Del Taco Takes on Taco Bell with New Menu Items, Digital Campaign

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Del Taco is launching a new Crunchtada lineup with a digital campaign aimed squarely at disappointed Taco Bell customers. Last year, Taco Bell supposedly ghosted fans who called for the return of the brand’s Mexican Pizza on social media and other platforms. Their requests went unanswered, Del Taco claims. So Del Taco is “providing crunchy… read more

Cheesecake Factory Sales Soar 220 Percent as Recovery Ignites

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The phrase “pent-up demand” has been tossed about by restaurants in recent weeks. Stimulus checks lined consumers’ pockets and could ultimately hike sector sales as much as 30 percent, according to Rabbobank and Earnest Research. The country reported an average of 2.7 million daily vaccinations over the past week, the CDC recently said. And more… read more

Angry Crab Shack President Andy Diamond on How the Pandemic has Changed Restaurant Design and Infrastructure

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While the largest restaurant chains have spent the second half of the pandemic investing in next-gen restaurant design and pivoting to drive-thrus and pickup windows, they’re not the only ones. On this episode of Extra Serving, Andy Diamond — president of the Mesa, Ariz.-based, 14-unit, Cajun seafood casual dining restaurant — speaks about how even… read more

Starbucks U.S. Sales Have Fully Recovered Since the Beginning of the Pandemic

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Starbucks claims that its U.S. sales have now fully recovered from the economic effects of the pandemic, reporting positive same-store sales growth of 9% for the second quarter ended March 28. It’s the first time Starbucks’ U.S. sales have trended positively since the pandemic began and represents a significant improvement over -5% same-store sales decline… read more

Reopenings and Reclosings: States, Municipalities Adjust Dining Restrictions

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Several states and local municipalities have begun easing restrictions on restaurant dining as new COVID-19 cases have declined in those areas, while others have moved to tighten restrictions as positive cases trended in the opposite direction. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention this week also issued new interim recommendations for people who are fully… read more

Nestle Buys Vitamin Maker Bountiful’s Main Brands for $5.75 Billion

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Nestle has bought the main brands of vitamin and supplements maker The Bountiful Company for $5.75 billion, the world’s largest packaged food company said on Friday, the latest expansion of its health and nutrition business. The KitKat chocolate bar maker bought Bountiful from KKR in a deal that covers the U.S. company’s Nature’s Bounty, Solgar,… read more

GLOBAL FOODSERVICE NEWS – APRIL 15, 2021 EDITION

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What are the biggest impacts of Covid-19 on your business?. . . How Two Food Franchisees Are Affected by Covid, and How They’re Responding All mall-based businesses are obviously struggling with decreased foot traffic, but I see this issue as one that will be overcome with the development of new drugs and treatments in the… read more

CIO Interview: Nitin Chaturvedi, Chief Digital and Technology Officer, KFC Global

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It’s been a busy year or so for Nitin Chaturvedi, chief digital and technology officer at KFC Global. He joined the fast-food giant in September 2019 and was just getting stuck into a global digital transformation program when the Covid-19 pandemic hit at the start of last year and some of those digital-led projects became… read more

TOCK Latest Hires in a Rapidly Growing Company

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The Chicago-based company is tuning in from their apartments. He’s logging in from a house in Lake Tahoe that he’s rented for a few weeks in January in an attempt to take a vacation after an extraordinarily busy year. The plan is to welcome his employees to the company with an introductory pep talk. He’ll… read more

Domino’s Hiring 20K More Employees

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Domino’s is hiring 20,000 more employees as coronavirus-era delivery demand grows Domino’s Pizza has announced another hiring spree as the effects of the COVID-19 pandemic continue and is looking to hire 20,000 more employees, including delivery drivers, pizzamakers, customer-service representatives, managers, and assistant managers at both their corporate and franchised stores, as well as workers… read more