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Heather Lalley

Editor, Foodservice Group

Articles by
Heather Lalley

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Emerging Brands

Inside the plate lunch concept that’s growing ultra-fast with Hawaiian comfort food

Drive-thrus and a super-simple menu propelled Hawaiian Bros. Island Grill into the Top 500, with year-over-year sales growth of 172%.

Financing

Shake Shack: Cities are bouncing back, but inflation persists

Shake Shack raised menu prices another 3.5% in March and said more price hikes could be on the way.

But the salad chain reported Thursday that its same-store sales climbed 35% during the first quarter and earnings rose 67% over the year before.

The 71-unit Italian beef chain is working to find more operational efficiencies as “unprecedented” inflation continues to hit its bottom line.

Marketing Bites: Noodles & Company embraces Uncommon Goodness, Sweetgreen lands a new athlete ambassador, and chains get creative for Cinco de Mayo and Mother’s Day.

The burrito chain said supply chain issues and rising freight costs are making it too expensive to source from overseas, and that it might invest in a domestic packaging operation.

The wing chain said it opened its dining rooms at the end of March, after shuttering them at the outset of the pandemic.

Boland, who held a similar post with the company until last year, will oversee employee recruitment, engagement and company culture.

Greg Willman was the Middle Eastern concept’s first franchisee in March 2020. Now, he’s the chain’s CEO and owner as it works to rebuild.

Gordon will also serve as SVP and secretary for Panera Bread and Panera Brands, the company said.

The deal is part of an expanded partnership with Maxim’s Caterers, a licensee who already operates 24 of the burger-and-shake locations in greater China.

The burrito chain’s new protein offering—its third in the past eight months—will be sold for a limited time at restaurants in Denver, Indianapolis and Orange County, Calif.

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