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Ruth’s Hospitality posts strong Q2 sales, lower food costs, as Cheryl Henry assumes CEO post

Ruth’s Hospitality Group, the operator of the fine-dining Ruth’s Chris Steak House chain, reported Q2 2018 results, posting total revenue of $103.5 million, up 9.6 percent from last year. Company-operated stores posted comparable sales growth of 1.3 percent from last year, comprising a 0,1 percent decrease in traffic, offset by a 1.4 percent increase in average check. Net income rose to $9.6M, compared to $7.8M in the same period last year. .. The three buckets for the 2.0 remodel initiative are brand, capacity and bar changes. Those remodels that have addressed capacity are the most opportunistic remodels and have played a role in sales performance, noted Haak.

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Patrón Spirits CMO tapped as concurrent chief marketer for Grey Goose portfolio

Bacardi Limited announced that Lee Applbaum, Patrón Spirits chief marketing officer, has been tapped to also be the global head of Grey Goose vodka. With the added responsibilities, and as the chief architect of global marketing for Grey Goose, he will be adding brand equity, architecture, positioning, advertising, creative, brand communications, experiential, packaging and strategic direction of innovation and product creation. Applbaum is now CMO for both Patrón Spirits and the Grey Goose brand portfolio.

Shake Shack Q2 2018 Results: Eatery Pulse

Shake Shack Q2 sales grow 28.3 percent to $112.9M on new restaurant growth

hake Shack reported its financial results for Q2 2018 in a company release and held an investor conference call August 2. Its total revenues, including licensing fees, increased to $116.3M, representing a 27.3 percent increase over the same quarter last year. Total operating store sales, including the impact of new stores, increased to $112.9M, a 28.3-percent increase from last year. Comparable store sales (“same-shack sales”) in Q2 increased 1.1 percent, compared to 1.8 percent decrease reported in the same period last year.

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Off-premise business the new battleground for restaurant chains

Off-premise food popularity was a top dining trend identified this year. As consumers look for more convenience, there is no shortage of chains wanting to bring the food to where the consumers are. For IHOP, the sales momentum it gained in its Q2 2018 quarter was not exclusively due to the initial lift... but also due to a focus on off-premise sales and operational execution. Through the Starbucks-Alibaba partnership, delivery will be launched in Beijing and Shanghai in September, expanding the program to 30 cities and more than 2,000 stores... enables the creation of “Starbucks Delivery Kitchens” within Hema supermarkets.

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Creative menu ideas from Mexico inspire breakfast excitement way beyond Taco Tuesdays, breakfast burritos

Experimental diners don’t have to look too far to be inspired. Grain and Bakery Innovation, a culinary research report from  Packaged Facts, a well-respected research firm,  is spotlighting several takes on foods that are emerging or still developing. These creative insights look promising for foodservice application, including south-of-the-border foods in the form of globally-inspired tacos, chilaquiles and migas.

Popeyes Reports Q2 2018 Financial Results: Eatery Pulse

Popeyes Q2 2018 sales driven by unit growth, restaurant delivery

Restaurant Brands International (RBI), reported financial results for Popeyes for Q2 2018. RBI acquired Popeyes Louisiana Kitchen in an all-cash transaction for $1.8B in March 2017. Popeyes grew its sales to $937M, a 10.7-percent increase, compared to a 3.3-percent increase in the same period last year.

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US Foods reports Q2 2018 financial results, acquires SGA Food Group of Companies

US Foods reported its Q2 2018 financial results. Total case volume was down 0.9 percent and restaurant case volume from independent restaurants was up 3.8 percent. Net sales were relatively flat at $6.2B,down $1M from last year’s same period. US Foods also announced its acquisition of SGA’s Food Group of Companies for $1.8B,. SGA had total revenue of $3.2B and has about 3,400 employees.

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Macaroni Grill introduces new brunch menu, brunch drinks

omano’s Macaroni Grill continues to build on its sales momentum with a new brunch menu, on the heels of launching its Mix and Match and Unlimited Soup lunch specials. The new brunch menu was communicated through an email blast to customers in late July. The new Macaroni Grill brunch menu is being served until 4 p.m. each Saturday and Sunday. Diners can get a jump on weekend brunch on Sundays, when the Italian-style chain is opening at 10 a.m.

