OnTrend Concepts

October 28, 2021

Peter Cook, Editor

Mark your calendars for the 2nd Annual Ghost Kitchen & Virtual Restaurant Conference, being held in Dallas. Texas on June 9-10, 2022.  Registration and sponsorship is now open!

Lots of going’s on in the restaurant industry and we continue to catch up to the evolving preferences of our customers!  Enjoy this week’s Ghost Kitchen Digest!  Things keep happening so fast, you don’t want to miss an issue.

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And now, the news…

Issue #66

Fluffernutter, Air Fryer, Ghost Kitchen, and More Food Words Added to Merriam-Webster's Dictionary

Thanks to our ever-changing and increasingly interconnected world, the English language is in constant flux.

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A Post-Pandemic Survival Guide for Restaurants

The Covid-19 pandemic has taught us anything, it’s just how essential the restaurant industry is.

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Eating Ourselves Healthy: A Look At Some Of The Food Choices Americans Are Making As We Emerge From The Pandemic

The past 18 months of pandemic living have ushered in tremendous change across just about every facet of life as we knew it. 

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Restaurants prep for long-term labor crunch by turning to robots

Restaurants and ghost kitchen companies are testing out different robotic and automated technology solutions to speed up service and solve for ongoing labor challenges.

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NYC Claims Fast-Food Locations Were Shut Down Over Health and Safety Violations

Reef denied violating any rules and said the permits for its pods were temporary and that those locations were shut down voluntarily when the permits expired.

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Chipotle to Open Restaurant Inside Video Game Platform

The fast-casual giant will debut a restaurant at an unprecedented location—inside of an online gaming platform. 

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A Cracker Barrel Ghost Kitchen Is Ready to Rock in Hollywood

The casual-dining chain will make its LA debut this week with the delivery-only Cracker Barrel Kitchen.

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This ghost kitchen pioneer, which pays delivery drivers up to $88,000 a year

Ghost kitchen pioneer ClusterTruck is paying its delivery drivers up to $88,000 a year.

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Komo Plant Based Foods Plans to Launch Ghost Kitchen Concept through Komo Eats

Will offer a selection of freshly made, hot and ready, plant-based comfort meals through on-demand delivery apps.

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Ghost Town

Emergence of ghost, virtual kitchens in Wichita could shakeup restaurant industry.

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The Hatchery Launches 4 Ghost Kitchens At Area Beef O' Brady's

Tampa-based, fast-casual concept offering a tasty take on chicken from scratch that is 100 percent natural and hormone-free, has launched four ghost kitchens in the Tampa Bay area.

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Houston All-Day Brunch Hot Spot Taste Bar and Kitchen Heads to Atlanta

Houston all-day brunch hotspot Taste Bar and Kitchen now includes a ghost kitchen at Forrest Eatery in Atlanta’s Berkeley Park neighborhood.

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The dine-in ghost kitchens of Barrio Food Hub

Dozens of virtual brands operate in a single building, and it has a parklet.

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Helbiz Kitchen Announces Partnership with Sanpellegrino Group

Through this collaboration, S. Pellegrino and Acqua Panna products will be available to order through the Helbiz Kitchen service.

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Italian chain Spoleto returning to Orlando as a ghost kitchen

According to the Orlando Business Journal, Spoleto will be returning to Orlando as a pickup and delivery-only ghost kitchen.

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Kroger's (KR) Home Chef Reaches $1 Billion Sales Milestone

The subsidiary is engaged in providing meal solutions including meal kits, heat-and-eat and ready-to-cook options.

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US Foods Named in Fast Company’s Inaugural "Brands That Matter" List

US Foods was recognized for its groundbreaking programs dedicated to helping independent restaurants navigate through the evolution of the pandemic.

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Restaurant Tech Roundup: Recapping a Busy Week for M&A

A look at the four deals that went down last week, plus, Kitchen United tested robot delivery, ChowNow hired a CFO and more.

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SAJJ Mediterranean Partners With All Day Kitchens to Launch Limited Concept, SAJJ Mediterranean Express

Unlike the traditional warehouse ghost kitchen model, All Day Kitchens offers restaurants access to a full network of satellite kitchens.

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C3, the Fastest Growing Global Food-Tech Platform Opens Citizens New York

Citizens New York at Manhattan West will act as the first brick-and-mortar destination to launch C3′s popular digital restaurant brands.

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TGI Friday's Sees Virtual Brands As Path to Millions in New Sales

The casual-dining chain expects concepts like Krispy Rice and others to generate up to $1 million per restaurant.

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Lawsuit: Chick-fil-A falsely marketed low-cost food delivery

The chicken chain added hidden charges to its chicken sandwich and other menu items ordered for delivery, the plaintiffs say.

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Chili's Is Raising Prices to Combat Rising Labor, Food Costs

Parent Brinker International saw operating margins fall in the first quarter but said demand remains strong.

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C3, the Fastest-Growing Global Food Tech Platform Partners with TGI Fridays

This gives the Fridays' team access to C3's popular digital restaurant brands to be produced out of Fridays' kitchens nationwide.

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How Can Uber Eats Scale?

The limitation of the delivery vehicle is creating urban planning crises that won't scale as the demand and user behaviour scale.

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Meet Four Startups That Are Shaping The Foodtech Industry

The emergence of new technologies is transforming the way that the food industry operates, known as foodtech.

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Demand for e-commerce space to drive rental growth in London boroughs

United Kingdom: Dark kitchens and grocers could create 12m square foot of last mile logistics space requirements by 2025.

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Skip the Restaurant at Least Once in Barcelona and Order Delivery Instead

Spain: Barcelona food scene has begun to make room for this other, more ephemeral way of eating.

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Foodpanda partners with Indian cloud kitchen firm Rebel Foods

Singapore: Online takeaway delivery firm Foodpanda is partnering with Indian virtual kitchen company Rebel Foods.

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Bluestone Capital forges ahead with its Cloud Kitchen expansion

India: With this launch Giga Foods now operates 12 virtual restaurants.

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Inside Curefoods: How Ankit Nagori is building a Thrasio of cloud kitchens

India: Curefoods wants to be a $100-million revenue business by the end of 2022-23

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Curefoods Acquires 7 Food Brands To Expand Its Cloud Kitchen Footprint In India

India: Curefoods has added multiple popular D2C brands to its portfolio and is becoming a major player in India's booming cloud kitchen segment.

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