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

Impossible Foods is Bringing its Meatless Sausage to Grocery S...
CPG - Retail

Impossible Foods’ meatless sausage is finally coming to grocery stores. The company first rolled out the sausage alternative to restaurants nationwide last June after launching it at U.S. locations ...

August 11, 2021

Starbucks and Nestlé to Bring Ready-to-Drink Coffee Beverages...
Beverages - CPG - Partnerships - Press Releases - Retail

SEATTLE--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Starbucks Corporation (NASDAQ: SBUX) and Nestlé today announced a new collaboration to bring Starbucks Ready-to-Drink (RTD) coffee beverages to select markets across Southea...

Faisal Hussain
July 27, 2021

The 10 Most Downloaded Restaurant Apps in June 2021
Dining - Tech

The 10 most downloaded quick-service restaurant apps in June combined for 7.7 million new installs, compared to 8.7 million last month. For the second month in a row, McDonald’s had the most downloa...

QSR Magazine
July 14, 2021

These Are America’s Favorite Fast-Food Chains in 2021

Americans are heading back to restaurants in droves, but some fast-food chains currently have a better reputation among customers than others. The just-released American Customer Satisfaction Index re...

Eat This, Not That!
July 7, 2021

Starbucks Tests Ordering Drinks Through Facebook and Instagram
Beverages - Dining

Starting Tuesday, Starbucks customers can swipe images on Facebook and Instagram that will take them to a special Starbucks webpage to order either an Iced Matcha Latte with Chai or the Pink Drink Rem...

July 2, 2021

Starbucks Debuts First Ever Ready-To-Drink Campaign
Beverages - CPG

When the pandemic hit and society shut down, more people started brewing their coffee at home. This change in behavior, coupled with declines in tourism and commuting to work, hurt Starbucks. The coff...

June 28, 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...

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 ...

June 14, 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...

June 9, 2021

Plant-Based Protein is the ‘New Wave’ After COVID-...
CPG - Dining

The post-pandemic rebound is lighting a fire under all kinds of prices, including food. Spiking commodities costs are stirring up fears about food sustainability, and the trickle-down impact of highe...

Yahoo Finance
May 17, 2021

Starbucks May Ditch Facebook
Online - Retail

Facebook is scrambling to prevent Starbucks from leaving its platform after the world’s largest coffee company said it was dismayed by hateful comments left on its posts about racial and social just...

Buzzfeed News
May 12, 2021

Starbucks Q2 Results Show Full Sales Recovery in the U.S.
Beverages - Finance

Starbucks (SBUX) reported fiscal second-quarter earnings results after the closing bell on Tuesday, with same-store sales rebounding from the depths of the coronavirus pandemic and the coffee giant ra...

Yahoo! Finance
April 28, 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

Starbucks is Running Out of Oat Milk a Month After Adding it t...
Beverages - Retail

Just as Grape Nuts come back to stores, Americans are faced with yet another shortage — this time, of oat milk at some Starbucks cafes. Starbucks rolled out oat milk lattes at about 1,300 stores in...

CNN Business
April 7, 2021

Starbucks to Indirectly Accept Bitcoin as Payment
Beverages - Finance - Online

Starbucks is expanding its relationship with digital wallet platform Bakkt, which will allow consumers to monetize digital assets such as bitcoin and load the value onto their Starbucks cards in the c...

National Restaurant News
March 31, 2021

The ‘Great Human Reconnection’ Will Bring Customer...
Dining - Retail

Starbucks (SBUX) CEO Kevin Johnson says the coffee giant is poised to benefit from what he's dubbed "the great human reconnection" as customers return to cafés post vaccine. Johnson, who's leveraged...

Yahoo Finance
March 22, 2021

Starbucks: Cold Drink Sales Overtake Hot Beverages, Tests New ...

Starbucks plans to start testing Cold Pressed Espresso in some cafes by the end of the year as consumers increasingly stick to cold drinks for their caffeine jolt. The drink was already available in ...