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Fast-casual unit growth driving increased traffic while restaurant industry sales flat: NPD

Fast casuals are the only segment in the restaurant industry that are growing traffic, says a report from NPD. The Chicago-based research firm has seen traffic grow 6 percent annually over the most recent five years.  According to the NPD Fall 2017 ReCount restaurant census. The growth leaders among fast-casual chains included Chipotle, Panera, Panda Express, and Raising Cane's. Fast casuals have appealed to households with incomes of $100K or more.

Fast-casuals like Wahlburgers are rapidly rising: Eatery Pulse, photo: Wahlburgers

Fast-growing fast-casual chains identified in industry trade magazine Future 50

Restaurant Business Online identified several up-and-coming chains in its Future 50. The data is based on 2017 information and estimates gathered by Technomic, Inc. The top five chains in the Future 50 comprise CoreLife Eatery, The Halal Guys, Wahlburgers, Maple Street Biscuit Co., and Honeygrow. Rounding out the top 10 are Bibibop Asian Grill, Babalu Tapas, Cava, Ahipoki Bowl, and Duck Donuts.

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PFG reports 3Q 2018 financial results

Performance Food Group Company today announced its third-quarter and first-nine months fiscal 2018 business results: otal case volume grew 0.8 percent Net sales increased 2.7 percent to $4.3 billion Gross profit improved 7.2 percent to $558.7 million... “We are pleased with our third-quarter net sales and profitability, said President and CEO George Holm.

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Opportunities abound for fast casuals, despite slowing growth: Report

According to its 2018 Top 250 Fast-Casual Chain Restaurant Report, total sales growth for the top restaurant chains in the segment was just 9 percent in 2017. In 2015, Technomic reported fast casual chain restaurants were growing sales at a 11.5-percent clip. Also unit growth rate in 2015 was 9.8 percent, but in 2017, growth was just 6.1 percent...As U.S. saturation nears, chains have opportunities in underdeveloped markets, including Australia, Mexico, Saudi Arabia, Spain.

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ezCater new Chief People Officer: Eatery Pulse Streem

ezCater taps Janine Allo as first chief people and culture officer

ezCater announced a new Human Resources executive to support the growth of the rapidly-rising business catering marketplace on the heels of its acquisition of Paris-based Go Cater, a corporate catering ordering and spend-management platform. Janine Allo has been named Chief People and Culture Officer. She comes to ezCater with 25 years of experience helping organizations grow in a changing environment. Allo was recently VP of Global Talent at Flex International, and there she helped the company grow amid a transformation and rebranding initiatives.

Fast-casuals like Wahlburgers are rapidly rising: Eatery Pulse, photo: Wahlburgers

Fast-growing fast-casual chains identified in industry trade magazine Future 50

Restaurant Business Online identified several up-and-coming chains in its Future 50. The data is based on 2017 information and estimates gathered by Technomic, Inc. The top five chains in the Future 50 comprise CoreLife Eatery, The Halal Guys, Wahlburgers, Maple Street Biscuit Co., and Honeygrow. Rounding out the top 10 are Bibibop Asian Grill, Babalu Tapas, Cava, Ahipoki Bowl, and Duck Donuts.

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Uber, Venmo partner for seamless payment experience on Uber, Uber Eats

Uber and Venmo have partnered to add the Venmo digital wallet service as a payment method to Uber Eats and the Uber ride-sharing service. Uber riders will be able to pay with a Venmo balance, linked bank account, credit card or debit card so they can easily split the cost. Furthermore, the connectivity between the apps as a major convenience to users... the riding experience can be shared with an emoji that is specific to the Uber-Venmo partnership.

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2018 Food, dining, restaurant trends with staying power

Here are the trends that appeared in our "2018 Food and Dining Trends Report" earlier this year that have staying power: Plant-based foods going mainstream; off-premise food poularity; local gives way to regional attribution; manifestation...overuse of term “local” dilutes meaning, significance, say experts regional global territories: “Southern Low Country, Ozarks, Appalachia, Cuba, India and the Middle East.”

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Creative menu ideas from Mexico inspire breakfast excitement way beyond Taco Tuesdays, breakfast burritos

Experimental diners don’t have to look too far to be inspired. Grain and Bakery Innovation, a culinary research report from  Packaged Facts, a well-respected research firm,  is spotlighting several takes on foods that are emerging or still developing. These creative insights look promising for foodservice application, including south-of-the-border foods in the form of globally-inspired tacos, chilaquiles and migas.

