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KFC grew in the U.S. for the first time in 17 years in 2021

The chain lost its status as the country’s biggest chicken concept. But eight years of same-store sales growth, new remodels and an improved outlook has the company looking forward.

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Tender Greens wants to be known as more than a salad concept

Corporate executive chef Oliver Plust is on a mission to expand and enhance the menu, recently adding a line of artisan sandwiches and a holiday steak plate.

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Last quarter’s big winner: Higher menu prices

The Bottom Line: Other winners included Potbelly and third-party delivery, while Freshii, quick-service pizza and lower-income consumers were left out.

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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.