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Biography

Heather Lalley

Editor, Foodservice Group

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Heather Lalley is an editor with Winsight's Foodservice Group, covering emerging restaurant concepts for Restaurant Business magazine and RB Online. She also works with Winsight's sister company Technomic to produce research-based reports on emerging restaurants and chains.

Heather spent nearly a decade as a reporter for the daily newspaper in Spokane, Wash. She is the author of "The Chicago Homegrown Cookbook," about chefs who work with area farmers. She holds a journalism degree from Northwestern University and is a graduate of the two-year baking and pastry program at Washburne Culinary Institute in Chicago.

She is the mother of two children and rarely passes up a chance to eat tater tots.

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Operations

Panera Bread merges with Caribou Coffee and Einstein Bros. Bagels to form Panera Brands

The new group of more than 4,000 restaurants creates a “powerhouse platform in fast casual,” the company said.

Technology

Scooter’s Coffee hires a chief information officer

Richard Heyman will help the drive-thru coffee chain improve its tech offerings for franchisees and customers, the company said.

The fast-casual noodle chain is raising prices 3% starting next week, on top of 2.5% pricing taken earlier this year.

By joining forces, the two health-focused brands with a combined 45 restaurants will be able to speed their growth in California and the West, the group’s new president said.

Damico had previously been a president at Focus Brands and CEO of Naf Naf Grill.

The food-and-games chain named a COO, CMO and chief people officer Monday, months after hiring a new CEO.

High Bluff Capital Partners has entered into an agreement to buy the quick-service chicken chain from FFL Partners.

But the move has a ripple effect on already tight margins, adding to stress and uncertainty for small restaurant operators.

Thanks to a new round of investment funding, the fast casual is getting ready to add corporate and franchised stores, as well as expanding its packaged goods line.

Danny Meyer, CEO of the multi-concept group, announced Thursday that everyone inside USHG’s New York City and Washington, D.C., full-service restaurants must present proof of receiving a full round of COVID inoculations.

Wingstop declined to break down the financials on its new virtual concept Wednesday but said its thigh-focused brand is succeeding at helping the chain battle high wing prices.

The fast-growing wing chain plans to open 25 company-owned restaurants and ghost kitchens in the heart of New York City “as fast as we can,” its CEO said.

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