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Chipotle Mexican Grill

Consumer Trends

Walmart’s new restaurant play

The retail giant hopes to come up with a shopping and entertainment center that’s viable for the times. Foodservice options figure prominently into the plan.

Financing

Chipotle says its new campaign lifted sales

The company said its “For Real” ads lifted sales in September and October.

Food remains the top spending category for teenage consumers, according to a Piper Jaffray survey.

The chain is testing in three markets before a national launch next year.

The campaign highlights the 51 “real” ingredients the company uses for its menu.

Also, JAB probably won’t buy Starbucks, and Papa John’s looks at a new logo, says RB’s The Bottom Line.

In RB's podcast, "A Deeper Dive," Technomic’s Robert Byrne talks about customer perception at chains such as Chipotle, Chick-fil-A and Starbucks.

But the return will be for a limited time, “while supplies last.”

Deals and gimmicks show how competitive QSR is, but there are definite dangers, says RB’s The Bottom Line.

The burrito chain now lets customers order delivery from its app, with provider DoorDash.