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CKE Restaurants Holdings, the parent company of fast-food chains Carl’s Jr. and Hardee’s, this week named Charles Jemley the company’s new CFO. Kerry Olson, meanwhile, was named chief legal officer and general counsel of the Franklin, Tenn.-based company. Both executives “bring valuable food industry experience that will help guide the growth and evolution of our… read more

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Dunkin’ Brands, the parent company of Dunkin’ Donuts and Baskin-Robbins, has named David Hoffmann CEO effective immediately, the company said. He will also serve on the company’s board of directors and remain president of Dunkin’ Donuts U.S, a role he has held since 2016, according to a news release from the Canton, Mass.-based company. Hoffmann… read more

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Tender Greens has named president Denyelle Bruno, left, to the additional role of CEO, replacing co-founder Erik Oberholtzer, who was named executive chairman of the fast-casual brand. The 28-unit “slow food done fast” concept from Los Angeles said Bruno will serve in her new dual role effective immediately.  The company said it was “always the… read more

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John Schnatter, founder and chairman of the board of Papa John’s International, Inc., has resigned in the aftermath of reports that he made a racial slur during a meeting in May with the pizza chain’s media agency. Schnatter on Wednesday admitted to making the slur in an email to Forbes magazine. Forbes said the meeting… read more

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The Food and Drug Administration has scheduled a meeting for July 26 and invited interested parties to submit ideas for how the agency can improve its nutrition innovation strategy. “It’s incontrovertible that diet quality has a major impact on health,” said Scott Gottlieb, M.D., commissioner of the F.D.A. “This is relational. We know, for example,… read more

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The Food and Drug Administration on June 19 began issuing draft guidance designed to help industry comply with the Intentional Adulteration (I.A.) Rule under the agency’s Food Safety Modernization Act. The I.A. Rule addresses hazards that intentionally may be introduced to foods, including by acts of terrorism, with the intent to cause widespread harm to… read more

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Mobile and online ordering technology provider Preoday and ordering platform placeNorder have partnered to bring digital pre-ordering to food and beverage businesses across North America. PlaceNorder focuses on providing an online ordering platform to restaurants in the USA and Canada. Now powered by Preoday’s technology, it aims to extend a marketing-based approach to working with… read more

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Much of what has taken place at LongHorn Steakhouse in recent years counteracts the casual-dining playbook of old. Simplify and shrink the menu, but improve loyalty and accelerate same-store sales. Historically those results just don’t co-exist in the same battlefield. “It’s the art, not the science,” Darden CEO Gene Lee said during a June 26… read more