What US consumers will eat at restaurants is likely to differ from what they eat at home. Food research firm NPD provided some insights

Consumers prefer specific plant-based alternatives when dining at restaurants

NPD reports on significant consumption differences

What US consumers will eat at restaurants is likely to differ from what they eat at home. Food research firm The NPD Group provided some insights into potential plant-based opportunities for foodservice establishments, which include restaurants. When compared to animal proteins, for example, plant-based meat analogues represent just one percent of shipments to restaurants and other types of foodservice venues, despite their exponential growth, according to NPD.

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Tim Hortons released its line of seasonal, hot holiday beverages nationwide, also adding a donut, holiday packaging and merchandise...Peppermint Mocha Cold Brew

Tim Hortons releases holiday merchandise, seasonal Peppermint beverages, Peppermint Mocha Dream Donut

Peppermint Mocha Cold Brew also added

Tim Hortons US released its line of seasonal, hot holiday beverages nationwide, also adding a donut, holiday packaging and merchandise. A Peppermint Hot Chocolate, Peppermint Mocha Latte and Peppermint Mocha Cold Brew arrive at participating shops. To pair with the new drinks, a limited-time Peppermint Dream Donut was also added to the menu.

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Goldman Sachs Merchant Banking Division has taken a significant stake in Zaxby’s. The strategic investment should propel its growth

Goldman Sachs affiliate takes significant stake in Zaxby’s

Investment should propel growth at 900-unit chicken chain

Goldman Sachs Merchant Banking Division, a Goldman Sachs affiliate, has taken a significant stake in Zaxby’s. The strategic investment should propel the growth of the fast-casual chicken chain and provide growth in sales channels that may not have been previously accessible. The deal should be completed by the end of the year.

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Del Taco launched a new line of Shredded Pork Tamales and introduced Tamaledays, Fiesta Packs and Family Meals

Del Taco releases line of Shredded Pork Tamales, Family Deals, Fiesta Pack

Special offers on app during Tamaledays promote new additions

Del Taco launched a new line of Shredded Pork Tamales and introduced Tamaledays, Fiesta Packs and Family Friday Deals to bolster business during the holidays, available at participating stores November 19. Limited-time menu selections include the Cholula Smothered Tamales, Red and Green Smothered Tamales and Chili Cheese Smothered Tamales. Lake Forest, Calif.-based Del Taco also released Fiesta Packs and Family meals to provide its customers with options.

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Papa John’s picks Three Ballpark Center, The Battery Atlanta for new Atlanta HQ

Decision marks milestone as QSR maps long-term future

Papa John’s will move into a new HQ (headquarters) in Atlanta, Ga. at Three Ballpark Center in The Battery Atlanta, a popular live-work-play development. The announcement marks a milestone in a move that had been announced previously. Three Ballpark Center will be home to Papa John’s groups that work on marketing, communications, customer experience, operations, HR, communications, financial planning and analysis, investor relations, and development functions, in addition to the diversity, equity and inclusion team.

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John Peyton will serve as the next president and chief executive of Dine Brands Global, the parent of Applebee’s Neighborhood Bar and Grill and IHOP

Applebee’s parent names John Peyton president, CEO of Dine Brands Global

Franchise veteran to take top post January 4

John Peyton will serve as the next president and chief executive of Dine Brands Global, the parent of Applebee’s Neighborhood Bar and Grill and IHOP. The company named the Realogy Franchise Group CEO to the top Dine Brands post effective January 4, 2021. The 21-year franchising veteran replaces Steve Joyce, whose departure had been previously announced.

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Kentucky Fried Chicken (KFC) has brought back some of its most famous holiday buckets, playing on the nostalgia of its tradition of creating special designs during the holidays

KFC brings back vintage, holiday buckets in 2020

Fried-chicken chain recreates 1966, 1971 holiday buckets

Kentucky Fried Chicken (KFC) has brought back some of its most famous holiday buckets, playing on the nostalgia of its vintage collection, recreating the special designs during the holidays as part of a long tradition. This history goes back to the 1960s. Now, KFC has recreated the 1966 and 1971 holiday buckets with a painstaking amount of detail, announced the QSR chain.

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NPD provides more clarity on restaurant performance during October. Quick-service chains and a sample of 75 US restaurant chains held their year-over-year transaction declines steady at 9 percent

Restaurant industry traffic decline in US remains steady at 10 percent in October

To-go orders surge, however, with delivery leading the charge

New data from foodservice research firm NPD provides more clarity on restaurant performance during October 2020. Quick-service chains and a sample of 75 US restaurant chains held their year-over-year transaction declines steady at 9 percent. Full-service restaurants continue to experience transaction declines that are more steep. These started at 16 percent down from last year during the first week and ended at 14 percent down during the last week of October, according to NPD Crest Performance Alerts.

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