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Joe Carbonara

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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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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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Krystal Updates Menu and Prototype

The Krystal Company will debut a new building prototype and a complete frozen treat lineup in Marietta, Ga. The location will open on April 5 and represents the burger chain’s first redesign in more than a decade. Krystalpic

Krystal’s frozen treat menu includes hand spun shakes, soft serve cones and sundaes, as well as Kool-Aid Slushies and a Caramel Mocha Frost iced coffee product.

The new design’s central feature is a contemporary clock tower “reminding guests that they can get fresh, hot and steamy burgers around the clock,” according to a company release. The remodeled restaurant features a vibrant color package, LED lighting, enhanced digital menu board and artwork described as being “modern, yet maintains the brand’s heritage.”

The company’s new restaurant initiative started with internal project design followed by research with guests on what they saw as the significance of the brand. After more than nine months of research and design development, the Davenport prototype, with the prominent clock tower, was created to pay tribute to one of Krystal’s founding members, Rody Davenport, Jr., long-revered for his commitment to quality food and the guest experience.

 

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