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Del Taco makes a bet on value

The Bottom Line: At a time when prices are taking off, the Mexican fast-food chain is pushing value hoping to resonate with customers by “zigging when everybody is zagging.”

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Last quarter’s big winner: Higher menu prices

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For Starbucks, unspent gift cards become a big business

The Bottom Line: As customers returned to Starbucks, revenue from unspent gift cards did, too, providing the coffee giant with a weird and profitable source of funds.

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At a Cleveland CloudKitchens, operators say they were set up to fail

The chefs came to Carnegie Food Hub to grow their businesses. They left discouraged and in the red. It’s part of a pattern at CloudKitchens facilities nationwide.