Sonic & Dunkin’ are Both Introducing Boba-Esque Drinks ...
Beverages - Dining

National chains are putting boba on the menu while also trying to pretend it’s something new. Last year, Del Taco introduced a drink with “popping pearls,” noting that to that point, “popping ...

Eater
June 24, 2021

Dunkin’ Drops its Beyond Meat Product
Dining

Dunkin' confirmed that its Beyond Meat breakfast sandwich is no longer on its national menu, following a report from JPMorgan that the plant-based protein offering has been pulled. Dunkin' issued a s...

Fox Business
June 24, 2021

Dunkin’ Taps Coke Marketing Vet as US CMO Following Two-...
Dining

Dunkin' is bringing on a new CMO just as the U.S. economy starts to reopen at scale thanks to progress on COVID-19 vaccinations. In the announcement, Acevedo was noted for his work revitalizing and in...

Restaurant Dive
June 23, 2021

Chipotle Announces Tesla Partnership in Rewards Revamp, Game L...
Automotive - Dining - Gaming - Online - Tech

Chipotle Mexican Grill announced Tuesday a revamp of its rewards program, called the Rewards Exchange, where rewards are more customizable and customers can choose to cash in their points for 15 diffe...

Nation's Restaurant News
June 23, 2021

How Sweetgreen’s In-House Agency Helps Deliver Healthy M...
Dining

Earlier this year, Sweetgreen announced that it was launching an in-house agency that would oversee a wide remit including advertising, packaging, online channels, store experiences and social media p...

Marketing Dive
June 23, 2021

McDonald’s BTS Meal Strategy that Broke Social Engagemen...
Branding - Dining

Last week, to close out the promotion of its widely hyped BTS meal, McDonald’s released not one, but two new lines of merchandise to accompany the collaboration with the wildly popular K-pop band. ...

Adweek
June 23, 2021

Stoner’s Pizza Joint to Expand in Denver
Dining

Stoner's Pizza Joint, a quick-service pizza franchise, announced today that it will be expanding its footprint to Denver, Colorado. The first location at 6460 E. Yale Avenue, Denver, CO 80222 is expec...

QSR Magazine
June 23, 2021

McDonald’s to Launch Loyalty Program in July
Dining - Tech

McDonald’s will launch its first-ever loyalty program nationwide on July 8 after months of testing. The fast-food giant joins rival chains like Restaurant Brands International’s Popeyes and Yum B...

CNBC
June 22, 2021

Sonic Drive-In Challenges TikTokers to Recreate Its Classic Me...
Dining - Influencers

Fast-food chain Sonic Drive-In challenged three popular TikTok personalities to hack its menu by incorporating ingredients from other fast-food or convenience store brands. Newton Nguyen will tackle ...

Adweek
June 22, 2021

Twitch | Chipotle
Dining - Gaming - Partnerships

Twitch partnered with Chipotle to make Chipotle the limited-service restaurant partner of the livestream gaming platform. The partnership consisted of Chipotle collaborating with Twitch to host eve...

Twitch | Chipotle
June 22, 2021

Grubhub to Provide Mobile Ordering for Resorts World Las Vegas
Dining - Tech - Travel

Resorts World Las Vegas is teaming with Grubhub to become the first resort to offer the latter company’s ordering technology, according to a Monday (June 21) announcement. To that end, guests can o...

Pymnts
June 21, 2021

Oat Milk is Everywhere—Here’s Why
Beverages - CPG - Dining

In March, Starbucks rolled out the option only to sell out a month later. Silk added oat milk to its line of plant-based milks in April. Oatly had a splashy IPO in May. And a slew of new ad campaigns,...


June 21, 2021

Wingstop Debuts “Thighstop” Amid Chicken Wing Shor...
Branding - Dining

The restaurant launched a virtual brand called "Thighstop" which serves crispy thighs, with or without sauce. The menu also includes breaded boneless versions of the product. Though the Thighstop bran...

CNN
June 21, 2021

Burger King’s Chicken Sandwich Marks Shift Away from Promoti...
Branding - Dining

When Burger King launched the Ch’King nationwide earlier in June, it wasn’t just releasing a new chicken sandwich. It was also marking a shift in the burger chain’s menu strategy, according to ...

