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Chipotle Mexican Grill
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Chipotle announced its Q1 2017 earnings results Tuesday amid positive investor sentiment that the brand has begun to recover from food safety outbreaks in late 2015. The brand’s revenue increased by 28.1 percent to $1.07 billion in the quarter as it opened 57 new restaurants. Customers are...
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Saying that Chipotle has made “incredible progress,” CEO Steve Ells expressed optimism and pride following the fast casual’s first-quarter earnings Tuesday, results that exceeded analyst expectations and wrote another chapter in the brand’s comeback story. The more than 2,200-unit chain reported a...
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Across the board, McDonald’s financial year is off to a resounding start. The chain’s first quarter results (ended March 31) crushed analyst expectations and infused optimism into CEO Steve Easterbook’s plan to propel the fast-food leader into the future. Easterbook, who took the helm in 2015, has...
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By now, you’ve no doubt heard about the clean-label craze that’s swept the nation in recent years, a craze that continues to gain traction. Consumers have grown increasingly wary of heavily processed foods containing artificial flavors, colors, and preservatives. With that wariness has come a vast...
When Shawn Eby took a job at a local Dairy Queen in high school, he never imagined that his future career was in foodservice. But fast-forward to today, and Eby’s résumé includes corporate stints with Burger King and Arby’s, and most recently the position of vice president of operations and...
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Panera Bread is officially grabbing the wheel of its delivery program. The fast casual announced it plans to hire 10,000 new employees by the end of 2017 to expand delivery services at more of its 2,000-plus units. The initiative will affect 35 to 40 percent of total locations. Panera introduced...
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Thanks to social media, everyone thinks they are a food critic. The number of posts mentioning restaurant service, pricing, and fare are astronomical. While platforms like Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram may often appear to be channels for restaurant-goers to share negative sentiments and...
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Firehouse Subs CEO Don Fox noticed a somewhat troubling trend. With guest frequency down a bit, the 1,060-unit chain was sliding into a category it didn’t want to live in. “There were two issues that we wanted to tackle,” Fox says. “One was, for some of our consumers, they were looking at Firehouse...


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