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The Royal Crispy Wraps have apparently been a boon for Burger King

The Bottom Line: The fast-food chain introduced the product in August and, according to its largest franchisee, the product has sold well. But it’s also simple to operate.


Joe & the Juice has a new majority owner

Investment firm General Atlantic has agreed to take a majority stake in the global coffee, juice and sandwich chain with plans to expand franchising.

SouthRock Capital, a major food and beverage operator in the country, had its master franchise agreement with Subway terminated after less than a year and lost its license to operate Starbucks.

The Bottom Line: Burger King operator Carrols, Cava and Wingstop were the big winners. But there were plenty of concepts that would rather have that one back.

The burger giant has been selling Krispy Kreme doughnuts out of its Kentucky restaurants for months. Now they’re apparently talking about an expansion.

The Bottom Line: A rash of bankruptcy filings shows that small brands and franchisees continue to deal with the aftermath of the pandemic, three and a half years later.

The 1,000-unit operator said sales and traffic were better than expected and margins increased by 530 basis points. And its stock took off.

A travelers' advocacy group is accusing the multiconcept operation of violating truth-in-pricing rules and wants the surcharge dropped.

Danny Meyer's big regret. Why so many economic headlines are contradictory. And don't forget to reallocate your AI labor savings.

Premier Kings, a 172-unit Alabama and Georgia operator whose owner died in 2022, declared Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection, citing substantial operating losses.

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