Native Foods released the Glazed and Confused sandwich as its Chef’s Special of December

Native Foods Glazed and Confused Chef’s Special rolls out

Plant-based sandwich on menu for all of December

Native Foods released the Glazed and Confused sandwich as its Chef’s Special of December. The vegan fast casual also launched a gift card promotion.

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Caribou Coffee opened a new store in Wooster, Ohio, its first domestic franchised coffee sho

Caribou Coffee opens first US franchise store in Wooster, Ohio

New franchise location built in Cabin design with franchise partner Mike Mariola

Caribou Coffee opened a new store in Wooster, Ohio, its first domestic franchised coffee shop. The November opening of the Wooster Caribou Coffee was in partnership with franchisee Mike Mariola of Mike Mariola Restaurants (MMR).

Mariola plans to develop additional units across Ohio, including in the Columbus, Dayton and Cincinnati markets. Launching last October, Caribou Coffee’s franchising program is gearing up.

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US Foods named Dave Flitman chief executive officer (CEO) effective January 5

US Foods names Dave Flitman CEO

Executive from Builders FirstSource comes to US Foods with heavy manufacturing, distribution experience

US Foods named Dave Flitman chief executive officer effective January 5, 2023. Flitman comes to US Foods from Builders FirstSource, and brings to the broadline foodservice distributor 35 years of manufacturing and distribution expertise, including food distribution. He will also join the US Foods Board of Directors.

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For restaurants, deals may not be cutting it, according to data revealed by The NPD Group

Deals may not have significantly improved sales for restaurant operators

Sales performance for non-discounting operators same as those who offer discount occasions

For restaurants, deals may not be cutting it, according to data revealed by The NPD Group. The Chicago-based consultancy reports that neither deal nor non-deal commercial foodservice visits increased in the quarter that ended in September. Foodservice deal occasions were down 1% from last year and non-deal orders were down 2%

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Impossible Foods named Noel Clarke SVP of International

Impossible Foods names Noel Clarke SVP of International

Former Unilever executive to grow business abroad as Impossible penetrates key global markets

Impossible Foods named Noel Clarke SVP of International. Clarke will lead the company’s international strategy, along with the sales team, to grow business across its markets outside the United States. He comes to Impossible Foods from Unilever, having worked there for more than one decade.

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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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Sweetgreen opened its order-ahead drive-thru lane, called “sweetlane,” in Schaumburg, IL

Sweetgreen unveils order-ahead ‘sweetlane’ in Schaumburg

Ilinois location is first such drive-thru for healthy-oriented fast casual

Sweetgreen opened its order-ahead drive-thru lane, called “sweetlane,” in Schaumburg, Ill. The Schaumburg sweetlane is the first such drive-thru for the company. Customers can order ahead on the app or online, and then proceed to pick up the order at the sweetlane.

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Tim Hortons added Peppermint Mocha Latte and a Peppermint Mocha Cream Cold Brew, holiday drinks

Tim Hortons adds Peppermint Mocha Latte, holiday drinks menu

Peppermint Mocha Cream Cold Brew, Peppermint Hot Chocolate, Peppermint Mocha Iced Capp, Holiday Tree Donut also rolled out

Tim Hortons added a Peppermint Mocha Latte and a Peppermint Mocha Cream Cold Brew as part of its release of holiday beverages. The seasonal drinks also include the Peppermint Hot Chocolate and Peppermint Mocha Iced Capp. Holiday-theme cups and donut boxes also rolled out.

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