Competitor News

Starbucks announced this week that its 2nd Reserve Roastery and Tasting Room would open in the Meatpacking District of New York City sometime in 2018.  Bigger than the first roastery that opened 2 years ago in Seattle, the New York location will encompass some 20,000 square feet of new retail space.  Notwithstanding that enforcement of…

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Competitor News

There was certainly much news afoot this week relating other QSRs.  First, we were indeed saddened to learn of the passing of Subway founder and CEO Fred Deluca.  Although we never met, word is that he was a wonderful human being.  Our sympathies go to his family and the Subway community.  Our sympathies should also…

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Miscellaneous

The National Restaurant Association reported this week that despite a bit of weather-driven sluggishness, business confidence within the restaurant industry remains relatively strong.  For the 24th consecutive month, the NRA Restaurant Performance Index remained above 100.00, clocking in at 102.6 for February, down slightly from January’s mark of 102.7.  The industry was still hiring well…

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More Protests For $15/hour Expected Next Week

The Wall Street Journal reported this week on a plan by SEIU (Service Employees International Union) to push another wage strike by fast food workers next week across the country.  In another article, it is reported that McDonald’s workers in up to 150 cities across the US are planning a strike for this Thursday and…

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Other Food News of Note

Maybe they see more “help” coming from Uncle Sam or maybe it’s something else, but Kraft Foods announced this week that they have removed artificial preservatives from their Kraft Single slices of cheese.  The announcement came on the heels of Subway announcing that they were stopping the use of azodicarbonamide, a dough conditioner, in their…

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Goldman Sachs Restaurant Consumer Survey Ranks Unchanged

US Dunkin’ Donuts’ survey scores in the third quarter Goldman Sachs Consumer survey were unchanged from the prior quarter survey.  Dunkin’ ranked roughly in the middle of the pack, just below McDonalds and slightly above Tim Horton’s in overall brand attributes.  Subway and Chick-fil-A were the top two brands while Domino’s and Jack In The…

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Subway Tests Café Format

Paul Frumkin reports in Nation’s Restaurant News that sandwich giant Subway is testing a more upscale format called Subway Café, which the company hopes will address the needs of franchisees looking to open in office buildings and other more high-end venues.

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Subway Says Breakfast a Success

Elissa Elan reports in Nation’s Restaurant News that after serving breakfast for four months, Subway said the daypart has increased sales systemwide and exceeded expectations, leading the sandwich chain to expand the early-morning menu with limited-time offers and explore the service of more coffee or espresso-based beverages. In an interview with Nation’s Restaurant News, Larry Varvella, Subway’s research and development project leader, said the chain’s foray into breakfast — a daypart filled with heavyweights McDonald’s and Dunkin’ Donuts — was a success for the brand and its franchisees.

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Subway says Breakfast a Success

Elissa Elan reports in Nation’s Restaurant News that after serving breakfast for four months, Subway said the daypart has increased sales systemwide and exceeded expectations, leading the sandwich chain to expand the early-morning menu with limited-time offers and explore the service of more coffee or espresso-based beverages.

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