Kathy E. Hollinger will leave the Restaurant Association of Metropolitan Washington (RAMW) effective October 3 to lead the Greater Washington Partnership

Kathy E. Hollinger departs RAMW for Greater Washington Partnership CEO post

Hollinger led RAMW since 2012, representing DMV region’s restaurants, food companies that employ 100,000 workers

Kathy E. Hollinger will leave the Restaurant Association of Metropolitan Washington (RAMW) effective October 3 to lead the Greater Washington Partnership, the latter noted in an announcement. Her appointment to the critical role of Partnership CEO signals the confidence of the Washington region’s business industry influencers in her ability to create positive change and shepherd resources and critical thinking to a worthy cause.

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Church’s Texas Chicken...named Joe Guith chief executive officer (CEO) effective August 1

Church’s Texas Chicken names Joe Guith chief executive officer

Ex-Focus Brands executive to ramp up growth of Church’s Texas Chicken, Texas Chicken

Church’s Texas Chicken and Texas Chicken named Joe Guith chief executive officer (CEO) effective August 1. Entering its next phase of growth, the chicken QSRs needed an experienced industry veteran with deep franchising expertise. Guith, seasoned in such experience, was the likely choice to accelerate the chains’ growth momentum.

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Marketers have long embraced reward programs to engage customers + encourage increased order spend

Restaurant chains find that loyalty marketing pays dividends

Enterprises see loyalty programs increasing revenue, competitiveness in digital arena

Marketers have long embraced reward programs to engage customers and encourage increased order spend and frequency. Restaurant chains are seeing the value of loyalty first-hand in the context of the digital ordering explosion. A number of brands have recently launched or revamped loyalty programs in recent months, including Burger King (improved), Velvet Taco (launched), and IHOP, which rolled out its International Bank of Rewards.

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McDonald’s named Brian Rice executive vice president (EVP) and global chief information officer (CIO)

McDonald’s names Brian Rice EVP, global CIO

Former Cardinal Health, Kellogg executive joins QSR’s senior leadership team

McDonald’s named Brian Rice executive vice president (EVP) and global chief information officer (CIO). Rice will join the Global SLT (Senior Leadership Team) and report to Chris Kempczinski, McDonald’s CEO.

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QSRs and C-stores, like Zaxby’s, Wingstop and 7-Eleven

QSRs, C-stores promote offers during National Chicken Wing Day

Zaxby’s, Wingstop, 7-Eleven create launch special offers; some reside exclusively in app

QSRs and C-stores, like Zaxby’s, Wingstop and 7-Eleven, will use National Chicken Wing Day 2022 to promote their wing offerings as they also extend special deals. Zaxby’s launched a Buy One, Get One (BOGO) Boneless Wing Meal offer for those ordering on the Zaxby’s app.The Zaxby’s Boneless Wing Meal serves up five boneless wings tossed in customers’ choice of sauce, Texas Toast, crinkle fries and Ranch sauce.

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Caribou Coffee names Matthew Walls chief franchise officer

Franchise veteran of two decades to lead domestic, international franchising

Caribou Coffee named Matthew Walls chief franchise officer. He will be the first in the new role at the coffee-shop chain, part of Panera Brands. Walls will lead Caribou’s franchise businesses on the domestic and international fronts, as well as join the executive leadership team.

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Brinker International named George Felix CMO of Chili’s Grill + Bar

Brinker names George Felix Chili’s CMO

Former Tinder CMO also worked at P&G, Yum Brands

Brinker International named George Felix chief marketing officer, Chili’s Grill + Bar. In his new role, Brinker indicated Felix would provide the oversight, leadership and vision for all marketing programs and initiatives of the 1,600-unit casual-dining chain. The new Chili’s CMO will assume his new role July 21.

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A Taco Bell Go Mobile restaurant location has opened in North Las Vegas

Taco Bell Go Mobile opens in North Las Vegas

Dual drive-thru, dining-room-less store leverages efficiencies, speed of service of digital order-ahead

A Taco Bell Go Mobile location has opened in North Las Vegas. Diversified Restaurant Group, a multibrand quick-service franchisee debuted the first such unit in the Western United States.

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On average, according to data from a Popmenu nationwide survey, 40% of individual or family food budgets are spent on restaurants monthly

Forty-percent of food budgets spent on restaurants: Popmenu

When ordering online, consumers spend $50 or more on average

As consumers are facing historic inflation and soaring energy and food costs, one thing remains constant in their lives: restaurant meals. On average, according to data from a Popmenu nationwide survey, 40% of individual or family food budgets are spent on restaurants monthly. In fact, when ordering online, 33% of consumers spend $50 or more per order on average.

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