Ghost Kitchen Digest

Issue #104

Certain companies in the ghost kitchen & virtual brand industries seem to have figured it out.  While it remains to be seen if anyone can

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Issue #103

I thought we were due for a slow news week in the ghost kitchen space.  Not so.  Big announcements from Kitchen United, Virtual Dining Concepts,

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Issue #102

Some big announcements and interesting articles this week.  Lots going on.  Make sure you stay up to speed on the industry through this digest, the

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Issue #101

Another busy week of news for the ghost kitchen, virtual brand, and delivery industry!  It’s great to see the partnership announcements.  Finding the right partner

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Issue #100

Welcome to the 100th issue of The Ghost Kitchen Digest!!  For anyone trying to quickly get up to speed on the ghost/cloud/dark kitchen (and virtual

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Issue #99

While the ghost kitchen and virtual brand industry continues to grow around the world, finding the right partners and technology solutions are vital.  This week’s

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Issue #98

Plenty of interesting articles in the Ghost Kitchen Digest this week, especially podcasts and international news.  Take a look! And now, the news…

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Issue #97

First of all, thank you to everyone who participated in the 2nd Annual Ghost Kitchen & Virtual Restaurant Conference!  It was a huge success, as

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Issue #96

A relatively slow news week as industry leaders and innovators gather at the annual Ghost Kitchen and Virtual Restaurant Conference.  While inflation continues to boost

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Issue #95

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

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Issue #94

High gas prices, labor shortages, and food costs continue to challenge today’s entrepreneurs.  But innovators continue to find ways to overcome those hurdles. The annual

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Issue #93

Millennials continue to drive the growth of restaurant home delivery, but the cost of delivery is a challenge for the industry.  This week Uber launched

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Issue #92

Meet Up at the Restaurant Show?  OnTrend Concepts will be attending the National Restaurant Show in Chicago at the end of next week. Who else

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Issue #91

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

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Issue #90

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

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Issue #89

Spring is upon us!  Hopefully you can take some time during these busy days to enjoy it. Conference season is also here.  The 2nd Annual

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Issue #88

When Zomato recently announced that they’d offer ten minute delivery through Zomato Instant the broad reaction was they’d gone crazy.  Now there are reports that

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Issue #87

Zomato in the news again this week as the Competition Commission of India looks into allegations of unfair practices by Zomato and Swiggy.  Zomato responds.

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Issue #86

There is no shortage of opinions coming from Zomato’s proposal to offer ten minute food delivery via Zomato Instant – with sentiment coming from industry

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Issue #85

Rising food and gas costs dominated the news again this week, making cost controls more challenging for delivery restaurants.  Also, Indian delivery firm Zomato caused

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Issue #84

Well innovators, just as you were able to catch your breath new challenges will test your skills.  Skyrocketing fuel and food costs are making it

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Issue #83

As the dust settles from the pandemic, restauranteurs face new challenges with inflation driving up food costs and rising gas prices making delivery more expensive. 

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Issue #82

The Metaverse continues to be a point of discussion for companies as they ponder its impact on the customer base.  DoorDash agrees to acquire Bbot,

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Issue #81

The Metaverse made it into the news a lot this week as companies look at its potential to reach customers.  As the pandemic continues to

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Issue #80

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

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Issue #79

The agenda has been announced for the 2nd Annual Ghost Kitchen & Virtual Restaurant Conference in Dallas!  In other news, Kitchen United expands into malls,

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Issue #78

Lunchbox announces $50 million in funding and the Metaverse becomes a hot topic in this week’s news! Looking forward to the 2nd Annual Ghost Kitchen

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Issue #77

Lunchbox and Virturant top this week’s news as they team up to create the world’s largest virtual restaurant and ghost kitchen marketplace! Looking forward to

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Issue #76

Flipdish surpasses $1 billion in value, Combo Kitchen listed in Entrepreneur Magazine’s Franchise 500, Kitopi tops Middle East startup investment, and innovators continue to look

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Issue #75

Kitchen United and REEF dominate the ghost kitchen stories of the week.  KU expands their grocer partnerships into LA.  REEF partners with Denny’s and also

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Issue #74

Happy belated new year to all!  Looking forward to a great 2022.  Year in review and a promising outlook ahead for ghost kitchens dominate the

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Issue #73

VDC’s newest virtual brand TikTok Kitchen dominates the news this past week, as it looks to make viral TikTok creative recipes readily available for customers.

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Issue #72

Recent news articles highlight the challenge of maintaining quality standards during times of rapid growth.  This exposure has forced companies to analyze their scalability and

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Issue #71

Technology, automation, and innovation continue to fuel the evolution of the restaurant industry!  And, of course, funding.  Every week seems to bring big changes. Registrations

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Issue #70

Reef’s growing pains put on public display this past week in the Wall Street Journal and elsewhere.  Not unexpected when you grow that fast, but

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Issue #69

Big news this week as Reef expands with its own brand Another Wing into 150 locations! We hope you have a great Thanksgiving next week. 

