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Food

The Farmer-Funded Campaigns That Put Mushrooms in Your Sonic Hamburger

2 weeks ago

Working with chains gives the groups the fastest connection with consumers and validation (or not) of a new twist on an existing staple.

Food

Michelin Brings Attention to Under-the-Radar Japanese Cuisine

2 weeks ago

Restaurateurs have been having a hard time attracting tourists to the Tohoku region of Japan, but Michelin's new spotlight on Tohoku's samurai cuisine is helping to change that.

Tech

Hotel Giant Accor Buys Reservations Platform ResDiary

2 weeks ago

Accor's acquisition strategy might seem scattershot to some but buying up technology providers in key sectors does make sense. There's always an element of risk but you'd hope Accor knows how to get the best out of management teams.

Tech

Postmates Talked DoorDash Merger, Grubhub Acquisition

2 weeks ago

Interest in and use of delivery services has never been higher. Merger, acquisition, or not, Postmates still has a chance to capture a larger slice of the delivery pie. But now's the time to act.

Tech

Breakfast Delivery, Coming Right Up

2 weeks ago

Consumers are comfortable with food delivery, and they're getting more comfortable with ordering digitally. Breakfast is a huge opportunity for all delivery services — and restaurants — to capture more attention and spending.

Food

Aspirational Coffee Brand La Colombe Looks for Investment to Value It at $1 Billion

3 weeks ago

Some of us here have been drinking La Colombe at its own cafes and other restaurants since the mid-1990s, so we're biased. But beyond that loyalty, it does mean something when a food brand has been delivering a quality product to both consumers and to restaurants for over a decade.

Chains

Taco Bell Says Australian Success Is Going to Drive ‘Explosive Growth’

3 weeks ago

We are not going to hate on Taco Bell's global ambitions, but we will point out that it's a long way from being a novelty hit with beer and margaritas to the type of growth it was once used to in the U.S.

Operations

China’s Largest Restaurant Discovery Service In $3 Billion Bid for Bike-Share Startup

3 weeks ago

Meitun has mastered both local discovery and food delivery in a way that has few rivals anywhere in the world. We're not sure what a bike share brings the brand, but we know its rivals and contemporaries are watching closely.

Food

Why Global Restaurant Chains Embrace (Some) Local Flavors

3 weeks ago

Menu development is a painstaking process. When U.S. chains develop menu items for overseas locations, they must be even more conscious of striking a balance between brand consistency and familiar local flavors.

Chains

Free Chips and Salsa Boost Chili’s Loyalty Program Sign-Ups

3 weeks ago

A good loyalty program makes a huge difference — ask Starbucks. But Chili's is learning that they don't have to be complicated — people just want free stuff.

Strategy

Fast Casual Ideas Are Still Driving Growth Across the Restaurant Industry

3 weeks ago

The most interesting thing about the projected industry growth over the next five years is the way that fast casual restaurants continue to influence the future of all businesses.

Marketing

The Infatuation Will Bring Back Zagat’s 30-Point Ratings System and Add Print Guides Too

3 weeks ago

It will be interesting to see how much energy The Infatuation devotes to Zagat and how loyal the older brand's readers will be following years of neglect compounded by radically changed consumer habits and a slew of more savvy competition.