Restaurant Sales Up, Yum! To Spin Off Its China Operation, Blendtec Pairs with Lancer and More

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October 21, 2015

Johnson Ascends to Twin Peaks’ CEO Role FE&S FlashNews

Starlette Johnson is the new chief executive officer for Twin Peaks Restaurants, a 10-year-old concept with 73 locations. With Johnson joining Twin Peaks, company founder Randy DeWitt will remain active in the industry, spending more time with his other restaurant ventures that span 6 additional full-service concepts comprising 11 restaurants in the greater Dallas area, per a company release.

This Week in Foodservice: Restaurant Sales Up, Red Robin Ramps Up Bar Business as Neighborhood Bars Close and Much More FE&S FlashNews

The Census Bureau reported restaurant sales did well in September. YUM! plans to spin off its China division. McDonald’s all-day breakfast appears to be a hit with consumers, but the same can’t be said for franchisees. Food-away-from-home prices accelerate. Red Robin "takes back the bar" as neighborhood bars fold. These stories and a whole lot more This Week in Foodservice.

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Yum! Brands to Spin Off Its China
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In a deal that should pave the way for the multiconcept operator to become more of a pure-play franchisor of restaurants, Yum! Brands, Inc. plans to separate into two independent, publicly traded companies. Yum! China will become a franchisee of Yum! Brands in Mainland China with exclusive rights to three concepts: KFC, Pizza Hut and Taco Bell, the last of which is not yet in China. The deal is expected to close by the end of 2016.

Dickey’s Barbecue Adds R&D Chef FE&S FlashNews

Nico Murillo has joined Dickey’s Barbecue Restaurants, Inc. as a research and development chef.

Drake Becomes CEO of Famous Brands FE&S FlashNews

Multiconcept operator Famous Brands International appointed Jonathan Drake to serve as chief executive officer. Famous Brands is the parent company for TCBY Yogurt and Mrs. Fields Cookies.

Trends in Tabletop: Anything Goes FE&S FlashNews

As menus become more streamlined yet creative, the tabletops that foodservice operators use to showcase their culinary creations continue to follow suit. From bare tabletops to egg cups to rustic dinnerware to classy cocktail glasses, the list of items operators use to create their tabletops is bound only by their imaginations.

Paci Becomes CEO for Corner Bakery and Il Fornaio FE&S FlashNews

Restaurant industry veteran Frank Paci is the new chief executive officer for Corner Bakery Cafe and Il Fornaio. Paci assumes the position previously held by Mike Hislop who will remain chairman of the board.

Blendtec to Pair with Lancer for Sales and After-Market Support FE&S FlashNews

Commercial kitchen equipment manufacturers Lancer and Blendtec have entered into a strategic agreement that will impact how the latter goes to market. Lancer will market, sell and provide after-sale service and support through Lancer’s existing Global Service Network for Blendtec’s commercial products, and will manufacture the commercial dispensing equipment. This agreement will commence on January 1, 2016.

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