Voltaggio Bros’ STRFSH Acquired for Expansion

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Michael and Bryan Voltaggio, brothers who are both chefs and restaurateurs, on Monday announced a new partnership to grow their fast-casual STRFSH concept with K2 Restaurants. John Kolaski, CEO and owner of Los Angeles-based K2 Restaurants, said the group has taken a majority stake in the fast-casual seafood concept, which was launched in 2017 by the… read more

Gies Takes the Marketing Reins at Church’s Chicken

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Brian Gies has joined Church’s Chicken as executive vice-president and global chief marketing officer. In this role, Mr. Gies will be responsible for leading the restaurant chain’s marketing efforts and implementing the brand’s recently launched new global brand positioning. Mr. Gies brings more than two decades of food service industry to Church’s, including three and… read more

General Mills has a Plan to Regenerate 1 Million Acres of Farmland

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In 2014, the United Nations issued a warning to farmers: If they don’t change their agricultural practices, most of the soil they rely on to sustain their livelihoods will disappear within 60 years. Industrial-scale agricultural practices lean on polluting machinery and chemicals, which contaminate farmland. Insistence on monoculture–growing a single crop on the same patch of… read more

Marco’s Stakes its Claim in the Pizza Wars

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With 40 years of history and 900-plus locations, it’s hard to call Marco’s Pizza a challenger brand. But it’s eager to take on the top players in one of the most crowded and growth-driven segments in foodservice. The ultimate goal: become the fourth largest pizza chain in America. As of last year, that spot belonged… read more

Starbucks is Bringing the Next Big Dairy-Free Milk to Some US Cafes

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Oat milk has a texture and taste that more closely resemble cow’s milk than other dairy-free alternatives like soy and almond milk, even when steamed for lattes. Starbucks’ entry into oat milk comes as Americans’ appetites for milk alternatives keeps growing. The oat milk trend doesn’t look like it is dying anytime soon. Coffee giant… read more

Dairy Free Oatmilk Frozen Desserts

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A new dairy-free dessert is debuting in the freezer aisle, opening the door for oat milk to branch beyond beverages. Danone North America’s new So Delicious Dairy Free Oatmilk Frozen Desserts feature a creamy oat milk base blended with ingredients, including fruit, caramel and cookie dough. Certified vegan, Non-GMO Project verified and certified gluten-free, the… read more

PIZZA HUT is Working with FedEx on a Delivery Bot

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The Companies are planning to Test the FedEx SameDay Bot this Summer. Pizza Hut announced that it has joined forces with shipping company FedEx on the FedEx SameDay Bot, an autonomous delivery device that promises to “revolutionize” local delivery. The bot, which is in development now for a planned test this summer, would support existing… read more

The Brand Surpassed 1,700 U. S. Units this Past Quarter

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IHOP continues to reap the benefits of last year’s eyebrow-raising campaigns as the brand transitions from a breakfast destination to an all-day dining destination. Even though the IHOPb promotion debuted last June, IHOP’s sales are still steadily climbing. Same-store sales upped 3 percent during the fourth quarter of fiscal 2018, which represented the brand’s best… read more

Sharing Tales of Latino Owners and Operators

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McDonald’s is partnering with the Immigrant Archive Project to share the stories of the fast-food chain’s Latino owners and operators. Immigrant Archive Project is an organization founded in 2008 to document, preserve and share the stories of multicultural American immigrants. Tony Hernandez, co-founder and producer at Immigrant Archive Project (IAP) explained that while the organization has… read more