the Most Important Customers Gregory Miller My first official day as CEO of Popeyes Louisiana Kitchen was November 1, 2007, but the company was holding a big franchisee meeting in Orlando a few days earlier. I wasn’t technically an employee yet, but I decided to attend and make a presentation. My hope […]

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Chocolate company owner to grow fast-casual pizza brand across Florida

Chocolate company owner to grow fast-casual pizza brand across Florida BBX Capital, the parent of Lake Worth-based Hoffman’s Chocolates, is about to take a bite out of the pizza business. The Fort Lauderdale-based investment company (NYSE: BBX) has been selected as the Florida franchisee for MOD Pizza, a fast-casual eatery based in Bellevue, Washington. That means the company will be […]

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New York investment firm takes a big slice out of Cicis pizza chain

New York investment firm takes a big slice out of Cicis pizza chain Pizza chain Cicis announced Tuesday its acquisition by investment firm Arlon Group in partnership with Cicis’ management team. Terms of the deal were not disclosed. Cicis’ senior management, including CEO Darin Harris, will continue to lead the company. Cicis restaurant redesign includes food and beverage stations and […]

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Capriotti’s acquires 3 franchising veterans as investors

Capriotti’s acquires 3 franchising veterans as investors A trio of investors hopes Capriotti’s Sandwich Shop’s size can one day match its reputation. David Barr, a Yum! Brands Inc. franchisee and board member at Del Frisco’s Restaurant Group Inc., along with JD and Shelly Sun, founders of the home health agency BrightStar Care, have invested in 103-unit Capriotti’s. Barr and JD […]

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Smoothie King opens for business in Dubai

Smoothie King opens for business in Dubai Smoothie King opened is first Middle East location Thursday (Sept. 1), officially launching a plan for dozens of stores in the region. The company seeks to reach more than 1,000 locations worldwide by late 2017. Smoothie King, based in Metairie, said the new store in Dubai’s BurJuman Shopping Destination is a key milestone in […]

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Tim Hortons plans full-service coffee shops in England, Scotland, Wales

Tim Hortons plans full-service coffee shops in England, Scotland, Wales TORONTO – Tim Hortons is continuing its international expansion with plans to open its first full-service coffee shops in Great Britain. The company partnered with an investor to establish a master franchise joint venture company that will open the stores in England, Scotland and Wales. In late July, Tim Hortons […]

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Dunkin’ Donuts Offers Up Some Special Views in VR Videos Created With Discovery Solitary morning workers, fueled by coffee.

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When a $10,000 Pizza Oven Is Worth the Dough

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Pope Francis got a fancy new sombrero on his trip to Mexico

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You can now treat your beloved to a candlelit V-Day dinner at KFC

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Lowdown: Coke Taps Marvel For Super Bowl Ad

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This is How Domino’s Plans to Win the Pizza War in India

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Pizza Hut giving away gold-covered pizzas

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McDonald’s franchisees optimistic about sales growth

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UberEATS Food Delivery Service Expands to 10 More Cities

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Why Coffee Delivery Is the Future of On-Demand Ordering

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Burger King franchisee buys 42 units in South

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Finish Line to Close 25% of Stores and Replace CEO Glenn Lyon

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Corona Brewer Expands From Beer to Bottles

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U.K. Shows the Way for Amateur Venture Capitalists

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Pizza Box Composting Gets College Try

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Mexican E-Commerce Grows, but Requires Some Coaxing

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GlobeOne Signs Letter of Intent with 7-Eleven, a Major Convenience Store Authority in Mexico

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Webinar Replay

Take Your Franchise Globally Did you miss the webinar? Don’t worry see it again and learn how to get $300,000.00 in FREE advertising from the U.S. Government.

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10 Promising Franchises for Ambitious Entrepreneurs

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Hundreds Use SD – TJ Airport Bridge on 1st Day

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Shots for Everyone! Tequila Exports Reach All Time High

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Pepsi Launches New Vending Machines

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Amazon Sets New Record Over Christmas

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Mannequins Step In for Human Billboards, but Some Are Losing Their Heads

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Why This Franchisee Added Beer to Her Coffee-Based Career

 Why This Franchisee Added Beer to Her Coffee-Based Career Franchise Players is Entrepreneur’s Q&A interview column that puts the spotlight on franchisees. If you’re a franchisee with advice and tips to share, email franchiseplayers@entrepreneur.com. Wendy Clark-Wolfe is no rookie in the world of franchises. With a 20-year career as a Tim Hortons franchisee under her belt, she’s now opened a second business — […]

