OnTrend Concepts

September 29, 2022

Peter Cook, Editor

This week’s Ghost Kitchen Digest has a run of fairly positive news.  Positive updates from Just Eat Takeaway, Wendy’s, ItsACheckmate, MTY Food Group, Capital Tacos, Homage Industrial Kitchen, Ghost Financial, Nala Robotics, Revolving Kitchen, Not So Dark, Zomato, JustKitchen, GrabKitchen, CloudEats, and Grab!

Plenty of international news this week.  If you have your eye on international opportunities, or if your company is a good potential partner for international companies who are looking to open up in your markets, you should sign up for the International Ghost Kitchen Conference.  It is going to be a fantastic conference for education, networking, and partnerships.  Mark your calendars and your budgets!

And now, the news…

Issue #112

Wendy’s to Use ItsACheckmate to Smooth Delivery at 6,000 Stores

The software will connect third-party delivery channels directly to Wendy’s POS system as the chain looks to grow its digital business.

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Just Eat Takeaway Predicts Core Profit Will Turn Positive in Second Half

In a statement, the group said it now expects to generate positive adjusted earnings before interest, taxes, depreciation and amortization in the final six months of the year, recovering from a first half loss of €134M.

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HUMBL and Great Foods2Go Announce Strategic Technology Partnership

Under the terms of the agreement, the two companies will integrate HUMBL’s mobile application, search engine and marketplace technologies in support of GF2GO and its sub-brand, 1Delivery.

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Report: Reef is Facing Trailer Shutdowns and Violations in Philly and Austin

Nancy Luna reports on additional reported violations by the leading trailer-based kitchen operator.

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MTY Food Group Completes Purchase of Famous Dave’s Owner

Montreal-based MTY adds BBQ Holdings' nine concepts to its collection in a deal valued at $200 million.

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Capital Tacos brings Tex-Mex fare to Orlando with virtual location

The Tampa-based chain is planning growth in four additional markets, starting with Central Florida.

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Homage Industrial Kitchen: How a forgotten kitchen became a delivery powerhouse

How John Wirtz of Homage Industrial Kitchen turned a nightclub kitchen into a successful food commissary & community alongside Future Foods.

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Why Do Restaurants Fail & How to Save a Failing Restaurant

Having an understanding of why restaurants fail can be crucial to helping secure a successful future. It can help you avoid common pitfalls, and it can also aid you in identifying red flags to turn around a failing restaurant. Keep reading to find tips and tools to save a failing restaurant.

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The secret to being people-first in a touchscreen hospitality industry, according to CREATORS award winners

From listening to your customer’s evolving consumer needs to reacting to changing marketing dynamics, the Informa CREATORS never resist change.

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How Ghost Financial is Bringing Dark Kitchens Into the Light

With so much competition in the dark kitchen space, one company is offering resources for operators to not only dive in, but succeed as well.

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Modern Meats Develops Plant-Based Quick Serve Pizzas with Carbone Restaurant Group

Modern Plant Based Foods reports that its subsidiary Modern Meat is co-developing plant-based pizzas with Carbone Restaurant Group, a leading restaurant group and brand incubator with quick-service concepts including ghost kitchens.

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AI Company Nala Robotics Introduces The Wingman

Nala Robotics, an AI technology company fueling restaurant cooking automation, today introduced The Wingman™, an autonomous fry station that can easily be added or configured to any restaurant or commercial food service operation.

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Winthrop University gets futuristic dining service

Winthrop University Dining Services announced on Wednesday that they have launched a new meal delivery service with a fleet of Kiwibots that can be used on campus.

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Best Ghost Kitchen Turned Sit-Down Restaurant: Lloyd’s Upscale Street Food

Local review of a concept that started in ghost kitchens.

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My Roots: Tyler Shin

The founder and managing member of Revolving Kitchen shares how he made his way from Seoul, South Korea to Dallas and how his mom inspires him.

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UK: Fieldfisher's real estate finance team closes first 'dark kitchens' deal for Invesco Real Estate, the global real estate investment manager

The company advised on a £30 million loan secured against a portfolio of light urban industrial spaces across London, to be let to multiple catering and delivery tenants. The spaces are known as dark kitchens.

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France: Not So Dark Helps Restaurants Run a Second Delivery-Focused Business

French startup Not So Dark has raised an $80 million Series B funding round led by Kharis Capital and Verlinvest, with Convivialité Ventures also participating. The startup has launched digital food delivery brands that you can find in food delivery apps.

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India: Zomato crackdown on cloud kitchens with over 10 brands in one location

This crackdown comes after Prashant Baid, a Twitter user, revealed — in his personal blog — how one person/entity was running 400 different restaurant listings on Swiggy and Zomato from two tiny kitchens.

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India: Trends determine the robust growth potential of cloud kitchens in India

With lower investment and operating costs, convenient expansion opportunities, and better margins than restaurants, the cloud kitchen industry has recently become among India's most successful, booming, and lucrative business models. In terms of the gross merchandise value (GMV), the Indian cloud kitchen market is expected to become a $3 billion industry by 2024, up from about $400 million in 2019, according to RedSeer Consulting.

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India: Zomato Piloting Rs 3 Iakh Health Coverage for Delivery Workers’ Families

Foodtech giant said it is piloting the program for delivery workers who have been with the company 2-3 years.

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Philippines: Cloud kitchen startup CloudEats raises more capital to ramp up Southeast Asian expansion

A Manila-headquartered startup called CloudEats, which operates cloud kitchens across the Philippines and Vietnam, just raised a $7 million Series A extension led by Nordstar to accelerate the digitization of food service in Southeast Asia.

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Philippines: Culinary school in Davao City gets halal certification, to offer cloud kitchen services

Nicole Niña Bian-Ledesma, chief operating officer and vice president of the Academic Affairs Institute of the Joji Ilagan International Schools that owns ICHEf, said they plan to open the facility as a kind of cloud kitchen — also referred to as a virtual kitchen that provides only delivery service — to local entrepreneurs who want to put up a halal business.

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Thailand: JustKitchen Expanding to Thailand via GrabKitchen Arrangement

Just Kitchen announces the expansion of JustKitchen's in-house brands to Thailand via GrabKitchen.

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Asia: SoftBank-backed Grab targets first profit by 2024

South-east Asian tech group remains bullish despite shares plunging 61% year to date.

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Pakistan: Defying odds, foodpanda Pakistan to be profitable next year: CEO

Foodpanda Pakistan will be profitable next year, said its managing director and CEO Muntaqa Peracha, a statement that comes at a time when some of its peer companies are either shutting down some business verticals or trimming operations in the country.

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