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Marketing shifts bring gains for Outback Steakhouse and some sister brands

A more local approach to marketing is taking hold at Bloomin’ Brands, while discounting takes a back seat.


US Foods to acquire SGA’s Food Group of Companies for $1.8B

The deal includes 16-state broadline distributor Food Services of America.

The company hopes personal introductions elevate service—and sales.

The investment follows the chain’s strongest comps gain since 2016.

Brexit and trade negotiations impact the company’s labor costs, and its traffic, says RB’s The Bottom Line.

But traffic continues to fall as consumers vary their restaurant selections, according to the latest Technomic Index.

But traffic is down as the company works on efforts to lure more customers.

The company is planning a two-for-$5 offer next month amid continued declines in U.S. guest counts.

Operators accuse the system of improper charges and placing restrictions on their ability to sell their restaurants.

Investors now think a sale is less likely, but the pizza chain’s “good bones” make it too tempting a target for buyers, says RB’s The Bottom Line.

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