Sun Holdings acquires McAlister's Deli units | McDonald's takes plant-based burger test one step at a time | Leaders at Which Wich discuss industry's evolution
October 11, 2019
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Sun Holdings acquires McAlister's Deli units
Taco Bueno owner and multibrand franchisee Sun Holdings has added McAlister's Deli to its lineup with the acquisition of 51 units in four states and plans to open 47 more locations. Sun operates about 1,000 restaurants under banners including Arby's, Burger King, Krispy Kreme and Popeyes Louisiana Kitchen.
Restaurant Business online (10/10) 
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McDonald's takes plant-based burger test one step at a time
McDonald's Canadian test of the plant-based P.L.T. burger has started strong and the chain will evaluate its performance over several months before making decisions about a wider rollout, McDonald's USA President Chris Kempczinski says. He talks about the chain's decision to join with Beyond Meat and how consumer perception of meatless burgers has evolved over the years.
The Wall Street Journal (tiered subscription model) (10/9) 
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Best Practices and Business Leadership
Leaders at Which Wich discuss industry's evolution
Half the leadership team at Which Wich is female, and Executive Vice President Courtney Sinelli notes that the company has always hired whomever is best for the job. "In order to continually evolve in a competitive industry, and in the very competitive sandwich segment, it's been vital for us to gather diverse viewpoints to challenge ourselves and the Which Wich model," she said.
FastCasual (10/10) 
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Building a bond between franchisee and franchisor
Building a bond between franchisee and franchisor
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Clear expectations form the basis of a strong franchisor-franchisee relationship, and open communication is also critical, writes Steven Beagelman. "Brands should take every available chance to reiterate what is expected of franchisees," he notes.
Forbes (10/10) 
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New Franchisees receive $25k bonus
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Trend Watch
B.Good focuses on the farm in new video series
Fast-casual chain B.Good has created a video series to tell the stories of its work with nonprofits that teach inner-city youths how to farm and grow food. The farm-to-table chain is also launching new flexitarian burgers made with beans, rice, chickpeas and other whole-food ingredients.
MediaPost Communications (10/9) 
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"Colonel Rudy" to promote KFC's new wings
KFC is adding wings to its permanent menu at participating locations. An ad promoting the launch features "Colonel Rudy" played by actor Sean Astin.
Nation's Restaurant News (free registration) (10/9) 
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News from IFA
Emerging Franchisor Conference
If you're looking for expert advice on how to grow more units and help your franchisees be as successful and profitable as they can be for your brand, then IFA's Emerging Franchisor Conference, happening Nov. 19-21 in Nashville, is for you.
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IFA Convention 2020
Get excited for IFA's premier event, Convention 2020 in Orlando, Fla., Feb. 8-11. We'll have best-selling author and speaker Simon Sinek teaching leaders how they can inspire others, as well as former NFL player Trent Shelton talking about how to be the best version of yourself! Register now.
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Policy and Finance Update
Franchising Pride Council will support LGBTQ business community, lawmaker writes
Entrepreneurs and leaders in the LGBTQ community are driving progress, and IFA's new Franchising Pride Council will support them, writes Rep. David Cicilline, D-R.I. "It will provide opportunities for mentorship, foster discussions around best practices and create a forum for sharing experiences that others in the community can benefit from," Cicilline writes.
The Hill (10/10) 
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US consumer prices flat in Sept.
US consumer prices in September were unchanged from the month before, the Labor Department said. A few small gains in several areas of the economy were offset by a drop in energy prices.
The Associated Press (10/10) 
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National Hispanic Heritage Month is Sept. 15 to Oct. 15
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