Despite surging gas prices in the face of global disaster and conflict, restaurant operators across the U.S. are trying to stay focused on other challenges—even though gas prices have a slew of direct and indirect impacts on the restaurant business.
Popeyes has reached a multi-year agreement with Dr Pepper Snapple Group (DPS) that will bring Dr Pepper and Hawaiian Punch to more than 1,300 U.S. locations.
Dr Pepper, which is currently on the fountain at just over half of Popeyes’ locations, will add close to 700 new availabilities. In addition, Hawaiian Punch will be available for the first time nationally at Popeyes.
Dave Rollins, senior vice president of fountain foodservice sales for DPS, says the agreement is a win for both companies and Popeyes consumers.
Just last year, women crossed the 50 percent threshold in the U.S. workforce, and for the first time in history represent the majority of working Americans. Even in our own industry, more than 50 percent of restaurants are now owned by women—a statistic released by the National Restaurant Association just last month.
While women’s accomplishments in the professional and collegiate world are undeniable (for every two men earning a post-secondary degree, three women are graduating), the fact remains that only 2 percent of bosses at America’s largest companies are women.
"A rose by any other name would smell as sweet.”
With all due respect, I must disagree with Shakespeare on his famous quote from the play Romeo and Juliet. Perhaps names don’t matter when you’re in love, but they matter a lot in the restaurant business. In fact, I would go so far as to say that the right name can make or break a company.
Chris Newcomb, cofounder, president, and CEO of Newk’s Express Café, would have called himself an understanding manager. His two co-owners, however, would have described it differently—something along the lines of too forgiving.
“They came to me and said, ‘You sure do give people a lot of chances,’” he says. “And you know what? They were right—sometimes you need to realize when a person’s just not a good fit with your company or your culture. Now I separate my employees’ personalities from their professional skills when I evaluate them from a business standpoint.”
A fundraising campaign conducted by Sailormen Inc. at Popeyes restaurants in South Florida and across the Southeast will provide customers with valuable discounts while garnering support for the Muscular Dystrophy Association's (MDA) worldwide research and services programs.
Throughout the duration of the campaign, from February 1 to March 20, associates at participating Popeyes locations will sell coupon cards worth $30 for only $1.
AFC Enterprises Inc., the franchisor and operator of Popeyes Louisiana Kitchen restaurants, reported operating results for its fiscal 2010 fourth quarter and full year, which ended December 26, and increased fiscal 2010 earnings guidance.
Global same-store sales increased 6 percent in the fourth quarter compared to a 1 percent decrease last year. For the full year 2010, global same-store sales increased 2.6 percent compared to a 0.7 percent increase in 2009, exceeding the company’s previous guidance of positive 2 percent to 2.5 percent.
PopeyesLouisiana Kitchen opened its 50th Canadian restaurant on December 8, at 35 Harvard Road, Guelph. This location represents a milestone in the aggressive growth strategy and success of the brand in Canada.
Popeyes will continue its success in 2011 with a growth plan intensely focused on increasing market presence in Ontario. 2012 will mark the brand expansion beyond Ontario, when Popeyes restaurants will open in Quebec and Alberta.
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Popeyes announced multiyear agreements with two powerful marketing partners—The Coca-Cola Company and Dr Pepper Snapple Group—to implement a beverage strategy that is designed to be exciting for guests and more profitable for the restaurants.
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Reporting by Blair Chancey, Sam Oches, Daniel P. Smith, Robin Van Tan, Barney Wolf & Lori Zanteson
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