CNBC
June 18, 2021

McDonald’s Rides BTS Wave with 2 New Merch Collections
Dining - Fashion

McDonald's collaboration with Korean band BTS has been a huge success. In response, McDonald's announced two new collections: The Saucy Collection, featuring drawings from BTS members, and The Melting...

Business Insider
June 18, 2021

Dunkin’, Sonic, & Vera Wang Want Your Summer to be Extr...
Beverages - Dining - Fashion

Dunkin’ is offering up a fun sensory experience on your tongue with Popping Bubbles, the chain’s new strawberry bubbles. This is not the chain’s first Pop Rocks-ish offering. In 2018, there was...

Fast Company
June 17, 2021

Popeyes Launches Their First Loyalty Program
Dining

Today, Popeyes unveils its first-ever loyalty program, Popeyes Rewards, to give their devoted loyal fans another reason to love that chicken from Popeyes. As a brand rooted in Southern hospitality and...

BusinessWire
June 17, 2021

Carnation Releases a Cinnabon Protein Drink
Beverages - Dining

Prepare to crave a cinnamon bun, because we have some Cinnabon news for you. The bakery restaurant is expanding in stores yet again, but this time it’s the beverage category. The Cinnabon Bakery Ins...

Yahoo
June 17, 2021

Puma & White Castle Collab for Restaurant’s 100th B...
Dining - Fashion

Puma’s latest collab may leave you feeling hungry. The sportswear brand has joined forces with White Castle — home of the famous Original Slider — to celebrate a major milestone: the restaurant...

Footwear News
June 16, 2021

Twitch Taps Chipotle as Exclusive Livestream Gaming Partner
Dining - Esports - Gaming - Streaming

Chipotle Mexican Grill and livestream gaming platform Twitch have entered a partnership naming Chipotle the exclusive limited-service restaurant of /twitchgaming, a new channel on the platform, the br...

Nation's Restaurant News
June 16, 2021

Wendy’s Expands Partnership with Rick And Morty
Beverages - Dining - Streaming - Television

Wubba Lubba Grub Grub! Wendy's and Adult Swim's Rick and Morty are back at it again, annoucing year two of a wide-ranging partnership tied to the Emmy Award-winning hit series' fifth season, premierin...

QSR Magazine
June 15, 2021

From McDonald’s to Chipotle, Restaurants are Doubling Down o...
Dining

Fast food and fast casual chains are betting on the staying power of drive-thrus — even as the pandemic subsides. Particularly in the early stages of the pandemic, restaurants struggled as indoor di...

Modern Retail
June 15, 2021

Jack in the Box & Jason Derulo Launch Virtual Popup
Dining - Household - Online

Jack in the Box has teamed up with pop star and TikTok sensation Jason Derulo to launch a virtual popup in Los Angeles, offering menu items inspired by the Milli Meals that Derulo makes in celebration...

Nation's Restaurant News
June 14, 2021

Starbucks Files for Stadium Naming Rights
Beverages - Branding - Dining - Sports

In a June 2 application, the coffee chain sought approval to use its name in "providing stadium and training facilities for sports and entertainment activities" and "promoting business, sports and ent...

Reuters
June 14, 2021

Restaurants (McD’s, Taco Bell, Jack in the Box, Others) ...
Dining - Online - Retail - Tech

The loyalty program wars are coming. Starbucks, Panera Bread and Domino’s Pizza paved the way, while Chipotle Mexican Grill launched its own version in 2019. But the last year has brought even more ...

CNBC
June 14, 2021

Chipotle to Air First National Spot with Athlete
Branding - Dining - Sports

Chipotle will air its first-ever national TV commercial featuring a professional athlete. The ad, which highlights Julie Ertz’s training routine, will air starting July 5 during the U.S. Women’s N...

Associated Press
June 14, 2021

11 Brand Campaigns That Blend Pride With Purpose
Beverages - Branding - CPG - Dining - Fashion

How Reebok, Ugg and other marketers incorporate inclusivity and COVID relief. Pride Month has arrived, and brands are showing their support in full force. Many had to postpone or rework Pride campaig...

