Forget Uber Eats, Panera Bread Launches its Own Delivery Service

Forget Uber Eats, Panera Bread Launches its Own Delivery Service

It seems like every day, a restaurant brand announces they have partnered with a third-party delivery service like DoorDash, Postmates or Uber Eats to expand its on-demand delivery in a certain market. 

Panera Bread, on the other hand, has made the conscious decision not to partner up with one of these delivery providers and instead, announced last week that the chain now offers national delivery at all stores in 897 cities and 42 states in the U.S.

Customers can use the Panera app to get their lunch or dinner delivered directly to their door for just a $3 delivery fee in most markets. 

“Panera delivery isn’t a pilot program. It’s not in just a few test markets. We now offer delivery across the country,” said Blaine Hurst, Panera CEO in a recent press release. “Delivery is fueling our next phase of growth, and the success we have seen so far is exciting. The combination of providing clean food options via an entirely digital experience is giving us a real advantage, and the momentum is just beginning.”

According to Panera, 30% of sales are made online, via kiosks, or through the app. The chain is aiming to increase that number and has hired 13,000 delivery drivers.

Currently, Panera has 2,000 stores and is known for being tech-savvy with its popular mobile app and loyalty program, along with its massive employment of self- service kiosks within the last few years. 

In April 2017, the chain was purchased by JAB Holdings for about 7.2 billion. It appears as though, JAB is aiming to keep Panera Bread ahead of the tech curve by now offering national delivery.

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Chipotle steals the Taco Bell CEO To Rescue Fast Casual Brand

Chipotle steals the Taco Bell CEO To Rescue Fast Casual Brand

The search is over and faith in Chipotle’s future seems to be on its way to being restored.

On Wednesday morning, Chipotle shares experienced a 14 percent hike, according to “Bloomberg.”

This is thanks to Chipotle’s Tuesday announcement that founder Steve Ells will be officially stepping down by March 5 of this year as the chief executive officer to pass along the post to Brian Niccol, former CEO to Yum! Brands’ Taco Bell Division.

Steve Ells will transition from a Chipotle Chairman role to an Executive Chairman for the brand, as he welcomes Brian Niccol as a new member of Chipotle’s Board of Directors.

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Fast Casual Brand Zoës Kitchen Unveils New Store Design

Fast Casual Brand Zoës Kitchen Unveils New Store Design

The fast casual brand known for its Mediterranean-inspired fare opened the first store featuring its brand new  design yesterday. 

The Raleigh, N.C. store has a more modern Mediterranean feel, a larger view of the kitchen and an on-the-go area.

Some the design elements include a variety of mixed materials incorporated in the exterior design with steel, stone and tile elements; a covered patio; a new interior color palette featuring greens, beige, and white, all paired with pops of color throughout; high-top community tables; and artwork conveying the restaurants “Live Mediterranean” messaging.   

“The space has more Mediterranean cues than our current restaurants and is designed to feel as if we’ve invited them into our home. You’ll see an open kitchen where guests can see their fresh Mediterranean dishes being prepared from scratch, and lighting and seating that we believe will evoke a warm, comfortable environment for lunch and dinner,” said said Kevin Miles, President and CEO, Zoës Kitchen in a press release. “The patio is also a very important element because it’s more integrated into the dining experience and really celebrated as a fun and exciting area to enjoy your meal. From an operational perspective, there’s a new to-go area that will allow guests to more conveniently find and pick up their online or call-in orders and for us to stage large catering orders. We’ve also created efficiencies in the kitchen that we believe will improve speed of service.” 

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Chipotle Initiates Search for New CEO as Steve Ells Steps Down 

Chipotle Initiates Search for New CEO as Steve Ells Steps Down 

Steve Ells, the founder and mastermind behind the fast casual that started it all, Chipotle, announced on Wednesday that he is stepping down as the CEO of the chain.

However, he will be stepping into the executive chairman role. 

This seems like the chain's latest move as part of its comeback strategy. 

Chipotle has been plagued with a series of PR nightmares following a few food safety scandals that were exposed starting back in November 2015. 

It's no secret, the brand has had difficulty recovering. 

The company reported a 29.7% decrease in same-store sales in the first quarter of 2016, following the media frenzy after the first food safety crisis.

Chipotle's shares were up but 4.4% early Wednesday, according to the "New York Post."

But with stock prices no where close to where they were before the crisis, the brand has launched multiple free giveaway campaigns in attempt to recreate the long lines of the past at Chipotle stores.

But, investors have demanded big changes and it looks like Ells has decided to bring in a new CEO to direct the brand's comeback efforts. 

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What the Cluck! Dog Haus Intros a Chicken Sandwich to its Menu

What the Cluck! Dog Haus Intros a Chicken Sandwich to its Menu

The fast casual chain Dog Haus known for its hot dogs, sausages and burgers has announced that the concept will also now be serving a brand new menu item, the “Bad Mutha Clucka,” a crispy chicken sandwich.

Starting on National Fried Chicken Day on July 6, the new sandwich will be available for purchase at all Dog Haus locations.

Like its other product offerings, the “Bad Mutha Clucka” has no hormones and antibiotics. The 100% all natural cage-free chicken breast is beer-battered and paired with lettuce, pickles, miso ranch– all of which are crafted between a grilled King’s Hawaiian roll. The miso ranch and red chili flakes create a gentle umami taste.

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