Rasa Indian Grill Bowl: Eatery Pulse

2018 Food, dining, restaurant trends with staying power

Here are the trends that appeared in our "2018 Food and Dining Trends Report" earlier this year that have staying power: Plant-based foods going mainstream; off-premise food poularity; local gives way to regional attribution; manifestation...overuse of term “local” dilutes meaning, significance, say experts regional global territories: “Southern Low Country, Ozarks, Appalachia, Cuba, India and the Middle East.”

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Three protein trends being tapped for successful product development

...Asian Island foods, a trend identified by Chicago-based consultancy Technomic. It has propelled Asian Island chicken on menus. At the same time, consumers are looking for protein alternatives to meat and are driving an interest in the creation of more food products and menu items that tap the nutrition and appeal of pulses and plant-based proteins.

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What are the next top global flavors for restaurants to tap?

"Thai, Indian, Korean and North African Influences are hot right now and are breaking through into foodservice in the form of sauces, spirces and proteins," she says...Technomic, a Chicago-based foodservice research film and consultancy, has also presented Southeast Asia as a source of flavor trends.

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In D.C. and nationally, food halls are rising: Consultancy report

Food Halls continue to appear all across the country, and are gaining breakneck momentum in the Washington, D.C. area. According to a report by Cushman Wakefield, there’s a reason these food halls are as popular and appealing as they are. Food Halls in North America 2018 notes how economically robust the concept is for developers and restaurant operators.

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Eatery Pulse Media expands multimedia news platform nationally with Eatery Pulse Streem, Restaurant C-Suite

Eatery Pulse Media, a fast-growing information services, consulting and content marketing firm, is expanding its multimedia platform nationally. Its newest industry publication for restaurant decision-makers, Restaurant C-Suite Magazine, will debut in September 2018. Additionally, to further serve the needs of top-level industry management, newly-launched Eatery Pulse Streem and its email blasts will curate the most relevant and meaningful industry news updates and present them weekly in web, 4K-UHD video, audio podcast, and mobile on-the-go formats, starting in November.

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Cheesecake Factory celebrates National Cheesecake Day with half-price promotion, two decadent new flavors

The Cheesecake Factory announced a promotion during National Cheesecake Day, which is celebrated Monday July 30. For its guests dining in (only), the chain will offer half-price slices at all of its restaurants across the country. All 197 restaurants in the United States will be participating in the celebration, and guests are getting their shot at any one of over 30 flavors. Additionally, Cheesecake Factory is debuting two new cheesecake varieties: Very Cherry Ghirardelli Chocolate Cheesecake and Cinnabon Cinnamon Swirl Cheesecake.

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Dickey’s Barbecue to open first restaurant in Broomfield, Colorado

Dickey’s Barbecue Restaurants is adding its first location in Broomfield, Colo, a northwest suburb of Denver, this summer. A franchise agreement with Brandon Gerrick has made the first Broomfield restaurant possible. The Broomfield location will be the 10th location in the Greater Denver Area and will be located at 1221 East 1st Avenue.

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Macaroni Grill introduces new brunch menu, brunch drinks

omano’s Macaroni Grill continues to build on its sales momentum with a new brunch menu, on the heels of launching its Mix and Match and Unlimited Soup lunch specials. The new brunch menu was communicated through an email blast to customers in late July. The new Macaroni Grill brunch menu is being served until 4 p.m. each Saturday and Sunday. Diners can get a jump on weekend brunch on Sundays, when the Italian-style chain is opening at 10 a.m.

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US Foods reports Q2 2018 financial results, acquires SGA Food Group of Companies

US Foods reported its Q2 2018 financial results. Total case volume was down 0.9 percent and restaurant case volume from independent restaurants was up 3.8 percent. Net sales were relatively flat at $6.2B,down $1M from last year’s same period. US Foods also announced its acquisition of SGA’s Food Group of Companies for $1.8B,. SGA had total revenue of $3.2B and has about 3,400 employees.

Popeyes Reports Q2 2018 Financial Results: Eatery Pulse

Popeyes Q2 2018 sales driven by unit growth, restaurant delivery

Restaurant Brands International (RBI), reported financial results for Popeyes for Q2 2018. RBI acquired Popeyes Louisiana Kitchen in an all-cash transaction for $1.8B in March 2017. Popeyes grew its sales to $937M, a 10.7-percent increase, compared to a 3.3-percent increase in the same period last year.