April 28, 2022

Matt Cook, Publisher

The evolution of the restaurant industry continues with ghost kitchens, virtual restaurants, and food delivery making the biggest impact.  Budget-consciousness is also having an effect as restaurants and customers navigate through the current conditions.

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Issue #90

How Ghost Kitchens Can Help Struggling Restaurants: Op-Ed

A new trend emerging out of this has been an increased reliance on food delivery and take-away solutions.


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New protections take effect for New York City's food delivery workers

New rights took effect Friday for food-app delivery workers in New York City.


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Police honor 'guardian angel' DoorDash driver who saved her customer's life during food delivery

Police honored a Massachusetts DoorDash driver last week for saving the life of one of her customers.


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Explained: As Delhi preps cloud kitchen policy, here's a look at other countries' rules

The DDC of Delhi is meeting with operators to develop a policy that will help generate two million jobs in five years.


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‘Top Chef’ Houston ‘Last Chance Kitchen’ Recap: Ghost Kitchen Wars

Friends turned rivals Jackson and Sarah have 45 minutes to create a carryout restaurant concept.


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Food-delivery apps lose steam as people return to in-person dining

Much of the decline can be explained by the leveling off of Covid-19 cases and increasing budget-consciousness.


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How DoorDash Is Winning the Race to Scale Food Delivery

In this clip on Motley Fool Live, they discuss the crowded delivery platform space and address one of the main issues that consumers face.


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How safe is food delivery driving? Tech companies roll out new protective features

Questions of workers’ safety have arisen after high-profile crimes.


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Mumbai: Cops book over 1,300 food aggregator delivery persons in 2 weeks for violating traffic laws

As many as 1,366 errant drivers employed by food aggregators were penalized for violating the traffic law.


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Shanghai: The lifelines of food delivery endure a hectic existence

Under the lockdown, an estimated 90 percent of deliverymen are confined to their residential compounds.


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JustKitchen Offering Direct Delivery to Corporate Offices

With people returning to the office, more opportunities exist in the business lunch marketplace.


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Manila-based MadEats is more than a ghost kitchen startup

MadEats claims to be the first “‘full-stack’ delivery-only startup in the Philippines”.


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White Castle plans takeout-only unit next to its busiest restaurant

The 1,800-square-foot unit will only offer pickup and delivery for digital orders.


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An appetizing case for Cloud Kitchens in Pakistan

When you have a lean and efficient cloud kitchen, you’re extremely well positioned to respond to market trends.


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Ola Dash: 10-minute grocery delivery service decides to go slow

Ola Dash will now focus only on three cities – Bengaluru, Delhi and Mumbai – while putting on hold expansion into newer cities.


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OSU robot food delivery service providing more jobs for students

There are now 80 Starship food delivery robots in full service.


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FreshMenu Bags $6.5 Mn From Former Blackstone MD’s Fund

The move seems to be a part of a bigger round that FreshMenu is likely to raise in the coming months.


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Swiggy Vs Zomato: Who will win the fight beyond food delivery?

They are now taking the fight beyond food delivery to drive growth and are gunning for the e-grocery market.


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Deliveroo backs UAE's One Billion Meals campaign

Deliveroo is backing the ambitious UAE campaign to provide food to needy people in 50 countries.


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Pikes Peak United Way launches food delivery with DoorDash for those in need

A new program that provides home delivery of food and essential supplies to those in need launched April 25.


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