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Jonathan Maze


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At FSTEC, restaurants show that technology is no longer a luxury

The Bottom Line: The difficult operating environment has pushed more operators to adopt technology to boost sales and save on labor. But many of these moves are defensive.


Consumers are apparently consuming a lot of pumpkin drinks

Starbucks had the best week in its history after introducing its fall menu and Dunkin’ had stronger traffic, too.

The two chains both revealed plans to invest $400 million or more into their businesses, joining a list of companies that have put cash behind revitalization plans.

The Bottom Line: FedEx's CEO told CNBC that his company’s numbers “don’t portend well” for the economy. More analysts are also predicting a slower holiday spending season.

The Bottom Line: Sales at restaurants and bars have been outpacing that of retail for much of the year. Prices may be playing a role, but it’s not entirely clear.

The company, which also owns the Tony Sacco’s concept, blamed the impact of the pandemic as well as high labor and food costs.

The Bottom Line: The coffee giant has changed top executives and its operating structure, increased pay and benefits, and promises major new equipment upgrades. Here’s a rundown.

The burger giant is creating “Speedee Labs,” which will consolidate innovation work being done in Romeoville, Ill., and its corporate offices in downtown Chicago.

The coffee giant will add new equipment, training and employment benefits to improve efficiency and generate more sales. But it also plans to build another 2,000 domestic locations.

A Deeper Dive: Rick Van Warner, former CEO of Tijuana Flats, talks about the horrors of opioid addiction and how it can affect a family.

The Bottom Line: Lost amid the burger chain’s $400 million investment is a shift in its incentive structure it believes could improve the frequency and quality of remodels.

Advent International, which owns three-quarters of the breakfast-and-lunch chain's stock, will sell at least 4.5 million shares in a secondary offering.

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