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As foodservice distributors face cost pressures, Amazon becomes leading source for online foodservice purchases

According to a study by Technomic, Inc., a Chicago-based foodservice consultancy, Amazon was recognized as a leading source for online purchases from foodservice operators. The 2018 E-Sourcing Impact Study indicates that over 40 percent of foodservice operators indicated using e-sourcing at least once per month. E-sourcing will not become the primary source of purchases for operators… Labor shortages will continue to impact foodservice distributors, in addition to their restaurant operator customers.

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Restaurants tap big data for growth, customer engagement

Restaurant data is helping chains grow. There are several high-impact uses: to analyze data to customize the guest experience, to create offers and marketing campaigns with a higher value proposition, to understand social sentiment and to learn from such feedback using text data analysis, and to create predictive analysis to create better food delivery experiences for customers. Predictive analysis, social sentiment... tools in restaurant data.

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Sonic Drive-In adds Fritos Chili Cheese selections to the menu

Sonic Drive-in has added new selections to its menu to feature the taste of Fritos Chili Cheese.There are at least three ways Sonic’s guests will be able to enjoy the innovative Fritos flavor, including The Fritos Chili Pie, made with crunchy Fritos, savory chili, topped with melty cheddar cheese, the Fritos Cheese Jr. Wrap and the Fritos Chili Cheese Jr. Burger.

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Krispy Kreme returns Holiday Treats LTO lineup, adds Ugly Sweater Doughnut

Krispy Kreme announced limited-time holiday doughnuts, expected to boost the chain’s December sales. New to the Holiday Treat collection this year is the Ugly Sweater Doughnut. The Holiday Treat collection now includes the Santa Belly Doughnut, Ugly Sweater Doughnut, Holiday Plaid Doughnut, and Chocolate Iced with Sprinkles Doughnut. Krispy Kreme customers… Holiday Peppermint Mocha.

Cava Finalizes Zoes Acquisition: Eatery Pulse

Maryland entrepreneurs enter next Cava chapter with Zoes acquisition finalized

Cava has completed the acquisition of Zoe's Kitchen, according to an announcement from Cava November 21. Zoe’s shareholders received $12.75 per share in the all-cash transaction. Panera Founder Ron Shaich had backed the deal, which was funded by his Act II Holdings investment... SWaN & Legend Venture Partners and Revolution Growth.

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The Cheesecake Factory opens new restaurant in Temecula, California

The Cheesecake Factory has opened a new restaurant in Temecula, Calif. The new location, located at 40820 Winchester Road, Suite 2980, has upscale features, including limestone floors, custom wood coumns, hand-painted murals and modern lighting. As part of The Cheesecake Factory system, the restaurant will benefit from an expansive menu selection of over 250 items.

Yum Brands 2018 Investor and Analyst Day: Eatery Pulse

Yum Brands to host 2018 Investor and Analyst Day

Yum Brands will be hosting its 2018 Investor and Analyst Day at the New York Stock Exchange on December 5, 2018. The company reported third quarter comparable sales of 5 percent system-wide, consisting of a 8-percent increase at Taco Bell, 7-percent increase at KFC and a less than one-percent decline at Pizza Hut. The event will be webcast live and can be accessed through the Yum! Brands website.

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Food trends for 2019 and beyond

Food and beverage trends are usually based on more than just flavor profiles. What becomes popular is often based on the mood of the market. The attitude of the consumer is decided by the perceived strength of the economy, collective fears and anxiety, or other often hard to predict factors. On the topic of predicting up-and-comers, top forensic trendologist, Suzy Badaracco, president of Culinary Tides, explains that consumers are not feeling particularly grounded or confident... 2019 food trends

Whole Foods 2019 Food Trends: Eatery Pulse

Whole Foods releases 2019 food trends

Whole Foods Market’s global buyers and experts revealed their food-trend predictions for 2019 in their fourth annual trends predictions announcement. The following are Whole Food's 2019 food trends: Pacific Rim flavors, shelf-stable probiotics, phat eats, next-level hemp, faux-meat snacks, eco-conscious packaging, trailblazing frozen treats, marine munchies, beyond seaweed, snack time, upgrade, purchases that empower.

Turducken Sandwich at Potbelly: Eatery Pulse

Poultry unleashed: Potbelly’s Turducken Sandwich LTO, a food critic review

tbelly Sandwich Shop announced the arrival of the Turducken Sandwich. The sandwich has hit the press hard due to the perception of its uniqueness and excess. The Washington Post’s Tim Carman, a food writer and Cheap Eats critic ate the sandwich twice and offered up his own review on the experience... features a delicious combination of turkey, duck and chicken toasted with cornbread stuffing and topped with a cranberry-honey sauce, mayo, lettuce, cheddar cheese, tomato and seasoning