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The Future of Franchises: What’s Next, and What’s Still Needed

The Future of Franchises: What’s Next, and What’s Still Needed   Franchising traditionally lags behind other types of businesses when it comes to adopting technology, new flavor profiles and hot concepts. But in recent years, new and old players alike seem to have learned the value of getting in front of changing consumer habits and tastes more quickly. The race […]

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Food Makers Try Higher-Tech Labels Amid Calls for Transparency

Food Makers Try Higher-Tech Labels Amid Calls for Transparency Initiative allows shoppers to scan labels with smartphones to get more information A group of big food makers and other consumer-goods companies plans to use smartphone scanning technology to allow shoppers to quickly get detailed information on their products, as more consumers clamor to learn more about ingredients. The SmartLabel initiative, […]

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Yum CEO Says Pizza Hut Needs to Be More Like Uber

 to Be More Like Uber Yum CEO Greg Creed thinks he figured out why sales at Pizza Hut have gone cold: The chain needs to be more like the car-hailing service Uber. “If you think about the Uber experience, it’s easy to use, it’s easy to pay, it’s very easy to track,” Creed said in a phone interview from Dallas […]

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Taco Bell to save original restaurant from wrecking ball

Taco Bell to save original restaurant from wrecking ball Taco Bell is saving its original restaurant from demolition by lifting it from its foundation in Downey, Calif. and moving it 45 miles across Southern California to Irvine, where the chain is based. Photo: Taco Bell Taco Bell will save its original restaurant from demolition by loading it onto a truck and […]

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Jack in the Box looks to attract dine-in customers

Jack in the Box looks to attract dine-in customers Jack in the Box wants more customers to dine in. The San Diego-based quick-service chain is working to improve the design of its restaurants in part to build dine-in business. Seventy percent of the burger chain’s business goes to the drive thru, Jack in the Box CEO Lenny Comma said at […]

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Amazon Just Launched One-Hour Alcohol Delivery in Manhattan

Amazon Just Launched One-Hour Alcohol Delivery in Manhattan No need to actually plan ahead for the most important part of your holiday party. Amazon now offers one-hour booze delivery for Manhattan customers through the company’s Prime Now service, which sounds both great for poor planners and dangerous for hoarders who can now stock up without having to carry all those […]

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Mexican Immigration to U.S. Reverses

Mexican Immigration to U.S. Reverses More Mexicans are leaving the U.S. to return home than arriving, ending the largest wave of immigration in modern American history For the first time since the 1940s, more Mexicans have been leaving the U.S. to return home than arriving, a reversal that brings down the curtain on the largest immigration wave in modern American […]

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New dream for Tijuana River: producing electricity

New dream for Tijuana River: producing electricity TIJUANA — Flood control and land development were the objectives more than four decades ago when a 10.5-mile stretch of the Tijuana River was transformed into a broad concrete channel. Now two San Diego professors have a different dream: using the channel to produce solar energy and to treat runoff and wastewater. René […]

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An Italian red — from Baja

An Italian red — from Baja   One of the joys of wine discovery is exploring how grapes taste differently in different parts of the world. Case in point, the 2011 Bodegas de Santo Tomás Barbera, made in Mexico from an Italian varietal. — Howard Lipin As wine-growing areas go, you wouldn’t think Baja’s Santo Tomás Valley would have anything […]

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Cross-border terminal: Bridge connects airports in California and Mexico

Cross-border terminal: Bridge connects airports in California and Mexico Walking bridge connects the new Cross Border Xpress air terminal in San Diego, right, to the Tijuana International Airport, left. (Lenny Ignelzi / AP) SAN DIEGO — The U.S.-Mexico border is one of the world’s most fortified international divides. Starting Wednesday, it will also be one of the world’s only boundaries […]

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The Race to Create Elon Musk’s Hyperloop Heats Up

The Race to Create Elon Musk’s Hyperloop Heats Up Two years after the Tesla CEO crowdsourced the idea for the Hyperloop, his dream of a ‘fifth mode’ of transportation is quickly and quietly becoming a reality, but what’s his endgame? ERE’S A FUTURE we’ve seen in science fiction for so long it almost seems like the past: people whisked from […]

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Taco Bell’s Delivery Service May Be Looking at a $1 Billion IPO

