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.
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.
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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.
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.
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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.
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