10 Biggest Fast-Food Launches of 2021

Major players rolled out significant updates to their menus this year. Some were iconic limited-time offers, and others were lasting changes that will transform the customer experience for years to co...

Eat This, Not That!
January 6, 2022

Chipotle Launches Plant-Based Chorizo Offering
Dining - Press Releases

NEWPORT BEACH, Calif., Jan. 3, 2022 /PRNewswire/ -- Chipotle Mexican Grill (NYSE: CMG) today announced Plant-Based Chorizo is available for a limited time at U.S. locations. A new, craveable protei...

Faisal Hussain
January 3, 2022

What’s Driving the Merch Opportunity at Restaurants?
Dining - Fashion

P.F. Chang’s last week became the latest retailer to open an online retail store. Cracker Barrel, Waffle House, In-N-Out Burger, Margaritaville and Planet Hollywood are among food establishments tha...

December 17, 2021

Dining - Press Releases - Tech

NEWPORT BEACH, Calif., Dec. 16, 2021 /PRNewswire/ -- Chipotle Mexican Grill (NYSE: CMG) today announced its first Chipotlane Digital Kitchen restaurant in Cuyahoga Falls, Ohio. The new prototype ...

Faisal Hussain
December 16, 2021

Chipotle Fighting Food Waste, Hunger Via Farmlink Partnership
Dining - Non-Profit

Now through Friday, when Chipotle's digital guests name their orders "GIVETEN" on the Chipotle app or Chipotle.com, the chain will donate 10 pounds of unsold produce from its farming partners through ...

Fast Casual
December 6, 2021

Chipotle Brings Popular Meme To Life, Introduces Cilantro Soap
Dining - Health & Beauty - Online - Press Releases

NEWPORT BEACH, Calif., Dec. 2, 2021 /PRNewswire/ -- Chipotle Mexican Grill (NYSE: CMG) today brought a popular meme to life by launching Cilantro Soap, exclusively available for purchase on chip...

Nicholas Fox
December 2, 2021

Chipotle Launches Collaboration With Apparel Brand Carhartt
Dining - Fashion

Chipotle has launched its collaboration with Carhartt in order to commemorate the premiere of its new film, A Future Begins. Made up of a series of exclusive launches, the collaboration is aimed at h...

Fashion United
November 19, 2021

Chipotle Steps Up Sports Sponsorship With NHL Deal
Dining - Sponsorships - Sports

Chipotle will serve as the NHL’s official Mexican-themed QSR and Mexican-themed fast casual restaurant. The brand has exclusivity in each category, both of which are new for the NHL. Financial detai...

November 4, 2021

5 Ways QSRs Are Embracing Technology
Dining - Electronics - Online - Tech

With no end in sight to the ongoing labor shortage, many fast food chains are turning to technology to help fill staffing gaps. About half of U.S. operators expect to deploy automation technology in t...

November 4, 2021

Chipotle Launches Creator Class Program to ‘Supercharge&...
Dining - Influencers

Chipotle Mexican Grill today announced the launch of the Chipotle Creator Class, a program that supercharges some of the brand's most influential creators through exclusive perks and partnerships to h...

September 9, 2021

How QSR Loyalty Programs Stack up in 2021

Chains from McDonald's to Burger King are adding loyalty programs for the first time to attract and retain customers, and they're gaining ground against competitors' long-standing programs. QSR custo...

August 27, 2021

American Eagle Homes in on Twitch with New Creator Partnership
Esports - Fashion - Gaming - Streaming

Retail brand American Eagle is Twitch's newest Official Marketing Partner, the company announced today in an email to Marketing Dive. The deal will let American Eagle amplify creators on the platform ...

August 20, 2021

Chipotle Tests Plant-Based Chorizo In Select Markets
Dining - Press Releases

NEWPORT BEACH, Calif., Aug. 19, 2021 /PRNEWSWIRE/ -- Chipotle Mexican Grill (NYSE: CMG) today announced its latest menu innovation, Plant-Based Chorizo, is in test in Denver and Indianapolis. Pla...

Faisal Hussain
August 19, 2021

Fast Food Has Gotten Way More Expensive in the Last Year

Fast food prices are rising across the industry. Dunkin', McDonald's, and Taco Bell have seen the biggest increases, according to analysts. Shipping issues, labor shortages, and weather events all con...

Business Insider
July 16, 2021

TikTok Lets Users Apply for Jobs with Video Resumes
Online - Tech

TikTok is expanding into job recruitment. As of today, the company has launched a pilot program that allows people in the US to apply for entry, associate and senior level positions by tagging videos ...

July 8, 2021

Maybelline & Dove Rank as Top Gen-Z Beauty Brands
Branding - Health & Beauty - Influencers - Online - Retail

Gen-Z media company Kyra’s “Gen Z State of Beauty Report” released on Monday reveals that Maybelline ranks first among makeup brands and Dove leads skin care in a survey of 3.500 respondents age...

July 6, 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

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

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

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

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

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 ...

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

Chipotle Celebrates Pride Month in Partnership with Drag Queen...
Dining - Influencers - Non-Profit

Chipotle Mexican Grill today announced it will celebrate drag culture and support affiliated LGBTQIA+ organizations throughout June's Pride Month. The brand will serve up realness across two different...

