Pizza Hut announced a partnership with Beyond Meat to introduce Beyond Pepperoni Pizza as a pilot at 70 locations

Pizza Hut tests plant-based topping in Beyond Pepperoni Pizza

Beyond Meat, Pizza Hut partner for pilot in Albany, Columbus, Macon, Houston, Jacksonville

Pizza Hut partnered with Beyond Meat to introduce Beyond Pepperoni Pizza as a pilot in 70 locations. The test will feature plant-based Beyond Pepperoni, made from ingredients like peas and rice. The product, created by the culinary teams at Pizza Hut and Beyond Meat, has no GMOs, soy, gluten, hormones, antibiotics, or cholesterol, according to an announcement.

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High Bluff Capital Partners, together with investment funds managed by FS Investments, has agreed to buy Church’s Chicken from FFL (Friedman Fleischer & Lowe) Partners

High Bluff Capital, with FS Investments’ funds, to buy Church’s Chicken from FFL Partners

Acquisition supported by alternative investment funds managed by FS, including FS Tactical Opportunities Fund

High Bluff Capital Partners, together with investment funds managed by FS Investments, has agreed to buy Church’s Chicken from FFL (Friedman Fleischer & Lowe) Partners. The acquisition of 1,500-unit Church’s Chicken is supported by alternative investment funds managed by FS, including the FS Tactical Opportunities Fund.

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Zaxby’s introduced a new Southwest Zalad to its salad lineup.

Zaxby’s debuts Southwest Zalad, Ranch dressing for limited time

Salad offering expected to heat up menu, summer visits for chicken QSR chain

Zaxby’s introduced a new Southwest Zalad to its salad lineup. The made-to-order salad features mixed greens, topped with sliced Roma tomatoes, cheddar and jack cheeses, fire-roasted corn, crunchy Santa Fe tortilla strips and Texas Toast. The Southwest Zalad is headlined by a new, limited-time Southwest Ranch dressing, with bold and creamy flavor, and grilled, or hand-breaded chicken.

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Fat Brands completed its acquisition of Global Franchising Group (GFG) for $442.5M, gaining the Great American Cookies, Hot Dog on a Stick, Marble Slab Creamery, Pretzelmaker, and Round Table Pizza,brands

Fat Brands finalizes $442.5M acquisition of Global Franchising Group

Fat Brands adds Great American Cookies, Hot Dog on a stick, Marble Slab Creamery, Pretzelmaker, Round Table Pizza

Fat Brands completed its acquisition of Global Franchising Group (GFG) for $442.5M, gaining the Great American Cookies, Hot Dog on a Stick, Marble Slab Creamery, Pretzelmaker, and Round Table Pizza brands. The transaction, funded with cash and stock, was the largest by a restaurant franchisor year-to-date, according to the purchaser’s announcement.

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Freddy’s Frozen Custard and Steakburgers has beefed up its development team with seasoned executives, including Andrew Thengvall, as it plans accelerated expansion

Freddy’s Frozen Custard taps seasoned development team, led by Andrew Thengvall

Mary Coots, Todd Phelps part of leadership group on fast track

Freddy’s Frozen Custard & Steakburgers has beefed up its development team with seasoned executives, including Andrew Thengvall, as it plans accelerated expansion. Thengvall, who was recently named chief development officer, will lead the group, working with Mary Coots, director of franchise development and Todd Phelps, director of franchise real estate.

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Recovery of restaurant business will depend on the “rhythms of home, school, and work-life” impacting individual daypart periods

Recovery in US restaurant industry hinges on daypart strength: NPD

While restaurant business is improving across the United States, at one point down 35% in visits to prior year during the pandemic, there is still a way to go to reach pre-pandemic levels, notes research firm The NPD Group. On a two-year basis, May 2021 visits were down 6% to 2019, but up 23% from last May and better than the performance in May 2020, when total restaurant visits were down 23% compared to prior year.

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Face Hospitality opened Chicken Guy! Nashville in historic downtown Nashville at the corner of Second Avenue and Commerce Street

Guy Fieri’s Chicken Guy! debuts in downtown Nashville

New restaurant is first of several planned for Tennessee market

2nd Avenue and Commerce Street. The new restaurant concept from Guy Fieri, Emmy Award-winning television personality, chef and author, and restaurateur Robert Earl, is the first Chicken Guy! unit to debut, and will be followed by Chicken Guy! Gatlinburg, Tenn., opening this fall.

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Papa John’s opened seven new restaurants in Magdeburg and Lepzig as it inked a deal for 250 units in Germany over the next seven years

Papa John’s opens in Magdeburg, Leipzig Germany, targets Halle, Merseburg

PJ Western Group becomes master developer in European country

Papa John’s opened seven new restaurants in Magdeburg and Leipzig as it inked a deal for 250 units in Germany over the next seven years. Thanks to the partnership with Central European and Asian franchise partner PJ Western Group, ongoing development will produce another six stores in Halle and Merseburg by summer’s end.

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Fat Brands has agreed to acquire Global Franchising Group (GFG), the parent of QSR brands, including American Cookies, Hot Dog on a Stick and Marble Slab Creamery and Pretzelmaker, for $442.5m in cash and stock

Fat Brands acquires Global Franchising Group for $442.5M

Parent of Johnny Rockets, Elevation Burger adds five brands to its portfolio

Fat Brands has agreed to acquire Global Franchising Group (GFG), the parent of QSR brands, including American Cookies, Marble Slab Creamery and Pretzelmaker, for $442.5M in cash and stock. The purchase of Global Franchising from Serruya Private Equity and Lion Capital, LLP will add five chains to Fat Brands’ portfolio.

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