Monthly Archives: December 2014

Restaurants could be leaving sandwich revenue on the table

No meal is more central to the American diet than the sandwich. Portable, convenient and eminently customizable, it fits the needs of the modern consumer, and recent research shows that there’s still a long runway for growth of sandwich sales in restaurants. Americans ate 12.5 billion sandwiches in restaurants from October 2013 to October 2014, according to consumer researcher The NPD Group. But a recent survey of more than 1,000 consumers by menu research firm Datassential found Consumers are still making the majority of their sandwiches at home.   For more info:  http://nrn.com/food-trends/restaurants-can-still-find-revenue-sandwiches

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First Watch Acquires Bread & Company

Earlier this month, First Watch bought Bread & Company, a two-unit concept based in Nashville, Tenn. That may seem small — First Watch will have 148 units by the end of the year — but it’s no less significant for the breakfast-and-lunch chain. Bread & Company is a fast-casual concept, presenting full-service First Watch with a host of possibilities, not just for Bread & Company’s two units, but for the concept as a whole. “The lucky part about Bread & Company is it has a different service model,” First Watch CEO Ken Pendery said. “First Watch is a full-service concept.…

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Fuddruckers Opens 1st Location in South Africa

Casual-dining burger chain debuts in Santiago, Chile Fuddruckers opened its first restaurant in South America this week, in Santiago, Chile. Houston-based parent Luby’s Inc., which also owns Cheeseburger in Paradise and the Luby’s cafeteria brand, said Tuesday that the 3,500-square-foot Fuddruckers unit was opened by new Chilean franchisee SRTC, which has agreed to open nine more locations. “We are excited to continue the global growth of the Fuddruckers brand through partnerships with homegrown operators like SRTC, who have established themselves as leaders in the field,” Luby’s chief operating officer Peter Tropoli said in statement. Fuddruckers has development agreements elsewhere in…

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McDonalds to cut 8 menu items

McDonald’s Corp. executives said Wednesday they will cut eight items from its menu in January as part of a broader effort to overhaul its service model to meet the needs of different type of customers. In an informal discussion with Wall Street analysts, chief executive Don Thompson and McDonald’s USA president Mike Andres described a radically different service model that uses a combination of mobile and Web ordering and customization. Executives also suggested that they will focus on improving the quality of food the quick-service burger chain offers by analyzing the ingredients in every item and focusing on the “authenticity”…

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