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Noodles & Company

Leadership

Noodles & Co.’s chief brand officer to depart

Chas Hermann joined the chain in 2018, just before it mounted an impressive turnaround.

Food

This week’s menu news

A roundup of items that are in the works or launching in chains.

With the introduction of cauliflower-infused noodles nationwide, the fast casual is hoping for another win with diners looking to up their vegetable intake.

The fast-casual chain will also give workers access to a suite of “financial wellness” tools.

Under a deal with MGM Resorts, customers will vie initially for prizes instead of cash, and can only collect on-premise. The chain will also develop sports bars within MGM properties.

Buoyed by the success of zucchini noodles, the fast casual is adding more plant-based items and a new rewards program as it gets ready to expand.

As delivery sales surge, along with their fees, the company is testing new prices for such orders to improve margins.

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The chain, which reported 4% comps growth in Q4 but fell short of expectations, is increasingly shifting to an off-premise focus.

But the fast-casual chain continued to generate strong sales thanks to zucchini noodles and off-premise business.

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