QSR Magazine
June 1, 2021

IHOP is Ready to Launch it’s Flip’d Concept Restau...
Branding - Dining

After pausing the launch because of the coronavirus pandemic, IHOP plans to open its first Flip’d by IHOP location this summer. Flip’d is a fast-casual spinoff of the pancake chain, with a menu fo...

May 20, 2021

McDonald’s Raises Pay at US Corporate Stores Ahead of Pl...
Dining - Retail

Dive Brief: McDonald's is raising hourly wages by an average of 10% at its U.S. company-owned restaurants, impacting more than 36,500 employees, the chain announced Thursday. Ninety-five percent o...

Restaurant Dive
May 13, 2021

U.S. Fast-Food Chains Cash In, Seize Market Share During Pande...

McDonald’s Corp, Taco Bell, Chipotle and other fast-food chains stand to gain yet more market share from sit-down restaurants as consumers stick with the mobile ordering habits they picked up during...

April 30, 2021

Domino’s Pizza Profit, U.S. Sales Beat Estimates As More...

Domino's Pizza Inc (DPZ.N) on Thursday beat Wall Street's expectations for quarterly profit and U.S. sales as the fast food chain benefited from easing dining restrictions as well as accelerated vacci...

April 30, 2021

Quesadillas Are Taking Off at Chipotle
Dining - Online

It took a while for Chipotle to roll out its quesadilla. But the cheesy item hit menus last month, and customers are into it. About 10% of all orders now include a quesadilla, CEO Brian Niccol said d...

CNN Business
April 22, 2021

Nike, Chipotle, and Crocs Top Brand Popularity Chart with Teen...
Branding - Dining - Retail

Nike has retained its No. 1 spot in the minds of U.S. teenagers for more than a decade, and strengthened that lead by 200 basis points year over year to 27%, according to Piper Sandler's most recent s...

April 9, 2021

Chick-fil-A Remains No. 1 Restaurant For Teens; Starbucks ...

Chick-fil-A remains the most popular restaurant choice for teens, according to the latest “Taking Stock with Teens” spending survey from financial services company Piper Sandler. The firm release...

Restaurant Business
April 8, 2021

Pizza Hut Races Into the Drive-Thru Game

Pizza Hut is joining the restaurant rush to the drive-thru. The Yum! Brands chain unveiled Tuesday “The Hut Lane,” a dedicated digital order pickup window available at more than 1,500 locations, w...

QSR Magazine
March 31, 2021

Burritos or Bitcoin? Chipotle Asks Fans to Pick
Dining - Finance

Free burritos or Bitcoin? Chipotle Mexican Grill has both up for grabs Thursday for National Burrito Day. The fast-casual chain announced Tuesday it will give away $100,000 in free burritos and $100,...

USA Today
March 30, 2021

Global Fried Chicken Wars & Free donuts: 5 Fast Food Stor...

The fried chicken sandwich wars are going global, cookie subscriptions are the new Netflix, and, for or better or worse, you can soon get a free doughnut every day for the rest of the year. Those are...

CNN Business
March 29, 2021

Chipotle Invests in Self-Driving Delivery Company Nuro
Automotive - Dining - Tech

Chipotle has invested in Nuro as part of the autonomous delivery company's Series C funding round, marking the restaurant's first significant investment in a third-party technology company since CEO B...

Restaurant Dive
March 25, 2021

Drive-Thru Ordering Surged During the Pandemic. Fast-food Chai...
Dining - Retail

Drive-thru ordering surged over the last year as the coronavirus pandemic shuttered indoor dining and made consumers wary of entering restaurants. Industry experts believe that drive-thru ordering wi...

March 12, 2021

Taco Bell is bringing back a fan favorite after a five-year hi...

Cheese connoisseurs, it's time to celebrate: Taco Bell is bringing back the Quesalupa after a five-year hiatus. The Quesalupa quickly became a fan favorite when it debuted in 2016, combining the chee...

March 10, 2021

e.l.f. Cosmetics and Chipotle
CPG - Fashion - Health & Beauty - Partnerships

e.l.f. Cosmetics partnered with Chipotle to collab on a new menu item and makeup collection inspired by the fast-casual chain's ingredients. 

Chipotle Cracks the Code on Adding Quesadillas to the Menu: Ma...
Dining - Online

The wait is over. After years of testing and tweaking, Chipotle Mexican Grill will finally add quesadillas to its menu nationwide — but only for online orders. The menu addition has been under con...

March 9, 2021

E.l.f. Cosmetics Partners with Chipotle on Makeup Collab
Dining - Health & Beauty

E.l.f. Cosmetics and Chipotle Mexican Grill have teamed up to offer a limited-time menu item and a makeup collection inspired by the fast-casual chain's burrito ingredients. The brands will offer the ...

Marketing Dive
March 5, 2021

Burger King is Testing a Rewards Program; Here’s Why Res...
Branding - Dining

Beginning this week, Burger King is rolling out its new Royal Perks program in five areas of the US, including Los Angeles, Miami, New Jersey, New York City and Long Island, New York. It works a lot l...

February 15, 2021

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