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Taste Tracker: A new year brings new flavors to Smoothie King, Arby’s and Applebee’s

El Pollo Loco fills burritos; Wings Etc. taps cauliflower; Velvet Taco goes Italian; and more menu news of the week.

Financing

Swig gets new majority owner in Utah’s Larry H. Miller Co.

The fast-growing beverage chain is poised to go coast-to-coast with backing from the business group and former Utah Jazz owner.

Last week, Sonic Drive-In added Broccoli Cheddar Tots and Fried Cookie Dough Bites to the menu, expanding its popular lineup of craveable, bite-size snacks and sides. On Wednesday, Sonic’s Oklahoma Ci...

A Deeper Dive: This week’s podcast features Paul Reynish, CEO of the beverage chain, who talks about the company’s growth strategy.

The former Five Guys and Dunkin’ executive will be based out of the bubble tea brand’s London headquarters.

Taste Tracker: Cool drinks debut at Applebee’s, Sonic and Caribou Coffee; Velvet Taco and Baja Fresh change up tacos; KFC tests nuggets; it’s a wrap for Arby’s; and more menu news of the week.

After the success of Dutch Bros, chains like Biggby Coffee and Tim Hortons have added energy drinks. Expect more of them as younger consumers in particular demand the beverage.

Licensed establishments can now allow patrons to draw their own beer, wine or mixed drinks, though with very specific stipulations.

Taste Tracker: Outback tosses up a salad; Cinnabon does chocolate; chill out with cool drinks at Joe & the Juice, Scooter’s and Mellow Mushroom; burgers, fish and pizza heat up menus.

In a push to expand its customer base and increase check averages, the chain is focusing on breakfast customization, plant-based choices and on-trend menu items.

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