OnTrend Concepts

April 20, 2023

Peter Cook, Editor

This week’s Ghost Kitchen Digest is short and sweet.  The quality is still very high, just fewer articles this week!  Grab a cup of coffee and enjoy!


Also, we expect to announce a new Platinum Sponsor for the 3rd Annual Ghost Kitchen Conference in next week’s Digest!  Respond to this enewsletter if you are interested in learning more about speaking & sponsorship opportunities!


And now, the news…

Issue #139

Nathan’s Famous partners with Nextbite to expand virtual brand portfolio

Nathan’s Famous and Nextbite partnered to offer a delivery-only menu of hot dogs, burgers and crinkle cut fries through Nextbite’s restaurant partner network.

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McDonalds is Now Trading at 9x Revenue

Biggest valuation ever! Positive signs for fast food, and virtual brands?

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Connecting Ghost Kitchen & Virtual Brand Startups with Investors

Check out our growing list of investment and partnership opportunities.

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Re-invigorating Success: How to Refresh and Reinvent Legacy Brands

James Walker spoke with The Main Course’s Barbara Castiglia on the best approaches to refreshing legacy brands and what he hopes to accomplish at Frisch’s Restaurants..

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Destination delicious: Mobile tech drives dining changes, and restaurants try to get orders ready sooner

By using technology to determine when drivers will pick up orders and serving limited geographic areas, the company assures that no delivered ClusterTruck meal is more than 10 minutes old.

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OnTrend Concepts Launches Association for Ghost/Host/Cloud Kitchen Operators

OnTrend Concepts has launched the International Association of Delivery Kitchens, an association built to provide kitchen operators with a forum to network with peers.

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Bear Robotics Bets on Elevator Interoperability With a Strategic Investment in M2MTech

The tech pioneers just announced a strategic investment to fund its Korea-based partner, M2MTech, which specializes in IoT convergence for smart remote and predictive systems with elevators.

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Investment Opportunity: French Industry Leader

Leading French ghost kitchen company is looking for investors and partners as it continues to grow within France and across Europe.

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What drives restaurant delivery?

Peter Backman does a deep dive analysis of the restaurant delivery industry.

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Podcast: Interview with Maciej Kucznyski, Vice President of Global Operations, Kitopi

Kitopi’s Vice President of Global Operations talks about food safety.

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EU: Just Eat Takeaway announces €150mn share buyback as orders fall

Europe’s biggest food delivery group seeks to appease investors after customers cut back on spending.

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EU: Just Eat still has room to grow despite end of Covid boom

Just Eat Takeaway.com is experiencing a drop in sales post-Covid, but analysts believe the group are still on track to reach profitability in the coming years.

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EU: Turkey’s Migros One Kitchen Delivers Food & Grocery via Unmanned and Manned Watercraft

We’ve included this before, but a cool video on this unique service.

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EU: Low numbers turn out for strike by Germany's Lieferando drivers

The first strike action by drivers for restaurant delivery service Lieferando in Germany generated plenty of noise but low numbers of just about 100 participants in the city of Frankfurt on Friday.

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India: Over 100 Blinkit Dark Kitchens Shut In Delhi-NCR Due To Delivery Boys' Strike

Zomato-owned quick commerce platform Blinkit has shut down over 100 dark kitchens in Delhi, Gurugram, Faridabad, Ghaziabad, Noida, and Greater Noida for the past three days due to the ongoing delivery worker strikes, and it is expected that a larger number of stores will also go offline in the coming days, according to reports.

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MENA: AWJ announces Mohamad Sami Ballout as CEO post Kitopi acquisition

Following one of the biggest F&B acquisitions in the region, AWJ, now a Kitopi Company, has announced the appointment of Mohamad Sami Ballout as its new CEO. Ballout will succeed Manhal Naser, who held the position for ten years, since its inception in 2013.

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MENA: Kitopi-run Zaroob expands into Bahrain with new locations

Zaroob’s new launch comes after Kitopi’s acquisition of the brand in September 2021.

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