Chipotle Mexican Grill has launched a new campaign that relies less on the brand's tradition of quirky humor and more on the quality of its ingredients. The campaign, with the tagline "Chipotle for Real," features closeups of ingredients and focuses on the chain's use of fresh foods.
States may be neglecting students with disabilities, English-language learners and racial minorities in their Every Student Succeeds Act implementation plans, according to an analysis by the Alliance for Excellent Education. Its review of all ESSA plans in all states, as well as Washington, D.C., and Puerto Rico, finds only 17 states integrate the performance of these vulnerable students into their ratings systems.
Inspire Brands will buy Sonic in a deal valued at $2.3 billion, the parent company of Arby's and Buffalo Wild Wings announced Tuesday. The deal will add 3,600 Sonic drive-in locations to Inspire's portfolio, and the burger chain will continue to operate as an independent brand.
ReGrained has closed a seed financing round, bringing in $2.5 million from investors including Barilla Group and Griffith Foods. ReGrained uses spent grain from beer brewing to create products like snack bars.
We've got you covered! Listen in to the FOODBIZ+ session with Sophie Egan here, as she shares with FBS' host the latest findings in the Menus of Change (MOC) annual report, as well as key topics from the 2018 MOC conference, including how plant-forward menus are impacting food business. And, don't miss the October FOODBIZ+ session with the founder and CEO of Kuli Kuli, Lisa Curtis, during FOODBIZ+ Social Enterprise.
Menu mentions of ramen have increased 46% during the past four years and will likely rise another 20% in the next four, according to Datassential. Some chefs are riffing on the popular dish with playful spinoffs such as the ramen quarter pounder at Ramen Soul in North Carolina or the pozole-ramen hybrid served at Oiistar in Chicago.
"Somm 3," the third film in a documentary series, focuses on the 1976 Judgment of Paris that elevated Calif. wines in the world's eyes. While that ending is well-known, the film also ventures into surprising directions at its conclusion, Jess Lander writes.
Fondue chain Melting Pot has unveiled a revamped version of its restaurants that caters to fans who want to use the eateries as more than a special occasion destination. The new version is open for lunch and weekend brunch, with an expanded bar and a bar menu listing such dishes as sliders and rosemary fries.
OpenTable is still the leader in restaurant reservation services, but Union Square Hospitality Group's plan to move all of its restaurants to less-expensive rival Resy by early next year could signal a larger shift. Resy offers a curated selection of eateries compared to the wide swath available on OpenTable, and switching could prove challenging in smaller markets where Resy isn't as well known.
Fast-casual dining chain Zoe's Kitchen has teamed with American Airlines to expand in-flight dining options, with such items as a hummus and veggie pita and waffles with hazelnut spread. Other airlines including United Continental and Delta Air Lines have also upgraded their menus to cater to passengers seeking healthier fare.
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