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McDonald’s delivery program is spreading across the globe. The chain announced Wednesday that its McDelivery with UberEATS platform expanded to 13 countries and 4,200 restaurants. Add that to the 3,500 U.S. restaurants offering the service and McDonald’s is quickly approaching 8,000 units across 47...
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Following a second quarter in which same-store sales rose 8 percent and revenue increased 17 percent, Chipotle is still seeking ways to gain new customers and recover lapsed ones amid the effect of both past and present food safety scares. More than 130 customers reported falling ill from norovirus...
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Franchising has been the quick-service restaurant industry’s best friend. The major national chains that have served America for generations—McDonald’s, Wendy’s, Burger King, Taco Bell, and Subway—all franchise at least 85 percent of their units. As a whole, the quick-service industry is by far the...
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As technology continues to develop, it changes everything around us—including the way we dine, and the way restaurants are laid out. Right now, the quick-service restaurant industry is going through a period of transition. As the smaller fast casual concepts streamline and offer more competitive...
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“Grain bowls are a great example of what Mixt customers crave: convenient, healthy, unexpected combinations. We’ve grown a sizeable fan base for ancient grains like farro and quinoa since we started offering them in 2015. Next up for us is developing grain bowls with lesser-known grains, like...
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Steve Ells cut right to the chase. While Chipotle’s second-quarter earnings came back rosy Tuesday afternoon, the fast casual’s CEO, chairman, and founder quickly addressed a rash of recent incidents that put Chipotle’s still-tender reputation under the microscope. More than 130 customers reported...
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McDonald’s beat Wall Street expectations in its second-quarter performance, posting a 3.9 percent U.S. comparable sales increase thanks to beverage value promotion and the launch of its Signature Crafted premium sandwich platform. The brand’s system-wide sales increased 8 percent and revenue came...
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Domino’s surge to the top of the domestic pizza mountain continued Tuesday as the sizzling brand crushed Wall Street expectations yet again, this time delivering domestic same-store sales gains of 9.5 percent—the brand’s 25th consecutive quarter of positive momentum. Domino’s second-quarter results...
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