How Sweetgreen is Becoming the Next Fast Casual Unicorn

How Sweetgreen is Becoming the Next Fast Casual Unicorn
  • On this live episode of the Barron Report, Paul discusses the biggest news of the week — how salad chain Sweetgreen is quickly becoming the next fast casual market leader.

  • Find out why wings may be taking on pizza in takeout choices for delivery.

  • Diageo sells 19 of their brands to make way for craft spirits.

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How Pei Wei’s Clean-Label Initiative is Pushing Menu Transparency in the Restaurant Industry

How Pei Wei’s Clean-Label Initiative is Pushing Menu Transparency in the Restaurant Industry
  • Pei Wei’s CMO Brandon Solano discusses the clean-label initiative and their CTA for other brands.

  • Pei Wei’s second Twitter account, Pei Wei Tiger uses a more authentic communication strategy.

On this episode of The Barron Report, Paul Barron is joined by Chief Marketing Officer of Pei Wei, Brandon Solano, to discuss Pei Wei’s clean-label initiative and supply chain challenges that go along with it.

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Have Amazon Go and UberEats Become a Threat to Restaurant Operators?

Have Amazon Go and UberEats Become a Threat to Restaurant Operators?

Operators have always had to compete in the market with other concepts, but in today's market, there are a new set of power players ready to steal your customers.

Enter Amazon.

Amazon, like the fast casual segment, is catering to the on-the-go consumer with its cashier-less Amazon Go stores, many of which offer grab-and-go food options. These stores have become the most popular during the workweek, especially at lunchtime.

But there is one advantage that restaurants, namely fast casual restaurants, have over the Amazon Go stores– many have embraced the plant-based movement. According to Foodable Labs data, today's foodies can't get enough of these plant-based menu items.

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Bellacosa Wine Co. is All About Lifestyle and Consumer Experience

Bellacosa Wine Co. is All About Lifestyle and Consumer Experience
  • On this special episode of the Barron Report, Dan Cohn joins us on set live to discuss wine trends and consumer demand.

  • Find out how to set up your restaurant staff to become the conduit to purchasing your wine.

Bellacosa which translates to mean a “beautiful thing” in Spanish, is the name of a winery that focuses on the beautiful life experiences it can bring to those who drink it.

On this special episode of The Barron Report, Paul Barron is joined by President & CEO of Bellacosa Wine, Dan Cohn, in our live podcast studio set to discuss current wine trends and Cohn’s groundswell tactics.

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Millennial Food Founders Create Specialty RTD Super Coffee Brand KITU Life

Millennial Food Founders Create Specialty RTD Super Coffee Brand KITU Life
  • This Super Coffee by KITU Life is offering keto-dieters a way to fuel their day.

  • Founder, Jordan DeCicco discusses the challenges of growing a business as a food founder under the age of 30.

Rising consumer demands and healthier diet trends are calling for more and more specialty products to fill the void in the market. One of the top trending diets, the ketogenic diet, currently ranks number four on Foodable Labs’ “Top Diets by Social Mentions”.

Former college athlete and now KITU Life Founder, Jordan DeCicco, knew the struggle of finding a keto-approved healthy RTD coffee option — so he created his own.

With millennial coffee consumption up 41% this year, according to Foodable Labs, it only makes sense that the world's first enhanced RTD coffee drink is lead by millennials themselves: brothers Jordan, Jake, and Jim DeCicco.

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How Rich's Helps Define Clean Label and Sustainability

How Rich's Helps Define Clean Label and Sustainability
  • Rich’s vice president of Health and Authenticity, Jen VanDeWater, shares the company’s efforts on clean labeling and authenticity in their products.

On this episode of The Barron Report, Jen VanDewater, Vice President of Health and Authenticity at Rich Products Corporation, sits down with our host Paul Barron to discuss how a large company like Rich’s is addressing concerns over clean labeling and authenticity in their products, among other topics.

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Female-Led Funding Startup, AccelFoods Helps Other Food-Focused Startups like Soozy's Thrive

Female-Led Funding Startup, AccelFoods Helps Other Food-Focused Startups like Soozy's Thrive

On this episode of The Barron Report, our host Paul Barron speaks with Jordan Gaspar, co-founder of AccelFoods, and Susan Chen, CEO of Soozy’s, a frozen, gluten-free baked good product company that has partnered with the female-led venture capitalist group in order to grow its business.

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Why East Hampton Leads The Top 50 Sandwich Innovators List

Why East Hampton Leads The Top 50 Sandwich Innovators List

After a quick stint at law school, Hunter Pond decided his true passion laid with the restaurant business.

“I just felt this gravitational pull to the industry and it was strong enough... [that] I dropped out of law school after one semester,” said Pond. “...It was a rough three months trying to convince everybody that this was the right move for me.”

On this episode of The Barron Report, our host, Paul Barron, sits down with Hunter Pond, CEO of East Hampton Sandwich Co. to learn how this concept came to be and made its way to become the top Sandwich Innovator concept from our free Top 50 Sandwich Innovator Report.

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Amazon Go to Threaten 70 Billion Fast Casual Segment

Amazon Go to Threaten 70 Billion Fast Casual Segment
  • Is Amazon Taking Over the Food Service Industry?

  • Find Out How Fast Casual Chains are at Risk, and What They Can Do to Survive.

On this episode of The Barron Report, Paul Barron analyzes the aggressive move Amazon is making in the foodservice industry.

Amazon plans to open up to 3,000 of its cashier-less Amazon Go convenience stores by the year 2021, according to a recent report from Bloomberg. The tech giant's brick-and-mortar concept Amazon Go currently has three stores open, two in Seattle and one in Chicago.


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Meal-Kit Companies Are Gearing Up for Competition or Getting Out

Meal-Kit Companies Are Gearing Up for Competition or Getting Out
  • With an oversaturated market, meal-kit companies need capital, real estate, and resources to stand out from the competition.

  • Meal-kits are a great product but not a great business.

When the meal kit first came into existence, customers lined up to try this new and innovative system that fulfilled the desire for a high-quality meal without the restaurant price tag.

Once the idea gained popularity, meal kit companies began popping up, claiming to have the best meal kit on the market. Slowly but surely, these companies starting shutting down as the market became oversaturated.

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