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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.


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. 


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.



Taco Bell Updates Management Structure

Taco Bell Corp., a subsidiary of Yum! Brands, Inc., announced a series of leadership changes aimed to support domestic and international expansion.

Melissa Lora was promoted to president, Taco Bell International from global chief financial and development officer. In her new role Lora will focus exclusively on emerging growth business outside the U.S. Taco Bell International currently franchises 250 restaurants in 26 countries, and will continue to seek experienced franchise operators in markets around the globe, with an emphasis in Europe (UK, Poland), Asia (Korea, Japan and Thailand), Latin America (Chile, Peru) and India.

Assuming Lora's duties as global chief financial and development officer will be a pair of Taco Bell executives. Liz Williams, who drives strategic and business planning as Taco Bell's chief financial officer, will also assume primary responsibility for franchising actions domestically, including franchise finance and franchise business services.

Meredith Sandland was promoted to chief development officer, where she will focus on creating a more relevant and accessible restaurant experience that has a positive impact on Taco Bell's teams, customers, community and environment, according to a company release.

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