Restaurant News Roundup, 12/21/19

The front-runner for the Democratic presidential nomination, Joe Biden, is calling for the McDonald’s work force to be unionized.  Read more here: https://www.restaurantbusinessonline.com/workforce/joe-biden-calls-unionization-mcdonalds The food and beverage industry once had the lowest average chargeback rates in the business, but now almost one-third of respondents to a recent survey say these forced refunds […]

Restaurant News Roundup, 10/16/19

Chipotle expands its college tuition assistance program for eligible employees in a move to retain and recruit workers.  Read more here:  https://www.restaurantbusinessonline.com/workforce/chipotle-expands-its-tuition-assistance-program   KFC launches on-line ordering and sees big success right off the bat.  The move is part of the chain’s overall technology strategy.  Read more here:  https://www.restaurantbusinessonline.com/technology/kfcs-future-online-ordering-more-delivery-artificial-intelligence   […]

Restaurant News Roundup, 7/17/2019

Chipotle and Shake Shack stocks up by more than 60% so far this year, the two top performers in the restaurant industry where overall stocks are up just 11% because of weak sales and higher labor costs.  Read more here: https://www.restaurantbusinessonline.com/financing/chipotle-shake-shack-lead-restaurant-stocks   Subway is expected to provide franchisees with more than […]

Restaurant News Roundup, 3/12/19

Chipotle has launched a new customer loyalty program, part of a comeback strategy for the Mexican grill chain.  Read more here:  https://www.nrn.com/fast-casual/chipotle-launches-new-loyalty-program   Struggling restaurant chains are becoming more attractive to investors betting on a brand turnaround.  Example: the Rego Restaurant Group which last year bought Quiznos and Taco Del […]

Restaurant News Roundup: Sustainability, Wage Hikes, Robots

Efforts to achieve greater sustainability and reduce waste are being adopted at Dunkin’ Donuts, Red Lobster, Chipotle, and other eateries.  Read more here: https://www.smartbrief.com/original/2018/05/how-sustainability-trends-are-changing-way-restaurants-do-business   Chick-fil-A restaurant in Sacramento moves to raise employee pay from $12 to $13 an hour to $17 to $18 an hour, with the aim, says the […]

Restaurant News Roundup: Customers, Mexico, Diversity

Global information research group releases study on ways to increase traffic at restaurants. One of its findings: consumers think restaurant prices are too high, so they stay away or cut back on eating out. Read more here: https://www.qsrmagazine.com/news/new-path-increasing-restaurant-business Trump’s Mexico policy could spell trouble for restaurant chains like Chipotle that […]

Restaurant News Roundup, 7/31/16

Can Pokemon Go drive restaurant traffic? An article citing social media reports says players are choosing restaurants based on the availability of the virtual reality Pokemon characters. Read more here: http://www.businessinsider.com/pokemon-go-is-impacting-restaurant-strategy-2016-7 Some New York City pizzerias cash in on the Pokemon Go craze. Read more here: http://nypost.com/2016/07/12/pokemania-runs-wild-through-city-causing-crime-accidents/ Chipotle continues to […]

Restaurant News Roundup, 1/13/16

Chipotle vows to win back the trust of its customers following a multi-state E.coli outbreak, telling financial analysts it expects a full recovery in its profits by 2017. Read more here: http://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2016-01-13/chipotle-jumps-after-chain-tells-analysts-it-can-regain-luster Morgan Stanley forecasts huge growth for Restaurant Brands International, parent company of Burger King and Tim Hortons. Read […]

Restaurant News Roundup, 11/2/15

Chipotle’s continuing E. Coli troubles seen as a buying opportunity for investors, according to Motley Fool. Read more here: http://www.fool.com/investing/general/2015/11/23/chipotles-e-coli-outbreak-is-a-buying-opportunity.aspx Tech company that connects restaurants to food suppliers as a way to cut costs is proving increasingly popular for some upscale chefs, according to a New York Times article. Read […]

Restaurant News Roundup, 10/21/15

New York Times reports a “crisis-level shortage” of experienced cooks is affecting restaurants, especially high-end establishments. Read more here: http://www.nytimes.com/2015/10/21/dining/restaurant-kitchen-chef-shortage.html Subway steps up its antibiotic-free policy, saying it has begun the transition to serve protein from animals that have never been given antibiotics in its thousands of U.S. restaurants. Read […]

Restaurant News Roundup, 7/13/15

FDA extends deadline for chain restaurants to include calorie count information on their menus. The new deadline to comply with the controversial rule that some restaurants oppose is December 2016. Read more here: http://www.entrepreneur.com/article/248352 More than 1500 restaurants in the US, including Chilis and Olive Garden, now using Ziosk tablets […]

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