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MOD Pizza to add plant-based sausage

The fast-casual chain said it spent two years perfecting the vegan sausage crumble with Plantly.

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Del Taco is combining quesadillas with tacos

The chain is introducing a line of Stuffed Quesadilla Tacos with either chicken or steak along with a line of caramel beverages.

The coffee giant brings back the long-running fall favorite along with a pumpkin-themed cold brew and other treats.

Robert et Fils’ beverage director repurposes leftover sweet and savory ingredients into inventive cocktails and nonalcoholic drinks.

The chain is testing the protein at some restaurants in Denver and Indianapolis. It is made with pea protein.

There are three big ways that globally inspired offerings can drive sales: They appeal to diners seeking new and novel foods; they can boost profits by being sold at a premium; and they drive the small-plates trend, which allows consumers to try something new without a big commitment.

Nontraditional locations offer franchisees lower operational costs and high traffic, said the CEO.

Taste Tracker: Pizza Hut, Dog Haus and Lucille’s add plant-based items; it’s back-to-school time for Carl’s Jr. and McAlister’s; Red Robin heats up while BurgerFi cools off; and BBQ season is not over yet.

Finding versatile ingredients that can meet the demand for plant-based choices while also being used in other menu items is key when simplifying the menu.

The full-service family dining chain takes bacon beyond breakfast and debuts seasonal drinks.

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