Taco Bell’s Delivery Service May Be Looking at a $1 Billion IPO   It’s hard to keep track of everybody vying to fetch you dim sum or pepperoni pizza —Postmates will drop off Starbucks, Mapleferries over David Chang–approved eats, andUber has a way to conjure food in a preposterous 10 minutes. Two-year-oldDoorDash, meanwhile, is a service without much shtick that […]

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Amazon’s New Delivery Drones Unveiled In Video With Jeremy Clarkson

Amazon’s New Delivery Drones Unveiled In Video With Jeremy Clarkson The age of drones is well and truly upon us. Their uses in art, war, and discovery have been moving fast, but their commercial use as delivery-bots has long been hovering around. However, things appear to be on the move again: Amazon has just released a video revealing the closest and freshest […]

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Why Franchising is Going Global

Why Franchising is Going Global Taking a franchise brand international is, in a sense, the final frontier for growth. It’s where many franchise brands that have begun – and been successful – in the U.S turn when they seek expansion. It’s a strategy that often occurs in part because of growth that has saturated domestic markets and territories. Typically, larger […]

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Expanding Vidbox in Mexico

Expanding Vidbox in Mexico Netflix co-founder Mitch Lowe announces a million dollar investment to boost on the Vidbox startup in Mexico and expand operations through all the country taking the expansion to one of the most important cities in the country (Guadalajara) replicating with this the success that Redbox had on the United States. Read More Here

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Why Artisanal Food Makers Find It Hard to Digest Growth

Why Artisanal Food Makers Find It Hard to Digest Growth Getting onto the shelves of large retail chains can be a burden as well as a blessing Life seems like a feast for artisanal-food makers lately. Over the past few years, shoppers have been flocking to locally made, sustainable products—and that has caught the eye of big players. Huge retail […]

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Google experimented with a Star Trek-style Communicator badge

Google experimented with a Star Trek-style Communicator badge Did you ever watch Picard’s Star Trek and hope that someday, we too might communicate with just the touch of a lapel-worn gadget? No, we didn’t really, either — Bluetooth headsets quickly poured water on that fire. But, Amit Singhal, senior vice president and software engineer at Google did, and the company […]

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Domino’s makes ordering pizza dangerous with ‘Easy Order’ button

Domino’s makes ordering pizza dangerous with ‘Easy Order’ button With more than half of its customers now ordering via its mobile apps, it’s fair to say that Domino’s has pizza delivery down to a fine art. But in this modern age, there’s always room to shave a couple of seconds off the purchasing process. That’s where “The Easy Order” comes […]

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7-Eleven Expands Locker Space, Hoping to Cash In on E-Commerce Wave

7-Eleven Expands Locker Space, Hoping to Cash In on E-Commerce Wave Customers in U.S., Canada, can pick up packages at more locations 7-Eleven Inc. is making space for more lockers at a number of its North American stores, in a bet that growing e-commerce volumes will help drive Slurpee sales. The company has added lockers where customers can pick up […]

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Replay: “The Next Entertainment Empire”

Live Webinar The Next Entertainment Empire If you miss the Live Webinar “The Next Entertainment Empire” see the replay, ask your questions and discover why the DVD Rental right now is becoming the new empire on entertainment.

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Vidbox Mexico Investment Webinar

Vidbox Mexico Investment Webinar Register Now to “Vidbox Mexico Investment Webinar” November 19, 2015 at 10:00 Am PST During the live Webinar we’ll talk about the investment climate of Mexico and what Vidbox has achieved in opening up the DVD Movie rental kiosks. Don’t miss it! Register Here! With 4,000 machines ready to deploy into Mexico this is a very exciting […]

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Salty Issue in U.S.-European Trade Talks: Feta Cheese

Salty Issue in U.S.-European Trade Talks: Feta Cheese Feta cheese is one of dozens of regional foods whose names the EU insists on reserving KALAVRYTA, Greece—Negotiators meeting this week to forge a sweeping trade agreement between the U.S. and the European Union are nearing a deal to eliminate tariffs on at least 97% of goods traded across the Atlantic, officials […]

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Chipotle Reaches Awkward Age

Chipotle Reaches Awkward Age Once a renegade, burrito chain faces slower sales growth and attacks by critics Chipotle Mexican Grill Inc., long the restaurant industry’s biggest renegade, is settling into middle age. For more than two decades, the burrito chain has ridden its carefully honed message of freshly and ethically prepared food to growing success, pioneering the concept of fast-casual […]

