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Food

Chipotle Wastes No Time Testing New Menu Items

5 months ago

After several misses, Chipotle desperately needs a hit here — and this is likely a priority for incoming CEO, Brian Niccol.

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Chipotle’s New CEO Is Taco Bell’s Old CEO

5 months ago

If anyone can right Chipotle, it's the executive who helped make Taco Bell cool again.

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McDonald’s Wants to Become a ‘Credible Chicken Player’

5 months ago

A poultry push coincides with a shift a way from beef that many diners aspire to. And we all know that better quality is where McD's needs to start.

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Burger King Boosts Parent Company Earnings With Its Surprising Results

5 months ago

Good news for Burger King, which beat expectations with its fourth-quarter numbers. But in the competitive world of fast food, they'll need to continue to adapt — including doubling down on technology — in order to continue this good fortune.

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Chipotle’s Stock Trading at a Nearly Six-Year Low

5 months ago

The stock market's overall performance isn't doing many businesses favors right now, but Chipotle's woes aren't helping the once darling chain.

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Yum’s Choice of Grubhub as Its Official Delivery Partner Comes With a $200 Million Investment

5 months ago

The push toward exclusive delivery deals continues. The Yum! Brands deal is a catalyst for aggressive market growth as online ordering and delivery brands compete for restaurant business and market share.

Food

Chipotle Admits It Needs a New Menu Hit

5 months ago

In its recent earnings call, Chipotle executives reaffirmed the chain's commitment to mobile ordering and digital technology, but for that to work, the food has to be good, too.

Operations

Yelp’s Newest Economic Outlook Shows Promise for Independent Restaurants

5 months ago

Recent data shows that independent restaurants are faring better than chains, and are expected to grow at a faster rate. Don't discount larger corporations yet, though — innovation and creative ideas are happening across the industry.

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Will Digital Ordering Save Chipotle?

5 months ago

Chipotle executives sounded optimistic as they admitted the chain has many obstacles to overcome in order to regain consumer trust and market share.

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Has McDonald’s Solved the French Fry Delivery Problem?

6 months ago

[Spoiler alert] It hasn't. Even the most casual french fry connoisseur knows that soggy fries aren't a heat problem, they're a bag problem. Fast delivery will help, but hot fries will steam themselves in a bag, every time.

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Chili’s Comeback Is Still a Work in Progress

6 months ago

There's still nothing to distinguish Chili's from TGI, Applebee's, Houlihan's, and the rest of the mid-market pack. The food may be cheap-ish, but it's certainly not good, no matter how much you spend on marketing.

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McDonald’s New Dollar Menu Is Already Paying off — in Foot Traffic

6 months ago

We are not math geniuses, but more and more people paying less and less isn't the long-term winning formula franchisees are after.