Chipotle's Cultivate Next invested in Hyphen, a robotics foodservice platform + Meati Foods, a producer of mushroom root-based clean protein

Chipotle invests in Hyphen robotics platform, plant-based Meati

Funding completed through $50M Cultivate Next venture fund

Chipotle Mexican Grill invested in Hyphen, a robotics foodservice platform to automate kitchen operations and Meati Foods, a producer of mushroom root-based clean, plant-based protein. Both investments are financed through Chipotle’s Cultivate Next, a $50M venture fund.

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Noodles and Company debuted Impossible Orange Chicken Lo Mein, made with Panko Chicken, a chicken that is made from plants

Noodles and Company debuts Impossible Orange Chicken Lo Mein

Featured dish made with plant-based Panko Chicken from Impossible Foods

Noodles and Company debuted an Impossible Orange Chicken Lo Mein made with Panko Chicken in select markets. The partnership with Impossible Foods led to the introduction of a chicken-like protein that is made from plants. The rollout occurred at select restaurants in Colorado, Oregon, and Washington.

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The Saladworks Warm Braised Beef Taco Fiesta, Mexican Meatball Soup and Braised Beef Quesadilla rolled out

Saladworks, WOWorks brands launch new menu items to heat up winter

Fast-casual brands roll out three new seasonal items each, including Saladworks Braised Beef Quesadilla

Saladworks rolled out a Warm Braised Beef Taco Fiesta, Mexican Meatball Soup and online-order-only Braised Beef Quesadilla. The menu initiatives are part of parent WOWorks’ introduction of 12 new menu items across its brands during winter and early spring. At Frutta Bowls, the Cacao-Berry bowl, Pom-Berry Smoothie and Cran-Cacao Protein Bites launched.

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Donatos partnered with Field Roast to introduce a plant-based pepperoni pizza at 170 locations nationwide

Donatos adds Field Roast Plant-Based Pepperoni to menu

Rollout at 170 Donatos locations expands plant-based selections at Columbus, Ohio-based pizza chain

Donatos partnered with Field Roast to introduce a plant-based pepperoni pizza at 170 locations nationwide. The launch of the new topping in January allows guests to substitute plant-based pepperoni for the traditional version.

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Noodles and Company is featuring LEANguini Lemon Parmesan and LEANguini Shrimp Scampi as new ways to try its recently-introduced low-carb pasta

Noodles and Company adds low-carb LEANguini Shrimp Scampi, pasta line

New, low-carb pasta line has 56% fewer net carbs than traditional wheat noodles

Noodles and Company is featuring LEANguini Lemon Parmesan and LEANguini Shrimp Scampi as ways to try its new, low-carb pasta. Prepared to order, LEANguini noodles weigh in with 56% fewer net carbs than traditional wheat noodles. The recently-introduced pasta line also has 30% fewer total carbs and 44% higher protein.

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Lyons Magnus, a global producer of ingredients for the foodservice industry, released its list of 2022 food and flavor trends

Lyons Magnus 2022 food, flavor trend predictions released

Lyons Magnus, a global producer of ingredients for the foodservice industry, released its list of 2022 food and flavor trends. The growing plant trend; immunity food and beverages; comforting, familiar foods; cold coffee popularity; and spicy flavors are trends that will continue be hot as the new year starts, it predicts.

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