June 2, 2022

Matt Cook, Publisher

It’s almost here!!  The annual Ghost Kitchen and Virtual Restaurant Conference is quickly approaching!!  Learn how to launch and operate a ghost kitchen, discover how virtual brands can strengthen your operations, improve of food delivery, expand your brand, and more.  Get your reservation here.

The industry continues to evolve.  Chic-fil-A robot delivery launches in Austin and robots roll in Miami.  Also, virtual brands are spotlighted in the news this week.

And now, the news…

Issue #95

How Ghost Financial's CEO launched a successful ghost kitchen in 60 days

John Meyer to present lessons and insights at the ghost kitchens pre-conference seminar on June 8th.


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Virtual Restaurant and Ghost Kitchens Market to See Huge Growth by 2027

The latest study released on the Global Virtual Restaurant and Ghost Kitchens Market by AMA Research.


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How virtual brands matured from curious idea to pandemic life saver

A look back at the biggest foodservice technology trend to emerge in the past two years.


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2022 Fire Awards: Virtual Dining Concepts LLC delivers on goal to grow ghost kitchen brands

Virtual Dining Concepts LLC was chosen as one of Orlando Business Journal's 2022 Fire Awards honorees.


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Grubhub launches MasterChef Table virtual restaurant nationwide

Grubhub on Wednesday launched MasterChef Table, a delivery-only restaurant featuring cuisine from MasterChef winners.


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Chick-fil-A pilots autonomous robot delivery with Refraction AI

Self-driving robots deployed out of two restaurants in downtown Austin, Texas.


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Food delivery robots to roll on downtown Miami sidewalks

Automated food delivery robots are due to roll across downtown Miami.


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Skipcart Partners with DeliverB4 to help Restaurants through Outsourced Delivery

DeliverB4 aims at leveling the playing field by saving restaurants $2 or more per marketplace order.


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Food sellers face growing pressure to remove PFAS from packaging

Environmental and health groups are pushing to remove PFAS chemicals from packaging.


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This ghost kitchen serves up dishes for 10 restaurants – take a look inside

Ghost kitchens allow brands to boost their delivery capacity without the expense of a new outlet.


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How one Denver operator is testing the water with a virtual brand

He hopes to open his Thai concept as a brick-and-mortar, but he’s starting out operating out of a ghost kitchen.


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'Meal prep with a purpose': Local kitchen thriving with help of meal delivery service

A meal prep service which employs young adults with special needs and autism is experiencing major growth.


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UAE start-up GrubTech expands to Egypt

The UAE’s GrubTech has expanded to Egypt, further diversifying its regional operations.


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Rebel Foods plans to expand in 100 cities by 2023; wants to be present in all food categories

The brand currently operates in 10 countries in over 70 cities and aims to reach almost 20 countries in the coming year.


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Azure Hospitality launches its delivery only brand; Oki Poki

The idea behind Oki Poki is to make people try authentic Asian dishes made specifically for home delivery.


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Amazon launches food delivery service in India

Amazon Food is launching after Swiggy and Zomato cut their staff and many months after Uber Eats left the country.


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Seattle becomes first US city to set minimum wage for app-based delivery drivers

The "Pay Up" bill will set the minimum wage for these workers the city's rate of $17.27 per hour.


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What Will it Mean for Restaurants to Enter the Metaverse?

Coined in popular media as the metaverse, the new generation of internet is here.


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8 More Ways to Avoid A Great Resignation From Your Staff

We found some additional ways that our clients can retain their existing talent.


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