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Leadership

Zaxby’s hires its first chief supply chain officer

Keith Anderkin was promoted to the role from vice president of supply chain and quality assurance for the fast-casual chicken finger brand.

Workforce

Why Raising Cane’s is enlisting HQ employees to recruit fry cooks and cashiers

Half of the fast-casual chicken finger chain’s Dallas-based corporate staff has deployed around the country to hire 10,000 new workers in 50 days amid a labor shortage that’s hitting operations as the company looks to open 100 stores next year.

Starbucks, Chipotle, McDonald’s and Olive Garden also top the survey from Piper Sandler.

The latest episode of the “Buzzworthy Brands” podcast features Michael Goldberg, CEO of Ike’s Love & Sandwiches, which recently made a major investment in three-unit hot chicken concept Bangin’ Buns.

Lots of money has flowed into emerging hot chicken chains in recent weeks as the Gen Z-friendly segment readies for massive growth.

After launching the virtual concept in June, Wingstop said it was time to offer the bone-in thighs and Thigh Bites on its regular menu. Thighstop is still available via DoorDash.

The former NBA star’s fast-casual chicken concept is getting into ghost kitchens, franchising and cruise ships, all the while finding the best ways to leverage its famous founder’s image.

Cedartown Chicken, led by former Popeyes Chief Development Officer Greg Vojnovic, has acquired seven locations in western Georgia and will develop 11 more.

The former Inspire Brands operations executive will oversee operations at the 19-unit fast-casual chain.

The “wellness days” are unpaid, but the quick-service chain said employees can make up the hours later in the week.

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