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Here’s what Jack in the Box is doing to improve store margins

The burger chain’s stock was hammered Tuesday as inflation and investments ate into its profits. The company is taking operational steps to improve margins, such as new cheese pumps.

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Dutch Bros sales improve, but Sacramento holds them back

The drive-thru beverage chain’s same-store sales rose 1.7% last quarter. But the company is working to improve results in one of its biggest markets.

But Canadian office traffic was still down 60% in third quarter on average, and the tailwind will more likely be felt next year.

The operator is watching its commodity costs soar even as beef costs are flat. Wage rate inflation, meanwhile, has slowed this year but is expected to settle at a higher-than-normal rate.

The product is already the chain's top-selling item in the morning, leading to a "meaningful acceleration" in breakfast sales.

Using the Spyce technology acquired last year, the fast-casual concept said the robotic makelines could be “transformative.”

The daytime dining chain says customers are opting for its $15 breakfasts and lunch as a more economical alternative to dining out at dinner.

Younger consumers are ordering more cold beverages that they customize with flavorings and syrups that generate some surprising revenue.

Growth in catering also helped the fast-casual chain reach record average unit volumes in the third quarter.

Tech Check: Despite inflation, sales increased at the big providers and at many restaurants. It's starting to look unstoppable, but some red flags remain.

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