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Panda Express

Food

Big flavors come onto menus at full speed

Taste Tracker: New items bet on pumpkin and spice beyond lattes, accents from around the world, and the bolder the better.

Financing

With sales increasing and dining rooms reopening, chains push hiring

McDonald’s, Subway, Dunkin’ and Panda Express have all said they’re adding thousands of workers as operators take advantage of high unemployment.

Deals are a draw in both quick service and casual dining, finds Technomic.

Panda Express has quietly established itself as a fast-casual stalwart, posting another year of double-digit sales growth (12%).

New menu launches tap into diet-friendly fare, Super Bowl promotions and more.

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.

Niche cuisines are driving chain menu development in the Asian segment.

Restaurants are still pushing seafood, but kitchens are offering more veggie options as meatless meals.

Consumers are enticed by LTOs and interesting menu items, but that’s not the whole story.

Innovation revs up as chains compete to get diners in the door.

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