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    Sysco announced this week that it  has notified U.S. Foods Inc. that it is extending its agreement to acquire rival U.S. Foods by 60 days in anticipation of antitrust hearings scheduled to start in May.  Sysco said the termination date for the proposed merger, initially reached in December 2013, was changed to May 7 from March 8 […]

    The post Sysco Extends to May Merger Termination Date with U.S. Foods appeared first on Washington Report.

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    Boston Market announced today the first “National Rotisserie Chicken Day” to be held on June 2.  Boston Market petitioned the National Day Calendar to declare a day in honor of the healthful cooking method, and out of thousands of entries, the National Day Calendar selected National Rotisserie Chicken Day as one of the only 10 […]

    The post Boston Market Announces June 2 as “National Rotisserie Chicken Day” appeared first on Washington Report.

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    McDonald’s has named former White House press secretary Robert Gibbs as its global chief communications officer, as the fast-food giant looks to improve its image.  The company said Gibbs will manage the company’s communications and government affairs and help to improve its well-known brand. He replaces Bridget Coffing, who announced her retirement earlier this year. […]

    The post McDonald’s Names Robert Gibbs, Former White House Press Secretary, Chief Communications Officer appeared first on Washington Report.

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    Bone-in fried chicken is as old as the Thirteen Colonies and, for 200 years, this traditional fried chicken went largely unchanged.  But a few key technologic advances in the 20th century altered American fried chicken forever, according to a recent article written by Craig Cavallo at Serious Eats.  Bill Roenigk, NCC’s former senior vice president […]

    The post From Southern Tradition to Mechanical Marvel: How Fried Chicken Lost its Bones appeared first on Washington Report.

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    The evolution of the limited-service restaurant industry continued in 2014, as traditional powerhouses faltered while fast casuals and other rising concepts asserted themselves as forces to be reckoned with, according to QSR magazine’s annual survey regarding the top 50 brands in quick service and fast casual. For the first time in the history of the […]

    The post Chick-fil-A and Wingstop “Winners” in <I>QSR</I> Magazine’s Survey of Top 50 Brands appeared first on Washington Report.

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    Shake Shack this week made its new chicken sandwich, which it has been testing,  available across the United States.  The “Chick’n Shack” sandwich is a fried chicken sandwich that uses buttermilk herb mayo made with chives, parsley, and thyme.  The sandwich costs $6.29.   Shake Shack had been trying out its new sandwich at its Brooklyn, New York  locations since last summer and […]

    The post Shake Shack Goes National with New “Chick’n Shack” Sandwich appeared first on Washington Report.

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    Visits to restaurants are increasing minimally quarter-after-quarter, resulting in an average lift in traffic of one percent annually, according to The NPD Group.  The restaurant industry has been conducting business in a one-percent world since 2010 and will continue at the same pace for several more years, said NPD, based on their ongoing foodservice market research. […]

    The post Restaurant Growth Moving at a Snail’s Pace, But Some Pockets of Stronger Growth Exist, NPD Says appeared first on Washington Report.

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    Chipotle has announced two big moves in its ongoing quest to regain customers after food-safety scares late last year stalled the fast casual’s explosive growth, according to a report from QSR magazine. This week, the Denver-based burrito chain announced a new loyalty rewards program, as well as the addition of chorizo in select restaurants. The new rewards program, called […]

    The post Chipotle Announces Two Moves in Quest to Regain Customers appeared first on Washington Report.

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    Chipotle Mexican Grill announced on Monday that its board of directors has named company founder Steve Ells the company’s sole chief executive officer. Ells will also remain chairman of Chipotle’s board. The company’s board also announced that they are eliminated the dual CEO structure that has headed the company for nearly eight years. Monty Moran, […]

    The post Chipotle Founder Steve Ells Named Sole CEO; Monty Moran Steps Down from Co-CEO Role appeared first on Washington Report.

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    Disappointing restaurant sales growth, at negative 1.3 percent  in November, is the ninth consecutive month of negative same-store sales and the worst sales growth since July, according to a report in QSR magazine.  This disappointing sales growth occurred at the same time that the economy is growing at the fastest pace in two years during the second […]

    The post Disappointing Restaurant Sales Growth Continues; November Sales Worst Since July appeared first on Washington Report.

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    McDonald’s Corporation announced Monday, along with CITIC Limited, CITIC Capital Holdings, and The Carlyle Group, the formation of a partnership and company that will act as the master franchisee responsible for McDonald’s businesses in mainland China and Hong Kong for a term of 20 years. The total consideration payable by the new company to acquire […]

    The post McDonald’s Announces New Partnership and Company to Act as Master Franchisee in China and Hong Kong appeared first on Washington Report.

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    On Tuesday, Wendy’s announced that it would be partnering with its chicken suppliers to use 20 percent smaller birds “far surpassing the standards of other restaurants brands,” according to a company press release.  “This change will significantly and immediately improve the tenderness and juiciness of chicken for Wendy’s U.S.-based customers,” the company said. Wendy’s said it is […]

    The post Wendy’s Announces it is Moving to Smaller Birds Across all U.S. Restaurants appeared first on Washington Report.

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    Pilgrim’s announced this week that it is launching a line of new chicken sausages under its Gold’n Plump® label. The new line packs the goodness of chicken into sausages that are fully cooked and ready to heat on the stovetop or backyard grill for quick, convenient meals. To be made available late April 2017, just in […]

    The post Pilgrim’s Launching Line of New Chicken Sausages under its Gold’n Plump Label appeared first on Washington Report.

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    Einstein Bros. Bagels announced recently in a press release that it is “making a commitment to work with its suppliers, licensees, and industry partners to improve the welfare of broiler chickens that we source and ensure that by 2024 we buy only chicken that is produced in alignment with the following standards set by the […]

    The post Einstein Bros. Bagels Announces it will Align with GAP to Improve Welfare of Chickens appeared first on Washington Report.

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    Even the most optimistic of restaurateurs did not expect the second quarter of 2017 to look all that different from the first. Restaurants are in a period of transition. Grocery store prices are falling and consumers are becoming more selective with their wallets. Meanwhile, competition is flooding the market and blurring the once distinct lines […]

    The post Restaurants in State of Flux; Sales Growth Slows appeared first on Washington Report.

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    Panera Bread  announcing Wednesday it has entered into a definitive agreement to acquire Au Bon Pain Holding Co., Inc. Terms of the deal, expected to close during the fourth quarter, were not disclosed. Au Bon Pain, a Boston-based bakery-café chain, has 304 units worldwide. Panera said in a press release the purchase will be part […]

    The post Panera Bread to Acquire Au Bon Pain Holding Company appeared first on Washington Report.

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    TGI Fridays recently announced its partnership with plant-based trailblazer Beyond Meat and the chain has added the plant-based burger, called the “Beyond Burger” to the menu at its 450 U.S. locations nationwide.The restaurant chain is also leveraging the global popularity of Meatless Monday by joining forces with the Monday Campaigns, a non-profit public health organization behind […]

    The post TGI Fridays Adds Plant-Based Burger to its Menu; Joins Meatless Monday Campaign appeared first on Washington Report.