March 18, 2021

Oatly Enters Starbucks Cafes Nationwide
Beverages - CPG - Dining

Coffee shops are a key part of Oatly’s marketing strategy and Oatly will be served nationwide at Starbucks cafes. The Swedish company is shaping up to have a big 2021, with its first Super Bowl ad a...

March 1, 2021

Oatly Confidentially Files for IPO
Beverages - CPG

Oatly, known for its oat milk products, has tie-ups with several cafes in the United States, including Starbucks and also sells its products online and in retail stores. The company, which sells its O...

February 23, 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

Starbucks is Testing 100% Plant-Based Menu

Starbucks is striking this consumer trend while the iron is hot — while simultaneously prioritizing the reduction of its carbon footprint. These plant-based menu additions are part of the company's ...

February 5, 2021

What’s new in fast food: Chicken sandwiches and cauliflo...

If you felt like a new fried chicken sandwich debuted every day in January, you're not far off. Some chains tried their best to slim down, while others did the exact opposite. The flurry of chicken sa...

February 1, 2021

Starbucks eyes drive thru only, smaller footprint stores

Starbucks is increasing the number of drive-thrus in the Central U.S., Southeast and Southwest as it considers its future real estate, Starbucks Chief Operating Officer Roz Brewer said during an ear...

January 29, 2021

Starbucks CEO expects 100% of retail workers to earn $15 per h...

“We’re on the record a couple of years ago, that we supported an increase in federal minimum wage,” Starbucks CEO Kevin Johnson said regarding the possibility of President Joe Biden and congress...

January 27, 2021

Walgreens Taps Starbucks COO Roz Brewer as its Next CEO

As CEO of Walgreens, Brewer will be the only Black woman leading a Fortune 500 company. Her departure from Starbucks comes as investors, regulators and activists push for more diversity in corporate ...

January 27, 2021

Goldman gets bullish on fast food stocks. Two traders’ t...

Fast food, big potential? With Goldman Sachs issuing bullish calls in the fast-food and restaurant space on Tuesday, two traders assessed whether the firm’s picks could continue to deliver gains in...

January 20, 2021

Chobani enters crowded RTD coffee space
Beverages - CPG

Chobani took its biggest step yet to grow beyond dairy with the rollout of ready-to-drink cold brew coffees — bringing the company up against heavyweights such as Nestlé, PepsiCo and Danone. The c...

January 14, 2021

An explanation for Chick fil A’s pandemic era success

As fast-food operations go, it's hard to beat Chick-fil-A. McDonald's and Starbucks might have Chick-fil-A beat in terms of sheer size – they earn more in total sales and have more than 13,000 locat...

January 4, 2021

How COVID made car culture cool again

There was a lot of this going on in 2020. Google "drive-through COVID testing" and you'll get 1.8 billion hits; every major U.S. city now offers it. Curbside pickup was suddenly available for most for...

December 31, 2020

Starbucks raising wages for baristas
Dining - Retail

Beginning Dec. 14, all baristas, shift supervisors and cafe attendants hired on or before Sept. 14 will see a 10% pay increase.   Tags: Starbucks For the full story, visit ABC News  -  htt...

ABC News
November 20, 2020

USAA unveils #HonorThroughAction social challenge for Veterans...

Military veterans, athletes, entertainers and supporters will participate with social media posts that explain what Veterans Day means to them. Tags: 7-Eleven, Starbucks, Wendy’s, Dunkin, USAA Fo...

Mobile Marketer
November 10, 2020

The Wait is Over! Starbuck’s Holiday cups are here

2020's theme of "Carry the Merry" views customers as "messengers carrying joy out into the world". A free reusable version of the cup will be given away on Friday to customers who order a seasonal dri...

CNN Business
November 4, 2020

Restaurant chains move toward transparency with carbon labelin...

In a move to promote healthy eating and show customers how they are working to stop climate change, several brands have started labeling menus with carbon footprint information. For the full story,...

October 20, 2020

Dollar General takes aim at affluent shoppers with new chain

The idea behind the chain: selling non-essential items like home décor and party items, while catering to a clientele that might balk at shopping at a Dollar General, the fast-growing deep discount c...

October 8, 2020

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