Patxi’s Pizza Puts Quality First as it Grows

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Since day one, product quality has been the main focus at Patxi’s Pizza. That tradition won’t change as the San Francisco-based deep-dish pizzeria enters a fresh phase of growth under new ownership. Elite Restaurant Group, which operates Slater’s 50/50 and Mediterranean-inspired fast casual Daphne’s, purchased Patxi’s last September. Elite’s leadership is expanding Patxi’s menu without… read more

Del Taco: Beyond Meat Tacos Attracting New, Lapsed Users

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System wide same-store sales at the quick-service Mexican food chain slid 0.1% for the first quarter, compared to a gain of 3.7% for the same quarter last year. The dip ends the company’s 21-quarter streak of positive same-store sales. CEO John D. Cappasola Jr. said sales and transactions were impacted by unfavorable weather in California… read more

US Foods Names New Chief Supply Chain Officer

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Timothy P. Connolly has been appointed executive vice-president and chief supply chain officer for US Foods Holding Corp., effective May 13. In this new role, he will oversee US Foods’ supply chain organization, including safety, warehousing, transportation, supply chain strategy, operations and labor relations. Mr. Connolly will join US Foods from Uline, where he has… read more

US Foods Names New Chief Supply Chain Officer

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Timothy P. Connolly has been appointed executive vice-president and chief supply chain officer for US Foods Holding Corp., effective May 13. In this new role, he will oversee US Foods’ supply chain organization, including safety, warehousing, transportation, supply chain strategy, operations and labor relations. Mr. Connolly will join US Foods from Uline, where he has… read more

Ruth’s Chris Plans ‘Prized’ Expansion After $19M Deal

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Ruth’s Chris Steak House purchased development rights to “prized territory,” for about $19 million in cash, the company announced during its May 3 first-quarter review. Along with three franchises run by longtime operator Marsha Brown—the former banker of founder Ruth Fertel—the high-end steakhouse acquired development rights to the Philadelphia area, including parts of New Jersey… read more

Burger King Plans to Roll out Impossible Whopper across the United States

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Burger King’s test of a vegetarian version of its signature Whopper was such a success, the chain is planning to roll the Impossible Whopper out nationally this year. On April 1, Burger King started testing the vegetarian burger, using a plant-based patty from impossible. The test took place in St. Louis and “went exceedingly well,”… read more

Robotics in the Food Industry: Where’s the Opportunity?

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Whether or not robotics will play into the future of the food industry is no longer a question. The technology is being implemented out in the field in the form mechanical produce pickers on farms and autonomous vehicles delivering food out on the streets. It’s also being used behind the scenes in the food industry, flipping… read more

Panera Eyes New Tap-And- Go Set Up for Coffee Sales

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Panera Bread is planning to test new technology that will enable morning customers to zip into a store, pour themselves a coffee and register the purchase by tapping their smartphones on a poster before exiting. The capability will be in addition to a beefed-up version of Panera’s Rapid Pick-Up app feature, which enables patrons to place… read more

New McDonald’s Products are Just Imports from Europe

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In early June, the fast-food giant is adding four “Worldwide Favorites” to the menu, according to internal documents shared with Business Insider. The new menu items are the Grand McExtreme Bacon Burger from Spain, the Stroopwafel McFlurry from the Netherlands, the tomato-mozzarella chicken sandwich from Canada, and the cheesy bacon fries from Australia. In an… read more