Global Foodservice News – May 15th, 2024

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Foodservice Equipment and Supplies   Carpigiani adds a Chief Commercial Officer Anna Pata was appointed to the newly created role of chief commercial officer for Carpigiani North America, a Welbilt company that makes gelato equipment. In her new role, Pata will develop and lead Carpigiani’s sales and marketing activities. Pata has more than 20 years… read more

Turning up the heat – The Surprising Force Stalling Climate Progress: California Restaurants

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As climate journalists, it’s pretty common for us to see oil companies or other large polluters fight back against climate proposals, sometimes stopping these rules dead in their tracks. One of the biggest climate setbacks in recent memory, however, wasn’t delivered by fossil-fuel giants or heavy industry, but, rather, a restaurant group in California. I… read more

McDonald’s, looking to boost traffic, considers a $5 value meal

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The fast-food giant, which has shifted its focus to value, is working to convince franchisees to go along with a bundled meal featuring a McChicken or a McDouble. The plan is expected to pass. McDonald’s is considering a $5 value bundle in a bid to bring inflation-weary consumers back into its restaurants. The fast-food burger… read more

As it is sold, Clean Juice struggles with supply issues

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Operators have closed or rebranded nearly half of the chain’s locations over the past year and a half. And then as the chain was sold last week, franchisees were told the company lost its distribution contract. Operators of the Clean Juice franchise heard last week that the company was being sold to Friendly’s owner Brix… read more

Burgerville takes on new investors with an eye on reigniting regional growth

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Former Dutch Bros CEO Joth Ricci is among the investors and joins the company as executive chair. CEO Ed Casey will remain at the helm. The fast-casual Burgerville chain has been acquired by a group of local investors that have plans to reignite growth. The Vancouver, Washington-based chain said late Friday that new investors have… read more

Operators Respond as Consumers Reach a Tipping Point

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Learn how companies are using virtual brands and digital channels to drive growth. A tech titan tries his hands at running a restaurant. Again. Plus, there’s some cool news from Easy Ice and Polar Leasing. These stories and more This Week in Foodservice. Have consumers finally reached their breaking point? Perhaps. The Conference Board reported… read more

Sticky’s Finger Joint declares bankruptcy

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The New York chicken tender chain struggled coming out of the pandemic with inflation and several legal challenges. It is the latest in a string of industry bankruptcy filings. Sticky’s Finger Joint’s rapid growth ran into a brick wall called the pandemic. The New York-based chicken tenders chain, which at one point operated 16 locations… read more

Midwestern favorite Oberweis Dairy declares bankruptcy and cuts staff

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The ice cream chain intends to lay off staff in June and cut its costs in other ways, but to remain in operation following a Chapter 11 bankruptcy filing. It is struggling to find a buyer. The parent of the 40-unit Oberweis Dairy ice cream chain has filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection after failing… read more