OnTrend Concepts

February 17, 2022

Peter Cook, Editor

Ghost Kitchen Brands leads the news this week with the introduction of Wow Bao to Canada!  Robotics also increasing in popularity to help address growing labor costs.

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Issue #80

Ghost Kitchen Brands Opens U.S.-Based Wow Bao to Locations Across Canada

Wow Bao is now available in Canada starting today via Ghost Kitchen Brands.

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2022 Food and Operation Trends pt. 1

To improve on online ordering we are seeing the rise of more “Ghost Kitchens”.

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Equipment investments minimize labor needs for operators

As labor shortage threatens industry, new tech tools increasingly fill the gap.

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Forget The Metaverse — The Roboverse Is Already Here

The roboverse represents the growing number and types of robots around the world.

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White Castle brings cooking robot to 100 more restaurants

The kitchen robot takes over the work of a whole fry station.

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Wingstop has unveiled what it describes as the 'restaurant of the future'

The new restaurant only sells food for delivery and collection and it is completely cashless.

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How the Internet of Things Is Connecting the Restaurant Kitchen?

IoT aims to serve customers better and increase the efficiency of business operations.

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How Ghost Kitchens Could Help Reinvent the Mall

Kitchen United’s latest venture could turn malls into delivery hubs for more than just food.

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Is Room Service Dead? Replacements Could Be Better, Cheaper

Food delivery services are increasingly partnering directly with hotels.

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Inflation: Food prices are ‘high and going higher,’ strategist says

Food prices drove much of the inflation rise in January.

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Inflation Is No Match for This Explosive Restaurant Stock

Delivering an exceptional value to customers allows Chipotle to flex its pricing power.

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Chipotle Opens Its 3,000th Restaurant

Chipotle Mexican Grill has opened its milestone 3,000th restaurant location.

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Pokemoto Opens First of Six locations in Florida Market

The location will serve Pokemoto and other ghost kitchen menu items for their Miami Beach audience.

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PDQ launches Tallahassee ghost kitchen out of Bare Naked Kitchen restaurant

Popular Florida chicken chain restaurant PDQ has arrived in Tallahassee.

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Sora sushi lands pop-up gig at Rocket Mortgage FieldHouse

Sora, which recently expanded into a seasonal pop-up restaurant, will be available for floor-seat holders.

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Planet Hollywood Is Returning to NYC

Will have a ghost kitchen on the third floor cooking food from the Virtual Dining Concepts menu.

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Dog Haus Eyes 50 Percent Growth in 2022

Dog Haus is racing into 2022 at full speed with plans for its Absolute Würst year ever.

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Wired Kitchens today announced the expansion of its executive team.

Wired Kitchens has named Sami Kohen as Chief Operating Officer.

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Monti’s Cheesesteaks Reopens In Lincoln Square After Devastating 2020 Fire

Monti's is back more than a year after an electrical fire caused it to move to a ghost kitchen.

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Ghost kitchen concept expands to Abbotsford’s Ledgeview Golf and Country Club

Meal Ticket Brands will feature brand that will be available for order through food delivery apps.

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Zen Yai to Open Ghost Kitchen in Sunnyside

A Vietnamese and Thai noodle shop is opening a takeout and delivery spot in Sunnyside.

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Nhan Vietnamese: New plant-based concept launching this week

Canada: This new ghost kitchen is set to launch on DoorDash and Uber Eats on February 16.

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Tasty delicacies of Nigeria at Hephie’s Cloud Kitchen

Nigeria: Hephie’s Cloud Kitchen is taking Nigerian food to a tastier level in Nairobi.

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Inside the Dubai cloud kitchen with a zero plastic policy on packaging

Dubai: On July 1, Dubai will introduce a charge of 25 fils for single-use plastic bags.

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Rebel Foods scales up expansion of cloud kitchens amid Covid-19 pandemic

India's master franchise for US fast-food giant, Wendy's, have opened 28 new locations in 9 new cities.

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Kitchens@ to partner ITC Foods’ Online

The partnership marks ITC’s debut into the food service online space.

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When Rebel Foods Cracked The Recipe For Unit Economics

The transition from being a QSR to an online delivery-only kitchen changed the entire economics of the business.

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