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Jonathan Maze


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Jonathan Maze

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Carl’s Jr. and Hardee’s start a remodeling push

The company and its franchisees are planning to spend $500 million to reimage the brands’ restaurants in a “long overdue” program.


A look into the impact of the driver shortage on distributors

A Deeper Dive: Terry Walsh, president of Southwest Traders, discusses the driver shortage and other labor issues affecting delivery and how much that is contributing to supply chain inflation.

Despite challenges with omicron, China and Russia’s invasion of the Ukraine, McDonald’s, Burger King, Taco Bell and other brands have seen strong growth in global markets.

The Bottom Line: The different stock price performances between Burger King’s parent company and its largest franchisee provide some lessons for large-scale franchisees.

Shares of restaurant companies have lost nearly a quarter of their value so far this year amid higher interest rates and recession fears. Winners remain few.

The chain’s new “From Wisconsin With Love” ads come along with a 17-city food truck tour with cheese curds and frozen custard.

The coffee giant sent a letter expressing concern that it wasn’t invited to tell its side of the story amid an ongoing battle with labor activists.

The Bottom Line: Pizza chains are struggling to find enough drivers. They are increasingly turning to delivery services, which are not having the same problem.

A plant shutdown due to Avian Flu has led to limits on turkey, leading some to buy it on their own. Ham and roast beef are limited, too, and costs have run higher than expected.

The industry added 43,800 workers last month, continuing its gradual recovery from post-pandemic job losses. But the rate of growth is slowing.

The pizza chain is getting strong results from its latest premium pie, its Epic Pepperoni Stuffed Crust Pizza. That focus on higher-end pizzas has helped it in more ways than one.

The franchise brand has come out of nowhere to become one of the nation’s fastest-growing chains. And it has the unit economics to be a long-term success.

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