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Chains

Fast Food Chains Are Exporting Obesity and Diabetes as They Expand Abroad

1 month ago

New international markets are providing huge growth opportunities for American fast food chains. As these companies change the fundamentals of the food landscapes abroad, they have a responsibility to those they feed — and they should act as such.

Chains

Buffalo Wild Wings Gets Takeover Offer by Private Equity Firm

1 month ago

The per-share offer is more that BWW is trading at now, but significantly below last year's number. This is not the best news for the company's long-term health.

Chains

Starbucks Tries Another Kind of Expansion With an Italian Bakery Chain

1 month ago

Starbucks struck out with La Boulange as well as Teavana. Has it learned something from these two disappointing expansions/integrations that will help its Princi play?

Chains

Panera’s Parent Company Is Buying Au Bon Pain Bakery Chain

1 month ago

Au Bon Pain has some excellent legacy locations inside airports, train stations, and urban hubs, but it's struggled to remain relevant or a place that people actually decide to go to rather than simple settle on.

Chains

Wendy’s Falls Behind Peers as Competitors Up Their Burger Game

1 month ago

Wendy's upgrades in the last few years have made it more fast casual adjacent than just fast food. It will need to do more to distinguish its offerings as McDonald's and others improve food quality and get more creative with pricing.

Chains

What a Norwegian Rest Stop Tells Us About the Future of Fast Food

1 month ago

Longer times to fuel up electric cars means more opportunity to serve higher-quality (and more expensive) food to the wealthier clientele who can afford to drive them. In this case, there will be a trickle down effect that will likely mean better food for everyone.

Chains

Why Cheesecake Factory’s Sales Drop Isn’t Terrible News for the Mall Chain

1 month ago

Becoming the “treat yourself” standard among mall chains is a much better position to be in than the indistinguishable option offered by TGI Friday’s, Ruby Tuesday, Chili’s, and their peers.

Chains

Sales Rose at Pizza Hut, Taco Bell and KFC This Quarter

1 month ago

It’s good news for Yum considering the different points in their development that each of their three major brands are currently at.

Chains

Shake Shack Leans on Technology as It Continues to Grow

1 month ago

Shake Shack is correct that technology will move the customer experience forward, but the company needs to make some concrete decisions amid all its testing and iterating.

Chains

Yelp’s Quarterly Report Is Mostly Good News for the Restaurant Review Giant

1 month ago

Despite outperforming, the stock headed down in after-hours trading — but nowhere near as down as it was last year. Has Yelp found the right mix to move forward?

Operations

There Are Too Many Restaurants in the U.S. Now What?

1 month ago

Corporate competition and diner retention strategies are important for big business, but don't forget the volume of restaurants in the U.S. directly affects the people that run and work in restaurants.

Chains

Papa John’s Is Selling Less Pizza and Its CEO Blames the NFL

2 months ago

We can think of additional reasons for Papa John’s woes: A resurgent Domino’s, lack of a distinctive offering, and a marketing campaign built around a very un-compelling spokesman. And, no, we’re not talking about Peyton Manning here.