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Supermarkets, Convenience Stores Now Woo Diners, Too

Supermarkets, Convenience Stores Now Woo Diners, Too They Beef Up Menus With Fresh, Made-to-Order Offerings Consumers weighing whether to dine out at a tablecloth restaurant or a fast-food joint now have additional options to consider: the grocery store and the minimart. Supermarkets have long offered items like rotisserie chicken, and convenience stores have served roller-grill hotdogs and heat-lamp pizza. But […]

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Try a 3-D Printer With Your Cup of Coffee

Try a 3-D Printer With Your Cup of Coffee New 3-D-printing cafes tempt curious amateur creators in a casual setting Now you can design and manufacture a coffee cup and fill it with coffee in the same place. In 3-D-printing cafes, customers can fabricate personalized curios, tools and even food, buying an espresso while waiting on their superhero figurines with […]

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New York’s Second Eataly Location Has an Opening Date

New York’s Second Eataly Location Has an Opening Date Mario Batali & Co.’s Eataly will occupy a 41,000-square-foot space at 4 World Trade Center, as previously announced at an eventlast April by the company’s founder Oscar Farinetti. It appears they’re making serious headway, and the store now has a target opening date of April 14. Any plans for the market […]

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Food ‘Accelerators’ and the $10 Bag of Pasta

Food ‘Accelerators’ and the $10 Bag of Pasta   Entrepreneurs Move Out of Their Home Kitchens By Erica E. Phillips in the Wall Street Journal LOS ANGELES—A couple of days each week, after dropping off her two toddlers at day care, Leah Ferrazzani hauls a commercial-grade extruder into her kitchen and gets to work shaping and cutting organic pasta. She […]

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Chipotle Reaches Awkward Age

Chipotle Reaches Awkward Age Chipotle Mexican Grill Inc., long the restaurant industry’s biggest renegade, is settling into middle age. For more than two decades, the burrito chain has ridden its carefully honed message of freshly and ethically prepared food to growing success, pioneering the concept of fast-casual dining and winning the plaudits of foodies and investors alike. With now almost […]

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CEO’s Ouster Unlikely to Ease United’s Woes at Newark Airport

CEO’s Ouster Unlikely to Ease United’s Woes at Newark Airport The ouster of United Continental CEO Jeff Smisek is prompting more public scrutiny of United’s dealings with the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey, which runs New York-area airports. PHOTO: MANUEL BALCE CENETA/ASSOCIATED PRESS United Continental Holdings Inc.’s former chief executive, Jeff Smisek, pressed for years to improve […]

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AT&T Begins Rebranding in Mexico

AT&T Begins Rebranding in Mexico Renaming of Iusacell and Nextel stores to start by the end of the year, CEO says MEXICO CITY—Months after acquiring two Mexican mobile-phone companies for around $4.4 billion, U.S. telecommunications giant AT&T Inc. is beginning to rebrand its services in the country, a process that should take through the end of next year, company officials […]

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Amazon Plans to Add Its Own Line of Food

Amazon Plans to Add Its Own Line of Food Milk, baby food and household products would carry Elements label Following the playbook of countless retailers, Amazon.com Inc. is preparing to broadly expand its fledgling lineup of private-label brands to include an array of grocery items such as milk, cereal, and baby food as well as household cleaners, people familiar with […]

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The Emotional Power of Packaging

The Emotional Power of Packaging Define Your Product with Packaging All you have to do is visit an Hispanic supermarket and see what consumers buy. Regardless of the target market, you’ll notice that the products you carry around in your shopping cart define your tastes, your time, your mood and your emotions. With graphic resources such as font, color and […]

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Walmart: Delivering with Drones?

Walmart: Delivering with Drones? Walmart requested permission from the FAA to investigate the use of drones for home deliveries. Walmart doesn’t want to be left behind in the battle for home delivery orders. The supermarket giant has just announced that it applied for authorization from US regulators to test unmanned aircraft for deliveries, withdrawals and inventory reviews in warehouses. This […]

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Wal-Mart Warns Its Suppliers Over Labeling Laws

Wal-Mart Warns Its Suppliers Over Labeling Laws Memo urges suppliers to ensure that amount of product inside package matches what is printed on label By PAUL ZIOBRO The world’s largest retailer has put suppliers on notice: Pay attention to the little things before they become big problems. Wal-Mart Stores Inc. last week sent out a memo to hundreds of suppliers […]

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Brazilians Welcome U.S. Fast-Food Chains in Slow Times

Brazilians Welcome U.S. Fast-Food Chains in Slow Times U.S. restaurants see opportunities among middle-class consumers despite Brazil’s economic downturn SÃO PAULO—Eager for a bigger slice of South America’s largest dining market, many U.S. restaurant chains are expanding in Brazil despite the country’s moribund economy. Subway, Dunkin’ Donuts, Hooters, McDonald’s, Johnny Rockets, Sbarro, Outback and Domino’s Pizza are among those opening […]

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Had a great time on the U.S. Commercial service Mexico panel

Discover Global Markets 2015 Had a great time on the U.S. Commercial Service Mexico Panel.

