May 4, 2022

Matt Cook, Publisher

As the food delivery sector matures, the industry evolves, and the pandemic fades in the rear view mirror there is no shortage of opinion and speculation regarding the future of ghost kitchens and delivery in general.  Innovation has shown how ghost kitchens and virtual brands can: cut costs; gain efficiencies, and drive new revenue.   The consensus seems to be that the customer has changed.  But what that means is anyone’s guess!

The annual Ghost Kitchen and Virtual Restaurant Conference is quickly approaching!!  To make your reservations click here.  Some sponsorship opportunities are still available, so if you have questions contact Pete Cook at pcook@ontrendconcepts.com.

The long-awaited International Ghost Kitchen Conference has been announced!!  Should be a fantastic event (September 7th-9th in Amsterdam) for those who are interested in expanding beyond their shores.  For more information, click here.

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And now, the news…

Issue #91

Ghost Kitchens: Here to Stay or Ready to Disappear?

A pandemic-spurred reality, they will take on a new form, adapting to customer trends.


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Restaurant Business Tech Roundup

We're going to learn a lot about delivery this week.


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Will “Ghost Kitchens” Continue to Grow with the Restaurant Industry?

The determination to offer their menus via delivery was not merely a means to survive.


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Welcome to the post-ghost era

Ghost kitchens changed the delivery game. Here’s what comes next.


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8 Tips for Creating a Winning Food Delivery Service

Here’s how quick-service restaurants can meet customers’ needs and boost their business.


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Opinion: The future of food delivery apps hangs in the balance

Restaurants are creating their own technology platforms and investing in self-delivery, while third-party delivery expanding.


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Food delivery consolidation: who’s really behind the wheel?

AgriFoodTech exponential investment growth is accompanied by changing market dynamics.


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Driver Shortage Squeezes Pizza Hut, Competitors

Brands are beginning to explore third-party networks to alleviate labor pressure.


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Off-premises industry must confront packaging waste

Meal takeout and delivery has created a huge challenge for the industry — more consumer waste.


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Reef to pursue ownership stake in 800 Degrees Go

Move expands previously announced plan to open 500 pizza outlets through the ghost kitchen network in five years.


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Who’s the Most Food-Famous of Them All?

Using Google Trends, which tracks the usage of specific search terms, we collected and compared a list of food celebrities.


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What Zomato's 10-minute food delivery model means for quick commerce sector

The model could propel the 'one-stop deliverer' concept.


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Zomato: 10-minute delivery will eventually lead to reduction in prices

Executive says delivery personnel will not be under pressure.


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DoorDash opens a ghost kitchen in Brooklyn - with seating

The company’s latest multi-restaurant delivery hub is a new take on the format.


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Tony Roma’s Joins Forces with REEF to Bring Streamlined Delivery Services to Miami

The iconic restaurant chain partners with largest ghost kitchen operator to bring world-famous ribs and premier BBQ to South Florida.


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Guess which Atlanta restaurant company is joining the 'Moo-taverse'

If you have a mind for marketing or can pick a fast-food sandwich out of a lineup, you'll figure it out.


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Grubhub is opening a virtual restaurant with MasterChef

The virtual restaurant will be available as a ghost kitchen add-on revenue stream for current Grubhub customers.


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Famous Dave’s, Fuzzy’s Franchisees Innovate With New Drive-thru Models

Franchisees forge ahead with new drive-thru models to capitalize on the overwhelming desire for convenient experiences.


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Purdue, Levy try out drone food delivery

Purdue and Levy ran a pilot program for food delivery by drone last week at the school’s baseball venue.


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Deliveroo Suspends Pay Cut For UAE Delivery Riders After Rare Worker Strike

Deliveroo has suspended plans to cut rider earnings in the United Arab Emirates.


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