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Carolina Panthers fans win big with Krispy Kreme Dozen Original Glazed promotion

Fans of the Carolina Panthers are winning big this football season with a Krispy Kreme Doughnuts promotion. The chain is offering guests in the Carolinas a dozen Original Glazed Doughnuts for $5.99 (coffee not included) the Monday after a Carolina win, representing a discount of about 25 percent. The Panthers win on September 9 against the Dallas Cowboys (16-8) sealed the first deal today for fans in South and North Carolina.

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Twists and toppings can up the salad experience for diners

Salads aren’t just for dieters anymore. Consumers who are looking for healthier and functional dining options are adding salads to meals, or opting for salads as meals when dining out at restaurants. A few twists on salads can take them to the next level. The difference between a ‘salad” and a ‘bowl” can be in their size, and the amount of protein, rice or grain ingredients relative to greens and vegetables. In functionality, protein is a big winner and “protein bowls” have become more widespread.

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Bojangles chain to bolster presence in home market

Bojangles’, a chain known for its all-day breakfast, chicken-centric menu and southern sides, reported having two new restaurants under construction in North Carolina, as it looks to bolster its presence in its home market. Additionally, Bojangles' is remodeling a store at 1064 Blowing Rock Road near the Boone Mall.

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National Restaurant Association launches Future of Food Safety during NFSM 2018

The National Restaurant Association is putting September in the spotlight with National Food Safety Month (NFSM). This year’s theme is “The Future of Food Safety.” See the announcement below for more information and find additional resources during four weeks of active training and informational sessions presented by ServSafe. Each week has its own food safety theme.

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Chipotle launches delivery in 70 markets with DoorDash, offers free delivery

Chipotle Mexican Grill has expanded its partnership with DoorDash to enable national delivery in 70 markets and at over 1,800 Chipotle locations. Chipotle’s customers will be able to order delivery using the website or the Chipotle mobile app. For a limited time, between August 27 and September 12, 2018, guests will get free delivery on orders of $10 or more (not including tip or tax).

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Fiesta Restaurant Group taps Jackie Swift-Kurkjian as senior director, Off-Premise Consumption

Fiesta Restaurant Group, parent of Taco Cabana and Pollo Tropical, announced that Jackie Swift-Kurkjian has joined the company as senior director of Off-Premise Consumption. In this role, she will lead the efforts to build the catering, online and delivery sales channels at Pollo Tropical and Taco Cabana. Her role will help the brands leverage new information systems, resources and people as part of Fiesta’s Strategic Renewal Plan.

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Aramark announces list of 30 Hottest New Menu Items Across the NFL

Aramark has released its 30 Hottest New Menu items Across the NFL list. To show off its culinary team’s talents, Aramark has released NFL favorites across the sports facilities it services through its food contracting programs... Elote Chicken Tacos (Arrowhead Stadium), Mojo Pork Tacos (Lincoln Financial Field), Pimento Cheese Melt (Raymond James Stadium), and Tennessee Hot Chicken Mac & Cheese (Arrowhead Stadium) are some of hot, new menu items.

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Panda Express features Honey Sesame Chicken Breast LTO, launches new mobile app

Panda Express is returning the Honey Sesame Chicken Breast, a fan favorite, as a limited-time offer. The entree fill feature crispy chicken breast strips, string beans and yellow peppers, prepared in a sweet sesame sauce that is now made with organic honey... now returns with a mobile app and the slogan, “Honey, it’s back!” The Panda Express mobile app is also expected to be a guest favorite, allowing for interactive ordering process, group ordering, and multiple user selections from different phones

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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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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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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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Naf Naf Grill launches delivery, recognizes first-responder service

Naf Naf Grill, a Middle Eastern-style chain with 38 locations in more than eight major markets, has launched a new delivery service in partnership with DoorDash. Naf Naf favorites, including traditional shawarma, fresh falafel and handmade pita, can be served up at customers’ homes and offices using the Naf Perks app or online. To promote the service, Naf Naf will offer free delivery for a limited time.

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Chipotle launches delivery in 70 markets with DoorDash, offers free delivery

Chipotle Mexican Grill has expanded its partnership with DoorDash to enable national delivery in 70 markets and at over 1,800 Chipotle locations. Chipotle’s customers will be able to order delivery using the website or the Chipotle mobile app. For a limited time, between August 27 and September 12, 2018, guests will get free delivery on orders of $10 or more (not including tip or tax).

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Panda Express features Honey Sesame Chicken Breast LTO, launches new mobile app

Panda Express is returning the Honey Sesame Chicken Breast, a fan favorite, as a limited-time offer. The entree fill feature crispy chicken breast strips, string beans and yellow peppers, prepared in a sweet sesame sauce that is now made with organic honey... now returns with a mobile app and the slogan, “Honey, it’s back!” The Panda Express mobile app is also expected to be a guest favorite, allowing for interactive ordering process, group ordering, and multiple user selections from different phones

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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.

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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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Macaroni Grill launches new specials, lunch passport, Mix and Match lunch menu

As it moves to further reinvigorate its business, Romano’s Macaroni Grill has launched a new menu and lunch specials, which include a limited-time lunch pass to save guests money. The 85-unit Italian-style casual-dining chain launched the Macaroni Grill Mix and Match (Mix + Match) program, whereby customers can combine any two options on the menu for under $11, or for the same price, they can choose the Unlimited Soup and Salad (Soup + Salad) Program... customers can purchase a Mix and Match lunch pass for $75, giving them access to complimentary lunch for the entire month of August 2018.

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Krispy Kreme releases summer doughnuts, Freedom Ring

Krispy Kreme Doughnuts will be releasing limited-time doughnuts at its retail outlets. The new “summer desserts” include the Strawberries & Kreme Doughnut and the Banana Pudding Doughnut, both available starting June 20. Freedom Ring Doughnut will feature the classic Original Krispy Kreme Glazed Doughnut decorated with red, white and blue to reflect an image of the American flag, available between June...

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Popeyes Expands in Philippines: Eatery Pulse Streem

Popeyes strikes deal for Philippines expansion

Popeyes will be entering the Philippines via a new master franchising agreement. The quick-service brand, owned by Restaurant Brands International (RBI), announced reaching a deal with Kuya J Holdings Group, which already operates 100 Kuya J Restaurant locations in the Philippines. The Kuya J Restaurant chain is best known for its crispy pata, kare-kare, caldereta, and halo-halo.

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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.

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.

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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.