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Jonathan Maze

Editor-in-Chief

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Restaurant Business Editor-in-Chief Jonathan Maze is a longtime industry journalist who writes about restaurant finance, mergers and acquisitions and the economy, with a particular focus on quick-service restaurants. He writes daily about the factors influencing the operating environment, including labor and food costs and various industry trends such as technology and delivery.

Jonathan has been widely quoted in media publications such as the New York Times and the Washington Post and has appeared on CNBC, Yahoo Finance and NPR. He writes a weekly finance-focused newsletter for Restaurant Business, The Bottom Line, and is the host of the weekly podcast “A Deeper Dive.”

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Financing

Digital sales jump and unit growth returns at Restaurant Brands International

Sales at Burger King recovered but remained lower than many of its rivals while Popeyes lost some momentum.

Financing

Yum Brands speeds its unit growth

The owner of KFC, Pizza Hut, Taco Bell and Habit opened a record number of restaurants and has increased its development expectations.

Taco Bell, Pizza Hut and Habit Burger all saw sales recover over 2019 levels while the company opened a record number of global restaurants.

The coffee giant has shifted its business over the past 18 months, with a lot more drive-thru sales and mobile orders, cold drinks and alternative milk, says RB’s The Bottom Line.

The company credits higher wages and an end to unemployment benefits for bringing in more applicants but costs are driving up prices.

This week’s episode of the RB podcast “A Deeper Dive” features television writer and producer Bill Oakley, best known for The Simpsons, but also a prolific Instagram food reviewer.

The company’s U.S. same-store sales rose nearly 15% over 2019 levels, and 7% globally, as the company’s promotions and its digital sales drove business.

The coffee giant recorded record sales and profits last quarter as customers ordered more Nitro Cold Brew and Refreshers.

The sandwich giant also said that plaintiffs and their attorneys should be “held accountable” for pressing ahead with a lawsuit and suggests the allegations have hurt sales.

The coffee giant is selling its stake in the market to its joint venture partner E-Mart and a new investor GIC Private Limited.

The chicken sandwich chain’s non-mall locations topped $7 million average unit sales last year despite the pandemic and an influx of competitors, says RB’s The Bottom Line.

The company also said it is donating $1.7 million to 16 food banks across the U.S. where it has community stores.

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