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jCarbonara
Joe Carbonara

Double Dose of Disruption

Business leaders often look over their shoulders trying to find the next disruptive player or event that will shake up their organizations. Well, in a matter of weeks spanning August to the beginning of September, the foodservice industry got a double dose of disruption.

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Juan Martinez

Electronic Ordering Insights

Kiosk ordering seems all the rage in today’s foodservice industry. While the process seems simple and intuitive for many consumers, implementation is another story. 

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jStiegler
Jerry Stiegler

Retail Sales Up, Panda Restaurant Group Invests in Urbane Cafe, Pizza Hut Develops New Oven-Hot Delivery System, and More

Total retail sales rose in September, as did restaurant sales, per the U.S. Census Bureau. Pizza Hut has developed an improved pouch for delivery orders. Urbane Cafe has received a strategic investment from the founders of the Panda Restaurant Group. These stories and a whole lot more This Week in Foodservice.

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Garbanzo Mediterranean Grill Announces Leadership Changes

Bafundo becomes president of the Colorado-based fast-casual chain.

Garbanzo Mediterranean Grill, a Denver-based fast-casual restaurant concept, appointed Bob Bafundo president. His appointment comes days after the company announced the departure of CEO Alon Mor on December 10, 2014.

Bafundo has led company and franchise operations for the last five years. He joined the company in 2009 and his 30-plus years of restaurant industry experience include working in senior leadership positions with such companies as Rax Restaurants, KFC and Back Yard Burgers.

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