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Taco Bell's sales grow, thanks to Mexican Pizza and Pete Davidson

Same-store sales at the Mexican fast-food restaurant chain rose 11% in the fourth quarter. The company sold 45 million Mexican Pizzas last year. And breakfast improved following new ads featuring the comedian.

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Franchisee fear, anger mount as McDonald's intensifies inspections

Operators say their profits are down, despite strong sales, due to soaring food costs and discounts on the mobile app. That, plus tough new standards and more frequent inspections, are contributing to an environment some call “toxic.”

Technomic's Take: Restaurant traffic during the snacking daypart plunged last year. How should operators prepare once diners come back?

Restrictions and a COVID surge in December hammered sales in the Seattle-based coffee chain's second-biggest market. But Starbucks still has big plans for the country.

The fast-food sandwich chain wants to add 24,000 international restaurants to catch up with other quick-service brands. But the company is also pushing big changes to grow its U.S. business.

The Seattle-based coffee chain’s average weekly sales hit a record last quarter as people came in more often and spent more money when they did.

Average unit volumes are higher than they’ve been in a decade and the sandwich chain says the number of closures has slowed, too. And more changes are coming.

A Deeper Dive: David Bloom, chief development officer for Capriotti’s and Wing Zone, discusses the chains’ recent combination, franchising and food costs.

Dr. Peter Buck, who cofounded the chain with Fred DeLuca, left his 50% ownership in the company to the charity he and his wife started more than 20 years ago.

And the burger giant is planning to step up its development, saying it has a “right” to do so after generating strong sales growth since the pandemic.

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