OnTrend Concepts

October 13, 2022

Peter Cook, Editor

Nala Robotics launches the first AI-enabled, fully automated kitchen!  A few of the big fast food brands discontinue their current ghost kitchen pilot programs, but prognosticators see a bright future for ghost kitchens as restauranteurs figure out what model works for their brands.

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 #114

Burger King, Popeyes, and Others Discontinue Pilot Programs with This Company

Burger King, Popeyes, Jack in the Box, and Del Taco have ended their trial programs with Reef Technology

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Inside World’s first AI-Enabled, Fully-Automated Robotic Kitchen

Nala Robotics has set up its first fully-automated restaurant in Chicago.

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Velocity Ventures to Become Anchor Investor in Hyper Food Robotics

Hyper Food Robotics (Hyper), an Israel-based firm that will debut its first fully autonomous  robotic  pizza kitchens in 2023.

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Grubhub and Starship Technologies team up to bring robot food delivery to more colleges

The companies jointly offer robot delivery on five campuses, with an eye toward expansion.

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Food delivery robots to roam Chicago in pilot program

Food delivery robots will head for Chicago’s sidewalks following the city council’s recent approval of a pilot program.

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Uber and Motional to roll out autonomous ride-hail and delivery services in US cities

The companies entered a 10-year agreement, with the first driverless rides to start later this year.

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Annual Loyalty Report 2022

Download the Paytronix Annual Loyalty Report 2022

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Peter Backman's Weekly Briefing Report

Peter Backman's Weekly Briefing Report (Published 10/10/22)

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5 Tips to Turn Supply-Chain Challenges into Growth Opportunities

Authenticity and transparency are exceptionally valued in these uncertain times.

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Varieties of the Ghost Kitchen Model

The Ghost Kitchen business model has a number of varieties.

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Hospitality industry leaning on tech, innovation to rebound

Ghost kitchen can alleviate delivery traffic from the premises and can cover a larger geographical area.

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Multi-concept restaurant operators are all cobranding now — here’s why that’s smart

From BBQ Holdings to Focus Brands and Fat Brands, restaurant groups are realizing that cobranded stores can drive average checks.

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DoorDash offers $10K grants to small restaurants impacted by Hurricane Ian

DoorDash is also supporting 50,000 local residents with relief credits and has donated supplies.

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Inspire Brands' Collective Strength Fuels a Restaurant Empire

A people-first approach has set up the country's second-largest restaurant group for further growth.

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How a Dallas restauranteur plans to open the highest grossing ghost kitchen in the U.S.

Oomi Digital Kitchen will build on the traditional delivery-only model with a co-packing business and a focus on group orders.

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New delivery food concept creates confusion for Nashville both restaurants and customers

A new food delivery concept is creating a lot of confusion for customers and business owners here in Nashville.

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Tyler Shin To Open a Second Revolving Kitchen

The new location in Fairview will mark the entrepreneur’s foray into retail, with up to four more locations planned for 2023.

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Popular Mexican restaurant closing Baton Rouge location to grow ghost kitchen

Caliente Mexican Craving wants to continue to grow and add more menu concepts to their ghost kitchen.

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Ghost kitchen industry expected to continue to grow

Ghost kitchens are growing significantly within the restaurant industry.

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Canada: British Columbia places permanent cap on food-delivery fees

The 15% cap on food and 5% cap on additional fees had been due to expire at the end of the year.

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Colombia: Colombian Cloud Kitchen Operator Foodology Raises $50 Million Series B Financing

Foodology is based and operating in Colombia and also operating in Mexico, Peru, and Brazil.

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Egypt: Egypt's technology start-up Roboost raises capital to increase growth

Their next goal is to empower SMEs by automating their deliveries through Roboost’s AI delivery marketplace.

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9 Innovative Cloud Kitchen Startups to Follow in 2022

We’ve rounded up the top cloud kitchen startups of 2022.

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India: Restaurant tech platform, Ghost Kitchens to invest Rs 50 cr to amplify brand footprint

Ghost Kitchens to build hero brands from its portfolio, acquire early stage food delivery startups, and build its b2b full stack tech platform and application.

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India: The growth of cloud kitchens in India

Most research and consulting reports on Indian cloud kitchens suggest that market size is expected to be about $1 billion by 2023.

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