Just Salad launched its loyalty program, “Race to Rewards,” offering personalized rewards to customers

Just Salad debuts ‘Race to Rewards’ loyalty program

New program uses gamification to incentivize reward-earning customer choices

Just Salad launched its loyalty program, “Race to Rewards,” offering personalized rewards to its customers. According to the fast-casual chain, the program is crafted to “ incentivize healthy, climate-conscious food choices.”

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The Small Business Administration (SBA) released $83M in pending unobligated Restaurant Revitalization Fund (RRF) grant amounts today

SBA releases last of RRF grant amounts to next-in-line applicants

Restaurant operators pending in queue to receive $83M in funds week of November 27

The Small Business Administration (SBA) released $83M in pending unobligated Restaurant Revitalization Fund (RRF) grant amounts today, according to the National Restaurant Association. The released funds went to 169 restaurant operators that had submitted applications that were pending.

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Focus Brands named Brendan Berg SVP of operations for the restaurant category

Focus Brands names former Church’s Chicken exec SVP of OPS, restaurant category

Brendan Berg to lead umbrella OPS group team, supporting Auntie Anne’s, Carvel, Cinnabon, Jamba, McAlister’s Deli, Moe’s Southwest Grill, Schlotzky’s

Focus Brands named Brendan Berg SVP of operations for the restaurant category. The 40-year industry veteran comes to the franchisor of Auntie Anne’s, Jamba, Moe’s Southwest Grill, among other quick-serve chains, from Church’s Chicken. Berg has had the experience of working his way up from team member to executive leadership ranks.

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CPK opened in Costa Rica thanks to a development agreement with Conceptos Gastronomicos’ chairman, Byron Mora Porras

CPK opens franchise unit in Escazu, Costa Rica at Multiplaza Mall

New deal with Byron Mora Porras, chairman of Conceptos Gastronomicos, leads to opening of two-story restaurant

California Pizza Kitchen (CPK) opened in Costa Rica thanks to a development agreement with Conceptos Gastronomicos’ chairman, Byron Mora Porras. The deal lead to the debut of a two-story location in Multiplaza Mall in Escazu, outside of San Jose. This expansion comes on the heels of new restaurants developed in Canada, India and Chile in 2022.

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National Restaurant Association released its "What’s Hot Culinary Forecast" 2023

Socialization, globally-inspired salads, alfajor, huacatay: ‘What’s Hot Forecast’ 2023

Top trends inspired by emerging global, comfort foods, consumers craving connection amid inflation

The National Restaurant Association released its “What’s Hot Culinary Forecast” 2023. The report highlights trends in the restaurant industry, along with products that will drive the popularity of restaurant menus next year. From local culture to comfort fare, and menu streamlining to globally-inspired salads and huacatay, 2023’s trends are shaping up to be divergent.

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Brix Holdings named Sherif Mityas chief executive officer and Dawn Petite, brand president for Friendly’s

Brix names Sherif Mityas CEO, Dawn Petite, Friendly’s president

New company chief to oversee Red Mango, Orange Leaf, Smoothie Factory, Friendly’s

Brix Holdings named Sherif Mityas chief executive officer and Dawn Petite, brand president for Friendly’s Restaurant Group. Mityas will now take charge of the restaurant brands of Brix Holdings and Amici Partners. He will oversee Friendly’s, Red Mango, Orange Leaf, Smoothie Factory, SouperSalad and Humble Donuts.

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BurgerFi International, the owner of Anthony’s Coal Fired Pizza & Wings, began franchising the chain

Anthony’s Coal Fired Pizza fires up franchising with first deal

Brand franchisor plans focus on co-branded stores with BurgerFi, including first location in Kissimmee, Fla. with NDM

The franchisor of Anthony’s Coal Fired Pizza & Wings began franchising the pizza chain, brokering a deal with NDM Hospitality Services, LLC. In addition to being a BurgerFi franchising partner, NDM Hospitality has its foothold in travel lodging and resort dining. The three-unit development agreement is the first Anthony’s deal for BurgerFi International, which acquired the pizza brand in 2021.

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Technomic 2023 restaurant trends: better economy, LSR blurring

Technomic identifies restaurant trends, brighter year for 2023

Optimism in recovery boosted by economic predictions, despite unionizing; fermenting + pickling, nourishing pink ingredients, grain products to shine

With ongoing, yet easing inflation, and the recession looming, the economic environment won’t be easy as we start 2023. However, restaurants will have a much friendlier environment as the year progresses, according to foodservice consultancy Technomic. For now, it is a mixed bag. Workers will continue to organize, demanding better wages and improved working conditions. Meanwhile, fermentation, pink ingredients and grain products will be stars on the menu. These are just some of the predictions in Technomic’s latest whitepaper, “What We Foresee for 2023.”

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