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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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jMartinez
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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Middleby to Manufacture and Market Thurne Slicer Line

The Middleby Corporation (NASDAQ:MIDD) will acquire the assets and the manufacturing facility of Marel's high speed slicing business unit, based in Norwich, United Kingdom. The slicing business has annual revenues of approximately $15 million, according to a Middleby release.

Middleby will rebrand these products under the original trademark Thurne, and will continue to manufacture the broad line of high speed slicers and integrated slicing systems. Thurne slicing technology includes automated bacon, deli-meat and cheese slicing equipment.

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