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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.



Hodges Takes the Driver's Seat for The Grilled Cheese Truck

Former Smoothie King VP assumes CEO role.


Al Hodges, a 35-year veteran of the restaurant industry, has joined The Grilled Cheese Truck Inc. (OTCQB: GRLD) as its chief executive officer and a member of the company's board of directors.

Prior to joining The Grilled Cheese Truck Inc., Hodges served as vice president of domestic and international operations for Smoothie King Franchise, Inc., vice president of food and beverage for Mapco Mart Express and as vice president of operations for Fazoli's System Management, Inc. His background also includes working for Dunkin' Brands.

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