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NPD Group Finds Meal Kit Delivery Services Lack Demand

QSR Magazine - Wed, 2016-07-20 12:42
Image Caption: Image Credit: NPD Group survey finds meal kit delivery services lacking tractionExclusive Brief: 0

There is a lot of buzz around meal kit delivery services, like Blue Apron and HelloFresh, but the buzz may be greater than those who currently use the kits, finds The NPD Group, a leading global information company. Trial of meal kits is still relatively low with 3 percent of the U.S. adult population (18 and older) trying a meal kit delivery service within the last year. There are, however, opportunities for growth, according to a new NPD Group study.

Chains: NPD Group

Uncle Maddio’s To Open Third Restaurant in Charlotte, NC

QSR Magazine - Wed, 2016-07-20 12:25
Image Caption: Image Credit: Uncle Maddio's expands its pizza presence in Charlotte, NC.Exclusive Brief: 0

Uncle Maddio’s is expanding across the Charlotte, North Carolina, area and will open its third restaurant on July 22 in the Midtown area located at 345 S. Kings Drive, directly across from Trader Joe’s and the Metropolitan Center. Uncle Maddio’s offers hand-made pizza, salads, Foldwich, as well as craft beer and wine.

The lineup of offers and events for the grand opening weekend include:

·      July 22: Starting July 18, sign up on the Uncle Maddio’s Charlotte Facebook page to be one of the first 2,000 people to earn a free 9-inch, three topping pizza.

Chains: Uncle Maddio's

Dollar Shave Club sold to Unilever

Store Front Talk Back - Wed, 2016-07-20 12:24

Unilever has bought Dollar Shave Club, the men's grooming company credited with disrupting the category and offering alternatives to more mainstream brands carried in stores.

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JJ’s Red Hots Celebrates Hot Dog Month with July Deals

QSR Magazine - Wed, 2016-07-20 12:05
Image Caption: Image Credit: JJ's Red Hots brings back special hot dogs for National Hot Dog Month.Exclusive Brief: 0

JJ’s Red Hots is settling the Great Hot Dog Day Debate of 2016 like a national award-winning hot dog concept should: by celebrating the hot dog every day, including July 23, one of the “two” Hot Dog Days of summer.

While the National Hot Dog and Sausage Council designated July 14 as National Hot Dog Day this year based on the Congressional Calendar, which is tied to the National Hot Dog Lunch on Capitol Hill, many national brands such as Nathan’s Famous, Wienerschnitzel, Dog Haus, and 7-Eleven decided to stick with last year’s date of July 23.

Chains: JJ's Red Hots

Why training is first step in enhancing customer experience

FastCasual.com - Wed, 2016-07-20 12:00
Technology is simply a tool to help a team member better serve and connect with a customer, which can only happen if the employee is well trained in every aspect of his or her job.

Target debuts more small formats

Store Front Talk Back - Wed, 2016-07-20 11:56

Walmart may have backed away from its small-store format but Target is forging ahead, opening four new small-format city stores this week.

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Fighting pesticides, pathogens, other brand-crushing problems

FastCasual.com - Wed, 2016-07-20 11:45
Produce is at the heart of most food borne illnesses attributed to restaurants, according to national statistics. What are your procedures for cleaning produce and other types of foods?

Tijuana Flats Hires New CEO

QSR Magazine - Wed, 2016-07-20 11:39
Tijuana Flats names Larry Ryback as its new CEO.Exclusive Brief: 0

Tijuana Flats, a parent company for Tijuana Flats Tex-Mex restaurants, has announced Larry Ryback as the new CEO, reporting to the company’s chairman of the board and partner at AUA Private Equity Partners, Steven Flyer. Larry brings with him more than 25 years of demonstrated success in growth-oriented, leading restaurant brands.

Chains: Tijuana Flats

Freshii Selects OneMethod for Global Brand Strategy

QSR Magazine - Wed, 2016-07-20 11:35
Image Caption: Image Credit: Freshii chooses OneMethod as its digital and social agency of record.Exclusive Brief: 0

Freshii, a leading health-casual restaurant franchise, has selected OneMethod as its first digital and social agency of record. Freshii has challenged the creative shop to produce memorable content that people will talk about on its Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram accounts while elevating the fresh food concept’s digital footprint globally. With their finger on the food culture pulse, OneMethod plans to utilize Freshii’s brand power to generate a strong following and build up the brand in international markets.

Chains: Freshii

Cicis reports data breach in payment systems

Nation's Restaurant News - Wed, 2016-07-20 11:32
Malware may have affected 140 restaurants in 17 states Malware may have affected 140 restaurants in 17 states

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More please! Hungry American business people increase spending on food

FastCasual.com - Wed, 2016-07-20 11:29
American workers are clearly hungry. And today, another report from the business dining sector shows just how ravenous we are when we're on the road or just entertaining clients in town.

Checkers and Rally’s Refresh Menu with Kool-Aid Slushies

QSR Magazine - Wed, 2016-07-20 11:17
Checkers and Rally's now offer Kool-Aid flavors of slushies.Exclusive Brief: 0

Checkers and Rally’s are now offering new Kool-Aid Slushies. The icy treats launched in May 2016 as part of the new Chill Stop frozen beverage menu. Available in Tropical Punch and Blue Raspberry, two favorite flavors from the second best-selling powdered drink brand,the drinks are available nationwide at $1.79 for a 16-ounce cup and $2.29 for 20 ounces.

Chains: Checkers/Rally's

How Can Packaging Reduce Food Waste and Improve Kitchen Efficiencies?

Nation's Restaurant News - Wed, 2016-07-20 11:00
Food Service Operators Turn to Innovative Food Packaging to Increase Efficiency, Safety and their Bottom Line.

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Noodles & Company Names New COO

QSR Magazine - Wed, 2016-07-20 10:38
Image Caption: Image Credit: Victor R. Heutz will serve as the new COO for Noodles & Company.Exclusive Brief: 0

Noodles & Company announced that Victor R. Heutz has been named to the position of Chief Operations Officer. Heutz will be responsible for leading Noodles & Company’s cross-functional teams in day-to-day operations, strategic planning, and guest service. He will report directly to chairman and CEO Kevin Reddy.

Chains: Noodles & Company

Hyundai dealers in China seek up to $135 million in compensation

AutoNews - Wed, 2016-07-20 08:11
A group of Hyundai dealers in China is seeking 800 million-900 million yuan ($120 million-135 million) in compensation from the South Korean automaker, saying Hyundai has cut the flow of models it exports to them, resulting in dealership losses and...
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VW diesel scandal costs rise to 18B euros as new provision hits earnings

AutoNews - Wed, 2016-07-20 06:56
VW made additional provisions for costs associated with its diesel scandal as the company announced that first-half earnings rose 7 percent to 7.5 billion euros ($8.25 billion). VW set aside another 2.2 billion euros to help cover U.S. legal risks.
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Vantage Hotels Launches Company Wide Rewards Program

Hotel Interactive - Wed, 2016-07-20 06:18
CLEVELAND-–As the Vantage Hotels family continues to grow with over 1,000 locations worldwide, the company has launched Vantage RewardsSM, a free, ...