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Discover Global Markets 2015

Join the U.S. Commercial Service and the District Export Council of Southern California for Discover Global Markets: Pacific Rim Consumers, a dynamic conference focused on consumer markets throughout Asia and the Pacific region. Find out what consumers are buying, and how to sell to them! What to Expect: In-depth market intelligence targeting major consumer markets in the Pacific Rim Country […]

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Spanish Soccer Players Ham It Up With Tasteful Jerseys

Spanish Soccer Players Ham It Up With Tasteful Jerseys To score attention, teams wear shirts depicting local fare; broccoli, octopus Describing the home uniform of Spanish soccer team CD Guijuelo is easy—all green with white shorts. It is the club’s road jersey that defies traditional nomenclature. From the stands it looks it looks vaguely pink, or maybe red streaked with […]

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Sbarro Seeks New Life Outside the Mall

Sbarro Seeks New Life Outside the Mall Chain bets on new stand-alone pizzerias as it aims to reduce reliance on declining mall traffic Sbarro LLC is trying to go beyond the mall. The chain of Italian eateries, which emerged from its second bankruptcy last year, is betting that it can build a comeback by opening stand-alone pizzerias and reducing its […]

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Will this chip card cause confusion at store checkout lines?

Will this chip card cause confusion at store checkout lines? The simple act of swiping your credit or debit card to pay at stores is about to get more complicated — or annoying if you’re the impatient type. You can point the finger at something called the counterfeit card liability shift deadline. The deadline only applies to banks and merchants, […]

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Mexico Strains to Lure World’s Oil Giants

Mexico Strains to Lure World’s Oil Giants Officials see Sept. 30 auction as crucial to keep country’s historic energy reform on track CIUDAD DEL CARMEN, Mexico—The plunge in global crude prices has thrown workers out of jobs and cut Mexico’s revenues from dozens of fields off these shores. But damage from low prices is vexing the capital Mexico City in […]

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Subway Says Co-Founder, CEO Fred DeLuca Has Died

Subway Says Co-Founder, CEO Fred DeLuca Has Died DeLuca’s sister, Suzanne Greco, had recently been named president in charge of daily operations Subway co-founder and Chief Executive Fred DeLuca, who, over the course of five decades, built the sandwich chain into the world’s biggest restaurant company by number of outlets, died Monday evening at the age of 67, the company […]

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Webinar: Why is Mexico The Next Big Investing Thing?

Why is Mexico The Next Big Investing Thing? Learn Why Mexico is The Best Kept Secret on Wall Street See the replay of this free webinar see why will shine light on how Mexico has been the secret darling of Wall Street’s institutional investors for ten years and what they’re missing out on the real opportunities Mexico has to offer. […]

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Yum! Brands Not the Only Fast Food Giant Facing Pain from China

Yum! Brands Not the Only Fast Food Giant Facing Pain from China One byproduct of a slowing Chinese economy appears to be that its huge population is cutting back on its consumption of fast food and casual dining fare. At least that was the sense gleaned from one of the largest operators in the country Yum! Brands earlier in the week. […]

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‘The Simpsons’ Duff Beer Tries to Tap Markets Outside Springfield

‘The Simpsons’ Duff Beer Tries to Tap Markets Outside Springfield Inspired by animated brand, new brew hits shelves in Chile; ‘caramel aromatic’ When Homer Simpson stood up and delivered his famous toast to alcohol as “the cause of, and solution to, all of life’s problems,” there’s no question what was in his stein: Duff Beer. The fictional brew is such […]

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Paramount to Speed Up Home Release of Movies

Paramount to Speed Up Home Release of Movies Studio, two cinema chains agree to shrink the long gap that comes after a theatrical run Paramount Pictures has struck a deal with two major cinema chains to make new movies available to watch at home just two weeks after they leave most theaters. The new arrangement will begin with two smaller […]

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As Smoking Declines, Tobacco Makers Seek to Slim Down Brands

As Smoking Declines, Tobacco Makers Seek to Slim Down Brands Consolidating brands—and holding on to customers in the process—is often a lengthy, elaborate exercise LONDON—For years, Alvaro Privat was a loyal smoker of the brand Montana. But when Montana’s owner, British American Tobacco PLC, folded the cigarette brand into another, Pall Mall, he barely noticed. “The color was the same, […]

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Why is Mexico The Next Big Investing Thing?

