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Foodservice Shipments of Curries and Chili Peppers Grow by Double Digits

Chili phot by Thomas Hawke
Doenjang dipping paste, photo by Emily Barnie

Adventurous taste buds of consumers have made flavors like tikka masala, poblano, and doenjang recognized names in U.S. grocery store shelves and restaurant menus.

Restaurant Visits Grow Internationally, but Not in U.S.

Japan's Mister Donut chain
Japan's Mister Donut QSR chain. Photo by Chris Gladis

Restaurants across the globe realized various degrees of growth in customer visits for the quarter that ended in June, with the exception of the United States.

‘Chick Philly’ Sandwich Renamed 'Cease and Desist' after Competitor Protests

Back in April, South Philly Cheesesteaks & Fries, a franchise chain with 15 locations, dubbed one of its sandwiches the “Chick Philly.” But in July they received a “cease and desist” letter from a competitor. The letter asked them to stop calling their sandwich the Chick Philly, prompting a cheeky reaction.

Popeyes Employees Defend Pregnant Manager from Violent Customers

As a seven-and-a-half-month-pregnant San Marcos, Texas, Popeyes general manager dealt with four disgruntled women who appeared to be Texas State University students, she was physically attacked and kicked in the stomach, prompting the store's team to come to her defense, says the franchise owner, Vedo Kemraj. The brawl was caught on camera and the video went viral.

Taco Bell Franchise Employees Don’t Take No $H!#

Employees at a Taco Bell franchise in Cleveland shot a suspect, who later died. The other robber managed to flee.

Retail Food Consumers Shop Around

Today the line between food trucks, fast food,  grocery stores, convenience stores, dollar stores and restaurants is growing ever thinner.

Yum China Experiments with Customers Using Facial Recognition Technology to Pay

Alipay kiosk uses facial recognition at KPRO restaurantYum China Holdings Inc. announced last week that it has launched a new restaurant concept in Hangzhou that uses face recognition technology.  It utilizes Alibaba’s Alipay online payment technology, which facially recognizes customers so that they can pay for a meal without even reaching for their wallet.

Hurricane Harvey Batters Texas and Louisiana Restaurants

Hurricane Harvey has slammed restaurants in Texas and Louisiana, and the worst is yet to come. Not only are many eateries damaged and flooded, but their customers are already preoccupied with recovering from the storm and have less money to spend on eating out — conditions that will linger into the future.

Domino's, Ford to Test Self-Driving Pizza Delivery

Ford and Domino's create a self-driving pizza delivery carDomino’s Pizza [NYSE:DPZ] and Ford Motor Company [NYSE:F] announced this morning that the two firms are working together to pioneer a self-driving automobile that delivers pizza. Over the next few weeks, a few randomly-selected pizza customers in Ann Arbor, Michigan will receive Domino’s delivery orders from a Ford Fusion Hybrid Autonomous Research Vehicle.

Real Estate Market Difficult for Franchisees Right Now

The right location is of prime importance for restaurant franchisees, but it seems that good locations are harder to come by and with less attractive rents and conditions than was the case a few years ago. Experienced people who deal with real estate on a regular basis speak about present conditions.