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Food

The hummus wave is becoming a tsunami

A dip that originated in the Middle East has gone mainstream on fast-casual and school-lunch menus. Now new variations are coming out of those roots.

Financing

5 tailwinds aiding Cracker Barrel’s sales

Like every chain, the family dining specialist has been helped by eased capacity restrictions, widespread vaccinations and direct federal aid to consumers. . But it's also reaped the benefits of several unique factors

Operators are discovering that e-commerce can be a lucrative and permanent channel for selling food products and meal kits.

The new premium sandwich is already the best seller at Wawa's first drive-thru-equipped unit.

The grocery chain is tapping experienced chefs to create housemade, technique-driven dishes for its in-store HL Fresh program.

The quick-service chain is rolling out two of customers’ favorite sauces at selected supermarkets.

Restaurants’ sales recovery has been slower in shopping centers, and there are signs that malls are changing for good, says RB’s The Bottom Line.

Branching into retail has brought its own set of challenges.

The 20-unit multiconcept group is turning its restaurants into pop-up markets where it can sell its supplies at a deep discount to consumers and employees.

Meal kits are keeping the multiconcept operator in business. Boxed meals are helping its soul.

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