Why is Mexico The Next Big Investing Thing? Learn Why Mexico is The Best Kept Secret on Wall Street   This free webinar will shine light on how Mexico has been the secret darling of Wall Street’s institutional investors for ten years and why what they why they’re missing out on the real opportunities Mexico has to offer. The webinar […]

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Snacks Are Key in Food and Beverage Power Brands

Snacks Are Key in Food and Beverage Power Brands In the fast changing world of food and beverage CPG, power brands are not just cash cows. Despite being legacy products, they are power brands which because of shrewd management and their position in food culture have remained contemporary and continue to drive profit growth. Most leaders in CPG food and […]

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Domino’s Is Now Selling Its Pizza in Italy

Domino’s Is Now Selling Its Pizza in Italy The brains behind Domino’s global strategy have overseen the first of what they warn will be several locations of the chain in Italy: The city of Milan got the inaugural outpost, and there are supposed to be four total by year’s end. That’s four more than any other American pizza chain dares to […]

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International congress of Sustainable Transportation & Urban Mobility

International congress of Sustainable Transportation & Urban Mobility International congress of Sustainable Transportation & Urban Mobility is a 3 day event being held from 12th October to the 14th October 2015 at the World Trade Center Mexico in Mexico City, Mexico. This event showcases product from Logistics & Transportation industry. [button link=”http://10times.com/cits-mexicocity” newwindow=”yes”] Attend[/button] [author] [author_image timthumb=’on’]http://sandropiancone.com/images/SAN_D2-1.jpg[/author_image] [author_info]Sandro Piancone[/author_info] [/author]

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Amazon copying Uber for deliveries

Amazon copying Uber for deliveries In order to expand its fast delivery service, Amazon will begin to hire independent drivers similar to Uber and Lyft, paying between 18 and 25 dollars per hour to deliver packages with their own vehicles to Amazon Prime Now customers. This new service, called Amazon Flex, is now available for registration in Seattle and will soon arrive in New […]

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Chris Martinez Presenting at the CEO Bootcamp on June 4, 2015

  What country do you think has the 8th largest number of internet users in the world? If you answered Mexico then you’re right. In fact, this year Mexico will have more internet users than GERMANY. My name is Chris Martinez and I’m the CEO and Co-Founder of WebsiteEn5Dias and I’m super excited to be presenting at Mexico Sales Made […]

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Why You Should Do Business in Mexico

We found this great article from American Express about why now is the time to be expanding your business into Mexico. We will be conducting a 1-Day CEO Bootcamp on June 4, 2015 in San Diego and we’ll be talking about this exact subject in much more detail. Source: https://www.americanexpress.com/us/small-business/openforum/articles/why-you-should-do-business-in-mexico/ By Katie Morell Entrepreneurs with a touch of wanderlust are looking […]

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Canadian cops accused of aiding U.S. cheese smugglers

Canadian authorities say two police constables helped smuggle more than $200,000 worth of cheaper U.S. cheeses and other foods across the border from Buffalo to sell to pizzerias and restaurants. The Niagara Regional Police Service announced today that the pair, one of whom has been fired, were arrested and charged, along with a third man. Charges against the three, all […]

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3 Things You Absolutely need to do before start selling in Mexico

If you’re an exporter of goods to Mexico, you’ll understand the costs of doing so. One of the major costs, of course, is the transportation of your product, whether it is cigarettes or wine, cheese or spare parts for heavy industrial machinery. To make your export product as competitive as possible, it’s obviously shipping as much of it as possible, […]

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Top 5 Reasons Your Product Will Get Stuck at the Mexico Border

Anyone who has had to deal with Mexican authorities, either on a personal or business basis, will have had experience of how concerned they are with having paperwork in order. Hispanic countries seem to take documentation to whole new level, and Mexico is no different. Each i must be dotted, and each t crossed. When you are about to export […]

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