OnTrend Concepts

September 23, 2021

Peter Cook, Editor

Growth in the ghost kitchen sector continues to be very strong and projections indicate that the growth will continue!!  Change can be challenging, but innovation in the restaurant industry is enabling companies to survive during this trying time.


October 19th is fast approaching for the Florida Ghost Kitchen and Virtual Restaurant Seminar.  It will take place in Tampa on October 19th.  The event website is https://ontrendconcepts.com/florida/.


The 2nd Annual Ghost Kitchen & Virtual Restaurant Conference is set for June 9-10, 2022 in Dallas!!  For more information visit https://ontrendconcepts.com/ghostkitchen2/.


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And now, the news…

Issue #61

Restaurants Face Two Choices in New Era: Innovate or Fall Behind

Restaurants—whether operating more in-person or through takeout and delivery orders—must embrace the new wave of innovation that’s on the horizon to stay ahead of the curve.

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‘Ghost kitchens’ feed into post-Covid eatertainment trend

The decline in restaurants is being matched by the rise of delivery food.

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The Changing Restaurant Landscape, Ghost Kitchens On The Rise

The pandemic has forced several restaurants to find innovative ways to adapt to the growing changes within the industry.

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'Ghost kitchens' thrive during COVID-19 pandemic

The overwhelming demand for food delivery created by the COVID-19 pandemic has fueled the growth of "ghost kitchens," a restaurant with no dining room that serves food to-go or for delivery.

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Cloud kitchens are here to stay

There must be something special about the food that makes people come back for more.

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Ordering in: The rapid evolution of food delivery

Succeeding in the fast-growing food-delivery ecosystem will require understanding how overlapping economic forces affect a complex web of stakeholders.

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Cloud Kitchen Market Poised for an Explosive Growth in the Near Future

The preference for online food services has increased exponentially over the years. This factor will also serve as a growth accelerator for the cloud kitchen market.

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How Restaurants Are Reinventing To Thrive

Headline after compelling headline, the world’s most beloved restaurant brands are reimagining what it means to be a restaurant. Why? Because they have to. 

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Ghost Kitchens Haunted by Unresolved State Tax Questions

Ghost kitchens, however, also add a wrinkle to the collection of state and local taxes, tax practitioners say.

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Hot chicken restaurants are all the rage on food delivery apps. How many of them actually exist offline?

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Barstool Sports’ Dave Portnoy Wants to Sell You Hot Wings

Dave Portnoy is also jumping in on the virtual “ghost kitchen” trend.

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I tried Ghost Kitchens' first US restaurant inside a Walmart, and I think it's the perfect model for a fast-food world wracked by the labor shortage

This is definitely a fortuitous time for Ghost Kitchens to be expanding as fast-food chains struggle to hire enough workers to stay open.

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We tried the new Ghost Kitchens outlet at Walmart in Gates. Here's how it went

Ghost Kitchens Brands, a Canadian company, has opened its first U.S. outlet in the Walmart store in Gates.

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WOWorks Redefines the ‘Grocerant’ for the 2020s

Rather than bending over backwards to bring consumers to them, restaurants are increasingly investing resources in meeting consumers where they are.

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Dog Haus Preps for a New Double Drive-Thru Store Design

The fast-casual gourmet hot dog concept said it needed to focus on convenience to accommodate changing customer behavior coming out of the pandemic.

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FoodCrush Podcast: The magic sauce behind Chicago-based Wow Bao

In 2017, WowBao launched their first dark kitchen. Today, they have over 400. What's the secret behind the brand's amazing expansion?

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David Chang’s Fuku Returns to Boston as a Delivery-Only Ghost Kitchen

Restaurateur and television personality David Chang’s fried chicken chain, Fuku, returns to Boston.

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Reef and APCOA Building 1,500 Urban Mobility Hubs in UK, Ireland

Reef has signed a deal with one of Europe’s largest parking operators to turn as many as 1,500 existing parking facilities into distribution and logistics hubs for greener, more efficient last-mile delivery.

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Your next meal at RDU could come from the airport’s first virtual food hall

RDU plans to turn a former restaurant space into a virtual or ghost kitchen.

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Restaurant Roundup: Wing Boss Goes Brick-and-Mortar, New F&B Subscription Services Launch

The ghost kitchens that emerged during the first year of the pandemic are reevaluating their relationship to physical space now that many consumers have shifted from delivery ordering back to other channels. 

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Cloud kitchens are now a reality, and here to stay

India: Cloud kitchens give brands the potential to scale up easily, improve efficiency, maintain the quality of food, save in terms of overheads, enable multiple brands to operate within a centralised system.

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Food delivery apps like Swiggy, Zomato, and cloud kitchens may be liable to GST

India: The Goods and Services Tax (GST) Council will soon consider whether to tax food delivery apps and Cloud Kitchens.

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GST Council decides online food delivery platforms shall collect GST at delivery

India: The GST Council has decided that online food delivery platforms such as Swiggy and Zomato need to collect GST at the point of delivery.

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Zomato, Swiggy to pay GST on restaurants' behalf. Will your online food ordering bill rise?

India: The tax that was earlier payable by restaurants will now be payable by the aggregators.

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Scripting A Sweet Success

India: The Rise and Rise of Niche Beverage Brands.

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SoftBank-powered robots to help Grab with meal deliveries

Singapore: Grab's cloud kitchen at Hillview in Singapore will be the first to use these robots whose main duty would be to bring the orders from the kitchen to the delivery drivers.

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GrubTech, talabat team up for Expo 2020

UAE: GrubTech, an all-in-one platform for restaurants and cloud kitchens today (September 21) launched the first 3D printed Smart Locker System.

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Inside the Industry x Kumu: Cloud kitchens with MadEats

Phillipines: The founders of online food startup MadEats explain how cloud kitchens are reshaping the restaurant business.

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What does the future hold for food?

Ireland: From diverse diets to functional foods and robots that will deliver your weekly shop to ghost kitchens, the next decade of food promises to be very interesting.

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