Xenial Serves An All-In-One Solution for Restaurants & Businesses Alike

Xenial Serves An All-In-One Solution for Restaurants & Businesses Alike
  • Xenial is an all-in-one, cloud-based solution to help restaurants run their businesses.

  • Xenial is Taco Bell’s mobile ordering solution.

On this episode of On Foodable: Industry Pulse, we talk to Christopher Sebes, the president of Xenial as he explains the cloud-based, full-restaurant platform solution which allows business operators to do everything necessary to run their business from one application.

Xenial includes “everything from ordering to payroll integration, time and attendance management, inventory, labor scheduling, reporting. And, the ordering platform also includes all sorts of ordering, so that’s mobile ordering, web ordering, customization kiosk,” said Sebes. “And, Xenial doesn’t charge extra for those services.”

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The Fast Food Apocalypse is Here

The Fast Food Apocalypse is Here

It's no secret that several fast food chains that used to reign in the restaurant industry are now struggling to compete with the thousands on new innovative concepts offering guests an elevated experience, whether it be with the higher quality food product or dining experience. 

Even the quick-serve chain McDonald's, which has recently completed a brand revamp, said in a call last week that it's difficult to bring in customers due to the "market share fight." 

Yum Brands CEO Greg Creed expressed similar sentiments and also called the marketplace "very tough," after Taco Bell's new Nacho Fries didn't foster the sales they had hoped for. 

"You have to be really good to survive," said Michael Osanloo, CEO of PF Chang to "Business Insider.:

The industry has quickly been overpopulated with concepts, but Osanloo argues that in this market the bad restaurants just fail quicker. 

"It's been a constant dynamic. There are too many bad restaurants, for sure," said Osanloo. "And, I think what happens is that bad restaurants have really short shelf life. Good restaurants do really well."

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Will Taco Bell's New Products Further Position The Company As A Lifestyle Brand?

Will Taco Bell's New Products Further Position The Company As A Lifestyle Brand?

Not only can you get food from this chain at basically any time, wear their branded clothing line, stock your pantry with iconic Taco Bell flavors; from dips and sauces, to taco shells and now… tortilla chips, too?

Grocery stores will soon offer Taco Bell’s latest retail product featuring the iconic flavors the Mexican-themed brand has grown to be known for.

Soon customers be able to get tortilla chips in three flavors: Classic, Mild and Fire.

Two of the flavors, as their names indicate, are inspired by Taco Bell’s signature sauces.

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Chipotle Hires Another Former Taco Bell Executive

Chipotle Hires Another Former Taco Bell Executive

It seems like Chipotle will not stop until the fast-casual brand has it’s A-team, in place.

Another member has been added into the mix and he is crossing over from no other than Taco Bell— just like the brand’s newest CEO, Brian Niccol.

The new hire’s name is Chris Brandt and he will be Chipotle’s new CMO, starting April 2.

Brandt’s last role with the Mexican-themed fast food chain technically ended in 2016 and most recently he was the executive VP and chief brand officer at Bloomin’ Brands— parent company to chains, like Outback Steakhouse and Carrabba’s.

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Menu Innovation is Expected from Chipotle as Former Taco Bell CEO Takes Over

Menu Innovation is Expected from Chipotle as Former Taco Bell CEO Takes Over

It looks like nachos, quesadillas, salads and new grain options may possibly be new Chipotle menu items, according to Founder and Executive Chairman Steve Ells.

“These are things customers are asking for,” said Ells on the company’s latest earnings call, as reported by Bloomberg.

Just last week, the company began to test a new non-dessert offering, spokesman Chris Arnold told Bloomberg via email. This happened a few days after news broke Brian Niccol, the former chief executive officer of Yum! Brands’ Taco Bell Division, is set to lead Chipotle starting March 5.

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