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Issue #68

Lots of news as our industry continues to grow and develop.  Big news as Inspire Brands opens a ghost kitchen in Atlanta for five of

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Issue #67

The restaurant industry continues to evolve.  As things move toward normalization, more of the industry is coming to the realization that many customers have evolved

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Issue #66

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

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Issue #65

It was great seeing so many industry leaders at the Florida Ghost Kitchen & Virtual Restaurant Seminar!  We had a great turnout and a fantastic

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Issue #64

Final days to sign up for the Florida Ghost Kitchen and Virtual Restaurant Seminar!  You don’t want to miss this opportunity to hear from and

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Issue #63

Check out the great list of speakers and panelists at the Florida Ghost Kitchen and Virtual Restaurant Seminar!  October 19th is fast approaching.  We look

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Issue #62

REEF absolutely dominated the ghost kitchen news cycle for the past week with some big moves and partnerships!!  As always, research keeps coming up with

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Issue #61

Growth in the ghost kitchen sector continues to be very strong and projections indicate that the growth will continue!!  Change can be challenging, but innovation

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Issue #60

This is a really good issue of the Digest.  Take the time to read through it.  Big news this week as Chick-fil-A and Genghis Grill

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Issue #59

The big news of the week is the expansion of Shaq’s ghost kitchen brand (pun intended – still amazed how massive a man he is)!

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Issue #58

Third party delivery fees dominated the news this week as legislators weigh in. In other news, the future of the ghost kitchen industry remains very

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Issue #57

Ghost kitchens continue its rapid growth.  An exciting time for our industry! We were all surprised to see that the Florida Restaurant and Lodging Show

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Issue #56

We hope you are doing well and found time to relax this summer. Looking forward to seeing many at the Florida Ghost Kitchen and Virtual

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Issue #55

Big news from Wendy’s, REEF, Domino’s, Chick-fil-A, DoorDash, GrubHub, Olo, Uber and more.  Exciting times for our industry! The big news this week is the

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Issue #54

Plenty of ghost kitchen and virtual restaurant news this week, though I think that the KU-Kroger announcement is the biggest.  Congratulations to both teams for

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Issue #53

Virtual brands and ghost/cloud kitchens continue to grow.  So many restaurants are pivoting to this lower-risk model that you have to wonder if the low

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Issue #52

We’ve been at the Ghost Kitchen Digest for exactly one year now!  Happy anniversary!  In celebration of the anniversary, this issue is free for everyone! 

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Issue #51

Virtual brands and ghost kitchens show no sign of slowing, both in the U.S. and around the globe.  The Euromonitor report (our first article) explains

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Issue #50

Welcome to issue #50 of the Ghost Kitchen Digest!   Some pretty big ghost kitchen and virtual brand news this week, though not as many articles

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Issue #49

Plenty of news being delivered to your inbox this week!  Big investments, partnerships, and expansion announcements.  Order your favorite snack online and I bet you

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Issue #48

What a great conference!  It was wonderful to finally get together with 320+ industry leaders at the Ghost Kitchen Conference.  Don’t just take our word

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Issue #47

In less than 24 hours, The Ghost Kitchen Conference will be underway! We could not be more thrilled with the lineup of speakers, sponsors and

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Issue #46

The past year in the restaurant industry has been a tale of two concepts: ghost kitchens and virtual brands. And this week is no different.

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Issue #45

This week’s newsletter has a little bit of everything: some of the recent developments with the now famous Ghost Kitchen Brands, some emerging concepts from

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Issue #44

It’s amazing to see the impact that ghost kitchens are having on this industry. As is clear from this week’s news, a number of restaurants

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Issue #43

Chick-fil-A, Wendy’s, Jack in the Box, Quiznos, NASCAR, and more! Each of them with their own unique concepts rolling out. Chick-fil-A is jumping into the

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Issue #42

Wow! What a week for this booming industry! Some new concepts coming into the fore and some noteworthy success stories as well. Five Guys is

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Issue #41

It’s amazing to see who is coming up with ghost kitchen concepts these days! The Milwaukee Bucks created Cream City Cluckery late last year, Walmart

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Issue #40

Some interesting stories have come out of this week! One up and coming name to keep an eye on is Combo Kitchen. They’re taking steps

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Issue #39

Walmart is taking their ghost kitchens to the next level. We all heard about a month ago when Ghost Kitchen Brands started working with Walmart

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Issue #38

Virtual food halls have been springing up here and there in the past year, but this week a new competitor has entered the arena: C3.

