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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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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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Rock & Brews Ready to Roll with Reynolds

Restaurant industry veteran charged with expanding the emerging chain's presence.

Rock & Brews introduced Mike Reynolds as CEO for the restaurant and entertainment concept co-founded by Gene Simmons and Paul Stanley of the rock band KISS.

A 30-year veteran of the restaurant industry, Reynolds most recently served as chief development officer for Robeks Corporation. His background also includes serving as co-founder and senior vice president/general manager for Big City Bagels, Inc.; business development director for Arby's; and, as director of brand development for Grand Met Burger King/Häagen-Dazs.

"Rock & Brews is taking off, and Mike Reynolds has the unique combination of talent and experience that will help us further expand the brand," said Stanley and Simmons in a joint statement. "Our World Tour has begun and Mike will carefully select multi-unit franchise partners to take on large territories as we grow."

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