Heather Lalley

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Financing

Vegan chain Next Level Burger buys Veggie Grill

The move comes less than six months after Veggie Grill closed 12 restaurants amid declining sales. The deal creates a 27-unit plant-based restaurant company.

Marketing

How the Famous Toastery Bowl came to be

Marketing Bites: With six weeks’ lead time, the regional breakfast-and-lunch chain pulled off the title sponsorship of a nationally televised college bowl game.

Marketing Bites: It’s January, a.k.a Dry January, Veganuary, Resolution Season, and restaurants are looking for ways to get virtuous consumers to keep spending money.

Founded in 2016, the quick-service bowl-and-smoothie chain said it plans to have more than 200 U.S. stores by 2026.

The unexpected move comes about a year after Kroger was part of a $100 million investment round in the ghost kitchen operator, which said it is shifting its focus to software.

The retail giant will now start delivering hot rotisserie chickens, in original and lemon-pepper flavors.

Shoppers who spend $20 on Panera-branded grocery items, including salad dressings and mac & cheese, can get a $5 electronic gift card to use at the fast-casual brand's restaurants.

The 205,000-square-foot facility in Marrero, Louisiana, triples the size of the previous center and boosts the broadline distributor's reach across the South.

Restaurant employees are more likely to suffer from drug and alcohol abuse than almost any other industry. Explanations for the problem vary, but a big one is denial.

The swiftly expanding grocery chain, which opened two new stores Wednesday, offers high convenience, low prices and a vast selection of ready-to-eat food.

Marketing Bites: No, it’s not an April Fool’s joke; plus, White Castle pushes late night, Nando’s celebrates its South African heritage and more marketing news of the week.

The food-and-games chain said it has four locations that are “big and unwieldy” and might make more sense as units of its recently acquired eatertainment brand.

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