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Issue #37

This week’s digest has a little bit of everything we’ve been seeing in ghost kitchens and virtual restaurants recently. REEF partnered with a robotics startup

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Issue #36

Several restaurant brands that have been utilizing ghost kitchens are showing great promise for the road ahead! Saladworks, for example, is going to be opening

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Issue #35

Ghost kitchens have made it much easier for restaurants to scale their brand across numerous markets. You don’t even need to own the kitchen! Virtual

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Issue #34

Happy Saint Patrick’s Day! The Milwaukee Bucks led the way with Cream City Cluckery; now the Detroit Pistons follow suit with Pistons Dish. But it’s

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Issue #33

One more player has stepped into the ghost kitchen arena! Panda Express opened up their first ghost kitchen in San Francisco earlier this week. This

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Issue #32

When it comes to ghost kitchens and virtual brands, there’s always something new! As evidence of this, Walmart is working with Ghost Kitchen Brands in

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Issue #31

A ton of writing has been done on ghost kitchens in the past week! News has come out about new brands developing for operators such

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Issue #30

First Tyga, then Mariah Carey, and now Guy Fieri! Each of them has worked with restauranteur Robert Earl to launch their own celebrity themed menus,

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Issue #29

This week’s news brings a number of great articles, a handful of which cover the growing trend of hotels offering their kitchens as commissaries for

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Issue #28

Get ready for another packed newsletter! Ghost kitchen operators and services continue to take advantage of the new restaurant landscape by developing some fascinating concepts.

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Issue #27

What a tremendously packed week for ghost kitchens! There’s been a lot of great material released in this area from expansion announcements to some fantastic

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Issue #26

Another top restaurant brand enters into the ghost kitchen waters this week. Panera Bread announced that they will be testing ghost kitchens this year, possibly

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Issue #25

OnTrend Concepts has some exciting news to bring you this week! The Ghost Kitchen Conference has been rescheduled to June 17-18! Speakers from Brinker International,

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Issue #24

If this first week is any indication of how 2021 will look, ghost kitchens will continue to dominate the restaurant space. There has been a

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Issue #23

As 2020 draws to a close, it’s astounding to think of the tremendous developments ghost kitchens have made in the restaurant industry. Restaurants have expanded

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Issue #22

With Christmas right around the corner, the ghost kitchen industry has been as busy as ever! Companies are looking to the new year, which means

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Issue #21

This week brings you some fantastic interviews from some fantastic companies, one of which is our own conversation with Kitchen United’s Atul Sood. Each of

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Issue #20

A lot of news has come out of this week for those in the ghost kitchen industry. Kitchen United continues to expand its reach by

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Issue #19

Ghost kitchens continue to make their stamp in the restaurant industry with new expansions and concept developments. Beyond Uber Eats’ recently announced acquisition of Postmates,

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Issue #18

Happy Thanksgiving! As you, your family, and your friends are working overtime to prepare a delicious feast, so too are ghost kitchens all throughout the

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Issue #17

Ghost kitchens continue to grow across bigger and smaller names alike in the restaurant industry. Earlier this week, Chipotle announced their first ever ghost kitchen

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Issue #16

Ghost kitchens continue to expand all throughout the United States as the concept becomes a norm for restaurant success. Red Lobster is testing a ghost

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Issue #15

Expansion is the big theme this week. Brands that have already made their “ghost kitchen footprint,” like FAT Brands, Dickey’s BBQ and Muscle Maker Grill,

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Issue #14

What better time to read about “ghost” kitchens than the week leading up to Halloween? But that’s not the only reason to dive into the digest; there

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Issue #13

Here it is: all the news related to ghost kitchens from this week! Some of the bigger stories are about brands like Bloomin’ Brands, Taco

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Issue #12

The ghost kitchen trend, which seems to have begun so recently is becoming even more innovative in how it is operated. The news this week

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Issue #11

Ghost Kitchens have set precedent as the most effective concept to help restaurants thrive at this time. Here on out, restaurants continue to adapt their

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Issue #10

As Fazoli’s launches a new dimension of their ghost kitchen concept, and The Local Culinary adds new restaurants to their platform, the ghost kitchen world

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Issue #9

This week brings you some big news developments, and a handful of great articles! While Muscle Maker has developed three new ghost kitchens in the

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Issue #8

Ghost kitchens continue to provide a stronghold for smaller restaurants that want to make it big. Much of the news this week follow this trend.

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Issue #7

This week was another great week for ghost kitchens as Burger King announced their new mobile-focused restaurant and Bloomin’ Brands debuted Tender Shack. Among middle-sized

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Issue #6

News stories have been popping up everywhere about restaurants beginning their new line of ghost kitchens. This week is no different! The big players: brands

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Issue #5

Week 5 of the Ghost Kitchen Digest brings you more of the latest news on ghost kitchens! And as has been the case for recent

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