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Pizza

Technology

Basil Street took long way to grow its speedy pizza machines

After five years of development, the company plans to have up to 100 "automated pizza kitchens" across the country by the end of 2021.

Financing

Domino’s carryout sales recover from the pandemic

The pizza delivery giant said its walk-in traffic is back to pre-COVID levels even as delivery remains strong. The result sent its stock soaring.

The pizza chain’s U.S. same-store sales rose 3.5%, the chain's 41st straight positive quarter as consumers continued to order delivery.

Although food trucks, customizable fast casual chains, and other concepts have made the marketplace considerably more competitive in recent years, traditional pizza restaurants and retail pizza products remained consistently popular picks throughout the pandemic.

The pizza chain has thrived over the past decade through strong same-store sales. But operators have built a lot of units, too, says RB’s The Bottom Line.

Parent company MTY Global said Friday that the chain’s momentum slowed recently amid unprecedented heat.

The take-and-bake pizza chain’s new design shrinks the customer area and moves the assembly line to the back. It is using incentives to get franchisees to remodel their stores quickly.

The pizza chain is giving out hiring, referral and “appreciation” bonuses to new and existing frontline workers at company locations and in the supply chain.

Papa Rewards has 20 million members. The program has helped the chain generate strong sales through the pandemic.

Chef Scott Rodriguez and his team transformed pizza dough into a handheld Italian street food, and the chain now has a thriving sandwich business.

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