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Huddle House

Food

Huddle House chef takes comfort food to the next level

Using his family’s palate for inspiration, Kirk Biondi creates new flavor profiles for old favorites.

Leadership

Peter Ortiz joints Huddle House's parent as chief development officer

The franchise veteran previously helped to expand Qdoba, Moe's and Potbelly.

The smaller Marie Callender’s was sold for $1.75 million as part of the breakup. RB’s The Bottom Line examines why the price was so low.

The purchase will create a family restaurant empire extending to 700 locations and $800 million in annual sales.

Operators are keeping an eye on food costs and the possible effects on consumer spending.

Get Top 500 data: sales, units and YOY change, average unit volume, and company/franchise units, as well as Technomic’s analysis, growth forecast and more.

In 2007, John Kregel, a pig farmer in Garnerville, Iowa, built group housing—also known as large pens—to accommodate 3,000 of his 9,000 sows; the other 6,000 remain in gestation stalls. He feels the stalls are better for the pigs in winter but his sows are adapting well to the pens.

While some of the legacy brands (such as IHOP and Bob Evans) saw declines, Technomic Chief Insights Officer Darren Tristano expects breakfast-and-lunch concepts to keep growing.

See which 10 chains are meeting consumers’ morning cravings the most.

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