Industry Dive
June 14, 2021

Chuck E. Cheese Expands Global Footprint Into Europe
Dining - Press Releases

BUCHAREST, Romania, June 10, 2021 /PRNewswire/ --Chuck E. Cheese, the number one global family entertainment venue, is getting ready to open new doors in the European Union. It has signed...

Faisal Hussain
June 10, 2021

Wawa to Mark ‘Mare of Easttown Day’ with New Cheesesteak
Dining - Retail - Streaming - Television

For all the love Wawa has gotten thanks to the HBO hit TV show “Mare of Easttown,” the popular Pennsylvania convenience store chain is giving a little back. To celebrate its newest store opening ...

Associated Press
June 10, 2021

McDonald’s is Launching a New Minions Happy Meal
Dining - Toys

It's good news for kids, as McDonald's is releasing a new Happy Meal menu option. From Wednesday, June 9 little ones can get their hands on a Minions-themed Happy Meal. Each one will come in a limited...

WalesOnline
June 9, 2021

Starbucks’ Ingredient Shortage Affects 25 Menu Items
Beverages - Dining - Retail

Social media is full of complaints from people voicing their frustration about not being able to order their favorite drinks at Starbucks, including popular summer drinks like Peach Green Tea Lemonade...

Today
June 9, 2021

McDonald’s Automated Drive-Thru, the Latest Sign of Robo...
Dining - Tech

Fast-food's biggest players are letting the robots right in through the front door as they seek out ways to overcome rising wages and worker shortages. McDonald's CEO Chris Kempczinski disclosed at a...

Yahoo Finance
June 9, 2021

Hattie B’s Partners with Flock Chicken Chips
CPG - Dining

Hattie B's and Flock Chicken first connected through Instagram during the heart of the COVID-19 pandemic and spent 6 months crafting the chips. "Hattie B's has built an iconic brand around the best f...

Fast Casual
June 9, 2021

Las Vegas Buffets Are Again Self-Serve, But Still Not Back to ...
Attractions - Dining

It's 10 a.m. on a Tuesday inside Circus Circus, and the sounds of a former world are bouncing through the buffet. Clattering dishes, silverware and coffee cups. Clinking glasses of orange juice. Co...

USA Today
June 9, 2021

Jack in the Box Reveals its Restaurant of the Future
Dining

The new 1,300-square-foot prototype is less than half the size of Jack's larger dine-in locations and boasts a double drive-thru—one lane for regular orders and another for online pickup and third-p...

QSR Magazine
June 8, 2021

Beverage Brands Rally to Support On-Premise Channel Recovery
Beverages - Dining

For the U.S. on-premise market, the pandemic last year was the equivalent to a season-ending injury as it forced many operations to shut their doors? some temporary, but some permanent. Although it ha...

Beverage Industry
June 8, 2021

Domino’s Urges Customers Not to Buy NFTs From the Noid
Dining - Finance

Recent Noid innovations featured in the latest Domino's television campaign, such as the infamous Pizza Crusher, Pizza Slayzer and giant Noid Balloon Blockade, haven't stopped tech-savvy Domino's from...

PRNewswire
June 8, 2021

Burger King Takes Aim at Chik-fil-A Over Pride
Dining

After renewed calls were made over social media to boycott Chick-fil-A, Burger King took it as an opportunity to show its solidarity with the LGBTQ community. Burger King, which recently launched the...

USA Today
June 7, 2021

St. Jude | Pollo Campero
Dining - Non-Profit - Partnerships

St. Jude Children's Research Hospital partnered with Pollo Campero to launch a campaign supporting St. Jude's mission of treating the toughest childhood cancers and pediatric diseases. St. Jud...

Tesla is Exploring a Restaurant Concept
Automotive - Dining - Retail

Tesla drivers may soon have a new way to multitask while charging their vehicles. The Palo Alto, Calif.-based electric vehicle automaker filed a trademark application last week under restaurant servi...

Commercial Observer
June 4, 2021

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